Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Superior Court Judge Overrules City and County of Los Angeles on Venice Stakeholders Association Lawsuit for Dangerous Public Nuisance at Venice Beach

Dateline:  2-9-15

Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon today overruled demurrers lodged by the City and County of Los Angeles against a lawsuit filed last fall by the Venice Stakeholders Association and individual residents for the City and County’s maintenance of a dangerous public nuisance along the Venice Boardwalk and beach.

The suit said the failure of the City and County to enforce laws against camping and the storage of personal items in the coastal park deprives residents of the quiet and safe enjoyment of their homes and the Venice community of the safe use of the Venice Beach Recreation Area.

“Basically the judge agreed with us that a viable nuisance claim exists,” said Kristina Badaraite of the law firm of Luna and Glushon.  The judge set a trial date in October. 

Mark Ryavec, president of the Stakeholders, said “I am hopeful that the City and County would use the judge’s decision as an opportunity to sit down with the residents to discuss a settlement.”

“We would like to see the City and County enforce the camping ban in the park, disband the encampments, and also provide services that the campers may need to assist them get back on their feet”