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Rudisill, Chair of LUPC Says No Loss of Property Rights

By Robin Rudisill

I am pleased to announce that: The Sky is NOT Falling.
(a personal statement by Robin Rudisill)

That anyone will be losing 50% or any amount of their property rights due to the VNC’s draft report on Mass, Scale and Character is a fallacy.

I am very concerned that the information in the draft report circulated for the purpose of collecting public comments on the VNC ad hoc committee mass, scale and character recommendations is being manipulated and distorted in order to use it to attack candidates in the VNC’s election. It’s shameful that people are fear mongering by misrepresenting this work.

Here are the facts–PLEASE READ THIS:
1. Years of complaints about over development and projects that were far out of scale with their surrounding neighborhoods resulted in the VNC’s establishment of the Mass, Scale & Character Ad Hoc Committee (MSCC) in late 2012.

2. Analysis of mass, scale and character is required by coastal zone laws, including both the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan (city ordinance) and our Coastal Commission-certified Venice Land Use Plan (part of the city’s General Plan). The laws require that for a discretionary land use decision (such as a Coastal Development Permit – CDP) both quantitative and qualitative standards must be applied.

Quantitative standards include things such as height, setbacks, density (# of units), and replacement affordable unit requirements, which are “ministerial” requirements, meaning a planner checks a box for “yes” or “no.” But the qualitative standards, which include compatibility of a project with the mass, scale and character of the surrounding area, involve “discretionary” decisions, requiring a degree of judgment by the decision maker. All development in the Venice Coastal Zone requires some degree of discretionary decision-making, but for several years some of these requirements had been ignored, with the reason given being that they were too difficult to administer.

3. After an extensive review of “best practices,” the MSCC has not only clarified the existence, requirement and importance of these qualitative standards, but has also provided clear definitions of mass, scale and character. Equally important, the committee has proposed frameworks for analyzing them, such as templates using floor area ratio (FAR), upper story step backs, proportional upper stories, and various concepts for articulation of facades, all of which are tools to analyze a proposed development’s compatibility of character and scale with the surrounding existing structures/lots, a.k.a. the neighborhood. These are all tools that are widely used by City and Coastal Planners.

4. Qualitative judgments are a very important part of community planning and protection. Neighborhood planning is not rocket science. It is quite normal to have subjective judgments required for purposes of discretionary land use decisions, such as Coastal Development Permits and Specific Plan Project Compliance Permits.

5. However, one of the goals of the MSCC is to address developers’ often-voiced concerns about uncertainty in the process. The ultimate proposal will provide a fact-based, tested framework and greater definition, in order to help guide the City’s qualitative, discretionary decisions regarding compatibility of a project with its surrounding existing neighborhood. This will increase certainty for developers as well as protection for neighbors.

6. The likelihood of an overall FAR of any number being put into law for the Venice Coastal Zone is slim to none. Venice is not a one-size-fits-all community. That’s why compatibility with a project’s existing surroundings is so important. We value the social and architectural diversity of Venice, which in turn drives the diversity of the character of our numerous unique neighborhoods. We want to allow for maximum creative freedom while staying in the overall scale, massing and character of the given neighborhood. So we must keep some flexibility to make judgments, and cannot rely entirely on quantitative rules.

7. The MSCC draft report is a proposal – not a final product – and an invitation for community input. It has been very clear that nothing in the draft is a final recommendation and that everyone in the community will have a chance to comment. Also, it’s not an attempt, as one developer erroneously asserted, to amend the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan. It’s not about numbers, it’s about process, framework and tools. Public comment/input has been a mainstay of the MSCC’s process and is integral to formulating the final recommendations to the VNC Board.

8. Once approved by the VNC, the MSCC recommendations can provide guidance in analyzing projects and can be a starting point in the discussion of our Local Coastal Program. For example, the character analysis, using an excel model programmed to provide statistics for the Streetscape based on the attributes of the block, is an excellent and practical quantitative tool to use for making conclusions about the scale, character, massing, and even the landscape of the existing surrounding neighborhood. Having consistent guidance re. “existing surrounding neighborhood” will also be very useful.

9. The moral of the story is that we mustn’t fall prey to the “chicken little syndrome,” a.k.a. fear mongering. This scare tactic, indicating that you must vote for certain candidates in the June 5th VNC election in order to stop the loss of 50% of your property rights, is unfounded in reality. It is pure electioneering at its most counterproductive.

