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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Venice Update Supports Police Chief, LAPD, Pacific Division — All Lives Matter

Make no mistake the Venice Update supports Chief Michel Moore and the Los Angeles Police Department and particularly the Pacific Division that serves the Venice area.

The Update does not advocate in any way a “kiddie college,” such as the Seattle shindig running the City. The Update does not support thieves stealing, in the name of looting, or setting on fire or damaging in any way other people’s property. Update asks: Who are these people who advocate and approve and justify such action? They should be sent to the Right vs. Wrong School until they get it right and right with respect for others’ and their properties. What happened to the basic “Golden Rule.”

Update heard that the laws, the organizations, the public has to be changed to comply with these people who are so offensive and unlawful.

Update says: “All Lives Matter.” We are one nation (under God), indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Perhaps, there can be changes made as a result of all this and that is good, but don’t forget and remember that these cops, mentioned below, represent all nationalities, races, religions …

Let me tell you about The Badge and the thousands of good men and women it represents.
This badge ran towards certain death as the Towers collapsed on 9-11.
This badge ran into the line of fire to save the people in the Pulse Night Club.
This badge sheltered thousands as bullets rained down from the Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas.
This badge protected a BLM rally that left five officers dead in Dallas.
This badge ran into the Sandy Hook School to stop a school shooter.
This badge killed the Oregon District mass shooter in seconds.
This badge has done CPR on your drowning child.
This badge has fist fought the wife beater who left his spouse in a coma.
This badge has run into burning buildings to save the occupants.
This badge has been shot for simply existing.
This badge has waded through flood waters to rescue the elderly trapped on the roof.
This badge has intentionally crashed into the wrong way driver to protect innocent motorists.
This badge has helped find the lost child so his mother would stop crying hysterically.
This badge has helped the injured dog off the road and rushed it to the vet.
This badge has escorted the elderly woman across the street because she couldn’t see well and was afraid to cross.
This badge has bought food for hungry kids because they had been abandoned.
This badge has been soaked in blood and tears.
This badge has been covered by a mourning band to honor those who have sacrificed everything in service.
You may hate me because I wear it. But, I wear it with pride. Despite your hate and your anger, I will await the next call for help. And, I will come running without hesitation. Just like the thousands of men and women across this great nation.


MTA Bridge Home Neighbors Encounter Uncomfortable Situations and Question Police and Fire Appearances; Area Enforcement Starts Monday, 9 March

They are moving people into the “Bridge Home” at Sunset and Main and have been since 25 February; neighbors are uncomfortable.

People living near by are having some problems with the Bridge Home residents and are vocal about it and want to know if there is some added protection for them. Also they would like to know what is happening when they see police cars and firetrucks arrive at site.

Enforcement of the SEC zone rules and walking police force will not start until Monday, 9 March.

Allison Wilhite, Venice Deputy for the site, has made a statement addressing the decision to delay the enforcement.

I’ve heard this question about timing from a few people, so let me speak to it for everyone’s benefit. The decision to wait until March 9 was made after having conversations with the Unified Homeless Response Center (aka UHRC, the Mayor’s Office team that coordinates the enhanced services), LAHSA, LAPD Pacific Division, and other Council District Offices that have opened an A Bridge Home. Each have different perspectives on the best timing, and all for good reasons.

The experience in other Council Districts has been that starting the SECZ the same day as intake can cause a lot of movement and frustration among unhoused people and make it harder for our outreach teams to bring people to site for their intake appointment. We know residents have waited a long time for these enhanced services to start, and we want to honor that as soon as possible, while also ensuring we can effectively and efficiently open the site to our unhoused neighbors. There are requests from the community that we delay it longer, even upwards of 90 days, but we are hopeful these two weeks will let our outreach teams and on site service providers do their work to open the site successfully.

Here are some of the situations people in the neighborhood have encountered since the home opened.

One person was on a walk with her dog, which she takes every night at the same time.

