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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.





Venice Has Nine Cases of Coronavirus; Homeless Do Not Take Isolation Seriously; City Not Providing SEC Zone

Nine cases of Coronavirus reported in Venice as of Thursday, 26 March, according to LA County Department of Public Health. Non homeless residents fear for their health.

A film was recorded of homeless residents not abiding by the isolation regulation established by the state and city.

City has not implemented the SEC (Special Enforcement and Cleaning) zone as promised starting 9 March in spite of it supposedly being implemented. The City brought in toilets and wash stations here and there making it one large encampment.

There are complaints by housed residents of lack of trash cleanup, bulky-item pickup, and OSHA violations regarding the toilets and the wash stations as well as not maintaining the proper distance and isolation requirements established by State and City authorities. Rick Swinger posted on Councilman Mike Bonin’s Facebook page that operator had no face mask and gloves on and was eating near the wash station. His comment was later removed from Facebook page. During the rain people stayed inside their tents and the trash was removed.

The following are pictures by Rick Swinger of what it happening in encampment areas of Hampton and 3rd and Rose.

Encampment Update — 12 December 2019

The bad news is there is a new encampment on Rose at Penmar Park from Sunset to Penmar. Venice Blvd has a small encampment across from Public Storage, east of Abbot Kinney Blvd. Andalusia at Abbot Kinney is back with about 20 kids. Mildred at Pacific is growing.

The good news is that the Staples site is no longer there. All was removed Thursday. Someone was using the planters as a hideout. Also part of the good news is that Lincoln at Flower is still vacant as is Westminster Senior Center Park. Talked with a Sanitation man who handled the Lincoln evacuation. He said they had a scheduled maintenance and everyone left, leaving the mess that was cleaned up. No one has returned perhaps because of all the stories. Some are living on Flower on the north side of the building.

Staples was being removed just in time for photos. The garbage was removed and the belongings were tagged and put in a special truck for storage.

Animals are collateral damage sometimes
The collateral damage of animals among the homeless is always hard to witnesses. Kenny from Ohio and his wife went back to Ohio. Kenny’s wife said a couple months ago that they had been promised a place by St. Joseph, and hopefully, it would be before her birthday. Have no idea what happened with the apartment. Kenny’s wife left and he followed, leaving Zoie, their dog. I saw Zoie on 3rd Ave. The dog, a boxer, looks ferocious but is a love bug. She was entrusted with Marlan, a lady, who told me the story of Kenny and his wife.

Marlan was not friendly with the dog and this writer offered to take the dog to find a home for it. Marlan did not like that idea. We discussed it, and it was left open that this writer would, at any time, find a home for the dog, if she didn’t like the dog. Marlan was given a Christmas dog toy for the dog and she reacted very positively about the toy.

3rd and Ocean Front Walk
This writer does not cover 3rd and Ocean Front Walk. Both places have most of the homeless in Venice. Ocean Front Walk has the alley-streets off Ocean Front Walk to the Speedway that are filled with homeless.

South Venice Blvd has a row of tenters from Canal east to Dell. There are a bunch of tenters on South Venice Blvd just before Ocean. Probably fewer near Ocean than before.

It looked like there were fewer campers on both sides of Hampton, south of Rose. Here is what some of the tenters did on Hampton, south of Rose, east side.

North of Rose was completely clean except for belongings on the east side of the street in front of St. Joseph Center. Brian, a homeless man, said that the belongings belonged to the people on the west side of the street. Brian said no one lived on the east side. They just put their belongings there while the other side is cleaned and return at night. Brian apologized for yelling at this reporter at one time. Don’t remember the yelling because it is frequent. But how kind it was for him to apologize.

Believe it was the rainy weather that bothered people last week to make them so nasty.

No one was on 4th.

New Sites
The new encampment on Rose at Penmar between Sunset and Penmar consists of approximately 20 tents that go from the fence to the street. This writer watched Penmar Park for months after the cesspool at the west end of the park was removed and there was no activity until recently. Call the Rangers!

Venice Blvd on north side across from Public Storage between Shell and Abbot Kinney Blvd is about the same as last week. It hasn’t been reported before.

Andalusia and Abbot Kinney Blvd has about 20 kids hanging with their dogs on the east side of Andalusia. Picture only shows a few. The kids line up almost to the alley.

Encampment Update — 5 December 2019

Westminster Senior Center Park is cleared of all transients.  Lincoln Blvd encampment at Flower is gone.  It was there at 9 am and gone at noon on Thursday.   Flower has two tenters. Mildred is growing.

