Want to keep chain stores out? Attend this meeting!

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Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach CA

This just in from Venice Unchained:

Dear Supporter,There’s a super important meeting coming up, with a chance for community members to speak. The attached findings, prepared by the Planning Department over several months, will be presented by them to the Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUM) on

TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 20, 2:00 pm

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS
EDWARD R. ROYAL HEARING ROOM 350,
CITY HALL
200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

There is pricey parking in the LA Mall across the street, and parking to the east and/or southeast of City Hall that is hopefully not too expensive.

Don’t have time to read the findings? Here’s the nutshell for you:

“The Department acknowledges that uniquely designed independently owned businesses play a major role in building strong communities that are sustainable community centers.” It goes on to identify three significant impacts of Formula Retail Establishments: standardization! of commercial storefronts, signage that is out of context with the community; and erosion of the community pedestrian scale. They are proposing limitations on signage and storefronts,as well as lot consolidation. PLUM will give the Planning Department direction on how to proceed, which will most probably include holding a series of public meetings and developing specific land use recommendations for Abbot Kinney and Ocean Front Walk. Planning anticipates reporting back to PLUM in 6 to 9 months with their completed recommendations.

If anyone is interested in carpooling to this meeting please contact us, letting us know if you are a driver or passenger.

Keep it real,
Dawn and Melissa
Venice Unchained

Even though it’s all the way downtown, if you believe in what Venice Unchained is doing, please support this meeting by attending! They are really making some great progress!

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