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JATAUN_NOPDJune 6, 2013 at 5.00 pm, was the last day to submit letters, emails & petitions opposing Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice.

BUT…we can still make our voices heard by attending the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) hearing next Thurs. June 13 which begins @ 8:30 am in Long Beach, CA.

If you are available on that day PLEASE join us in telling the CCC that you want to keep coastal access to Venice beach free and open to all, as stipulated by the 1976 CA Coastal Act; and, if you live in Venice, that you don’t want to have to pay to park on your street!

NOPDs supporters are meeting @ 7:00 am on Thurs. June 13 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 –

We will be busing and/or carpooling to Long Beach – contact David Busch for info. about bus/carpools.


The hearing will be held at City of Long Beach, City Council CHAMBERS, 333 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802 (415) 407-3211

Go here to view the CCC agenda, scroll down to Thurs. June 13:

Go here – CCC_NOPD-6-2013 to view the May 31, 2013 report made by CCC staff, Charles Posner, who states: 

“Staff is recommending that the Commission approve the coastal development permits for the proposed permit parking program with special conditions to ensure that the public will continue to be able to access the shoreline recreation areas in the early morning hours. The recommended special conditions begin on Page Three.”

For more info. on this topic go here:

Hope to see you there — it will be well worth the effort 🙂


The California Coastal Commission released its revised findings for their June 10, 2010, denial of permit parking in Venice. The report, issued last Friday, cites the availability of preferable alternatives to solving the problems associated with homeless people sleeping in vehicles.

The findings refute two key claims repeated by the City and the stakeholders group in their lawsuit against the Commission. First, they provide evidence that parking does indeed meet the definition of development according to the Coastal Act, and repeated application of that doctrine up and down the state creates ample precedent to justify the Commission’s decision.

Second, the findings contradict Bill Rosendahl’s “equal rights” claims that Venice is being unfairly targeted by the Coastal Commission. Rather, there appears to be a pattern of the City failing to properly present an OPD application before the Coastal Commission. Venice’s own Land Use Plan, which Venetians rely on the Coastal Commission to uphold as a safeguard against overdevelopment, requires 1:1 replacement parking in order to adopt restricted parking. Venice Action’s review of surrounding coastal communities revealed that Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach and Capitola all replaced visitor parking at a 1:1 ratio. The City’s two failed tries for Venice are just the most recent. Previously, the City failed in its application for Santa Monica Canyon/Pacific Palisades by ignoring the same requirement to provide adequate replacement parking.

Finally, the Commission suggested implementation of programs targeted at alleviating problems associated with homelessness and the use of vehicles as housing before considering measures that would threaten public access to the beach. Streets-to-Homes (S2H) is part of a comprehensive program to provide off street parking and services in exchange for compliance with strict community safeguards and police oversight.

To read Venice Action’s news release on this subject, click here. To read the Coastal Commission’s findings, click here.

Contact the Coastal Commission to support the revised findings at their September 15 meeting.

From Venice Action Alliance

A group of Venice stakeholders have formed the Stakeholders of Venice group, an unincorporated association, to address urgent community issues and the need for fair and honest representation in the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC).

Venice Stakeholders as defined by VNC.

Go here for more info:  Stakeholders of Venice


 In spite of a staff report favoring the proposed Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice, the Coastal Commission voted almost unanimously “No” to the proposal at a hearing held in the Marina Del Rey Hotel.  The results of the vote were greeted by applause by the many NOPD supporters who showed up at 8:00am on Thursday, June 11, 2009 to pack the hearing room. Speakers against the OPDs outnumbered the opposition by about 10 to 1. The Coastal Commissioners sat patiently listening to the heartfelt 2 minute speeches given by Venice residents who want to keep our streets free of permit parking.


 Councilman, Bill Rosendahl, tried, in vain, to compare Venice to Santa Monica and Malibu, both cities who have achieved permit parking without Coastal Commission permission. However, the Commissioners were not convinced and responded by stating that the RV/homeless parking in Venice was a social issue that needed to be addressed by the City of Los Angeles, not the Coastal Commission.

Opponents of the OPDs left the hearing in a jubilant mood. Truly a victory for the “little people” – one which will resound through Venice for weeks and months to come!




 The Venice Overnight Permit Districts (OPDs) will go before the California Coastal Commission at their June meeting.

WHEN: Coastal Commission meeting is scheduled for June 11

WHERE: Marina del Rey Hotel 13534 Bali Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292


1) Mail a letter to each Coastal Commissioner stating that you oppose overnight permit parking in Venice. The list of Commissioners can be found at:

2 ). Remember to sign, print your name and address on letters.

3) Bring your 12 letters (to the 12 commissioners) to 2210 Lincoln Blvd, room #15 in Venice. Postage will be paid and copies sent the CCC staff. The first mailing deadline is May 15, Friday.

