Petitioning Councilman Mike Bonin and 22 others



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The proposal of a Business Improvement District (BID): City File #16-0749(CD11) in Venice was initiated by ex-president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce (VCC), Carl Lambert, in 2013 when he first brought his proposal to the Ocean Front Walk committee, a committee stacked with his business cronies.

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Since then, the BID proposal has been working it's way through City Hall and is now surfacing as another giant step in the gentrification of Venice.

Many residents, property owners, business owners and stakeholders, are concerned about the impact of the proposed BID and how it will be enforced in Venice.  Here are just some of the reasons why this is not a good idea for Venice, with it's Bohemian past and history of free-spirited, uninhibited ambiance:

1. The process for establishing the BID has not been public or transparent.

2. BIDs in the City of Los Angeles, and particularly their private security forces, have a history of hostility toward homeless and low-income residents resulting in several lawsuits since their inception in the late 1990s regarding unconstitutional practices.

3. BIDs are a form of privatization that harms those that don’t own property and limits democratic control over resources.

4. BIDs are not feasible for all businesses or property owners to pay, particularly non-profits and small business owners.

5. The founding premise for the BID is faulty. It is claimed that a BID is needed because the City of Los Angeles is not providing the proper public services. While it is true that the city is not providing services, the solution is not privatization. We oppose privatization of our public spaces and services.

6.  In 1904, Abbot Kinney deeded Ocean Front Walk to be a public park in perpetuity, which also included sharp restrictions on commerce; therefore the city has no authority to approve a Business Improvement District on this section of Venice.

We DON'T WANT A BID IN VENICE - it will destroy the last vestiges of freedom that remain in our community!!!

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Councilman
    Mike Bonin
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 1
    Gilbert Cedillo
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 2
    Paul Krekorian
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 3
    Bob Blumenfield
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 4
    David E. Ryu
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 5
    Paul Koretz
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 6
    Nury Martinez
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 7
    Felipe Fuentes
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 8
    Marqueece Harris-Dawson
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 9
    Curren D. Price, Jr.
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 10
    Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 12
    mitchell englander
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 13
    Mitch O'Farrell
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 14
    Jose Huizar
  • Los Angeles City Council, District 15
    Joe Buscaino
  • Los Angeles City Mayor
    Eric Garcetti
  • Los Angeles City Attorney
    Mike Feuer
  • Venice Neighborhood Council
    VNC Board
  • L.A. City Clerk's Office
    Rita Moreno
  • L.A. City Clerk's Office
    Miranda Paster
  • L.A. City Clerk's Office
    Rosemary Hinkson
  • L.A. City Clerk's Office
    Holly Wolcott
  • L.A. City Clerk's Office
    Shannon Hoppes

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