The Venice Neighborhood Council has scheduled a town hall meeting Thursday, June 5th, to address issues of safety.

The meeting, sponsored by the Neighborhood Council, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Westminster Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The event will give Venice community stakeholders a chance to express their concerns on various safety issues, including crime and how to prepare for natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes.

Representatives of the police and fire departments, as well as officials from other city, county, state and federal agencies have been invited to participate.

“We want Venice stakeholders to talk about their perceptions of public safety,” says town hall producer Ivan Spiegel. “These include such topics as, Is Venice really unsafe, or are the problems being ballyhooed?

“Are ‘community policing’ and neighborhood watches effective answers to crime?

“Do high residential fences protect against home break-ins, or do they prevent neighbors and law enforcement personnel from observing crimes-in-progress?”

The Venice Neighborhood Council organized a town hall meeting in April on the topic of homelessness, an event which drew 150 participants, who engaged in conversations with other stakeholders in an attempt to find local solutions to a national tragedy, Spiegel noted.

The Venice Neighborhood Council represents approximately 35,000 Venice stakeholders, including residents, those who work or own businesses in the community and property owners.

Formed as a part of Los Angeles city government following revision of the city charter in 1999, the Neighborhood Council works to improve the quality of life in Venice and secure support from the city to achieve local goals.

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