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Santa Monica Flaunts Coastal Commission Favor
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September 8, 2011
5:23 pm
Bret
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Things are going pretty well up in Santa Monica these days! They get revenue from an airport that directs most of it's noise pollution over Venice every day of the week and now they are rolling out new signs that add further insult to the fact they enacted residential permit parking without a coastal development permit that the California Coastal Commission has required of Venice. Looks like a whole bunch of Santa Monica vehicles are about to be funneled into Venice, as OVO's here are not Citywide.

Ozone and 7th

From C.C.:
This sign went up this morning on the corner of Ozone and 7th - right on the border of Venice and SM ... pointed toward Venice of course.

It's a long and tired story to say that Santa Monica is a bad neighbor but come on. The little orange flag at the top does add a nice flourish.


California Coastal Commission

John (Jack) Ainsworth, Deputy Director
Gary Timm, District Manager
(562) 590-5071
FAX (562) 590-5084

September 8, 2011
5:57 pm
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As much as I agree that Satan Monica is a bad neighbor for numerous reasons, I'm not sure this really shows bias by the Coastal Commission. I believe the key point against the OPDs in Venice was that they discriminated between groups of people, i.e. residents were treated differently than non-residents, which goes against California's coastal access laws (everyone gets equal access). This Santa Monica sign appears to ban ALL oversized vehicles, regardless of who owns them. So a Santa Monica homeowner won't be able to park their RV on the street anymore than a transient. The street-by-street system we have here in Venice is similar, it just requires a lot more bureaucratic maneuvering.

What this does highlight is that due to its smaller size and more concentrated interests, Santa Monica can more quickly and effectively deal with its problems, unlike cumbersome, clumsy LA that can't get anything done. The reason Venice gets dumped on by Santa Monica is twofold. One, they aggressively and intentionally try to push problems on their neighbors whenever possible, and two, we let them get away with it.

September 8, 2011
6:16 pm
Bret
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AmorosoNate said:

I'm not sure this really shows bias by the Coastal Commission.

Malibu has 'em, Santa Monica, most the cities to the South … I find it odd that at the Marina Hotel meeting one of their big points was that it limited hours for beach access to people like fishermen etc etc ...

 

Got an email after my post from someone "in the know" that said what you had posted was a good assessment of the situation ...

September 8, 2011
7:37 pm
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AmorosoNate said:

The street-by-street system we have here in Venice is similar, it just requires a lot more bureaucratic maneuvering.

Our signs (for those who were lucky enough to get them) are only restrictive from 2-4:am. Their signs are "ANY TIME".

Plus they have several residential neighborhoods that are permit only parking 24/7.    

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September 8, 2011
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The lesson here kids is that SM and the people who live there and govern it have there *#!%$! together way more than the sorry-ass leaders of LA/Venice. I mean c'mon, let's be honest- SM isn't a bad neighbor. LA/Venice is the bad neighbor.

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September 8, 2011
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SaltWater said:

The lesson here kids is that SM and the people who live there and govern it have there *#!%$! together way more than the sorry-ass leaders of LA/Venice. I mean c'mon, let's be honest- SM isn't a bad neighbor. LA/Venice is the bad neighbor.

Could not agree more, Saltwater!

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September 8, 2011
11:11 pm
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zappaman said:

SaltWater said:

The lesson here kids is that SM and the people who live there and govern it have there *#!%$! together way more than the sorry-ass leaders of LA/Venice. I mean c'mon, let's be honest- SM isn't a bad neighbor. LA/Venice is the bad neighbor.

Could not agree more, Saltwater!

yup. 

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September 8, 2011
11:32 pm
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OK enough trash talk about Venice.

 

Brett graciously provided us with a contact at the coastal commission. 

 

4 responses to this email.  Does that mean there were 4 letters written to Jack Ainsworth and Gary Timm?

 

Let's get together on this!

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September 9, 2011
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Good luck dealing with an unelected legislative body.

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September 9, 2011
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The Mayor is having a Q&A Town Meeting Monday at 6:30 pm at 

Felicia Mahood Senior Center

11338 Santa Monica Bl (@Corinth)

Ask the Mayor and his staff for their take on this and what they plan to do to help Venice.

September 9, 2011
10:56 am
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Don't blame SM for being smart enough to not ask permission on an issue that never should have gone before the coastal commission in the first place.  It isn't their fault that LA was dumb enough to let the coastal commission make the decision.  You could wonder if that mistake by LA's leadership was purposeful.

September 9, 2011
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Venetian said:

zappaman said:

SaltWater said:

The lesson here kids is that SM and the people who live there and govern it have there *#!%$! together way more than the sorry-ass leaders of LA/Venice. I mean c'mon, let's be honest- SM isn't a bad neighbor. LA/Venice is the bad neighbor.

Could not agree more, Saltwater!

yup. 

These comments only reinforce the truth of the last clause in my orignal post.....

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