4) Call Councilperson Bill Rosendahl (213)-473-7011 or email him at to let him know you do not want OPDs in Venice!

5) Attend the June Coastal Commission meeting.

COASTAL COMMISSION BACKGROUND INFORMATION: See the February 4, 2009 California Coastal commission staff report/appeals regarding the Venice OPDs at


If you want to check out local opinions about the February 21 OPD Election go to Venice Forum at – stayed tuned for more info about the post-election meeting that took place on March 25.  If you were there, let us know what happened.  Thanks.

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Venice, CA, Sept. 5 – More than 100 individual appeals have been filed opposing the city of Los Angeles’ plan to impose Overnight Permit Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice, according to Julie Van Wagner of the city’s Bureau of Engineering.

The restriction of coastal access was the overriding concern of many of the appeals. It would be nearly impossible to find free parking on public streets in Venice from 2 – 6am if the OPDs were implemented. This would force many very low-income residents who live in their vehicles to leave the coastal zone. It would also prevent evening shift workers from coming to the beach and surrounding area after they get off work.

The OPDs were vigorously opposed at the only public hearing on the matter, which was held in Venice on June 26. Opponents noted that the hearing was not even mentioned in the Decision issued by the Bureau of Engineering on Aug. 26. Appeals pointed out that this might be a violation of state law. In addition, the conduct of the hearing was contracted out to a Boston-based firm, Camp, Dresser and McKee Inc. and no transcript of the hearing was made.

Other issues included lack of exemption of vehicles with handicapped placards, inability of residents living west of Speedway to obtain parking permits, a possible conflict of interest by the city of Los Angeles which filed the application for the OPDs and stands to make about $1 million per year from selling the $35 permits, plus revenue from citations for not having a permit. Alan Willis, Principal Transportation Engineer at the Dept. of Transportation, who filed the applications on behalf of the city, claimed that the OPDs were needed because of “overnight parking of commercial vehicles and abandonment of vehicles.” Opponents say these are fabricated excuses for establishing the permits.

According to Peggy Lee Kennedy of the Justice Committee and Venice Food not Bombs, the OPDs are aimed at those who live in RVs. “The city, along with a few homeless haters came up with this scheme to drive the poor and disabled vehicular housed homeless people out of our community.”

Steve Clare, executive director of VCHC, a neighborhood based non profit housing corporation located in one of the OPD’s, said VCHC’s appeal focused on issues of “fundamental fairness”. “The public should have the right to use the pubic streets that we all pay to maintain. And no-one should be denied the opportunity to come and enjoy Venice beach whenever they can find the time.” Clare said.

Jim Smith, a participant and former chairperson of the Venice Town Council, said “Nothing in recent years has united opposition of all groups in Venice like the OPDs have. It has brought together homeowners, renters and the homeless to oppose OPDs, which seem so wrong for so many reasons. Unfortunately, the anti-RV crowd has convinced Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to go along with the OPDs in spite of community opposition.”

The appeals will now be reviewed by Van Wagner, who said it may take more than a month since there are so many of them. Meanwhile, opposition to permit parking continues to grow in Venice.

Dear Friends,

We have received the following update on the Venice Overnight Parking Districts.

Today, the Bureau of Engineering (BOE) issued its Notice of Decision and Final Staff Reports for the 5 Overnight Parking Districts (OPD) for the Venice area. These documents are available for your review at

The five areas are:
Oxford Triangle Area (OPD No. 520)
East Venice Area (OPD No. 523)
West Venice Area (OPD No. 522)
Presidents Row Area (OPD No. 521)
Villa Marina Community (OPD No. 526)

The Notice of Decision for each is being issued today by BOE and the notices are being mailed out to all interested parties (everyone who has contacted the consultant or Bureau of Engineering about the Coastal Development Permits).

This starts a 10 calendar day appeal period.

Following that, the Board of Public Works has 30 calendar days to hear the appeals and make a final decision on the local permits.

Then everything is sent to the California Coastal Commission (the Commission). There is a 20 working day appeal period, which starts the day the notice is received by the Commission. The Commission also will need to issue permits for the East and West Venice OPDs. They generally hear and decide on the appeals and permits at the same time.

The Commission meets monthly, but the meetings alternate between northern and southern California locations. We have requested that this matter be heard at a Southern California meeting, which may extend it a month.

If you have any questions, please contact Dorothy Meyer at (949) 930-7259, or if you require an appeal form, please contact Julie Van Wagner at BOE, (213) 485-5754 or via e-mail at

Thank you,

Nate Kaplan
Communications Deputy
Office of Councilman Bill Rosendahl
213.400.1142 (cell)