Everything else is about the same except the attitude of the homeless is getting close to violent.

Rick Swinger who is a really big chap was chased on 3rd Ave this week.  This writer had stuff splashed all over the car and then the car was chased.  This man was reported to the police as being violent before.   He is on South Venice Blvd before Dell.  He is Mexican or of South American descent.  Many times this writer has had something thrown at the car particularly when on 3rd Ave.

The main encampments remain on Ocean Front Walk area and 3rd Ave area and Encampment Update does not usually cover either.

Ocean Ave and North Venice Blvd were free of encampments.  There was a car that someone was living out of with bikes and junk around it.

Mildred Ave had three encampments and appears to be growing.

Westminster Park is clear and cleaned. There is a van and a car and people are spreading out on the sidewalk from the vehicles.

Hampton, south of Rose is the same.

Hampton, north of Rose,  now has a non-compliant tent without ADA clearance and within less than 10 feet of a driveway and all in front of St. Joseph Center.


Lincoln Blvd at Flower is the big surprise. At 9 am it was filled with tenters. At noon it looked as shown. I asked James, who was the only one on Flower, what had happened to Lincoln and he said he didn’t know. I asked him if Beast was still around and he had nothing but bad things to say about Beast. He finally said he didn’t know what happened to Beast.  It is so nice to see Lincoln clean.

Staples …just don’t know.

Encampment Update — 14 November 2019

In memory of Jay, the guy in the middle, who died this month from drinking too much alcohol. Photo was taken in August. Jay was from Texas and stuck with Beast, the guy on the right, who was from Hawaii. The guy on the left was Josh from Iowa who soon after the photo was taken moved from the Lincoln Blvd encampment. Beast said he woke up one morning and Jay was yellow. He got the paramedics to take Jay to the hospital and Jay died a few weeks later. Many die in encampments and it isn’t necessarily because they are exposed to the weather but because they overdose on drugs or drink too much.

The last Encampment Update was in October.  Since October, Venice has noticeably more homeless.

Westminster Senior Center park has many more campers; Hampton Dr from Rose to Sunset is now almost one encampment on the west side and the east side is filling up; Lincoln Blvd has extended to wrap around on Flower;  South Venice Blvd is almost one continuous camp from Pacific Ave to Ocean and even Pacific Ave has one; the neighborhood of Oxford Triangle has been plagued with two to three campers at the Thatcher Yard, one in an alley between Yale and Stanford, and the usual on/off homeless at Walgreens on Carter; and throughout Venice individual campers join another camper for the night and then disband or stay together throughout Venice.

The good news is that Ocean Ave has no campers.

The campers this writer has met have been for the most part kind, considerate, and polite but there are others who must be avoided.  There are those who yell at you and call you names but are harmless.

There are those who steal and there has been an uptick in theft around or near encampments.  For sure a bike is not safe.   Citizens are duly concerned.  One person living near Westminster Park was gone for a short time and feels that campers were watching her pattern of movements to steal from her.  Oxford Triangle is investigating getting a patrol to support the neighborhood.  The Silver Strand and Venice Canals already have one.

Everyone understands that druggies and alcoholics need money to support their habits.

Pacific Ave and South Venice Blvd

Mildred Ave is still not forgotten.

Westminster Park. First figure shows it before police told all to put tents down. Second is after and the tents are down. Neither picture shows all the campers. It is hard to shoot into the shade.

Hampton Drive, Rose to Sunset is almost one continuous camp from Google to Sunset on west side. East side is fast filling in.

Hampton, north of Rose. The west side is clean. Business owners power wash daily, help the homeless, have security for the workers. It must be a large expense but it works. For awhile they had security at the Jewish school. The camp on the east side of the street at St. Joseph keeps growing.

4th Ave from Rose to Vernon had one encampment near Rose.

Lincoln Blvd is the tragedy. There were three campers bordering the front. The sidewalk was not ADA at all. The group seems friendly and helpful. It now wraps around to the Flower side. Beast is sleeping on the wrap.

Staples was pretty much the same as it had been. People were moving in between the planters and storing stuff. Second photo showed LAHSA and Sanitation cleaning up the area.

Oxford Triangle area has been plagued by campers at the Thatcher Yard. Police have talked to them yet they remain or one will leave and two more come. There is a man who insists on sleeping in the alley between Yale and Stanford. Police have talked with him but he is still there. Carter at Walgreens everyone has witnessed a group of homeless hanging at one time or another. Police come and they go and a new group moves in.

