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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Senior Lead Officers Listed

This is the latest for the LAPD Five Points of Contact which lists your senior lead officers. Update does not have a map defining the areas.

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Venice Post Office Gets Planters and Plants All Around

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Jack is shown planting succulents.

Neighbors finished installing planter boxes completely around the Venice Post Office which is a triangle. All planters boxes are filled with succulents put there by neighbors to beautify the area.

The neighbors keep the succulents watered using the post office water and keep the area clean of litter.  There was a pile of top soil left over with a “Free” sign on top.

Todd Hits Marina Freeway Entrance

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Todd is in the orange. Hard to take photo with moving cars and horns beeping.

Todd the Volunteer hits again and what a difference.  Todd can be found wherever one sees a pile or row of black bags filled with debris.

Shown are bags at the 91 freeway entrance from Lincoln to Mindanao Way. They will be picked up. He cleaned up around Abbot Kinney recently. He cleans from sidewalk to street.

Todd Olin is homeless and makes his money from contributions at his Todd@gofundme.com.  He was in the Orange County area and decided to come to the Venice … where he is obviously needed.  He just picks an area and cleans it.

Nick, Cityhood Chair, Not Happy with Bonin or Encampments; Pushes for Cityhood

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By Nick Antonicello, chairman of the Venice Neighborhood Council ad-hoc committee on Cityhood

The encampment at Staples on Lincoln Boulevard in the heart of Venice has now surged to the mouth of the driveway and the entire sidewalk at the entrance as well as the other side of the building across from Chase Bank.

While Councilman Mike Bonin takes victory laps for scamming Venetians into thinking his meeting this week was some kind of legitimate exchange of opinions, he is already moving forward and really doesn’t care what the average person thinks!

He is proudly constructing a ghetto and slum by the sea and he is daring you to stop him!

This is his typical, Machiavellian and condescending politics in action by busing in a bunch of bureaucrats that make money and profit off the misery of the un-housed and nothing changes!

Bill Rosendahl served eight years as councilman and did nothing. Mike Bonin has served some five years as a councilman and sits under the threat of a recall and still does nothing!

That’s 13 years of broken promises and failed public policies and he wonders why the residents of Venice believe he’s nothing but a liar?

Photos were taken on June 15th.

Cityhood for Venice is the only viable option to address the issue of homelessness and so much more. We need Venetians running and governing Venice, not career politicians earning over $1,000,000 in salary and perks courtesy of taxpayers during their term of office!

Nick Antonicello is the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Venice Cityhood and can be reached at nantoni@mindspring.com

VCH to Hold Open House to Show and Explain Project Rebuild

Venice Community Housing (VCH) will be holding an open house and informational meeting 26 June from 6 to 9 pm at 718-721 Rose Ave to discuss their proposed project of rebuilding to accommodate all their offices and 34 homeless, of which half will be for transition aged youth and half for chronically homeless.

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Jones Settlement Incentive to Come

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15 June 2018.  The Jones Settlement, basically, says that people can sleep on the sidewalks of Los Angeles from 9 pm to 6 am. They can do such until 1250 permanent supportive housing (PSH) units are constructed within the City of Los Angeles and at least 50 percent of those are located in Skid Row and/or greater downtown Los Angeles.  It is reproduced in its entirety Jones Settlement

Also they have to be 10 feet from an entrance/exit to a building, parking lot, loading dock. In addition, the police must give a verbal warning they are in violation of LAMC 41.18(d) and give them reasonable time to respond.

LAMC 41.18(D) states “No person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way,” unless they were attending a parade.”

2007

In 2007 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took the City of Los Angeles to court. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said the enforcement of the LA law against sleeping on the streets was unconstitutional. The City of Los Angeles made an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to allow people to sleep on the streets throughout the city as specified in the Jones Settlement. They said the police will not enforce LAMC41.18(d) between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said it was a violation of the eighth amendment of the Bill of Rights which states: Amendment VIII — Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

On the other hand, many feel that LA should have taken the decision to US Supreme Court, arguing that it had a compelling reason to prohibit people from sitting, lying or sleeping on sidewalks. It also could have changed the law. The ACLU gave up the ability to use the Ninth Circuit ruling as a precedent for future lawsuits, but they can still sue.  That was 2007.

2015

According to the Los Angeles Daily News (https://www.dailynews.com/2017/06/20/la-should-revisit-lawsuit-settlement-that-allowed-skid-row-conditions-everywhere-susan-shelley/) Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department reported that the requirements of the settlement had been met: 1,170 CH (chronically homeless) units had been built, including 656 in the downtown Skid Row area, with more under construction.  That was 2015.

The Venice Neighborhood Council has made repeated attempts to get the City to monitor, to report the number of units built, status of the Jones Settlement.

Taylor Bazley, Venice deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin, made a statement at the Venice Neighborhood Council  that because of the influx of homeless into Los Angeles, that the City felt any court decision would require a higher number  for compliance to the Jones Settlement. Time, more homeless, settlement agreement should be more.

On the other hand, many feel this created the incentive to come to Los Angeles thus increasing the number.  The question is: If one were homeless, or really not inclined to work, and one liked the weather and the comraderie, wouldn’t one come to Los Angeles? They started to come before Measure H and Measure HHH. Now Los Angeles promises to build new apartments for the homeless. In Venice they are taking valuable property less than a 1000 feet from the water for this housing.

