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Introduction

The VNC Discussion Forum is an ad hoc committee approved by the VNC Board on April 17, 2012 and renewed on December 18, 2012 for a one year term. Its mission is to provide a monthly forum for discussion of long-term matters affecting the Venice Community within the context of the below Standing Rule 20 VNC Vision Goals adopted by the Board on April 21, 2009.

VNC Vision Goals

To stimulate the vitality of the VNC, the Board and VNC Committees are encouraged to consider the below VNC Vision Goals in their deliberations.

Although the VNC is a political body, and inevitably it may become embroiled in issues that divide the community, these goals are designed to promote a more proactive, collaborative vision for VNC Committees to include in their deliberations as they formulate recommendations for Board consideration. The intent is to create a working framework of integrated strategies capable of achieving, over time, broader consensus and increased:

Participation

Consider strategies that encourage & facilitate broader involvement of stakeholders, major organizations, community groups, and government institutions, etc.

Walkability

Consider strategies that reduce the use of cars and that promote alternatives such as walking, skateboarding, biking & bike racks, circulation systems (trolleys), park & ride rather than additional parking, street-narrowing/sidewalk widening, walk/bike/skateboard lanes separated from traffic, easier neighborhood pedestrian access to commercial stores, etc.

Diversity

Consider strategies that encourage & facilitate realistic recommendations designed to increase economic diversity, including affordable housing, etc.

Creativity

Consider strategies that promote the arts, encourage & facilitate creativity. This can apply to architecture, public art, social events (neighborhood gatherings/street movies/theatre/dance/pottery/…), etc.

Collaboration

Consider strategies that encourage & facilitate ‘level playing fields’ for collaborative negotiation; opt for procedures & policies that ‘promote flexibility & dialogue’ over ‘reacting defensively to rigid criteria’, facilitation/mediation training, etc.

Brainstorming

Consider strategies that encourage & facilitate exploring of non-traditional options for achieving shared objectives, etc.

Meeting Time and Location

Meetings will occur on the 1st Tuesday of each month at The Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Avenue (entrance is on North Venice Boulevard). No host refreshments will be available during the meeting.

Meetings begin at 7:00pm and end at ~9:00pm

2013 Meetings

Agenda Minutes Recording

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


2012 Meetings

Agenda Minutes Recording

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012