A town hall meeting Thursday, February 7th, on the proposed new version of a City of Los Angeles ordinance regulating commercial vending and noise along the Venice Beach Boardwalk is scheduled to be moderated by Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

The meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice.

The current boardwalk ordinance, which was approved in January 2006, has been the subject of federal litigation. In an “unprecedented move” welcomed by city officials, Federal District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson has been supervising a mediation process designed to produce a compromise ordinance that allows the city to regulate noise and commercial vending, while respecting and protecting First Amendment rights, Rosendahl said.

Pregerson was expected to hold his final conference on the proposed new ordinance Wednesday, January 30th. The ordinance will then go before the Los Angeles City Council for approval on a date yet to be determined.

Rosendahl said he is intent on making sure the proposed new ordinance is sufficiently vetted by the community prior to council consideration. Accordingly, he will make the draft ordinance available on his Web site, www .councilmanrosendahl.com/ as soon as the court releases it, and will take public comment on the draft at the Town Hall meeting.

Rosendahl will moderate the community meeting, with staff from the City Attorney’s Office, Department of Recreation and Parks and Los Angeles Police Department in attendance to answer questions.

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