The former police captain of the LAPD, Pacific Division said 90 percent of the homeless in Venice were transient. That meant they did come from, originate in Venice or even in California. The statement went on to state that 75 percent of the Venice homeless were addicted — drugs or alcohol.  This has been verified by  Homeless Task Force member Regina Weller.

2018

People are asking for an accounting. They are being ignored. They feel the laxity of the law and the promise of a new apartment is just too inviting.

The facts are here.  For Venice, they are not from Venice, not from California.  Even the LA County figures show a great percentage from out of state.

Questions Remain after MTA Bus Yard Community Open House

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(Photo courtesy of Daryl Barnett)

(Photo courtesy of Daryl Barnett)

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By Angela McGregor

14 June 2018. Councilman Mike Bonin held a “Community Open House” at Westminster School Wednesday night regarding the proposed bridge housing for the former MTA Lot which, according to an emailed invitation “will provide opportunities for you to offer your feedback and input.”

But for the dozens of Venetians who attended with questions and concerns about issues as diverse and essential as public safety, CEQA and Coastal Development Approval, and the efficacy of providing emergency services and shelter for just 100 of the over 900 homeless on the streets of Venice, answers were unavailable.

Outside the event, homeless activist David Busch held a small media event wherein he stated his opposition to Bridge Housing due to the fact that these facilities will help a small portion of the over 20,000 homeless living on the streets and promise increased sanitation to clean up encampments (which he termed “inhumane”). He called for toilets, storage and other options to help this population to live “more safely” in their encampments as they wait for permanent, city-provided housing and services.

Meanwhile, attendees of the Open House entered the venue that, in lieu of seating, was lined with tables staffed by members of various homeless services organizations, including SPY, SHARE, LAHSA and the St. Joseph’s Center. These staffers were handing out information about their various organizations rather than anything specific to the MTA Lot Proposal.

A number of posters featured statistics about homelessness in Los Angeles. One of the few Bridge Housing-specific displays offered a variety of design options for the facility, and attendees were asked to indicate their preference for such items as “community garden”, “gathering place” and “space for pets” by placing a dot beside their choice on an easel board.

The final table asked for “questions and input” and offered attendees sheets of “Bridge Home” branded paper on which they could write questions. It was unclear how or when these would be responded to. A four-page flyer was offered which answered “Frequently Asked Questions”, but there was nothing on it that was not already to be found on the project’s website (www.BridgeHomeVenice.com). There is yet no design for the project, nor has a service provider been selected.

Councilman Bonin stood in the middle of the room, surrounded by supporters holding up pre-printed, “Everyone In” United Way placards while members of the media recorded his glowing assessment of the project and its community support. At one point, opponents of the project arrived holding up a yellow banner proclaiming “No Bridge Housing! Venice Says No!” and a couple of local residents were able to voice their concerns and objections to the project to Bonin directly before supporters once again closed ranks around him, raising their signs higher and making it impossible for anyone else besides the media to approach him.

The room was hot, stuffy and packed with stakeholders. Tempers flared. Several LAPD members were also present, and at least two attendees had to be escorted out after a scuffle.

It is unclear when or how Venetians will be able to have their say as to whether or not they feel this project should be built, or offer suggestions that would make it more acceptable to local homeowners and businesses. Because no motion regarding Venice Bridge Housing was passed at the most recent VNC Homeless Committee Meeting, the MTA Bus Yard Proposal will not be on the agenda of the upcoming VNC Board Meeting, which will be held this Tuesday, June 19th at 7 pm.

Despite the chaos and dissension, at 8 am on the morning after the Open House, Councilman Bonin Tweeted: “Great feedback, ideas and suggestions on how to make temporary homeless housing work at the former metro bus yard in Venice. Last night’s open house was a great success. #shedoes #VeniceSaysYes” and featured photos of his supporters holding up their signs, as well as photos of the aforementioned easel boards, covered with multi-colored dots.

Fox News referred to the Town Hall meet as “chaos.”

First Flower Fest on Rose was flowery and tasty to say the least

Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.)

Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.)

It was the first Flower Fest on Rose and Rose never looked so inviting nor tasted so good.

The event sponsored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce took over Rose from Main to 4th with music, flowers,  and tasty cuisine from Venice restaurants.  There was even a bike valet and hand washing machines..  The infamous 3rd Ave, which usually seats the homeless, was transformed into booths and tables for eating.

Newly appointed Chief of Police Michael Moore showed up and talked with people and the event turned into a photo shoot with the Chief.  Councilman Bike Bonin showed up and was going to say a few words.  Taylor Bazley, Venice’s chief deputy, was there.  Everyone stopped by at least to see the first Flower Fest and sample the different restaurants’ specialties.

Rick Swinger, Rose-3rd Ave activist, said he talked with Councilman Bonin and gave him both the E.coli report and the County health report regarding the rats at Public Storage.  Bonin, Swinger said, was going to give them to County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.)

(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.)

Taylor Bazley getting festive.

Taylor Bazley getting festive.

Rick Swinger talking with Chief Michael Moore

Rick Swinger talking with Chief Michael Moore

George Francisco, President of Venice Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Mike Bonin

George Francisco, President of Venice Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Mike Bonin

Just getting started

Just getting started

3rd Ave with tables and booths

3rd Ave with tables and booths

It is LGBTQ Month in Venice

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Do “A Taste of Venice” Saturday on Rose

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