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Cartoon Man Delivers His Cartoons and Comments at Venice Median Meet

Cartoon Man handed out his cartoons and fact sheets on the Venice Homeless Projects Thursday at the Venice Median meet.

Cartoon Man wanted to clarify his position in that he wants people to realize the imbalance of the homeless project placements throughout Bonin’s CD11 district.

Just to clarify, I strongly believe Venice has a important role to play in addressing homelessness. I just think the burden should be distributed evenly across Bonin’s district and other parts of the city. Bonin has 9 initiatives planned for Venice, but none for the Palisades, Brentwood, Mar Vista or Westchester. And he is ramming his plans down our throats without proper communication or process. The interests of Venice renters and homeowners need to be taken into consideration. Bonin is not doing that.

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Comments (16)

  1. Jack Herman

    The same people who are opining that all of this housing and services will just attract more homeless people are all the same people who are always complaining that the homeless here in Venice are “service resistant.” You’re talking out of both sides of their mouths, people. And you’re not fooling anybody but yourselves. To paraphrase Dick Cheney Help for the Homeless Is On The Way.

    • Christian Wrede

      Under the CES Placement system, housing projects in Venice will not only take people in from the Palisades, Brentwood and other parts of District 11 that Bonin has chosen to protect, but also from MALIBU, SANTA MONICA, BEVERLY HILLS & CULVER CITY, which are not even part of the City of Los Angeles yet are taking advantage of our relief efforts.

      That strikes me as unfair (in that Venice is left holding the bag for its much wealthier and safer neighbors) and inefficient (in that it promotes free loading by other cities).

      I don’t see how people can take issue with the idea that the burden should be distributed evenly throughout the City and across each Council District. That just seems right to me. What am I missing?

      • reta

        Thanks Chris for bringing this imbalance out. Yes, Service Planning Area 5, or SPA 5, serves the communities of Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, and Venice. The Coordinated Entry System (CES) application filled out for a homeless individual by the City, County, Community workers (C-3) will go to the SPA5 for housing selection.

        Venice residents do not feel it is fair, as you state, that Venice should have the increased burden for housing them. Venice already has 1 homeless for every 40 residents, an unequaled statistic, other than for Santa Cruz, in the state of California. That is a drastic, telling statistic. Now properties are being planned to house more homeless and not homeless from Venice. The “Plan to End Homeless in Venice” is a misnomer as stated by Councilman Mike Bonin. Venetians are eager to do their part, but perhaps, in having already done more than their part, they are being taken advantage of. The scale of what is justice is just not balanced.

  2. Nick Antonicello

    Cartoon Man would make Thomas Nast very proud. #Vexit

  3. Bruce

    860 acres of land being rezoned in Westchester near LAX- no affordable or homeless housing planned – http://planning.lacity.org/InternetCalendar/pdf.aspx?Id=55973 some areas previously zoned for residential being changed to commercial. Why can’t other parts of CD 11 also accommodate affordable housing besides Venice?

  4. Christian Wrede

    Just to clarify, I strongly believe Venice has a important role to play in addressing homelessness. I just think the burden should be distributed evenly across Bonin’s district and other parts of the city. Bonin has 9 initiatives planned for Venice, but none for the Palisades, Brentwood, Mar Vista or Westchester. And he is ramming his plans down our throats without proper communication or process. The interests of Venice renters and homeowners need to be taken into consideration. Bonin is not doing that.

  5. Billy Zanatakos

    Jack, now you’re shooting straight. Well said.

  6. Billy Zanatakos

    The Homeless are finally going to get a big piece of the Venice pie that is well deserved and sorely needed. Silly Jim Crow tactic cartoons depicting the poor as criminals will not sway the overwhelming CD11 support of Bonin plan for Venice. Nobody really listens to this right wing nonsense, especially Bonin. Everybody knows Venice is an extreme left-wing community and proud and honored in welcoming supportive services and housing to the homeless population where ever they come from. Thanks to Bonin Venice will take the lead role in the city for providing services to the poor.

    • James

      Clearly you were not at the meeting yesterday if you think Venice is approving of these developments.

    • Anonymous

      The conversation to end homelessness in Venice does not merit a left wing/right wing paradigm. I have only voted for 1 GOP candidate my whole life (and I’m 65). Chris Wrede and the rest of his study group (of which I am a member) supports the street interventions of Regina and Steve Weller and the collaborative housing models of S.H.A.R.E. to end homelessness in Venice as opposed to supporting street transients from camping out on our streets. Please stop using ideology to solve a very vexing social problem

      • Billy Zanatakos

        Anonymous Rick from Santa Rosa, You don’t need a study group to figure out what is going to happen. Bonin and the rest of CD11 have decided that Venice will be the homeless hub for his district. Unless you’re study group comands a larger voting block, I really don’t see anything changing for the future of Venice. I don’t even think the Russians could help you out of this one. Why do you think the homeless flock to Venice anyway? Because they are not harassed like they are everywhere else in the city. I will sum it up in a nutshell. The bigger nimbies in this city have pulled rank and support Bonins plan. Do you really think Bonin cares about the study plan you concocked to get rid of the homeless in Venice. Nimbisim is a disese.

  7. Jack Herman

    What Chris Wrede (and others of his ilk) fail to realize is that if a homeless person has a place to live then they are no longer homeless !

    • James

      The concern is whether Venice to taking on more of the burden than other parts of Los Angeles and how to ensure Venice doesn’t become an even greater magnet for more/new homeless people if so many services are here.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, Chris and the rest of us in our local study support street intervention efforts by Regina and Steve Weller and the collaborative housing approach of S.H.A.R.E, so our commitment is to end homelessness in Venice, and curtail our influx of street transients from coming out on our streets.

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