Celebrating the Creative Community of Venice.
In thinking about the agenda for our January 10, 2017 Discussion Forum Committee meeting, I started with the last page of the December 13, 2016 meeting’s Discussion Generator which ends with the following ‘meta-question’:
What changes to the current land-use laws would discourage the discouragement and encourage the encouragement of construction of homes in existing residential communities which would become, over time, within the economic reach of ownership by our less wealthy residents?
My recent efforts to further broaden this ‘meta-question’ are reflected in my following replacement question:
What changes to current laws would discourage the discouragement and encourage the encouragement of efforts to provide more less expensive ‘homes’ in residential communities in a way which would become over time within the economic reach of ownership by less wealthy residents – ‘homes’ where they and their families would feel they ‘belong’ to a ‘community’ without the fears common in ‘ghettos’ – a systemic approach which would create and then maintain a housing supply/demand balance in all residential communities in which diversity could more naturally evolve?
I consider answers to the above ‘meta-question’ critical to developing any strategy capable of implementing the intent of the Diversity Vision Goal which reads as follows:
Consider strategies that encourage & facilitate realistic recommendations designed to increase economic diversity, including [affordable
less expensive*] housing, etc.
[* Clarification inserted November 24, 2014 by Joe Murphy]
By generalizing the question and calling it a ‘meta-question’, I’m hoping that it will make our DFC discussions more deliberative – more likely, as intended by the Board in its Venice Neighborhood Council Vision Goals:
.. to promote a more proactive, collaborative vision for VNC Committees to include in their deliberations as they formulate recommendations for Board consideration ..
and to thereby implement its
.. intent .. to create a working framework of integrated strategies capable of achieving, over time, broader consensus and increased .. [Focus on Children, Participation, Walkability, Diversity, Creativity, Collaboration, Brainstorming]
I have spent the last 11 days cleaning out my garage, because the city inspector said, during the recent housing code enforcement sweeps, that he wants to see a small car parked in it. Great so I get to spend all my entire forced vacation cleaning up my garage, and expelling Rip from my workshop, and making him clean out and remove the other stashes he had created around the property. We filled up every trash can we could find on the street. We hauled shit back to The Bible Tabernacle Thrift store where I bought it. Rip took his planes and other shit and put it out in an uncovered secure storage, near the airport, under tarps.
The landlord has to replace much of the plumbing in the house in front, and he must replace the roof on the 3 story duplex in back, as well as 2 garage doors. There is lots of termite damage.
The mandate in California State law is the “implied warranty of habitability”, the landlord must maintain the property. Garages are for cars, not hoards of junk or dharma bum crash pads. However, neglect can improve the profit of an asset, and cause it to decompose, slowly. Landlords skimping on maintenance, it’s an old story.
But Venice has a long history of trashing. All those wonderful piers either burned down, or were shut down. 1930’s Venice Beach was trashed by the petroleum industry. It became a run down area. “Los Angeles had neglected Venice so long that, by the 1950s, it had become the “Slum by the Sea.” With the exception of new police and fire stations in 1930, the city spent little on improvements after annexation. The city did not pave Trolleyway (Pacific Avenue) until 1954 when county and state funds became available. Low rents for run-down bungalows attracted predominantly European immigrants (including a substantial number of Holocaust survivors) and young counterculture artists, poets, and writers. The Beat Generation hung out at the Gas House on Ocean Front Walk and at Venice West Cafe on Dudley. Police raids were frequent during that era._ Wikipedia”
Now Venice is mostly renters. Renters occupy 68.8% of the housing stock and house- or apartment owners held 31.2%. Tenants may worry that the landlord will try to charge back any maintenance expenses, but the landlord or landlady cannot add them to the rent, but they can take the max increase from you next time they are allowed to, pretty much like they would anyway.
Now I pride myself on being self-sufficient and achieving goals through focused action, yet pride does fall. We do need more help, and after the major media shoved Donald Trump down your throat, the alternative media are even more important. I predict December 16 as the arrival date of the next Free Venice Beachhhead!
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 1708 North Lincoln Boulevard. It will consider an appeal, in part, of the Zoning Administrator’s Determination to approve a Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on-site and offsite consumption in conjunction with a proposed change of use to restaurant/market with outdoor patios, only as it relates to off-site parking.
You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, and 1910 S. Penmar Avenue. It will consider an appeal of the Deputy Advisory Agency’s decision to approve the subdivision of a maximum of three (3) small lots and the construction of three (3) new small lot homes, in accordance with the City’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, with deviations of minimum lot areas of not more than 20 percent.