New LAPD Beach Policy Cripples Response

Lost foriegn tourist asks LAPD Beach unit for directions on the sand.

On Monday just past noon, a radio call was broadcast for a stabbing on the Venice Boardwalk.  The third stabbing in as many days. The suspect fled, and the victim ran towards the ocean, leaving a bloody trail on the boardwalk heading towards the sand. The officers that responded asked for a Beach capable unit to search for the victim. A strange request… as there is typically always one unit available to respond on the sand. Dispatch responded that no Beach capable units were available. The officers then requested a lifeguard to pick them up and drive them on the sand to search for the victim. Standard protocol for almost all City & County agencies is that they don’t respond into a “hot zone”, or an active crime zone until law enforcement has cleared the scene for safety. This includes City & County fire department personnel – which includes lifeguards. It took more than ten minutes from the time of the stabbing to get a response, and another ten to fifteen minutes before a lifeguard could arrive to pick up LAPD and drive them on the sand to look for the victim….. the victim of a stabbing that was bleeding. By the time lifeguards responded, reports were coming in about the victim walking on the sand several blocks from the crime scene by Rose and Ocean Front Walk. Over a half an hour later an ambulance was called for the victim. A half an hour – for the victim of a stabbing. My question was, why no LAPD Beach units?

Several LA City and County agencies have restricted access to drive on the beach, including LA County Lifeguards, Beaches and Harbors, Recreation & Parks, LA Sanitation and LAPD. Driving on the sand requires specialized vehicles, and each agency employs training for personnel that drive vehicles on the sand. The beach has uneven terrain with varying obstacles, and just like on paved streets accidents happen. Each year, each agency reports accidents on the sand involving City and County vehicles.

A few weeks ago LAPD accidentally struck a beachgoer on the sand. The victim was not seriously hurt, but the resulting video went viral. Apparently an uninformed member of the LAPD brass was questioned about the training that Beach officers receive for driving on the sand. The result of that senior command staff member, (reportedly a Deputy Chief on the oil slick out the door) not knowing the answer  resulted in all LAPD Beach capable units being banned from driving on the sand until further notice. This astonished me. The ability for LAPD to respond on the sand is critical – from boats that run aground at night, to the myriad of crimes that happen on the sand, and suspects that flee towards the water in hopes of evading capture. Coupled with standard safety protocol of other agencies staying away from any crime scene until cleared by law enforcement – prohibiting LAPD from being able to drive on the sand is an astonishingly stupid move – especially as a knee-jerk, arrogant reaction of an uninformed Deputy Chief.

All LAPD Beach units go through extensive training. On the sand, just as on normal roads accidents happen – but each officer assigned to the beach is trained specifically on all vehicles that are capable of driving on the sand. The summer loanees from other divisions also go through a full training not only on sand capable vehicles, but on the unique law enforcement issues specific to Venice.

I had heard the drum circles the past several Sundays were out of control – and there was a stabbing at the drum circle this past Sunday. The next day – another stabbing with the victim fleeing to the sand – not to mention the weekly missing children, overdoses, and people who bring booze, weed and BBQ’s out on the sand. Those are all law enforcement issues, and don’t include the stolen property and drunks that decide to get into physical fights with lifeguards. So if you plan on enjoying the sand and our beautiful beach – hope you don’t become the victim of a crime. Despite the seriousness of the call and any level of injury – you may be in for a long wait for officers to walk out to your location on the sand.

Join The Vigil For Hailey Clement Venice Pier 5:30 p.m. & Wear Something Purple

Hailey Clement died tragically this past weekend in an auto accident exiting the 405 S at Venice Blvd. Please join her friends & neighbors remembering her tonight (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. At the Venice Pier – and wear something purple, her favorite color. 