I was just on a nightly walk with my dog which I do at the same hour every night. There were three male youths coming from Bridge Housing walking towards me and they asked if they could get a cigarette off me. I said no, and as they passed me they started telling me things they wished they could do to me and that I was a bitch for not talking to them, and to keep my head down and keep pretending to talk to my dog. Something similar happened last night as well.

Correct me if I am wrong, but there is nothing in Bridge Housing that stipulated that the 154 residents are not able to walk around the neighborhood at night. This is a single female’s worst nightmare. This is two days in a row where someone has tried to talk to me and I have been called a bitch for not responding to their advances or requests. This is harassment in the eye of the law. You cannot deny that this is a dangerous time to be a female in Venice Beach, living within close proximity to Bridge Housing.

There must be more that you can do to ensure the safety of residents. Is there a way to educated our 18-24 year old youth homeless residents that it is not acceptable to harass female neighbors, or any neighbors of both sexes? Is it possilbe to set up a small community police station at Bridge Housing where Police can work 24 hours on site while Bridge Housing is in its 3 year period?

One woman said she no longer feels safe walking her dogs at night.

I second that. Since it has opened, I have stopped walking my dogs at night and I live across the street. It’s not right that now I don’t feel comfortable leaving my house at night to walk my dogs. I don’t feel safe.

One man would like to know what happened in his neighborhood at the site early Wednesday morning. Perhaps, incidents reports could be posted on the fence when they become available for neighbors to read

Can you please shed some light on the type of assault that occurred this morning at the bh site?. I was greeted this morning with a fire truck, a police patrol, and an assault with injury report at 100 sunset ave. Pics attached.
A photo of a police car was also provided.

Another saw 5 LAPD officers at the site at night to break up a what appeared to be a fight? I happened to be walking home at the time. This is absolutely ridiculous.

Can you please explain to neighbors why at least 5 LAPD officers were called to the site to break up what seems to be a violent fight?

This happened at 3:15 pm, apparently Wednesday.

From Citizens broadcast.

Guy jumping on cars threatened to kill me. It’s a saga.

He was a resident of SPY at bridge housing. The director of housing told me they had problems with him last night and were trying to figure out what to do with him.

So, today he broke the windshields on several cars on S. Main, threatened to kill me, and earlier had chased Sam’s wife with sexual innuendoes.

This is very f…….. up! Both he and his buddy were arrested for vandalism. It seems that since he didn’t have a weapon that his threat to me doesn’t have much in the way
of criminality. Sam is out there fighting just to get his wife’s part of it included in the police report.

LAPD was good but the whole episode was a tangled mess because of so many crimes by the same two guys. They’re piecing it all together.

By the way I’m mad as hell about what we are being put through here. This was at 3:15 in the afternoon!!!!

Woman bitten by dog as well as her dog was bitten.

Today I was walking my 14-year-old, 20-pound dog Franklin by the shelter because I live across the street and that is where we normally walk. There were a few people hanging out which is fine with me, but then he was attacked by one of their (very big) dogs that had a leash…but nobody holding it. Luckily Franklin is okay-I pulled the dog off him myself, but we were both bitten by the dog.

I really, really want to support the shelter and be a good neighbor and human being but man it is really hard when something like this happens.

Is Placement of 40-Unit Project on Lincoln Apartments Next to Schools and Neighborhood the Wise Choice?

Venice Community Housing and SPY (Safe Place for Youth) want to build 40 units on Lincoln Blvd a short distance from St. Mark’s School and Coeur d’Alene and a few nursery schools. Is this a wise choice?

Tracy Carpenter, a neighbor, says “no.” Too many dangerous incidences as reported by police and paramedic responses to area.

This is the speech she gave at the Land Use and Planning Committee meeting that was recently held over for lack of outreach in the community. It is reprinted here because of the facts. Date for a new hearing has not been set; however, the Venice Neighborhood Council, is set to hear the project 17 March.

