Mark Ryavec, president of Venice Stakeholders Association, spoke out against Councilman Mike Bonin’s “End Homelessness in Venice” strategy this week.
“He is moving on these projects without public hearings in the community on each of these proposals; indeed, he has already set them in motion by introducing Motions in City Council,” he wrote on the VSA website. “Usually these proposals would have been the subject of hearings in our neighborhoods before Motions would be sent to the Council.”
See LA Times article http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-bathrooms-venice-20160415-story.html
Ryavec, who seems to be the only Venetian publicly speaking out against Bonin’s proposal, listed three reasons not to promote this plan.
1. The use the Westminster Center for storage of transients’ possessions. This will bring hundreds of campers back to this park and with them break-ins, late-night noise, trash, public inebriation, defecation and urination, and assaults. Del Rey Avenue, an industrial strip, is a much better site for a storage facility.
2. The use of the Venice Blvd. median parking lot for homeless housing. This site should be redeveloped with a parking structure to double or triple the parking for residents and beach visitors. This neighborhood has already struggled with crime associated with homeless campers on these parking lots and the Canal boat landing; please do not congregate even more homeless here in the future.
3. The relaxation of the Beach Curfew. The curfew is one of the few laws that limit criminal activity along the beach front. Relaxing the 12-5 am curfew to accommodate use of the beach restrooms will remove this proactive crime fighter, bring back drug dealing and use, prostitution and assaults to the restrooms, and only encourage more transients to live along the Boardwalk and walk streets.