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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Hollywood’s Rich and Famous are Fleeing City Because of Liberal Politics that Plague LA

Hollywood’s Apocalypse NOW: Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals


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.


Victim Refuses to Press Charges

The homeless woman who was allegedly raped according to eye witnesses refused to press charges. YoVenice article.

Betz Talks of Westminster Park, Asks City to Control Park

Note: As stated in the Encampment Update last week, Westminster Senior Center Park has grown in number of tenters. Update didn’t know one could sleep in a park. Thought this was against the law.  So many laws have been twisted and bent, one has trouble knowing the laws and the ones being enforced. One person last week reported increased crime activity in the area. Now John Betz, who lives adjacent to the park , has written Morgan Bostic, Venice Deputy, asking the council office to do something about it.  People are getting tired of laws being bent and of the lawlessness of the homeless as reported recently in the LA Times survey.

The law affecting parks hours of operation is LAMC 63.44, and if Westminster is governed by this law,  the park should be closed at 10:30 pm.

(Photo by John Betz.)

By John Betz

I am John Betz.  I live at 1006 Pacific Avenue in Venice, 1/2 block from the Westminster Park.  I have been watching a permanent encampment grow in the Westminster Park along Pacific Avenue over the past several months.  These pictures were taken at 7 am this morning.  They show tents, mattresses, appliances, trash, broken furniture, bicycle parts, and God knows what else strewn throughout the park. These people have generators running and other evidence that this is not “day use” of the park – it is a permanent encampment, which is not legal, not even for the unhoused under our current interpretation of the law.

The current law as I understand it:
It is not legal for anyone to erect tents in the park overnight (sunset to sunrise).Tents, even those on public property, must be taken down from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and there must be at least 36 inches of clearance on sidewalks.

The illegal behavior in the Park:
The behaviors that have been going on in the Westminster Park are not legal.  The tents you see in this picture are there all day and all night, every day and every night.  I know – I check at all hours.  I have checked at midnight.  I have checked at 3 a.m.  Many remain in the park day and night, 24/7.  Those that are on the sidewalk remain up all day and on many days block the entire sidewalk to pedestrian traffic.  Many I have spoken with are afraid to even walk by or enter the park, particularly women and children.

I and my neighbors have placed many calls to LAPD over the past months but little has changed. I see police cars drive by the park multiple times a day and do nothing, despite our calls.  As it stands today, most feel our park is not safe to play in or walk through.  None in our community is able to use it (except for the handful of illegal squatters who are monopolizing this resource).

Local crime is up.  According to my informal observations crime in our neighborhood has increased.  I have had two occasions in the past few weeks when someone jumped my nine foot fence and rifled through and stole our personal property.  On one of these occasions, a bicycle was stolen.  A couple of days ago when my wife was trying to leave our house some drug-crazed squatter from the park was standing outside our garage door and fence literally growling at her and refused to move. She could not back her car out of the garage and was concerned for her safety and the safety of our son.  And the number of threatening confrontations I have had during my daily life around our house with drugged out street psychos has also increased during the past months.  This is not satisfactory on any level.  But it is the same pattern we see over and over.  Whenever an encampment is allowed to fester in our neighborhood, these ancillary crime and safety problems come with it.

When it comes to the homeless problem in our community, we try to take an understanding and compassionate approach to the associated problems, both those that the CIty is faced with and those that our community is faced with.  But, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that what is going on in the park is a blatant violation of the law that goes beyond the pale of reasonableness.  This true despite Boise, despite Jones Act, despite all of it.  This is not a case of the police not being able to do anything – this is a case of the police (and the City) CHOOSING to do nothing.  You have the tools, please use them.  This is particularly important when one considers that this is all going on within a block of an elementary school.

I have been watching this train wreck for several months and taken what I consider mild and appropriate action to try to get some corrective assistance from the City and from LAPD.  But as is usually the case in Los Angeles, we residents always have to escalate our complaint to get anything accomplished.  Consider this email my first step in the escalation continuum.

Planters Installed on West Side of 4th Ave at Public Storage

(5 August 2019) Approximately 30 metal planter boxes were installed today on west side of 4th Ave from Rose Ave, the length of all  the Public Storage buildings, to the Venice Community Housing apartments that go from Public Storage to Sunset Ave.

