June 13, 2013
We scored a tremendous unanimous victory at the Coastal Commission today.
Go here to watch video of the hearing:
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The Commissioners voted 14-0 against OPDs for Venice after hours of hearing testimony from about 100 Venetians, the city of L.A. and the Venice Stakeholder Association.Commission Chair Mary Shallenberger said: "We are being used by the city of L.A." Commissioner Brian Brenman said: "Venice brings something remarkable. I hope L.A. appreciates you." (Of course, they don't.) And Commissioner Martha McClure, lamenting the lack of public parking facilities in our community, said: "Venice is getting short shrift from L.A." Commissioner Esther Sanchez started the comments by saying she would vote no, and thanked the audience (90% NOPD) for helping her make her decision. The Commissioners blasted the city, and their own staff, for bringing the issue to the board without a parking study that would show how OPDs would help the parking problem in Venice. The city could only produce a five-year-old survey that only partially addressed parking in the community. What was significant was that most of the Commissioners were new and had not been present when the city received similar drubbings from Venetians at hearings in 2009 and 2010. It should be difficult for the city to bring this proposal back to the Commission after today, but who knows? Anyone who cares about Venice would have been extremely proud of our NOPD delegation at the Commission meeting. They were focused, to the point and made a powerful impression on the Commissioners. Jim Smith
June 6, 2013
KEEP VENICE STREETS FREE - HEARING @ COASTAL COMMISSION ON THURS. JUNE 13 -
Make your voices heard by attending the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) hearing next Thurs. June 13 which begins @ 8:30 am in Long Beach, CA.
If you are available on that day PLEASE join us in telling the CCC that you want to keep coastal access to Venice beach free and open to all, as stipulated by the 1976 CA Coastal Act; and, if you live in Venice, that you don’t want to have to pay to park on your street!
NOPDs supporters are meeting @ 7:00 am on Thurs. June 13 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 – Ph: 310-822-3006 Fax: 310-821-0256
We will be busing and/or carpooling to Long Beach – more details closer to the date – PLEASE COME IF YOU CAN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN VENICE.
The hearing will be held at City of Long Beach, City Council CHAMBERS, 333 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802 (415) 407-3211
Go here to view the CCC agenda, scroll down to Thurs. June 13: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html
For more info. on this topic go here: http://spiritofvenice.wordpress.com/nopd/
Hope to see you there — it will be well worth the effort
April 23, 2013
THANKS TO MARK RYAVEC & VENICE STAKEHOLDERS ASSOC. (VSA) OPDs ARE BACK ON THE FRONT BURNER IN VENICE!
Following a lawsuit brought by Ryavec and VSA against the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) & City of L.A (COLA) - a settlement proposal has been drawn up for submission to the CCC June hearing.
We need to put the pressure on CCC, who have already denied OPDs in Venice twice, to deny them a third time. Please sign this petition and pass along.
Permit parking in Venice would be in violation of the 1976 Coastal Act which was designed to keep public access to the CA coast free and open to all.
NOPDs IN VENICE! KEEP OUR PUBLIC STREETS FREE!
PRESERVE ALL PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE VENICE COASTAL ZONE!
JOIN WITH US IN TELLING THE CA COASTAL COMMISSION THAT VENICE STREETS SHOULD BE OPEN TO ALL - PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE COAST AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY OR NIGHT.
WE DON'T WANT PARKING PERMITS ON OUR STREETS IN VENICE!
Please watch this video of the presentation before the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 re: the Proposed Overnight Parking Districts Settlement - resulting from a lawsuit brought by Mark Ryavec and the Venice Stakeholders Assoc. (VSA) against the CA Coastal Commission - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzvCWOFNRuw
The presentation explains the OPD settlement to VNC Board and stakeholders. Representatives from the City Attorney's Office; Tamara Martin and Felix Valde from LA Department of Transportation; Arturo Pina, District Director,CD11, the California Coastal Commission and knowledgeable others were invited to provide information and respond to questions. NOTE: No motion has been put forward on the subject of the OPD settlement. This item was for discussion only. Any motions dealing with the OPD settlement will be heard at the VNC Board's May meeting.
WE NEED PEOPLE TO SHOW UP AT THE NEXT VNC MEETING IN VENICE (TUES. MAY 21, 2013) TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS. WE WILL ALSO NEED LETTERS WRITTEN TO THE CA COASTAL COMMISSION FOR THE JUNE HEARING ON THIS MATTER.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO. THANKS :)
UPDATE: JUNE 18, 2010 ~
A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED THE PETITION! PLEASE STAY TUNED BECAUSE IT ISN'T OVER YET ~ OPD SUPPORTERS HAVE VOWED TO FIGHT BACK.
PLEASE CONTINUE SIGNING AND SENDING EMAILS TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
A resounding victory for NOPDs in Venice ~ supporters of the NO OVERNIGHT PERMIT PARKING DISTRICTS (NOPDs) in VENICE gathered at the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) hearing, June 10, 2010 for the 2nd battle over OPDs in Venice.
For the second year in a row, the California Coastal Commission has denied a request for overnight parking restrictions by Venice residents who have complained about people living in campers and cars on the streets.
The panel's 6-3 vote Thursday also quashed a proposed settlement that the city of Los Angeles had hoped would resolve the divisive issue over how to deal with recreational vehicle dwellers, who some Venice residents contend bring noise, public inebriation, crime and litter.
Some commissioners said they continue to believe that such parking restrictions in the coastal zone would negatively affect the public’s ability to access the beach in the early morning.
