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FBV: Garcetti & Bonin Unveil Plans for Generously Appointed Village at MTA Lot in Advance of October 17 Venice Town Hall

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Garcetti & Bonin Unveil Plans for Generously Appointed Village at MTA Lot in Advance of October 17 Venice Town Hall

Registration for the event was reopened — under pressure from FBV and others — but Garcetti and Bonin confirmed this morning that many Venice residents will be denied entrance to the Meeting Hall and relegated to an outdoor overflow space.

Send a One-Click Email to tell Bonin and Garcetti that this is NOT OKAY! All Venice Residents have a right to be FRONT AND CENTER on Wednesday.

You can again RSVP here but you will not be guaranteed admission to the Meeting Hall.
  • Village Amenities Include Art Space, Community Gardens, Pet Play Area, Bike Pavilion and Outdoor Lounge Areas with Contemporary Furniture

  • 100 Beds for Adults, Plus 54 Beds for Transition-Age Youth

  • Cost of Village Not Yet Provided

  • According to KPCC, Nearly a Quarter of the City’s Existing Shelter Beds Go Unused Every Night

  • New Media Reports Confirm That City Will Be Unable to Keep Promise to Clean Up Surrounding Area

Bonin released a video preview of the MTA Mega-Shelter Sunday.
Information on cost has not yet been released, but as you can see from the following snapshots, the campus will consume the entire 3.1-acre lot, and offer a broad range of desirable amenities not available to the average Venice renter, including an art space, community gardens, a bike pavilion, pet play areas and outdoor lounge areas complete with contemporary furniture and Weber BBQs.
Proposed MTA Lot Village Aerial View
MTA Lot Map
MTA Lot Outdoor Dining
Community Garden
Dogs Welcome
MTA Lot Bike Pavilion
The number of beds (100 adult and 54 youth) will barely make a dent in Venice’s existing 1,000-person unsheltered population, and recent news reports in the LA Times show that (even if they wanted to) Garcetti and Bonin will be unable to keep their “promise” to clean up surrounding areas because of opposition from civil rights attorneys and social services groups.
In any event, Bonin has already voted against funding clean ups in Venice because he wanted to use the money to expand encampment services, ( https://www.dailynews.com/2017/04/04/la-adds-21-million-to-continue-homeless-encampment-clean-ups/ ), and news reports show that nearly a quarter of existing shelter beds in Los Angeles currently go unused every night.( https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-05-10/sanitation-safety-problematic-in-la-area-homeless-shelters )
As a quick reminder, other projects in the immediate pipeline for Venice include:
  • Rose Avenue Apartments (50′ tall … no environmental review … shreds the Venice Specific Plan)
  • Navy Street Project (Venice Community Housing Corporation took $500k grant from City of Santa Monica to build housing for Santa Monica homeless in Venice)
  • Thatcher Yard Project (100 units of homeless housing on 2-acres on the Marina Green)
  • Venice Median Project (140 units of homeless housing on 2.8-acres a block off the beach on Venice Boulevard)
  • Westminster Navigation Center (storage and showers directly across from Westminster Elementary and two nursery schools)

Plus, camping is now permitted directly on Venice Beach, RV parking has been legalized throughout Venice and law enforcement in our community has effectively stopped.

Here is a map of how the area immediately surrounding the MTA Mega-Shelter will look if Garcetti and Bonin get their way:
TO THE BARRICADES!
BOTTOM LINE: WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES AND WE NEED A BIG TURN OUT ON OCTOBER 17 IF WE ARE GOING TO STOP THE MADNESS.

TAKE THIS NEWSLETTER WITH YOU FOR TALKING POINTS AND QUESTIONS: HERE IS A PDF YOU CAN PRINT.
WE WILL HAVE “STOP DUMPING ON VENICE” SIGNS AVAILABLE THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT & YOU CAN GET FBV SHIRTS AND HATS BELOW.
THE SAVE VENICE BEACH! GROUP WILL ALSO HAVE SIGNS AND IS URGING PEOPLE TO WEAR WHITE T-SHIRTS WITH “I’M A VENICE RESIDENT” WRITTEN ON THE FRONT AND BACK IN BLACK MARKER.

SEE TED HAYES’S GRIPPING VIDEO ON WHAT IS HAPPENING TO VENICE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdjMbfYBvYg&feature=youtu.be
BE VISIBLE!
To maximize visibility for the October 17 Venice Town Hall, we are producing and selling Fight Back, Venice! t-shirts and hats for purchase for $20 each. Buy one here and pick it up on the night of the event at our Westminster Elementary Booth.
Buy FBV Gear Now!
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