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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Silver Lake’s Rowena Ave “road diet” possible disaster

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(Photo courtesy of The Eastsider.)  This is Rowena Ave that had a disastrous “road diet” of almost a mile.

Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake reduced their four lane to a two-lane route to accommodate bike lanes. They called it a “road diet.” It apparently has been a disaster for two years according to residents.  This was Councilman Tom LaBonge area and idea.

“But the reduction of lanes for cars and trucks has only made congestion worse, and conditions have not improved,  according to some residents.  Last week, Public Works Commissioner Matt Szabo called the Rowena road diet ‘a bit of a disaster,’ was reported by The Eastsider.

Read the complete article mentioned by Marilyn Roland.

“The “Great Streets” is something that Mayor Eric Garcetti initiated and one wonders if councilmen have been “suggested” to volunteered areas,” wrote one reader.

MDR Goes Artsy! No, It’s Called ARTsea

Marina del Rey goes artsy! No, it is called ARTsea. Marina del Rey is starting a “pop-up arts district!” It will be an all-day affair 10 June, and in addition to the pop art, there will be a makers’ market, sand sculpting, food trucks, beer/wine garden, and music and dancing at 4101 Admiralty Way, Mother’s Beach at the picnic shelters.

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“Great Streets” Turns into “Great Escape” with Horns Blasting

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Traffic at Centinela was backed up to Wade.

Implementation this week of the Venice Boulevard “Great Streets” program in Mar Vista from Inglewood to Beethoven turned into the “Great Escape.”   Traffic backed up and cars were peeling off as fast as they could from the Venice boulevard seeking an alternative. Horns were on fire and it wasn’t applause.

It is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Great Streets” Initiative that has been implemented in other neighborhoods.

This “Great Streets” in Mar Vista was a dream of Councilman Mike Bonin and his constituents. It is Bonin’s hometown. It is billed as making changes that would be safer for people and supporting local businesses. It consists of four new pedestrian crossings, protected bike lanes, and improvements at existing signalized intersections. The desired outcome was/is to give Venice Boulevard from Inglewood to Beethoven “the small town downtown” effect.

Note:  Darryl DuFay’s notes on mobiity plan and info about SR187 helped with the story.

Venice is Major Thoroughfare
Venice is a major thoroughfare from downtown Los Angeles to the Venice Beach. It is the commuters boulevard of choice. It is classified in the City of LA Mobility plan 2035 as a Boulevard II. Boulevard II means the roadway width has to be 80 feet and consists of 4 to 6 lanes with a targeted operating speed of 35 miles per hour.

It is also State Route 187, which runs 5.4 miles from Lincoln to Cadillac Ave at the ramp to westbound I-10. The state agreed to relinquish control and management of the Great Streets portion of Venice Boulevard to the City of Los Angeles last year, according to David Graham-Caso, communications director for Councilman Mike Bonin.

Two Types of Protected Bike Lanes
Mar Vista has produced two types of protected bike lanes which are better illustrated with a photo than words but … One is with the cars parked in the vacated lane and bikes riding between parked cars and the curb, The other is bikes ride between cars parked at the curb and large white lines indicating a barrier. There are a lot of bollards involved also.

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Bikers ride next to curb protected by parked cars in vacated lane.
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Bikers ride between white painted barrier and cars parked at curb.

This writer’s email caught fire with the Venice Boulevard happenings. It was checked out at 4 pm on Venice Boulevard, westbound. Traffic was backed up from Centinela to Wade. Saw one skateboarder.  People were trying to find alternatives because they found that horns were not moving traffic forward.

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Some used the bike lane.

Tuesday morning at 7:30 traffic was moving but not fast. While standing in a bike lane to take a photo, one biker passed and yelled “Isn’t it awesome” and then later “stay out of the lane you’ll get hit.” My camera followed him down the road to where he entered the sidewalk. He was entering a store.   Another bike passed.

