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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA


447 Linnie Canal Court will be rescheduled to 6 February, 1 pm at West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave.

Owner wants to build a new split level, 3,116 square-foot single family residence with an attached garage with three vehicular parking spaces after demolition of an existing 1,197 square-foot single-family dwelling.

Questions and comments can be addressed to Kellen Hoime, Kellen.Hoime@lacity.org, 213-473-9769.

656 and 656 ½ California Ave will be heard 9:30 am, 23 February at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Room 1050, Los Angeles 90012.

The owner wants to demolish two existing, one-story, single-family dwellings with an attached garage, and construct a new 3-story, 2-unit residential condominium
with attached garage that would provide 5 automobile parking spaces (including 1 guest space). This is a one-log subdivision.

Questions and comments may be directed to Iris Wan (213) 978-1397, Iris.Wan@lacity.org. Reference AA-2014-3038-PMLA-CN.

2334 Cloy Ave will be heard 6 March at 1 pm, West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth Ave., LA 90045.

Owner want to demolish a one-story, single-family dwelling and construct
a new three-story 3,172 square-foot single-family dwelling with
an attached two-car garage.

Questions and comments may be addressed to Jeff Khau, (213) 978-1346, Jeff.Khau@lacity.org. Reference DIR-2016-4357-CDP-MEL.

2325 Wilson Ave will be head 6 February, 3 pm, at West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 1645 Corinth, LA 90025.

Owner wants to demolish a one-story single-family dwelling and construct a new two-story 3,400 square-foot single-family dwelling with an attached garage and roof deck.

Questions and comments may be addressed to Jeff Khau (213) 978-1346, Jeff.Khau@lacity.org. Reference DIR-2016-2381-CDP-ME.

Wellers’ Homeless Story — No 20

                                Hazel and Mary – Broken Down on Rose Avenue

                                                   (Names changed for confidentiality)

Steven & Regina Weller, Directors, Homeless Task Force

Senior Crisis Chaplains Steven & Regina Weller, Directors, Homeless Task Force


 By Regina Weller

Note:  If you would like to donate to the Homeless Task Force, address checks to Homeless Task Force, and send to 1400 Riviera Ave., Venice 990291.

The two women dragged all they owned in several bags and entered the Nursing Home in Riverside last night.   The good news is that they would be roommates. “They were not fussing,” the driver informed me. “This is nice!” he added, quoting Mary’s words. The new environment was a 100 percent turnaround from where they’d been.

Two weeks prior, Venice residents Matt Shaw and Jamie Paige, who are also members of the Venice Neighborhood Council, had discovered the two fragile seniors living in their broken down car on Rose Avenue by 3rd Street, and called me for assistance.   The Homeless Task Force certainly has the availability and know-how to get people off the streets, but there are so many other factors and obstacles that become apparent after engagement. Nothing is ever simple.

Hazel and Mary had been friends for many years – Hazel was once an independent film producer, and her production assistant Mary had worked steadily by her side. Years passed and now in their seventies, they had hit the sidewalks of homelessness. Their social security benefits were not enough for both food and housing, so they opted to live in Hazel’s car and go from motel to motel until their funds ran out.   Along the way, they met up with two stray dogs and claimed them as their own.   The dogs had puppies and now there were four living creatures with them in the car, until the papa dog ventured off about a month earlier. I surmised that he was the lucky one.

For a time, the two friends had set up a tent on the Venice Beach sand, but the sand fleas, and the wind and rain of last November got the best of them and they opted again for the protection of their vehicle.   The transmission finally gave out and they were stranded on Rose Avenue by 3rd Street. For a few bucks, a homeless man would push their car from one side to the other during street cleaning days.

Hazel spent most of her time just sitting in the passenger seat of the car. She said it had become challenging for her to even walk a block with her walker, so Mary had to constantly monitor and serve her. My assistant Rachel and I met with the these ladies several times, and we always became uncomfortable to witness the dogs entwine their leashes around Mary’s legs while she attempted to walk all three at the same time. It was incredible to me that she hadn’t fallen down yet. Jamie, the Venice resident who had first engaged with the women, was of great help with offering to walk the dogs daily, and keeping them for hours at a time to give the seniors a break. These women wanted a place to live, but I was more concerned that the unhealthy conditions had already compromised their lives.

I bought them food and coffee, and eventually, I discovered something more and more unnerving about their situation. During their time in Venice, they had been robbed and swindled out of a small inheritance and their monthly benefits.  Also with all their aches and pains, they relied on the over-the-counter pain medication from CVS pharmacy, and had sometimes gone days on end without bathing.   It was evident they would remain a vulnerable target to the treacherous influx of criminal types at the 3rd and Rose homeless encampment.

