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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

We Didn’t Start the Fire, Venice is Burning

 

Special thanks to Billy Joel, Performed by Mark Lennon of the band, Venice,
Produced by Nico Ruderman, Lyrics by Sean Obrien

Mike Bonin, Sheila Kuell, Gavin Newsome, what a fool
Autum Burke, Ted Lieu, Ben Allen have no clue
Garcetti, Eunuch in a trance, Scott Weiner in his pants
Third St., Boardwalk, Oakwood cant get a cop
Needles, feces, drug dealers, ocean breeze
Rubbish fires, Baseball bats chop shops, tons of rats
Encampments, Cherynoble, Carol Sobel thinks she’s noble
Rape, murder, suicide, no bail, it’s genocide
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Venice is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, as we tried to fight it.
Blue tarps, Got Junk, Venice in a funk
Out of State, imports, no support, Supreme Court
Prostitution, vandalism, saturation, devastation
Sanitation, hesitation, Venice annihilation
Nero on the roof, Government has no proof
Pelosi, ice cream, I just want to scream
Harris, VP, abandoned us to live her dream
People squatting on the Beach, methamphetamine
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Penmar is burning, since Bonin’s been learning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, but we’ve tried to fight it.
RV’s, heaps of trash, they wonder why we clash
Rising crime, too much grime, brother can you spare a dime
Hair cuts, trim suits, bureaucratic lawsuits
Jones Act, Boise, failed leaders, crazy
Tax base shrinking, City Council winking
Zombies peeing, Residents fleeing
Puppet show, quid pro quo, no go, Skid Row
Rezone, methadone, Venice a containment zone
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Third Street is burning, since Bonin’s been churning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, but we’ve tried to fight it.
Dogtown upside down, violent shantytown
Dereliction, mental crisis, drug addiction, hepatitis
Heroin, weed, booze, storm drains full of ooze
Echo Park clean up, Venice remains a dump
Covid, Bonin’s dream, no Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream
Sirens daily, Where’s The Guy who plays the ukulele
We didn’t’ start the Fire
The Boardwalk is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, Venice is blighted, As we’ve tried to fight it.
Homeless advocates, vagrants dropping pants
Sunset, Hampton, shelter box with a gun
Developers lobby, residents groggy
Venice a containment zone, I can’t leave my home
Tents around the school, beach and Rose cesspool
Venice strives, Lost Lives, but they all have knives
Too much alcohol, cant containment them all
Back again, bohemian, Monster on the Median
We didn’t’ start the Fire
Venice is burning, since Bonin’s been earning
We didn’t’ start the Fire, A new day will dawn,
Venice goes on and on and on and on and on and on an on and on and on and on

3rd Ave and LA Under 405 at Washington Place to Receive Enhanced, Daily Toilet and Cleaning Services; Hand Washing Stations Forthcoming

Third Ave has been receiving the portable shower-toilet facilities once a week but now will receive them daily as will the area under the 405 at Washington Place, just west of Sepulveda.

Hours of operation will be from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. They will be supervised with a cleaning person and removed at night.

In addition, because of the Coronavirus threat, there will be several “hand wash” stations throughout CD11. Press release is due out Monday.

City Approves Mobile Bathroom Facility Monies for Two Encampments

Two encampments–3rd and Rose and the Venice Blvd under the 405 Freeway at Globe will receive monies for mobile bathrooms and showers and rat-proof trash cans. Whether these facilities are the traveling kind or not is not specified in article. It is assumed that the showers are. Rose at 3rd has had this service before and has it once a week now. YoVenice article.

Sanitation Cleans North Side of 405 Underpass; Underpass Exemplifies Los Angeles-Culver City Homeless Policy Disparity

(13 June 2019) Hats off to the Bureau of Sanitation and all their workers.  The Los Angeles portion (north side) of the 405 underpass at Venice Blvd was cleaned this morning by Sanitation.

The other side (south side) is Culver City and they had a statement taped to the wall stating that property and debris would be removed 18 June.  Property they said would be stored for 90 days and debris would be disposed.

For the first time a tent was spotted on the Culver City side.  Councilman Mike Bonin has proposed that other cities share in the homelessness that is engulfing Los Angeles.  This underpass is an example of the contrast.

Dan, the Sanitation supervisor, said that the Venice Blvd was not a scheduled stop as is Ocean and 3rd in Venice.  Dan allowed this writer to walk thru the encampment but he cautioned “look down for needles.”  The cleanup consists normally of removing all the debris, sanitizing (bleach spray) the soiled areas, storing items left on the sidewalks.   He said that maybe in a few weeks they will do a power wash.

One man from Clean Sweeps was there helping people move stuff to the middle divider in the road.  Young man was the only one of 30 members helping out today.  Apologies for forgetting his name.  Dan said tenters just normally start to move stuff to that area when they see us arrive.

What was noticeable was that there were fewer tenters.

South side of the underpass, Culver City side.   One tenter and a sign.

Sanitation team waits for police to rope off area before starting to clean.

The road divider was fast filling up with belongings of the tenters in preparation of the cleanup. Dan said 72 hours had been given but notices had been removed except for the outside areas. (Notices should have posted date.)

The road divider was fast filling up with belongings of the tenters in preparation of the cleanup.

The tent was dragged to the alley on the north side of Venice Blvd.

Noticed the debris at the drains. Sanitation said another team comes along and cleans the gutters. They have a truck that just sucks up the debris he said.

Don’t know how or if the fenced areas near the freeway gets cleaned.