The Venice Neighborhood Council Once Again Proves Itself To be Uninformed, Wishful and Useless

Results of the Venice Neighborhood Council December 2nd Meeting RE: Ocean Front Walk

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Special Board of Officers Meeting Agenda
Westminster Elementary School (Auditorium)
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, 90291
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

1. Call to Order and Roll Call (7:00PM – 5 minutes)
Meeting called to order in memory of Guillermo Carmona-Perez, a young man murdered in his
prime; and Ita Bayer, 92 year old lifetime resident of Venice. May they rest in peace.
2. Pledge Of Allegiance (7:05PM — 5 minutes) To whom?
3. Approval of the Agenda (7:10PM – 5 minutes)
4. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda (7:15PM — 10 minutes)
[no more than 1 minute per person – no Board member announcements permitted]
5. Ocean Front Walk Safety (7:25PM — 120 minutes) (Tom Elliott – Chair, OFW Comm)
[For discussion and possible action]
The Ocean Front Walk, and Public Safety Committees met and deliberated on recommendations
and suggestions heard at The VNC Public Safety Town Hall on October 29, 2013 and responded
with the following proposed motions to the Needs Assessment on Public Safety for Venice Beach
as submitted by the City Recreation and Parks Department: VNC-OFW-Safety-Report_8-14-
13.pdf)
A AUTOMATED RETRACTABLE BOLLARD SYSTEM
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA should not install
automated bollards due to the cost of installation and maintenance, and potential for failure.

The City Park itself has issues with maintenance and failure…. so you think The City shouldn’t make safety improvements on an issue that put people at a safety risk DAILY because it will need to be maintained and a fairy won’t just magically make sure it all works perfectly? Is your standard for implementation that it be free and perfect?
B GATE AND BOLLARD SYSTEM
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA should not install a
lockable gate system because it will obstruct delivery, restrict handicap access, and is potentially
dangerous in crowded panic situation.

Restrict delivery how? Delivery of what? Handicap access how? There are plenty of handicap access points along the beach INCLUDING the free parking they get. You are talking about Venice Beach, right? Pointless argument that has NOTHING to do with solving the issue of people constantly driving on OFW. Are you incapable of thinking up an actual effective alternative solution, or just making up distracted nonsense that doesn’t directly relate to the issue at hand?

C HARD STREET CLOSURES
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA should not install
steel and concrete bollards at OFW, but does support the use of functional and artistic
obstructions that may include welcome arches, bike racks, statues, art, monuments, and
concrete seating areas that do not obstruct ocean views and beach access. These items should
be placed close enough together to block vehicles, but far enough apart to allow pedestrian,
wheelchair and hand-delivery access to the boardwalk on all streets except Navy, Rose, Brooks,
Market, 18th, Venice Bl, and Washington. Further, the The Venice Neighborhood Council
recommends that the City of LA consult the community of Venice and the VNC regarding the use
of local art and artists in the design and construction of these Hard Street Closures.

Of course if it has to do with art and artists you are in favor of it. Does everything have to have art on it???? How about just nice, simple, effective obstructions that serve the purpose that they are intended for instead of something as stupid and useless as the zip line adorned with horrific artwork that you approved. Keep it it simple _ _ _ _ _ _. And how about those awesome bike racks that are already there… yes the ones with tons of homeless carts and debris CHAINED to them. Working out great isn’t it.
D TEMPORARY BOLLARDS
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA removes the
temporary bollards on OFW because they are unsightly, ineffective, broken, and are a pedestrian
safety hazard.

They are effective. They are unsightly, broken and a pedestrian safety hazard, but they are effective… so stop putting forth things that are simply not true to bolster your fractured argument.
E SIGNAGE
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA removes the “Dead
End”, “Road Closed” and “Do Not Enter” signs, and replace them with “Welcome to Venice
Beach”, “Pedestrians Only” and directional signs for parking where appropriate, ie Speedway,
because the existing signs are unsightly, unwelcoming, and obstruct the view of the beach.

If you want welcome signs, put forth a proposal for welcome signs in an appropriate area. These are STREET SIGNS ON A STREET. Stop mixing issues with your desire to suddenly want to welcome people to Venice. Just because The City put up signs, doesn’t mean you can oppose them and replace them with something you want, especially when it sounds like it was voted on by a kindergarten class. It is a street sign for DRIVER SAFETY, if you want to welcome people to Venice, CREATE A WELCOME BOOTH.
F SECURITY CAMERAS
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA should not install
security cameras on OFW, because they are an invasion of privacy, they have historically been
poorly maintained, and they would be technologically unfeasible.

First of all, there is no legal expectation of privacy in a public park – if you want privacy stay home (please). What makes you think they would be technically unfeasible. We have a rover on mars sending back video and pictures. What decade do you live in? The past is the past. Stop living there and try to improve the future which should be part of your responsibility ( but clearly isn’t ). Hey, what if we let artists paint the  camera housings?
G LIGHTING
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council supports lighting upgrades as the number one
priority of the RAP Assessment, and recommends vast expansion of lighting on OFW, the bike
path and Speedway, using green, LED and solar technology as a crime deterrent, safety
measure, and to support commerce on the boardwalk

I object to this idea because they are an invasion of privacy, they have historically been poorly maintained, and they would be technologically unfeasible. (How does that sound…. familiar?)
H INCREASED LAPD FOOT PATROL
MOTION: Whereas, at the OFW Public Safety Town Hall held in October 2013, the people of
Venice overwhelmingly agreed that the number one issue surrounding safety on OFW is a
marked decrease in Police Presence on the boardwalk in recent years.
Therefore, be it resolved that:
1. The Venice Neighborhood Council demands that LAPD must increase the number of officers
on the boardwalk beat, specifically on foot patrol, as there is a dramatic difference in
interaction with citizens when officers are on foot, versus in a vehicle of any sort.

