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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

Council Members Discuss 500-Foot School and Park Limits for Homeless

The LA Times had an article about the discussion the City Council members had Tuesday regarding the proposed 500-foot restriction from schools and parks they want to impose on the homeless.

This would definitely impact Venice because the beach would be off limits as would most of 3rd Ave. Both areas are dense homeless areas. One side feels that this is criminalizing homeless and the other side feels that there has to be restrictions for safety and livability for residents.

Venice is between 32,000 and 40,000 in population and yet 1000 homeless are dictating the terms and changing the lifestyles for the 32 – 40,000 residents.

The motion is to go back to the Homeless and Poverty committee to incorporate suggestions.

Supreme Court Grants Extension for City of Boise Homeless Case to be Heard

(14 July 2019) This month the U.S. Supreme Court granted Theodore B. Olson and Theane Evangelis on behalf of the City of Boise an extension to ask the justices to take up the case of Martin vs. City of Boise, according to Sunday LA Times article. The petition to the U.S. Supreme Court is due 29 August with a decision from the court as to whether to hear the appeal expected no sooner than October.

Most are familiar with the Jones Settlement which allowed homeless to sleep on the sidewalks until a certain number of units were built in both downtown Los Angels and other other areas. Earlier this year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard Martin vs. City of Boise that stated one cannot criminalize homeless if there is no shelter for them. The ruling effected nine states, one of which was California.

The LA Times article gives the history of these decisions and explains what has happened as a result. Los Angeles is caught in the middle of keeping the homeless comfortable and out of court and the city clean and free of disease.

Tenter Moved to Driveway?

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(Photo courtesy of George Hesse.)

Tenter was in grassy area but moved to driveway and was told by police he could not park on driveway. He moved on.

According to LAMC 41.18(d)
(d) (Amended by Ord. No. 137,269, Eff. 10/21/68.) No person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way.

Jones Settlement says LAMC 41.18(d) is enforceable with the exception of the hours from 9 pm to 6 am. But the 41.18(d) is enforceable at all times within 10 feet of entrances/exits to buildings, parking lots, loading docks.

“Stop Encampments in my Neighborhood”– Open Letter to Councilman, LAPD

Encampment remnant being removed by LAPD.

Encampment remnant being removed by LAPD.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Cerbo.)

(Photo courtesy of Chris Cerbo.)

(Photo of Chris Cerbo.)

(Photo of Chris Cerbo.)

The bus benches on Triangle side of Lincoln have been removed because homeless slept on them and used them throughout the day.

The bus benches on Triangle side of Lincoln have been removed because homeless slept on them and used them throughout the day.

Firestone-Walker Brewery cleanup crew pick up feces, needles, trash every week from landscape rocks which is across the street from Walgreens.

Firestone-Walker Brewery cleanup crew pick up feces, needles, trash every week from landscape rocks which is across the street from Walgreens.

City Councilman Mike Bonin

Captain LAPD, Pacific Division

Residents ask “Please stop the encampments in our neighborhood at Walgreens.” Sometimes the encampments go from Washington, past two parking lot exits, to the end of the small shops at the corner on Carter. This is across from residential.

It does vary. In addition to Carter, sometimes they are on Washington and sometimes on Lincoln too. They beg illegally at the corner of Highway 1, Lincoln Blvd, and Washington Blvd. (They beg at corner of Highway 1, Lincoln Blvd, and Highway 90 and Highway 90 at Mindanao.) All this is allowed to continue in Venice, which is known and referred to by many as the “Land of the Homeless.”

The Jones settlement modifies LAMC 41.18(d) to allow people to sleep on the sidewalk between 9 pm and 6 am. It also states that there must be a 10-foot clearance from a business entrance/exit and from parking lot entrance/exit in addition to allowing people to use the sidewalk. LAMC 41.18 is reprinted here at the end of the story.

Address your comments to Councilman Mike Bonin at mike.bonin@lacity.org and Senior Lead Officer Gregg Jacobus at 35162@lapd.lacity.org