Encampment Update — 18 October 2019

It appears more people are being drawn to Venice. Hampton is almost as bad as 3rd but without a scheduled cleanup. Ocean and South Venice Blvd are repopulating. Mildred is also starting to repopulate. Westminster Park had about six campers and the wooden tenters are gone. Lincoln is collecting motor homes and growing in trash. Overall, it appears the influx of campers to Venice has grown this week.

Ocean is definitely an attraction for campers to camp on the private property. North Venice Blvd was clear except for a few who sleep in their cars. South Venice Blvd, on the other hand, had campers from Pacific to Dell and then campers near Ocean.

Mildred is starting to bring campers back. The area near Pacific had a fellow with bikes. On down Mildred a couple of places looked like there were people settling.

Westminster Senior Center park is definitely growing. There were at least six campers. One was on the sidewalk leaving questionable ADA room.

A sign was posted near 3rd Ave that there was to be a special cleaning Wednesday. It was determined that the special cleaning was for Hampton. People on Hampton prepared and nothing happened.It has been determined that normal cleaning will resume next week.  Sanitation was directed to do only spot cleaning.  First two photos show what Hampton on west side looked like before cleaning. Third photo shows what Sunset looked liked when the residents placed their stuff out of the way. Fourth photo shows what it looked like when it was ready for the cleanup team. 



Hampton north of Rose still has the camper at St. Joseph Center.

3rd Ave had not been cleaned for two weeks but will be cleaned next week.

Fourth Ave was clear from Sunset to Vernon.

Lincoln Blvd is looking very trashy. Motorhomes surround it and Sanitation has not cleaned the area for at least a month. Sanitation and a crew of LAHSA people were there. The LAHSA people in a group said they were offering assistance. Sanitation was picking up trash that the residents did not want. There was no sanitization of the area.

Staples has campers who built between the planters and behind them to the street.

Encampment Update — 10 October

South Venice Blvd and Westminster Senior Center Park are increasing in number of encampments as is Hampton Ave, north of Rose on the east side in front of St. Joseph’s Center and Lincoln at Flower. There is a new group in a Vernon alley near Hampton that rapped around to Vernon.

There is an encampment in the grassy areas on south side of 90 freeway at Culver. This is a fire danger area and Mayor Garcetti said that people can just be moved out, no postings are necessary. All encampments on both sides were removed a couple weeks ago.

South Venice Blvd from Pacific to Dell has several campers as does Dell to Ocean.

Westminster Park had probably six different campers on the west side at Pacific. Not possible to get them all in one picture.

Hampton, south of Rose, both sides were the same. The west side looks as bad as 3rd Ave.

Hampton, north of Rose, on east side in front of St. Joseph Center is growing.

Third Ave was not cleaned this past week. David Graham-Caso of Bonin’s office was emailed to see if there was a reason. So far no response.  Someone mentioned it was not cleaned last week either.

Fourth Ave from Rose to Vernon was clear.

Lincoln Blvd at Flower has an increased in number, probably 15, but hard to take a picture.

Staples, north side, appears to have more people and more stuff moving in and around the planters.

Naples was active with one working on a bike and another storage of belongings

Carter at Walgreens is active/not active. It is so transitional.

Thatcher at Washington had a new guy with a lot of stuff. He replaced the guy with the car that would sprawl all over the sidewalk. Now no one is there.
(Photo courtesy of Wolf Seeberg.)

There is a new encampment in a Vernon alley that wrapped around to Vernon.

Encampment Update — 26 September 2019

Westminster Senior Center Park, Hampton, north of Rose on East side, 4th Ave between Rose and Sunset, and Harrison Ave have some increased activity this week. Lincoln at Victoria has two tenters and a car and a van and this is new. Noticed tenters near Lincoln on both sides of the 90 Freeway. There are encampments on both sides of the 90 Freeway east of Alla Road. Also Allan Parsons reported that the gang is back on Abbot Kinney at Andalusia.

How nice it is to see Ocean Ave and North and South Venice Blvd without encampments. That display and activity was really in one’s face. South Venice Blvd does have a bunch of stuff on the parkway between Pacific and Dell.

Mildred shows signs that it would like to get back to its previous status. There were various things like shoes, a wheel, a stool in various places on the sidewalk. Two boys were working on bikes on the other side of the road and there were bike parts at Canal St. Strongs Drive had another pile of trash.

Westminster Park had the wooden tenters, the one with the rose umbrella and now a new one on the south side. In addition, there were two campers on the east side in vans and it looked like they had dumped a sponge mattress.

Hampton, south of Rose, looks the same on the west side. The encampment still extends to Sunset. The east side has diminished to maybe one tenter and he had his stuff folded and next to the fence.

