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State Commission to Vote on Controversial Venice Zip Line Proposal

Members of the Westwood Neighborhood Council voted against the ride in August.

The California Coastal Commission will soon determine the fate of a proposed Venice Beach zip line, previously opposed by members of the Westwood Neighborhood Council.

The Coastal Commission on Feb. 7 will consider granting a temporary three-month permit to Greenheart Conservation Company to install the ride, Venice-Mar Vista Patch reported.

Discussion over the zip line began in May 2012, when Councilman Bill Rosendahl introduced the idea, which the Venice Neighborhood Council approved on the condition that the ride be dismantled at the end of its three-month trial period. The 750-foot zip line would zoom people between the bike path and the boardwalk near the skate park and Windward Plaza, just before the basketball courts. 

Westwood Neighborhood Council members in August unanimously voted to adopt a motion against the zip line, calling the attraction "incompatible with the historical values and vision of our city's parks as they will have negative traffic, noise and visual impacts."

And even though the zip line would be built in Venice, it still impacts the Westwood community, board member Lisa Chapman said at the August meeting.

"When these things come up they do tend to inch toward us as well," she said.

Read the full Venice-Mar Vista Patch story here.

—Patch editor David Carini contributed to this report.

David Parker January 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM
What a bunch of NIMBY's. Gawd, don't these people have better things to do than fight this. Come on Lisa Chapman... please explain how this will affect you? What a joke.
Lisa Chapman January 29, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Well David, our whole council supported this, and you certainly don't have the full story, especially from this article. My comments were in response to someone who asked why we should support this motion since it was not in our neighborhood, and my response was that we look at motions from directly affected areas when they ask us to, as in this case, and we support as we would want them to support us, in instances where the project increases traffic, congestion, sight lines, noise, etc to those living and working in the area. We discuss many issues, David, and we are happy to have you come to our meetings to see what we are all about, and what we fight....perhaps you should come and see for yourself and express your opinions in person, instead of on a site that doesn't show the entire picture of what was discussed. That would be more mature.
steve w January 29, 2013 at 03:39 AM
So what is the full story? Is this the same council that opposed Trader Joe's and Target? You are not Friends of Westwood Village. GO AWAY!
venicebeachpress.com January 29, 2013 at 06:21 AM
The Venice Beach Press does NOT support COMMERCIALIZATION of one of our greatest assets, our public parks. One company should not be able set up shop and create more traffic and visual blight just to make the city an extra nickel or two. If this kind of commercialization continues and knucklheads support it, our city parks will eventually be degraded to crap. A big thanks to those on the Venice NC and Westwood NC who stood up for our parks and against commercializtion of them. An attack on one park is an attack on all our parks.
Lisa Chapman January 29, 2013 at 04:57 PM
To Steve W...I have no idea where you are getting your information, but it is absolutely incorrect. Trader Joe's was open before our council even existed. Target was supported fully, and continues to be supported by our council. The only thing we opposed was Target getting a liquor license after the fact. There is an oversaturation of liquor licenses in the Village, and there are three other entities selling liquor within 50-100 feet of Target. We felt that there was no reason to take needed merchandise away in an already smalller Target to make room for liquor, when they do not even have a grocery section. MANY Targets do not sell liquor. We support all new businesses in Westwood, and are working hard to make Westwood what it used to be....before you speak, I would suggest that you come to our meetings, or at least get your information straight before you sound off in a public forum.

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