December 7, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Venice Neighborhood Council Member Spotted Surfing During Beach Closures

VNC Land Use and Planning Committee Chair seen surfing amid beach closures

By Sam Catanzaro

A member of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) was spotted surfing during beach closures intended to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a post circulating on Facebook, VNC Land Use and Planning Committee Chair Alix Gucovsky is seen in a photo holding a red surfboard, walking with two other surfers, presumably after getting out of the ocean since they appear wet in the photo.

In Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles, beaches remain closed until May 15 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Last month the VNC suspended their March meeting “out of an abundance of caution” in response to COVID-19. In addition, the VNC has been posting messaging urging residents to abide stay at home orders.

Yo! Venice has reached out to both Gucovsky and the VNC for comment.

“The Venice Neighborhood Council is encumbered by many rules, one of which is that it cannot take a stand on issues without a vote of the Board. Of course, the VNC supports the Governor and Mayor with the measures put in place to fight COVID-19 and keep community members safe and we hope that all individuals in the community do their best to adhere to these important guidelines. But we can’t take a position on any individual incident as a board. Let’s all do our best to follow the rules and have cordial discourse over our differences,” wrote Ira Koslow, VNC President in an email to Yo! Venice.

Gucovsky did not respond to a request for comment.

Hayden Conner Ashworth, a member of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and founder of the LA City LGBTQ Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, spoke out against Gucovsky’s actions.

“As an elected official in Los Angeles I find this outright disrespectful. We are elected to serve our communities not abuse our authority. And our authority does not allow us to break the Stay at Home orders,” Ashworth said. “If any elected official wants to get out, then do so the right way. Work the front lines, support the initiatives to protect Los Angeles and its progress to reopening.”

in News
Related Posts

Local Art Studio Hosts Toy Drive and Winter Camps

December 7, 2022

December 7, 2022

The Paint:Lab in Santa Monica is hosting winter camps and a toy drive. Learn how to get involved in this...

38th Annual Venice High School Jackets of Excellence Awards This Friday

December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022

Friday, December 9 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Venice High School Submitted by the Venice Chamber of Commerce Since...

Venice Sign Lighting Celebrates 11th Anniversary

December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022

Venice celebrates the 11th year of lighting the Venice sign on Windward ave for the holidays!.Video sponsored by School of...

LA City Council Committee Moves Forward on Contentious Scattergood Power Plant Plan

December 6, 2022

December 6, 2022

Plan would shift power to green hydrogen instead of natural gas By Dolores Quintana On December 1, the Los Angeles...

LA City Council Approves $5.1 Million in Transportation Projects for CD-11

December 3, 2022

December 3, 2022

Lawmakers approved funding despite request to delay by Traci Park By Dolores Quintana Councilmember-elect Traci Park sought to delay a...

Developer Plans 74-Unit Apartment Complex on Site of Former Mar Vista Church

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

12124 Pacific Avenue project would include 11 affordable units By Dolores Quintana In Mar Vista, a 74-unit apartment building has...

Los Angeles Home Prices Continue to Decline

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

 Forbes analist shows pullback from buyers in Los Angeles home market By Dolores Quintana After a seller’s market reigned, the...

Lyft Removes Scooters and Bikes From Los Angeles and Santa Monica

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

Santa Monica down to three shared-mobility companies By Dolores Quintana Lyft has removed its micro-mobility services from the cities of...

Jeremiah Watkins Headlining Dog-Friendly Comedy Show in Playa Vista

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

Friday evening show set for Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Popular comedian Jeremiah Watkins will be heading a dog-friendly comedy show at...

LADOT to Carry Out Venice Boulevard Traffic Projects

December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

Work set to begin this month, to be complete summer 2023 The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will be...

Venice Restaurant Offering Five-Course Truffle Tasting Menu

December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

$100 dinner through all of December at The Rose The Rose Venice has announced via its Instagram page that its...

Felix’s Evan Funke Opening New Restaurant

November 30, 2022

November 30, 2022

Restaurant set to open in March of 2023 By Dolores Quintana Chef Evan Funke, along with real estate mogul Kurt...

Venice Sign Lighting Returns This Weekend

November 30, 2022

November 30, 2022

Annual event returns December 3 The annual Venice Holiday Sign Lighting returns this weekend! The event, now in its 11th...

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Celebrates the Holidays

November 29, 2022

November 29, 2022

Head to the beach this December to experience the hotel’s seasonal family-friendly activities This year, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel...

Free Holiday Events In Downtown Santa Monica This December

November 29, 2022

November 29, 2022

The Santa Monica Place hosts weekly events throughout the month of December, learn what is happening in this video sponsored...