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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Housing? Sure, Elsewhere

By Darryl DuFay

Steve Lopez homeless propagandist interjects himself into the “Bridge Home” debate. Chris Tilly of the VCHC Board of Director’s family fame is liberally quoted.

Venetians are not buying the sanctification of “Bridge Home” especially when Venice is being justified as the “only” appropriate location in Council District 11.

Venice already has 48 percent of the homeless in CD11. It seems so easy to use that fact. We are “one of ten” CD11 communities. How could a few more make any difference? So what if this confused “Bridge Home” adventure sends out a clarion call to come to an awaiting nirvana called Venice.

Bonin continues to talk of Brentwood when discussing the VA bridge housing, implying that the VA is CD11 bridge housing. That is dishonest. Brentwood is only adjacent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles (WLA) campus.

The WLA Veterans Affairs campus is 388 acres separate from Brentwood, The WLA Veterans Affairs campus belongs to the U.S. Government and is administered by Veterans Affairs. The council office announced that the VA was going to do a “Bridge Home” dedicated for Veterans but the VA has not provided a notification or verification of such.

Another wonderful Catch 22! With Venice’s present situation, it is a Catch 44!


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