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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Ursua Gives Interview to Epoch News Regarding Venice Homeless

Soledad Ursua, resident and member of Venice Neighborhood Council, gives factual interview with the Epoch News regarding the homeless in Venice, which can be projected to the City of Los Angeles and the state of California.  She delves into the costs, the reasons things are not getting better but worse.  She sees no end to the situation because the government/s continue not to stop people from coming.  How many states are there where one can use drugs, do as he pleases, live on the beach, and not be harassed?  Is that not a draw?  She claims 70 percent are from out of state.


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Photo taken by Celeste Chada after the storm that happened Sunday, 27 December thru Monday, 28 December 2020. Photo shows the homeless gear at the beach at the end of Rose Avenue.

Hollywood’s Rich and Famous are Fleeing City Because of Liberal Politics that Plague LA

Hollywood’s Apocalypse NOW: Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals


Bonin Changes Mind and LAPD to Enforce 63.44 at Venice Beach

By Gale Holland
In an abrupt turnaround, Los Angeles police will resume enforcing a ban on homeless people pitching tents and lean-tos on the beach and grass areas around the Venice boardwalkIn an abrupt turnaround, Los Angeles police will resume enforcing a ban on homeless people pitching tents and lean-tos on the beach and grass areas around the Venice boardwalk.

On Wednesday, LAPD Chief Michael Moore emailed Venice homeowner and activist Mark Ryavec that he and Westside City Councilman Mike Bonin had decided police would not enforce an anti-camping law in Venice in light of concerns from health officials that displacing homeless people could spread the novel coronavirus.

But the next day, Moore said in a follow up email to Ryavec that Bonin had decided to leave the decision to the LAPD. Department officials chose to reverse course, saying officers will begin cracking down on camps on the sand immediately and those on grass areas after the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has had a chance to find spots in shelters for people.

Ryavec, who heads Venice Stakeholders Assn., said the homeless people violated safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control by moving in over the last few weeks as the virus continued to spread.

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-21/lapd-resumes-clearing-tents-from-venice-beach (Normally, the story would not be repeated but because it is so important and such a short story, it is repeated with the link.)


Camping Restrictions on Venice Beach to be Lifted

All camping restrictions of LAMC 63.44 from the Ocean to and including the Venice Boardwalk will not be enforced by the LAPD, according to Venice Field Deputy Nisa Kove.

This goes along with the City’s agreement ban on no enforcement of the LAMC 41.18, which has similar restrictions for Los Angeles. Apparently, the latter is voluntary by district and one councilman is not enforcing it in his district.

Meanwhile, Kove announced that the Venice Bridge Housing had 88 occupants in the adult section and 43 in the youth section. The full capacity should be 100/54. Based on the Ninth Circuit Court decision of an available bed for people on the street, one asks of the City where does enforcement stand?

“The law is being misapplied as it has been from the start,” according to one Fight Back Venice reader. “No legal reason 41.18 cannot be enforced — like most laws — on a person by person basis in Venice against anyone who is offered but refuses to take Bridge Home beds.”

US District Court Judge David O. Carter has an alliance that is removing homeless from the freeway areas for a start so enforcement of the City laws can start somewhere.

It all becomes confusing for both the homeless and residents. All parking restriction enforcement has been removed also until 1 October.

LAPD given directive not to enforce ‘no camping law’ on beach for now

Homeless Encampment Endangers Oxford Triangle Homeowners and Apartment Dwellers Sunday Morning

(Video and photos are by anonymou.)

Homeless encampment fire endangers lives of downwind 188-unit apartment dwellers (32 feet from blaze) plus community in gated Oxford Triangle community (40 feet) Sunday about 1 am.

Had fire been allowed to spread up the street it would have endangered 317 apartment dwellers and Oxford Triangle single-family homes.

Supposedly, the hands of the police are tied because homeless encampment is on the right of way of public land to be developed for senior, low-cost, and psh housing but presently held by the City.

“How much craziness do people have to endure,” one homeowner asked who wanted to remain anonymous. “This is beyond reason. Homeowners have offered to pay for and install the fence that would cover the right of way to protect the homeowners and apartment dwellers. Fence would exclude the homeless encampment which grows each day.

“We are not mentioning the drug dealing that kids and adults both walking to Admiralty park and living adjacent to witness each day. One man has recorded the license plates of two Mercedes cars bringing in bicycles that are then reassembled for the drug runners. Info has been sent to police.

“We want this element out of our neighborhood. This is wrong. Peoples lives and livelihoods are dangling in front of the homeless. The City should send in a crew immediately and remove this element.”


VNC to Vote on Enforcement of ADA Motion

The Venice Neighborhood Council will meet Tuesday, 18 August, 7 pm in a zoom meeting.  Zoom link not available yet.  Go to VeniceNC.org to get link.  Council will consider a motion asking  City to allow police to enforce the federal law concerning leaving sufficient space for a wheelchair to move on the sidewalks of Venice.  The City has preempted enforcement of the Federal law.





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.