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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Encampment Update — 26 April 2019

Seventh Ave is a total evolution … for the better. It is encouragement for all of Venice.Fourth has a couple more tenters. Penmar Park, which was cleaned Monday, has fewer tenters. Ocean Ave between North and South Venice Blvd continues to operate and encourage encampments on North Venice Blvd. Also have noticed the last few weeks that individual tenters are abandoning the safety or antagonization of a group and finding places to camp by themselves.

What is happening with Ocean Ave between North and South Venice Blvd is unknown. SLO Jennifer Muther is on vacation until 12 May. Meanwhile, Ocean Ave grows and North Venice Blvd at Ocean continues to grow and all of this is a violation of one kind or another. The north side of North Venice Blvd has been cleaned of all the debris.

Ocean Ave and North Venice Blvd
People continue to camp on the private property between the wall and the sidewalk in violation of LAMC 602. Picture shows them on the sidewalk also.

The car that grows on the Blvd is joined with a van that has a generator and some other things attached to it both in front and behind, making both vehicles in violation of California Vehicle Code 22669.

One tenter is in violation of some code regarding lobbing over into the public street as well as violating the ADA law.

Since SLO Jennifer Muther is on vacation, Sergeant Kevin Lowe, who is in charge of the SLO, was contacted but no answer yet.

Westminster Senior Center Park
Park has three encampments. Two are the same. The third one is new or has moved from another place in the park.


Hampton, south of Rose
There were two separate encampments. One has left the area and the remaining encampment looks a little smaller than it was.

Hampton, north of Rose
This is still the poster for homelessness. Approximately 10 sleep on west side of street. In the morning they are all up and out of the way. A contractor cleans the sidewalk. At night they return.

Fourth
Fourth Ave has increased in number of tenters, and with the exception of one, they are all ADA compliant.

7th Ave
There are no more homeless. That blight behind Whole Foods and in front of residential street is gone. Bright red cones line the sidewalk from one end of the block to the other. The cones divide the sidewalk from the property owned by the leasing company. It is over for the homeless. The property owner, who leases to Whole Foods, says his property line goes to the middle of the 10-foot sidewalk. One cannot live on private property in accordance with Penal Code 602. In addition, it was mentioned that Bread and Roses, a few doors west on Rose where people are fed for free, is temporarily closed. Monday Sanitation came and Whole Foods helped in the cleanup with Sanitation and the LAPD.

Penmar Park
Area west of Penmar Park was cleaned last Monday. There was still a lot of debris around and the alley garbage is increasing. One of the residents mentioned that Sanitation does not pick up the papers laying around. When asked where everyone had gone, the lady shrugged her shoulders and said that they would be back. Several tents were not there. Photos show the area in three sections.


Hideout Behind Thai
The area in the alley behind the Thai restaurant at the northeast corner of Venice and Lincoln Blvd is increasing in activity and bikes but the number living there seems to be the same. Someone should call the City. This is definitely an alley. Either that or allow homeowners to buy the alley.

Individual areas
The first one is off Venice Blvd past the fire station and across the street from Empty Space. The second one is at Penmar Park. The third one is in a culvert behind the French Cafe off Abbot Kinney Blvd. The fourth one is on Lincoln Blvd not far from Rose.



Comment (1)

  1. Bonehead Bonin

    Hands down, this weekly update of encampments is the best and most honest reporting of the decay and decline of Venice caused by so-called city leaders who perpetuate this behavior. Please keep it up, but consider covering as far west as the encampment at Venice under the 405. Thank you!!

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