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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

Judge Carter Tries to Get Officials Moving on an Area So that Enforcement Can Begin

US District Judge David O. Carter has tried to get  those who sue the city on behalf of the homeless,  those business people who are suing the city,   the politicians who have had their say and opportunities to all get together and provide a plan by this Wednesday (20 May) to implement Friday just to house those living under the bypasses, near the freeways, etc. calling that area not healthy.  It came about when someone suggested using the Caltrans lot near 16th and Maple for homeless and then it was decided that was too close to the freeway to be healthy.  Wednesday there is to be a plan and implementation is to take place Friday.  See story.

Mayor Garcetti has claimed it is not a good idea because these people might go into the neighborhoods.  The CDC has said it might spread the flu to neighborhoods.   Why would they think these people do not go into the neighborhoods now?  One man from an anti-poverty group said he didn’t know how it could be enforced without the police.  Mark Ryavec said they go to the freeway underpasses because it provides some shelter.  LAHSA says they are concentrating on 65 and older.  Councilman Bonin wants to include Penmar Park.  The judge is trying to determine a group they can and should be helped so that enforcement can start.  If enforcement is not accomplished soon, Los Angeles could be caught in a larger fight for life caused by the utter lack of sanitation that is occurring.  Enforcement has to start somewhere.

The LA Times had a story that showed only about half the places leased are used and it looked like LA lagged behind other counties because of lack of preparing places and adequate staff.  See story.





Dockweiler Prepared for Homeless Coronavirus Victims



Los Angeles County lines up Class A and Class C motor homes for homeless coronavirus victims according to gate keeper at Dockweiler State Beach, just south of the entrance to the park that dead ends at Imperial Highway.

North side of entrance is empty and will stay empty in preparation for more motor homes if needed. All roads to park are closed and guarded by police.

No one seemed to know how long they had been there but that they were all empty to be used for housing homeless who had the coronavirus.

County has been queried to verify the usage so story will be changed as info is obtained.

Stewart Oxcars reported that on Motor Ave in a park parking lot near Pico there are hundreds of trailers parked.  They looked empty he wrote.   He queried the Council office but has received no reply,

A representative from the County called Friday to say that Cheviot Hills (Motor) had motor homes as did Westchester.  He said, like Dockweiler, they are to be used to house homeless who have Coronavirus.   He thought that some of the trailers on Dockweiler were being used but not according to the police.




Supervisors Vote to Allow Cold Camping in Santa Monica Mountains

The LA County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to approve the final version of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s amendment to the Local Coastal Program (LCP) of the Santa Monica Mountains, which will allow overnight “cold camping” (without fires) and parking in some of the mountains’ most environmentally sensitive and fire prone places. The amendment now goes to the California Coastal Commission for approval.

Supervisor Kuehl Says Corinth Court House to Be Mixed Use

Rachel Simon, Associate Housing and Homelessness Deputy for Sheila Kuehl, wrote the following announcement regarding the status of the West Los Angeles Court House on Corinth.

We want to share an exciting update with you about the West Los Angeles Courthouse! The Courthouse property is a complicated project that will require the collaboration of the County, City, State, and private market. As part of the acquisition process, we will be releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) today that asks developers to create proposals for the design, construction, and financing of a mixed-use project which may include affordable and market rate housing, community serving space, open space and parking. The RFP can be found on the Los Angeles County Development Authority’s (LACDA’s) solicitation page here. Please note that in order to download and respond to the RFP, vendors must have a registered account. Instructions on becoming a registered vendor can be found here.

We received important feedback from the community online and during our two open houses. This feedback has helped us understand what we must consider throughout this process and helped shape the RFP being released today.

As a reminder we have setup a website here where you can find out information about the proposal, provide feedback, and sign-up for updates.

We will continue to insist on a robust community process and look forward to sending updates as we move through this process.

County Health Installs Rat Bait Stations on Google Property on Hampton

(20 August 2019) Pedro Gutierrez of the LA County Public Health Department said he installed 10 rat bate stations on the Google property at 320 Hampton Drive.

Rats are overpopulating the area due to the 3rd Ave Encampment with the unhealthy sanitation conditions Gutierrez told Rick Swinger.

The stations were installed around the perimeter of the Google property on Hampton from Rose to the end of their property near Sunset and 3rd Ave to Hampton Drive.

Panel Discussion Covered County Role in Mental Health for Homeless

From left to right are: an unidentified man who works for Didi Hirsch, Jenna Rodson, who works for Didi Hirsch, Rebecca Watson, Inner City Law Center, Libby Boyce Department of Mental Health and Maria Funk, Department of Mental Health. Chelsea Cevemone was the moderator.

Shiela Kuehl’s office staff assembled a group of five in the mental health fields to talk to residents about the situation in Los Angeles and give  an overview of what each does.  The group met at Beyond Baroque Tuesday evening to a packed audience.

According to Maria Funk 27 to 31 percent of the homeless are mentally ill.  Monies from Measure H will be used by the county to provide help for the mentally ill.  Many of the members explained what they did and that they will be doing even more now that the system is up and running.

Libby Boyce explains the new outreach system established as a result of Measure H to get the homeless into services.

LA Philharmonic Celebrates 100th by Giving 100 Tickets Free

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is collaborating with the LA Philharmonic to make performances accessible to everyone in the County. The innovative “100 for the 100th: Be Our Guest” program wants to ensure that the wonderful performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Phil’s 100th birthday will be a celebration available to all of LA.

Note: This is from Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s newsletter. It implies that all supervisors are offering the free tickets but then it does narrow it to 3rd District. Not all of Venice is in the 3rd District.

The program is distributing 10,000 free tickets to performances during the LA Phil’s anniversary season, including concerts conducted by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, major guest artists, youth concerts, world, jazz, songbook programs, and more.

If you live in the Third District and would like to “Be Our Guest” — fill out this online ticket request form today!

Cooking on Venice Beach is a No-No; Fire on Venice Beach is a No-No

Charley Swan captured this guy on the Venice Beach happily cooking away at sunset.

Swan reported: I told a fire fighter and was told that they can’t tell someone to put a fire out if they are cooking? This is ridiculous!

Beaches in LA County do not allow fires (that includes c

ooking also) except at Dockweiler Beach in fire pits. That may not even be allowed now. There was talk about removing the fire pits. Cannot find the County ordinance. This info is from the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and it states no fires.

What the fireman may have been thinking about is LAMC 63.44 that mentions fires at certain city parks during certain months (April thru November) and cooking with proper provided equipment.

He certainly should have been aware of “no fires on Venice Beach.”

Summer Concert Series at Burton Chase Park

The Summer Concert Series starts with Opera at the Shore, July 12 at 7 pm, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey.