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Open Letter To PM by CM


Open Letter to Venice Chamber of Commerce - Summary


  • Date: March 13, 2019
  • Subject: Termination of Venice Pride's membership in the Venice Chamber of Commerce
  • Key Points:
    • The Venice Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) terminated Venice Pride’s membership without notice or reason.
    • Venice Pride claims this termination is void under California Corporations Code Section 7341.


I. The Chamber's Actions

  • Membership History:
    • Venice Pride joined the Chamber on February 9, 2017, and renewed membership annually.
    • The Chamber did not provide copies of its articles or bylaws, despite requests from Venice Pride.
  • Legal Basis:
    • According to California Corporations Code Section 7341, membership termination must follow fair and reasonable procedures.
    • The Chamber failed to provide Venice Pride with the procedure for termination, prior notice, or an opportunity to be heard.

II. Venice Sign Issue

  • Context:
    • The Chamber announced maintenance of the Venice Sign during gay pride month, coinciding with the membership termination.
  • Venice Pride's Response:
    • Venice Pride perceives this action as hateful and offensive.
    • They urge the Chamber to reverse its decision and maintain their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community.
    • If the Chamber does not change course, Venice Pride plans to commission a new sign.


  • Venice Pride asserts that the termination of its membership by the Chamber is void and lacks legal effect.
  • They request the Chamber to reconsider its decision and express commitment to supporting the LGBTQ+ community.