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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Where is the city with building for homeless?

By Darryl DuFay

Here is an LA Times summary of where the City of LA is at in providing homeless housing. Reality has set in. It shows how involved the process has become. The 10,000 units for $1.2B in the propaganda for “HHH” construction money has become a faded, unrealistic promise. A lot of patching is going on.

The City builds the homeless housing. The County provides the homeless services.

LA Times article.

Be Heard on City Hall’s FBI Corruption Probe

By LA Preserve

You’ve seen the headlines. The FBI is investigating Los Angeles City Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Curren Price, as well as powerful current or former aides to Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson. The widening probe is focused on possible bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money-laundering. 

The Ethics Commission wants to hear your thoughts on a proposed ban on campaign contributions from many developers and a ban on “behest” payments from developers. Behest payments are huge donations made to our elected leaders’ “favorite charities.” 

Let’s stop the dirt. The deadline is Jan. 31. Email your comments to ethics.policy@lacity.org 

On February 19, the Ethics Commission will meet publicly to discuss how far a developer ban should go. The toughest ban against developer campaign contributions is in Temple City, a few miles from L.A., where land-use corruption sent its mayor and former mayor to prison. 

The people of Temple City spoke, instituting strict bans on developers giving to politicians. 

You don’t need any expertise! Please comment by Jan 31!

What to Do for Misuse of Handicap and Street Restrictions


This gentleman with Tennessee plates has been occupying this handicapped parking space in the public parking lot at Electric Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue 24/7 round the clock for the last week. He has been there full-time despite signs prohibiting parking from 2 am to 7 am. He now has a lot of personal items stored around the vehicle as well, which he was moving in and out of the vehicle earlier this morning.


This individual has been living in this vehicle on Electric for about a month across from residences despite our calls to parking enforcement and LAPD Dispatch. Can you look into it?

Both Stanley Nowak and Bruce Campbell have tried to have action taken on these two vehicles. What does one do in a case such as this?

Senior Lead Officer Kristan Delatori, who is on the teacher union walkout, wrote:

Thank you for the information regarding the vehicle on Electric and the vehicle in the handicap space! I am assigned to the UTLA Strike until further. Please continue to utilize Department of Transportation as this type of issue is their primary responsibility. I would suggest using the MYLA311 website it is a great tool to document the issue and it is helpful for follow up. I will also put in a request with 311 and I will ask the Officers that work in this area to help work on the issue.

City Councilman David Ryu vs. City Hall Corruption

By Preserve LA

Before the FBI’s widening corruption probe of L.A. leaders erupted, Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu tried two years ago to cripple the undue influence of  developers at City Hall — by banning campaign cash developers give to the City Council.

Reformer Ryu was stopped by powerful Council President Herb Wesson. Wesson later told the L.A. Times, “I don’t kill anything” and said he was too busy with higher priorities to hold hearings on Ryu’s reforms. The L.A. Ethics Commission also punted the issue.

Today, everything has changed:

Wesson’s chief of staff is a target of the FBI probe, as is Mayor Garcetti’s former deputy mayor and two City Councilmembers who sat on the powerful “PLUM” committee.

David Ryu is launching a new plan to fight pay-to-play and corruption, backed by five council members who aren’t named in the widening FBI probe: Budget expert Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino.

We expect a showdown between reformers and anti-reformers at City Hall.

Yesterday, Councilman Gil Cedillo attacked social justice and open-government advocates at a PLUM hearing who were urging PLUM to clean its house before approving luxury skyscrapers awash in exemptions from land-use rules. The controversy focused on “Crossroads,” three luxury skyscrapers seeking 22 liquor licenses that would raze a thriving historic Latino community, create 143,000 new vehicle miles daily — and yet got minimal environmental study from the Garcetti Administration.

Cedillo accused Coalition to Preserve LA, the L.A. Tenants Union and several other groups of creating “a specter! A hysteria exists! … It’s like the Day of Locusts at City Hall now!” Cedillo was met with guffaws as he accused the groups of “Trumpism!”

