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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

Dumping Fees Increase

This is the only information available regarding an increase in fees for dumping. Dumping is serious business in Venice. There is dumping of furniture and food, both of which have created problems in Venice.

Peter Griswold Gets Response About RV Dumping

(2 July 2019) Peter Griswold, a Venice resident, has been asking all to address the RV dumping on the streets, in the sewer drains, lack of dumping stations. He has gotten a reply from Councilperson Nury Martinez of the 6th District.

This is what Griswold wrote:

Many RVs park overnight on Public Streets streets….
What do you know about where they discharge their waste + sewage??
What do the RVRs even know about where to dispose of their sewage??
What has the City or Sanitation or even the Media done to publicize this??
RVs use curbside storm drains after dark and this abuse is not publicized!!
RVs should have a list where sanitation and pump-out facilities are located.
RVs should show evidence of working waste systems and Sanitation Permits.

Griswold received two responses from Martinez’s office. They are reprinted here because there is useful information in each note, perhaps, only for those in SunValley, but the gesture was appreciated.

Thank you for your email. I am forwarding your concerns regarding RVs illegally dumping in storm drains to my field staff. My staff and I will review your comments and will work to address your concerns in a timely manner.

Due to the high volume of e-mails my office receives, it is difficult to respond immediately, but we will respond to every constituent contact in due time. If you wish to speak to a member of my staff regarding an urgent concern, please don’t hesitate to contact my office by phone. My City Hall office can be reached at (213) 473 7006. My Sun Valley District Office can be reached at (818) 771 0236 and my Van Nuys District Office at (818) 778 4999.

Please check my website (nury-martinez.com) for resources and information you may find useful. Stay up-to-date with news from our office by following us on Facebook facebook.com/JoinNury and Twitter twitter.com/CD6Nury.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Apparently, others have asked the same question so the last response was written to four other people as well as Griswold.

Good Afternoon, I hope this message finds you well. My name is Marcos Sanchez and I am Councilwoman Nury Martinez’s District Director.

What is the best phone number to contact you by? The City does have tools to address these issues on our streets. Do you have an address where this dumping is occurring. I am out of the Sun Valley office this week. My number is 818-771-0236

Thank you again and looking forward to hearing from you.

The Venice Update did have an article about dumping and area dumping stations available. See Venice Update article.

New System for Homeless Camp Cleanups Approved by City Council Members

City Council members have agreed to overhaul the now existent system for cleaning up the encampment sites. The details are not clear at present but the system will change as follows:

1) The Bureau of Sanitation will assign crews to certain sites and keep them assigned to that site so all encampment members can become accustomed to the Sanitation crew members.

2) Sites will be more “scheduled” than occasioned by complaints.

3) Police will be present to protect the Bureau of Sanitation crew members. (This is under further review as prompted by groups such as Services Not Sweeps and LA Community Action Group.

4) More trash bins or cans will be available.

5) Mobile restrooms.

6) Sanitation must stop illegal dumping. Illegal dumping, it is claimed, amounts to 80 percent of the trash picked up. The City initiated a single provider garbage system that is considerably more costly than the previous system and it has been said that businesses are dumping their garbage at homeless sites.

Rick Swinger has reported and photographed many (crates) of food (old, throwaway) items dumped on 3rd Ave site and Ocean Front Walk. Many feel this is a humanitarian endeavor but it is not. Also 3rd Ave is next to Public Storage so many people put unwanted items on the street for pickup. Once this writer was talking with a couple on 3rd, left to talk with others, came back to original couple and found a roll of carpet next to them. Asked the couple how carpet got there and the couple replied that a guy in a truck stoped and dumped it.

Rick Swinger has mentioned that the abandonment of furniture of 3rd could be eliminated by Public Storage if they would put a bin for unwanted items on their property. But storage would not want to do that because what was precious and stored, becomes junk in six months. So Public Storage would have to pay for having to have the stuff picked up, Same price others who are dumping refuse to pay.

LA Times article.