Drivers Will Figure it Out
But drivers will soon figure it all out and make the necessary adjustments as they always do. Other areas may suffer dramatically.  One person on Nextdoor mentioned that the side streets should have been designated for bikes and that would have solved all the problems. But how about the commercial establishments and shopping? Sue Beckman checked with the fire department and they said they had to use Washington. They said no one had checked with them. One reader suggested a letter campaign and boycott of Mar Vista stores. All of these comments are listed anonymously because they have not been approved for publication or they do not want their names published. Darryl DuFay mentioned that parallel parking on a two-lane, major thorough fare will, not only be nerve racking for parker, but reduce the lanes temporarily to one.

Fire Department Reroutes
The statement that Sue Beckman got from the firemen at the Mar Vista fire department is alarming. Mar Vista fire department is east of the Great Streets. Am sure “Great Streets” was approved by the Fire Department personnel downtown but the admission by the men who do the job, stating that they are rerouting to Palms and Washington even if it is not as direct a route, is telling.  They stated to Sue that they were never consulted.  We have few fires but we do need paramedics.  If you have ever waited for a paramedic for a loved one, each minute is a lifetime.

People are Chatting About This Change
One wrote on Nextdoor “I know some posts have been started about the stupid idea put into place by our crooked elected officials. Let’s start fighting this. Let’s share alternate routes to take through residential neighborhoods in mar vista. Let’s boycott the businesses there. Perhaps that will get the city listening. And write letters and phone the various offices. Hope that some other members will write and post. Let’s start the pressure. Oh and worth noting the city will invest 27.2 million this year as opposed to the 3 million it spent last year.”

One answered and said “Great idea! Make some residential streets “bike only” instead. That would be a win for bikers and Waze protection for residents!” Great idea for neighborhoods too.

One emailed several insights and then decided one should list Bonin’s street as a cut through.

“Chairman of City Council’s Transportation committee (Mike Bonin) effects planned gridlock on Venice Blvd. between the 405 and Venice Beach by removing a traffic lane in Mar Vista.

“Hope no one needs an emergency vehicle this summer. Certainly Mar Vista could have been beautified without removing a traffic lane.

“Tunnel Vision. Someone on Next Door suggested boycotting Mar Vista merchants. I think the traffic situation there is going to produce the same effect.

“By the way, stopped by the Mar Vista fire station today. The firemen said they were not consulted about the plan at all.

“They added they could not get through on Venice Blvd yesterday when they had a call. They will have to use Palms and Washington in the future even if it is a less direct route.

“But it is mind boggling that Bonin and Garcetti chose this location for Great Streets. Could not be more inappropriate because it is a major east-west surface traffic artery. That they think that purposely slowing down traffic to make a cozy pedestrian friendly shopping area in this location could possibly serve the greater good is beyond belief and sadly proves why Trumpettes don’t trust government.

“Additionally, though not specifically in the coastal zone, it impedes coastal access to the rest of the City of L.A.

“Would love if someone with wider than Venice, media connections would do an expose of Gridlock Bonin and Go Along Garcetti. Luckily we have Venice Update, but would be shocked if we ever saw anything critical in the L.A. Times.”

Another summarized some of the comments “We are in a period of stupidity. Have you seen what they have done to Venice Blvd. Reduced lanes, reduced traffic flow, and confusing street markings. A safety problem waiting to explode. All to give cyclists a place to ride and text.”

Don’t Dump Poop Bags in Oxford Basin

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Properly dispose of your dog’s poop — bag it and put it in the trash cans provided. Call (800) 675-HELP (4357) if you see anyone illegally dumping in Oxford Basin.

DeDe Audet Says Goodbye to Her Beloved VNC

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These are a few of the people who worked with her on the board.  Left to right are Jed Pauker, DeDe, Darryl DuFay, and Barbara Gibson.

