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Encampment Update — 10 October

South Venice Blvd and Westminster Senior Center Park are increasing in number of encampments as is Hampton Ave, north of Rose on the east side in front of St. Joseph’s Center and Lincoln at Flower. There is a new group in a Vernon alley near Hampton that rapped around to Vernon.

There is an encampment in the grassy areas on south side of 90 freeway at Culver. This is a fire danger area and Mayor Garcetti said that people can just be moved out, no postings are necessary. All encampments on both sides were removed a couple weeks ago.

South Venice Blvd from Pacific to Dell has several campers as does Dell to Ocean.

Westminster Park had probably six different campers on the west side at Pacific. Not possible to get them all in one picture.

Hampton, south of Rose, both sides were the same. The west side looks as bad as 3rd Ave.

Hampton, north of Rose, on east side in front of St. Joseph Center is growing.

Third Ave was not cleaned this past week. David Graham-Caso of Bonin’s office was emailed to see if there was a reason. So far no response.  Someone mentioned it was not cleaned last week either.

Fourth Ave from Rose to Vernon was clear.

Lincoln Blvd at Flower has an increased in number, probably 15, but hard to take a picture.

Staples, north side, appears to have more people and more stuff moving in and around the planters.

Naples was active with one working on a bike and another storage of belongings

Carter at Walgreens is active/not active. It is so transitional.

Thatcher at Washington had a new guy with a lot of stuff. He replaced the guy with the car that would sprawl all over the sidewalk. Now no one is there.
(Photo courtesy of Wolf Seeberg.)

There is a new encampment in a Vernon alley that wrapped around to Vernon.

LAPD Joins in Breast Cancer Month With Pink Car

LAPD joins in Breast Cancer Month with bright pink cruiser.

Ring Questions Homeless Building Projects in Venice; A Video Telling Story of Why This Housing Costs So Much

Edward Ring’s story of the homeless housing proposed for Venice so echoes the thoughts and feelings of Venice residents. His story got national recognition 10 October when it was discussed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News. Ring writes for the California Policy Center.

There are 40K residents and 1K homeless in Venice and Venice gets torn apart using prime pieces of property to house those homeless Venetians know as 90 percent transient and 75 percent addicted. Ring touched on the fact that if the politicians really cared about the homeless they would sell the lands and provide for so many more homeless in other areas. Now the plan to is build better homeless housing than the surrounding residents have who live in area.

One of the things Ring did not touch on was how much of the CD11 homeless housing was being dumped in Venice, not to mention how much already exists in Venice. A per square mile figure would be great. Brentwood and Pacific Palisades have none. Another thing he did not mention was the Thatcher Yard 98-unit project, the 32-units on Rose for PSH, and the proposed 40 units on Lincoln for youth. He only mentioned the Venice Median and the Bridge Housing.

Ring’s article.

Following is a video showing why the housing costs so much. Start at 33 min. Even LA City Controller Ron Galperin questions the costs of the units.

Poverty, Politics and Profit

Mayor’s Faucet Provides for Clean Bodies and Lots of Laughs

(All photos courtesy of Rick Swinger.)

Young homeless resident of 3rd Ave gets creative using the Mayor’s drinking fountain and a cooler box. Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized the fountain on 3rd Ave in Venice to provide fresh water. Since, the residents have surprised all with their fountain innovations. The homeless modified the plumbing so that it will provide water other than for drinking. Sanitation reported the modification several seeks ago.

St. Joseph to Host Community Meet 10 October

St. Joseph will have their quarterly meeting with the community to discuss concerns relating to St. Joseph 10 October, 5 pm, St. Joseph Center, 204 Hampton Drive, Venice 90291

78 Market Wants to Change Use from Medical Building to Restaurant

The one-story building at 78 Market (aka 1501 Pacific Ave) wants to change use from medical office to restaurant and office with a 1531 sqft second-story edition.

Planning hearing will be held 24 October, 10 am, at the West LA Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave, LA 90025.