Graffiti Isn’t Only Challenge Facing Venice’s Veterans Memorial Wall

After an outpouring of support from locals, greater Los Angeles and folks all over the country – of all days Metro ( as in LA Metro Bus Metro, the owner of the land the wall is on) decided to COVER UP THE WALL today, Memorial Day … the day after people from all walks of life came together to clean the horrible graffiti and work to restore the wall back to its original state.IMG_2712

I took a walk down to the wall today, and saw a bunch of news trucks parked in the area still covering the story… but when I approached the wall I saw that it was being covered over with a thick black tarp held by 2×4’s bolted into the cement. I can’t believe that of all days, despite the tagging and need for repair, that Metro would choose Memorial Day to cover up the wall. Residents, passers by and mostly the handful of Vets at scene to support the wall and the efforts of the community were in shock.

I heard that Mike Bonin was going to raise the reward for diming out the tagger from $2000 to $10,000, and then when I was out there people were discussing raising it to $20,000. Even if the asshole that tagged the wall gets a felony vandalism charge – his or their names will be well known for a very long time as committing a pretty egregious insult to a group of people who’s supporters have one great quality… they will NEVER FORGET. Live with that on your backs the rest of your lives. #jerks

A few things, the National Veterans Foundation is a LOCAL NON-PROFIT that manages this wall. If you would like to help and donate visit http://www.nvf.org . Over the years Metro has threatened to tear the wall down, and most recently has prevented the Vets who care for an manage the wall from putting up flags, a banner for their organization, and even allowing an artist to do some needed restoration. Why? The only answers is because they are clueless. So… considering that you can’t rely on an entity that large to just do the right thing for all the right reasons… I will be getting the dimensions of the wall this week. If you know of a place in Venice and are willing to provide an adequately sized wall to have the mural transferred to, preferably one that will come with a guarantee of at least a few decades or so of a lease… please contact micheal@nvf.org . These guys were so awesome today. In a bit of disbelief that Metro covered up the wall and has been so contentious to deal with… and they could use our CONTINUED help and support.

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Micheal is a vet, and helps manage the wall and the National Veterans Foundation in Los Angeles. Great guy. Could use our help and donations. They do great work.

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Venice311 App! Snap Photo! Share A Story! Post To Facebook & Twitter! BAM!

Nothing like a multi-victim shooting & homicide to divert you away from the launch of your app… but I am happy to announce that with the help of NewsBloom, The Venice311 App soft-launch day has arrived! For a while I was trying to figure out the perfect balance of our special local flavor in an app that is Venice-centric, while still integrating the ability to share to Twitter, Facebook (and eventually WordPress too!) – and the folks at NewsBloom cooked up the perfect thing!

For the soft-launch, as we test things out and work out a few things – the links shared to Twitter & Facebook will point back to the App. This may seem a bit unexpected… and of course at first you’ll have to download the app (Free on iTunes, Android coming soon!) – but once you do that you’ll see the gleaming potential! Take a photo, post a story, place it on a location on our map… and BAM! You can browse stories, click on them for more info, and share them to Twitter and Facebook. If I didn’t have my own new app, I wouldn’t have known about the whole story of the Pier Jumper from last night that woke me and half the neighborhood up!

You can comment on stories, follow restaurants, incidents, crimes, shops, food trucks… anything anyone wants to post. Its all about the neighborhood! So if you have an iPhone, give it a whirl! We have a whole list of cool new features in the pipeline… so let us know your comments and such. See you in the app!

Actual app screen grab of a user pic an story! AWESOME! Pretty soon I'll be able to post these straight to the website too, allowing all the users to create content that can be easily posted to the site!

Actual app screen grab of a user pic an story! AWESOME! Pretty soon I’ll be able to post these straight to the website too, allowing all the users to create content that can be easily posted to the site! ( I know, my battery is low… )

Give it a whirl! Soon anything that is posted in the app… I will be able to automatically post to the Venice311 website & retweet & facebookit as well! Yipee!

Click here to go to the iTunes store and download the app! BAM!