DeDe Audet said goodbye to her friends and members of the Venice Neighborhood Council at the regular VNC meet Wednesday (17 May).

DeDe is a former president of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) and was a member of Venice’s original governing body called the Venice Town Council that later evolved into the Venice Neighborhood Council.   The VNC was about to be decertified when DeDe took office.  She brought it out of the “decertification drama” and put it on the road to what it is today.  After serving office she covered the Department of Water and Power for the VNC and only recently gave it up.    She never missed a VNC meeting when she was in town.

She always gathered a group of friends after each meet to have a drink. She had to have her whiskey.She is noted for carrying a “medicinal” flask.  Many of the people who served with her attended the meeting. She is moving into an assisted living facility in Chatsworth this month and will be near her son, Brian, who lives in Sylmar.


Linda Lucks, former VNC president, talks about DeDe and later reads letter from former VNC President Mike Newhouse.


Ivan Spiegel, parliamentarian, introduced DeDe Audet.

Santa Monica’s Homeless Increases 26 Percent; Demographic Survey Paints Broader Picture

Note:  Darryl DuFay supplied the link and the initial figures  to make this story happen.

Santa Monica presented its homeless count figures and homeless data to the City Council last Tuesday (9 May). Los Angeles City and Venice are both awaiting their figures.

The Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA) had volunteers who did the homeless count on the night of 25 January, and then, LAHSA had others who did a “data survey” of those who were homeless, and the latter was accomplished over a period of three days.  The data gathered over the three-day period is so much more explanative of those homeless who live in shelters or the streets.

Here are some of the facts gleaned from the Santa Monica  count.

  • The 2017 point-in-time homeless count total is up 26% from 728 individuals in 2016 to 921.
  • The street count is up 39% from 416 in 2016 to 581.
  • Individuals sleeping in vehicles/encampments is up 26% from 73 in 2016 to 92.
  • Shelter and institution population is up 9% from 312 in 2016 to 340.

Demographic survey shed further light on who is coming into Santa Monica and from where:

  • New to Santa Monica – 29% report being in Santa Monica for less than 1 month.
  • Originate outside the City – 46% come to Santa Monica from other parts of Los Angeles County; 32% come from out of state.

“The Santa Monica ‘Out of State’ 32% figure should give us concern and reinforce our contention that there is a movement from out of state, from other areas in Los Angeles County 46% and the rest of the state 15%,” wrote Darryl DuFay. “We need this kind of homeless information for Venice.”

“I am suspect of the 46 percent figure for Los Angeles County,” said Reta Moser. “I suspect they were in Los Angeles County a short time before having come from outside the state. I say this based on those I have talked with in Venice. People will go where the weather and benefits are. Back in the 60’s people were bussed here from southern states because welfare benefits were greater. It doesn’t seem to matter to the heads of City and County. Los Angeles is taking the responsibility for housing and helping all, indiscriminately. But as Santa Monica has found, it does exhaust the system.”

Santa Monica has taken, as has Los Angeles,  the  strategic approach of assisting the homeless that are the most vulnerable first: those suffering from chronic homelessness, acute medical needs, or disabilities. According to the report, the growing regional demands has pushed Santa Monica’s homeless service system beyond capacity, leaving the most vulnerable unsheltered and without adequate care.

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Santa Monica Homeless Count History — Both street and shelter count.

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Santa Monica “Street” Homeless compared to  SPA5 which includes Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Pacific Palisades,  Malibu,  Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice,  Westchester, and Westwood.

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This is where they stay in Santa Monica.

Tellling Overall Statistics

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This lists all the demographic data collected this year for the homeless in Santa Monica.  A sample (188 in 2017) of those homeless are surveyed.

Venice Design Series Features Architecture — a Little of the New and a Little of the Old

By Jack Prichett

The 2017 Venice Design Series, which bills itself as Architecture + Experience, blends architecture with design, art, cuisine, and performance into a series of uniquely Venice events—rich in local culture, fact-filled, and intensely personal.