I welcome your specific questions and concerns.
For the love of Venice,
Robin Rudisill, Venice Land Use & Planning Committee Chair (for identification purposes), but speaking as an individual and not on behalf of the Venice Neighborhood Council or its Land Use & Planning Committee

Comments (49)

  1. Graham

    @ Venice Mon: Why would you lump drug addicts and the mentally ill in the same category ? Do you think that mentally ill people are mentally ill by choice ?

    • Nick Z

      The point Graham, is that both can be equally dangerous, whether by choice or not. Tolerance swings both ways, not fair to expect the 99% of us who are not mentally ill to tolerate anti-social behavior by those who are, all the time.

    • VeniceMom

      Hello Graham. I don’t think the mentally ill are mentally ill by choice. My brother is mentally ill, a drug addict and has been homeless for years. He doesn’t want help. I am simply saying that I don’t want a homeless shelter housing the mentally ill and the drug addicts living in my neighborhood. I want my residential neighborhood in Venice safe for my family.

  2. Kevin Keresey

    Reta Moser,
    I did not know what Venice update was until I received your request to write something about running for the VNC. I had no idea that the repercussion would be a bunch of hostile and slanderous printed lies from an anonymous letter writer that seemed drunk when writing their completely dishonest rant.

    This letter is so absurd I feel like it does not deserve my time. The funny thing about this is that Robin and I are both in favor of healthy neighborhood development. We encourage it. It’s the people that game the system and break the law that are destroying the neighborhood. We only ask that existing laws be followed, that is it! All you have to do is look at the cases we have worked on! Those cases are an open record for all to see. The accusations this person makes do not hold up to the facts of the many cases that I have worked on in the last couple of years with Robin. I really hope that whoever prints this kind of stuff will have the decency to look at the recorded public record. I feel that it is extremely important that facts rule the day, not viscous gossip.

    “How is this even constitutional?” –

    I am lost on this because we defend the California Constitution. We actually try to get all of the local and state agencies to obey the constitution. In fact that is one of the primary things we do, hold the CCC, WLAAPC, and other local and state agencies accountable to the California constitution.

    “They are the voice of a loud few and not the majority” –

    Am I allowed to laugh? Can you arrange a debate? I believe that in a civilized debate that I can rapidly prove the exact opposite.

    “These actions are causing people financial strain” –

    This is one of the primary reasons I do this. Not everyone can handle the financial strain of being illegally evicted and displaced like my wife and I were. And yes, it was illegal and I can prove it. We can prove a lot of things because we have been there working with the people that are feeling enormous financial strain.

    “These people voting against projects are not the ones with families” –

    Excuse me? Do you know me and my family? Do you know all of the family people that work with us precisely because they do have families? Who are you and why are you saying these things? You either know us and are deliberately lying or you do not know us and are making things up because somehow you’ve perceived that we’ve done you wrong. I ask you to have the courage and decency to call me at 310 666 5218

    Cold called? I was never asked by Robin Rudisill to get involved in fighting projects. The buildings I lived in were illegally torn down. As LUPC Robin was involved in the case. A mutual friend told Robin that he knew the tenants that lived there. Robin Rudisill called and left a message on our voicemail telling us that there was hearing about what had happened at the WLAAPC. My wife and I attended along with our other neighbors. The lying and the dishonesty that I heard that night was my motivation to get involved, not Robin Rudisill! And if you listen to the recorded hearings you will find out that we exposed a lot of illegal practices, you will hear what the commissioners had to say. I suggest you listen to those and discern the truth for yourself. People throwing a lot of accusations should be able to back them up. I can back up what I say with the recorded record of the cases I’ve been involved in. Can this accuser?

    “They have an agenda and it benefits them” – Trying to get the already existing laws on the books to be followed so a community can thrive for everybody is my only agenda. There is no other agenda. Show me what you’re talking about. What do you mean by our agenda is to keep everything the same?

    “This guy Kevin wanted complete transparency. So…let’s have some.” –

    I agree. Let’s have 100% transparency and accountability. Reveal who you are and be accountable for the accusations you’ve made here. Let’s get it out in the open and talk about it. Let’s organize a public debate at the Oakwood Community Center this Saturday, one day before the election. Have a neutral party ask the questions and I will debate this person. Let’s go public! Forget the cheap gossip! Who are you? Are you ready to sit down and have an intelligent debate based on facts? I am calling you out. Will you answer the challenge? I doubt it. I will not have to even think of my answers, I’ll just tell the truth and that will be difficult for you to argue against BECAUSE EVERYTHING WE DO IS ON THE RECORD AND I CAN PROVE IT!

    “We just are busy doing things like working, raising kids, and showering. Sorry I don’t have time or interest to gather the village people to protest the Venice Council. Sorry, I’d rather play with my kids or meet friends than attend those fiascos. If you want to hang peace signs and plant a garden well go nuts.”

    My wife and I own and run a very successful Pilates Studio in Beverly Hills. Every CCC hearing I have attended is a financial loss for me as I have to miss work. This is a sacrifice for us not some kind of game.

    Your description of us as dirty hippies carrying peace signs with nothing better to do than screw with people is truly pathetic. One thing I can say for sure is that if you actually know us then you are a liar and have deliberately painted us as dirty people carrying peace signs with nothing better to do than screw with people…
    You have tried to paint us as some sort of lunatic fringe. You are dishonest. You are one of those people that will lie to achieve your aims. Be honest with yourself. I am not against you or anybody else. I am for everybody!

    The last thing I would like to say is that I am an extremely busy person with a lot on my plate. There are many other things that I would rather do. This is my civic duty, my responsibility. When something wrong happens to me it is my civic duty to try and correct it for the next person. That is why I do it. I am a business owner, a filmmaker, musician, writer. I would far prefer to spend my time doing my projects instead of this, but it needs to be done. Somebody has to attend these CCC & LAAPC hearings that you call a “Fiasco”. That is exactly what they are, a fiasco. That is why I got involved. Why don’t you come too and help turn them into something better. That’s what I’m trying to do…

    This is not High School. Grow up.

    LIBEL – li•bel – a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation. Synonyms: defamation of character, character assassination, misrepresentation, scandal mongering, etc…
    SLANDER – . the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.Verb – make false and damaging statements about (someone).
    Sincerely,
    Kevin Keresey

    • Lee

      Kevin, you reside in Santa Monica, no? I believe the VNC and the people of Venice are best represented by actual residents and not someone with an axe to grind.

      • James

        Kevin, is this true?

      • VeniceMom

        Hi Lee. Kevin lives in Santa Monica where the police drop off the homeless in Venice. I know, because they told me so when my next door neighbor’s house was broken into last week by a homeless person. Kevin has a vested interest in Venice so he doesn’t have to deal with in his neighborhood what us Venice residents have to deal with in our neighborhood. Right, Kevin?

    • VeniceMom

      Blah blah blah, Kevin. Keep to your acting in Santa Monica and stay our of our business in Venice.

  3. James

    Hi Robin – could you please clarify your position on short term property rentals in Venice before the election on 6/5?

    • Yes I will James/Nick/Ted. I’ll try to get to that later tonight, but right now I’m late for a very important date so gotta run. Hope to see you there!

      • VeniceMom

        Hi Robin. I suppose your very important date is cashing in your large check from renting out part of your large $4Million home for $14,000 a month. That’s your prerogative and more power to you; however, don’t be a hypocrite!

    • Kevin Keresey

      Hello Venice! It is election time in the 90291.
      The real question before Venice is whether we vote for a Venice Neighborhood Council that stands to make a profit on it’s land use decisions, or one that respects City and State law. This is a question of “conflict of interest”. The so-called Ryavec slate is comprised mostly of people who earn money from real-estate speculation in one form or another. They view Venice not as a community, but as a commodity. Why do I say this? Because their slate advocates maintaining the current “VSO”, the Venice Sign Off. The VSO was to “streamline” approval for small projects. But, in practice the VSO has been totally corrupted and has become a way to approve entire demolitions, massive houses, and cover up illegal evictions from affordable units – without any oversight, accountability or public input. The corruption of this process stinks to high heaven. Personally, I don’t want my family’s property overshadowed by some 35 foot high box that fills the entire lot. We don’t live in Venice for the shade. Please vote for people on the VNC without inherent conflicts of interest.
      PRESIDENT – Lydia Ponce
      LAND USE & PLANNING – Robin Rudisill
      VICE PRESIDENT – Mark Lipman
      COMMUNITY INTEREST – Kevin Keresey
      SECRETARY – Matthew Beltran
      COMMUNICATION – Mike Bravo
      COMMUNITY INTEREST – Kevin Keresey
      COMMUNITY OFFICERS – Mark Kleiman, Ilana Marosi, Noel Gould, Gabriel Ruspini, Erin Darling, George Gineris, Jed Pauker