Click here to go to the iTunes store and download the app! BAM!

 

Construction Noise Ordinance For The City of LA

Enjoy, and come away probably more confused than where you started.

BookmarkSEC. 41.40.  NOISE DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, EXCAVATION WORK – WHEN PROHIBITED.
   (a)   No person shall, between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. of the following day, perform any construction or repair work of any kind upon, or any excavating for, any building or structure, where any of the foregoing entails the use of any power driven drill, riveting machine excavator or any other machine, tool, device or equipment which makes loud noises to the disturbance of persons occupying sleeping quarters in any dwelling hotel or apartment or other place of residence. In addition, the operation, repair or servicing of construction equipment and the job-site delivering of construction materials in such areas shall be prohibited during the hours herein specified. Any person who knowingly and wilfully violates the foregoing provision shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as elsewhere provided in this Code. (Amended by Ord. No. 158,587, Eff. 1/29/84.)
   (b)   The provisions of Subsection (a) shall not apply to any person who performs the construction, repair or excavation work involved pursuant to the express written permission of the Board of Police Commissioners through its Executive Director.  The Executive Director, on behalf of the Board, may grant this permission, upon application in writing, where the work proposed to be done is in the public interest, or where hardship or injustice, or unreasonable delay would result from its interruption during the hours mentioned above, or where the building or structure involved is devoted or intended to be devoted to a use immediately related to public defense.  The provisions of this section shall not in any event apply to construction, repair or excavation work done within any district zoned for manufacturing or industrial uses under the provisions of Chapter I of this Code, nor to emergency work necessitated by any flood, fire or other catastrophe.  (Amended by Ord. No. 178,160, Eff. 2/12/07.)
   (c)   (Amended by Ord. No. 166,170, Eff. 9/29/90.)  No person, other than an individual homeowner engaged in the repair or construction of his single-family dwelling shall perform any construction or repair work of any kind upon, or any earth grading for, any building or structure located on land developed with residential buildings under the provisions of Chapter I of this Code, or perform such work within 500 feet of land so occupied, before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. on any Saturday or national holiday nor at any time on any Sunday. In addition, the operation, repair or servicing of construction equipment and the job-site delivering of construction materials in such areas shall be prohibited on Saturdays and on Sundays during the hours herein specified. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to persons engaged in the emergency repair of:
   1.   Any building or structure.
   2.   Earth supporting or endangering any building or structure.
   3.   Any public utility.
   4.   Any public way or adjacent earth.
   (d)   The provisions of Subsection (c) shall not apply to construction work done on the Metro Rail Project and the tunnel-station portions of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Rail Project between Sixth to Twelfth Streets, provided however that this construction work shall not include the utilization of soldier pile drilling, vibrating hammer driving, blasting, or any construction activities that will exceed the ambient noise levels as provided in the action of the Police Commission, pursuant to Subsection (b) above, granting a variance for this work.  In addition, this construction work will be subject to all the conditions of the conditional variance granted by the Board through its Executive Director.  This section shall have no force or effect upon completion of the construction work described here.  (Amended by Ord. No. 178,160, Eff. 2/12/07.)
   (e)   The provisions of this section shall not apply to construction work done by CALTRANS to repair the collapsed sections of the Santa Monica Freeway within a one mile radius of the intersection of Interstate 10 and Fairfax Avenue.  This section shall have no force and effect upon completion of the construction work herein described.  (Added by Ord. No. 169,669, Eff. 5/13/94.)
   (f)   The provisions of this section shall not apply to construction work done by the County of Los Angeles in connection with Phases 2 and 3 of Unit 5 of the Hollyhills Storm Drain Project, including the installation of temporary bridges and any other structures necessary to regulate or direct traffic because of the storm drain construction.  Unit 5 construction is within the area bounded by Beverly Boulevard, 3rd Street, La Cienega Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard.  Phases 2 and 3 involve several underground concrete structures to be built in and around the intersection of La Cienega and San Vicente Boulevards.  This section shall have no force and effect upon completion of the construction work herein specified.  (Added by Ord. No. 172, 091, Eff. 7/3/98.)
   (g)   The provisions of Subsection (c) shall not apply to construction work undertaken from March 31, 2000 to August 20, 2000 that must be done prior to the Democratic National Convention, provided however that such construction work will be subject to all conditions established by the Los Angeles Police Department Noise Enforcement Team, in  1)  the downtown area bounded by Union Street on the west, Washington on the south, San Pedro on the east, and 101 Freeway on the North, including but not limited to work undertaken in compliance with construction permits issued by the Bureau of Engineering, water line improvements/installation, sewer construction, fiber optic installation, and street paving or is associated with the Convention such as installation and removal of security barriers and fencing and  2)  the Windward Plaza area of Venice Beach, between 18th Place and Horizon Avenue from the western border of Ocean Front Walk to the beach, for the Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk Refurbishment Project under the direction of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Department.  This section shall have no force and effect after August 20, 2000.  (Added by Ord. No. 173,154, Eff. 4/30/00.)
   (h)   The provisions of Subsection (c) shall not apply to the construction work done by the City of Los Angeles in connection with the portion of the Stone-Hollywood Trunk Line from Stone Canyon Reservoir service area to the Hollywood Reservoir service area as part of the Hollywood Water Quality Improvement Project undertaken on Pico Boulevard, including all structures and operations necessary for construction and/or to regulate or direct traffic due to construction activities.  This section shall have no force and effect upon completion of the construction work herein specified.  (Added by Ord. No. 173,746, Eff. 1/23/01.)
   [(i)   None.]
   (j)   As determined by the Executive Director of the Board, the provisions of Subsection (c) shall not apply to major public works construction by the City of Los Angeles and its proprietary Departments, including all structures and operations necessary to regulate or direct traffic due to construction activities.  The Board, through its Executive Director, pursuant to Subsection (b) will grant a variance for this work and construction activities will be subject to all conditions of the variance as granted.  Concurrent with the request for a variance, the City Department that will conduct the construction work will notify each affected Council district office and established Neighborhood Council of projects where proposed Sunday and/or Holiday work will occur.  (Amended by Ord. No. 178,160, Eff. 2/12/07.)
   (k)   Noise Variance Application Fee.  Any application to the Board for a noise variance under Subsection (b) shall be accompanied by payment of an application fee of $248.00.  (Amended by Ord. No. 182,852, Eff. 2/15/14.)
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Have Good Aim? Play Golf With LAPD SWAT 2nd Annual Fundraiser

