As you will read in the article below, Mike Bonin is proceeding with his plans to turn the Westminster Senior Center into Public Storage for the homeless, convert the parking lot on the Venice Blvd. median at Pacific Avenue to subsidized homeless housing and to roll back the Beach Curfew and open the Venice Beach restrooms 24 hours a day.
He is moving on these projects without public hearings in the community on each of these proposals; indeed, he has already set them in motion by introducing Motions in City Council. Usually these proposals would have been the subject of hearings in our neighborhoods before Motions would be sent to the Council.
Below is an excerpt from my recent Yo!Venice column outlining the problems with his proposals, and in the instance of storage, recommending that any of the industrial buildings on Del Rey Avenue south of Washington Blvd. would be a much better site - they are not close to residences.
Please send an email to Mike's Chief Deputy Chad Molnar (email@example.com) opposing each of these proposals:
1. The use the Westminster Center for storage of transients' possessions. This will bring hundreds of campers back to this park and with them break-ins, late-night noise, trash, public inebriation, defecation and urination, and assaults. Del Rey Avenue, an industrial strip, is a much better site for a storage facility.
2. The use of the Venice Blvd. median parking lot for homeless housing. This site should be redeveloped with a parking structure to double or triple the parking for residents and beach visitors. This neighborhood has already struggled with crime associated with homeless campers on these parking lots and the Canal boat landing; please do not congregate even more homeless here in the future.
3. The relaxation of the Beach Curfew. The curfew is one of the few laws that limit criminal activity along the beach front. Relaxing the 12-5 am curfew to accommodate use of the beach restrooms will remove this proactive crime fighter, bring back drug dealing and use, prostitution and assaults to the restrooms, and only encourage more transients to live along the Boardwalk and walk streets.
Please copy and forward this entire message to your friends and neighbors in Venice.
From Yo!Venice (4/15/16)
Here's the full article: http://www.yovenice.com/forum/this-forum-is-moderated-read-the-rules/seeing-my-brother-on-the-boardwalk/#p70107