I called for the LAPD Hope car to assist with the transport of the ladies to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) office to possibly acquire a motel voucher until a permanent housing opening for them on February 1st.   While enroute to DPSS, Hazel became very ill in the back seat and I requested the officers to pull over.   Officer Kwon called for an ambulance, which responded quickly, and transported Hazel to Marina Hospital where they later discovered a large blood clot in her leg that would require hospitalization for a week. The Hope car kept to the original plan and continued on to DPSS, but to no avail from that office for certain bureaucratic reasons.

With the “no motel voucher” outcome, we headed back to their broken down vehicle. Meanwhile, the Venice Neighborhood Council members moved into action and raised money for a two-week stay in a dog friendly motel.   It soon became apparent that Mary was also quietly enduring a large open wound and a staph infection, and now it was her turn to enter the emergency room of the hospital.   I’m guessing they might not have survived the winter given their current health dilemmas. Now their pets had to be situated elsewhere, so Jamie took on the arduous task of finding emergency foster care, and she and I kept vigilant for the next step in our plan of action.

When both women were finally back together in the motel room, it was imperative to set newfound goals, especially since they had been asked to leave most motels.   Certain practices of the homeless lifestyle do not meld well with the rules of the motel business. The squalor atmosphere they are accustomed to living in is sometimes brought in with them. We encouraged the seniors toward a safer and more stable environment better suited for their age and health status. The two friends agreed and were then transported by private ambulance carrier to their new residence.

Today, Hazel and Mary are tenants of the Fairmont Nursing Home in Riverside, California – still roommates, still side by side through thick and thin and the homeless camps in Venice, and to the end. With one night of uninterrupted sleep in a warm clean bed, and the nurture of the nurse attendants, Mary said, “I feel human again.”

Thank You

The Venice Update wants to thank all the contributors to the Update this year. Some have written stories.  Some contributors have suggested the possibility of a story; some have given a pertinent web address of a story that would affect Venetians.  I thank each and every one of you.

Update relies on this input.  A newspaper should reflect what is happening in its covered territory.  Without the eyes and ears of you, the reader, this would not be possible.

Update is always looking for people who want to cover events and write stories. This year Angela McGregor stepped up and has become an invaluable, reliable contributor.  She has been covering events and the neighborhood council.

Update continues to strive to get as much pertinent news as possible to the community.  It works hard to keep the news unbiased, factual.  Update presents the facts; you, the reader, formulate your own opinoion.





Wellers’ Homeless Story — No 19

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Steve and Regina Weller of the LAPD Homeless Task Force


         (Names have been changed.)

Note:  Donations may be sent to the Wellers as follows:  Checks should be addressed to     Homeless Task Force, 1400 Riviera Ave, Venice, CA 90291.

Lindsay was lying in front of the Church doors at the early morning hours, as she has before. The cold wind was blowing and her thin blanket didn’t offer much comfort. She told me that she had refused to take her meds for quite a while which had gotten her into a lot of trouble.

Lindsay’s been living on the streets of Venice for two years. She agreed with me to rethink how she might get out of the mess she was in, being that she’d been kicked out of housing and shelters for her “episodes”.   The LAPD Hope Car Officers Kwon and Ortiz had recently transported her to the VOA shelter but she didn’t stay. The officers had also contacted her family members living in the Northeastern states who were reluctant to allow Lindsay to return home because of the conflict she had caused in the past.

“Do you notice that people accept you better, when you take the medication that makes you feel better? “ I inquired.   “Oh yes! That’s exactly what I must do!” she reasoned. And today, she got a break: I spoke with her brother, who let me know that her father was open to letting his daughter stay with him on the condition that Lindsay consent to follow medical care instructions on a schedule. Lindsay promised.

We’re grateful for the Hope Team officers who collaborated with us, and who got the ball rolling with contacting the family. Yesterday, Julie and Jane of the Marina Del Rey RE/MAX Estate Properties dropped off hand made knit hats and jackets and financial support for the homeless. Tiffany was a proud recipient of the gifts, beaming in her bright blue jacket, matching hat, and her greyhound ticket in hand, “Now, I’m ready to go home to Goldsboro, North Carolina!

Orson Does “A Christmas Carol”


Questions Arise Concerning Venice Homeless Plan; Read About Other Cities’ Failed Plans

Sue Choi has asked the questions that many Venetians have asked? She has researched other cities with problems in search of these answers.

Venice is only one percent of the population of Los Angeles, and yet, Venice has a larger percentage of homeless than any other city. Why? Venice has been most benevolent, and now because of this, more? Again, why? Has this Venice benevolence not created the problem? These are questions Choi has asked and more.

