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Two Homeless Update Meets: 8 September, Upate Plus Community Input; 15 September, Westminster Senior Center Storage Plan


Councilman Mike Bonin will hold a community input meet 8 September, 7 to 9 pm, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. to update community on his 18-point plan to end homelessness in Venice but mainly it is to hear input from the community. RSVP to councilman.

Councilman Mike Bonin will then meet 15 September, 6 to 8 pm, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, to focus specifically on the proposal for the Westminster Senior Center.

“The purpose of this meeting will be for neighbors to meet directly with LAHSA and Chrysalis (which will be operating storage and enrolling people who use the storage for services and housing) to discuss ground rules (i.e. operating hours) that will help make the storage facility a better fit in the neighborhood,” according to David Graham-Caso, communications director for Councilman Mike Bonin. RSVP to councilman.

Comments (3)

  1. Paul

    If Mr. Bonin actually thinks the homeless people living on the streets of Venice are going to actually gather and organize their belonging and properly store them at the Senior Center, he is completely out of touch. This plan solves nothing and is a complete waste of time, money and resources. By suspending the laws, as Bonin has done, it has dramatically increased the homeless population and crime in our neighborhood. By enabling the homeless to disregard the laws and do as they please gives them no incentive to consider outreach programs and alternative ways of moving forward to redemption. If you look at any recovery program, accountability, consistency are the main components.

    • Nick Z

      I do believe that Bonin has a half baked strategy. The biggest obstacle to cleaning up Venice isn’t the City, it’s the courts. The courts say that LA has not done enough to help the homeless and so can’t do things like ban sidewalk sleeping or throw away trash/”belongings”. Bonin believes that if LA offers storage and builds enough housing, we can create an argument to the courts that LA has made a good faith effort to help the homeless and so should be able to do the things that other cities like Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, etc. can do like clean up garbage and limit sleeping on sidewalks.

      My concern is that there is no guarantee that any of it will work and will raise our taxes and give up our public property for the benefit of people who could have moved here from NY two months ago. I want Bonin to say that if the City is not able to enforce basic quality of life ordinances, then the storage goes away and the tax/bond goes away. I also think any legal costs related to homeless litigation should come out of the bond money, and not the general fund. That will force people like Carol Sobel to really prove that her legal services are more valuable to the homeless than the money she is collecting.

  2. heidi

    Just remember that the same dollars dedicated to the Senior Center as storage facility for 130 people’s belongings for a year could have housed 107 people for a year with SHARE in Culver City. It’s facts like these that make me question every decision Bonin makes. All he’s done is double storage and housed no one. Doubled down on more of the same…

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