Here is a message from the Venice Chamber.

Venice Beach is the second most frequented tourist destination in Southern California, with more than 20 million visitors annually. Venice was established in 1905 on a “Big Bet” made by its founder, Abbot Kinney, who built navigatable canals throughout the community inspired by his trips to Venice, Italy. He influenced the city government to install trolley lines to convey Angelinos from all parts of Los Angeles to its Ocean-front shoreline. By the mid-1930s, the City of Los Angeles terminated the trolley lines, leaving no other access to Venice save the automobile.
It is time for a change and to take action for better infrastructure. Join in on the conversation for change and to inspire improvements on the infrastructure in our beloved Venice Beach.
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The Big Bet – A Series of Town Halls to Build Back Venice

Like so many communities throughout the nation emerging from the shadows of the Great Pandemic, Venice has a small window of time to rebuild its way towards a better, more functional community. It is a time to lead with an accelerated community-inspired action plan. This first in a series of Town Halls will explore how the new infrastructure funding passed into law by the Biden Administration last year will impact California and, as significantly, how Venice can influence decision-makers to allocate funding to Venice for better transportation and public parking.

Join the conversation with State Treasurer Fiona Ma and guest speaker from Williams and Jensen, one of the nation’s leading government affairs law firms. The Town Hall will be moderated by Venice Chamber board member Laurette Healey.

  • Registration Required For Zoom Link.
  • Admission for members is no charge. The usual $15.00 fee for prospective members will also be waived.
  • Date:  Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 10- 11 a.m. PST
  • Where:  This is an online event


About Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state’s history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. One committee Treasurer Ma chairs, the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA), helps clean and green our state. It awards sales tax exclusions for manufacturers that reduce pollution while retaining jobs, including to companies that make electric vehicles, turn farm waste into energy, and produce jet fuel out of renewable sources. Read More…

About Williams and Jensen

Williams & Jensen was co-founded in 1970 by J. D. Williams, one of the most respected tax and business lobbyists in Washington, and the late Robert Jensen, known for his antitrust, securities, and litigation experience. In many ways, the firm’s success continues the dual approach set at its beginning: highly effective government relations, grounded in technically proficient law. Read More…

About the speakers:

Denis J. Dwyer – Mr. Dwyer has a record of significant Federal funding accomplishments in areas of economic development, transportation, education, infrastructure, defense, and environmental matters. He also has substantial experience in assisting clients in the marketing of products and services to Federal, state, and local government agencies. In recent years, he has been successful in securing various Federal appropriations and authorizations on behalf of clients. Read More…

Matthew B. Hoekstra – Matt is relied upon by many clients as a political strategist and is an avid participant in elections around the country. Over the last dozen years, Matt has played an active role in dozens of successful campaigns for House, Senate and Governor. He served in a variety of capacities at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Republican National Conventions, serving as a liaison to media outlets, working with the Rules Committee, and assisting with external affairs. Matt serves on the board of directors of a company specializing in building coalitions and engaging policymakers at a grassroots level across all 50 states.

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