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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

Congressional Candidate Wright Proposes a “Township” for Homeless

Venetian Dr. Kenneth W. Wright, MD, who is running for the US Congress, California District 33, was asked by the Venice Update what he would do to help solve this homeless crisis California is experiencing.

Update explained that, as of now, 240 units of affordable/psh and 100 units for homeless transitional housing are planned for Venice’s three square miles and residents feel it is overkill. Update said that residents are suing because other areas within Congressional District 33 had no such plans for homeless and certainly not in proportion to Venice’s size of three square miles.

His answer was “I will send you some information.”

Dr.Kenneth Wright, MD is an internationally respected pediatric eye surgeon that has experience in caring for the underprivileged and homeless. His practice is in Beverly Hills next to Cedars Sinai hospital. He lives in Venice, the part referred to as Marina del Rey by the post office. Dr. Wright founded the Wright Foundation a non-profit 501c (3) that supports a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children in Los Angeles. He is also author of numerous medical books and articles.

The Township Option for Homeless — the Street is Not an Option

By Dr. Kenneth W. Wright

It is estimated that there are over a half a million homeless people in the United States and almost 60,000 in Los Angeles County alone. The County spent over $150 million last year on homeless programs and this coming year LA City is allocating almost $400 million.

Despite this huge commitment the crisis only seems to be getting worse.

The truth is, most traditional homeless programs provide stop-gap measures. While well-intended, outdoor showers, street lockers, relaxed overnight parking restrictions, blankets, and soup kitchens do not solve the problem and may act to increase the number of homeless.

Even shelters and transitional housing are only short term Band-Aids and do not address the fact that most homeless need much more than four walls and a roof. They need a structured environment: job training, life skills counseling, and drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation. Additionally, those with debilitating physical or mental disorders require ongoing life-long care.

The Township Option
I suggest a new approach — “The Township Option”. The Township is a large, self-contained, multi-acre area that will provide housing, scheduled meals, job training, and a safe, structured environment. Admission to the Township will be voluntary on referral from existing shelters or social services.

The Township will provide vocational training with on-site workplaces (e.g., furniture factory and construction site), gardens, mental health services, counseling, legal services, and alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation. Volunteers, including veterans, retirees, and professionals, can participate as adjuncts to staff. This is not an “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” program. For some, it will be a way to transition into mainstream society, while for others the Township will be “home”.

One possible site for the Township is an abandoned military base such as Fort Ord in Monterey, California. Funding would come from a combination of private foundations, state and federal government, and income generated from the Township.

“The Township location will also address the ‘not in my backyard’ issue as it will not be in your backyard,” said Dr. Wright.  “Politicians have to remember, hardworking citizens who pay rent and are property owners have rights too.  City officials are responsible for keeping the communities safe and sane.”

Ted Hayes Established the Dome Village
The Township concept is not new. In 1993, Ted Hayes established the Dome Village for homeless. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the Dome Village housed approximately 30 homeless singles and families for over 13 years. According to Ted, Dome Village residents got along well.


Educational programs were offered, including workshops in computer literacy, job-searches, and legal issues. Many residents graduated to productive lives outside the Village, while others required chronic care. Ted did a poll of homeless people in Los Angeles and over 90 percent said they would be in favor of the Township Option. Having a large facility will also allow enforcement of vagrancy laws as there will be a safe beautiful place for the homeless to go.

Once established and refined, the Township Option could be replicated throughout the United States. If elected to Congress, I will sponsor a bill to fund a pilot Township Option project and to authorize use of an abandoned federal facility. The street should not be an option for those who cannot make it in mainstream society.

HCIDLA Requests Authority Report Recommendations

By Darryl DuFay

Note:   This is to let readers know more of what is happening to the funds for the homeless and the criteria being established. The four-page report can be accessed at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2017/17-0090-s2_rpt_MAYOR_11-03-2017.pdf  DuFay has highlighted the important aspects of the report.

Homelessness and Poverty Committee reported 17 January that they will be moving forward with the request to send to the Mayor the current rules and regulations report for release and use of the HHH money.  This is a summary of the changes made following the thirty-day public comment period, which ended October 14, 2017.

The Opening Paragraph

The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) requests authority from the Mayor and City Council to approve the recommendations contained in this report relative to the release of the 2017 Proposition HHH Permanent Supportive Housing Loan Program (HHH) Regulations with proposed revisions; and, open the 2017 HHH Call for Projects (CFP) to solicit developer applications for funding. 

Supportive Service Plans

Several comments were also made stating that the case management ratio should be changed from one full time equivalent (FTE) staff member per 15 units for the chronically homeless. HCIDLA agrees to one FTE per 20 units, and has made the appropriate changes as reflected in the attached modified regulations.

It was also stated that the LA County Health Agency in lieu of Supportive Services Plan will specify what supportive services are to be funded by Measure  H.

Asset Management

According to the Proposition HHH ballot measure, a maximum of 20% of the total of HHH funding can be used toward non-PSH affordable housing.

Geographic Distribution

This assessment comprehensively analyzes the disparities in access to opportunities people face, ranging from racial or ethnic segregation; unequal educational, job, or transportation options; to disproportionate housing needs. The goal is to increase housing choice for all community members by taking meaningful actions to foster inclusive communities free from barriers and encourage integrated and balanced living patterns. 

Implementation Plan

This was the proposed calendar.  Dates have all been slipped.  Use dates as a reference.