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PLEASE MAKE A CALL TO STOP LOS ANGELES: USA’S NEWEST POLICE ATTACKS ON THE POOR AND HOMELESS

Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villariagosa   (213) 978-0721
Venice Area Councilman, Bill Rosendhal   (213) 473-7011
LAPD Police Chief, Charles Beck              (213) 485-3202

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION WHICH WILL SEND EMAILS TO OUR LOCAL OFFICIALS, POLIC OFFICERS AND THE MAYOR: STOP ATTACKING RV DWELLERS IN VENICE

These days, Los Angeles, USA , is seeing the worst attacks on homeless people in the city since the Skid Row/Bratton “Broken Windows” attacks in 2003. Scores of low-income people in the Venice Beach area recently have had their last affprdable homes, their R.V.s, seized –making them homeless.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-homeless-parking-20101212,0,2846867.story

Hundreds more homeless people have been arrested here in recent months.

Hundreds more are fleeing in fear.

Meanwhile, “shelters” in Los Angeles are jammed, often-filthy, inhumane, and have long-been more threatening than L.A’s jails. Nobody wants to go to them. “Affordable housing,” in Los Angeles, is now simply non-existent: as absurd government policies continue to merely prop real-estate prices sky-high for the banks –and to facilitate their on-going plans of home robbing foreclosure waves –since the economic crash.

—  L.A.’s jobs have vanished –unless you want to spend your days rummaging through dumpsters for bottles and cans.

—  Or drive a battered old truck around –looking all day for cast-off cardboard.

Yet, instead of it’s sold-out politicians, L.A. can always find a scapegoat in the homeless:

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=7835662

L.A’s Venice Beach Boardwalk is still L.A.’s number one tourist draw. And it is known world-wide for its poor and creative artists.

“Phase One..” of LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s program is, so far, just to kick us all out; regardless of our status here as a historic and peaceful part of the community –and there has yet to be a single place identified for the area’s 3,000 homeless and RV dwellers to go; even as arrests and towings under Rosendahl have skyrocketed since this hate-campaign he’s exploiting against L.A.’s Venice Beach homeless began.

These politicians –are purposefully building their oceanside enclaves for California’s exclusive rich: and walling them off to outside visitors, even as the rest of California crumbles in economic ruin.

Hippies, Beatniks, Beats and poor people living in community alongside everybody are what made Venice Beach –this special area –famous.

Now they are kicking us out –even as it is leading to more homeless deaths.

If you’d like to do something, just please make one CALL and simply say:

” Three homeless deaths in 2 months is enough, Mayor Villariagosa; These hundreds of people are not criminals –and tell Bill Rosendahl to quit saying they are. Mayor, you have the power to give the homeless and those in R.V.s in Venice a Safe Zone for the Holidays. Do it.”

Bill could’ve said something about safe zones –but not even that seems to be on his mind these days. Some of us will march again next Saturday –and hopefully with a bunch more new folks now.

We want to establish a homeless-run community in Venice to stop these attacks –But before we poor can mobilize to get affordable housing –But we need a “Safe Zone” in Venice from LAPD arrests and seizures –now!

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Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,
David Busch
www.orgsites.com/ca/wd!
(310) 845-6034

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Samples of the out of control rhetoric against homeless people:
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2010/07/photoshop_rv_parking_photo.php
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2010/09/venice_rv_parking_dump.php

Happy Holidaze:

Just a quick word to let you know there’s new news & views on the SOV website:

  • An RV Dweller’s Perspective – He may live in his vehicle, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a good Venice neighbor
  • Video: Assistant City Attorney, Mark Brown, spoke with members of the Venice Boardwalk Ocean Front Walk Task Forcemeeting on Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010
  • VNC Town Hall on December 2nd!
  • …and more at: http://www.spiritofvenice.net

    Peace,
    SOV

    Stay in touch with the Spirit of Venice
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    July 13, 2010

    Mayor Villaraigosa sent the newly amended oversize vehicle ordinance back to the City Council and the drawing board with recommendations.

    See and download the letter here Oversize Vehicle Ordinace RWS letter (2010-07-13)

    For more go here:  http://www.spiritofvenice.net

    June 21, 2010
    Breaking News
    by Tibby Rothman, Venice Paper

    Venice– Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has added his name to the California Coastal Commission’s in rejecting an agreement that would pave the way for permit parking in Venice.

    His actions add a new player to the highly contentious permit parking battle. A debate that has seen charged rhetoric from those at its edges but calm discussion and disagreement amongst the preponderance of ordinary Venetians both for and against. While some Venetians see permit parking as a tactic to end the practice of mobile homes plaguing the area, others have protested it as an unwelcome layer of expense and bureaucracy.