By Sue Choi

Why is Venice victimized by the man who is supposed to be representing us within the City at large?

Is he serving the interests of the other neighborhoods at our expense?

Why is Venice forced to donate the largest amount of square footage to homeless projects, more than all the other 14 districts combined?

Why are a total of 10 out of 15 council members not contributing any of their district real estate to help the homeless?

The net impact of Bonin’s vision will cram a majority of new homeless services for the entire City of LA into Venice, and will this not welcome new homeless from across the country to Venice?

Why not spread your projects out across your district?

Pay attention, Bonin. We are watching. Read these articles.

The following are portraits of cities with good intentions, who have found their good intentions have gone horribly wrong.

Follow the trajectory of other towns that welcome street living and increase their homeless services. The homeless population only inflates as more services are provided; it does not decline. It’s an endlessly increasing spiral of transients coming into town and onto their streets. Be warned, poor planning, even with good intentions, is turning these cities into homeless destinations.

HONOLULU: “28 percent of her shelter and food budget is spent on NEW ARRIVALS from the mainland… I think that we really need to begin to look at who’s really homeless — not by choice and by misfortune — and who’s really HOMELESS BY CHOICE, and have a different solution for the two different populations.”

PORTLAND: Even though this article tries to present Seattle’s homeless village as a success, deep in the article they admit otherwise. “The homeless population in Portland has steadily increased since 2007 even while national rates have dropped by 11 per cent during the same period. The Oregonian has characterized it as a problem “spinning out of control…WE’RE VICTIMS OF OUR OWN SUCCESS,” says Josh Alpert.”

SEATTLE: “The boisterous meeting Friday featured tearful testimony, audience members shouting over City Council members, and a cry for “recall” when Councilmember Mike O’Brien said homeless people have a right to sleep somewhere. The tone was unusual for archliberal Seattle. Like some others, Bryant, a Seattle resident, said ENABLING PEOPLE TO LIVE IN TENTS WAS NOT COMPASSIONATE BUT CRUEL.”

LONG BEACH: “The bottom line is there’s a resource issue. The TRADITIONAL WAY OF DOING THINGS ISN’T WORKING.”

NEW YORK: New York has the largest homeless population in the country. The rise in the homeless population “has been largely driven by two trends: More people are seeking shelter within the city system, and those people are then STAYING IN THE SYSTEM LONGER, according to advocates for the homeless.”

SANTA CRUZ: Apparently Santa Cruz is finally learning one thing. The tent city for homeless idea died because their county supervisor realized that POOR EXECUTION wreaks havoc on a community. Per his words, “the BEST SOLUTIONS AREN’T THE ONES THAT POLARIZE THE COMMUNITY SO STRONGLY. THEY’RE THE ONES THAT UNITE.”

LAHSA Counted 889 Homeless for Venice; Where Are They?

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) homeless count showed Venice had a decrease in homeless population from previous year of 1006 to 889, a decrease of 11.6 percent, while the council district (CD11) had an increase of 7.2 percent to 2529.   The count is always done in relation to the Federal Tract Map.

Darryl DuFay asked where are the homeless concentrated in Venice.  DuFay related the figures to the federal tract map and then broke the figures down further to show if they were in a vehicle, and what type, or if they were just on the street, or had some other type of enclosure.  If you want to find out how many homeless are in your area, locate you home in the tract map.  Then go to the chart and read the numbers for the tract.

LAHSA has “calculated” some of the figures, such as assuming that a camper has two people, unless otherwise shown.

By Darryl DuFay

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Don’t Park Here

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By Darryl DuFay


2012 – 2016   9 million parking tickets issued in the City of Los Angeles

No. 1 location:  24,293 tickets — Washington Blvd. @ Pacific Ave.  Area around the Venice Pier.

No. 4 location:  18,233 tickets — Windward Ave. @ Pacific Ave.  Area around Ocean Front Walk.

Note:  2015  $150 million collected in parking fines.

For other hot spots.

Easy Way!

Skateboarding Surfboard

Let’s do it the easy way. Yes, it tipped left and right and it did it consistently. Skateboard was not attached. A few modifications perhaps.

LUPC Members Meet for First Time


New members of the Venice Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) meet for the first meet after being selected.  They met at the Foursquare Church at 1400 Riviera, Venice.  From left to right are:  Ramsey Daham, Brian Silveira, Mehrnoosh Mojallali, Chair of LUPC Matthew Royce, Daffodil Tyminski, Joe Clark and Tim Bonefeld. Not shown are Michael Jensen and Robert Aronson.  Aronson arrived a little later.