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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

San Clemente Does Simple Homeless Shelter with Tents and Passes Litmus Test of Ninth Circuit

What are other cities doing to provide shelter for the homeless? Here is a synopsis of what San Clemente has done … and it has passed the litmus test of going to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rather than building a homeless shelter or purchasing pallet shelters and installing them at a location near parks, schools, residences, restaurants, or other businesses, San Clemente provided a small parcel of City property in an industrial area.

They then enacted an ordinance, and issued an emergency declaration, This required all camping to occur at that site. They asked for reasonable requirements, such as registration and check-in protocols, prohibitions on weapons, drugs, alcohol, dangerous tools, fires, or loud music, quiet time enforced from 10pm to 7am. San Clemente later required proof of residency as well.  City provided basic tents and portable toilets but no electrical hookups.

People experiencing homelessness and their advocacy groups sued San Clemente. The judge determined that San Clemente’s conduct complied with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Martin v. City of Boise decision, and dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice.  Last month, the plaintiffs in that case abandoned their appeal to the Ninth Circuit, thus acknowledging that their legal challenge to San Clemente’s solution lacked merit.

The following links contain the San Clemente Ordinance and the Emergency Declaration.

https://library.municode.com/ca/san_clemente/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT8HESA_CH8.86CA_8.86.040EN

https://librarystage.municode.com/ca/san_clemente/ordinances/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=959756

Bonin Invokes Section 245 of City Charter to Venice Place Project

Councilman Mike Bonin invokes Section 245 of the LA City Charter over Venice Place which will give him authority over the West LA Area Planning Commission.

This project has been in the works for eight years and just recently received planning approval, having previously gone thru the Venice Neighborhood Council.

The motion was folded into a group of motions voted on by the City Council, 25 August.

Members of the Venice Neighborhood Council were not alerted to the motion, violating the Empower LA Early Warning System.

Bonin inserts jurisdiction over boutique hotel project in Venice: Here’s what that means

Stats for Venice and Other City Bridge Homes with Costs

CJ Cole, member of Venice Neighborhood Council and the homeless committee, asked Nisa Kove, Venice Field Deputy, for a breakdown of the Venice Bridge Home on Sunset. This is the first time detailed information has been provided for the Venice Bridge Home designated for 100 adults, 54 youth.

Venice Update, which covered the opening of El Pueblo the first such site in 2018, has had trouble getting detailed information regarding the sites. Apparently, the City is starting to release statistical results for many of the bridge homes that have come on line recently.

CJ Cole also supplied a link to a new online newsletter called “LAist” which shows the stats for various bridge homes and their costs. It is he first time result figures and costs have been published to this extent for the bridge homes.

LAist article.

Bonin Changes Mind and LAPD to Enforce 63.44 at Venice Beach

By Gale Holland
In an abrupt turnaround, Los Angeles police will resume enforcing a ban on homeless people pitching tents and lean-tos on the beach and grass areas around the Venice boardwalkIn an abrupt turnaround, Los Angeles police will resume enforcing a ban on homeless people pitching tents and lean-tos on the beach and grass areas around the Venice boardwalk.

On Wednesday, LAPD Chief Michael Moore emailed Venice homeowner and activist Mark Ryavec that he and Westside City Councilman Mike Bonin had decided police would not enforce an anti-camping law in Venice in light of concerns from health officials that displacing homeless people could spread the novel coronavirus.

But the next day, Moore said in a follow up email to Ryavec that Bonin had decided to leave the decision to the LAPD. Department officials chose to reverse course, saying officers will begin cracking down on camps on the sand immediately and those on grass areas after the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has had a chance to find spots in shelters for people.

Ryavec, who heads Venice Stakeholders Assn., said the homeless people violated safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control by moving in over the last few weeks as the virus continued to spread.


Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-21/lapd-resumes-clearing-tents-from-venice-beach (Normally, the story would not be repeated but because it is so important and such a short story, it is repeated with the link.)

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/4676139-lapd-cracking-down-on-homeless-population-setting-up-tents-at-beaches/

Stop the Monster!!!

Homeless Encampment Endangers Oxford Triangle Homeowners and Apartment Dwellers Sunday Morning


(Video and photos are by anonymou.)

Homeless encampment fire endangers lives of downwind 188-unit apartment dwellers (32 feet from blaze) plus community in gated Oxford Triangle community (40 feet) Sunday about 1 am.

Had fire been allowed to spread up the street it would have endangered 317 apartment dwellers and Oxford Triangle single-family homes.

Supposedly, the hands of the police are tied because homeless encampment is on the right of way of public land to be developed for senior, low-cost, and psh housing but presently held by the City.

“How much craziness do people have to endure,” one homeowner asked who wanted to remain anonymous. “This is beyond reason. Homeowners have offered to pay for and install the fence that would cover the right of way to protect the homeowners and apartment dwellers. Fence would exclude the homeless encampment which grows each day.

“We are not mentioning the drug dealing that kids and adults both walking to Admiralty park and living adjacent to witness each day. One man has recorded the license plates of two Mercedes cars bringing in bicycles that are then reassembled for the drug runners. Info has been sent to police.

“We want this element out of our neighborhood. This is wrong. Peoples lives and livelihoods are dangling in front of the homeless. The City should send in a crew immediately and remove this element.”

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Venice Has 47 Percent Increase in Homelessness, 539 More Homeless


Venice has a 47 percent increase in homelessness, an increase of more than 539 homeless, according to the recent LAHSA figures for the 2020 January count.

Los Angeles County’s homeless population grew by 12.7 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year and LA City increased by 14.2 percent.

According to Darryl DuFay homeless in CD11 increased by 40 percent and Venice now has 61 percent of the CD11 homeless.

The following shows more graphically where they were on the streets of Venice.

Below is another statistical sheet from LAHSA showing other statistical data for Venice illustrating how hard it is to determine the proper statistics, just for Venice.

Below is the revised 2019 count showing 1128 with 18 additional showing up in the footnote, verifying the 1146.

Should kids go back to school in September?

By Darryl DuFay

An LA Times article dealt with opening the schools in the Fall.

http://enewspaper.latimes.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=d870062f-4012-4fe4-93df-de46c571effa

Here is information from the CA Dept. of Public Health and the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) looking at the demographics for the age group that encompasses K – 12. There is no consistent demographic age grouping for K – 12.  CA reports for ages 5-17.  The CDC uses 5 -14.

 The US population is 328 million.  CA is 40 million.  What can be agreed upon is that K – 12 students have had few if any deaths from COVID-19.  In CA the number is zero for ages 5 -17.  In the entire United States the CDC number is 14 for ages  5 – 14.

Baptist Church in Venice Might be Revisited for Historical Status


LA Times columnist Robin Abcarean, who happens to live in Venice, has a column on “The mansionization of a Black church in Venice.” She claims Councilman Mike Bonin has second thoughts about the “historical importance” of the church and might consider possibly revisiting its historical status.

LA Times article.

Another Death on 3rd Ave at Rose

Police find another body on 3rd Ave at Rose. Scuttlebutt has it that it might be an overdose of intravenous drugs … that person had been deceased many days … that person had been sent home but returned to Venice, to drugs.