Dear Ms. Limon,
I am writing to express the opposition of our organization to AB 1197.
The Venice Stakeholders Association supports slow growth, the
protections of the limits of the Venice Local Coastal Specific Plan,
neighborhood safety, improved traffic circulation, increased parking for
residents, neighborhood beautification, historic preservation, habitat
restoration and protection of coastal waters.
AB 1197 would rob residents of Los Angeles, and in particular,
residents of highly impacted coastal districts of Los Angeles, of rights
enjoyed by all other Californians under the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA).
The housing of the homeless in Los Angeles should not come at the
expense of our neighbors' quiet enjoyment of their homes, the loss of
their parking, an increase in crime, or the further pollution of Santa Monica Bay caused by
yet more encampments that leach human sewage and food waste directly to
the ocean during wet season.
All permanent supportive housing facilities and emergency shelters
must fully assess impacts under CEQA and mitigate those impacts to
assure that helping the homeless does not come at the expense of
residents who happen to reside - through no choice of their own - right
across the street from these facilities.
To remove these protections from just residents of Los Angeles would be highly discriminatory.
Thank you for your consideration of our views on your legislation.
Please add this correspondence to the official file for AB 1197.
Mark Ryavec, President, Venice Stakeholders Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
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