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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Ruiz Shows Surf At Venice Pier

Peter Ruiz, of Venice Pier Projects, took this video of surf off the Venice Pier Monday. Most of California has been affected by high surf.

VCH Submits Plans for Reese Davidson Community 140-Unit Project

Venice Community Housing (VCH) submitted their 140-unit affordable/PSH project to City for City approval, 12 December.

Project is now called the Reese Davidson Community and is located between North and South Venice Blvd, between Pacific and Dell. It is a joint effort with Hollywood Community Housing.

The 140 units will have 50 percent for formerly homeless households, 25 percent for low-income artists, and 25 percent for other low-income households. The site will also have a community arts center, small scale retail, public parking, residential and commercial parking, wide setbacks from the sidewalk, various open and green spaces, and multiple opportunities for public art. Project must provide for 188 parking spaces that were available on property.

There will be eight full-time staff, four of whom will live on-site, providing the capacity for 24-hour staff coverage. The height of the residential buildings vary from one to three stories and there will be a taller feature to define the corner of North Venice Blvd. and Pacific Ave.

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process is tentatively scheduled to begin 14 January, 5 to 7 pm at the Oakwood Recreation Center.

Sign Allows Police to Enter

(Photo courtesy of Carmel Beaumont.)

If your backyard is gated and locked, the police need your permission to enter. If you are absent, the sign allows such entry. In addition to sign, a trespass arrest authorization form has to be updated each year (https://aagla.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Trespass.pdf)

Encampment Update — 17 December

Update of the encampments is that the encampments have not changed too much from last week.

Good news is that much of the garbage shown last week at west end of Penmar Park is gone or it is neatly spread in an alley.

The encampment.

Garbage bin filled.

An alley. Who would have thought of lining garbage in the alley?

Hampton is about the same. They seem to consistently have trouble with the ADA requirement.

Ocean between North and South Venice Blvd is still there.

Looks like they have started an encampment off the 90 freeway.

Otherwise, Staples, Lake, Harding, Harrison (has one), and Carter remain the same.  The Canal area between North and South Venice Blvd should be cleared and cleaned.

2018 Venice Canals Boat Parade

The Venice Canals had its own kids’ rock band this year.

Safran’s Group Meets with Residents of the Oxford Triangle to Show Their Project

Thomas Safran and Associates met with member of the Oxford Triangle to display their latest ideas for the Oxford Triangle Thatcher Yard.

Safran plans to build 98 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing on the 93,347 sq ft lot located on the south end of the Triangle. The lot which will be rezoned RD1.5 would have afforded a maximum of 62 units but with two 35-percent density bonuses allowable for affordable housing, Safran could have gone to 106 units.

Construction according to their plan should start second quarter of 2020 and continue thru the fourth quarter of 2021. A planned contingency for the project is a fire gate across Thatcher to be built prior to any work. Gate is intended to keep all vehicular traffic for the project from entering the Triangle residential area. All construction and future tenant vehicle ingress/egress will use Princeton east to Carter to exit onto Lincoln Blvd at the Jefferson Marina Way light.

Planning land use approvals, entitlements, contingencies should start mid 2019.

There will be 68 units for seniors, 30 units for families, 82 parking spaces.

. Half of all households will have access to supportive services
. Complies with intent of Oxford Triangle Specific Plan, the comparative heights and setbacks of surrounding buildings
. Architecture has been redesigned to be more traditional and consistent with dominant style in the neighborhood
. Maximum height is 40-feet, 6-inches at clock tower on Thatcher Avenue.
. Increase in height of fence along Princeton Ave to 48-inches
. Relocation and modification of the gate along Thatcher Ave,
for controlled vehicular and pedestrian access

Of the 98 units, some will be apartment type and others, on side adjacent to Triangle single family homes, will be single family dwellings, some one-story, some two-story.

The height will be a maximum of 3.5 stories, which includes the garage that will be subterranean. There will be a total of 128 bedrooms so some apartments, houses will include 2 bedrooms. There will be a managers unit.

The six-foot tall fence across Thatcher will have an opening for fire trucks and an opening for pedestrians. All vehicle access will be from Jefferson Marina Way off Lincoln to Carter to Princeton, east, to Thatcher.

At this point the placement of the pedestrian ingress/egress on Thatcher is in contention as to whether it should be placed on east side or west side of Thatcher. East side, which affects more Triangle residents, is next to Jefferson-Marina and Triangle homes. West side is where the Safran project will be. It was on the west side and has been submitted to planning for the east side.


Original Venice Gondola Getting Patched and Ready for Paint

The original Venice Canals gondola is getting its bottom side patched ready for black paint. Black was the original color. Stewart Oscars is doing the renovation to this one and only gondola owned by the Venice Historical Society. It is in Windward Circle in the corner of the post office property. This is a joint effort of the Venice Historical Society and the Venice Stakeholders Association.

