A new idea for Penmar Golf Course land
I would like to propose immediate action in transforming the Penmar Golf Course in Venice into a public park called Venice Peace Park.
This would be a park for everyone that in peace we may live and celebrate life together – a park for the people.
Parking could run one way the length of the park on Rose Avenue. Parking spaces could be on both sides of a road running down the middle of the parking strip – one car deep. The same parking style is what now exists at the Venice golf course.
I would also like to see a space in the park for the historic mural by Edward Biberman, which now is housed in the former Venice Post Office waiting for removal. When I say immediate action must be taken it is because of the risk of the land being sold in a quick sale if the Penmar Water Purification Facility fails, which is inevitable since it has been built in sand and there is no overflow strategy in place.
The neighborhoods surrounding Penmar Park and the golf course would be well advised to get flood insurance. At any rate, both the Lincoln Place Apartments and the Penmar Golf Course are marked for redevelopment by the real estate speculators.
Here is what I think we need to do: create a website and plan a public meeting; find some people who want to take on the project of gathering signatures, and let’s have a public park at the golf course.
Stephanie Denyer
Venice

Starting the conversation on alcohol availability
“Alcohol in Venice: The Conversation Has Started.”
We, the Westside Impact Coalition, wanted to write a follow-up to the great article in the April 25 Argonaut issue about alcohol outlet density in Venice. It’s true that alcohol outlet density is linked to a wide range of societal harms. Study after study has demonstrated that issues ranging from underage drinking, to driving under the influence, to crime, to public disturbances like littering and loitering all closely correlate to the availability of alcohol in a community.
Therefore, it is arguably very important to consider such data when decisions are made about whether to permit additional alcohol outlets in Venice. We’re glad the conversation is getting started. We also feel it’s important to articulate that we are not anti-business, nor anti-alcohol. Our coalition is made up of people who live and work in Venice, and who care to make it the safest and healthiest place it can be for all of us, kids and adults alike.
Our goal is to promote and support strong business practices that keep alcohol out of minors’ hands and minimize excessive drinking. These practices include training for alcohol handlers, adequate staff and security, alcohol policy enforcement, and enforcement of a range of conditional use permit requirements. Most alcohol-related businesses in Venice exhibit high business standards. It is the few that are struggling to maintain business practices that are in accord with the health and safety of the community – we want to help them along with this.
Unlike most retail products, alcohol is associated with a wide variety of community and societal problems, and they are particularly acute among young people. Therefore, alcohol requires special consideration, demanding the highest standard of responsibility when it comes to regulating the operation of existing outlets, or allowing the creation of new ones.
We can all work together as a community to determine the solutions we think are best, with the same goal in mind: an enhanced business environment, and improved overall community health and safety in Venice.
The Westside Impact Coalition

Where did the trees go?
What happened to our trees?
I thought they were going to be replaced by native ones like they have in the beautiful San Fernando Valley.
Now they have only huge stumps in the ground and to remove them would mean tearing up the roads again.
Obviously the people responsible for all the increase in traffic due to the new apartments are the same ones that never had a tree house.
Russ Colby
Marina del Rey

 

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