Venice council is out of touch
Re: “United in Opposition,” letters, Nov. 20
Roxanne Brown’s letter concerning the proposed modifications to Kim’s Market at the corner of Venice Boulevard and Ocean Avenue in Venice gets it wrong.
Two years ago, my family and I noticed a “for sale” sign on Kim’s Market stating “Build Your Dream Development.” Here comes another oversized monolith, we figured. But to our astonishment, the new owners decided to keep the property as is and just add a small restaurant within the store. Hooray! A local alternative to busy Abbot Kinney for somewhere to eat.
Surprisingly this proposal is not good enough for members of the Venice Neighborhood Council, who not only opposed the new eatery but also bullied and shouted their way inside on a neighborhood open-house night in September.
As a Venice resident for 20 years and a neighbor to Kim’s, I resent being “represented” by the Venice Neighborhood Council, a self-appointed bunch of aging nitwits who refuse to accept the fact that Venice is not the same as it was 20 years ago.
And the letter from Roxanne Brown was very upsetting — filled with errors and exaggerations.
For example, she writes that Kim’s “would attract hundreds of people,” adding to traffic congestion. This statement completely ignores the fact that the new owners are simply trying to improve a very small store — one that currently profits on junk food and liquor — while only adding an equally small restaurant within the current building. There won’t be a lot of traffic because Kim’s is within walking and biking distance of many nearby homes. It is not being built to cater to the trendy hipsters of Abbot Kinney, but to its many neighbors instead.
And the remark that neighbors who support Kim’s Market in this case “apparently think they’d rather have a restaurant than who-knows-what” is just plain wrong. It’s not “who-knows-what,” but rather keeping Kim’s instead of another giant three-story condo.
We are very lucky that the new buyers of Kim’s chose not to tear the building down and we should applaud them, not make their mission difficult.