Sunday, April 21, 2019

Venice Photographer Leases Out Two Campers Parked on Venice Streets as Airbnb Units

Residents in the eastern walk streets of Venice have just this weekend uncovered two campers that are stationed on their residential streets and rented out as Airbnb accommodations.

Joseph Levy, a walk street resident, initially found that a camper squatting on Linden just south of Superba was leaking sewage into the gutter and taking up two parking spaces where there is not enough parking for residents.  Linden is also sub-standard in width so the width of the camper made it very awkward for cars to pass each other on the street.

As a residential area, this location is off-limits to vehicle dwelling under city law, but the Airbnb guests initially refused orders from the LAPD to leave the area - probably because it was not their vehicle.

Below is the Airbnb advertisement for the camper.  It was being rented out for $54 a night.  I have underlined the warning about maxing out the sewage holding tank.  This suggests that at over 75% capacity the tank leaks sewage into the street, which is what Mr. Levy witnessed.

Eventually the camper was removed from Linden, but watch for it to show up elsewhere in Venice, since its owner lives here.  (We know his name and profession from the Airbnb ads, which have been given to the LAPD.)

 

LAZY DAZE 22' SOLAR MOTORHOME RV TWO OR THREE BEDS SUPER COOL 70’s STYLE
PRIME VENICE LOCATION NEAR DEUS EX MACHINA, 1/2 Mi TO SHOPS/RESTAURANTS ON ABBOTT KENNEY, 1 Mi TO ROSE AVE, 1 MI TO VENICE BEACH AND BOARDWALK
The 70's interior is an open and bright layout that sleeps 4 Full size bed over the cab and there are two more twin beds (32"x79") in the rear that can fold into a luxurious king size bed (72"x79") with large wraparound windows. Kitchen-Bathroom-Shower-Furnace-Dining Area
 
The space

Cheap, bright, and airy 70's Style Space:

Venice Beach is an amazing location and This Solar RV is Super Cool if you like vintage style. He comes loaded with Jackery 240 Lithium Power Station with 110V Outlet and (2) 2.4A USB Outlets for Charging your devices, 24" Smart TV With Roku (Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime Movies Available), Kitchen Utensils, Cookware, Board Games, Bedding with Pillows and Sherpa Throws, 200W Solar System, Pelican 30qt Extreme Cooler, Bluetooth Speaker, French Press, Fresh Coffee, Tea and More! He is currently parked about a mile from the sand, near Lincoln Blvd and Venice Blvd but I can deliver to Parking Lot at Venice Beach for $25 Daily (No Overnight Parking at Beach).  The 70’s style interior is in good shape but is not perfect and has a few tears in the sofa. The RV is loaded with Solar, Kitchen, Furnace, Shower, Toilet and More! The outside is not perfect but is presentable...

Guests must not allow holding tanks to get over 75% capacity under any circumstances. The water tank is 25 gallons so you will need to try to conserve water whenever possible. The hot water heater is 6 gallons so you have to be very efficient when showering, etc. if you run out of water during your stay I need to dump the first water tanks and fill them with fresh water. Dumping can only be done at certain times and requires briefly moving the rv to the dump station. Power is provided by solar so you also have to watch your energy consumption, as well. There is a Bluetooth app and meter to watch the battery level but I might need to start the rv and charge the batteries during your stay, as well. It is a little tricky if you have never stayed in an rv before but it is easy once you figure it out. I am happy to help with whatever you need during your stay.

The same photographer also rents out this camper van on Venice streets:


1987 SOLAR DODGE CAMPER VAN TWO BEDS LOADED WITH EXTRAS
PRIME VENICE LOCATION NEAR DEUS EX MACHINA, 1/2 Mi TO SHOPS/RESTAURANTS ON ABBOTT KENNEY, 1 Mi TO ROSE AVE, 1 MI TO VENICE BEACH AND BOARDWALK
Full size bed with folding memory foam mattress on top and the Sofa folds into another full-size bed Solar Nespresso Machine, 24” Smart TV with Roku, Solar Fan, Bluetooth Speaker, Lithium Power Pack with 4-USB and 2-110v Plugs, Sink, 2-Burner Stove and more!
 
