Venice NC

Discussion Forum Committee


Barry CassillyDonna Schubert, Joe Murphy, Mehrnoosh Mojallali, Molly DeBower, Nick Antonicello, Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe, Ryan Bacchas


The Discussion Forum Committee is a VNC ad hoc committee approved by the VNC Board on April 17, 2012 and renewed  for one year terms December 18, 2012, November 19, 2013, June 17, 2014, July 21, 2015, and July 19, 2016.

Its mission is to provide a monthly forum for discussion of long-term matters affecting the Venice Community within the context of the below VNC Standing Rule 20 VNC Vision Goals (adopted unanimously by the Board on April 21, 2009 and amended unanimously by the Board on May 20, 2014 to insert the Focus on Children Vision Goal):

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:

Focus on Children

Consider strategies that promote & expand opportunities for children to experience direct meaningful involvement in all aspects of the social and economic and cultural activities of the Venice Community. Include thisFocus on Children as an integral part of theconsideration ofstrategies in all of the
belowVision Goals.


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


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.


Consider strategies that encourage & facilitate realistic recommendations designed to increase economic diversity, including affordable [less expensive*] housing, etc.

[* Clarification inserted November 24, 2014 by Joe Murphy] 


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.


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.


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


2012 to 2014

2012 to Present
DFC Participation Record
VNC Vision Goals Idea Matrix

2017 The Housing/Homeless Challenge
6-Page Version
2-Page Version 
2-Paragraph Version 
1-Sentence Version 
Compiled Feedback (as of 170303)

Meeting Time & Location & Quorum

Unless otherwise noted, meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at The Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Avenue. No host refreshments will be available during the meeting. A quorum at a specific DFC meeting is 50% of its then members as indicated in the above DFC Participation Record. Meetings begin at 7:00pm and end at 10:00pm.

Agendas & Minutes

NOTE Each of the below agendas includes the minutes of its prior meeting.

Meetings (Agendas, Minutes, Documents)

Meeting Agenda
May 09, 2017
Supporting Documents

Meeting Agenda
Mar 14, 2017
Supporting Documents

Meeting Agenda
Feb 14, 2017
Supporting Documents

Meeting Agenda
Jan 10, 2017
Supporting Documents
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