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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Triangle Surrounded by Homeless

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Triangle residents feel they are surrounded by homeless. Homeless are all along Washington and Lincoln Blvds in doorways at night, solicitating at the corner during day, and in the shopping center and on Carter, both day and night.. The Maintenance Yard on Thatcher has police and fire there frequently to remove the encampment. The only other area not covered is highlighted by this tent and it is County property. County is continuously removing homeless from the area between the Oxford Retention Basin and the wall on Oxford.

Whose Trees Are They?

Beach Foliage

Birds and vermin have been propagating seeds that have grown to block a priceless view. Question is: Whose trees are they. Would assume they are Beaches and Harbors and they would want to remove them to maintain the view. One man who works for Beaches and Harbors said he thought it was the City’s responsibility. Beaches and Harbors he said handles from the road to the silver fence which includes the sidewalk and the grass. The broken water sprinkler was fixed by Beaches and Harbors immediately upon reading Update and now it is believed to be City property. Jurisdiction does get confusing in the Venice-Marina del Rey area.

Small Craft Harbor Commission June Meet Cancelled

June meet for the Small Craft Harbor Commission has been cancelled. Next scheduled meet is 8 July at 10 am at Burton Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way.

Sandy Bike Path

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Bike path near South Venice Blvd was dangerously deep in sand. Bikers seemed to adjust their speeds accordingly.

Oxford Basin to Start This Month

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Josh Svensson, public works engineer for Oxford Basin, wrote a Triangle resident the following regarding progress on the Oxford Basin.

Good news, the project is moving forward as scheduled, with construction beginning later this month and completion scheduled by next spring. The planting is scheduled to be completed in the fall/winter, once the major site work is complete.

We’ve been preparing PR materials to notify the community of the resuming construction – I’ve included links to a few news articles and our project website below:

Argonaut Article: http://argonautnews.com/another-look-at-oxford-basin-lagoon/
DPW NewsWorks Feature: http://newsworks.dpw.lacounty.gov/?p=3616
New renderings on project website http://dpw.lacounty.gov/pdd/marinadelrey/index.cfm?id=100

Now that we’re heading into the construction phase of the project, we are directing construction-related project inquiries to Vincent Yu of Public Works’

BONIN CALLS FOR MORE HOUSING OPTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS

LOS ANGELES – In an effort to house more people living on the streets, Councilmember Mike Bonin today introduced a package of motions to address the huge gap between the numbers of homeless people in Los Angeles and the number of housing units available to them.

Bonin’s motions, which were seconded by Councilmember Jose Huizar, request that the Council’s new Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness examine more humane alternatives to the growing number encampments in Los Angeles and explore the possibility of incentivizing or requiring that more affordable units be set aside for the homeless. A third motion also directs city staff to negotiate with the County of Los Angeles over participating in a successful program to house the chronically homeless.

“The Los Angeles area is housing more people than it ever has, and yet we are seeing a growth in homelessness in neighborhoods around the City,” Bonin said. “We need to look at every possible proposal to increase the supply of housing and the amount of services available to people living on our streets.”

Bonin introduced his motions the same day the City Council formed its new Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness, to be chaired by Huizar, with Bonin serving as vice-chair. Bonin’s action also comes on the heels of a sobering study by the City Administrative Officer, showing that City spends at least $100 million per year dealing with homelessness, but lacks a strategy or plan to use the money wisely.

“Our new Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness will bring focused attention to addressing homelessness and Councilmember Bonin’s motions will allow us to engage in some of the necessary and important dialogue that is critical to our efforts,” said Huizar. “I look forward to hearing them and partnering with Councilmember Bonin on these and other objectives to address what has become a City crisis.”

The motions all address the gap between the supply of housing for the homeless, and the enormous demand:

Sidewalks v. Housing and Shelter – For nearly a decade, the City of Los Angeles has been bound by the Jones Settlement, the result of a lawsuit contending it is cruel and unusual punishment to forbid people from sleeping on the street if there not enough housing or shelter. As part of the legal agreement, the City has effectively allowed sidewalk homeless encampments to spring up throughout the City. The Bonin motion asks city officials to explore whether the constitutional mandate could be better met by providing alternatives to sleeping on the sidewalk — such as shared housing, bridge housing, or transitional shelters.

