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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Just Chatting …

The talk of the town in Venice is “homelessness”– Westminster Senior Center planned for storage, Venice median planned for homeless housing, the Thatcher Yard planned for affordable housing. Occasionally, one will throw in the MTA lot on Sunset and question whether it will be all affordable housing or just 35 percent.

It is the “buzz” word that captures the awe and imagination of the Venetian. Many see it as changing the face and substance of Venice. Some, and there are few, see it as overdue and the only way to end homelessness.

The town hall held Thursday contained constructive statements but they were considered negative input because it was clear Venetians did not want these projects in Venice. People asked: Why not sell and buy where the buck buys more? Why put homeless where few can afford to live and then ask the tax payer to pay for it. Why does Venice have to house the homeless? If they are everywhere, then why aren’t the other council districts doing something.

The homeless of Venice are transient and many are shelter resistant, so the end to homeless on Venice streets will not be seen with just housing. This will just bring more homeless from other areas to Venice and house them.

Councilman Mike Bonin wants to use the Westminster Senior Center for homeless storage in spite of fact the center is deed restricted, the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) voted the project a “no,” and the Homeless Committee of VNC has come up with a viable Mobile Storage Program.

September 15 will be the town hall for the Westminster Senior Center, 6 to 8 pm, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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