Celebrating the Creative Community of Venice.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing to consider the approval of a project consisting of the conversion of an existing one-story duplex to a one-story single-family dwelling, interior improvements, and exterior improvements to restructure an existing awning, refurbish the siding, replace windows and doors, and remove two exterior doors.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing to determine whether to permit the demolition of an existing single-family dwelling and the construction of a single-family dwelling with attached garage, and possible subject project located on a 3,383 square foot lot.
I received this box in the mail. Well actually I got notices of delivery last week, which I ignored, and then after it was returned to the developer, they dispatched some minion to hand deliver, to my steps.
Inside was this card, and a bag of pistachios, which we promptly ate at the Beachhead Meeting. It was appropriate because the water on our block was turned off for the second time, so the DWP could repair the pipes which broke under the load of the developers crane. I am sure all the neighbors who were forbidden from their street and endured the water cutoffs and street flooding over the last week are feeling better, NOT!
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing to consider approval of a A Conditional Use Permit to allow the installation and operation of an unmanned wireless telecommunications facility consisting of five (5) microwave dishes and nine (9) panel antennas, with two (2) equipment cabinets, all atop an existing 254-foot tall residential building, with a 10-foot screening structure.
You are invited to a Public Hearing concerning a property project at 528 East San Juan.
The meeting will consider approval of the construction, use and maintenance of a 1,100 square foot second-story addition to an existing 951 square-foot, single-story, single family residence with a 504 square-foot roof terrace, and a 550 square-foot addition to an existing 544 square-foot detached garage.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing about a proposed project located at 601- 611 South Ocean Front Walk And 8 – 10 East Sunset Avenue.
The meeting will consider approval of the construction, use and maintenance of a mixed use project, a Conditional Use to permit deviations from commercial corner establishment/mini-shopping center requirements by allowing for on-site tandem parking and relief from the requirement to landscape all street frontages and perimeters as otherwise required.
You are invited to attend a public hearing for a property project located at 213 Ruth Avenue.
The meeting will consider approval of the construction, use and maintenance of a new first- and second story addition including an attached garage to an existing, single-story, single-family dwelling with a detached garage, in conjunction with the demolition of portions of the existing home and detached garage.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding a proposed hotel and restaurant project at 1011 Electric Avenue and 1021-1051 South Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
The meeting will consider approval of a Conditional Use Permit authorizing: (a) the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcohol beverages for on-site consumption in conjunction with a proposed hotel restaurant having 113 indoor seats and 47 outdoor seats, operating between the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 A.M., (b) the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcohol beverages for on-site and off-site consumption in conjunction with a market within the hotel, operating between the hours of 7 A.M to 1:00 A.M.
The hearing will also consider authorizing the construction, use, and maintenance of a 63,964 square-foot mixed-use development (70,310 square feet of new and existing development) consisting of: the maintenance of two existing restaurants, the demolition of a 2,442 square-foot restaurant and the construction of a 4,200 square-foot hotel restaurant having 1,896 square-feet of Service Floor Area, the construction of a new Apartment Hotel with four residential units and 80 guest rooms, 2,534 square feet of ground floor retail space comprised of a market with 500 square feet of Service Floor Area and a 1,735 square-foot spa, and 3,371 square feet of office space.
You are invited to attend a public hearing regarding the property located at 811-815 South Ocean Front Walk on August 17.
The proposed project to be considered involves the demolition of nine existing residential dwelling units within three buildings, and the construction use and maintenance of a three-story mixed-use building containing a ground-level restaurant, two dwelling units, and subterranean parking garage. It also considers a Conditional Use to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverage for on-site consumption in conjunction with a proposed restaurant.
Here we go again! Another giant step in the gentrification of Venice is on it’s way — the proposed formation of a Business Improvement District (BID), initiated by Carl Lambert (currently being sued by the City Attorney for operating illegal hotels in Venice and illegally evicting tenants) and the Venice Chamber of Commerce (VCC) — gaining momentum at City Hall.
There is a City Council public hearing planned for August 23, 2016 downtown, but we can’t wait ’til then to take action. Below is a well-written document that describes why a Venice BID is not what it’s cracked up to be:
“Why We Should Vote NO to the Venice Beach Business Improvement District —
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are, by design, controlled by a very small group of commercial property owners, excluding the voice of most paying into the BID and completely excluding residential property owners, tenants, commercial operators who lease their sites, and other stakeholders in Venice.
Venice Beach has long been a center for democracy and diversity in views and a BID reduces democracy and participation in decisions that impact our community.
Go here to sign: https://www.change.org/p/no-b-i-d-for-venice-ca
First and foremost, there are no “voting rights” for those that have to pay for the BID after the BID is created, or other mechanism to directly impact the decisions and actions of the BID. Instead, BIDs are controlled by a non-profit organization, with no clear mechanisms to ensure ongoing accountability to commercial property owners in the BID who are all required to pay assessments, nor to the City, which controls almost 25% of the property assessments in the BID.
The materials received with the BID petitions are misleading, and make promises to commercial property owners that cannot be upheld.
1. “The Venice Beach BID will provide services the City doesn’t, such as homeless outreach…” In fact, the City and County provide resources for outreach to homeless residents and more outreach will not help move people into housing. The City and County, as well Venice stakeholders, need to fund and advocate for more housing solutions so that people can move off of our streets and sidewalks. Until we increase housing supply, more outreach will just duplicate services, waste resources, and not produce any visible change in homelessness in our community.
2. “The Venice Beach BID will work with the City to make sure limited City services are delivered more consistently.” BIDs do not have any unique mechanism to make this happen and, in fact, watch-dogging the City is one of the key reasons neighborhood councils were formed. This purpose is duplicative and likely will not make any impact.
3. “This stability can protect your investment and attract additional investment to the neighborhood.” Venice has seen some of the greatest increases in property values and commercial investment in the region over the past decade, without a BID.
Commercial property owners in Venice have long supported the culture and character in Venice. And, in fact, have PROFITED from being a part of the largest tourist attraction in the City of Los Angeles for decades!
BIDs have completely changed the character of communities throughout Los Angeles and the state, leading to displacement of small businesses, locally-owned businesses, and residents.
The Venice Beach BID is overly reliant on City land and funds. The City owns substantial land, and is also taking on the cost of assessments for the State-owned land in the area, totaling more than 25% of the annual budget, resulting in more than $450,000 in general fund dollars each year dedicated to this BID. BIDs were intended to be mechanisms for private owners to vote to assess themselves, not to utilize public funds in an unaccountable structure.
A majority of private property owners did not submit petitions to move the BID to this final vote. At the first City hearing, only 53% of assessment values were represented in the petitions and, since the City represents 25% of that vote, only about 30% of the votes in support came from private businesses.
BID activities have led to numerous lawsuits against the BIDs and the City of Los Angeles for improper, illegal and unconstitutional activities, and the legal fees to defend against a lawsuit can add up.
Property owners’ assessments could go to pay legal fees for activities that they may not even support and over which they had little or no say!!!”
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AND SEND A MESSAGE TO CITY HALL THAT WE DON’T WANT A VENICE BID – NOW OR EVER!