The Venice Teen Project PAD providing services for young homeless adults ages 18-24 has temporarily relocated to 70 Windward Avenue, to a space donated by Gary and Vera Sutter. The PAD has transitioned 130 young adults off the beach and into housing , schools, or drug programs over the last two years. They can assist with obtaining valid I.D. , Yoga/Meditation classes, student enrollment, and other services. Participants are required to attend daily meetings and participate in neighborhood street clean up. If you know a young adult struggling with homelessness or addiction on Venice Beach please refer them. For more information please contact the PAD at 310-392-3838 or visit http://www.theteenproject.com/. They are open weekdays from 9am to 2pm. (via Ray Rae)
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.)
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.