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Preserve LA Wants Mayor to Address City Corruption

By Preserve LA

Now that Mayor Garcetti has chosen not to run for president, we call on him to address the corruption we and many Angelenos believe is behind the glut of luxury development that causes human displacement and record-high homelessness.

Coalition to Preserve LA today sent a 54-page complaint to the L.A. County Civil Grand Jury requesting a probe of possible corruption and malfeasance among L.A. elected and appointed officials in deals with developers.

Mayor Garcetti has long engaged in closed-door dealing with developers who give him money. He must walk back from this behavior. He must lead in cleaning up City Hall.

The mayor’s practices, including excessive solicitation of cash for his $35 million “Mayor’s Fund,” are key facets of our request for a Grand Jury investigation.

An FBI City Hall probe of possible bribery involving developers has widened from Councilman Jose Huizar to others, including Garcetti’s ex-Deputy Mayor Ray Chan, a man who has said “the developer is our customer.”

No. The public is your customer.

We urge Garcetti to endorse a ban on all developer contributions to L.A. officials and a ban on all private communications between city officials and developers, whether a developer has a current project or not.

The model is tiny Temple City, once roiled by corruption it bans all developer donations and broadly defines “developer.”

Councilman David Ryu tried to ban some contributions from developers, yet his reforms were squashed in 2017 by City Council President Herb Wesson, and again in 2018 by the malfunctioning L.A. Ethics Commission.

Ryu is trying again this year.

What does this mean?

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This is a tweet from  Eric Garcetti to his following. It was picked up off of Nextdoor.

After four hours of listening and communicating, you really did not hear? Did you lie when Travis Binen asked you if this was a “done deal” and said “No.” Now you tweet and use the verb “will.” Was “will” the intention you wanted to convey? Or did you want to say “would have been,” “was scheduled for” … .

Was the Town Hall Panel– Garcetti, Councilman, Chief — Listening to the Venetians

By Reta Moser

When Chief of Police Michel Moore during the Town Hall said he would enforce the beach curfew and starting tonight, there was a silent sigh of relief … maybe disbelief. Many felt someone had finally heard Venice.

The panel, consisting of the Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Mike Bonin, and Chief of Police Michel Moore heard many a complaint that Venice was lawless, would continue, and that with the bridge housing would get even worse.

Venice homeless make up is different — 90 percent transient; 75 percent addicted
What the Mayor and Councilman do not understand and which many residents tried to explain is that the “make up of the homeless in Venice” is not homeless from Venice, or perhaps, like other areas. The makeup of homeless in Venice are from all over the United States (and many from out of the country), not Venice, and 75 percent of them are addicted to either drugs or alcohol. They are having a party in Venice.

The 75 percent figure was given by both former police Captain Nicole Alberca and Regina Weller, former head of the Venice Homeless Task Force. They further stated the transient population in Venice was 90 percent. One of them said 95 percent and the present Captain James Roberts said these figures were “about right.”

“We own the streets.”
These people are having a blast in Venice as owners and tenants stand aghast, unable to do anything. As the homeless say: “We own the streets.” They wave their cups for money the minute you enter Venice at the Marina freeway and Washington Blvd. The law for solicitation at highway entrances has been upheld to be enforceable. Lincoln is route 1; Marina Freeway is state route 90 at the intersection of route 1. Uphold it!

This street has been trying to get this encampment removed. They violate the ADA rules for access and one can’t even park.

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Crime is up in Venice. Car breakins, tire slashing, stealing, bike theft, panhandling, defecating on public and private property, etc, are not reported. Where do addicts get their money for drugs or alcohol.

Venetians are compassionate and giving
Councilman Mike Bonin continues to talk of two homeless people found in Venice who have been placed, as if Venetians didn’t care. Venice is sympathetic to the homeless. They have donated thousands of dollars to help the homeless. Regina Weller operated on private donations from Venetians. In the over 400 she found permanent housing for, she never placed one who was from Venice although she only operated in Venice.

She insisted that alcoholics and drug addicted people go thru rehab before placement, otherwise they would hinder those in houses where they would be placed and the probability of them leaving housing was very high. Many addicted to alcohol or drugs do not want to be housed. Sometimes they have a moment of wanting to leave their friends, but in most cases, it isn’t lasting.

Bridge for Venice, placing, not placing addicted
They Mayor mentioned that they would not be placing the addicted and then changed his statement to say they would be placed in bridge homes if the City decided to change the rules for Venice. Venice would have rules peculiar to Venice he said. Certainly, one would think they would place those most wanting help first.

