VCA Annual Membership Meeting January 22, 2017

Please join us for the

Venice Canals Association

Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, January 22, 2017

Marina City Club
4333 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 [map]

Complimentary valet parking

6:00 p.m. — Social Hour – Join us for Wine and Appetizers
7:00 p.m. — Meeting begins

All current members, Canals residents and Canals homeowners are invited. We will be discussing issues that affect all Canals residents as well as the community.

If anybody is interested in running for the VCA Board, please contact Josie Scibetta at

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Winners of the Holiday Boat Parade, and the Best-Dressed Homes and Bridges




 “Christmas On The Rocks”

“Christmas On The Rocks”
Martin Meunier and Nika Dunne

“Arctic Mishap”
Barbara Mastej and John Ransom

“Festive Fellas”
Emmett Oreilly and friends

“Neptune’s Fantasy Workshop”
Philip and Kristen Messina

“Frosty the Snowman”
Jack Galanty and Mark Galanty

“The Magic Moment”
Suzanne Wrede and 11 kids


Sherman Canal, “Home Sweet Home”

Sherman Canal, “Home Sweet Home”
John Ransom, Barbara Mastej, Patrick Taylor  & John Revell

Carroll Canal, “Sailing Ships”
Ricky Otterstrom

Howland Canal, “Matterhorn”
Martin Meunier & Nika Dunne



446 Sherman Canal

446 Sherman Canal
Carol Ann Cassella

452 Carroll Canal
Barbara & Allen Toennies

214 Howland Canal
Donna, Randall & Lindsay McKay



The Venice Canals Association would like to thank everyone who participated in our 34th Annual Holiday Boat Parade by decorating their homes bridges and boats.

A special thanks to Sandy Berens the chairman and her fearless committee: Renee Kaplan, Monnie Fanning, Deb Kaufman, John Schacht, Claudette Shores, Maggie Bright, James Arnall, Mark Galanty, Jack Galanty, Jay Levitt, Carisa Levitt, Alyxa Chang, and Steffi Berens.

And thank you to the local restaurants that donated prizes:
Baja Cantina • C&O Cucina • C&O Trattoria • Canal Club • Cheesecake Factory • Danny’s • Venice Islands • James Beach • Joni’s Coffee Roasting Cafe • The Terrace Cafe • Tony P’s Dockside Grill • Wabi Sabi Sushi Bar & Pacific Grill • Whiskey Reds

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Orson Bean in “A Christmas Carol” Friday, Dec. 11 – Sunday, Dec. 13

Long-time VCA member Orson Bean will be appearing in “A Christmas Carol” this weekend:


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Winners of the 2015 Rubber Ducky Race & Downwind Regatta

The list is in! Here are the winners in this weekend’s Fourth Of July festivities:


First Place: Grant Miller (#549)
Second Place: Gavin McGarry (#159)
Third Place: John Schacht (#10)


First Place: Brad Bolton, Boat #8 – “Bolt”
Second Place: Melissa, Troy, Flavio &, Boat #12 – “Pop My Cherry Pie”
Third Place: Hannah Fierstein and Ruby Phillips, Boat #9 – “The Sharkies”
Most Creative Entry: Ming-yen Johnson, Vance Chou, Vanisa Chou, Arielle Candaele, Boat# 10 – “My Cauliflower”

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VCA Fourth of July Celebration 2015

Rubber Ducky

Join us for our annual

Downwind Regatta, Rubber Ducky Race, & BBQ!

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 12pm

2400 block of Grand Canal Court (at the intersection with Court C), and along Linnie Canal from Grand Canal to Eastern Canal.

Linnie Canal Downwind Regatta


If it floats, it’s a boat! Open to the entire community and anyone in a wind- powered boat. Starts at Linnie and Grand canal.


  • $150 Most Creative entry to finish the race • $100 First Place
  • $50 Second Place
  • $25 Third Place

Rubber Ducky Race


Begins at the Dell Avenue Bridge over Linnie Canal. Winners receive cash prizes to be announced at the end of the race at the corner of Linnie and Eastern Canals.

Ducky sales from 10AM – 1:15pm (or until all ducks are sold)

You can also purchase your rubber duckies in advance on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, from 12pm – 4pm at Dell Ave and Court D (across from the park). We always sell out of duckies, so get yours early!



Hamburgers, turkey burgers, and hot dogs from Mark’s Fire Grill.

$5 each, and comes with a bottle of water. Food tickets available for purchase at Linnie & Grand from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

For more information or to volunteer to help contact Sandy Berens at (310) 448-5961 or email


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Correction: Cinco De Mayo event is CANCELLED

The most recent issue of The Canals magazine included a “Save the Date” notice for our Cinco de Mayo celebration; however, the Cinco de Mayo event is cancelled. This event will not be taking place this year.

Please look forward to our other events in the future!

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VCA Annual General Membership Meeting

Monday, January 26, 2015
Please join us at 6:00 PM for a Wine & Cheese Social followed by the General Meeting
Marina City Club
Galaxy Ballroom, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Complimentary Valet Parking

» Read the minutes from last year’s meeting

A representative from Security Systems, and Peter Bergman of Neighborhood Watch will attend to address various issues concerning crime and security in the canals.

If you wish to run for a Board of Directors position, please notify us at or call 310.301.6223
and leave your contact information on or before Friday, January 23rd.

The first meeting of the newly elected Board will take place on Monday, February 2, 2015, at 6:30 PM.

  • Only General Members in good standing may run for a seat on the Venice Canals Association’s Board of Directors. As per 2004 Amendment to VCA By-Laws, and for purposes of continuity, Board seats are staggered in 2-year terms.
  • If you are not currently a general member and would like to become one, please visit our website at and download a membership application.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 26th!

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New Saltbush Maintenance & Replacement Project

Starting January 19th

Mariposa Landscapes, the Venice Canals maintenance company under contract with the City of Los Angeles, has recently done their Annual Survey of the saltbush plants (Atriplex lentiformis ssp breweri). The saltbushes were planted in 1993 to provide a safety barrier between the sidewalk and the canal.

The plants have a limited lifespan and the Voice of the Canals and the Venice Canals Association have purchased new plants over the past three years as needed. Many of the plants are nearing the end of their life expectancy and need to be replaced.

The recent rains have toppled many of the oldest plants. In addition, the repeated close trimmings have caused many plants to become top heavy. Also, many of the bushes exceed the 29” height stipulated in the City contract. If nothing is done we will continue to lose plants more rapidly.

Several thngs are being done to address the problem:

  1. Mariposa will be lowering the height of the bushes to open them up to sunlight. This will allow for new growth of leaves and strengthen the bushes. New growth will take a couple of months. This maintenance will start the week of January 19th.
  2. The VOC and the VCA have asked Mariposa to secure 194 new plants that are needed at this time.
  3. Mariposa will care for the new plants in the very early stages, which they have to water by hand. We are asking the residents to help water all the saltbushes at least once a week if there is no rain. Please do your best to protect the newly planted bushes.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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