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Venice Beach BID Bulletin – February 2022

Venice Beach BID Bulletin – February 2022
February 8, 2022 Jeff Smith

A note from the BID

Welcome 2022! The past two years have been an unprecedented time in history, and we are so grateful to our stakeholders for standing by us, giving us the opportunity to continue our BID services. We were renewed by an overwhelming majority of 87% vote and will be serving the Venice community with clean & safe services through December 2026.

If you have not reached out to us before, we would love to hear from you and learn how we may serve you.

Please contact us at: or call our dispatch line at (310) 396-8243

Please Join Us At Our Next Board Meeting on Friday, February 25th at 10am.

This will be a virtual meeting. Agenda and connection information will be sent out and posted on our Board Meetings page.



OVER 100 TONS of bulky items removed!
(That’s as much as a fully-loaded Space Shuttle!)

OVER 25,000 graffiti tags removed!



Cafe Collage is located in a historic Venice building, which sits next to Pacific Ave, one of the busiest vehicular streets in Venice. We recently worked with the cafe on a deep clean, pressure washing the exterior walls and ceilings, removing spider webs and dirt, revealing the pristine beauty of this historic architecture.


Craig Shaw and Richard Castillo


Craig Shaw holds the lead position for our clean team crew. Craig has been working for Chrysalis for four years, and started working for the Venice BID in September of 2021. Craig enjoys watching television and relaxing. He loves to eat “good ‘ol fried chicken and spaghetti!” On his days off, he likes to run errands and take care of business.

Richard Castillo is the Driver’s Assistant with the Venice BID. Richard also does an amazing job keeping our offices and station clean all the while being able to assist our drivers and supervisors when out in the field. Richard started working for the Venice BID in December of 2020. In his downtime, he enjoys playing video games and shopping. Richard says “ Venice is a very friendly town, the business owners are very respectable.



“We are very appreciative to have the support of the BID in our community. Their work in the district has been very helpful in making Venice a safer and cleaner place to live & work.”

– Nick Marler, Business Stakeholder

“The BID has been an invaluable resource to Venice Beach. Our partnership has only aided in keeping the beach clean and safe. The Department of Recreation and Parks is grateful for all the work and service the BID provides.”

– Sonya Young-Jimenez, Superintendent at City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks



Below letter from LADWP

Hi Venice neighbors,

We are preparing to mobilize for construction on the Speedway mainline project. You may have received a NextDoor message that was posted this morning.

Construction is slated for the first week of February and pre-construction activities are taking place in the area. Changeable message signs will be placed to inform the public of impending construction.

Phase 1 of the project includes the side streets off Speedway, starting on Navy Avenue and working south to 17th Avenue. See attached fact sheet for more details. Through each phase you can expect the following:

  • Local access for residents.
  • Notification to businesses and homes 3 working days prior to the start of construction.
  • Traffic detours as needed to ensure safety and continuity of traffic flow.
  • Flaggers to safely direct traffic.
  • Emergency vehicle access throughout all work areas.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Thank you.

Nathan Bautista, Western District Engineer

Janna Chahbaz, Western District Associate Engineer

Deborah Hong, Community Relations


A more extensive list can be found here.

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