Yes, Venice has homeless criminals
The City claims that some of the homeless are not former criminals in Venice. This reporter met one man from Columbus, Ohio who had served 27 years. He had a friend he was talking with who said he was a former criminal too and he couldn’t get a job. They volunteered this information. This reporter would never have asked. So yes, some of the homeless are former criminals. How many?

City studying alternatives; Venetians have alternatives
The Mayor mentioned they were exploring other alternatives. Brian Ulf, chairman  of  board for SHARE!, who helps the homeless thru SHARE! said he had 2000 places available and was waiting for funding to place Venice homeless. It costs time and money to set these people up with their social security numbers, disabilities, and get the money for the rent until the individual’s money starts. This is cheap and fast compared to the bridge concept. SHARE! does take the addicted.

Heidi Roberts and her husband John Betz, both from Venice, have purchased several four-bedroom duplexes, in various areas. They now house 68 former homeless. The team of Roberts and Betz started this year and opened their first place in April that housed 16. They plan to continue doing such. This is so much cheaper, faster than is the bridge concept.

So is the Mayor disingenuous when he says “we are investigating alternatives.” So is the 2.4 million for the El Pueblo, which houses 45, the wrong approach? Did the Mayor, Councilman, Chief understand that the makeup of the homeless in Venice is different than other areas. Would a bridge home be appropriate for Venice? Would it be overkill for Venice? Why not fund Brian Ulf. He will find housing for those wanting housing? Why not do as Roberts and Betz and be a provider that way?

Town Hall was Very Interesting

By Darryl DuFay

Very interesting Town Hall meeting on the MTA “Bridge Home” proposed project.

You arrived at the Westminster School to see dozens of LAPD all over. Of course they didn’t tell you that the parking entrance was going to be on Main St. Something that hadn’t been done before. Off the parking lot they were not prepared to open at 5:00 for a 6:00 start. No surprise there. They had over 1,000 RSVPs. Seating for 400 inside and 200 outside, with sound only. Slowly but steadily filled up. News cameras all around but mostly on the east wall.

It was raucous but in a “measure” way. From the front row where I sat the back and forth waves of noise for and especially against were refreshing from previous meetings where they were only for. First the “FOR” and then a ROARING “NO” that shook the room.

Alexandra “Alex” Cohen was the “moderator.” Her involvement consisted mostly of lining up people to talk. Councilman Mike Bonin, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA Chief of Police Michael Moore were present. I don’t believe Moore was scheduled to be part of the extended discussion. He was not named in the official announcement. It was set up for two and Moore grabbed a chair and moved it over to make a trio. Moore’s presence was a welcomed reminder of the overwhelming response this project has aroused. He significantly advanced the Town Hall. Many Fight Back, Venice t-shirts and white shirts

The Chief of Police was impressive. Below is yesterday’s LA Times article on him.

Moore was getting a real education from the audience about what is going on in Venice especially along the beach and Ocean Front Walk. He was as he should be protective of his officers but as the audience continuing to call out their experiences he took increasing interest and concern. Even to acknowledging that he is very serious about closing the beaches from midnight to 6:00 a.m.

I also sensed about 7:45 that Bonin was seeing himself as become more superfluous to the discussion. He chimed in I believe about the use of SHARE as a viable methods of quickly housing the homeless. Garcetti has raised this method for more quickly addressing the homeless problem. It ended after 9:00.

There are enough unanswered questions about the MTA proposal to drill down and get some answers. Chief Moore can be a great asset in demanding information and holding the MTA et al and Bonin’s and Garcetti’s offices to provide our Venice community with more vital and informative discussions than we have had so far.

Bonin and Garcetti are convinced or have convinced themselves that Venice’s homeless are locals. That thought allows them to make comments that the MTA “Bridge Home” will be able to recycle enough people through so Venice’s homeless problem disappears. When, it fact we will see a rise in transient homeless arriving at the “promised land” — VENICE.

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Venetians Vent at Bridge Housing Town Hall

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Alex Cohen, moderator, Chief of Police Michel Moore, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Councilman Mike Bonin

By Angela McGregor

The announcement and requests for RSVPs for the 17 October, 6pm community meeting with Mayor Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin to answer questions about the proposed Bridge Housing Facility at the vacant MTA lot on Main & Sunset was blasted out via email and social media several weeks ago.

