RESTORE 24 HR ACCESS TO CALIFORNIA BEACHES
  • Petitioning John Ainsworth

This petition will be delivered to:

Calfornia Coastal Commission
John Ainsworth
Manager, L.A. Dept. of Rec & Parks
Jon Mukri
Los Angeles City Attorney
Mike Feuer
LAPD Pacific Division
Capt. Brian Johnson
Councilmember for CD 11
Mike Bonin
Los Angeles City Mayor
Eric Garcetti
Director, CA Coastal Commission
California Coastal Commission
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House

RESTORE 24 HR ACCESS TO CALIFORNIA BEACHES

    1. Petition by

      The Benefit Network

According to the California Coastal Act of 1976, the public should have 24 hour access to the beaches.

The Los Angeles’ beach curfew is well-known to people who have enjoyed an evening bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach by LAX or a moonlit walk in Venice only to have it cut short.

The police and city attorney are now enforcing a new illegal curfew on Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, from midnight to 5:00 am, since it was declared part of “The Park”.

Residents and visitors alike are impacted by this new development on Ocean Front Walk (aka Venice Boardwalk) just as they are by ALL beach curfews.

Coastal Commission Executive Director Peter Douglas says: “There are a lot of people who want to use the beach, which they have a constitutional right to do, in the middle of the night…You don’t preclude the public from that use without a good justification — a good reason — and we have to be able to look at that.”

As recently as November 2010, L.A. Times reported that the California Coastal Commission is challenging “beach curfews established by cities up and down the coast, saying they are illegal without state approval and that people have a right to be on the sand whenever they want.” 

Barboza goes on to say: “The new push is likely to renew debate over coastal access, with beach cities arguing that the curfews are needed to ward off late-night crime on the sand. Coastal Commission officials argue that crime has dropped significantly in the last decade while demand for time on the beach has increased.

City officials in Los Angeles said they had no intention of weakening a curfew that’s been on the books for decades. The city attorney’s office said that the curfew was meant to deter crime and that the state didn’t have the authority to challenge the statute.

Enforcement of the curfew, however, may be inconsistent with the law.

Lifeguards told The Times that they started clearing the sand and surf at 10 p.m., two hours earlier than stipulated in the city’s 1988 ordinance.”

http://spiritofvenice.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/ocean-front-walk-becomes-part-of-the-park/

Recent signatures

    News

    1. BEACH CURFEW ISSUE HEATS UP OVER MIDNIGHT CLOSURE OF VENICE BOARDWALK

      There was standing room only at the VNC Neighborhood Committee meeting on Monday, January 24, 2012. Boisterous proponents of the new curfew affecting Ocean Front Walk (Venice Boardwalk) showed extreme satisfaction with the city’s decision to restrict access to the boardwalk between the hours of 12 midnight and 5:00 am.

      CD 11 Deputy, Arturo Pina, gratuitously fielded questions from the room after explaining that the boardwalk has always been part of the park, and a curfew applies to all parks from midnight to 5:00 am. LAPD officer Kreeft mis-spoke when she claimed that the “Jones Settlement” (allowing homeless individuals to sleep on the sidewalk) only applied to Skid Row, downtown. While LAPD officer Thusing assured the crowd that the situation on the boardwalk at night is “dangerous” – begging the question: so why haven’t the police been dealing with it?

    2. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Joe Faust LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 11 days ago

      Meditation in early morning. Kiting with offshore winds in early mornings. Exercise.

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    • Stacey Rains VALLEY GLEN, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      because this is an obvious attack against the homeless

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    • kathy lerner SAN RAAEL, CA
      • 9 months ago

      the access to beaches hould be free 24 hrs day and have always been the world should won the beaches not gov't and rich people I greq up near this beach and freedom to access to beaches is close to my heart.

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    • Perla Ortega HUNTINGTON PARK, CA
      • 10 months ago

      I believe the beach does not nessecerally belong to anyone therefore the beach should be open 24/7 with supervision of course

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    • GILBERT PACIFICAR LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because nature should not be limited to a time.

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