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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Strangling of CEQA Moves Forward

By Darryl DuFay

The strangling of CEQA moves forward.

Today’s LA Times article on homeless shelters (below). Right in the center is Venice’s “Bridge to Home” proposed 154 bed “temporary, transitional, homeless shelter” on the former MTA bus lot. It is one of 15 shelters proposed by Mayor Gil Garcetti.

In this wide ranging article look for:

Mark Ryavec and his Venice Stakeholders Association $200,000 MTA shelter lawsuit, which just recently a “LA County Superior Court judge denied the organization’s bid for a temporary injunction against the construction of the shelter but allowed the case to proceed.” His logic was that a shelter is better than having the homeless on the sidewalks.

The statewide “proposal” by Governor Gavin Newsom to set a nine-month limit on using CEQA litigation against shelters.

Senate Bill 48 by State Sen. Scott Wiener (San Francisco) to allow some shelters to avoid the CEQA process. This is the same Senator that has roiled communities with his Senate Bill 50 to increase building density in transportation corridors and do away with single family residence zoning because it is not dense enough.




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