Encampment Update — 10 December

Penmar Park west of golf course is definitely the worst of the encampments if for no other reason than the trash accumulated.  Encampments were observed Thursday in the rain.

This is all trash.

Homeless are living with in this.  Homeowners are next to this.  This is a sanitation nightmare that should be taken care of immediately.

Venice Blvd, north and south, were clear and clean from Abbot Kinney to Pacific.  Lake, Staples (beautiful), Harding were clean and cleared.  Harrison had one person. Carter had one person and then that person was gone. Not allowing solicitation at the highway intersections has deterred many a camper. The Canal encampments are still there. Hampton had several tents but for the most part were ADA compliant.

Ocean Ave between North and South Venice Blvd had one encampment and one encampment that had abandoned the site, leaving his garbage.

Ocean Front Walk from Rose to Navy at the wall with the mosaics was filled with campers. Some on both sides of wall and all were trying to stay dry.

Encampments were found throughout the walk streets between Ocean Front Walk and the Speedway.

Ocean Front Walk, the area between Ocean Front Walk and Speedway, 3rd Ave are not covered by the Encampment Update.

Wednesday and Thursday it Rained in Venice — It Does Rain in California

Venice is living proof that it rains in California. Wednesday and Thursday it rained and occasionally very hard during the those days. The water gets washed to the ocean, or in the case below, to the Grand Canal.

The Oxford Retention Basin water backed up into the Oxford Triangle. This happens when the Oxford Basin is filled and there is a high tide. Relief is water backing up into the Oxford Triangle and Oxford Ave north of Washington Blvd.

Oxford, north of Washington, had the City out early Thursday morning draining the water for dispersion onto Mildred. Oxford Triangle was not as fortunate. The street was roped off and water was to the door steps

(Photo courtesy of Mike Benvo.)

City Council Homeless Committee Approves MTA for Bridge Home; Goes Before City Council 11 Dec; CCC, 12 Dec



City Council Homeless committee members supported the MTA lot on Sunset between Pacific and Main for Bridge Housing last Wednesday along with places in Wilmington, San Pedro, Watts, and South Los Angeles. A full vote of the City Council members will be Tuesday, 11 December.

Homeless Committee member Councilman Mike Bonin agreed to exempt the MTA lot from a full California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). If approved by the City Council for a shelter, 11 December, the proposal will go before the California Coastal Commission (CCC), 12 December in Newport Beach, 100 Civic Center, Newport Beach, 92660

Executive Director John Ainsworth of CCC has provided exemption of the MTA lot for CEQA necessity because it is temporary. Four votes of the commissions will nullify the CEQA waiver.

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders, does not agree that CEQA should be waived for the project based on noise and parking. The VSA plan is to present their case for a full CEQA report before the CCC and sue, if necessary, to obtain a CEQA report.

The following are comments Mark Ryavec has made regarding the decision not to have a CEQA.

Comments: I am writing to ask for an ex parte meeting to personally discuss the burden that the Bridge Housing project in Venice will pose for coastal resources, visitors and residents living nearby and request a full environmental review under a Coastal Development Permit application.

This project, the equivalent of a hotel for 154 people with dozens of support staff, including social workers, housing locators, teachers, security personnel, and kitchen and custodial staff, has only nine (9) parking spaces. Already there is no place for residents and visitors to park in this neighborhood, and this project will add an incredible parking demand. The city cannot exclude any applicants because they own a vehicle, so the project will inevitably bring even more vehicles (including campers and RVs) to an area that historically has little parking.

This project will also generate unacceptable noise for residents living as little at 50 feet away, at all hours of the day and night, with no mitigation, from outdoor dining areas, an outdoor kennel (with barking dogs) and the exterior HVAC equipment to heat and cool a huge 30 foot tall building that will house 100 people, along with HVAC equipment for other manufactured housing that will house another 54 people, not mention heating and cooling of many offices. The project also raises serious concerns about coastal pollution.

Encampments in Venice already leach human waste to the storm drain outfall at Rose Avenue, which has been documented by independent test results to contain high levels of e. coli bacteria. Each time new services have been added for the homeless in Venice, the population has grown, as has the resulting coastal pollution, from 400 people four years ago to approximately 1,000 today.

Instead of reducing the population it is likely that the Bridge Housing project will attract even more homeless to Venice. When they cannot be accommodated at the new facility they will camp out nearby, as they do now, for example, at the St. Joseph service center on Lincoln Boulevard. The city of Los Angeles has made no plans to mitigate parking demand, noise or the likely increase in coastal pollution.

Mark Ryavec, president, Venice Stakeholders Association, Founding Director, Board Secretary (1989 to 1999) and State Legislative Director (1999) at American Oceans Campaign, and Member, Board of Governors, Oceana (2005 to 2015)

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