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Pardue Wants Councilman to Question FAA About Using LAX Project for Homeless; Great Opportunity


By Kip Pardue

Yesterday I sent an email asking why housing was not part of the recently-approved LAX-adjacent development.  Councilman Bonin’s office immediately responded by saying the land is bound by FAA regulations and therefore cannot contain housing of any kind.

To me, this begs further questions:  How hard to did the Councilman fight for housing on this property, if at all?  There are private homes on the north end of the property – so ostensibly, proximity to LAX is not an issue (there is also a high school and a golf course).  The development plans include retail, office space, and green space – all of which will host people daily – so pollution or noise is not too much of a concern.  This property is HUGE – over a half of a square mile – parts of which would be perfect for housing of all types, especially housing for the homeless.

I certainly don’t deny that the FAA has a bureaucratic definition of how their land is developed.  But the current housing situation, by Bonin’s own admission and campaigning (and by what we all see each day), is in crisis.  A literal State of Emergency.  The councilman was recently in Sacremento asking the governor for a BILLION dollars to combat the homeless crisis.  Along those lines, was every stone unturned in the LAX development?  It seems to me that anyone who is focuses on “ending homelessness” would fight for any and all opportunities to actually end it.

Bonin repeatedly told me that all that is needed to build more housing is land – the money for the building is readily available.  Was this land fought for?  How could this seemingly arbitrary FAA regulation be more thorny than building on the most expensive real estate in LA, surrounded by families, elementary schools, tourists, and raging homelessness?  How could Bonin not plead with federal and state officials to lease and isolated 3 acres of this property?  This work would almost certainly be less of a climb than asking for one billion tax-payer-dollars.  And if these steps were in fact taken by Bonin, why were they not done publicly (the way he very publicly put the Venice Blvd lots in the housing for the homeless category)?

This seems like a lost opportunity for Venice and all of LA.  I truly hope the councilman fought as hard for housing there as he has for housing in Venice.


Comments (4)

  1. Nick Antonicello

    Well said Venice Mom. Eliminating homelessness is a good thing, enabling it serves no one well. Let’s solve the problem and clean-up Venice Beach is now beyond embarrassing with all the encampments and tents. How this is tolerated goes to to display the incompetence of Bonin to get anything done.

  2. Kip, it sounds to me like you want to kick the homeless out of Venice and put them up in Westchester or somewhere else. They want to also build low income housing in Venice. We need low income housing and homeless housing in Venice. We need to make Venice for everyone. The homeless issue is now state wide. You can’t make any excuses anymore. The money is already being set aside and thankfully the government stepped in and said enough is enough. Investors had there fun, and now it’s time to put things back into balance. Even if it means slow growth for the next 30-50 years. The dream was supposed to be about equality and not about the investor class running a muck. Smart growth and slow growth is now the main goal and it’s about time. I’m sure people who own property in Venice would love to see properties flip for over 20 million dollars left and right. Sorry, not going to happen. We need to Save Venice now.

    • VeniceMom

      LivingisfreeinVeniceCalifornia, Kip represents the feelings of a majority of the Venice residents. You want to blame everything on the investors and you never address the concerns of the thousands of residents who are trying to live safe lives and raise families in a neighborhood that is not going to be overrun with alcoholics, drug addicts, and the mentally ill. I am all for helping those who need and who ask for help, but it doesn’t have to be in the middle of a residential neighborhood where there is limited space to build. I grew up in an area of San Francisco that was populated with the homeless and drug addicts. I saw my share of violence at a young age. Just last week a 49 yr. old man living in a homeless shelter located in a NY neighborhood stabbed a 17 yr. old because the teen didn’t give him enough of a handout. I don’t want my young daughter to grow up in that kind of environment.

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