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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

Resident Comes Home from Vacation to See Homeless Occupying OFW and the Grassy Knolls Again

One resident came home to see the homeless occupying the grassy knolls and Ocean Front Walk. Photos were taken past midnight, during midnight to 5 am curfew.

Church Passes Out “Warm” Packs for Homeless

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Members of New Horizons Church of South Gate were in Windward Circle Sunday passing out “Keep Warm” packages for the homeless. Packages contained gloves, stockings, chapstick, etc.

Court Rejects City and County Motions for Summary Judgement; Venice Beach Public Nuisance Case Heads to Trial

(Venice, CA/10/21/15) This morning Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon denied motions by the City and County of Los Angeles to dismiss the Venice Stakeholders Association lawsuit which alleges that the City and County have maintained a public nuisance on their park land, parking lots and the Boardwalk at Venice Beach.

In the decision the Court cited legal authority which included:

“Government liability under Government Code section 815 et seq. may be nuisances per se,… Such an action would not force the City to prosecute others for nuisance on private property, but rather require the City to take action as is necessary so that it no longer suffers a nuisance on its own property.”

Today’s Court decision was applauded by the Venice Stakeholders group:

“We are heartened by the Court’s support of our position that the City and County have a legal responsibility to abate the nuisance which they are allowing to exist in the Venice Beach Recreation Area (VBRA),” said Mark Ryavec, president of the Stakeholders. “Just like all other owners who are responsible for their property, the City and County need to be held responsible to residents for the harm we experience.”

Ryavec noted that an award of monetary damages could even be used to allow residents to hire private security to protect themselves and their families from assaults, break-ins, trespass and defecation and urination on their private property which result from people illegally living in or storing their possessions on public land.

NO Guns on OFW

Update was told there is a petition circulating that police should not carry guns on Ocean Front Walk. The following submitted by Yolanda Gonzalez might have more information regarding such a movement.
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2815 OFW Turned Down by VNC

Venice Neighborhood Council denied approval for 2815 Ocean Front Walk. Land Use and Planning had approved it. Zoning Administrator will hear case 10 am Wednesday (27) May at West LA Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave., 90025.

Owner wants to conversion a storage room into a third dwelling unit (DU), within an existing duplex, on a lot that is approximately 2,520 square feet (2,856 square feet including one- half the alley); the resulting density would be approximately one DU for each 952 square feet of lot area.

Venice Specific Plan Exemptions would be:

    From Section 10.F to allow three (3) dwelling units in lieu of the maximum two (2) dwelling units on RD1.5-zoned lots.

    From Section 13.D. and E. to allow a total of six (6) parking spaces: two (2) for each dwelling unit, in lieu of providing a total of seven (7) required parking spaces: two for each dwelling unit and one (1) Beach Impact Zone (BIZ) space.

Comments or questions can be addressed to Kevin Jones at 213-978-1361 email: Kevin.Jones@lacity.org. Reference case Number APCW2014-3157-SPE-SPP-CDP-MEL and ENV2014-3158-MND.

What’s Right with World

Venice Update has carried many a story about cleaning up Ocean Front Walk and 3rd and the problems with the homeless. That is all talk or the written word. Video shows man doing something about it.

Ryavec Speaks at CCC Regarding Venice Beach

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, spoke before the California Coastal Commission (CCC) Friday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium about obstacles at Venice Beach to the visitor-serving mandate of the Coastal Act.

He also addressed historic preservation. See “Ryavec Addresses CCC About ‘Historic Preservation.’

Over the last year and a half the City of Los Angeles has allowed the Venice Beach Recreation Area to become Skid Row West.

I would advise you that you should walk the entire length of the Boardwalk from Rose to Windward to fully understand the truth of my statement. Permanent encampments of transients have literally occupied many areas of the park along the Boardwalk and deny them to visitors and residents alike.

These encampments act as incubators for crime inland; for example, there have been five home invasions in my immediate neighborhood since last April committed by transients living along Venice breach.

Due to the unwillingness of the City officials – the mayor, the councilman, the Department of Recreation and Parks and the LAPD – to enforce existing laws against camping in parks in the City of Los Angeles, our organization has filed a lawsuit, funded by residents, against the City for maintaining a dangerous public nuisance along Venice beach.

