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Bathrooms at Venice Beach Can be Open 27 January; Appeal to Curfew Preventing Access to be Heard Friday

City Council voted unanimously (one absentee) 26 December 2017 to allow Department of Parks and Recreation to open the bathrooms at Venice Beach.


The problem  is there is a midnight to 5 am curfew that governs the east side of the boardwalk at Venice Beach to the mean high tide and this is effective for all LA City beaches except as mentioned in (b) below.  The appeal will be heard Friday, 19 January at 10 am, room 350, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street by the Bureau of Public Works.

If you want the appeal denied and the curfew to remain, contact Dr. Fernando Campos at fernando.campos@lacity.org.

(b) No person shall enter, remain, stay or loiter in any park which consists of an ocean area, beach, or pier between the hours of 12:00 midnight’ and 5:00 o’clock a.m. of the following day; except that no person shall remain, stay or loiter on Royal Palms Beach between the hours of 8:00 o’clock p.m. and 5:00 o’clock a.m. of the following day. On any park which consists of an ocean area, beach, or pier subject to this Section, the supervising employee at such site may extend the 12:00 midnight closing time, or in the case of Royal Palms Beach the 8:00 o’clock p.m. closing time, to accommodate special events such as grunion runs and other events approved by the Department of Recreation and Parks or the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches, as applicable. (c) The closing and opening hours for each of the following parks or facilities shall be as follows:

The history is that the curfew has been in effect since 1989 and anti-curfew people say that there was no coastal development permit. The City said it did not need such. But now the City Department of Parks and Recreation has applied for a local Coastal Development Permit and a State Coastal Development Permit. City engineer issued the Coastal Development Permit November 2017 and that is what has been appealed by several local community activist groups.

These are the people or groups who have filed an appeal.

1. Appeal filed by Eric Ares, dated November 18, 2017.
2. Appeal filed by Elizabeth Benson Forer, Chief Executive Officer, Venice Family
Clinic, dated November 20, 2017.
3. Appeal filed by Peggy Lee Kennedy, Venice Justice Committee Co-Founder and
Organizer; Calvin E. Moss, Venice Justice Committee Co-Founder and Organizer;
and Robert Miles, Venice Justice Committee Member; dated November 19, 2017.
4. Appeal filed by Frank Tamborello, Executive Director, Hunger Action Los Angeles,
dated November 20, 2017.
5. Appeal filed by Suzanne Thompson, Co-Founder Venice Arts Council/Chair
Endangered Art Fund, dated November 20, 2017.
6. Appeal filed by Jed Pauker, dated November 19, 2017.
7. Appeal filed by Eric Ares, Deputy Director, Los Angeles Community Action Network,
dated November 21, 2017.
8. Appeal filed by Eric Ares, Southern California Homeless Bill of Rights Coalition,
dated November 21, 2017.

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