The Venice Chamber of Commerce is getting close to raising the $45,000 needed to begin restoring the Vietnam POW/MIA Mural on Pacific Avenue that taggers desecrated with graffiti shortly before Memorial Day.
On Friday, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin joined chamber leaders on the rooftop of Venice Beach Suites & Hotel to thank major donors, including locals Andy Layman and Jack Hoffmann, and provoke a few spontaneous $250 donations by promising to match those funds.
Chamber President George Francisco presented SoCal Gas Westside District Public Affairs Manager Mike Harriel with a special thank you for the utility’s $10,000 donation: an official Certificate of Adoption plaque for a bulb in the VENICE sign.
Donations so far have topped $30,000. Visit visitchamber.net for more information.
— Joe Piasecki