At its meeting Tuesday, March 16th, the Venice Neighborhood Council will hear a report about Santa Barbara’s “safe parking program,” which allows individuals to sleep in their vehicles overnight at designated parking lots.

The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Westminster Avenue Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and a group of eight others toured the parking lots and met with Santa Barbara officials responsible for operating the program. Participants in the site visit will present what they learned at the meeting and answer questions.

In other business, the neighborhood council will again take up the issue of pedestrian access to the Oxford Triangle. The recommendation of the council, while not binding on the city, is expected to have an impact on determining the outcome of a long-standing controversy in the community, council members said. Two access locations, one at Thatcher and Princeton, the other at Carter and Berkeley, will be considered.

Responding to the City of Los Angeles’ ongoing budgetary problems, Hugh Harrison, treasurer of the Venice Neighborhood Council, will announce the formation of a task force to “explore other funding avenues.”

“The city’s money problems aren’t going away. It’s contemplating layoffs of 4,000 employees, so it’s clear neighborhood councils will have a lower priority,” Harrison has said on the issue. “We need to research alternative sources of support if we are to keep funding programs like our community improvement projects.”

Admission is free and open to the public. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Information, www.venicenc.org/.

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