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Homelessness Main Topic of Mayor’s Budget


Homelessness takes center stage in Mayor’s budget, which will start 1 July, and would greatly affect Venice. Venice is second only to LA’s Skid Row in number of homeless. Councilman Mike Bonin previously addressed Venetians in a town hall giving his “End Homelessness in Venice” strategy.

According to LA Times, the Mayor’s budget allocates $138 million for homelessness in Los Angeles, starting 1 July. (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-garcetti-budget-20160420-story.html )
See also LA Times editorial, which champions the plan. (http://www.latimes.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=editorials–&target=all&spell=on )

The mayor’s staff is touting his proposed budget as a major step toward reversing that trend, saying it would provide $138 million for homeless programs during the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

In addition, there is a 2-billon plan proposed for the ballot in the fall to house homeless over the next decade.

Also there is a plan to sell city property or use it in partnership with private developers to build low-income housing. The following are eight properties that have been identified for such actions and were listed in the City Budget. One property is the City Maintenance Yard on Thatcher.


Yard has partially been abandoned for years because of lead paint. Neighbors complained about homeless using it as an encampment so both the Bureaus of Street Maintenance and Sanitation agreed to demolish the buildings and fence the property. Neighbors were given notice this week for demolition. (See
https://veniceupdate.com/2016/04/19/yard-going-neighbors-get-notification/ )

In addition, the Mayor’s budget listed properties targeted for “navigation/storage” and one of those properties is the Venice Westminster Senior Center on Pacific Avenue at Westminster.


Comment (1)

  1. Nick Antonicello

    The math doesn’t work or add up.

    Bonin’s proposal calls for a 10 year, $1.8 billion dollar investment or $180 million. We’re already at a deficit in year one ($42M) and there is no long-term funding source (That would come from LA County). Keep in mind the investment here is half of what was proposed for the Olympics ($4 billion) which is basically a three-week event!

    Where is the private partnership?

    Where is GOOGLE or SNAP CHAT?

    In the City of Newark Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to that inner city school district and FB isn’t even located in New Jersey!

    The City needs to secure a private commitment of dollars over the same 10-year period by these Silicon Beach titans who need to bear some financial responsibility as the windfall of cash tumbles through their doors!

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