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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

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Venice, CA: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 – Acclaimed land use attorney, Sabrina Venskus, explains in detail the “Save Venice”  lawsuit to 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.

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES CASE NO.:
BC 611549 – COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF FOR VIOLATIONS
OF PLAINTIFFS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS UNDER THE CALIFORNIA
CONSTITUTION (Cal. Const., art.1, para.7), THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL ACT (Pub. Resources Code, para. 30000 et seq.), THE VENICE LAND USE PLAN (Los Angeles Planning and Zoning Law), and CALIFORNIA CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE para. 526a

For years, the City of Los Angeles Planning Department has ignored planning and zoning laws regulating the Venice Coastal Zone. The City has approved huge development projects through the “Venice Sign Off” or VSO procedure, which effectively allows developers to side-step their responsibilities under the California Constitution to construct large developments without first notifying neighbors or holding public hearings regarding potential projects.

The City of Los Angeles Planning Department’s VSO procedure fails to ensure that developments comply with the Venice Land Use Plan requirements that all development respect the mass, scale, character and landscaping of existing neighborhoods. Additionally, the City of Los Angeles Planning Department has illegally issued hundreds of Coastal Exemptions, which has enabled developers to by-pass important protections imposed by the California Coastal Act.

As a result, huge construction projects have spread across Venice, substantially and irrevocably destroying the character, density, and charm of Venice neighborhoods; blocking airflow and sunlight; destroying vegetation; obstructing picturesque views; and eliminating affordable housing units in this fragile and unique coastal zone.

These projects have completely blindsided residents, who often do not realize that construction has been approved on their streets until bulldozers arrive at 7 a.m. and it’s too late to raise their voices. Today, the Venice Coalition to Preserve our Unique Community Character says enough is enough. 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 unique.

HELP US SAVE VENICE – DONATE TO THE SAVE VENICE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND –

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CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE SAVE VENICE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND – THANK YOU!

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Saturday May 2, 2015 at 733 Brooks Ave Venice
5:00 PM until 11:00 PM
Entry charge $20.00 – Food drinks and entertainment

save-venicePLEASE SUPPORT VC-PUCC IN THIS EFFORT
TO PRESERVE OUR UNIQUE COMMUNITY CHARACTER FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

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.

SEE YOU AT THE SAVE VENICE EVENT!

If you can’t make it to the event, please consider making a donation online at: http://www.savevenice.me/ and click on the “Donate” button. Thankyou 🙂