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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Pardue: Bonin is Making Venice Skid Row West

By Kip Pardue

The snowballing policies put forth by Bonin have started to reach critical mass. His entire tenure in office (and his previous years in CD11 staffing positions) has been directed at positioning Venice as Skid Row West. Now is the time to get involved and have your voice heard.

Just this past weekend, Bonin officially put for the the MTA lot at Sunset Ave and Main St near Gold’s Gym as an “ideal” place for a shelter in Venice. He even went so far as to claim that this site was “the most commonly suggested by neighbors.” I find that hard to believe. If you would like your voice to be heard feel free to take the survey in this link:


Please keep in mind that Garcetti recently offered increased funds to help clean encampments to those COUNCIL DISTRICTS that provided shelter. This could have been a perfect opportunity for Bonin to have chosen a parking lot NOT in Venice – say the one his WLA offices sit near, to help ease our burden. This action would have helped all of CD11 while also helping to identify those homeless who actually want services and help and those who are simply “traveling.” Another side effect of putting a shelter away from Venice would help us understand how homelessness “follows” services. By spreading out services the City could also spread out homelessness (while more permanent solutions are sorted).

Another Bonin supported measure is the so-called PSH ordinance. This ordinance allows for certain projects of mostly Permanent Supportive Housing units to be approved without current standards of environmental impact and community outreach. Two groups in Venice – Fight Back, Venice and the Oxford Triangle Association, have filed suits against the City in opposition to this ordinance. Here is some more information that I encourage you to read and a link to support FBV.

As many of you know, the new PSH Ordinance exempts homeless housing projects from height restrictions, density limits, setback minimums and parking requirements that apply to market rate developments … and creates an accelerated approval process that completely strips working families of the right to comment on and challenge homeless housing projects in their communities.

The City and developers cannot be trusted to do right by our communities (or the homeless) without vigilant public oversight. In fact, a new report from the Los Angeles Times ( http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rising-hhh-costs-20180511-story.html ) shows that Prop HHH housing units will cost an average of nearly $500,000 each (without counting the value of public land) and that, at current rates of spending, the City will deliver fewer than 6,000 of the 10,000 supportive housing units promised to Prop HHH voters in 2016.

Last week, Fight Back, Venice! and the Oxford Triangle Association brought lawsuits to block the PSH Ordinance, protect our communities and force the City to take a smarter approach to the delivery of homeless housing. ( http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lawsuit-homeless-lawsuit-20180511-story.html)

Please click here — https://www.fightbackvenice.org/support_for_psh_lawsuit/ — to send a “one click” email telling Mayor Garcetti, Councilman Bonin and City Attorney Mike Feuer that you support these lawsuits and demand a fair shake for Venice. And please forward this to anyone you can think of asking them to do the same. We can make a difference, but we need your help.