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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

Bike Path From Santa Monica to Washington Blvd Gets Updated

Bike path from Washington Blvd to the Santa Monica border is completed and open. There is new signage, repairs to path were made, and painting on the path itself was accomplished to indicate area is for bikes only and there are crosswalk areas for pedestrians to walk to sand.

Signage includes “No Scooter” signs, pedestrian directions, bike directions On the bike path, it is painted in green “bikes only.” Some areas show the crosswalk areas for pedestrians to get to the sand.

Taylor Bazley, Venice deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin, mentioned that they were working on ways to keep the sand off the path.




Rec and Parks Approves Opening of Horizon Restrooms During Curfew; Captain Roberts Says No Curfew Enforcement At Restrooms When They are Open

Horizon

Opening of the 12-bathroom cluster at Horizon and Ocean Front Walk was approved for opening 24 hours by the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners Wednesday (4 April).

Ordinance 63.44 was changed and approved for opening of all Venice Beach restrooms, 18 October 2017, and became effective 27 January 2018.  Recreation and Parks has approved of only the Horizon restroom cluster being opened at this time.

Ordinance 63.44 added:

S. Bathrooms, Locker Rooms and Cha11ging Areas 

1. Notwithstanding Subsection B.14(b), the Board may allow 24-hour access to the restrooms at Venice Beach. 

“T. Severability. “If any portion, subsection, sentence, clause or phase of this section is for any reason held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such a decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance. The City Council hereby declares that it would have passed this section and each portion of subsection, sentence, clause and phrase herein, irrespective of the fact that anyone or more portions, subsection, sentences, clauses or phrase be declared invalid.

Funding has been approved for one (1) full time employee, one (1) part time employee, custodial materials/supplies, and one (1) contract security guard who will be present with RAP cleaning staff for an eight (8) hour shift overnight, 365 days/year. Cost will be $255,406.

Opening of the bathroom cluster violates the midnight to 5 am beach curfew that is honored throughout council district 11. Curfew is from east side of Ocean Front Walk to the ocean. The Horizon restroom cluster will be excluded from the curfew.  Normal hours for the beach restrooms are 6 am to 10:30 pm.

Captain James Roberts of the LAPD Pacific Division was questioned as to how he planned to enforce the beach curfew in light of the opening of the restroom cluster at Horizon.  “We won’t enforce curfew at the restrooms during the hours the restrooms are open,” said Captain James Roberts. “We (the LAPD) mirror the will of the community, and the community has spoken insofar as the restroom hours issue is concerned. We will support that effort; one that was designed to mitigate health issues like the hepatitis outbreak we saw in San Diego recently, and in downtown Los Angeles this last week.”

Mark Ryavec, representing the Venice Stakeholders Association, and Andy Layman were there from Venice to speak against opening the restrooms. Robert Davis, superintendent of the Venice Beach, spoke for the opening. Ryavec said there was no discussion. When it will be open for extended hours is not known. The 12-unit, two of which are ADA compliant, has a plumbing problem.

Sue Pascoe, editor of the Palisades News, has an excellent story about the Venice restrooms entitled “Venice Beach Bathrooms are Open 24/7.”

 

VSA Says “No” to Opening Horizon Restrooms During Curfew

Horizon

Venice Stakeholders Association (VSA) says “No” to opening bathrooms at Horizon and Ocean Front Walk and writes letter to Bureau of Recreation and Parks Commissioners.  Opening the bathrooms would be in violation of the 12 pm to 5 am  curfew and letter says “set a precedent.”

Letter further states  that action is discriminatory in that only the Venice bathroom cluster is to be considered for opening.  Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey will maintain the curfew.  VSA feels that this action will draw even more transients to Venice.  Curfew covers the area from the east side of Ocean Front Walk to the ocean.

Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners will meet Wednesday (4 April), 9:30 am at the South Los Angeles Sports Activity Center, 7020 South Figueroa, LA 90003 to consider the opening of this restroom cluster at Ocean Front Walk and Horizon..

 

April 2, 2018

Sylvia Patsaouras, President
Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners
221 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: Agenda #18-045/Opposition to Night Opening of Restrooms at Venice Beach

Dear Commissioner Patsaouras:

I am writing to express our opposition to the exemption of the Horizon RAP restrooms from the Venice Beach 12-5 AM beach curfew.

As you know, the Venice Beach Recreation Area (VBRA) is already a dangerous and tawdry venue, unlike its coastal neighbors to the north and south.

The failure of your department to keep the area clean and safe has resulted in the growth of the transient population on and near the VBRA from 400 four years ago to roughly 1,200 today.

The exemption of the Horizon restroom will take our community in the wrong direction, offering yet another magnet for transients – those truly homeless and young travelers who declare that they are homeless by choice.

I ask you to oppose this action for three reasons:

1. It is discriminatory. This would be the only RAP restroom facility in the entire city that is open from 12-5 AM. No one neighborhood should carry this burden unless all neighborhoods absorb the same risk.
2. It is counter-productive. None of our neighbors – Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey or Marina del Rey – offer restrooms to the public overnight. Thus opening them at night on Venice Beach will draw yet more transients and troublemakers to Venice.
3. This sets an unwelcome precedent for erosion of the 12-5 AM beach curfew. The LAPD has historically stated that it cannot police the beach and Boardwalk at those hours due to lack of officers. It is foolhardy to open up a facility which has been closed since 1989 due to its previous use for drug sales, prostitution and lodging.