    On June 17, Villaraigosa rejected city council approval of a plan that could lead to permit parking in the area. (The Coastal Commission had rejected the same plan a week earlier.) His measured letter to the council stated that homelessness was a city-wide problem that needed to be addressed on a city-wide level. He also sought to differentiate between those on the streets because they had been hit hard by economic conditions, and those who simply sought it as a lifestyle.

    The development pits the Mayor’s office against City Attorney Carmen Trutanich who had sided with the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation on the issue. The foundation is part of a law suit which supports permit parking in the area. The foundation is a strange bedfellow for supposedly liberal Venice. Amongst its other issues, the foundation is supporting legal efforts to repeal the recently passed federal health care reform bill.

    Here’s the text of the Mayor’s letter to the City Council stating his position:

    June 17, 2010

    Honorable Members of the Los Angeles City Council
    clo City Clerk
    City Hall, Room 395
    Re: CF 10-0843. Venice Stakeholders Association v. California Coastal Commission; City of Los Angeles v. California Coastal Commission; Settlement Agreement

    Honorable Members:
    Today I return without signature Council File 10-0843, which approves a settlement agreement that would allow for the initiation of overnight parking districts (OPDs) in the community of Venice in West Los Angeles.

    I am taking this step in light of the June 10, 2010 decision of the California Coastal Commission to reject the City’s latest application for the establishment of Overnight Parking Districts in the Venice coastal zone. This decision has the practical effect of voiding the settlement agreement and making the City Council’s action moot.

    Though technically a parking issue, the underlying issue is the growing number of residents that dwell in vehicles on our City streets. As a City, I believe we have the ability to differentiate between the needs of those legitimately suffering from economic dislocation who are in need of safe places to park and help in obtaining services and housing, and those who are taking unfair advantage of both the system and the historically welcoming tradition of the Venice community by creating nuisances and sometimes committing crimes. We can combine compassion and pragmatism with appropriate measured law enforcement to avoid the further victimization of both the housed and the un-housed populations of Venice.

    Homelessness and economic dislocation are issues in every part of Los Angeles, not to mention the region, state and nation. I applaud Councilman Rosendahl for his efforts on issues of homelessness and support his proposal to create safe-haven public parking areas for people who are willing to accept homeless-related services. Programs in Eugene, OR and Santa Barbara, CA have been very successful at bridging this gap. Such a program could provide a number of locations that are dispersed throughout the region, where services could be provided and allow for people to impose overnight parking restrictions without taking away some of the last housing options that some people have.

    In this case, and all over our City, it’s time we embraced the challenge and began working toward real solutions, not those that push problems from one block to another, from one neighborhood to another. We can do better, and we must do better.

    Therefore, I am returning this file without signature and hope that we can work together to find an appropriate solution for this important and growing problem.

    June 18, 2010

    From: Arturo Pina
    Subject: Message from Councilmember Rosendahl
    Sent: Jun 11, 2010 3:51 PM

    “I am very disappointed that the California Coastal Commission rejected a settlement proposal that would have given residents of Venice the same ability to regulate street parking as every other community on the California coast. The proposal would have simultaneously given residents local control and increased visitor access to the beach.

    Despite this setback, I am determined to use every tool at my disposal to help Venice residents regulate parking in front of their homes. On Wednesday, the council’s Transportation Committee, which I chair, approved a stronger, tougher ordinance restricting parking by over-sized vehicles. I will ask the full City Council to adopt this ordinance. Over-sized vehicle restrictions can be adopted on a block-by-block basis, and can be implemented without seeking the approval of the Coastal Commission.

    My staff and I are also moving forward aggressively with a Safe Parking program that will help move RVs and over-sized vehicles from residential streets while providing those living in their vehicles with much-needed social services and a path to housing.

    While this is clearly a contentious issue, we all must resist anger and divisiveness. Solving this problem, and striking the right balance with a carrot and stick approach, will be difficult and will require patience and good will. Working together, I am confident we can accomplish that.”

    Sincerely,

    Arturo Piña
    Office of Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
    Office (310) 568-8772 – Fax (310) 410-3946
    arturo.pina@lacity.org
    http://www.councilmanrosendahl.com

    OPD COASTAL COMMISSION HEARING  

     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.

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     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!

     

    KEEP-VENICE-FREE“ART RV”        HOMELESS SENIOR LIVING IN RV

    THE BATTLE FOR THE STREETS OF VENICE

     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

    WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP OPPOSE OPDs IN VENICE AT THE JUNE COASTAL COMMISSION MEETING:

    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: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/roster.html

    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 councilman.rosendahl@lacity.org 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 http://documents.coastal.ca.gov/reports/2009/2/W22a-s-2-2009.pdf