A Venice Boardwalk “public expression permit” lottery drawing under a system designed to allocate spaces on a month-by-month basis where vendors and performers will be allowed to set up on the west side of Ocean Front Walk — has been delayed until Saturday, February 26th, according to Sandy Kievman, deputy to Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski for the Venice area.

The lottery had been scheduled to take place Wednesday, January 26th. When the ordinance was first approved by Los Angeles City Council September 27th, the date for the first lottery was to have been in October last year.

Some concerns arose pertaining to the rules of the lottery and Kievman said that they have been changed and have been sent back to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for approval.

Two community meetings were scheduled to inform the public about the lottery system and to solicit “applications for public expression” on the west side of Ocean Front Walk.

The lottery rules, as released prior to the originally planned October lottery, were:

– an applicant must be physically present at the time of the drawing;

– an applicant may not select a space and give it to or trade it to any other vendor, including members of the applicant’s family;

– an applicant may not sell or offer an exchange with any other vendor; and

– an applicant may not buy a space from a street artist/vendor for money or barter.

The first meeting — held Wednesday, January 12th, at the Westminster Senior Center in Venice — abruptly turned into a protest fueled by irate artists, performers and vendors of Ocean Front Walk.

At the meeting-turned-protest, chants of “No Lottery” intermixed with “We are the people,” “No applications,” and “Free Venice Beach” were shouted throughout the room.

The meeting was adjourned prematurely.

The second meeting was canceled by city officials because of the ineffectiveness of the first meeting.

Kievman says that applications for public expression permits can be turned into the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks desk located within the Los Angeles Police Department Venice Beach substation — between Ocean Front Walk and the beach.

A one-time fee of $25 for a public expression permit good for life, is required.

Information, (310) 399-2775.

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