STOP THE ATTACK ON HOMELESS VEHICLE DWELLERS IN VENICE
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City attorneys have drawn up draft language to replace the 1983 law against living in cars, which was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in June 2014. The proposed new law is expected to be taken up by the City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee.
LAPD CONTINUES TO HARRASS, TICKET & THREATEN TO ARREST VEHICLE-DWELLERS IN VENICE - - - People living in their vehicles are one step away from living on the street. The city of Los Angeles doesn't care - in fact, for the past several years they have repeatedly arrested people and towed their vehicles - leaving them no other alternative but to live on the street!
This is inhumane treatment of vulnerable people living on the edge of our society - just trying to survive, day by day - they should not be kicked to the curb (literally) for trying to keep a roof over their head.
UPDATE: DECEMBER 8, 2010
Darlene Knoll has lived in her RV on the street for the past 8 years. She has been harassed and intimidated by LAPD to the point that she sought sanctuary in a church parking lot, afraid to be on the street. Darlene has become an activist, trying to protect the homeless in Venice but she is afraid of being targeted by the new LAPD Task Force that has been towing vehicles and arresting their owners.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2010
While the artist-owner was away, visiting her sick and dying father over Thanksgiving, LAPD was recruited by a notorious female Venice resident to tow the artists beautiful studio/bus parked outside her home on 5th Avenue, Venice....Go here for the full story and video:
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2010
URGENT: According to a local activist:
"The 'angry mob' groups have a letter campaign going in support of the police crack down and against St. Joseph's Center (that helps the homeless). (See here) Please counter it with your letters in support of St. Joseph's, and against the police siege of Venice against people in RV's."
UPDATE: OCTOBER 19, 2010
LAPD is cracking down on RV dwellers, beating and kicking on doors, rousting the inhabitants of RVs parked on Venice streets, towing vehicles and arresting occupants.
THE CRIMINALIZATON OF HOMELESS RV DWELLERS IN VENICE HAS TO STOP.
LAMC Section 85.02 states: "No person shall use a vehicle parked on or standing upon any City street or upon any parking lot owned by the City of Los Angeles or under control of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or otherwise."
WHERE IS THE HUMANE SOLUTION PROMISED BY THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES?
On September 23, 2010 at a Venice Town Hall meeting, Councilman Rosendahl made the following statement:
“There are a lot of people on the beach, in those cars and campers, that don’t want help… who use their RVs as a base for their criminality...
Where is the evidence for this inflammatory statement?
Is Councilman Rosendahl qualified to make such a statement that accuses people of being criminals with no proof of criminal activity? Under the US law - everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty.
I demand that Councilman Rosendahl retract his inflammatory statement, and issue a public apology to the "urban gypsies" (RV and vehicle dwellers) of Venice, CA.
Venice Action today called on Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to expedite the process for choosing an operator for the “Vehicles-to-Homes” (V2H) program in Council District 11. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 was the closing date for respondents to the Request For Proposals released in September.
“The Councilmember has an obligation to show the same urgency for implementing V2H as he has for the vigorous and sprawling law enforcement component he’s brought to dealing with the vehicular homeless in Venice,” said David Ewing of Venice Action. “If there are good, experienced bidders who can get the program up and running sooner rather than later, it’s time for him to step up and show comparable zeal for creating a real solution as he’s shown for being punitive.”
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
Oversized Parking Ordinance May Hit Venice Before 'Vehicles To Homes' Program
Excerpt from recent article:
"A community outcry to expel the nearly 250 RV dwellers who call Venice’s streets their homes has finally spurred action in Los Angeles City Hall, as lawmakers work to expedite a relocation and housing plan by the end of October.
Helmed by 11th District Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the “Vehicles to Homes” program (“formerly Streets to Homes”) will target Venice’s car and camper homeless and facilitate their transition into assisted living situations.
“There are a lot of people on the beach, in those cars and campers, that don’t want help… who use their RVs as a base for their criminality,” Rosendahl said. (TBN: Where are the facts?) “But those who want help, we want to be able to help them.”
Participants in the program must be deemed "economically deficient," have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration for their vehicle. As part of the transitional facets of the program, Rosendahl said his team is currently examining lots in and around the Venice area to house RV dwellers until the program is fully operational.
UPDATE: JULY 15, 2010
We did it again! With your help we persuaded Los Angeles City Mayor Villaraigosa to NOT sign into law the amended oversize vehicle ordinance ~ instead he sent the ordinance back to the City Council and the drawing board with recommendations.
Go here to see the letter: http://spiritofvenice.wordpress.com
UPDATE: JUNE 30, 2010
The Los Angeles City Council this week gave final approval to an ordinance that will allow residents to obtain restrictions on a block-by-block basis that would prohibit RVs and other oversize vehicles from parking there overnight.
The oversize-vehicle law would allow a majority of a block's residents to request "no parking" signs that would outlaw 2 a.m.-6 a.m. parking for vehicles that are either taller than 7 feet or longer than 22 feet.
The rule tightens up a previously approved ordinance and seems to be aimed at communities where RV dwellers have taken up residence. The measure passed 14-0, according to Councilman Bill Rosendahl's office.
JUNE 14, 2010
The day after the California Coastal Commission (CCC) voted to deny Overnight (Permit) Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice, Council Member Bill Rosendahl of Council District 11 (CD11) sent an email (see below) to a select group of Venice residents. Rosendahl pledged, once again, to "help Venice residents regulate parking in front of their homes" by imposing a "tougher ordinance restricting parking by over-sized vehicles."
Not only is Rosendahl gearing up for tougher restrictions on over-sized vehicles he has also authorized the Department of Transportation (DOT) to put up more "No vehicle over 6ft high" signs. These restrictions interfere with both residents' and visitors' ability, alike, to park on Venice streets ~ all because a special interest group with money is putting the pressure on.
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SEND A MESSAGE TO MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA AND COUNCILMAN ROSENDAHL THAT WE DON'T WANT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON THE STREETS OF VENICE -- AND THIS IS NOT A HUMANE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS IN VENICE ---!
From: Arturo Pina
Subject: Message from Councilmember Rosendahl
Sent: Jun 11, 2010 3:51 PM
"I am very disappointed that the California Coastal Commission rejected a settlement proposal that would have given residents of Venice the same ability to regulate street parking as every other community on the California coast. The proposal would have simultaneously given residents local control and increased visitor access to the beach.
Despite this setback, I am determined to use every tool at my disposal to help Venice residents regulate parking in front of their homes. On Wednesday, the council's Transportation Committee, which I chair, approved a stronger, tougher ordinance restricting parking by over-sized vehicles. I will ask the full City Council to adopt this ordinance. Over-sized vehicle restrictions can be adopted on a block-by-block basis, and can be implemented without seeking the approval of the Coastal Commission.
My staff and I are also moving forward aggressively with a Safe Parking program that will help move RVs and over-sized vehicles from residential streets while providing those living in their vehicles with much-needed social services and a path to housing.
While this is clearly a contentious issue, we all must resist anger and divisiveness. Solving this problem, and striking the right balance with a carrot and stick approach, will be difficult and will require patience and good will. Working together, I am confident we can accomplish that."
Office of Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Office (310) 568-8772 - Fax (310) 410-3946
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