The space


Venice Beach is an amazing location and This Solar RV is Super Cool if you like vintage style that is non-luxury. He comes loaded with Jackery 240 Lithium Power Station with 110V Outlet and (2) 2.4A USB Outlets for Charging your devices, 24" Smart TV With Roku (Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime Movies Available), Kitchen Utensils, Cookware, Board Games, Bedding with Pillows and Sherpa Throws, 200W Solar System, Ice Cooler, Bluetooth Speaker, French Press, Fresh Coffee, Tea and More! It is currently parked about a mile from the sand, near Lincoln Blvd and Venice Blvd but I can deliver to Parking Lot at Venice Beach for $25 a night (emphasis added).

These clearly illegal appropriation of public parking for personal profit raises the question if there are other vehicles used as dwelling units in parking-short Venice for personal gain.  There have been reports for years of several mobile Airbnbs around the Venice Post Office.  

Friday, March 29, 2019

Please Donate to Lawsuit to Stop Bridge Housing on the MTA Lot

Earlier this month our attorney filed a third lawsuit, this one against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, for its failure, just like the City and Coastal Commission, to consider any of the expected environmental impacts on residents, school children and the surrounding neighborhood.  


Or to offer mitigations, like a much smaller project, more parking, a sound wall, installation of planter boxes on the sidewalks around the facility, measures to prevent polluted run-off to the beach, and private 24-hour security.

This week we filed a motion for a preliminary injunction - a request to the judge for him to bar any construction on the MTA lot until the cases have been heard and a decision has been rendered - which is unlikely until much later this year or next.

The City will reply to our brief next week and then we will reply to their brief.  We could be before the judge on the injunction motion by April 15th.

This is all to say that the suit is moving very quickly and that it is eating up our retainer very quickly, too.

So, please, if you have already contributed, please "double-up" and contribute the same again.  If you have not contributed, please donate $1,000 to $2,500 now.  

See the button on the right to donate by credit card. Checks may be sent to VSA, 1615 Andalusia Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

These lawsuits are the only barrier standing in the way of the City putting up a huge 154-bed shelter in our residential neighborhood and attracting hundreds more homeless to Venice.  Once the Bridge Housing is full, the new arrivals will be camping out all around the site - just as they do now around St. Joseph Center.  This is not the place for this shelter and the only way we can stop it is to support this lawsuit.

Thanks for your help.  Mark Ryavec

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Oppose the City Lease with MTA for the Bridge Housing Project

Tell the MTA Board you oppose the Bridge Housing homeless shelter planned for the Venice MTA lot on Main Street.

The board will vote on a lease agreement with the City of Los Angeles on February 28th.

As you know, the VSA has filed a lawsuit demanding a proper environmental review and Coastal Development permit for the project, and necessary mitigations, so that it does not become a huge burden on nearby residents.

However, we can avoid the uncertainty of a legal fight if the Board votes against the lease.

Please click below to sign your name on an email to the MTA Board: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/say-no-to-bridge-housing-at-the-mta-lot

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

VSA Opposes SB 50, A Developer's Dream Come True


Members, Board of the Venice Neighborhood Council,

I am writing to ask you to adopt the WRAC motion opposing SB 50.

If passed, SB 50 would take power away from local government (and the Venice community) and allow the State Legislature to frame planning and development decisions from Sacramento. 

Under SB 50, towns would be required to allow apartment buildings in any place that is either:
  • within a half-mile of a rail transit station;
  • within a quarter-mile of a high-frequency bus stop; or
  • within a “job-rich” neighborhood.
In the new special zones, regulatory parking minimums would be sharply reduced and zoning codes would have to allow buildings to be either 45 or 55 feet tall depending on local factors. 

The biggest short-term impact of these zoning changes would probably be felt in neighborhoods that are already gentrifying and have a significant amount of housing turnover. Single-family homes that today are sold to flippers or to yuppies looking to undertake a renovation project or new construction would instead tend to get sold to small-scale apartment developers who would refashion them as denser and much higher structures.

The demand for density, however, is highest in rich neighborhoods where the price of land is highest. Units in these neighborhoods turn over more slowly, but the market demand for more housing is essentially infinite so over time it’s easy to imagine whole swathes of single-family dwellings in Silicon Valley, Westside Los Angeles (including Venice), Western San Francisco, etc. being converted to apartments.

