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Venice Neighborhood Council to Take on a Homeless Registry & Street Advertising

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The Venice Neighborhood Council, a group of elected volunteers under the auspices of the city, is becoming one of the more well known groups within the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Recently, they've taken on overnight parking drawing the attention of mainstream media and blogs. Via their e-mail newsletter, here's what the progressive group is doing next week:

The Venice Neighborhood Council Board will hear a report and recommendations from the Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Living regarding the St Joseph Center's proposal to create a service registry of the homeless population of Venice modeled on the successful programs in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles. The Committee, originally charged with making its final report at this March meeting, will instead describe its activities and request a sixty day extension to allow it "to fully complete its mandate and present its findings to the VNC Board..." [snip]

In other action the VNC Board will vote on competing motions regarding the City's contract for placement of street furniture (bus shelters, sidewalk information kiosks, automated toilets, etc.) carrying public advertising in Venice. One motion would request that all installation of street furniture cease and that those advertisement-bearing structures already in place be removed. The opposing motion would modify the VNC's current policy by requiring VNC approval for all future installations and use of a portion of the revenues from street furniture advertising "to improve the visual attractiveness [of Venice] and provide a more inviting, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere."

If you live or work in Venice, it's a good group to be involved with. The meeting isnext Tuesday night.