Within days anyone attempting to sign up to attend received a notice that the event at Westminster Elementary was full. On Nextdoor and Facebook, members of local groups which oppose the project speculated that, since the notice was sent to everyone in CD11 and not just Venice, priority had been given to the project’s supporters. After all, back in June, at the so-called “Bridge Housing Town Hall”, dozens of Bonin/Bridge Housing supporters had arrived early from all over the city, via a chartered bus, carrying professionally pre-printed signs declaring “Venice Says Yes”.

At a press event at the proposed site on October 15th entitled “Let Venice Speak”, Venice Stakeholders Association President Mark Ryavec declared, “Even though there is not enough room for Venice residents at the Westchester Elementary School auditorium, the invitation for the event was sent to all of Council District 11, from Pacific Palisades to Westchester. We also have been informed that Councilman Bonin has recruited homeless advocates and social service employees from throughout the city to attend and urged them to sign-up early, displacing Venice residents.”

Shortly thereafter, the RSVP site was re-opened, and arrangements were made for overflow seating at the event.

Nevertheless, those opposed to the project arrived early to ensure that their presence was felt inside the venue. By 4 pm — with an hour to go before the doors would open — members of Save Venice Beach and Fight Back, Venice had already set up tables and were handing out printed t-shirts (“Recall Bonin”, “Venice Says No”, “I Walked Here, I Wasn’t Bussed”) and small signs (“Stop Dumping on Venice!”) along with bottles of water.

Standing under the hot sun, they traded personal stories of transient-related crimes that had grown more menacing and more frequent as the numbers of encampments had increased — package and bicycle thefts, break-ins, needles and feces strewn over their sidewalks, alleys and all over the beach. One resident showed a video his wife had made of a homeless man skateboarding up to her, yelling threats and obscenities. Some had lived in Venice for decades, and had seen not only an escalation of crime but increasing unwillingness by the police to even confront the criminals. Their opposition to the Bridge Housing facility at the MTA yard stemmed from a belief that the project would attract yet more transients — and more crime — to their neighborhood.

Meanwhile, at Councilman Bonin’s booth, staffers handed out “Venice Says Yes!” flyers along with information packets touting the project.

The auditorium filled quickly once doors opened, and the crowd was loud and boisterous well before the event began, about half and hour late, chanting “Venice Says No!” and “Recall Bonin” and unfurling large banners (“Venice: Where Needles and Feces are Part of the Fun!”) along the walls. Forms for submitting questions were provided, and passed to the front of the room by the handful.

The event was moderated by Alex Cohen, the former host of NPR’s Morning Edition on KPCC. She began by imploring everyone to be civil in order to allow all of the questions to be answered, before introducing Mayor Garcetti and Councilman Bonin to a chorus of boos, and the LAPD Chief of Police, Michel Moore, to applause.

Mayor Garcetti began the meeting with a Powerpoint presentation, struggling to be heard over the crowd. According to his statistics, between 2010-2018 Los Angeles has housed roughly 32,000 homeless individuals, with the number of homeless (according to LAHSA’s count) rising during that period from 38,717 to 52,765. Garcetti framed the Bridge Housing development in stark, simple terms — either build it or “maintain the status quo”. Both Garcetti and Chief Moore explained that, because of legal challenges, the City cannot clean up encampments without first offering the occupants some type of shelter.

With Proposition H funds, the City has hired 1,000 outreach workers who are now in training, some of whom would be dispatched to Venice to persuade occupants of neighborhood encampments to take advantage of the facility. Bridge Housing will be staffed by all variety of social service workers, including mental health professionals, to determine the best way to move occupants off of the streets. Garcetti pointed out that the first Bridge Home Facility — El Pueblo, which opened a couple of months ago, near Olvera Street — has already transitioned 11 people, including one individual who only stayed for a couple of days. The proposed facility in Venice — 154 units on 3.1 acres — would be roughly three times as large. With an average stay of four months or so, within 3 years perhaps as many as 900 individuals could be moved off the streets.

Bonin then spoke, greeted by more boos and catcalls and constantly interrupted by the crowd, especially when he insisted that the homeless are no more inclined to commit crimes than anyone else. He showed a graphic of several homeless individuals and began to tell their tragic tales as if to imply that the crowd’s opposition to the project was simply due to a lack of sympathy and understanding — a tactic which resulted in loud cries for his recall. He defended the proposed location by pointing out that, of the 2000 homeless in all of CD11, about half are in Venice. Venice’s homeless population is also younger, whiter and more likely to be a victim of domestic violence. Both he and Mayor Garcetti insisted that Bridge Housing is “essential” to ultimately “solving” homelessness in Los Angeles. Finally, the MTA lot is “guaranteed” to be temporary, since the MTA is already in the planning stages to develop the property.