Take the just completed Culver City Architectural Tour. On Saturday, May 6, some 30 tour goers, led by the city’s Vice Mayor Thomas Small, met with the founders of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (EYRC), Eric Owen Moss Architects, and Morphosis, three firms which make the city a hub of contemporary visionary architecture.

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Pterodactyl building designed by Eric Owen Moss. Above a parking garage in Culver City

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Emerson College in Hollywood designed by Morphosis.

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(Photo courtesy of Jack Prichett.)  Architect Steven Ehrlich(left) describes the plan for The Culver Steps, a green mixed-use development that will replace a barren parking lot in the heart of Culver City.

 

These three firms embody the state of today’s architecture, fusing artistic vision with the immense capacity of today’s computer modeling, structural analysis, and virtual reality, to design buildings of flamboyant curves and angles, covered with skins ranging from fiberglass to metal to stone.   Although all three firms operate internationally, a good number of the tradition-shattering buildings are in Los Angeles and Culver City, itself. Eric Moss’ Pterodactyl spreads its wings in the semi-industrial expanses of Culver City. The Morphosis-designed Emerson College building scintillates along an otherwise dreary section of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

EYRC was named the 2015 Architectural National Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects.   In the award and model-filled studio, founder Steven Ehrlich, a long time Venice resident, described his sophisticated style of Modernism. Evolving partially from Ehrlich’s Peace Corps experience in Morocco, his style—now EYRC’s—seamlessly integrates architectural volumes with the light, air and water of the surrounding environment, while stressing space for people to encounter each other.

One EYRC project, the Culver Steps, a mixed-use development soon to rise in the heart of Culver City, exemplifies the approach. Filled with trees and airy walkways, the project will replace a dreary parking lot currently blighting the city center. “Culver Steps combines retail and outdoor dining with three stories of creative office space rising above, plus a grand stair and elevated plaza that is meant to be a public gathering place” Ehrlch says.  “It will become the beating heart of Culver City.”

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(Photo courtesy of Jack Prichett.)  Sylvia Aroth enjoys a virtual reality tour of a project still in the works at EYRC.

The EYRC visit also highlighted the role of computer technology in today’s architecture. Virtual reality headsets allow clients to experience projects in design as if they were already built, “walking” from room to room and onto tree-surrounded virtual terraces.

 

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(Photo courtesy of Jack Prichett.) Design Series tour members inspect Moss’ nearly completed building for the soon-to-open Vespertine restaurant.

Later, the tour group spoke with Eric Owen Moss, creator of many striking structures, several of which have transformed Culver City’s once decaying Hayden Tract and nearby areas into a thriving area that attracts talent to flourishing businesses. The nearly completed Vespertine restaurant building half a block from Moss’s office is a perfect example . “We are fascinated both by individual buildings and that evolving inter-relationship between building and city.” Point well made.

That social mission has always driven Moss’s work and lies at the heart of a project now taking shape in Venice. The Venice Median project, for which he is the architect, working with two non-profit agencies, will convert a City of Los Angeles-owned parking lot near Venice Beach to an imaginatively designed complex of affordable housing, shops, walkways along a Venice canal, and artists’ workplaces. Reflecting that mission of social architecture, Moss says, “Building has an obligation, always larger than itself, to the city and the culture it intends to join.”

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(Photo courtesy of Jack Prichett.) Pritzker-prize-winning architect Thom Mayne proffers his thoughts on architecture and innovation.

The tour concluded with a visit to the headquarters of Morphosis, which sits in the shadow of the Expo line. Co-founder Thom Mayne, winner in 2005 of architecture’s highest award, the Pritzker Prize, hosted a round-table Q&A with participants. Frequently seen around Venice, Mayne designed the 72 Market Street building, hosting Tony Bill’s restaurant of the same name, just off Ocean Front Walk, that became a 1990s hotspot. Relaxed and informal on Saturday, Mayne stressed the need for technical and creative innovation. He also expressed concern over the United States’ declining investments in infrastructure in a rapidly developing, highly competitive world.

