VIDEO – PART 1: A WALKING TOUR OF VENICE – ILLEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ALLOWED BY CITY

Posted: May 9, 2016 in Gentrification, legal, los angeles, LUPC, Mike Bonin, neighborhood, Oakwood, Planning, venice, VNC
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On April 5, 2016 the Venice Coalition to Preserve our Unique Community Character (VC-PUCC) Led a Walking Tour Illustrating Their Lawsuit Against the City of Los Angeles’ Flagrant Disregard for Its Own Planning Policies

Loss of community diversity, low and moderate-income families, affordable housing, quality of life, and unique Venice character cited as outcome of City’s development approval process.

On Tuesday, April 5th, starting at 635 San Juan, Venice, members of The Venice Coalition to Preserve our Unique Community Character (VC-PUCC) took community members and media on a walking tour through Venice highlighting, not gardens, but over-sized construction that has relied on Los Angeles Planning Department’s illegal development approval procedures.

The use of Venice Sign Off (VSO) and Coastal Exemption (CEX) permits have allowed developers to eliminate affordable housing and unique characteristics of Venice protected by the California Coastal Act and Venice Specific Plan, often without input from community members.

A lawsuit filed by the law firm Venskus and Associates on behalf of VC-PUCC asserts that 230 VSO permits and 265 CEX permits were approved in Venice in the 20 months between February 2014 and October 2015, many of them in violation of existing planning policy. Despite the history of activism in Venice, these new development projects have completely blindsided residents.

“Nobody but poor people wanted to live in Venice,” said plaintiff Laddie (Celia) Williams. “Now our Craftsmen bungalows have been turned into Lego-boxes and there are fewer and fewer low and middle-income people left in our community. But Venice is waking up to what the City has been doing.”

Huge construction projects have spread across Venice, destroying the character, density, and diversity of Venice neighborhoods; eliminating affordable housing units and pushing low and middle-income residents and communities of color out of Venice, blocking airflow and sunlight; destroying vegetation; and obstructing views in this fragile and unique coastal zone.

The tour, led by VC-PUCC members and attorney Venskus, will begin at 635 San Juan Avenue, which had 3 rent-stabilized units on it before the building was destroyed after receiving both VSO and CEX permits – and has been at the center of controversy for over a year. The tour will continue to Santa Clara Avenue, where longtime resident Alma Collins will share the story of her former home, where she was sandwiched between two big box homes – and on to a walk street where a tragic story accompanies the looming transformation of a small bungalow into two 2900 sq foot homes.

“It’s time for the City to honor Venice residents’ Constitutional rights, comply with the law, and respect the neighborhoods and communities that make Venice – and Los Angeles as a whole – unique,” stated Alma Collins.

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  1. Rick says:

    Preserve Ghettos and especially encourage poor people of color to not make more of themselves so they can bum it at the beach.
    And while your at it..make sure the value of your property goes knowwhere. Because all those poor people in small beach cottages and shacks whos land values are worth over a million..would have knowwhere to go.

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    • Cindy Howard says:

      Why does everyone throw the increase in property value up as some kind of a valid argument for the destruction of our community? I too am surrounded by obscene developments, I no longer will have privacy in my backyard when this “house” next door is finished. My parents bought our house in 1950 so I have lived my entire life here. And I will still be here when all of the googlites and dot comers have gone broke and lost the house to the bank!!

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  2. Kathleen DeWig - Hyatt says:

    I am a Venitian at heart. I was born on Grandview and Mitchell but raised on Venice Beach I lived at 109 Breese, 1313 Ocean Front Walk 906 Pacific 225 Venice Boulevard 427 1/2 Sherman canal. 626 Victoria Ave 800 Boccaccio 801 Venice blvd And a few addresses that elude me right now I will always stand for Venice and this new Marinorite Rich. Mans playground is not it. Please please please never stop fighting

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