As I recall from several VNC meetings from the past few years, the VNC was resoundingly in favor of having LESS police presence all around at the beach. Why the sudden change of heart? The officers are far more effective in vehicles. They can travel faster, carry needed and effective gear, and they can transport arrestees . Foot patrol from a parked vehicle in a two block radius is a more effective and sensible solution. You should also already know how far in advance LAPD schedules are made, and how our Division is assigned the number of officers we have. You think YOU can just “recommend” more in? Pffffff.
2. Police presence should be 24/7, as nighttime patrol is paramount to safety.

Do you think LAPD is not around 24/7? Again, are you sure you are talking about Venice?
3. “Education”, “Community-Style Policing”, “Training Specific to the Boardwalk”, and “Evenhanded
Enforcement” of all ordinances, including 42.15, should be the standard.

Which is already in effect, and look at what a miserable situation you have. Well done VNC.
4. The Police Substation at Windward should be “open and staffed” 24/7.

So should the VNC. This would be a waste. A building doesn’t need to be staffed and open… we have a police station. We need officers on patrol, not in a building. Use some simple common sense. The patrol officers all have keys to the substation. If they need to go there, they will.
I OPEN AND CLEAN ALL PUBLIC RESTROOMS
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA MAINTAIN,
CLEAN DAILY, and KEEP OPEN ALL public restrooms in the Park DURING PARK HOURS.

This is already the case. How could you not know that? Why doesn’t the VNC go “find” some more money to maintain them better?
J MAINTAIN BIKE PATH
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA, in conjunction with
the County of LA, maintain the bike path by sweeping sand from the path DAILY, and mitigating
sand build-up on the grassy knolls between the path and the boardwalk, as sand on the bike
path is major safety concern.

Guess what, the wind blows. I know it is hard to believe, but indeed the wind does blow. It has its own unpublished schedule, and it blows when it wants. When it blows, it blows sand on the bike path, the grassy knolls, and sometimes all the way to Speedway. Have you geniuses budgeted the cost for this? The personnel, vehicle costs, fuel and maintenance? I will go ahead and assume you haven’t because you rarely think beyond the crayon and construction paper ideology of solving a problem. Again, have you been a part of This City long enough to know Rec & Park became responsible for costs in the past two years that have dramatically decreased their budgets? Where have you all been during these meetings?
K WARN, BAG AND TAG PROGRAM
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of Los Angeles
implement a Warn, Bag & Tag program similar to the program currently in use in Downtown Los
Angeles for reasons of public safety.

And are you going to take responsibility and be the targeted body for the currently pending and forthcoming lawsuits related to this? Will the VNC pay for its own council for your inept ideas? Ever ask why it isn’t being done right now? I’m going to go ahead and guess not. Way to plan and communicate with your “fellow” City departments. 1 phone call is all it would take. 1 call.
L VOLUNTARY STORAGE PROGRAM
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City initiate a voluntary
storage program to move unsightly piles of property out of the public view and to reduce blight
and enhance public cleanliness, public safety and greatly improve the visitor experience on
Ocean Front Walk and surrounding areas. It shall be located at a site to be determined, with
input from the community and LAPD, to provide safe storage for the personal property of unhoused
local residents. The site should not be on Ocean Front Walk.

Well, kudos for actually admitting that there are unsightly piles of property in public view and that is is a blight, unclean and a public safety hazard that is a negative visitor experience. What is stupid is that you think a “voluntary” program is going to help with this. And it is nice of you to recommend this, since you had already planned for, and approved this well before any opportunity for public comment… and without ever informing Parks and Recreation. Yes, you did that VNC… and blew past The City and community all on your own with Steve Clare. You also never informed Parks n Rec of the Winter Shelter Schedule which also impacts The City Park. I’m sure your mimeograph machine must have broke. High five!
6. New Business
[For discussion and possible action]
NOTE: The OFW Committee did not take a position on the following item so it is being agendized
separately.

PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM
MOTION: The Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the City of LA install a Public
Address System on OFW for use in emergency and evacuation purposes only.
To be installed, maintained and operated by whom? If we don’t need bollards or signs, what could we possibly need this for? What kind of emergencies? What kind of announcements? How about a constant loop of circus music with a chorus of clowns signing “Welcome To Venice”.
7. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda (9:25PM — 10 minutes)
[no more than 1 minute per person – no Board member announcements permitted]
8. Adjourn (approx. 9:35PM)

 

Maybe the VNC could recommend to LAFD that they have local artists paint their triage blankets to make it a more friendly and local experience.

Maybe the VNC could recommend to LAFD that they have local artists paint their triage blankets to make it a more friendly and local experience when people drive down the boardwalk and hit pedestrians.

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