Bonin initially, and falsely, presented the new use of the center as just storage, while all along planning to open a counseling center that would serve the 1,200 homeless in our community, drawing them to the Westminster site in a residential neighborhood across from the elementary school.
Venice already has a homeless navigation center operated by St. Joseph's on Lincoln Boulevard at Sunset - it is the scourge of the adjacent residential neighborhood. Just last year a homeless woman hanging around the facility started a fire in a dumpster in the alley which spread to a nearby home, exposing the pregnant homeowner to noxious smoke and forcing her out of her house for days to avoid harm to herself and her unborn child. Do we really need another magnet for the homeless in yet another residential area of Venice?
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