      • VeniceMom

        Kevin, you’re hilarious. It’s no secret that Robin Rudisill lives at 3003 Ocean Front Walk, a $4 Million plus property, part of which she rents out to short term vacationers for over $15,000 a month at the website:
        Casakarmina.com, and that in 2008 she remodeled so that her property is now over 3,500 sq. feet. Pretty hypocritical. She also wanted bootlegged units legalized in Venice. I’ve lived in Venice for 20 years and am raising a family. This isn’t about new candidates who want to make money off of development in Venice. It’s about candidates that want a family friendly and not a homeless friendly Venice and who want a safe and clean Venice. For those who want a safe and clean Venice, please vote for the following candidates:
        President: Ira Koslow
        VP – George Francisco
        Secretary – Melissa Diner
        Treasurer – Hugh Harrison
        Outreach – Matt Kline
        Communications: Evan White
        LUPC Chair: Matthew Royce
        Community Interest Officer: Lauri Burns
        And any one of other community officers not listed in Kevin Kersey’s response above.

      • VeniceMom

        Hi Kevin. I thought you lived in Santa Monica where the police relocate the homeless to Venice. Of course you have a vested interest in our neighborhood! Go Keith!

    • VeniceMom

      Good one James! Robin won’t answer because she rents out part of her home at 3003 Ocean Front Walk to short term vacationers for $14,000 a month. There’s a lot more she does that isn’t legal that she doesn’t want people to know. Right, Robin?

  4. James

    So it should cost Sue and Robin this election. Such a crippling limit of a 45% FAR is unrealistic and would have enormous financial ramifications. Either they think Venetians are too stupid to perform simple calculations or they’re starting with a low-ball 45% limit so their final proposal has a higher FAR (maybe 75%) that seems like an improvement but in reality is still very constraining. It’s a shrewd negotiation tactic to get what they want in the end without regard to Venetian’s ability to stay in Venice.

    • James, meet Nick and Ted! If I didn’t know better, I would think you three are brothers…..

      James, I will leave it to Nick and Ted to give you details, but I will just say that it is a crime to defame someone by making public statements that are untrue. Also, your last sentence is very misleading, as one of my highest priorities is to get the city to follow the laws correctly so that Venetians CAN remain in Venice and so that they are not unlawfully ousted from their homes.

      But the main thing here is that you need to come out from behind the curtain and be a man (woman) and do your research and confront the things you believe are issues in a way that you can get the information you need or get across your message in a fair and productive way. If you are confused, then ask questions. I’m here to help Venetians better understand land use issues, so please don’t hesitate to talk with me, either during a meeting or individually. It’s clear that you are guessing or relying on others’ mistaken beliefs. It’s a slippery slope to take things that are a guess or are in reliance on others’ statements and that you yourself do not know as truth, and use them the way you are, to very publicly slander people……in this case both me and Sue Kaplan.

      Hey you–Ted/Nick/James: check your ethics and get your act together man! It’s time to grow up and wise up and behave like the professional you could and should be. I invite you to come forward and be a part of the solution.

      • VeniceMom

        Hi Robin. I did my research. It’s no secret that you live at 3003 Ocean Front Walk, a $4 Million plus property, part of which you rent out to short term vacationers for over $15,000 a month at the website:
        Casakarmina.com, and that in 2008 you remodeled so that your property is now over 3,500 sq. feet. Pretty hypocritical. You also wanted bootlegged units legalized in Venice. I’ve lived in Venice for 20 years and am raising a family. This isn’t about new candidates who want to make money off of development in Venice. This election is about candidates that want a family friendly and not a homeless friendly Venice and who want a safe and clean Venice. For those who want a safe and clean Venice, please vote for the following candidates:
        President: Ira Koslow
        VP – George Francisco
        Secretary – Melissa Diner
        Treasurer – Hugh Harrison
        Outreach – Matt Kline
        Communications: Evan White
        LUPC Chair: Matthew Royce
        Community Interest Officer: Lauri Burns
        And any one of other community officers not listed in Kevin Kersey’s response above.

        • My family has lived in Venice for 100 plus years. That doesn’t really matter though since I’m not about counting the years lived in Venice. I’m about keeping Venice homeless friendly. Venice homeless are people too just like you Venice Mom. Venice homeless have rights just like you do Venice Mom. We are in the works of continuing our commitment to make Venice safe and livable for everyone. That includes the homeless people in Venice. Venice will be a model for Homeless and low income housing. See you at the beach, neighbor.

          • VeniceMom

            There is no free lunch “LivingisfreeinVeniceCaliforna”. Get off of your drugs and make a positive contribution to society rather than thinking your entitled to live off of other hardworking people. The homeless guy who ran down and killed a tourist on the boardwalk and injured numerous people do not have the same rights as me, Neighbor.