Jill Stewart, Coalition to Preserve LA executive director, said, “Three seats away from Gil Cedillo was the empty chair of Councilmember Curren Price, named in the FBI warrant. PLUM’s chairman Jose Huizar was removed in November. We’re seeking a Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury investigation of PLUM and City Hall.”

PLUM, with its long history of rubber-stamping, voted unanimously for Crossroads.

To understand the L.A. City Hall pay-to-play system, read our four-month investigation. It unearthed numerous closed-door, non-transparent meetings between Crossroads developers and Hollywood City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and his staff. O’Farrell became an avid backer of Crossroads, and took their campaign donations.

Input for Local Coastal Program (LCP) 6 December

Venice Local Coastal Program (LCP) planning team will take your input 6 December, 2 to 8 pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave.

Jose Huizar Ousted As Chair of PLUM

By Coalition to Preserve LA

Under intense scrutiny by the FBI,  City Councilmember Jose Huizar has been stripped of his chairmanship of the city’s controversial “PLUM” Committee, whose members supposedly take large donations from developers and then grant those same developers large financial favors.

The inappropriate backroom deals enrich developers and substantially fatten their bottom lines by granting developers exemptions from land-use rules to build far bigger and taler buildings than the zoning allows.

“We’re glad to see Huizar placed on the sidelines while the authorities pore over thousands of pages of documents seized at his home and various city offices,” said Jill Stewart, executive director of Coalition to Preserve LA. “We hope the FBI takes a close look at pay-to-play within the PLUM Committee and on the entire City Council. Luxury housing developers today use LA as a giant playground of massive profits, displacing people and ruining the environment.”

The Coalition issued a March 2017 study of the “pay-to-play” system and found developers are showering City Council members with cash, and then get to “play” a closed-door game with city officials, manipulating the land use rules. Read the report here, at the Coalition to Preserve LA website.

In private meetings, the study found, City Council members help developers find ways to get around zoning rules to erect massive buildings — mostly luxury housing — even while accepting cash from the same developers, for their political campaigns.

The study is titled, “Pay to Play in the City of Los Angeles: Money Goes in, Favors Go Out, We all Pay the Price: Who do L.A. City Leaders Work For?” It found that closed meetings go on for months between developers, City Council members, their own personal staffs, and Department of City Planning staff. Then, a “news” story is released to the public and Neighborhood Councils, announcing a “new development” proposal.

“In fact, the public is informed when the development deal is all but done,” said Stewart. “Communities are forced into an adversarial role by this non-transparent, money-driven, sleight-of-hand by the City Council. And the PLUM Committee plays a key role.”

City, County Phone Numbers

The following is a list of City and County phone numbers prepared by the LAPD and provided here for your reference. The 2-1-1 number for the County should be 211 as the City number is 311.

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Rick Swinger … Oops!

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Rick Swinger took his E.Coli kit to the Rose Ave beach runoff to do an E. Coli test.  Instructions, which he had not read before, say the specimens have to be packed in ice.  Oops! Later.

(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.)

Speed Hump Program Restored

 

The City’s Speed Hump program is open.  The City eliminated the speed hump program because of lack of money in 2009.

“One of my priorities as chair of the Transportation Committee has been to restore the speed hump program that the city eliminated in 2009,” according to Councilman Mike Bonin.  “We did that this year, and while the program needs to be made much more robust, I am pleased to report that the City’s 2018 Speed Hump application cycle is open! 

“The link below will remain open until the maximum number of requests that can be processed this year are received. After nearly a decade of no speed hump program, there is enormous pent-up demand. Please get your application in ASAP since this will be the only opportunity for construction in 2018.”

http://ladot.lacity.org/how-do-i/request-speed-humps

 

Do you want the bars open until 4 am?

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Do you want the bars to be open until 4 am. Do you want to buy or drink liquor until 4 am?  California Senate Bill 384 would extend the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act hours from 2 am to 4 am.

Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Nury Martinez are opposing SB 384 for the City of Los Angeles. They will be holding a press conference Wednesday, 30 August, LA City Hall, steps facing 1st Street.   They ask that concerned citizens attend.

Call or email your CD11 Councilman Mike Bonin at 213-473-7011, mike.bonin@lacity.org, and let him know how you feel about this.