“What we are being asked of is to approve a restriction in the Venice area. That restriction, in my view, does in fact limit access and I’m not convinced we need to do that at this point,” Coastal Commissioner Mark Stone said.
Referring to the commission’s vote one year earlier, Commissioner Sara Wan said the state board denied the parking permits because of public access impacts and not due to social issues related to people living in their vehicles.
“The city seems to be under some misunderstanding that the streets in these areas should be restricted to residents,” Wan said. “I believe that this particular plan will adversely affect the public’s ability to get to the beach.”
The commission’s vote additionally nullified a proposed lawsuit settlement between the commission, City of Los Angeles and Venice Stakeholders Association regarding the commission’s denial of overnight parking permits at last year’s meeting. The tentative agreement proposed that the city would need to have oversize vehicle parking restrictions in place for at least six months, along with other mitigation measures such as allowing additional parking in beach lots, before overnight parking districts (OPDs) could take effect between 2 and 6 a.m. The OPDs would only be established when they receive the support of a two-thirds majority of residents on a certain block.
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said he was very disappointed in the commission’s vote to reject the settlement conditions, calling it “terribly unfair” that Venice has not been given the same right to regulate street parking as other coastal communities. Though he was “flabbergasted” by the decision, Rosendahl said he now wants to focus his energy on implementing an oversize vehicle law, which the council’s transportation committee has already approved, as well as the safe parking program.
UPDATE: Monday, May 31, 2010
Negotiators for the Coastal Commission, the city of Los Angeles and Mark Ryavec’s “Venice Stakeholders Association” have reached a tentative agreement on a lawsuit concerning the Coastal Commission’s right to regulate overnight parking (OPDs) in Venice.
June 2, 2010 – 9:00 am, City Hall – L.A. City Council will vote on the proposed settlement agreement. Please attend if you possibly can.
June 10, 2010 – 9:00 am, Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – please attend and make your voice heard. California Coastal Commission will vote on the proposed settlement agreement.
UPDATE: Friday, May 14, 2010
From Charles Posner of California Coastal Commission:
The proposed settlement calls for a public hearing before CCC to reconsider the City's proposed OPDs. The date of the public hearing has not been set. The public will be notified once the public hearing is scheduled. The notice will be at least two weeks before the meeting. Check CCC's meeting schedule and agenda at ~ http://www.coastal.ca.gov.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AND SIGN OUR PETITION WHICH WILL SEND EMAILS TO CCC, CD11 AND CITY ATTNY. THNX!
UPDATE: Friday, May 6, 2010
Recently the California Coastal Commission (CCC) struck a tentative settlement with the Venice Stakeholders Association (VSA) to allegedly allow Overnight (Permit) Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice, CA. The details of the settlement have not been made public and it appears that it will be several months before the settlement terms will go into effect.
Below are details of events leading up to this latest development in what has become a long drawn out battle to keep the streets of Venice free of permit parking:
Less than two months after the California Coastal Commission chose not to issue permits for overnight parking restrictions in five areas of Venice, on June 11, 2009, a community residents' group called Venice Stakeholders Association, headed up by Mark Ryavec, filed a lawsuit challenging the state agency’s jurisdiction to approve such permits.
In its lawsuit against CCC and City of Los Angeles, filed on August 10th, 2009, VSA alleged that CCC failed to follow the California Coastal Act when it voted in June, 2009 to deny coastal development permits for overnight (permit) parking districts (OPDs) on Venice streets. When denying the parking permits, CCC indicated that they felt they were being tasked with handling the social issue of poor people living in their vehicles, rather than a coastal access issue.
VSA sought a writ of mandate to invalidate the commission’s denial of the permits, and a declaration that CCC lacks jurisdiction in regard to OPDs and coastal development permits in the city.
VSA were joined in their effort by the right wing, anti-environmental Pacific Legal Foundation which has attempted for years to dilute the safeguards of the California Coastal Act. This partnership finally brings clarity to the real intentions of VSA which have been obscured by confusing legal maneuvers and misleading public statements by their spokesperson, Mark Ryavec, a development consultant.
- Special Assistant to City Attorney
- Coastal Program Analyst
- Executive Secretary, CCC
- Los Angeles City Attorney
I applaud the California Coastal Commission for standing up (2x) for free public access for ALL to our coastal areas and for continuing to fight (as they did in 2009 & 2010) against restrictive overnight (permit) parking districts (OPDs) on the streets of Venice.
Mark Ryavec and the VSA, with the cooperation of the City of Los Angeles, seeks yet again to establish OPDs throughout Venice in order to prevent poor people, who are living in their vehicles, from parking on Venice streets over night. The Commission, after a public hearing on June 10, 2010, once again determined that the proposed overnight parking districts would adversely affect public coastal access and would exclude the general public from parking on public streets. The Commission found that there are alternatives that would accomplish the necessary goals without adversely impacting coastal access.
Venice Stakeholders Association (VSA), in their lawsuit against CCC, presumed to represent the will of the Venice community. When, in fact, they represent a minority of residents. VSA were recently joined by the right wing, anti-environmental Pacific Legal Foundation, which has attempted for years to dilute the safeguards of the California Coastal Act, and I believe this partnership demonstrates their real intentions, which have been obscured by confusing legal maneuvers and misleading public statements by their spokesperson, Mark Ryavec.
I urge CCC: to continue to preserve public access for ALL to the Venice coastal zone by upholding the CA Coastal Act of 1976; and to keep Venice streets free of restrictive paid permit parking.
NOPDs in Venice, thank you.
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