        • Next time you see people at Venice Beach and boardwalk, just think: Are those people homeless? Don’t discriminate against homeless people Venice Mom. That is essentially what you are doing. Venice is already homeless friendly. What you want is to sweep people out of Venice that make you feel “uncomfortable”. Venice is for everyone Venice Mom and whether you like it or not, homeless people have rights. Homeless people deserve the best just like you do. We need to serve them the best way we can and do it in Venice. Anyone one of us can become homeless at any given moment. Stop hating, and start respecting.

          • VeniceMom

            I’m not talking about those that became homeless because of no fault of their own. I’m talking about the homeless who are on drugs and mentally ill and harmful to my family. I am sure I have contributed more to the homeless than you have. I’m not about to let Venice be turned into a downtown skid row, Neighbor. My family and I deserve to be safe.

        • I’m not homeless Venice Mom. I don’t do drugs, and I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t smoke anything either. And yes, there is a thing such as a free lunch, literally speaking. It’s awful the food and resources people who bash on homeless people let go to waste. I think you need to learn some respect. Learn to serve others without judging them. Even people that are not homeless commit crimes. I’d like to see you serve some homeless people Venice Mom. Perhaps you already have but I don’t know you personally. Make a positive change and help the homeless. Just don’t discriminate and hate just because they ruined your beach day.

          • VeniceMom

            You don’t get it. You aren’t raising a family. You don’t have the homeless harassing your daughters and their friends in their own neighborhood. I have nothing more to say to you. You have no respect for hardworking families.

        • That is total discrimination Venice Mom. People are people no matter what. People who have homes have mental problems and drug problems. This is what is missing in Venice: Compassion. I’m not saying you don’t have any compassion. I think the world needs more compassion in general.

          • Venicemom

            Not wanting more and more homeless people in my neighborhood is NOT discrimination. We don’t need more and more homeless flocking to my neighborhood and turning it into another skid row. There are other places not smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood with families that are more appropriate.

        • That’s fine Venice Mom. I am a working father. I have two daughters, one is 8, and our youngest girl is 5. I totally understand where you are coming from. I just don’t feel it’s right that you are literally discriminating against the homeless. I have had my fair share of run ins with many people from all walks of life. This is why we need to have more low income, and homeless housing in Venice. We also need more ways to prevent homelessness. Homelessness is always going to be an issue world wide, not just in Venice. Venice is going to be a world model on how to house, and help the homeless. There needs to be more low income housing in Venice, way more. And that lady needs to turn that 4 million property into a homeless prevention center, with housing units.

        • This is why Living Is Free In Venice California. Everyone deserves to live in peace in Venice. We need to learn to stop discriminating and judging one another. We are just tearing each other apart and that we leave to our own children to deal with when we are gone. That voting list doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t vote yourself in to make Venice livable for everyone. Everyone needs to be on that voter list. Each one of us matters in this world. We are all connected and part of the human race. We should unite for an election of human rights. Save Venice.

        • That website my name was connected to is wrong, sorry……..it’s: http://www.savevenice.me Save Venice. Sorry for the confusion.

        • Ok, Venice Mom. I thought you said you didn’t want to discuss this anymore last night. You had said you don’t want a homeless friendly Venice. I would assume then you want a homeless anti-friendly situation in Venice. That is discrimination: Ok, Venice Mom. I thought you said you didn’t want to discuss this anymore last night. You had said you don’t want a homeless friendly Venice. I would assume then you want a homeless anti-friendly situation in Venice. That is discrimination: the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people. You didn’t say this in your reply but it’s like saying there are too many Latinos and Blacks in Venice and you don’t want a latino and black friendly Venice. That is discrimination. You need to look that up for yourself and educate yourself more on it. We need to build more low income and homeless housing in Venice, not outside of Venice. That way we can learn to confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. Venice California can be a world model for this. There are people that care about the homeless as I”m sure you do deep down inside. All we can do is try, and do good for our Venice Community.

        • To Venice Mom, and sorry for repeat copy and paste mistake in the other reply. Please read: Ok, Venice Mom. I thought you said you didn’t want to discuss this anymore last night. You had said you don’t want a homeless friendly Venice. I would assume then you want a homeless anti-friendly situation in Venice. That is discrimination: the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people. You didn’t say this in your reply but it’s like saying there are too many Latinos and Blacks in Venice and you don’t want a latino and black friendly Venice. That is discrimination. You need to look that up for yourself and educate yourself more on it. We need to build more low income and homeless housing in Venice, not outside of Venice. That way we can learn to confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. Venice California can be a world model for this. There are people that care about the homeless as I”m sure you do deep down inside. All we can do is try, and do good for our Venice Community.