Earlier in the day, the tour offered an inside look at three of Culver City’s historic landmarks: the Ivy Electrical Sub-station built in 1907 and now home to the Actor’s Gang, an experimental theater company founded in 1981 by actor and director Tim Robbins; the Culver Hotel, flatiron classic built in 1924 by Harry Culver; and Culver Studios, whose sound stages and sets provided for filming of Gone with the Wind, as well as for King Kong, Orson Wells’ Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound to name a few.

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Ivy Electrical Substation, built in 1907, was built to supply electricity for the streetcars.

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Culver Hotel, originally called “Hotel Hunt” is famous for housing the Munchkins during the filming of the “The Wizard of Oz.” The hotel, which has had several owners, was purchased and completely renovated by Maya Mallick ten years ago. Charlie Chaplin once owned the hotel and legend has it that he lost it to John Wayne in a poker game. Wayne donated the hotel to the YMCA. The hotel was built by Harry Culver in 1924.

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The studio was built in 1918 by silent movie producer Thomas Ince and through the years was owned by Cecil B DeMille and RKO Pictures (at one point that studio was owned by Howard Hughes), Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s Desilu Productions, and Grant Tinker and Gannett, who renovated the property in 1986. Sony acquired it in 1991 and held on to it for 13 years.  Hackman Capital Partners now owns the property.

At the end of the day, Thomas Small and the hosts at the six sites had woven a cogent narrative linking Culver City’s past with the present and with the future buildings and complexes taking shape in three major architectural studios. The Venice Design Series is proving again its ability to showcase Venice’s key role in architecture, culture, and the experience of the 21st century.

The 2017 Series ends on the evening of May 20, with a giant Playa Vista party at the ad agency 72andSunny. Tickets and more information about the Venice Design Series is available at venicedesignseries.org. Proceeds from the Series go to support Venice Community Housing, a 29-year- old Venice organization that provides affordable housing and social services.

Venice Design Series Tour of Culver City Architecture Old and Future was Held

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This was the view from the Baldwin Hills Overlook where Venice Design Series participants had lunch. The Tour was dubbed the Culver City Preservation and Architectural Tour and was held Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

It was a whirlwind tour of the old landmarks with a glimpse of what is to come. It started at EYRC Architectural firm with Eurlich showing and explaining the Culver City “minimall” they were doing near Trader Joes. It went from there to the Ivy Substation in downtown Culver City for fun with the Acting Gang. It was a short walk for a tour of the Culver Hotel that Harry Culver built in 1924 and where he maintained his office on the second floor. After that it was a tour of Culver Studios where Gone With the Wind and Hong Kong were filmed. All of that was before lunch.

Jack Prichett will provide details and the after lunch tour later.

Peter talks about his Venice Pier and what he calls “His Lady”

He is the most cheerful and warm person one would ever hope to meet and he is filled with plans and ideas for His Lady– the Venice Pier.

He knows everyone, and if he doesn’t, he introduces himself, and they become friends. He is an absolute friend magnet because of his outgoing personality and sincere love of people.

He is Peter John Ruiz and carries a card with his name that says “Support your Pier Today, What’s Your Vision, Venice Pier Project.” It is “our” pier he insists. He gets there at 5 am when no one is there and marvels at the ocean on one side and millions of people on the other.

I saw him and started to introduce myself but was immediately wrapped in a bear hug that left my feet dangling. When putting me back down, he said he should have asked if it hurt my back, but was on to other things about what he loves the most, the Venice Pier.

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This is for his “Let’s Go Fishing” Day.