With many high frequency bus stops in Venice it is not a stretch to imagine four and five story buildings all along Main Street, for example.

If the Venice community wishes to increase density, for example, along broad corridors such as Venice and Washington Boulevard, then the current Local Coastal Plan and community plan processes are the appropriate means for its expression, not the sledge hammer approach of SB 50. 

As former County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky explained last year in opposing SB 50's look-alike predecessor SB 827, this legislation is neither NIMBY or Yimby; it's WIMBY - Wall Street in My Backyard.  SB 50 simply allows developers to finally be able to over-develop our low rise, livable community without the careful consideration and mitigation that would come within the community plan process.
 
Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Mark Ryavec

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ALERT - Please Tell the City Planning Commission to Oppose 718-20 Rose Avenue


 


Please send the following message to the Los Angeles Planning Commission opposing Venice Community Housing Corp's proposal to build the first four-story building in the Oakwood neighborhood.  As is readily evident from the previous meeting notice, the project will dwarf everything else in Oakwood and set a dangerous predecent for future development.

The VCHC is soliciting non-Venice residents to deluge the Commission with emails.  We need to fight back to protect Venice from over-development. 

Dear President Millman and Members of the Los Angeles Planning Commission, 

Please oppose the VCHC's 718-20 Rose Avenue project.  It is too tall, too dense, has too little parking, and is way out of character with Venice.  It is extremely out of step with both the Venice Specific Plan and the desires of residents for Venice to remain a low-rise community.  Approving its 45-foot height and almost no parking will set a dangerous precedent. Send it back to the drawing board!

Send to: Samantha Millman <cpc@lacity.org>
               Oliver Netburn <Oliver.Netburn@lacity.org>

Please send your message of opposition today; the hearing is this Thursday!

Monday, January 14, 2019

VSA Sues City and Coastal Commission to Require Venice Homeless Shelter to Comply with Environmental Laws and Coastal Act



Today the Venice Stakeholders Association filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, challenging their approval of a 154-bed homeless shelter in the Venice neighborhood, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Coastal Act and other laws.

“The City and the Coastal Commission jammed this project through the system and bypassed the environmental laws and the Coastal Act,” said Mark Ryavec, president of the VSA, a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting Venice residents and their neighborhoods.  “No government or project is immune from these laws.”   

The City’s so-called “Bridge Housing” facility would be located in the middle of a residential neighborhood just one block from Venice Beach.  It includes a large semi-permanent “tent” building containing a 100-bed dormitory, an outdoor dining area, a large outdoor kennel for residents’ pets, and several other buildings.  Despite having 154 beds and dozens of staff, the project would have as little as 20 parking spaces.

According to the lawsuit, the City approved the project “at lightning speed,” in just 11 days, while the Coastal Commission approved it in just nine days.  The Venice Neighborhood Council, which is elected by Venice residents, was not even consulted.  “The neighbors and the public were ambushed,” said Ryavec.

Ryavec acknowledged the need for shelters and other facilities to address Venice’s persistent homeless problem.  However, he added, “a residential neighborhood like this one is not the right place for such a project, especially since much of the facility is essentially outdoors, and just across a narrow street from homes.”   

The VSA lawsuit says that the City refused to do any environmental review for the project under CEQA, and the Coastal Commission granted the City a waiver from the usual requirement of a Coastal Development Permit, thereby avoiding any analysis of the impacts of the project on coastal resources such as parking and water quality.

“Just because the City and the Coastal Commission think this project will benefit the public doesn’t mean they can avoid considering its impacts under the environmental laws and the Coastal Act,” said Ryavec.  He noted that other beneficial projects, such as hospitals and schools, must comply with these same laws.

“If a developer proposed a 154-bed convalescent hospital with dozens of staff people, an outdoor kennel and dining facility, just feet from residents’ living rooms, with only 20 parking spaces, the City would require an environmental impact report and mitigation before approving it,” he said.  “A homeless shelter is no different.” 

The VSA is still collecting funds to support this lawsuit.  Donations may be made on this site to the right by credit card.