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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Venice BID Gives Statistics for March

Venice BID gives statistics for March. Our services now include using biodegradable OdoBan products to sanitize high-touch areas of the district, such as cross walk buttons, parking meters, and outdoor seating including take away areas around restaurants.

Councilman Bonin to Have Telephone Town Hall Regarding Coronavirus

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Stories of the Week — 13 – 19 April

(Anonymous submittal.Container on Rose. See second story submittal by Darryl DuFay.)

Stories of the Week are from 13 to 19 April. Always the last story will be first. These are stories that Venetians should have the opportunity to read. Some comments may be thrown in too. Right now the news is the virus and we have the web site for Venice tally, the LA Times, and the local TV Stations. Other than the specific Venice count, you are bombarded with news.


Ten nurses suspended for refusing to treat covad patients without N95 masks.

Rick Swinger

Not a mention of mental health or drug addiction. Not a mention of David Busch blocking the clean up efforts of Care plus, tiki bar and public storage steam clean ups. Please comment so folks don’t buy into this. They need to hear the truth!

Darryl DuFay

Under what is happening at VA, Councilman Mike Bonin mentions using a “safe parking” pilot in one of the beach parking lots. Venice is not designated as such.

Judge gives a tentative ruling regarding seizure of bulky items that leaves
“no check of any kind” on the power of the sanitation department to seize and destroy things on the street.


US District Judge David Carter takes the county attorneys to Skid Row to show them how they fall short in addressing the Coronavirus.

Videos Show Lack of Law and Order on 3rd Ave, Venice

Rick Swinger

Following is a series of videos taken on 3rd Ave, Venice, and are examples of our local government’s failure to uphold law and order.

Ah Shucks! Me Too?

Sign of the Times!

Who would choose such a way to live?

The rain has cleaned the sidewalks and the streets. Sanitation or the Venice BID Clean team has cleaned the trash, except bulky items. There are toilets, cleaning station, fresh water and showers available on 3rd Ave, which is centrally located. The tents are lined up in a row with probably six feet from one opening to the other. One man is out looking thru the trash for cans. Just down the street is the Venice Bridge Home. One can see thru the fence and see that no one there is in the rain.

Allison Wilhite, Venice Deputy for th Bridge Home, said for every one selected for the Bridge Home, there were more than three who also wanted to go. Three backups for everyone selected. Amazing. This writer encounter only one person who said he would go to the Bridge Home. Just goes to show that people really do want help.

Now with the Federal and State working with the Cities to house these people, perhaps, the photos above will go into the history books soon. Who would choose such a way to live? Today the answer looks like no one.

BID Statistics for February; Gets Large Dumpster for Bulky Items

Clean and Safe teams are coordinating with LA Sanitation to clean up the bulky items. The Venice BID has been hampered by their ability to pick up bulky items because of their capacity to dispose of them. LA Sanitation provided them with a 40-yard dumpster. Now the bulky items will start to disappear.

Clean team is on duty 7 days a week from 7 am to 6 pm; Safe team works from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

City Opens Emergency Shelters, Works with State, Federal to House Homeless, Priority to Seniors

Oakwood Recreation Center is to open to house those on the street. In addition bathrooms are being distributed to areas of homelessness. Fourth St got an ADA bathroom. Penmar Park has a hand washing station and a fresh water dispenser. It is assumed other facilities are forthcoming.

Third Ave maintains the two bathrooms and hand washing station along with the attendant from 7 am to 7 pm. Showers come twice a week. Third has the fresh water dispenser. Bulky items still prevail.

Only one tenter remains on Lincoln Blvd.

There was only one tenter at the Lincoln encampment that use to wrap from the front to the north side and be filled with tenters. When asked where everyone was, the one tenter said they had all gone to the shelter. It is assumed that is the Bridge Home shelter, which they all said they would not go to.

This from the Office of Councilman Mike Bonin as the City mobilizes to house the homeless,

As part of a continuing effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered the use of 42 city facilities to temporarily house people experiencing homelessness. Five of those facilities are on the Westside.

The temporary shelter at the Westwood Recreation Center will open as soon as later today. In the coming days, shelters are expected to open at the Westchester Recreation Center, the Pacific Palisades Recreation Center, the Oakwood Recreation Center, and the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. All of these sites are designated emergency centers used in the case of natural disasters, such as fires and earthquakes. Additionally, the emergency winter shelter at the West LA Armory will remain open until at least April 20.

These actions are happening while Governor Gavin Newsom works to implement a plan to house the unhoused in hotels and motels across the state. Under the plan, the state would lease the property and local counties would control the operations. According to the governor’s office, they have identified 950 sites in 53 counties.

Mayor Garcetti’s order to use city facilities is part of a broad and multi-faceted effort to protect the public health and prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Public health officials have warned that people living on the streets are tremendously susceptible to contracting the virus, and have urged local governments to move people inside swiftly.

People designated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as most vulnerable and most at-risk, especially people over 55 or suffering from other ailments, will have top priority for the available beds. Beds will be spaced more than 6 feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines. City departments will provide the beds, personal hygiene kits, and showers. Government agencies and nonprofits will provide meals. The facilities will provide rigorous health monitoring, be open 24 hours per day, provide storage, and have full-time staff, including social workers and security. LADOT will provide transportation to the shelters.

LAFD Emergency Medical Technicians and other street medicine providers are assigned to each new facility to screen clients upon intake, monitor the health of program participants on an ongoing basis, and escalate health concerns using established protocols to move clients to higher levels of care. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 in one of the new or existing shelter settings, they will be triaged into an isolation unit, where they would be treated by the healthcare system.

As federal, state, county and city governments respond to this widening crisis, information is changing rapidly. Some of the designated sites are subject to change. We will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information. For more information about the City of Los Angeles’ response to the novel coronavirus crisis, please visit https://corona-virus.la/.

Thank you for your partnership as we work together to get through this crisis.

Toilets, Hand Washing Station, and Showers on 3rd Ave

Two Toilets, one ADA compliant, with a hand washing station and showers are on 3rd Ave in Venice courtesy of Urban Alchemy.

Toilets — two– will remain with a hand washing station from 7 am to 7 pm and a cleaner. This morning it is Randall. Showers are there from 9 to 1 pm. It appears the City is using all kinds of services to provide the toilets and showers to 3rd Ave. According to the City the toilets will be there 7 to 7, seven days a week. Today and tomorrow it will be Urban Alchemy serving people.

It is all rather confusing because they call themselves the clean team and are also picking up trash but they are not part of the Venice Bid Clean Team. This team cannot pick up hazardous waste, only trash. Meanwhile, there is no ADA compliance. Bulky item trash is stacked up at the north end of 3rd Ave at Rose and has been there since at least Thursday.

Photo was taken Monday, 16 March and has been this way since Thursday of last week. This is bulky item trash.