He is captivating when he starts talking about his ideas for the pier. The latest is he is producing a “Let’s Go Fishing” day at the pier. He has talked with Jimmy Dean of sausage fame and they are sending food for 100. It will be in the morning so he said Dean’s stuff will be good. He has a permit to obtain and a few other things but it is an event that will happen. He is hoping to get 100. He is going to offer a $100 gift certificate (out of his own money) for the biggest fish. Mark your calendar, it is 3 June 7 to 11 am.

He talks about an app creation in reference to cigarettes. He dislikes butts in his sand at the beach. He showed me the garden he had planted in small areas. A lady offered him some aloe vera and he said swell. He would plant it. His little gardens are all pet friendly. “It is a pee if you want area for dogs,” he said.

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He stenciled “Venice Pier” on the ball in front of the pier entrance and planted the succulents at the side and behind.

He shovels sand off pier, keeps it swept, calls 311 for graffiti removal. He makes a list of things needed, which he gives to the authorities in charge. Some ideas are a better drinking fountain, more benches, a better connection for his pressure water cleaner. He buys all his cleaning equipment himself. The pressure washer cost $300.

He arrives at 5 am and leaves at 6 pm and has done this for three years. He has created his job which he calls the “Venice Pier Project.” He has a chartreuse vest and on the back it says “Venice Pier Project.” He does not get paid for it. He just loves what he does.

Did I mention he is handicapped?

One would never know it when talking with him. He has a balance problem he says “when he looks down” and sometimes he walks a little “wavy” and his memory of where he put something, or where and when he is to do something is not good. He has people who help him with things like this. They have provided him with tools, such as a day planner, and they call him to make sure he has taken his medication, remembered an appointment.

He was a painter and was learning to be an electrician when suddenly he had a seizure. He showed me his tongue which had part of it missing. This happened a few years ago. He takes a pill twice a day to prevent this from happening again. He doesn’t drink or smoke. It took him two years to get social security disability which provides him with a little less than a $1000. Before that he had $200 cash and $200 food stamps. With the almost $1000 he can do well he says.

He couldn’t drive a car until about a year ago. Doctors now feel he is stable and safe to drive with the medication he takes.

A gentleman walked up to Peter while we were talking and Peter introduced him as “Sir Gilbert.” I asked Sir Gilbert about the name and he said it was the Knights Templar. Sir Gilbert asked Peter to do him a favor. Peter without hesitation said “It would be an honor.”

Peter knows everyone and is continuously saying hello to someone with a wave of his hand and a hearty hello.

We walked the pier, which is “1310 feet long, almost ¼ of mile,” he proudly related. The circle, or semicircle, at the end of the pier has a 210-foot radius. As we were walking, Alex, the life guard came out to tell Peter that signs near the pier were needed to keep people from swimming so close to the pier. There could be a blind spot for the life guards. Peter said he would mention that along with a few other things at the next Task Force meet headed by Robert (Bob) Davis.

One of the things Peter thought was necessary for the pier was a solar-operated 911 phone at the end of the pier. Both Alex and Peter were talking about the number of people who jump off the end of the pier. Alex said a 911 call from there would be routed to his station immediately.

Did I mention that he was homeless?

Well, he was homeless until a couple weeks ago, specifically 14 April—his birthday. That was when he became a proud home renter.

“I had a voucher from LA Homeless Service Agency (LAHSA) for 8 months,” he said. “I would show up at an apartment and there would be so many people there ahead of me. Then I mentioned it to one of the people who lives at the beach. They told me how to get in the Coordinated Entry System (CES). CES is a weighted system for homeless based on most needy first.

“I am now a happy renter at Wiltern Apartments, east of Crenshaw. I don’t care where it is. I was living in my car and sleeping around. And it all happened on my birthday.

“About 2 pm, I get really tired and must take a nap for a couple of hours, and then I can come back and work. I usually work from 5 am to 6 pm. I just get really tired, my brain gets tired. They don’t know what caused all of this. I don’t know.

