Vote to overturn Overnight (Permit) Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice at the Venice Library on SATURDAY FEB. 21, FROM 12:30pm to 3:30pm ONLY! Please come early as there will be a big turnout and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote! You will be able to vote as long as you are in line at 3:30pm, are registered with the VNC and can prove that you live, work or volunteer in the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) area.
Our Initiative is A: Vote YES on A
The opposition is B: Vote NO on B
From Organizer Mark Lipman:
Saturday’s meeting to organize for the Saturday Feb 21, 2009 vote went great and was very well attended. I would like to thank everyone who was there for getting involved in this and invite all to come to next Saturday’s meeting, from 2pm to 4pm at the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge (California and Lincoln).
Here are the Talking Points I promised to get out to you. If you can think of anything to add to this please let me know.
Below that are the alternate proposals to permit parking that was asked for.
All of these are put forward as suggestions and I would be very happy for your feedback and other recommendations.
All the very best,
Talking Points Opposing Overnight Parking Districts
* There is no way to vote NO on permit parking on your block
* Anyone living west of Speedway cannot get a permit
* People on walk streets do not get a vote on their blocks
* Limits the amount of permits residents are able to obtain
* No exemption for handicapped
* Permit fees will increase every year
* Will create more parking problems, not less
* Another step towards the gentrification of Venice
* Discriminates against the poor by targeting those who are forced to live in their vehicles
* Permits hours are from 2am to 6am, when there isn’t a parking problem
* Visitor parking will be highly restricted
* There are other solutions to the existing problems that have not been considered
* It will become another multi-million dollar cash cow for L.A. that comes out of our pockets
* _________________ Your reason here
Alternate Proposal to Permit Parking By: Mark Lipman
A great many persons in Venice strongly oppose installing permit parking in our community for various reasons and it is improper to simply ignore their concerns.
Firstly, the proposed Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) discriminate against very low income residents, who are forced to live in their vehicles due to the overwhelming economic crisis.
Secondly, the OPDs will force many renters and home owners to pay for parking in and around their neighborhoods.
Thirdly, the OPDs discriminate against large families and households with more than three vehicles.
Finally, the OPDs discriminate against people living near the beach, who will not be eligible for permits.
Understandably, many in our community are concerned with there being an excess of recreational vehicles parked on the streets and the various problems associated with this. However, installing OPDs is the wrong solution to this problem.
May I propose the following more balanced approach to solving this problem:
Whether we like it or not, it must be recognized that for whatever reason a number of people are living in their vehicles. According to Section 85.02 of the LAMC, this is illegal. However, there is much acknowledgement throughout the city, on up to our own councilman Bill Rosendahl, that this is a bad law and must be changed.
Additionally, many may rightfully argue the validity of this law under the constitution. Under the basic precepts of our freedom, the right of lifestyle choice is fundamental.
Therefore, we are forced to accept that if someone, who is housed in a vehicle chooses to live in our community they have the constitutional right to do so.
Beyond that however the city does also have the right to regulate this form of housing for the overall well being of our community as a whole.
The first order of business is to determine who and how many amongst the vehicularly housed are residents. this will give us a good understanding of how many parking places are necessary within the Venice boundaries to accommodate our needs.
Those who desire to register as residents of Venice will then be issued a permit to be affixed to their vehicle. By registering, this will establish residency in Venice, with the same rights and responsibilities as other residents, including the right to vote in all local elections.
II. Permits and Parking
Through the issuance of residency permits, vehicularly housed residents will be required to pay a permit fee of say $50 per year (with a recommended fee waiver or reduced fee for the first year of implementation). this permit fee would be reflective of a property tax that could be used for community investment in needed areas such as street maintenance.
This permitting structure would shift the tax/fee burden from renters and home owners to the vehicularly housed residents, thus making it fairer for all concerned. Renters and home owners will not be forced to pay for parking, while vehicularly housed residents will pay a reasonable fee for use of public streets and approved parking lots to live on top of legally.
In order to reduce the community impact of this arrangement the city will create preferential parking zones for RV’s and other vehicles within Venice that display the vehicular resident permit.
There will be a study performed to determine what the best locations for these zones will be that have minimal impact to traditional residential zones.
III. Lincoln Place
One location where there is currently plenty of available street parking in in front of the vacant housing project known as Lincoln Place. these streets could easily accommodate many motor vehicles and could be made into preferential parking zones for RV’s.
As Lincoln Place will eventually be reopened as affordable housing, with many of the illegally evicted tenants returning, there will be a number of additional housing units available there and priority placement could be offered to those vehicular residents who choose to park in this zone of Lincoln Place.
IV. Non-Residents Living in Vehicles
Those persons choosing to opt out of becoming vehicular residents of Venice would choose to be considered as tourists, travelers, or variants of such. for those non-residents, they would be permitted to park as normal, however the city parking control agents would be informed to strictly enforce all existing parking regulations, with particular emphasis on 72 hour parking limits.
For 72 hour parking enforcement, agents would both chalk the targeted vehicle’s tires and leave a warning ticket on the vehicle’s windshield informing them that they have been targeted for citation.
V. Overnight Parking Districts
If after the above solutions have been implemented and there is still the desire for OPD’s in certain area’s of our community there would be more openness to consideration, knowing that others in our community would not be adversely affected by them.