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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Comments–16 May 2016

Sussan Heins
and so the comment gives readers the false impression that this was addressed. It’s misleading. No one who Debbie mentioned ever contacted me. No one.

Keep Neighborhoods First
Airbnb: how US civil rights laws allow racial discrimination on the site. The sharing economy exists in a legal grey area beyond the reach of hard-won civil rights laws, and black users say they experience discrimination as a result. A 2015 study by researchers at Harvard Business School found evidence of “widespread discrimination against African-American guests” by Airbnb hosts, and many black Twitter users have begun sharing their experiences of rejection on the short-term rental platform using the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack.

Airbnb’s burden to end any racial bias in its rentals!Airbnb’s pro-diversity ads are not enough. Airbnb has a race problem that the tech giant has a moral, if not legal, duty to expunge from its self-described “trusted community marketplace

Ron Galpern, City Controller, newsletter
Did you know that 458 of our sworn police officers are doing administrative jobs that require no formal police training?

That’s the key finding of the audit my office recently released. Sworn officers in the LAPD are performing tasks such as managing the police department’s social media accounts, maintaining equipment rooms and tracking the flow of documents. All of these jobs could be handed over to civilian employees, who, on average, earn $44,000 per year less in wages and benefits than sworn officers.

Kip Pardue
Hello, my name is Kip Pardue. I live in Venice and know many of you personally but wanted to start this chain formally…

Just recently, Councilman Mike Bonin revealed his plans to help Venice “end” homelessness. The cornerstone of that plan seems to be building at 90-unit permanent supportive housing complex in the parking lot between North and South Venice Blvds at Pacifc and Dell Avenues.

I could go on and on about how or why this is a bad idea for Venice…but I think saying that it effectively seals the fate of the neighborhood is not without hyperbole. Building a single-purpose building dictates that our neighborhood will truly be locked in as the home of the homeless forever. Zero opportunity for growth, zero opportunity for community building, and zero hope for current residents.

Here is how we can all help Venice…let’s stay connected and grow this chain. For so long, Bonin and the city have heard mainly two voices from Venice – the social service providers, who are organized and LOUD and dominate, and the voice of Mark Ryavec. While Mark has battled valiantly and will certainly continue to do so (with many of us supporting him), the city NEEDS TO HEAR FROM MORE OF US. Hopefully this chain can grow (Please, add whomever…the more mass we achieve the more our voice will be heard) and provide more information for all of us. There are a few resources out there, the wonderful Venice Update, Yo! Venice…but not everyone is aware or chimes in on public forums. Hopefully, this can start another opportunity for true Venice residents to gather.

I am currently setting a meeting with Bonin – probably sometime next week. I am also meeting with developers with hopes to solidify a plan that will help Venice grow positively….The lot in question abuts my home – so I certainly have a stake in this – and would love input from more in the community for ideas of how you see this lot in the future.

Things ARE moving forward with Bonin’s plan. He has applied for an RFP (Request for Proposal) with the LADOT. To my knowledge, he has not spoken to one resident in the immediate area. Mayor Garcetti has said publicly that his plan includes “building on city-owned lots and SELLING city owned-property.” I find it very hard to believe the city has a more valuable piece of property anywhere (not the mention the property tax incentives of market-rate housing and commercial units if developed) and I am going to encourage Bonin/Garcetti to sell, pocket the $20-30 million, and build elsewhere in Venice (along Lincoln Blvd, where there is far less residential and further from the boardwalk) AND elsewhere in CD11.

This is going to be a tremendous battle and I would love your help. I have a young son whom I would love to see grow up in a safe, sane, and clean Venice. One where he is not harassed daily by strung-out kids and weed salesmen.

We are not without compassion…but selling the message that the homeless population in Venice is unlike any other in the city is VITAL. Please help me make sure the world knows that we are in a crisis…one that cannot be solved with mobile showers or 24-hour restrooms and free housing at the beach. We love to help those who need it and deserve it…but keeping the status quo – actually accelerating it – will doom our neighborhood.

In the future, all the emails will run through this address:

Nic Bartolotta

Yolanda Gonzalez

A young girl was raped in Lincoln Heights at one of the bathrooms at Lincoln Park. And they want us to have 24-hour open bathrooms at the beach.
Also there was a report on late news about homeless on Nowita. Undocumented hanging around there.
There is a couple graffiting the neighborhood a young black man and white woman with blue paint cans. I saw them personally graffiting on Sunday behind French Cafe. Could not get a response from police. Went looking for a police car down on Washington. And requested police patrol.
They are painting mustaches and eyes.

Spot Zoning

Short term Rentals

Amy Alcon
Ref Update campaign info
This is so important — thank you so much for putting out the VNC candidates’ positions. This is a huge public service.

Stewart Oscars
1164 Van Buren, Venice.

Tagging on another Van by SONOE. More criminal destruction in Venice.

Judy Goldman
As you know, many of us have been working day and night for the past three years fighting against the tidal wave of short-term rentals in Venice. Over this period of time, our community has drastically changed. We I have all seen entire rent-stabilized buildings converted into short-term rentals, long-term residents displaced in favor of vacationing tourists, and increasing problems of public safety, noise, and trash.

Next Saturday will be the culmination of all that hard work. The Department of City Planning will hold a special hearing next Saturday, May 21 at 10:00am, to receive public comment about the draft short-term rental ordinance that was just released. Although the draft is not perfect, I believe it is a good framework and a step in the right direction. I’ve heard from many of you that the ordinance does not go far enough, and I too share those concerns. But the ordinance does contain these core principles that I believe we need to support:

1. Registration & Platform Disclosure Requirements: In order for the city to enforce this ordinance, they must have a manner of record-keeping to see who is following the law and who is not. The only way to do this is to require every host to register with the city and pay appropriate taxes. Hosting platforms such as AirBnB and HomeAway must also be required to take down the illegal listings of hosts that have not registered or are not complying with the rules. If platforms are not required to do this, then hosts have no incentive to register and follow the law.

2. No Short-Term Rental of RSO Units: Under the draft ordinance, the short-term rental of RSO units is prohibited. Los Angeles is in a deep housing crisis, and we have all witnessed first-hand the loss of affordable housing because of short-term rentals. This has decreased supply, and increased housing costs for our friends and neighbors. We need to protect this special class of affordable housing from profiteers, and save each and every housing unit we can.

3. Primary Residence: Only the primary residence of a host can be used for short-term rentals. This means uninhabited vacation and second homes or the additional units in a duplex or triplex do not qualify. The rentals of vacant properties by those not living on-site are more likely to involve nuisance behavior such as loud parties, increased trash/litter, and parking issues.

4. Enforcement: We also must keep pressing our city leaders to sufficiently allocate the right financial resources needed for enforcement. We need constant supervision and enforcement to keep short-term rentals at bay.

Without these provisions, the draft ordinance becomes unworkable and completely unenforceable.

I ask that you join me next Saturday, May 21 at the hearing to support these principles, share your additional concerns, and make your voice heard!

Wolf Seeberg

(Photo courtesy of Wolf Seeberg.)

Mike Benvo
Just wanted to let you know that a sweatshirt with all of these contents including a wrench, some tools, a screwdriver, a bright flashlight, a marker, and cigarettes were found on my doorstep.

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