“I go to see a lady at Edelman Westside Mental Health Center and she helps me to make sure I am doing well. We have done a lot of testing.”

He has found a real angel in Noel Johnston. She and her husband Jim, former director of Miami Vice, live on the Ocean Front Walk. Noel will call him to make sure he has taken his medication. She will call him to make sure he makes an appointment.

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This is Peter’s answer for losing his car keys.

His memory is his worst enemy. He locked his keys in the car so he not only wears a spare on a lanyard around his neck but installed a combination lock box on his car. He has his car key and his house key there. That is in case he should lose what is around his neck.

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This is the dedication plaque.

But his mind doesn’t stop planning and the planning is centered at the Venice Pier. October 15, 1997 was the dedication for the pier after it was rebuilt, so Peter has plans for a celebratory party. He says since the seizure he sees things–visions of what can be.

3rd Ave — To Clean or Not to Clean; And Rose?

Note:   This in  from Councilman Mike Bonin’s Communications Director David Graham-Caso …

Thanks for the opportunity to clear up the confusion here. Sanitation is not out of money, and the street cleanings in Venice will continue. The Sanitation crews have had to limit the amount of overtime they use during cleanups, so the hours when they work have changed, but the regular cleanups are not stopping. I also understand that the crew did not make it out to Venice this week on their regular day, but that they were there yesterday to clean the street.

Third Avenue between Sunset and Rose is back in the news. The homeless sleeping on the sidewalks and those residents surrounding the area are complaining that the area has not been cleaned. In addition the homeless on south side of Rose between 3rd and 4th moved their belongings across the street to the north side Friday to accommodate a cleaning that never happened.

Third Avenue, located in a manufacturing area between Sunset and Rose, has been unofficially designated as a place for homeless to stay on the sidewalks. It is cleaned and sanitized once a week. Lava Mae comes once a week to provide showers for those who want them. St. Joseph’s outreach team is supposedly there daily to get people to apply for housing via the Consolidated Entry System (CES) and make sure the homeless are all right.

But Bureau of Sanitation has not been seen for the Friday cleanup for the last four weeks according to homeless residents and a couple of weeks according to surrounding residents. Update has pictures taken 7 April and Sanitation was there that day.

Councilman Mike Bonin’s office has been queried as to the status and a statement should be forthcoming. One wonders if this is a fiscal budget situation. The cleanup continues on Ocean Front Walk. Next fiscal year starts 1 July.

To complicate matters more for the nearby residents on north side of Rose, the homeless were told to move their belongings to the north side of Rose Friday so that the south side of Rose could be cleaned. Who told them is not known and it was not posted. In addition, there was no cleaning on 3rd.

The homeless have migrated around 3rd Avenue to sleep on south side of Rose. So it too needs cleaning and sanitizing but Update has never seen nor heard of it being cleaned.  It was reported by one homeless man that the south side of Rose had been cleaned once before. Update has never seen it cleaned nor signs posted for a cleaning.

The residents absolutely do not want the “homeless mess” in front of their homes for health reasons. Residents feel the homeless create and live in an unsanitary environment and they do not want the unsanitary condition at their doorsteps. Across the street is not to their liking either but bringing them in front of their properties is crossing the border of tolerance.

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(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.) Homeless  moved Friday morning to north side of Rose between 3rd and 4th so that the south side of Rose could be cleaned during cleanup of 3rd Avenue.

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(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.) This is stuff that is normally on Rose between 3rd and 4th during the day. Sometimes homeless  haul it to Rose temporarily during 3rd cleaning to be hauled back to 3rd  after 3rd  is cleaned but sometimes they don’t haul it back.

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(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.) This an example of how trashy an area can get during the week. This is across the street on Rose from residents.

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(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.) Clean up day on 3rd and man is sorting stuff from pile to put on tarp to move so area can be cleaned during normal Friday cleaning.

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(Photo by Rick Swinger.) This is one of the diseases residents do not want to be exposed to.