Chief Moore spoke last, and began to deliver a rambling speech about the LAPD frequently being called upon to “solve every problem in history” including “turning Okies away at the border”. Citing the city’s resilience after the Northridge Earthquake and 1992 Riots, he stated that we need to have confidence in our elected officials. Much to the chagrin of the crowd, he also stated that Venice receives less police attention because violent crime rates here are much lower than in other areas of the city.

Questions then commenced. To the question of requiring sobriety within the facility, Bonin stated that “housing first” without a sobriety requirement had been proven most effective, but also said that, if the community insisted, such a requirement could be instated. As to the question of what to do with service-resistant transients who already refuse temporary shelter beds, both he and the mayor explained that these facilities — which are pet-friendly, contain ample storage for belongings and allow couples and families to stay together — are a much more attractive option that existing emergency shelters. In addition, Chief Moore said that he could not arrest or otherwise move along street campers without first determining their unwillingness to take advantage of an existing option like Bridge Housing.

One questioner pointed out that both Carol Sobel and the Legal Aid Foundation have threatened lawsuits should the city proceed with its plan for increased clean ups in conjunction with Bridge Housing. Mayor Garcetti stated that prior lawsuits only occurred because the city “didn’t listen” and said that he would meet with these groups to determine how best to work with them.

Questioning continued until well after the announced 8pm end time for the event. Toward the end, someone asked if the project was a “done deal”, to which Bonin stated that it was not, because it still requires an EIR, permits and City approval. Outside of the exit door, homeless advocates organized by United Way lined up facing the departing crowd, silently holding up signs in support of the project along with lit candles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Mike Bonin Explain the “Bridge Home” Project for Venice at Town Hall Meet

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Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin, along with Alex Cohen, Spectrum reporter and moderator for event, met in the Westminster auditorium Wednesday night to sell Venetians on the ideas that they need and would appreciate “Bridge Housing” on the MTA lot at Sunset and Main for 154 homeless.

The site in surrounded by residential as is the Venice Median and Thatcher Yard, proposed affordable/PSH housing, which are also proposed for Venice. Venice has only occasional strips of commercial. This is unlike other other council districts set for the bridge housing concept.

The auditorium was packed and there was overflow seating outside the auditorium. The gates were not opened until 5 pm and many people arrived around 4 pm to secure a seat. There was seating outside for those who would not be able to be seated inside. Whether the area was used or not, this reporter does not know. People were standing in the auditorium.

The Mayor and Councilman were more than 30 minutes late and people in the nonairconditioned auditorium started to shout “Venice Go.” The meeting was scheduled for 6 to 8. It was announced that the guests would stay as late as their were questions. Later that evening they turned on the air conditioning and it was cool.

In the evening when people were leaving there was a group of people holding battery-operated candles to show their support for the project.

The Mayor spoke for 20 minutes and then Councilman Bonin spoke, followed by the Chief of Police Michel Moore. They all pitched that this was the humane way to get people off the streets faster than waiting for permanent housing … It would free Venice of the encampments. Venice has the largest concentration of homeless in the City other than Skid Row and possibly Hollywood.

One of the greatest problems people spoke about was the crime. Chief Moore mentioned that crime was down and people tried to explain that crime is not being reported and there is lack of enforcement.

One good outcome of the meeting was that Chief Moore said he would start honoring the beach curfew as of that night. Curfew is midnight to 5 am. Homeless have been sleeping on the beach for months now and the curfew has not been enforced

Questions were then opened to the audience. Each seat had a question paper for one question. The question slip was filled out and then given to Cohen for selection. Questions were about misdemeanors, the environment, the cost of the bridge, the crime now and later increased around the site, the type of Venetian homeless, lack of knowledge of the Venice homeless.

Following are some of the individuals who spoke. Videos will be inserted as soon as finished. The first one got a standing ovation.

First Bridge Home — El Pueblo — to Open Monday

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(All photos are courtesy of the Office of the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.)
Nestled between the freeway and on ramps, five trailers are set to provide Los Angeles with its first “Bridge Home” project. Three trailers will be for residents, one for services, and one for a combination laundry, restroom, and shower facility.