I live down the street from Safe Place for Youth. I volunteer with an organization that supports homeless people, but I think that saying yes to every single homeless housing project without using common sense is irresponsible.

The safety of the 800 children who go to school and live in this neighborhood, is our primary concern. Since SPY’s inception we’ve had many problems. Most recently, there was a man from SPY wielding a chain and threatening people and smashing windows, shutting down Garfield Ave and causing a lockdown at St. Mark’s School. There are some people who go to SPY for help, but they are also a magnet for people like that man. People that go to SPY aren’t screened to see if they are sex offenders or pedophiles and they literally share a property line with a school.

In the last 3 years police and fire have been to SPY numerous times – with recent responses for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Violent Mentally Ill, Overdose, Battery, Burglary, and Vandalism (and that’s with them only having drop in hours 3 afternoons a week). At Gateway Apartments, VCH’s other supportive housing project that is half the size of Lincoln Apartments, in the last 3 years, the fire dept has responded 132 times, and the police have responded 46 times.

Lincoln Apartment has 39 supportive units of which, 50% of units will be for 18- 24 year olds, with no sober living requirement. Since City records show VCH is seeking Prop 2 funding, the other 50% of units will be for those with serious mental illness (with symptoms of psychosis or violence), with no requirement for them to seek treatment. Keep in mind that it’s illegal to have a liquor store or pot dispensary within 600 feet of a school.

This project is not Compassionate –
The units at Lincoln Apartments will cost taxpayers about $500,000 each to build, for a total of $20 million. There simply is not enough money in the budget to give all of the 60,000 homeless people in LA County a $500,000 apartment (plus the cost of services). Spending all of the money on a small percentage of people, while leaving the vast majority to languish on the street is not compassion, it’s corruption. And it’s certainly not cost effective as claimed in VCH’s slideshow. We need to utilize more efficient solutions, like collaborative housing.

A committee of the US National Library of Medicine “examined studies that claimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of supportive housing and found that, at present, there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that the supportive
housing model saves health care costs or is cost-effective.”

This is not a nonprofit project. According to public records, VCH will build the project using public funds and then will sell 99.99% to private investors – those investors collect rent subsidized by our taxes, while VCH takes the capital from the sale to invest in new properties to achieve their goal of building more projects in Venice.

Our small community of Venice has more current and planned homeless housing projects than all of the other communities in Council District 11 combined. They are making the assertion that Venice is not doing its part to supply subsidized housing. This is false. VCH’s analysis looks only at supportive housing units funded by HHH, while ignoring those funded by other sources, like Prop 2.

According to Planning Urbanism, Venice has the 8th highest rate of subsidized housing in all of Los Angeles (with 1860 low income and supportive housing units), and the highest rate, by far, in Council District 11. And this is not including the planned projects: Thatcher Yard (98), Median Project (140), Rose Ave (34), Lincoln Apts(40), Bridge Housing (154) – which is an additional 466 units – which brings it to over 2300 low income and supportive housing units in Venice.

Not even including the planned projects, Venice has over 5 units of affordable housing per 100 people. Brentwood and the Palisades combined have .21 units of affordable housing per 100 people. The over concentration of housing and services in Venice, has only caused the homeless population to go up in our community, while going down in surrounding communities (Source: LAHSA). And, keep in mind, those homeless in Venice do not get priority for the Lincoln Apartments.

With 4 stories and a rooftop deck (overlooking St. Mark’s playground area), the height of this building will set a dangerous precedent for Lincoln, Venice Blvd, and Washington Blvd in Venice. We’ll see traffic and parking problems like we’ve never seen before. Current plans contain only 6 parking spots for staff, volunteers (of which, they have 20 volunteers on any given day), guests, and residents. They currently have drop-in hours 3 afternoons a week and want to expand to 7 days a week, which means more traffic to this area and into our neighborhood.

