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Venice Has More Than Done Its Homeless Part for City; Don’t Punish Venice with More

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Motorhome parked at Westminster Senior Center across street from Westminster Elementary School where 400 students under age 11 attend. Senior center is place destined for storage.

LA Times articles have not been sympathetic to Venice of late; in fact they have bordered on bashing or vilifying Venice.  The  article below was on the web and got a response indicating that this article was homeless bashing.  The response from the Venice Update was:

Reread article. Take off your filter. It is saying, which few know and obviously you are one of them, that Venice has been more benevolent toward the homeless than any other City in California. Wow, what a statement that is … other than Santa Cruz.  And yet, the City wants Venice to use their prime real estate to provide even more for the homeless. Time for other cities to stand up and do their part, not just Venice. Do the dollar figure too–sell the properties and provide more for homeless elsewhere.


In reference to recent LA Times articles ….

Are you kidding??? Get the facts straight.

San Pedro won its protest of bins and San Pedro’s bin placement is not next to an elementary school with 400 children under 11 and doesn’t have a deed restriction. Yet you condemn Venice.

What you are missing are some of the facts. Venice right now has a ratio of 1 homeless person to 40 residents. In California only Santa Cruz bests this.

Yet Councilman Mike Bonin wants Venice to, not only continue the brunt, but increase such to be the main dumping ground for more homeless … Skid Row West Plus. No other, and I repeat, no other City in LA, in CD11 has been given such a drastic plan on top of the statistics now given for Venice.

Benevolence of Venetians should stop here. Councilman Bonin should expect no more from Venice.  Spread this around into other neighborhoods.

Where else in the City is 100 plus storage bins planned and across the street from an elementary school, permanent housing for 260 homeless in one area, and 106 in another area, all within 1000 feet from the public’s ocean. What will be the ratio then?

This is a big deal for Venice, as it would be for any city subjected to such a change. Zoning for these two properties will have to be changed. This will also require changes to the City’s General Plan. What will happen to the City’s No. 2 destination for visitors?

Venice is now seeking cityhood. Venetians are lawyering up.  This is over the top.

Venice is a tad over 40K with 889 homeless, broad estimate is 1000.  In area, it is 3 square miles.

Venice has done its bit. One organization got permanent homes for over 200 homeless last year. Venetians do so well, others send them here. Not fair. This year according to LAHSA count, Venice’s homeless decreased 11 plus percent. Reward Venetians for doing well; don’t punish them.

And for people to get upset regarding not wanting a storage facility next to school, please look at rabbits cohabiting that 400 kids under 11 can see. Motor home was parked, where storage bins would be, across the street from school in full view for kids.

It appears the Councilman is not giving Venice a fair shake and the homeless are not giving Venice their best.  How about LA doing a Proposition Q–shelter or ticket home?  This is San Francisco’s answer and San Francisco does not have the concentration that Venice has.

For more facts see Sue Choi’s story at http://veniceupdate.com/2016/10/23/venice-is-over-concentrated-with-the-homeless-ratio-is-one-homeless-to-40-venetians-is-venice-no-2-homeless-destination-in-california/
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Chris Wrede’s story at http://veniceupdate.com/2016/10/20/wrede-critiques-the-numbers-venice-has-a-massive-homeless-infrastructure-an-intensive-concentration-of-homeless-services/

Comments (3)

  1. Ilovethehomeless

    Interesting that you write this hit piece on the homeless but won’t even attach your name to it. That’s pretty cowardly of you.

    • reta

      Reread article. Take off your filter. It is saying, which few know and obviously you are one of them, that Venice has been more benevolent toward the homeless than any other City in California. Wow, what a statement that is … other than Santa Cruz. And yet, the City wants Venice to use their prime real estate to provide even more for the homeless. Time for other cities to stand up and do their part, not just Venice. Do the dollar figure too–sell the properties and provide more for homeless elsewhere.

      • Anonymous

        The residents of Venice are being asked by, not only Councilman Bonin, but by the rest of the City, County and the Social Service industry to pay for problems created, and not being mitigated, all over the country… Yet after years and years of having this forced upon us, we are again being called NIMBYs for not taking an even larger portion of the adversity in stride, suck it up, and learn to live within a large transient campground until an unspecified amount of housing is made in unspecified areas all over the county within an unspecified amount of time. Lots of unspecifieds, yet we are supposed to go along with a plan that has no specific goal or end in sight. But I guess that anyone who does not agree is a bigot and should not be allowed to voice a protest… I have an idea; why doesn’t the City of LA buy everyone’s property at market rate and turn it ALL into a homeless habitat…

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