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New CDP Being Submitted to Maintain Beach Curfew Hours; Hearing 5 October

A hearing will be conducted by the City Department of Engineering to discuss the “on-going” implementation of the beach operating hours Thursday, 5 October, 6 pm at the Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd,  Westchester 90045 (Lincoln and Manchester.)

At the heart of this is the curfew hours from midnight to 5 am.  The curfew from midnight to 5 am affects Dockweiler, Venice, and Will Roger Beaches in Council District 11.

A new Coastal Development Permit (CDP) is being applied for by Department of Recreation and Parks to maintain the beach operating hours with the beach curfew and to resolve the legal question regarding the need for the CDP since the curfew was originally approved in 1989.

The Bureau of Engineering public hearing is the first step in this public process. After the October 5th public hearing, the City Engineer will issue a determination regarding the application. The City Engineer’s decision is appealable to the Board of Public Works and will ultimately be considered by the California Coastal Commission. There will be opportunity for additional public input at each step of the process.

The Bureau of Engineering has requested that all written comments be received by 4 pm on October 6, 2017, in order to be fully considered before they issue any decision.  Address comments to:

City of Los Angeles Bureau of Public Works

Bureau of Engineering, Environmental Management Group

Attention: William Jones, Environmental Supervisor II

1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939

Los Angeles, CA 90015-2213

“Although the application was submitted by the Recreation and Parks Department and my office does not have a formal role in the decision-making process, this matter affects the residents of CD 11, and I encourage you to get involved as this decision is made,” Councilman Mike Bonin.



Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous

    Why is this happening? Is there any way to stop it? What does the Bonin council office owe to people who come from all over to squat on our streets? This all makes little sense. Why lie and deflect? Why not be truthful and tell us he is going to do this here in Venice, and only Venice? Why are there so few “plans” outside of Venice? Why can other areas, even in CD11, be able to opt out of proposals while we are lied to and not even allowed complete information, or any information at all?

    • Jack Kelly

      California Coastal Comission has jurisdiction over the beach. That it is the way the voters here in California want it. The beach is for everybody, not just the residents, most of whom never use it anyway. Bottom line is that one of the primary responsibilities of the Coastal Commission is seeing to it that the beach is accessible to the general public. This curfew prevents the general public from enjoying the beach in the evenings and as such, it is up to the Coastal Commission to decide if it is a reasonable impediment or not. The City of L.A. overstepped its authority when it enacted this curfew. And no there is no way for you or anybody else to stop these proceedings. And if the Coastal Commission decides that this curfew needs to be lifted there will nothing that you or anybody else will be able to do about that either.

  2. Nick Z

    I wouldn’t equate the two in this instance. Opening the bathrooms for 24-hours makes sense. There is already a huge homeless population there that clearly hasn’t been discouraged from growing by the lack of toilets. Opening them will reduce the amount of human waste that gets deposited in the alleys and beaches. Eliminating the curfew on the other hand is madness. It just means the homeless will move onto the beach and into the dark, where their needles, liquor bottles and other garbage will get mixed in with the sand. Imagine the lawsuits from tourists whose kids get pricked by heroin needles when building sandcastles.

  3. Venice Mom

    How do you know Bonin is lying? When his lips are moving. He says his office doesn’t have a role in the Venice Beach curfew decision-making process, yet on 4-16-16 he alone presented a motion to City Council asking them to consider lifting the curfew on Venice Beach restrooms. As a result, the City Attorney drafted an ordinance allowing for 24 hr. access to Venice Beach restrooms and the ordinance was referred to the Arts, Parks Committee and General Services Committee on 7-7-17 and is still pending. To see the actual documents, please access: https://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=15-1138-S10
    Bonin lies to his constituents yet again!

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