Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Venice Stakeholders Association files Amicus Brief in the matter of Boise v. Martin

Attorney Jeff Lewis has filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of Venice Stakeholders Association in the U.S. Supreme Court matter of Boise v. Martin pertaining to a “cruel and unusual punishment” challenge to the power of the government to address homeless camping on public property. 

A white paper discussion of the controversy prepared by the attorneys representing Boise is available here: https://www.gibsondunn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Martin-v.-Boise-White-Paper.pdf 

Other amicus briefs filed by various third parties may be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/DocketFiles/html/Public/19-247.html

You can read the VSA brief here:


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Save Venice Open Space

There is a crucial motion on the agenda of the VNC Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) tonight opposing the City’s plan to change the zoning of the Venice Median (the 3-acre parcel west of Dell and east of Pacific, between North Venice and South Venice) from OPEN SPACE to COMMERCIAL in the Los Angeles General Plan, Venice Community Plan, Certified Venice Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan, and Venice Local Coastal Specific Plan.

This proposed zone change will significantly increase the existing congestion at the primary entrance to Venice Beach and impair our ability to cope with sea level rise and natural disasters. The ONLY REASON for the proposed zone change is to pave the way for construction of a huge homeless shelter on this beach-adjacent property.

You can see this motion in the LUPC Agenda here. It is Item 9.A. starting on Page 3.

Please send a ONE-CLICK EMAIL letting members of LUPC know you oppose the zone change and, if at all possible, attend the meeting tonight to support the motion and LUPC Chair Alix Gucovsky:

Thursday, October 3 (Tomorrow night!)
Oakwood Recreation Center
767 California Avenue
Venice, California 90291
7 pm