When the VNC announced that they were having a Town Hall to discuss “public safety on Ocean Front Walk”, I assumed that the Town Hall was to discuss ongoing daily safety issues such as robbery, physical violence, monthly stabbings, occasional shootings and the occasional murder. I guess not!
The Venice Neighborhood Council will hold a Town Hall community meeting to discuss public safety on Ocean Front Walk. The event will take place 7-9 PM on Tuesday, October 29 at the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Ocean Front Walk, known to many as the Venice Boardwalk, is a vital part of our community and the City of Los Angeles. It is the most visited destination in the City, with millions traveling here each year. It is also a primary thoroughfare for Venice residents, business owners, pedestrians and bicycle riders alike. The public’s safety on OFW has been an ongoing concern of the Venice Neighborhood Council and residents who spend any time here.
Following an incident on August 3rd, in which an individual drove his car onto OFW, injuring many pedestrians and killing an Italian tourist on her honeymoon, Staff and representatives from The Mayor’s office, the City Attorney, Council District 11, Recreation & Parks, LAPD, LAFD, Bureau of Street Services, DOT, and Bureau of Engineering met and conducted a site visit to Venice Beach to assess and evaluate conditions of each vehicular access point.
On August 14, a formal Needs Assessment for Venice Beach Public Safety was submitted by the Department of Rec and Parks to LA City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee for approval. Councilmember Mike Bonin has asked that the Venice community and the Venice Neighborhood Council have a chance to take a position on the assessment before it is voted upon.
The goal of the town hall is to hear from city officials as to why the assessment provides increased safety, and at what costs, and to hear from stakeholders who may have valuable insights and additional recommendations to restrict vehicular access and increase safety in the area.
Councilmember Bonin will participate at the event, as will other staff and representatives from those agencies involved with the assessment.
Councilmember Bonin and the VNC kindly request that attendees familiarize themselves with the assessment in advance of the event. The document is on the VNC’s website and attached to this release. For inquiries, suggestions, and additional info please contact [email protected]
What: VNC Town Hall on OFW Public Safety
When: 7:00pm, Tuesday October 29
Where: Westminster Elementary, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Enter through Westminster