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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Motion Turned Down by VNC Homeless Committee to be Presented at Feb VNC Meet

The motion presented by Venetians to the Homeless Committee last month to add a restriction of no homeless within 300 feet of  single-family homes to the LA City Homeless and Poverty Committee motion  with be considered at the 18 February Venice Neighborhood Council meet, 7 pm, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

The group is seeking a Community Impact Statement to show that Venice indeeds supports the City Council and the City Council Homeless and Poverty Committee that wants to restrict homeless within 500 feet of schools and parks.  They want their statement to be considered for an amendment to the City’s proposed motion and to be added to the Council File 19-06Q2-S1.

“Furthermore, please be advised that if my personal motion request regarding amendments to LAMC 41.18 is denied and will not be heard at the February Board meeting, I am submitting a Stakeholder petition on behalf of 169 Venice Stakeholders  who are requesting that the above Motion to Amend LAMC 41.18 be placed on the Board Agenda, so that the Motion can be voted on by the full Board,” the petition read.   “The Petition has 19 pages and the first 7 pages containing 60 signatures are attached.  The remaining pages will be sent in a separate e-mail.”

500-Foot Homeless Restriction Would Remove Homeless from Beach and Portions of 3rd, 4th

This is the map for Venice as shown in the LA Times article.

LA Times mapped the areas that would be affected by the proposed 500-foot radius restricting homeless from schools and parks. The motion, modifying LAMC 41.18(d), has been proposed by the Chair of the Homeless and Poverty committee Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and Councilwoman Nury Martinez.

Next step is to present it to the City Council for a vote.   Both civil rights attorney Carol Sobel and Councilman Mike Bonin are against it.  It was passed unanimously in City’s Homeless and Poverty committee with two absences, one of whom was Bonin.

Mark Ryavec of Venice Stakeholders Association made the statement that the proposal did not address the residential areas.

According to the map, a large portion of Venice would be restricted.  The complete Venice Beach area would be off limits.  Looks like 3rd and 4th would be be off limits to a great extent.  The Ocean Front and 3rd Ave are two dense areas for the homeless.  The LA Times estimates that about 25 percent of the City’s sidewalks would be effected.

The design of the proposal is to work around the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision.  The court said they never indicated that people could not be restricted from certain areas.

LA Times article.

The electronic LA Times article has many more maps and statistics.


O’Farrell Motion Restricts Schools, Parks But Removes Other Restrictions Protecting Citizens

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s motion, forthcoming to the City Council for a vote,  to amend 41.18(d) sounded at first to protect residents by restricting homeless from parks and schools.  Instead the motion opens up Los Angeles to homeless living almost unrestricted  except for O’Farrells motion restricting schools and parks and a few other things.

Right now the law restricting homeless is 41.18(d) which restricts people from sitting, lying, or sleeping on any street, sidewalk, public way and the Jones Settlement which states that the police will not enforce 41.18(d) between 9 pm and 6 am.  The settlement will also not allow people within 10 feet at certain entrances and exits.  It is true these hours are not being enforced.

How about restricting homeless from residential streets. So many encampments have been across the street from, next to, an alley away from residents. How about restricting this and protecting residents. How overpowering to have an encampment an alley away, adjacent to, across the street from and this has been happening in Venice. Encampments that have been too close have been Penmar Park, 7th Ave, Lincoln Hardware, Harding, Harrison, 4th Ave, Thai restaurant alley

It is recommended that you contact your councilman Mike Bonin at Mike.Bonin@LAcity.org and express your feeling regarding this motion.  It would be a good idea to also cc Councilman Mitch O’Farrell at councilmember.Ofarrel@lacity.org and Nury Martinez at Nury.Martinez@lacity.org

Below are 41.18(d) and the Jones Settlement.  The O’Farrell motion is shown verbatim in Venice Update article. 

LAMC 41.18(d) states that

No person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to persons sitting on the curb portion of any sidewalk or street while attending or viewing any parade permitted under the provisions of Section 103.111 of Article 2, Chapter X of this Code; nor shall the provisions of this subsection supply to persons sitting upon benches or other seating facilities provided for such purpose by municipal authority by this Code.

The Jones Settlement said the police would not enforce LAMC41.18(d) between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am.  The settlement also stated that people could not be within 10 feet of driveways, loading docks, entrances and exits.  This passed in 2006 and was to be in effect until 1250 units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) units were constructed within the City of Los Angeles and at least 50 percent of those located in Skid Row and/or greater downtown Los Angeles.