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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Venice Has 47 Percent Increase in Homelessness, 539 More Homeless


Venice has a 47 percent increase in homelessness, an increase of more than 539 homeless, according to the recent LAHSA figures for the 2020 January count.

Los Angeles County’s homeless population grew by 12.7 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year and LA City increased by 14.2 percent.

According to Darryl DuFay homeless in CD11 increased by 40 percent and Venice now has 61 percent of the CD11 homeless.

The following shows more graphically where they were on the streets of Venice.

Below is another statistical sheet from LAHSA showing other statistical data for Venice illustrating how hard it is to determine the proper statistics, just for Venice.

Below is the revised 2019 count showing 1128 with 18 additional showing up in the footnote, verifying the 1146.

LA County Homeless Increases 13 Percent; LA City Increases 14 Percent

By Darryl DuFay

Los Angeles County homeless count increased 13 percent and LA City increased 14 percent. LA County added 8000 to 66,433; LA City is now 41,290.

The breakdown per city is not available yet.

The LA County/City Annual Homeless Count was taken by LASHA last January 2020. June is the usual time of year to release the Report. LAHSA who conducts the Count has been under scrutiny by the LA City Council, which had a number of concerns,. Heidi Marston is their new Executive Director who replaced Peter Lynn last December after his five years with the organization. It was a quick departure when serious questions were asked about the validity of previous Homeless Counts by the LA Times regarding drug use.

LA Times article.

Another Death on 3rd Ave at Rose

Police find another body on 3rd Ave at Rose. Scuttlebutt has it that it might be an overdose of intravenous drugs … that person had been deceased many days … that person had been sent home but returned to Venice, to drugs.

Conservative Ring Writes about the Demise of Venice Beach Because of Progressive Movement

Conservative Ed Ring writes another article about the progressive movement and the demise of Venice Beach. Read article.

He mentions the 40-unit on Lincoln Blvd, the 154-bed housing at Sunset, and the 140-unit Venice Median project.

Judge Carter Tries to Get Officials Moving on an Area So that Enforcement Can Begin

US District Judge David O. Carter has tried to get  those who sue the city on behalf of the homeless,  those business people who are suing the city,   the politicians who have had their say and opportunities to all get together and provide a plan by this Wednesday (20 May) to implement Friday just to house those living under the bypasses, near the freeways, etc. calling that area not healthy.  It came about when someone suggested using the Caltrans lot near 16th and Maple for homeless and then it was decided that was too close to the freeway to be healthy.  Wednesday there is to be a plan and implementation is to take place Friday.  See story.

Mayor Garcetti has claimed it is not a good idea because these people might go into the neighborhoods.  The CDC has said it might spread the flu to neighborhoods.   Why would they think these people do not go into the neighborhoods now?  One man from an anti-poverty group said he didn’t know how it could be enforced without the police.  Mark Ryavec said they go to the freeway underpasses because it provides some shelter.  LAHSA says they are concentrating on 65 and older.  Councilman Bonin wants to include Penmar Park.  The judge is trying to determine a group they can and should be helped so that enforcement can start.  If enforcement is not accomplished soon, Los Angeles could be caught in a larger fight for life caused by the utter lack of sanitation that is occurring.  Enforcement has to start somewhere.

The LA Times had a story that showed only about half the places leased are used and it looked like LA lagged behind other counties because of lack of preparing places and adequate staff.  See story.

 

 

 

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-20/homeless-freeway-relocate-court-order-coronavirus-los-angeles-judge-david-carter

Mayor Claims Housed Give Coronavirus to Homeless

By Darryl DuFay

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on the ABC7 Eyewitness Newsmaker show on Sunday, April 5th at 3:30 p.m. It was moderated by Adrienne Alpert.

It was a show on the coronavirus. During the last half of the program the issue of the involvement of the homeless was discussed. The mayor reviewed the opening of city recreation centers and housing in hotels for the homeless and other services to support them such as street hand washing stations.

Then the mayor made an amazing statement to the effect that the virus affecting the homeless came from those of us who were housed and brought to the unhoused homeless. Ms. Alpert didn’t question that assertion.

So now we know Eric’s thinking about how the virus appearing in the homeless population arrived there.

Videos Show Lack of Law and Order on 3rd Ave, Venice

Rick Swinger

Following is a series of videos taken on 3rd Ave, Venice, and are examples of our local government’s failure to uphold law and order.

Fight Back Venice Gives Rebuttal to VCH Lincoln Apartments

Fight Back Venice gives their facts regarding the 40-unit project proposed for Lincoln Blvd near Washington Blvd to be built by Venice Community Housing Corporation. Half the residents will be between the ages of 18 and 26 and the other half is proposed for mentally ill.

Judge Carter Holds Out-of-Box Meet on Homelessness and Gets Solutions

Judge David Carter of Orange County fame gets together with Mayors, Chiefs of Police and Fire, housing suppliers, service providers, members of city councils in LA County and people from Orange County to think out of the box trying to get the homeless off the street into shelters ASAP in light of the coronavirus.

Note: This is a fascinating transcript of possibilities Judge Carter brokered. These are only some of the notes. This is a good read.

This is the description of the transcript: Transcript of March 19, 2020 proceedings in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge David O. Carter — an emergency hearing on what can be done to quickly to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles County amid the coronavirus outbreak. for a lawsuit filed by the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, a group of business owners, downtown residents and others who are demanding solutions to what they call unsafe and inhumane conditions in encampments.

Mayor Eric Garcetti talks first about the units in place, how many that will be in place 1 July, how many are still in the works.

Carter talks about need to get mental institutions open, particularly the mental institution in Northridge.

According to Judge Dave Carter only about 60 percent of the homeless will accept housing; the others will drift into other neighborhoods. So he figured 60 percent of LA’s City’s 37 to 38,000 was 25,000.

Apparently North Dakota has a deal to provide 20,000 units of some kind. Shelters can be put up in 28 days. $1.9 million for 70 beds that can be turned into 140 beds or 13.5 thousand per unit. Kevin de Leon has a deal to provide Orange County with 4000 but could have 20,ooo tied up. Everyone wants them now, including Oakland. This was brokered as they talked.

Where to put them? City owned property? Salvation Army stepped up and agreed to put them in their store fronts free of rent if they could run them. They have 60 to 70 storefronts.

Venice Has Nine Cases of Coronavirus; Homeless Do Not Take Isolation Seriously; City Not Providing SEC Zone

Nine cases of Coronavirus reported in Venice as of Thursday, 26 March, according to LA County Department of Public Health. Non homeless residents fear for their health.

A film was recorded of homeless residents not abiding by the isolation regulation established by the state and city.

City has not implemented the SEC (Special Enforcement and Cleaning) zone as promised starting 9 March in spite of it supposedly being implemented. The City brought in toilets and wash stations here and there making it one large encampment.

There are complaints by housed residents of lack of trash cleanup, bulky-item pickup, and OSHA violations regarding the toilets and the wash stations as well as not maintaining the proper distance and isolation requirements established by State and City authorities. Rick Swinger posted on Councilman Mike Bonin’s Facebook page that operator had no face mask and gloves on and was eating near the wash station. His comment was later removed from Facebook page. During the rain people stayed inside their tents and the trash was removed.

The following are pictures by Rick Swinger of what it happening in encampment areas of Hampton and 3rd and Rose.