The Spirit of Venice
By Lydia Poncé
spirit (spir’it) n. 1. The animating or life giving principle within a living being; soul. 2. The part of the human being associated with the mind and feelings as distinguished from the physical body. 3. The real sense or significance of something.
To ask what is the Spirit of Venice you’d get many replies just as you would asking about what is aesthetically pleasing to one’s eye, it’s very personal. What is your definition of quality of life? It depends on what you feel you need and what you want...
Let us review:
Wednesday the 24th of September:
When the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment certified the Grassroots Venice Neighborhood Council (GRVNC) election held months ago, after reviewing and investigating the challenges made about the election, Tisha Bedrosian, GRVNC President, was asked to call an emergency meeting and she refused by responding, “Let’s play it by ear.” She was also asked to turn over the data that belongs to the City via GRVNC. She plans to meet with Tom O’Meara, the newly appointed and certified Communications Officer for GRVNC. If that happens, and the data is complete, I will be surprised. Why?
Thursday the 25th of September:
A booth for the Abbot Kinney Festival was not secured for GRVNC. WHO decided not to secure one? WHY wasn’t there going to be one? HOW was this decided? WHEN was it decided? It was really important for the Venice Community to have access to the LA City Budget Survey. We needed 200 surveys completed by Venetians by the 5th of October. The Budget Survey is an opportunity for the community to tell the Mayor how we want our tax dollars spent, or not spent. This project is headed by GRVNC’s 2nd Vice President, Chris Wood.
The Shuttle survey that the Parking Committee, headed by area rep Bonnie Cheeseman, also needed to be made available to the masses. Bonnie was willing to share a booth with the Carnevale Committee. She had an alternative.
It still wasn’t clear to me WHY it was important NOT to have a booth for GRVNC. Didn’t the People of Venice deserve the truth, the results of the election from GRVNC?
Great! One of the last booths available was reserved for GRVNC!! Chris Wood, Tom O’Meara, Greg Fitchitt, Sabrina Venskus and Bonnie Cheeseman succeeded in getting 85 surveys turned in and that certainly is better than none! Thank you volunteers!
Monday September 29th:
The very day after Tisha Bedrosian accepted the Spirit of Venice Award, she managed to endorse the Watch Dawg as President of GRVNC. No one from the GRVNC voted and agreed to endorse that e-periodical full of hate, discrimination and lies. She resigned as President of GRVNC shortly after her endorsement.
By that Monday afternoon the phone number for GRVNC had a different outgoing message and didn’t refer to a new number at all. The website was shut down and the keys to the post office box were not turned in until Oct. 2. No warning, no advance notice and the people, the community of Venice, lost contact with their representatives. Is that the Spirit of Venice? Tisha clearly deserves an ‘Achievement Award’ for successfully working through the first year as President of GRVNC, PERO ESO ES TODO.
I am still wondering how the award was created. Did Abbot Kinney District Association only get to nominate and vote for the few winners for this year?. Hey, Pearl White indeed deserves multiple awards honoring her accomplishments and evokes the Spirit of Venice as I feel it in my soul and heart. Fortunately she could enjoy the moment and the award. Flora Chavez another empowering and political- social advocate, activist, having passed away 2 and 1/2 weeks ago didn’t receive anything from the Abbot Kinney District Association. Couldn’t there have been another award added to the list of five?
As for Feibusch, the Watch Dawg, the Spirit of Venice Award goes to you from Venice of days long ago, when Jim Crow laws were legal... the Spirit of Gentrification- the Spirit of ‘you kiss yo’ mama with that mouth!?!” Spirit of Sour Grapes...
And the winners of the GRVNC 2003 election have been called divisive?
Posted: Wed - October 1, 2003 at 07:00 PM