          • VeniceMom

            Typical of your type — throwing in the race card. Always happens when someone has no solid argument. I want a safe Venice and I get accused of racism. You have no idea what color I am but make assumptions because I want my family safe. My daughter is Hispanic. She and I spend hours volunteering at the West Side food bank. I have taught her compassion and empathy for other people so much so that instead of accepting presents on her birthday, she asks her friends to donate food to the Westside Food Bank. Having said that, I don’t want mentally ill, drug addicts living next door to me. If that’s discrimination, so be it. If you don’t have a problem keeping your kids safe (if in fact you do have kids), then I’m concerned for their safety and you should be too. Please provide me with facts concerning how homeless shelters in residential areas have made the community safe. I read your other posts. You actually want to teach the homeless to grow their own food. What planet do you live on? Where are the little gardens in Venice where they can live off they land? Many of the homeless want to live on the beach, smoke pot all day and get handouts. They don’t want to better themselves. I know because my brother is homeless and he doesn’t want any help from his family. He loves his life style with this buddies getting high everyday. Whenever he’s in jail, he calls me and I’m there for him. I send him money weekly and have spent years trying to help him. He doesn’t want to live in a homeless shelter with various rules or plant a little garden so he can eat his own food. So Mr. “LivingisFreeinVenice”, get off your high horse. I do plenty for my community; however, I also want my neighborhood safe for my daughter to take walks with her friends without being fearful of a mentally ill, crazed druggie harassing her. The Venice Community is also made up of hardworking residents who want a decent life for their family. you’re discriminating against them.

        • Venice Mom: When you say that there are other places for homeless to live that is also discrimination. You want to red line the homeless in order to feel safe and that isn’t right. The homeless need homes and Venice is the right place to do that. Low income people need homes to live in also in Venice. I hope you educate yourself more on discrimination. Think of our own children Venice Mom, and just picture them being homeless in Venice. It’s scary to think about .

        • Double wow Venice Mom. You are hispanic and also discriminating against the homeless in Venice. I am not playing any race card. You are discriminating against the homeless and even though red lining is about race and sex, it can also be about red lining against homeless people. I didn’t call you racist. I said you want to red line the homeless. And yes I have two daughters. I didn’t know all this about you, and I”m sorry to hear about your situation. It’s just really hard to grasp the idea because of the trauma it gave you. Just realize homeless people are people just like you and I.

        • This is why we need to have more low income, and homeless housing in Venice. We also need more ways to prevent homelessness. Homelessness is always going to be an issue world wide, not just in Venice. Venice is going to be a world model on how to house, and help the homeless. Save Venice. http://www.savevenice.me

        • And yes Venice Mom, teaching the homeless to grow their own food can be done. You’ve cussed me out while getting your point across. I am seeing the same trend over and over. People with jobs in Venice getting jealous that homeless people are smiling more than they do. Homeless people bathing in the waters at Venice Beach, and having a grand old time. That is really sad it’s come down to discrimination against the homeless. Venice Mom, whether you like it or not, the homeless have a right to be here in Venice. Living is free in Venice California. Save Venice.

      • VeniceMom

        Robin, you’re very funny. If one of your highest priorities is to get the city to follow the laws correctly, why did you want Venice to legalize bootlegged properties? Do you know the meaning of the word “hypocrisy”?

    • Kevin Keresey

      Hello Venice! It is election time in the 90291.
      The real question before Venice is whether we vote for a Venice Neighborhood Council that stands to make a profit on it’s land use decisions, or one that respects City and State law. This is a question of “conflict of interest”. The so-called Ryavec slate is comprised mostly of people who earn money from real-estate speculation in one form or another. They view Venice not as a community, but as a commodity. Why do I say this? Because their slate advocates maintaining the current “VSO”, the Venice Sign Off. The VSO was to “streamline” approval for small projects. But, in practice the VSO has been totally corrupted and has become a way to approve entire demolitions, massive houses, and cover up illegal evictions from affordable units – without any oversight, accountability or public input. The corruption of this process stinks to high heaven. Personally, I don’t want my family’s property overshadowed by some 35 foot high box that fills the entire lot. We don’t live in Venice for the shade. Please vote for people on the VNC without inherent conflicts of interest.
      PRESIDENT – Lydia Ponce
      LAND USE & PLANNING – Robin Rudisill
      VICE PRESIDENT – Mark Lipman
      COMMUNITY INTEREST – Kevin Keresey
      SECRETARY – Matthew Beltran
      COMMUNICATION – Mike Bravo
      COMMUNITY INTEREST – Kevin Keresey
      COMMUNITY OFFICERS – Mark Kleiman, Ilana Marosi, Noel Gould, Gabriel Ruspini, Erin Darling, George Gineris, Jed Pauker

