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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

9th Circuit Removes Sleeping-in-Car Ban; Ryavec Speaks on Issue

Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in essence it was okay for people to sleep in their vehicles. Venice has one of the largest homeless populations in the City.

City Attorney Mike Feuer said he would not appeal the 9th Circuit Court decision. He would work with other city officials to write a new ordinance that respects both the rights and needs of the homeless individuals and protect the quality of life in the neighborhood.

Councilman Mike Bonin said he would work with City Attorney Mike Feuer to come up with an adequate law.

LA Times editorial 24 June says LA must increase affordable housing.

Mark Ryavec, president of Venice Stakeholders Association, says the appeal should have been appealed and to say the City must deal with this is not realistic. “The City is bankrupt on paper and cannot deal with this,” he said in a KABC interview with Doug McIntrye. “The County is much more capable of dealing with this. Mark Ryavec-KABC interview.

“Not having this tool, this ordinance, invites turning Venice back into the Campground of America.”

Mark Ryavec was instrumental in getting a ban on RVs in the area with the ordinance that prohibits vehicles over 7 feet from parking in signed areas from 2 to 6 am.

Meanwhile, the police are without a tool to deal with this, as homeless sleep in their vehicles in front of homes.

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