Hampton, north of Rose, has the west side which is handled by several businesses and a school. They have a security guard who walks women to and from their cars and has a man who cleans the sidewalk daily. On the west side is St. Joseph’s Center and they do nothing that one can see. Right now they have an encampment next to their stairs that is in violation of ADA and “tents down.”

3rd Ave is the same. Trash is picked up twice daily by the Clean Team and then it is cleaned without residents on Fridays and sanitized. Many of these people live to see how much trash they can collect in seven days.

4th Ave, south of Rose, before Sunset has the start of a large encampment. These people probably came from 3rd or Hampton. The area was clean. The problem is that 4th is not on the list to be cleaned weekly so it too will get filthy.

Lincoln, at Flower, looks about the same but is in dire need of being cleaned and sanitized.

Lincoln, at Staples, north side still has the guy building around the planters.

Lincoln, at Victoria, has two tents, a car and a van. This is new.

Carter was going crazy last night. Girls were lined up on one side and guys on the other and all were shouting at each other. Early this morning there were just guys yelling and trash, trash, trash.

Individuals continue to occupy the park benches. The two in front of the Fabric shop were still there.


Westminster Senior Center Park

Hampton Drive, south of Rose, west side

Hampton Drive, south of Rose, east side

Hampton Drive, north of Rose. east side

3rd Ave

4th Ave

Lincoln at Victoria


Carter at Walgreens

Encampment Update — 19 September 2019

Encampment on Mildred that sprang up and was reported in Update (web version) last Tuesday is gone.  The only thing left is one big pile of trash on Strongs Drive.

Talked to the maintenance man for 150-units adjoining Mildred and he said the tenants continuously told him about the encampment.  It was a disgrace as most of them are.  They are unfit to be next to housed people as well as the homeless for so many reasons and  sanitation is one “extra large” reason. Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app.

Strongs Drive at Mildred

Mildred north side and south side now

The Mildred encampment sprung up.  People think it was because of Ocean and the North and South Venice Blvd being cleaned.

Just got a sweet note from Joseph Behm, maintenance manager of Windward Village Apt, which is the apartment complex abutting Mildred.

I want to thank you for bringing exposure to the problem we had on Mildred this last month. You met me on the sidewalk outside of Windward Village Apts yesterday morning, I’m Joe, the maintenance manager of the property.

The city did a neighborhood cleanup yesterday afternoon and got all of the trash piles on Strongs and Canal picked up also. Mildred Ave is looking soooo so much better now! Mildred Ave has been my problem child since I’ve been in this position. I have lots and lots of photos of the cycles we go through with it. This last one was the worst, the owner said they had not seen anything so bad in 45 years.

The owner of this property was quite impressed with the article and the work you are doing in Venice, he was previously unaware of the Venice Update.

I hope that we can stay in communication and work together as a whole to keep Venice as safe and clean as possible. Thank you again for your help!

Mildred is good news as is Ocean and North and South Venice Blvd. North Venice Blvd had a car with a couple people hanging near Pacific, otherwise North Venice Blvd was clear. South Venice Blvd has an encampment on the parkway and one cannot tell whether it is discarded stuff or belongings. And that is it for Ocean, North and South Venice Blvd. How times change quickly.

There is a new camper at the Westminster Senior Center. One commenter asked why the wooden tents were not removed in accordance with LAMC 56.11. That is a good question. There are just so many violations that this one gets overlooked.

Hampton Drive, south of Rose, on the east side is almost nonexistent.  There was only one tent.

Hampton Drive, south of Rose, on the west side continues to fill in.  David Busch has his tent next to the alley and it is almost a continuous tent thereafter to Sunset.  The homeless are respective of the exists and entrances.

Hampton Drive, north of Rose,  is unchanged.

3rd Ave is unchanged. It is just a total ADA violation that fills into the street. Fortunately, sanitation cleans the street, removes trash and bulky items,  and sanitizes it weekly.

4th Ave just south of Rose had one camper.

Lincoln Blvd at Flower is repopulated and filthy.

Staples on the north side at Mildred has the same people there.  They are living between the planters.  The Lincoln side of Staples has no one.  There is debris.

Harding is clear as is the Naples alley and Coeur d’Alene.  Harrison is clear.

Thatcher Ave has finally gotten rid of all its encampments. Carter Ave has those who come and go continuously.

Individual tenters are increasing along Lincoln Blvd.  Almost every bus stop has one individual on the bench early in the morning before 10 am. These two fellows are camping in front of the fabric store.