Canalloween 2013 pictures

Lots of spooky little critters arrived for Canalloween this year, full of tricks and treats and pizza. Here are some of our favorite pics:

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VCA awarded Venice Neighborhood Council Community Improvement Project funding for new salt bush plants

Several months ago, the Venice Canals Association applied for and was granted Community Improvement Project funding from the Venice Neighborhood Council for the purchase and planting of 205 new Saltbush Plants (Atriplex Lentiformis Breweri). The Atriplex serves as a city required safety barrier, and is placed along the water way in lieu of any fencing.

Mariposa purchased the plants recently and have been waiting for the right time to do their planting. The plan is to start the work during the last few weeks of October. Initially, Mariposa will care for the new plants.

If you have these new plants in front of your home, you can help with their success after the initial phase by digging a small narrow trench adjacent to the sidewalk. This will allow you to water during the dry periods without having the water run into the canals. Fill the trench with water periodically (at least weekly) depending on the weather.

Thank you to the Venice Neighborhood Council for approving the funding for this important environmental safety barrier planting project. We hope that all canal residents join us in protecting and nurturing these plantings.

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Chris Bennett Big Band Concert at Typhoon October 21


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To our Canal Neighbors

Venice Canals Association / Voice of the Canals

Recently, the Venice Canals Association (VCA) and the Voice of the Canals (VOC) have been informed by the Council Office that complaints have been received about plants encroaching onto the public sidewalks. The Council Office has asked us to bring this problem to the attention of all Canal residents.

The overgrowth of shrubs and flowers onto the narrow Canal walkways is a serious hazard to pedestrians.  There are some areas where almost half of the sidewalk is impassable and people have to walk in single file.  Older people with canes and walkers, wheelchair bound pedestrians as well as parents with strollers are in danger of personal injury as they attempt to avoid these obstructions.

We would like to remind all residents of Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 56.08(a), which addresses the encroachment of trees, hedges and vegetation onto a public sidewalk.   For safety and legal reasons, “plantings adjacent to the sidewalks cannot encroach into the walkways.”  Tree branches must be 9 feet above the walkways.

The Canals also have a special easement condition.  The City has an easement on both sides of the sidewalk, extending 2 feet to the water’s edge and 4 feet towards your residence.  The property owner is required to maintain their four foot easement.

Please join with all the Canal residents and look at your garden and perimeter plantings and trees to ensure that they don’t encroach onto the walkway.

The Los Angeles Department of Street Services has issued citations in the past to Canal residents.  We have been asked us to inform the community to comply by September 30th to avoid a citation.

If you wish to contact the VCA or the VOC, please do so at or Thank you for your understanding and assistance.

Download this announcement as a printable flyer (100K PDF)

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We invite you to join us for the

Monday, January 28, 2013

6:30 – 7:00 PM – Meet & Greet Reception with Wine & Light Refreshments
7:00 – 9:00 PM – General Meeting

685 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
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(Please use the eastside entrance)


*** Door Prizes awarded at the end of our Meeting ***

FOR THE BOARD*, PLEASE NOTIFY US AT OR CALL (310) 301-6223 AND LEAVE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013. The first meeting of the newly elected Board will take place on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:30 P.M.

Look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 28th!

* 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.


Holiday Boat Parade photos

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Announcing the Winners of the Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade and Best Dressed Homes & Bridges

Adult Boats

  1. DOGTOWN SANTA: Jessica Beeman
  3. STARRY NIGHT: Mark Galanty
  4. TWISTER: Michael Konter
  5. STAR TOURS: James & January Arnall, Kent Hayward & Lissa Hurchalla

Kid’s Boats

  1. SANTAS STARRY SLEIGH: Margaret Baelter
  2. SS DOGTOWN: Mark Hruby
  3. CAT IN THE HAT CLEAN UP CREW: Owen Hills-Klaus
  4. TWINKLE TWINKLE: Mary Territo
  5. THE JEW CREW: Lori Shapiro
  6. P’S GREEN BOAT: Imogen Harbinson-Frith


  1. 422-424 Carroll Canal: Lindsay McKay & Matthew Gitlin
  2. 408 Sherman Canal: Teresa Vega
  3. 446 Sherman Canal: Carol Cassella

Honorable Mention 446 Carroll Canal Jim & Barrie Kaufman


  1. Linnie near Grand Canal: Katherine Hollis & Christine Binns
  2. Grand Canal at Sherman: James & January Arnall
  3. Sherman near Grand Canal: Darryl DuFaye & Friends

Honorable Mention Eastern at Howland Ct Frankie & Peter Bergman

The Venice Canals Association would like to thank everyone who participated in this 31st Annual Holiday Boat Parade by decorating homes, boats and bridges and also Sandy Berens’ fearless parade committee: Renee Kaplan, Dave & Toni Mannix, Paul & Jose Scibetta, Nadine Parkos, Irv & Trudi Puskin, Jon Schacht, Deb Kaufman, Maggie Bright, Victor Hammer, Michael Towne, Claudette Shores & CJ Cole.

