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Water Main Breaks (Again) on Carrol Canal

Nick Antonicello just sent in this photo from the scene where a water main broke last night on the 200 block of Carrol Canal. Reports are that it was the same 6″ pipe that broke May 11, 2012 (covered here at Yo! with photos by Ray Rae).  Approximately 100,000 gallons of water poured onto the street before the water was shut off. A 3 foot segment of the pipe was replaced and water was restored this morning, and KCBS reports that the replacement of 1000 feet of this line has been given priority on their schedule. KABC posted some vid of the flooding last night, and Nick got this shot of reporter Q McCray filing the report:

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NPR: At Venice Beach, Rich, Poor And Middle Class Coexist

A new radio piece from NPR’s “All Things Considered” released today discusses the benefits to economic mobility of living in an area with a wide mix of household income levels. It also discusses the challenges and pressures that Venice faces to maintain that mix going forward.

Economists say lower-income Americans are better off when they live in an area with a diversity of income levels. NPR’s Kelly McEvers reports on an area with a wide range of economic diversity, California’s Venice Beach.

 

Venice Tenant Evicted for Airbnb

It appears that Los Angeles may be catching up with a legal trend in other cities, where landlords are evicting tenants for subletting apartments on Airbnb. Attorney Steven Coard from the Law Offices of Rosario Perry writes in to let us know that on behalf of a client, his firm just successfully evicted a Venice tenant on Glencoe Avenue. According to Coard, on a motion for summary judgement the short term rentals were found to violate Zoning Code, LAMC 12.08. Coard said the rent-controlled tenant was paying $1000 a month and bringing in $3000 a month profit by listing the one-bedroom apartment on Airbnb. Local news biz Vice published an interesting piece on the issues surrounding Airbnb back in April, “Airbnb Will Probably Get You Evicted and Priced Out of the City

The Venice Beach Curfew Dispute Continues

Venice Stakeholders Association President Mark Ryavec writes to let us know that discussions will begin soon between the LA City Attorney and California Coastal Commission to address again the longstanding disagreement concerning the City curfew ordinance which came into effect in 1989.  

Venice Stakeholders Issue Letters Supporting Beach Curfew (Venice, CA/6-26-14) The Venice Stakeholders Association today released a letter to the Los Angeles Police Department and city officials supporting the City’s 12-5 AM beach curfew, noting that the curfew is an inherent municipal police power and expressly exempt from purview of the Coastal Act and the Coastal Commission. “The framers of the Coastal Act carved out the police powers of coastal cities from the requirement to obtain a coastal development permit (CDP),” said Mark Ryavec, the VSA’s president. Ryavec, a former legislative analyst for the City of Los Angeles, said the exemption for cities is straightforward. “The State Legislature did not want the Coastal Act to prevent the police from protecting residents and visitors.” In the letter the Venice leader noted that “ while the curfew does limit “access to water,” so does a line of police tape that is placed across entry points to the Boardwalk in emergency situations or around sites in the VRBA when a crime has been committed. The curfew is simply a proactive version of police tape designed to prevent crime, vandalism and the violation of quality of life ordinances that protect residents.” “No CDP is required for any of these exercises of police power to protect citizens and property.” Also released was a letter supporting the curfew from long-time Venice resident Jack Hoffman, who is the past president of the Venice Action Committee. (Hoffman lives one-half block from the curfew zone.)

Mark Ryavec’s letter to LAPD, and  Jack Hoffman’s letter. The Los Angeles Times has covered the fight that began in 2010 (and published an editorial recently urging compromise). The latest round began April 9th of this year, with a letter from Andrew Willis, a Coastal Commission enforcement analyst, to the Department of Recreations and Parks, maintaining the commission’s position that the curfew is subject to a permit approval process under the Coastal Act. From the LA Times coverage in April:

 Although Willis’ letter used conciliatory language, he reiterated the commission’s longstanding position that the city must conform to the Coastal Act and the commission’s guidelines, which he said call for:

  •  A way for the public to have access to the ocean 24 hours a day.
  • Presenting “credible evidence” of a public safety problem that requires a beach curfew.
  • Evaluating alternatives to a “sweeping” curfew and tailoring boundaries to narrowly focus the ban on problem areas.
  • Adopting a “sunset” clause to guarantee periodic review and public hearings on the need for the curfew.

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