Friday, October 27, 2017

Please Sign the Petition to Oppose the Ordinance that Willl Remove Environmwental Reviews of Public Supportive Housing (PSH) Projects

Please sign the petition at:

The proposed PSH ordinance will exempt big-density housing projects -- including the proposed 2-acre homeless project in the Oxford Triangle and other projects such as the Venice Median project and the project proposed for the Metro lot on Main Street - from zoning approvals, size and density restrictions, parking requirements, and environmental review, stripping communities of any say in these matters.

This is anti-democratic and reckless - especially in an area as congested and susceptible to environmental risks (liquafaction, tsunami, earthquake faults and rising sea levels) as Venice.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Please Contribute Funds to VSA's Public Nuisance Lawsuit

We are appealing our lawsuit against the City and County for maintaining a dangerous and sordid public nuisance along the Boardwalk and Venice's beachfront.

We know the City and County are capable of keeping the Venice Beach Recreation Area clean of debris and personal possessions; just look at the pristine park next to LA's City Hall or the parks in Marina del Rey, which are controlled by the County of Los Angeles.

We are a few thousand dollars short of meeting the full retainer of our attorney, Venice resident and veteran appeals counsel Jonathan Deer.  Jon is handling our appeal for a modest, fixed price because he lives here and is committed to helping us clean up the beach. 

Please contribute $50 to $500 to the VSA, earmarked for Public Nuisance Lawsuit.  Donations may be made on this page by credit card, or by check to 1615 Andalusia Avenue, Venice, CA  90291.

Many thanks for helping make Venice a safer place, for residents and visitors alike.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

VSA Public Nuisance Lawsuit Against City and County for Dangerous Conditions on Boardwalk Goes Forward

The VSA's lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles for intolerable conditions along the Venice Boardwalk and beach is finally moving ahead.

After waiting over a year for the trial court to assemble the formal record, our attorney Jonathan Deer, a Venice resident and veteran appellate attorney, has begun work on the VSA's appeal brief.

Jon's analysis is that it was inappropriate for the appellate court to initially reverse the trial court's decision in favor of the VSA and our individual plaintiffs.  Jon maintains that there are issues in the case that must be tried by a jury and thus are not subject to the City's and County's  motions for summary judgment.

Jon has agreed to a fixed fee for all legal work, court appearances, etc., involved in the case.  

If you would like to support the suit, contributions from $50 to $1,000 are welcome.  Donations may be made by PayPal on the VSA's website or by check sent to the VSA, 1615 Andalusia Avenue, Venice, CA  90291.