And the local restaurants that donated prizes:

  • 26 Beach:  3100 Washington Blvd – 310-823-7526
  • Baja Cantina:  311 Washington Blvd – 310-821-2252
  • C&O Cucina: 3016 Washington Blvd – 310-301-7278
  • C&O Trattoria: 31 Washington Blvd – 310-823-9491
  • Café del Rey: 4451 Admiralty Way, MDR – 310-823-6395
  • Canal Club: 2025 Pacific Ave – 310-823-3878
  • Canali Café: 123 Washington Blvd – 310-822-5379
  • Cheesecake Factory: 4142 Via Marina, MDR – 310-306-3344
  • Danny’s: 23 Windward Ave – 310-566-5610
  • Gjelina: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd – 310-450-1429
  • Islands: 404 Washington Blvd – 310-822-3939
  • James Beach: 60 N Venice Blvd – 310-823-5396
  • Joni’s: 522 Washington Blvd – 800-792-5750
  • Pasta Factory: 425 Washington Blvd – 310-823-9838
  • Shanghai Red’s: 13813 Fiji Way, MDR – 310-823-4522
  • The Terrace Café: 7 Washington Blvd – 310-578-1530
  • Tony P’s: 4445 Admiralty Way, MDR  – 310-823-4534
  • Wabi Sabi Sushi Bar: 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd – 310-314-2229

2012 Boat Parade and Bridge & Homes Decorating Contest Winners (printable PDF)

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Important Announcement: Another Canal Enhancement Project by the Venice Canals Association

Several years ago, the Venice Canals Association (VCA) began our Shades of Protection Project which involved the installation of a shade sail system in Linnie Canal Park. This project is designed to provide shade over the swing area and is funded by donations from the community and matched by a grant from the City’s Community Beautification Program.

As with any City-sanctioned project, there have been many starts and stops but we are happy to announce that all the necessary permits and funding are in place and we have the go-ahead to proceed with the shade structure.

During the shade project approval process, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks determined that the almost 20 year old play equipment should be updated to current code requirements and soft matting under the equipment should be installed as it is safer and cleaner. The City will be doing this work at the same time that the shade structure is installed.

The shade sail system work is being done by Courtyard Construction Co. under Los Angeles Building & Safety Dept. Permit No. 12010-20000-00856, while the updated park equipment is being done by the LA City Department of Recreation & Parks.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that the park will be closed as of November 19, 2012, for approximately 5 weeks while the shade system is being installed and the park is being renovated and updated. During that period of closure, we suggest that you try the children’s parks at both Penmar Park and in Playa Vista.

We have been told that Dell will remain open to traffic at all times but there will be construction equipment in the area and we do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We want to especially thank Councilman Rosendahl’s Office and the Department of Recreation and Parks for all their help in making this happen!

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, we ask that you kindly contact Mark Galanty (310-749-5534) or call the VCA at (424) 229-2VCA.


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Hollywood Reporter article on Venice (with VCA movie night mention!)

Just came across this article from The Hollywood Reporter on trendy Venice. We share this not just because it’s interesting but because the VCA’s Row-In Movie Night gets a mention. Enjoy!

Venice Spotlight: Is the Coolest Neighborhood in L.A. Overheating?
from The Hollywood Reporter:

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Sad news regarding Henry Colman

We are sad to report that Henry Colman passed away yesterday. Henry was not only an accomplished and respected television producer; he was also a long-time resident of the canals and very active in the community. He served as president of the Venice Canals Association for many years, and at the time of his passing was a Director Emertius for the VCA.

We’ve been informed there will be no funeral, but have heard that for those who like, you can make a contribution in Henry’s memory to the Archive of American Television,  Television Academy
Foundation. Cards of condolence can be sent to Donna Colman, Henry’s wife, at 423 Linnie Canal.

We in the canals have lost a wonderful neighbor and a dear friend.

Henry Colman, at the Internet Movie Database:

Interview with Henry from the Archive of American Television:

The Television Academy Foundation:

Archive of American Television
5220 Lankershim Boulevard
N. Hollywood, CA 91601

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