The project proposes a total of 1,585 square feet of Service Area – consisting of 625 square feet at the ground level interior, 257 square feet at the ground level patio, 325 square feet at the second-story interior, and 378 square feet at the second-story patio – and 329 square feet of office use on the second level. The resulting 2,632 square foot restaurant proposes 73 seats and a full line of alcoholic beverages for onsite consumption, with hours of operation from 8 am to 1 am daily. A total of 20 vehicle parking spaces are required; the restaurant shall maintain 14 vehicle parking spaces (5 onsite, 9 offsite) and replace 6 vehicle parking spaces with 24 bicycle parking stalls.

LUPC Tables Rezoning for Venice Median and Operational Criteria for Bridge Housing

Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) tabled two motions Thursday night to a packed room at the Oakwood Recreation Center. The one motion, regarding the rezoning of the venice Median from open space to neighborhood commercial, was tabled until 31 January 2020 at which time the project would be available to come before the neighborhood council to discuss both the project and the rezoning. The other motion regarding what neighbors have asked regarding operation criteria for the Bridge Housing project was tabled until a later date.

Get Around with LAnow

From Councilman Mike Bonin’s September Neighborhoods First Newsletter

Note: Venice Update had a story of the service when it first started and there were only two pickup points in Venice. If anyone has tried the service, the Venice Update would love to have your review of the service.

Have you had a chance to try the Westside’s first on-demand shuttle service?

The convenient neighborhoods transportation service operates in Venice, Mar Vista, Del Rey, and Palms and allows you to hail a ride through the LAnow smartphone app, online or by phone. Once reserved, you can meet the shuttle at the scheduled LAnow pick-up/drop-off point. Within the service area, pick-up/drop-off points are never more than a few blocks (1/4 mile) away.

Find out more at https://www.ladottransit.com/lanow/.

Bonin Proposes Commission of People Who Are Formerly Homeless

From Councilman Mike Bonin’s September Neighborhoods First Newsletter

Mike is pushing the City of Los Angeles to get input on its homeless strategies from people with expertise — people who are or have been homeless in Los Angeles. Mike and his colleagues hear regularly from government officials, non-profit executives, business associations, neighborhood councils, homeowners, developers, and activists from a variety of organizations and perspectives. But they rarely from people who have experienced homelessness, people whose voices can tell them which programs work, and which ones don’t, and why. The Commission on Lived Experience with Homelessness would be modeled after city advisory commissions on disability issues, children’s Native American issues, and transgender issues, and would provide expert and real-world experience to improve policy-making, program development, and budgeting decisions.

Find out more at the link below.


Bonin Gives Opinion Regarding 500-foot Ban at Parks, Schools

From Councilman Mike Bonin’s September Neighborhoods First Newsletter

The City Council has been discussing a proposed crackdown on people who are homeless sleeping on sidewalks, and Mike has criticized the proposal as a series of false promises to people who are housed and to people who are homeless. He has proposed a series of alternative strategies to reduce encampments and get people off the street much more quickly.

Mike would like to see ways to prohibit encampments at or near schools and daycare centers but thinks the proposal by one of his colleagues is written in a way that is unlawful, impractical, and unenforceable. “In a crisis, we owe the people of Los Angeles honest answers, and this proposal won’t do what it says, and that’s wrong.”

Mike has proposed the city step-up a successful, focused and well-resourced “Encampment to Homes” strategy, as well as shared housing and master leasing as strategies to get people off the street more quickly. He believes the city can limit encampments near schools through limits on where property can be placed, rather than an unconstitutional ban on sleeping outdoors when the city is short tens of thousands of housing units and shelter beds.

“If we actually want to solve our homelessness crisis, the focus of our work must be getting people who are homeless off the streets and into housing, not out of sight and out of mind,” Mike said. “We can’t legislate homelessness away, but we can house it away. We need to focus on faster and less expensive housing solutions, and on prevention strategies.”