Comments from residents …

  • Enough is enough. We want this taken care of period. We have lost the City bus benches on Lincoln because the police couldn’t keep them clean. Time to protect the law abiding citizens, not the homeless.
  • Who is running the place? Is Bonin in charge or not? The police respond but only if called and never act without a call, even when homeless are violating the law.
  • We don’t want any more homeless in Venice. Homeless are having a hay-day here. The homeless say: “We can do and act as we so please. Venice is free. It belongs to the homeless.” The City, the police cannot handle what the City has created in Venice.
  • The City cannot allow Carter to become another Rose Ave situation. Just by being present they can fix this. Otherwise it will become an infection.
  • Was planning to email Gregg Jacobus to ask what kind of elevated plan is being put in place to deal with this. What is their triage plan and strategy to pay attention to this actively vs. just responding when they are called.
  • Please stop the encampments in our neighborhood at Walgreens.
  • They cannot allow it to become another Rose Ave. situation. Just by being present they can fix this. Otherwise it will become an infection.”
  • I don’t feel safe getting a prescription filled at Walgreens. One guy flipped me off while going in and another flipped me off leaving. I feel cornered when I am in there. We know the gangs feed these people who are on meth or something. What if someone comes into Walgreens and starts shooting?
  • We have these homeless bikers biking our neighborhoods all night long. Are they delivering drugs?   Are they looking for open windows? Why do we have to have this?
  • I took my daughter to Walgreens’ pharmacy for cough medicine and the heroine addict in front of me bought herself needles with change collected at corner. The hobos were smoking their crack pipes in broad daylight at 10:30 am last week.

 

SEC. 41.18. SIDEWALKS, PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS – LOITERING.

(a) No person shall stand in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way open for pedestrian travel or otherwise occupy any portion thereof in such a manner as to annoy or molest any pedestrian thereon or so as to obstruct or unreasonably interfere with the free passage of pedestrians. (Amended by Ord. No. 137,269, Eff. 10/21/68.)

Whether or not a defendant’s acts “in any manner hindered or obstructed the free-passage” of persons passing is clearly a question of fact for the jury. People v. Firestone, CR A 518.

Where free-passage along sidewalks is obstructed by persons listening to what is said at a street-meeting, the persons conducting said meeting cannot be convicted of a violation of this section in the absence of other facts. People v. Yoneda, CR A 249.

(b) No person shall loiter in any tunnel, pedestrian subway, or on any bridge overpass, or at or near the entrance thereto or exit therefrom, or at or near any abutment or retaining wall adjacent to such entrance or exit, or any retaining wall or abutment adjacent to any freeway, street or highway open and used for vehicular traffic, or adjacent to that portion thereof used for vehicular traffic, or on any public property in the proximity of such bridge, overpass, or retaining wall or abutment.

Sec. 41.18 has not been preempted by State Legislation encompassing loitering offenses. Gleason v. Municipal Court (April 1964), 226 Cal. App. 2d-226 ACA 701.

(c) No person in or about any pedestrian subway, shall annoy or molest another or make any remark to or concerning another to the annoyance of such other person, and no person shall commit any nuisance in or about such subway.

(d) (Amended by Ord. No. 137,269, Eff. 10/21/68.) No person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way.

The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to persons sitting on the curb portion of any sidewalk or street while attending or viewing any parade permitted under the provisions of Section 103.111 of Article 2, Chapter X of this Code; nor shall the provisions of this subsection apply to persons sitting upon benches or other seating facilities provided for such purpose by municipal authority or permitted by this Code.

 

Becky Dennison Says Never Mentioned Jones Settlement

Becky Dennison, executive director of the Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC), has clearly stated that she never said the Jones Settlement housing requirement had been met, and furthermore, has stated that she never even addressed the subject, as reported, at the previous Venice Neighborhood Council meet.

Becky Dennison, executive director of Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC), said “I never mentioned the Jones Settlement in my comments last week and never ‘admitted’ that the settlement has been met. I never spoke to housing production within the Jones time frame (2006 forward) and, in fact, specifically made my comments about production over the last 25 years. I never spoke to the geography of units produced, which is also critical to the specifics of meeting the Jones settlement. This should not be printed in any news source, as it literally has nothing to do with what I said and grossly misquotes me. There were plenty of other people there who can corroborate.

Sobel Writes VNC Board that Ryavec Motion Figures Are Incorrect

Attorney Carol Sobel has written to the Venice Neighborhood Council asking the board to consider the facts, the numbers involving the Ryavec motion regarding suspension of the Jones Settlement and reenforcement of LAMC 41.18(d).

Carol Sobel believes the figures Mark Ryavec is relying on for his motion are incorrect and furthermore that the City figures which he bases his figures on are incorrect as well.

She further states that using these figures “would put the City at risk of losing considerable federal funding necessary to build the housing LA so desperately needs to address the ever increasing problem the City faces.  The federal Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) is imposing a point penalty on applications from government entities that implement policies of  criminalizing homelessness.”

The Jones settlement, which Carol Sobel and the ACLU effected,  required the City to suspend enforcement of LAMC 41.18(d) between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am until 1250 units of Permanent and Supportive Housing (PSH) was created.  Of the 1250 units, half were required to be created in Skid Row or in the adjacent downtown area.

Below is Carol Sobel’s letter to the Venice Neighborhood Council along with supportive documents.

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