swatLAPD is the originator of SWAT and was created in 1968, by a group of dedicated officers that saw the need for a tactical unit that could deal with the most dangerous and deadly criminals. SWAT is a life-preserving unit that uses every possible option to have a safe outcome for each operation. In a city of over 6 million people, 70 dedicated members handle the most dangerous and complex situations that exceed the training and experience of patrol officers.

Each year in addition to their regular duties, LAPD SWAT participates in numerous community outreach events including donating hundreds of toys to children in some of the most challenged communities in Los Angeles.

Here is your opportunity to assist with our charitable foundation and put a face to “SWAT” officers going into Harms way to assist the community.

Like other LAPD Departments, they host fundraising events with local communities in order to benefit various officer related foundations.

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT

SWAT

2nd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

MONTEBELLO COUNTRY CLUB, 901 Via Can Clemente, MONTEBELLO, CA

Friday March 13th 2015

Shotgun starts 11:00AM Social hour 5:00PM Dinner 6:00PM Casino Tables (Craps, Blackjack) 7-10PM

The Los Angeles Police Department, SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team is hosting their first annual Golf Tournament, benefitting the LAPD SWAT Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit organization. The foundations charitable contributions assist with families of SWAT officers that have been killed or injured in the line of duty. It is also contributes for safety equipment for SWAT officers where budget cuts have prevented the purchase of such needed gear. SWAT team members have set up this tournament in order to help raise money for their foundation and as a way to interact with community members. Tasked with multiple duties SWAT officers are pulled in many directions and when called to the scene, due to the inherit danger, their interaction with community members is almost non-existent.