      • VeniceMom

        Kevin, you’re hilarious. It’s no secret that Robin Redistill lives at 3003 Ocean Front Walk, a $4 Million plus property, part of which she rents out to short term vacationers for over $15,000 a month at the website:
        Casakarmina.com, and that in 2008 she remodeled so that her property is now over 3,500 sq. feet. Pretty hypocritical. She also wanted bootlegged units legalized in Venice. I’ve lived in Venice for 20 years and am raising a family. This isn’t about new candidates who want to make money off of development in Venice. It’s about candidates that want a family friendly and not a homeless friendly Venice and who want a safe and clean Venice. For those who want a safe and clean Venice, please vote for the following candidates:
        President: Ira Koslow
        VP – George Francisco
        Secretary – Melissa Diner
        Treasurer – Hugh Harrison
        Outreach – Matt Kline
        Communications: Evan White
        LUPC Chair: Matthew Royce
        Community Interest Officer: Lauri Burns
        And any one of other community officers not listed in Kevin Kersey’s response above.

  5. Nick

    I have to say it again. The MSC Committee had TWO YEARS to come up with this draft!! Robin and Sue must think Venetians are pretty stupid to not think that the MSC Committee, led by Sue in close collaboration by Robin, didn’t do a simple calculation like 45%FAR x Lot Size = Small House?!? Of course they did. It may be a “draft”, but it is representative of what Sue Kaplan and Robin Rudisill truly want if they had their druthers. If not, why throw out the 45% FAR in the first place? Both Sue and Robin did not expect the backlash they received and are worried it will cost them the election. You can bet as soon as they are elected, the 45% FAR will become the goal. Both Robin and Sue have been appealing single family home projects in Venice left and right for being bigger than the 45% FAR that they want to force down everyone’s throat.

    • Nick, meet Ted! I’m sure that you two would get along swell, because you’re like two peas in a pod!

      Again, you are defaming me guys, by lying and writing in a public forum about me as if what you are saying are facts. For example, you represent yourselves as if you know for a fact that I was involved and helped determine the FAR. But that is simply not true. I was not on the Mass, Scale and Character committee, and I had no involvement in their proposal. None. You can verify this with any committee member. I had only seen an interim report of theirs sometime last year, along with the rest of my Land Use & Planning Committee and the VNC Board. Also, I do NOT think Venetians are stupid; au contraire, most whom I meet are exceptionally brilliant and creative (although I DO think you guys are pretty stupid). Also, I have never indicated that I support a .45 FAR and I made a public statement just a couple of days ago that I believe that the likelihood of an overall FAR of any number being put into law for the Venice Coastal Zone is slim to none and that Venice is definitely not a one-size-fits-all community. Also, it’s clear that you are not aware of my actions on LUPC and the VNC Board. You also do not seem to be aware that any appeal that I have been involved with was based on an analysis of compatibility with the existing neighborhood, using streetscape information from the surrounding block, and not any set FAR. Again, your statements are misinformation.

      Nick and Ted, you both have a very bad habit of writing as if you are speaking the truth but in fact you are telling material lies, and I want to be sure you know that it is very risky to tell material lies and publicly defame someone, especially in a situation such as the VNC election, where one’s reputation is critical to the outcome, particularly for the LUPC Chair position, as I specifically state in my election materials.

      In addition, I want to make sure that you know that Sue and her committee have been 100% inclusive and open to the community’s input to the proposal. For you to say otherwise is yet another lie. For you to say otherwise in a very derogatory way–”that they want to force [it] down everyone’s throat”–is especially bad. These lies are really adding up, guys. Not good.

    • VeniceMom

      I agree!!!

  6. ted baxtor

    Nor is the sky falling to account for the number of appeals Robin has issued for by right development. only 1% of Venice is developed each year. It will take 100 years for every building in Venice to be remodeled or demolished.

    I also want to ask Robin why she illegally rents out her rent controlled second unit for short term rentals under the name Casakarmina.com when she supposedly is all about preserving rent controlled units. what a hypocrite.