Please do not take an action in Venice that you would not be prepared to take at the parks nearest to your own home.

Thank you for your consideration of our views.

Rec & Parks to Discuss Opening Restrooms at Horizon

Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners will meet Wednesday (4 April), 9:30 am at the South Los Angeles Sports Activity Center, 7020 South Figueroa, LA 90003.

First on the agenda is discussing the 24-hour opening of the multi-stall restroom building, west of Ocean Front Walk at Horizon.

The beach has a curfew from midnight to 5 am and this includes the Ocean Front Walk from east side to the ocean.

Rec and Parks Cancels Meet for 21 March

The Board of Recreation and Parks has cancelled the 21 March meeting. They were scheduled to vote on opening the restrooms at Horizon and Ocean Front Walk. This would be a controversial option since there is a curfew from midnight to 5 am that bans anyone from being in the park, which is from the east side of the boardwalk to the ocean.

Rec and Parks to Vote on Opening of Beach Restroom

Board of Recreation and Parks will vote on opening the cluster of restrooms at Horizon and Ocean Front Walk Wednesday, March 21, 9:30 am, EXPO Center Comrie Hall, 3980 S. Bill Robertson Lane, 90037.

The City has a curfew from midnight to 5 am that bans anyone from being on the park from the east side of the boardwalk to the ocean. The restroom cluster is on the west side of the boardwalk. Enforcement should become an innovative concept.

Portable Potties at Rose Were Temporary

toilets

Department of Recreation and Parks  brought in six portable potties at the Rose bathroom station  because there was a serious plumbing problem.

It was rumored that the City was going to bring in addition portable potties and portable showers.  Not true.

“Recreation and Parks frequently brings in portable potties when there is a problem at the restrooms along Ocean Front Walk,” said Fidel Cortez, night manager for Recreation and Parks. “We also bring them in when we feel a holiday will justify more facilities.  We have no plans for portable showers.  Each bathroom station has showers.

“The bathrooms are closed at 10:30 pm and opened at 6:30 am,” he added.

The beach is closed from midnight to 5 am.

Appeal of Local Coastal Development Permit Denied — No Beach Access Midnight to 5 am

The Board of Public Works denied the appeals of the local Coastal Development Permit for the LA Beach Access project Friday morning (19 January).  This means that CDP 17-07 will be issued by the City Engineer and then will be sent to the State Coastal Commission office in Long Beach.

So there will be no beach access from the east side of the Venice Ocean Front Walk boardwalk to the mean high tide of the ocean from midnight to 5 am.

Bathrooms at Venice Beach Can be Open 27 January; Appeal to Curfew Preventing Access to be Heard Friday

City Council voted unanimously (one absentee) 26 December 2017 to allow Department of Parks and Recreation to open the bathrooms at Venice Beach.

BRordinance

The problem  is there is a midnight to 5 am curfew that governs the east side of the boardwalk at Venice Beach to the mean high tide and this is effective for all LA City beaches except as mentioned in (b) below.  The appeal will be heard Friday, 19 January at 10 am, room 350, City Hall, 200 North Spring Street by the Bureau of Public Works.

If you want the appeal denied and the curfew to remain, contact Dr. Fernando Campos at fernando.campos@lacity.org.

(b) No person shall enter, remain, stay or loiter in any park which consists of an ocean area, beach, or pier between the hours of 12:00 midnight’ and 5:00 o’clock a.m. of the following day; except that no person shall remain, stay or loiter on Royal Palms Beach between the hours of 8:00 o’clock p.m. and 5:00 o’clock a.m. of the following day. On any park which consists of an ocean area, beach, or pier subject to this Section, the supervising employee at such site may extend the 12:00 midnight closing time, or in the case of Royal Palms Beach the 8:00 o’clock p.m. closing time, to accommodate special events such as grunion runs and other events approved by the Department of Recreation and Parks or the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches, as applicable. (c) The closing and opening hours for each of the following parks or facilities shall be as follows:

The history is that the curfew has been in effect since 1989 and anti-curfew people say that there was no coastal development permit. The City said it did not need such. But now the City Department of Parks and Recreation has applied for a local Coastal Development Permit and a State Coastal Development Permit. City engineer issued the Coastal Development Permit November 2017 and that is what has been appealed by several local community activist groups.

These are the people or groups who have filed an appeal.

1. Appeal filed by Eric Ares, dated November 18, 2017.
2. Appeal filed by Elizabeth Benson Forer, Chief Executive Officer, Venice Family
Clinic, dated November 20, 2017.
3. Appeal filed by Peggy Lee Kennedy, Venice Justice Committee Co-Founder and
Organizer; Calvin E. Moss, Venice Justice Committee Co-Founder and Organizer;
and Robert Miles, Venice Justice Committee Member; dated November 19, 2017.
4. Appeal filed by Frank Tamborello, Executive Director, Hunger Action Los Angeles,
dated November 20, 2017.
5. Appeal filed by Suzanne Thompson, Co-Founder Venice Arts Council/Chair
Endangered Art Fund, dated November 20, 2017.
6. Appeal filed by Jed Pauker, dated November 19, 2017.
7. Appeal filed by Eric Ares, Deputy Director, Los Angeles Community Action Network,
dated November 21, 2017.
8. Appeal filed by Eric Ares, Southern California Homeless Bill of Rights Coalition,
dated November 21, 2017.