Los Angeles’s first “Bridge Home” will officially open Monday, 10 September, and provide a home for 45 homeless individuals until they secure permanent housing. Dignitaries gathered this week to showcase El Pueblo as the first of its kind.

Located near the El Pueblo Historical Monument, the housing located at 711 N. Alameda St. is the first of a series of projects planned for construction across Los Angeles to bring homeless people indoors. To date, dozens of sites across the city are being explored by the City Council.

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Bathroom, shower, laundry room.

Bathroom, shower, laundry room.

Bridge Home sites are intended to offer immediate beds, showers, mental health services, restrooms, storage facilities, and pet accommodations until permanent housing can be obtained. Supportive services will be part of the package at each site.

“We are here to help people in desperate need get themselves on a bridge that goes in one direction — toward housing and healing,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Angelenos have freed up more resources than ever before to help our homeless neighbors recover from the trauma and poverty that forces them onto the streets. Today, we have one message for the men and women who will soon move into this facility: Welcome home.”

Workers prepare tables and chairs for the common area under the awning where people will eat and gather.

Workers prepare tables and chairs for the common area under the awning where people will eat and gather.

This site will be occupied by people from existing, high-density encampments in the immediate surrounding area. New residents of the site were identified through unprecedented outreach efforts by specialized teams who walked the streets of the El Pueblo neighborhood every day for the previous three months in order to identify homeless Angelenos already living in the community, and prepare them to move indoors.

“In Council District 14, we have and will continue to work with our partners on creative solutions to end the despair of homelessness,” said Councilmember Jose Huizar, co-author of Measure HHH, and a leading voice on the City Council in addressing homelessness. “Given that we are blocks from Skid Row, the largest homeless encampment in the nation, it is fitting that the City’s first Bridge Home site be located in Downtown. Let hopelessness end here for these residents, and let’s open our City’s collective arms and share that hope with the thousands more who will follow.”

The site at El Pueblo is run by The People Concern, a social services agency that has operated in and around the Downtown LA area for more than 50 years. The facility is furnished with on-site mental healthcare, substance abuse support, connections to permanent housing, career services, and 24/7 security, and staffed by case managers from The People Concern at all times. It will stand for three years — enough time for the City to build permanent housing.

“A Bridge Home is the community working together to bring services to those who need it most and empower individuals to rebuild their lives,” said John Maceri, CEO of The People Concern.

After the new bridge housing opens its doors and the first 45 residents move in, City Sanitation teams will work to restore spaces previously occupied by encampments into clean and accessible public passageways.

The site was designed pro bono by M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, and includes a community garden, a pet relief area, offices for meetings with case managers, and an outdoor community space where meals will be served three times a day.

“As architects it was important for us, as part of the Downtown community, to step up and help make this crucial project become a reality,” said Rob Jernigan, Co-Regional Managing Principal at Gensler. “We’re all affected by homelessness and as Angelenos we are proud to play a small role in helping our fellow citizens battling this issue.”

In total, the Mayor’s budget includes more than $450 million in supportive housing, bridge housing, services, and facilities to help homeless Angelenos find their way under a roof and off the streets. That represents a 147% increase over last year.

The Mayor also fought for — and won — funding from the State’s budget surplus to help cities across California find, build, and expand housing for their homeless populations. Thanks to that effort, Los Angeles County alone will receive $166 million from the State to bring our unhoused neighbors indoors.

In April, Mayor Garcetti and the City Council declared an emergency shelter crisis and took advantage of a new State law that enables cities to construct bridge housing — faster than ever before — on any land owned or leased by the City.

In May, Mayor Garcetti signed an Executive Directive requiring City departments to fast-track temporary shelter projects from application to construction, allowing those that meet legal and environmental standards to open their doors in as little as 32 weeks. The City will guide these projects from start to finish.

With Mayor Garcetti’s support, Councilmember Huizar is pushing forward with a plan to identify other emergency locations in Downtown LA to house approximately 2,000 unsheltered Skid Row residents in City-owned buildings or available private properties — such as the old Children’s Museum located at the Civic Center near City Hall, and a private lot on Paloma Street, in partnership with LA County.

By 10:30 Mayor and Councilman Were a “No-Show” for Door-to-Door MTA Canvassing; Training for Door-to-Door was Given

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People came, they chatted with one another, they waived their signs. The groups for and against were probably equally divided but the group against had more signs. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin were to arrive at 9:30.