    • I would love to offer an “education and awareness” type session, with an invitation to you Ted and all others who believe that development in the Coastal Zone is “by right” but in fact well know that many appeals on this very point over the past couple of years with the West L.A. Area Planning Commission and the Coastal Commission have been successful. I will gladly either remind all of you or educate you as to what the law is. Frankly, this “by right” posturing by developers in the Coastal Zone has been one big attempted “con” of the Venice community. Thankfully we have been able to pull a lot of the misconception back into what is reality.

      Regarding my home, I guess you didn’t get the memo Ted, …..and there have been many memos, as those who have been impacted by the movement towards proper land use law and procedures seem to know of no other way to react but to attack those who may be responsible in some way for what they seem to believe is a terrible injustice….to have to follow the law. My guess is that you probably know the facts but are manipulating the truth in order to publicly defame me, for the purpose of harming my chances in the upcoming election. This fits right in with your group’s fear mongering, etc. This is quite a pitiful strategic plan…..And on top of that you are a real coward to do so without disclosing yourself. For shame! Only someone who is lying and defaming another would have the need to hide their identity.

      You have accused me in a public forum of illegally renting out my home, not as a question or a possibility but as if it is a fact, and you also are saying that I am a hypocrite. Since you are wrong on both counts, I strongly suggest a public apology, using the same forum.

      I live in a duplex, where I and my youngest daughter occupy one unit and my Mother (and until recently my Grandmother) occupies the other unit. Thus, the entire duplex is my family home. The rentals I do are referred to as “homesharing,” as we remain on the premises and do not leave in order to rent a full unit. I follow the current laws and I intend to follow the new STR law when it comes out. Even though both units are my home, I register one of the units with the RSO group as they told me I needed to do so related to the homesharing. When I bought my home in 2002 it was vacant. I have never evicted anyone who rented here, nor have I done one of the Ellis workaround so-called “voluntary eviction” (payoff) deals with a tenant.

      The main reason for losing so many RSO (rent stabilization ordinance) units is that the city’s procedures do not provide for adequate enforcement. Also, many developers are “working around” the Ellis Act requirements, bribing tenants to give up their rights without really knowing what all of those rights are (because they are not told by the developers, who DO know) or the value of what the developer is gaining……thus, the RSO tenants who are subjected to these deals are the big losers and the developer is free from the restrictions of Ellis. These workarounds are the main area where we are losing RSO tenants. THIS is the way many developers have cleared many RSO buildings, either for STR’s or demo/reconstruction. THESE are the loopholes we must close if we are to protect RSO units and preserve affordable housing.

      • VeniceMom

        Hahahahaha, Robin. The website to your “homesharing” is “CasaKarmina.Com”

        Here’a a new word to add to your vocabulary:
        hypocrite
        [hip-uh-krit]
        noun
        1.
        a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
        2.
        a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

    • Kevin Keresey

      Ted Baxter,

      Venice is 1% of the population here in LA yet 20% of all permit applications to build come from Venice every month. Your statement about only 1% of Venice per year is developed is simply untrue. How long have you lived in Venice? You cannot sell that 1% to someone that has lived in Venice for 27 years…

    • Kevin Keresey

      Hello Venice! It is election time in the 90291.
      The real question before Venice is whether we vote for a Venice Neighborhood Council that stands to make a profit on it’s land use decisions, or one that respects City and State law. This is a question of “conflict of interest”. The so-called Ryavec slate is comprised mostly of people who earn money from real-estate speculation in one form or another. They view Venice not as a community, but as a commodity. Why do I say this? Because their slate advocates maintaining the current “VSO”, the Venice Sign Off. The VSO was to “streamline” approval for small projects. But, in practice the VSO has been totally corrupted and has become a way to approve entire demolitions, massive houses, and cover up illegal evictions from affordable units – without any oversight, accountability or public input. The corruption of this process stinks to high heaven. Personally, I don’t want my family’s property overshadowed by some 35 foot high box that fills the entire lot. We don’t live in Venice for the shade. Please vote for people on the VNC without inherent conflicts of interest.
      PRESIDENT – Lydia Ponce
      LAND USE & PLANNING – Robin Rudisill
      VICE PRESIDENT – Mark Lipman
      COMMUNITY INTEREST – Kevin Keresey
      SECRETARY – Matthew Beltran
      COMMUNICATION – Mike Bravo
      COMMUNITY INTEREST – Kevin Keresey
      COMMUNITY OFFICERS – Mark Kleiman, Ilana Marosi, Noel Gould, Gabriel Ruspini, Erin Darling, George Gineris, Jed Pauker

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