SWAT ” (Platinum) Sponsor                                            –                 $10,000

  • Title sponsor
  • Day with SWAT (experience SWAT officers tactical training and take a look behind the scenes)
  • Display of Sponsor name on Putting Green, Driving range, 1st hole tee box
  • Foursome for golf (Golf with retired and active team members)
  • Four SWAT logo golf shirts
  • Head table Sponsor at diner 4 seats
  • Commemorative sponsor plaque
  • Four SWAT Challenge coins
  • Four SWAT Jackets

Team Leader (Gold) Sponsor                                            –                 $5,000

  • Sponsor Title recognized at Dinner 4 seats at dinner
  • Display of sponsor name on 18th hole tee box
  • Foursome (Golf with retired and active team members)
  • Four SWAT logo golf shirts
  • Commemorative sponsor plaque
  • Four SWAT Challenge coins
  • Four SWAT Jackets

Operator (Silver) Sponsor                                                  –                 $1,000

  • Sponsor Title recognized at Dinner 4 seats at dinner
  • Display of Sponsor name on tee box
  • Foursome for golf (Golf with retired and active team members)
  • Four SWAT logo golf shirts
  • Commemorative sponsor plaque
  • Four SWAT Challenge coins

Officer (Tee) Sponsor                                                            –                 $150

  • Display of Sponsor name on tee box

 

Donations             We would be greatly appreciative of any donations that we can use as raffle prizes, e.g. Sporting event tickets, gift cards, merchandise.

A Tax ID number will be provided for all sponsorships and donations.

Please contact Steve Hernandez (213) 305-4575 or Mario Rios (213) 305-4675

Donations or merchandise (raffle prizes) can be sent direct to LAPD SWAT 251 E. 6th st Los Angeles CA 90014 C/O Steve Hernandez

Email: Lapdmetro066@sprint.blackberry.net

LAPD Pacific Division Captain Alberca Promotes To Captain III

Today LAPD announced several promotions and changes, and we are happy to have current Captain I Nicole Alberca promoted as our Pacific Division Area Captain III. Captain Alberca has shown an enthusiastic drive to get to know the various communities in Pacific Division and has great ideas for working with some of our current challenges. The new Captain I position will be filled by Tony Carranza.

Councilman Mike Bonin commented, “I’m delighted by the promotions and new LAPD assignments.  I’ve worked closely with Nicole Alberca over the past few months, and have seen first-hand that is a great cop and a great commander. She is smart, proactive, and is sensitive to community concerns.  With Commander Bea Girmala being promoted to head Operations West Bureau and with Nicole Alberca at the helm in Pacific, I’m confident we can turn a corner with some of the chronic problems facing Venice.”

True dat.

Captain Alberca present while Pacific Division presents a check to a family who's home burned on Christmas Eve.

Captain Alberca present while Pacific Division presents a check to a family who’s home burned on Christmas Eve.

Bonin Urges For New Law To Remove Dumped Homeless Property, Offers Interim Storage

Today Councilman Mike Bonin and the LA City Council sent a motion to the City Attorneys office to draft a new law for removing dumped items and unattended homeless property from City streets and sidewalks. The motion states that, “the city needs to have a cleaner, faster and simpler process to removing unattended property from our sidewalks.”

Interim storage will be provided to the homeless to allow them to store their items in a safe location, which will help provide the legal latitude for removing abandoned and compiled items from City Parks and areas such as Venice Beach. Bonin noted that this is not limited to Skid Row, but is an issue that has plagued areas of the City and has become a growing problem, particularly in Venice Beach.

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