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Rec and Parks Approves Opening of Horizon Restrooms During Curfew; Captain Roberts Says No Curfew Enforcement At Restrooms When They are Open


Opening of the 12-bathroom cluster at Horizon and Ocean Front Walk was approved for opening 24 hours by the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners Wednesday (4 April).

Ordinance 63.44 was changed and approved for opening of all Venice Beach restrooms, 18 October 2017, and became effective 27 January 2018.  Recreation and Parks has approved of only the Horizon restroom cluster being opened at this time.

Ordinance 63.44 added:

S. Bathrooms, Locker Rooms and Cha11ging Areas 

1. Notwithstanding Subsection B.14(b), the Board may allow 24-hour access to the restrooms at Venice Beach. 

“T. Severability. “If any portion, subsection, sentence, clause or phase of this section is for any reason held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such a decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance. The City Council hereby declares that it would have passed this section and each portion of subsection, sentence, clause and phrase herein, irrespective of the fact that anyone or more portions, subsection, sentences, clauses or phrase be declared invalid.

Funding has been approved for one (1) full time employee, one (1) part time employee, custodial materials/supplies, and one (1) contract security guard who will be present with RAP cleaning staff for an eight (8) hour shift overnight, 365 days/year. Cost will be $255,406.

Opening of the bathroom cluster violates the midnight to 5 am beach curfew that is honored throughout council district 11. Curfew is from east side of Ocean Front Walk to the ocean. The Horizon restroom cluster will be excluded from the curfew.  Normal hours for the beach restrooms are 6 am to 10:30 pm.

Captain James Roberts of the LAPD Pacific Division was questioned as to how he planned to enforce the beach curfew in light of the opening of the restroom cluster at Horizon.  “We won’t enforce curfew at the restrooms during the hours the restrooms are open,” said Captain James Roberts. “We (the LAPD) mirror the will of the community, and the community has spoken insofar as the restroom hours issue is concerned. We will support that effort; one that was designed to mitigate health issues like the hepatitis outbreak we saw in San Diego recently, and in downtown Los Angeles this last week.”

Mark Ryavec, representing the Venice Stakeholders Association, and Andy Layman were there from Venice to speak against opening the restrooms. Robert Davis, superintendent of the Venice Beach, spoke for the opening. Ryavec said there was no discussion. When it will be open for extended hours is not known. The 12-unit, two of which are ADA compliant, has a plumbing problem.

Sue Pascoe, editor of the Palisades News, has an excellent story about the Venice restrooms entitled “Venice Beach Bathrooms are Open 24/7.”


Comments (5)

  1. David Ewing

    Interesting how some who have screamed the loudest about people defecating in the street or in yards are just as vocal in opposing any City effort to provide an alternative. Maybe there should be laws against naked displays of hypocrisy in public.

    • Anonymous

      Like the hypocrisy of those who scream the loudest against development who now support building the giagantic median project.

      Also, $250k to run a bathroom for a year? Whether one supports the bathrooms being open or not, that’s a large number. The need for security and cleanliness is obvious, but man…something is VERY wrong with this city’s “solutions.”

      • Nick Z

        $250k is high because all the labor will be union. But it’s also overnight in a dangerous location. Full-time means one overnight shift (5 days a week, 40 hours a week) and one-part time to cover weekends and vacations for the full time. Need a full time (8-hour shift)) security guard too. If they were private employees, it would probably cost around $175k all in, the extra $75k is the union tax.

    • Anonymous

      You’re not too smart David, just wait till some innocent tourist is attacked or killed at one of these restrooms/den of meth and heroin activity.

    • Anonymous

      You’re kidding right? If that ever happened you’d be the first one locked up.

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