“It is unconscionable that our default policy is to tell 29,000 people to sleep on the sidewalk,” Councilman Bonin said. “We have effectively created a city of encampments, and we have focused our policy discussion on the right to sleep on the street. That does a disservice to people who are homeless, and it does a disservice to our neighborhoods. We need to raise the bar of our policy and of our humanity and spend more time, energy and money accommodating the right to sleep in housing, and the right to shelter.”

Units for the Coordinated Entry System – In recent years, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, businesses and individuals have rallied behind the principle of “Housing First,” and have worked together to develop a “Coordinated Entry System (CES)” to help move people from the streets and into housing and proper services. Huizar and Bonin introduced an earlier motion to make CES an official City policy. The strategy is smart and promising, but relies on an adequate supply of available housing, which does not yet exist. Bonin’s second motion asks officials to determine if the City can require or incentivize that affordable housing units being built as a result of state “density bonuses” can be used for the placement of homeless people via CES.

Flexible Housing Program – The County of Los Angeles has a successful program, granting rapid housing to homeless people who are frequent users of the County’s Department of Health Services. The program saves the County money, and helps house the chronically homeless. With some Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department units facing significant call loads to respond to homeless people in distress, Bonin’s third motion asks the City Administrative Officer to negotiate with the County to determine if the City can buy into the “Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool,” or start a pilot program in certain neighborhoods with large chronic homeless populations.

Crime has risen; Police misclassify crimes

Statistics show crime has risen in City of Los Angeles and has put Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in difficult position.

“Citywide, violent crime is up 26% and property crime is up 11%. While homicides are slightly down, the number of shooting victims has jumped 24% so far this year compared with the same period in 2014,” according to LA Times article.

All of this after it was discovered that the LAPD was misclassifying crimes. Story 1. Story 2. Story 3. Story 4.

Homeless—How much does it cost?

How much does it cost the City of Los Angeles to care for the homeless? LA Times had an in depth article categorizing the costs for policing the homeless, homeless services, healthy streets in Los Angeles and Venice, and costs for the City Attorney’s office for litigation.

Venice is only starting to be recognized or mentioned as a homeless area even though the numbers show Venice is second only to Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

Residents in Venice know there is a homeless problem. Homeless are seen everywhere sleeping on the City sidewalks and doorways, soliciting at the stop lights, sleeping and encamping at the ocean front park, on Third in Venice, and the bus stops.

There’s browning of the green

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Grass in the public park system is getting brown. The County Department of Beaches and Harbors has cut the water usage by 30 percent in the Marina del Rey park system.

Felicia Markus, state water regulator, asked water users to cut their water usage.
Los Angeles had already cut its water usage by 20 percent so Los Angeles users have been asked to cut more by 16 percent. See LA Times article.

LA Times had two water saving articles. One was regarding how one can get a turf rebate and the other is a proposed “no permit” system for converting gray water for landscape use. Councilman Mike Bonin and Councilman Paul Krekorian were instrumental in trying to get a “no permit” system implemented for gray water. They also made the motion to ask the City to develop standards for home gray-water treatment systems that would allow wider use and perhaps require such for new construction.

How Venice-Marina del Rey will be affected by the water shortage other than the browning is still not known. What is known is that there is a shortage, that there is a cutback, that water will cost more. All are trying to comply.

Occasionally, there is a mishap. Photos below were taken and proper people were notified. If you see excessive water usage, such as water running down the street, notify the owner. Owner probably has no idea.

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Bikers Can Glow at Night


One of the serious problems bikers and car drivers have is bikers cannot be seen at night.

Note: This info is provided by Susan Heins, a biker.

Volvo has come up with a paint called LifePaint that is being tested in the UK. It can be sprayed on anything–clothes, metal. It is invisible during the day but lights up at night in the glare of headlights. Its glow-in-the-dark properties will last approximately 10 days. Product is completely washable.