SPECIAL VNC MEETING MONDAY TO APPROVE COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT RE: PUBLIC PARKING & THE MONSTER ON THE MEDIAN
As reported in the Venice Update, the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) will hold a special meeting Monday, February 25 at 7:30 pm, Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Avenue, to approve a Community Impact Statement (CIS) relating to public parking on the Venice Median (the future site of the Reese-Davidson Community (a.k.a. the “Monster on the Median”)).
The VNC Parking and Transportation Committee prepared the CIS in response to a recent motion by Councilman Mike Bonin (CF 19-0072) essentially directing the Department of Transportation to prepare a study showing the Monster on the Median will not “permanently displace  public parking” at the Venice Median lot.
As the VNC Parking and Transportation Committee correctly points out, existing studies show we “need to not only maintain but massively increase public parking opportunities in Venice,” so, true to form, Bonin is deliberately applying an artificially low standard to secure approval for the Monster of the Median despite its obvious adverse impacts on our community (with respect to parking and otherwise).
Further, it appears Bonin failed to solicit input from the VNC on this motion, in violation of City Charter, Section 907.
We applaud the VNC for standing up to Bonin and urge people to speak in support of the CIS at the special meeting of the VNC on Monday.
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