People started lining up at 9 am. Registrations started at 9:30 and people went for training. One was not allowed in training room unless he had a name tag, which meant he had registered. Training rooms were set up in three places … one the theatre, one the gift shop and one upstairs. No one seemed to know what happened in the training rooms.

The Mayor and Councilman Bonin were to arrive at 9:30. Time passed. People were sent to the patio for reception of Mayor and Councilman. Scuttlebutt was “they were on their way … they were a no-show.”

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Judy Goldman handed out a sheet of questions Questions to be Asked by a Few Citizens  that several Venetians had worked to assemble. The group for the Bridge Housing passed out two pages of LA CAN Statement on Garcetti’s 49M Emergency Shelter Plan.   Page 2 of LA CAN Statement on Garcetti’s 49M Emergency Shelter Plan.

The only official document regarding Bridge Housing is the draft Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency (LAHSA) has provided of the Scope of the Required Service (SRS) that must be provided homeless participants of Bridge Housing.

There were a few people from out of the area. One was from San Pedro. She was asked why she was attending but got no response. One lady who had a scarf around her head questioned why one participant was wearing the jewelry she was wearing.

Even the homeless attended. David Busch was there to explain to those who would listen how he wanted to house the homeless. Jeremy Minney who has been in Venice for a while had other ideas.

The general talk was that people had questions and there were no available answers. Also Venetians did not like the idea of the Bridge Housing being put in Venice; there are other cities in CD11. Venice has enough homeless and has provided enough. “Time to share,” one said.

Neither the Mayor nor the Councilman had arrived by 10:45. People started to go home.

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Garcetti, Bonin to do a Door-to-Door for Bridge Housing, Saturday

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin will do a door-to-door marketing of the Bridge Housing proposed for the MTA lot on Sunset in Venice.  Bonin and Garcetti plan to rally at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, 9:30 am, Saturday.

Garcetti to drop Jones Settlement with caution

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The news of Mayor Eric Garcetti dropping the Jones Settlement and enforcing LAMC 41.18 spread like wildfire in the Venice Community Friday followed by Saturday’s  LA Times story with the Mayor stating that the building requirements for Jones had been met.

The Mayor did say this would be handled with caution and people would not be ticketed if there wasn’t some form of shelter available.  Implementation specifics are not known yet.  

The Jones Settlement  is an agreement the City made with the ACLU and others representing the homeless of LA.  It is basically a deviation from LAMC 41.18 that states 

LAMC 41.18. No person shall stand in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way open for pedestrian travel or otherwise occupy any portion thereof in such a manner as to annoy or molest any pedestrian thereon or so as to obstruct or unreasonably interfere with the free passage of pedestrians.

Jones Settlement. The Jones Settlement allows people to sleep, loiter on the sidewalk except between the hours of 6 am and 9 pm.  The Jones settlement came about because there wasn’t sufficient housing.  The City off LA has met the requirement of 1250 units with 50 percent in Skid Row.  See Jones Settlement.

Regina Weller, executive director of the LAPD Homeless Task Force, checked in immediately with a positive note  stating “GREAT NEWS: A lift of the suspension would relieve the influx of people from other states coming into California, maybe persuade some people to go into the open doors of rehab, possibly prompt more to consider returning home to their families, reduce the amount of residential crime, and certainly reduce the amount of homeless-on-homeless crime, including rapes, and drug overdoses.”

Regina, who has been helping the homeless for years along with her husband Pastor Steve Weller, made the statement years ago that 90 percent of the homeless in Venice were transient and 75 percent were addicted.  Former LAPD captain Nicole Alberka had similar statistics.

George Francisco, president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce and vice-president of the Venice Neighborhood Council, said “We are happy to see that the city has taken steps to provide the mandated housing required under the Settlement. And while our hope is that the current announcement enhances safety and cleanliness on our streets, we will continue to support policies that increase the ability to provide housing for everyone.”

Will Hawkins, chair of the Homeless Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council, had this to say: “This is a long time coming and a step in the right direction. If Mayor Garcetti’s Bridge Housing plan is going to have a chance to succeed in reducing homelessness this is the kind of enforcement that needs to be implemented. And that can’t be done as long as the Jones Settlement is in place.

“Ultimately, I believe we need an equal balance of services, housing and enforcement if we ever want to overcome this crisis. Its encouraging to me that the mayor is finally showing that he’s really serious about doing that.”

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, has advocated for some time that the Jones Settlement should be removed.