I’ve e-mailed you all a copy of our petition against this project with over 1000 signatures.

By law, if approved, this building must remain affordable housing for a minimum of 55 years. Societies require balance to avoid problems. We don’t advocate putting a motorcycle track next to a nature center. Those are both fine, but put them side-by-side and there will be problems. Those experiencing homelessness and the children who go to school and live in this neighborhood deserve better.

Venice Update Publicly Apologizes to the Men and Women in Blue

By Reta Moser

Even when one does opinion pieces, one should checkout both sides. I personally and publicly was discourteous to the police force for not stopping the chaos at the Venice Neighborhood Council Tuesday night. I wrote an Opinion piece for the Venice Update berating the police for standing down.

Then I questioned one of my all-time favorite LAPD Pacific Division captains, Captain Brian Morrison, about the incident. He said they were protecting both side’s rights of the First Amendment. Then I understood immediately; who would want it otherwise. The VNC should have handled it by calling a recess; setting another day; taking a break, etc.

I publicly apologize to all the men and women in blue.

Mayor Asks for Special Patrols Around Civic Center and Other City Buildings; 3rd Ave – Hampton Drive Residents Want the Same Protection

Mayor Eric Garcetti asks for foot and mounted patrols around the Civic Center and other City buildings after City employees said they felt unsafe.

Homeowners who face 3rd Ave and Hampton Drive have asked for foot patrols. One resident recorded the scene at 3rd and Rose for 24 hours. It was found that there were five fights, three using weapons. That was one 24-hour period. This does not count the verbal threats and abuse that residents encounter day and night. This does not count the filth the residents encounter.

Hampton Drive, north of Rose on the west side, has been doing something about the homeless for years. They hired a security guard to escort employees to their cars or to the building. They wash and sanitize the sidewalks every day and ask the homeless to move all belongings in accordance with the law. The sidewalks are power washed at least once a week. The homeless appreciate the service. It costs the business owners.

This was sent to Update 19 November. It comes from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office. The third paragraph seems to be cut off.

Sighting of a Homeless Person with a Gun Draws Police to Scene

Six police cars converged on Hampton Drive at Rose Friday around noon. As near as anyone could tell, it was reported that one of the homeless was threatening with a gun. Whether this was true or not has not been verified.

Note this is why the Venice Update seldom reports on ongoing crimes. Update has been criticized for it many times. Eye witnesses are not always correct. An LAPD report is the only answer but that usually takes days. Meanwhile, the rumors spread. Update is grateful for the comments correcting the story. As Jamie Paige said, we don’t want to point the finger in the wrong direction.

This is not true according to Vicki as stated in a reply to the story. This is what Vicki said:

This incident did NOT involve a homeless person with a gun. It was a domestic abuse incident that started in front of Westminster School. A parent picking up a child at the school tried to intervene when he saw a man beating a woman in a car on AK. The car owner pulled a gun and waved it around. The school went on lock down as a result. In trying to flee, the man with the gun fled and drove North. He was stopped on Hampton. I happened to see the arrest. Again, he was NOT homeless.

Latest SLO List Out

The latest list of Senior Lead Officers (SLO) for Venice is out. This should be your first point of contact for non-emergency problems.

LAPD Joins in Breast Cancer Month With Pink Car

LAPD joins in Breast Cancer Month with bright pink cruiser.

Second “Coffee with a Cop” Tuesday

Second “Coffee with a Cop” will be held 9 to 11 am, Tuesday, 8 October at Cow’s End,34 Washington Blvd. This is your opportunity to get questions answered from the source.

The first one was “interesting.” It was billed as coffee with a senior lead officer. At almost 10 am (an hour after what should have been a starting time), Captain Brian Morrison appeared and answered all those with questions. There had been an emergency and all policemen were busy. So the group that was still there, got the Captain.

If your cop isn’t on time, remember, he may be attending to an emergency.

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.