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CityWatchL.A.: VOICES OF THE PEOPLE–The big-bucks three-story duplex looks like a boxy alien spacecraft that strayed off course and crash-landed among the row of bewildered 1940’s bungalows in Venice. Standing across the street from this monstrosity, long-time Venice resident John Galbraith tells a visitor: “This kind of construction is happening all over Venice. This isn’t even the worst of it.”

Still, this duplex in the 600 block of Broadway Street has gained a certain notoriety. (Photo above.)

A recent lawsuit cited the structure as a prime example of a dysfunctional system at City Hall. The lawsuit, filed by a Venice advocacy group, alleges Los Angeles city officials have illegally permitted hundreds of properties to be built or significantly remodeled in Venice.

“The laws are on the books to deal with projects like this but no one’s enforcing them,” Venice yoga instructor and former land-use attorney Max Sloves said as he stopped riding his bike to talk to a visitor. “Venice is so far away from City Hall. We feel disconnected. These buildings go up so fast that before anyone knows it they’re built.”

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Saturday May 2, 2015 at 733 Brooks Ave Venice
5:00 PM until 11:00 PM
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As many of you know, neighbors and activists in Venice have been fighting a series of violations of the planning and zoning codes in Venice, perpetrated by the City Planning Dept., that are destroying the character and charm of Venice neighborhoods, while at the same time, eliminating existing affordable housing.

So, we think it’s time to bring a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles for violating State, City and Local Coastal Planning and Zoning laws with regard to development projects in Venice. Many of the developments are being planned as small lot subdivisions and “mansionization” projects, that are beginning to proliferate and threaten our special, unique community of Venice Beach.

The lawsuit will be brought by Sabrina Venskus, of Venskus & Associates, the law firm that has successfully represented a number of landmark cases to date: a key attorney representing environmentalists who forced Playa Vista’s developers and the Los Angeles City Council to reduce the scope of the luxury housing and commercial project threatening the Ballona Wetlands ecosystem.

Faulty findings in small lot subdivision (SLS) and mansionization projects that do not comply with the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan’s mass scale and character stipulations, and other zoning regulations, must be challenged and overturned if we are to have a chance to SAVE VENICE!

Together, as citizens, we need to continue to work to stop the City’s illegal conduct, so we can preserve affordable housing and the quality of life of existing residents and businesses in our precious Venice community.

So, it’s time to put on the gloves and take it to the next level.

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