We strongly support the City’s midnight to 5 AM beach curfew, which is the only measure that gives some respite to residents from the very loud and dangerous conditions that would otherwise exist in the park along the Boardwalk at night. Our attorneys – and now the Los Angeles City Attorney – believe the curfew is a legal exercise of the City’s inherent police powers and thus exempt from the Coastal Act. Before you consider filing a lawsuit against the City to require that it apply for a CDP you should spend a night on Venice Beach with the LAPD and some adjacent residents to understand our need for the curfew to remain in place as it currently operates to offer a modicum of protection and relief to residents.

Your commission might also give some thought to whether by illegally allowing encampments in a coastal park that the City is denying use of these areas to visitors and thus the City is in violation of the Coastal Act.

And yet ’tis the Christmas Season

It is the Christmas season, yet Venice is in the turmoil of the homeless in one situation or another and to one degree or another.

  • Nikoletta Skarlatos and a close group have reported that the alley parallel to Rose between 4th and 5th has been used as a toilet, that the Public Storage facility on Rose between 3rd and 4th has a gate open for homeless to enter after hours on 4th, that homeless are not abiding by the Lavan Injunction in which belongings clutter the sidewalks or the Jones Settlement where homeless (9 pm to 6 am) clutter the sidewalks beyond the 6 am and before the 9 pm.
  • Kip Pardue had a homeless invasion of a female entering his home in the morning on Venice Blvd near the beach. Second homeless invasion in Venice.
  • The 3rd Avenue encampment has expanded to Sunset, Rose, 2nd and 4th. It is apparently not because they have been moved off the beach but because the homeless number in area has increased in the Venice area. The weather is better than New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and you name-it this part of the year. The belongings the homeless are carrying with them have increased.
  • The storage facility at the paddle courts has been open.
  • The Winter Shelter program opened 1 December and busses shuttle homeless back and forth daily from Market Street in Venice to the Winter Shelter.
  • City Attorney Mike Feuer made the statement at his town hall meet Thursday that the 1250 required units to satisfy the Jones settlement might be met in 2015, which would mean that homeless would not be allowed to sleep on the sidewalks at any time.
  • Councilman Mike Bonin announced last week that Winter shelter was open and funds had been authorized for PATH (people assisting the homeless) to do outreach for the homeless.
  • Venice Update posed a question to an attorney after the Mike Feuer Town Hall meet. Question was regarding the transients who are here and continuously refreshing the scene. On 3rd there are about 8 to 2 for being from out of state and one of the 2 is not from LA County. So considering all of this, does this mean, after LA gets the 1250 housing units, Venice can ask/tell the transients to go back to where they came from and not have to put up with their drugs, alcohol, and childish pranks? Can this be enforced? Otherwise, what has been gained? There was no answer.
  • Captain Brian Johnson has made a public statement.
  • Laws, municipal codes, and comments are given here. Dialogues are presented here to spark the Venice community into thinking about this ongoing situation with the thought for solutions. The City and police are certainly open to help with improvements. Kip Pardue said that Venice has the best group of creative minds anywhere.

Arnold Springer Says “Buck Stops” with Councilman

Thank you for the really informative reporting on the VSA lawsuit against
the City of L.A. And also for the response of OUR Councilman Michael Bonin.

He is not evil!

Sorry Mr. Councilman, don’t tell us to blame the courts. You’re to blame.
The buck stops with YOU.

The courts are just enforcing the LAW; WHOSE LAW?

However, I am tired of seeing ‘pass the buck’ excuses from our political
representatives on this question of homeless people and how they contribute
to an atmosphere of crime, pollution, disease, intimidation and mayhem.
I am so tired of hearing the excuses. Tired, Tired, ……..and FED UP.

Are there no younger Venice property owners and residents who will commit to
a saturating, real full-blanket petition, one for all Venice resident
property owners, one for real renters, well put, describing Venice’s plight
here, and submit it to the Councilman one last time!

If he still claims he can’t do more by himself, and nothing has changed in
three months, can we do a second round of petitions for…… to RECALL HIM?


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