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Days of Rage 2017  Starts Tomorrow!

Venice Beachead - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:33

Los Angeles is in an out of control eviction crisis. In the past year alone, homelessness has risen 23%—2,000 more are expected to be on the streets by the end of 2017. As thousands face displacement and are forced to relocate to new cities, countless others live in overcrowded homes experiencing neglect and abuse by city officials and landlords. Our nightmare is the result of corrupt property owners, predatory developers, and a city government that wants to sell out our communities for profit. From this landscape, a renters rights movement has formed. We stand against the racist and classist forced removal of our communities and we are here to stay! From October 19th – 29th, renters from across the city will come together for eleven days to tell the city we’ve had ENOUGH! NO MORE EVICTIONS! HOUSING RIGHTS FOR ALL!

(para una traducción de este mensaje, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a justiciadellenguaje@lists.latenantsunion.org)

In the coming weeks, each Los Angeles Tenants Union local and our allies will conduct a “Day of Rage” action to draw attention to the different aspects of neglect, abuse, and injustice wrought by landlords, developers, and officials in Los Angeles and beyond. If you believe housing is a human right, join us for the DAYS OF RAGE!

Days of Rage Calendar

⦿ THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 10:30 AM
Gilbert Lindsey Plaza, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90015 (Convention Center). Walk over to LA Convention Center at 11:00 AM by West Hall A.

Join LATU at the big “million dollar” trade show and landlording conference for a press conference outside this opportunistic celebration of tenants’ struggles. Join us as we remind those who would exploit our city that we are not there to “stuff their mailboxes full of money.” Join us as we make it clear that we are not prey for vultures and are here to stay!

⦿ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 1:00 PM
767 California Avenue, Venice 90291
Come join us on the Westside as we protest and combat an abusive landlord

⦿ SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, 12:00 NOON
Action: 3610 Samuel Ave, Oxnard 93033
Assemble at 10:30 AM: 767 California Avenue, Venice 90291
Join the action and community gathering to talk about the housing crisis in Oxnard that we can defeat if we organize!

We will walk from Seabreeze apartments to Kamala park to gather and distribute housing rights information and share about our experiences in organizing. We will also explore the question, what can we do instead of calling the police when there are neighborhood problems.

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Citywide Sign Ordinance: A Struggle Looms

Ban Billboard Blight - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 09:57
by Patrick Frank Public safety, aesthetics, and the will of the people continue to get short shrift at the City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee, as it caves to the powerful billboard lobby. After years of hearings and reports, the committee on May 31 gave instructions to the City Attorney to finally […]

SAVE VENICE LAWSUIT CLAIMING CITY OF L.A. SIDESTEPS ITS RESPONSIBILITIES APPROVING DEVELOPMENTS IN VENICE WITHOUT PUBLIC PROCESS MOVES FORWARD

Spirit Of Venice - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:29

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY TO THE SAVE VENICE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
YOUR DONATIONS, LARGE OR SMALL, ARE URGENTLY NEEDED
TO KEEP THIS LAWSUIT IN THE COURT – THANK YOU!

PRESS RELEASE  February 2, 2017

VC-PUCC LAWSUIT CLAIMING CITY OF LA SIDESTEPS ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IN APPROVING VENICE DEVELOPMENTS WITHOUT PUBLIC PROCESS MOVES FORWARD

City Said: Dismiss The Case, Judge Says NO!!!

On February 2, 2017, Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos issued her ruling allowing the lawsuit filed by the Venice Coalition to Preserve Unique Community Character (VC-PUCC) against the City of Los Angeles to proceed to trial. The judge agreed with Venice activists that the burden is on the city to prove it is following its own policies and procedures in approving hundreds of demolitions and huge development projects – while destroying historic neighborhoods and affordable housing, and pushing low and middle-income residents and communities of color out of Venice. The trial date was set for July 3, 2017.

“The City tried to get the case dismissed without a trial, saying that Plaintiffs have no causes of action against the City,” said plaintiffs’ lawyer Sabrina Venskus. “The Court disagreed with the City and is allowing the case to proceed to trial.”

The City of Los Angeles Planning Department’s VSO (Venice Sign Off) 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.

The Venice plaintiffs claim that many residents in Venice, especially in the poorer areas, have their rights to due process violated when construction occurs without the full process of notifying neighbors, as is done in many of the swankier areas of Venice including the walk streets. With the current VSOs, demolitions often proceed without any notice or input from the surrounding neighbors, causing extreme duress for many residents.

There are four causes of action that the lawsuit is going to determine: Violation of Article 1, Section 7 of the California Constitution; Violation of the Venice Land Use Plan; Violation of Section 30000 et seq., of the California Coastal Act; and Violations of Sections 30003 and 30610 of the California Coastal Act.

* 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

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OFW Committee – January Meeting 2017

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:37
When: January 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Where: Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA

 

Joint Board & Discussion Forum Committee Meeting Agenda

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:26

AGENDA

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Discussion Generator

Discussion Framework

 

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]

Public Hearing Notice For January 18 Regarding 1708 North Lincoln Boulevard

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 06:37

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.

Public Hearing Notice For January 18 Regarding 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, and 1910 S. Penmar Avenue

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 06:16

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.

Public Hearing Notice For January 18 Regarding 519-521 East Boccaccio Avenue

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 06:03

You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 519-521 East Boccaccio Avenue.  It will consider the demolition of an existing duplex.

Public Hearing Notice for January 18 Regarding 519-521 South Narcisus Court

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 05:53

You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 519-521 South Narcisus Court.  It will consider the demolition of an existing duplex.

Public Hearing Notice for January 9 2017 Regarding 515 East Washington Boulevard #109

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Sat, 12/17/2016 - 08:31

You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 515 East Washington Boulevard #109.  It will consider a Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of beer and wine for on-site consumption, in conjunction with an existing 993 square-foot restaurant with 26 interior seats, with hours of operation from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Public Hearing Notice for December 19 Regarding 918 E. Milwood Avenue

Venice Neighborhood Council Events - Sat, 12/17/2016 - 08:19

You are invited to attend a Public Hearing regarding 918 E. Milwood Avenue.  It will consider the demolition of a one-story duplex with a detached garage and construction of a new two-story, 2,682 square-foot single-family dwelling with a rooftop deck, attached two-car garage, and a swimming pool.

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