The Public Storage manager said he knew nothing about it.  He said maybe corporate did it but he would probably not be informed.    Police arrived and made sure that the planters provided adequate ADA spacing, which they did.  Whether the planters will be installed in front of the VCH apartment complex is not known at this time.

Neighbors were excited and gathered to talk about watering the plants, what to plant, etc.

One person said that Becky Dennison, director of Venice Community Housing, called the police to try to stop the planter placement.

One woman who lived near by said that the VCH building had people with wheelchairs and they couldn’t pass because of the homeless camping out on the sidewalk on 4th Ave.

One woman was so happy.  She said she smelled the marijuana smoke, saw the drug dealers, heard the loud noises all day and night.

One lady stopped by to inquire if the planters were going to be put on 3rd.  The police said they had no idea.  When asked where she lived, she refused to say other than just “Venice.”

This story will reflect any additional facts as they become known.


LAPD Stands for Those Fallen at Pancake Breakfast

(13 July 2019) Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division officers and cadets stand at attention to honor those fallen during the Pacific Division pancake breakfast.

The dinosaurs walking around were the big attraction for the kids.

Two Cars Torched in Oxford Triangle

(13 June 2019) Two cars were set on fire Monday (10 June) at noon in the Oxford Triangle as a result of a domestic issue.

Ryavec Asks Moore to Retain Roberts as Head of Pacific Division

On the day of the first Police Town Hall in Venice, Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, writes an open letter to Chief of Police Michel Moore and asks that Captain James Roberts remain at his post as Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division.

Venice Update also strongly endorses the retention of Captain James Roberts in his position at the LAPD, Pacific Division.

Dear Chief Moore,

I am writing on behalf of many Venice residents to ask that you retain Patrol Commander James Roberts in Pacific Division.

I have lived in Venice for over 30 years and been president of Venice Stakeholders Association for ten years.

In all of my time working on public safety issues in Venice and Pacific Division I have never seen as dedicated, responsive, creative, effective and respectful a commander as Captain Roberts.

He has worked tirelessly, and collaboratively, with residents and his Pacific Division team to address the unique public safety issues of our community.

With only a year and a half on duty here, he has come up to speed quickly on the underlying circumstances we face: one of the largest visitor-serving destinations in the U.S. intersecting a highly problematic and service-resistant transient population, along with an open, illicit drug market and bicycle theft operations, combined with recent court decisions which severely limit the LAPD’s enforcement options.

Despite these challenges, he and his officers, along with Commander James Setzer, have made more progress in addressing crime and restoring safety for the public at Venice Beach and in the community, in a short period, than any other commander has accomplished since Jon Peters.

Captain Roberts is now starting to implement several new initiatives, including returning to pairing social service workers with LAPD officers in a combined outreach to the large homeless population. He should be given the opportunity to follow-through on this and other plans to address our chronic crime, homelessness and safety issues.

Please do not squander all the relationships and learning the good captain has acquired in his tenure here.

Keep Captain Roberts on the job in Venice!

Suspect in Custody After Attacking Musician Performer on Ocean Front Walk

By Rick Swinger

Man was taken into custody Monday at 4:30 pm for attacking a musician performer at 2 Rose with a knife.  Attacker was restrained  by citizens until the police arrived.  This was captured on video.

Suspect in Custody Following Caught-on-Video Stabbing Attack on Street Performer in Venice


Police Town Hall in Venice, 29 November

Police Town Hall 29 November, 6 pm, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Chief of Police Michel Moore commented at the 17 October 2018 Bridge Home Town Hall “Maybe we should have a police town hall. Would you like that?” No one said no.

One month and less than two weeks later it is a “happening.” Get your questions ready now. Before you complain about the encampments, check them out. They have been changing recently.

At the October Bridge Home Town Hall, the Chief also mentioned that he would start enforcing no sleeping on the beach — the midnight to 5 am curfew on the beach. That was a Wednesday. Thursday and Friday police spoke with those on the sand about what was going to take place. Friday he rolled his beach cruisers down Ocean Front Walk letting people know that the police were back. Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 5 am was over.