Two recent incidents underline that the councilman's initiatives - opening restrooms at night, allowing camping on the beach, not enforcing the ban on private possessions stored on the Boardwalk and along the beach, not enforcing the limit on possessions stored on sidewalks and parkways, not enforcing the ban on lying, sitting or sleeping between 6 am and 9 pm, not enforcing three foot ADA clearance on sidewalks, not declaring the Jones Settlement satisfied and returning to enforcement 24 hours-a-day of the ban on sleeping on a sidewalk, not funding the Homeless Task Force (the most effective service in Venice at getting homeless off the street), and unilaterally proceeding with conversion of the Westminster Center to storage - simply bring more transients to camp out in Venice and lead to more assaults.
Last weekend my neighbor Tony was socked in the eye by a crazed homeless man while he was innocently riding his bike on the bike path by the Rose Avenue parking lot. He was knocked to the ground and disoriented. He made his way to the LAPD sub-station to make a report. On the way he saw the fellow who had struck him. He reported this to two officers at the sub-station who told him they were to too busy to take a report or to go out and arrest the perpetrator.
Then this morning this report from Sue Choi came in, underlying the magnet effect of the Westminster Center becoming storage for homeless possessions, and the dire result for one of our citizens.