Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quality of life issues in Venice.

.......We call Rose Avenue "Skid Rose"...

From: "Have you noticed Venice getting better? Are there less aggressive transients around town? Do you feel safe walking near your own home? If not, you need to make the effort and write in again this week.

In the last week, readers of this site have commented that the LAPD Pacific Division seems to be listening and helping out our community by getting safety lights replaced and making their presence known to some of the transients that are terrorizing our neighborhood.


Readers here have also mentioned that LAPD officers have been told not to pursue these aggressive transients by decree of Councilman Rosendahls office. We do not know the validity of this, but have been forwarded emails that show the “Legal Clinic for Venice”, sponsored by The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles has actively been passing out fliers to the “Homeless People and People Living in Vehicles” in Venice that seem to be begging the homeless and people living in vehicles to make legal cases against the LAPD in their enforcement of existing laws that prevent people from living on city streets."

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This was in response to .....

A “pissed off” Venice resident tired of being “pissed on” has decided to start an old fashioned write in campaign to get the community together for the greater good of safety by petitioning local politicians and police members to actively try and improve the living conditions for all Venice residents.

Here is the “write in” letter from Venice Resident Steve G:

The Subject Line Should Read:

(Personalize this or Cut and Paste if you like but this is what I am writing:)

Dear Mr Mayor, Mr Rosendahl and Captain Peters,

As a long time Venice resident I cant help but notice the growing number of Transients, Homeless and RV Dwellers that have invaded Venice in the past year. It is sad that some of these people have fallen on hard times, but some are Mentally Ill, Substance Abusers or just “Homeless by Choice” Why is the City ignoring the requests of victims (taxpayers) of this squalor. Puke on the sidewalks, “homeless” people, addicts and RV dwellers harassing actual tax paying residents and tourists is simply unacceptable.

I have learned that there has been a request for a special police unit dedicated to the Transient/Homeless people living in Venice. This is my official request as a tax paying Venice resident.


There is a fine line between Civil Rights Taxpayers Rights, Human Rights and Quality of Life.

1 comment:

Yo said...

Yo Venice is my site. I also posted the following. What is your stance on the issue?

I don't think anyone in Venice really minds "the homeless" and wants Venice to be "whitieville" like the Palisades or Manhattan Beach. I think people mind transients that verbally and physically attack people, steal shit, and in general are not cool. If your neighbor played trumpet from 3-6 am you would be pissed. There is nothing wrong with trumpet players, its just when and how ya play the thing … if the new breed of transients were showing any respect to the community, rather than just trashing it, harrasing people, and fighting with residents, I dont think anyone would really mind them sleeping in the park or living in their trucks. Venice is a compassioante place and that is how all the homeless ended up here in the first place. But "as is" many of the transients are being "4 am" trumpet players and that has ta be shut down until they decide to play nice with the community and respect where they are.

What is happening here is not your down on your luck Woody Guthrie dustbowl era "could I sweep your sidewalks or wash your windows for a meal" homeless/ transients whom a community should try and help back up the ladder. This group by and large are spoiled brats that think you "owe them" something just for walking by them on the street. If you ignore them they may attack you. Screw that … it is time for them to go.

The homeless activists fight for the homeless that they think are being dehumanized. I am all for that, no one should be made to feel less than human. The problem is that this new group of transients is doing the reverse, they are dehumanizing the neighborhood of Venice, treating it like it just doesn't matter, and the residents here just don't matter to them. Everyone has the right not to feel marginalized and feel like their existence is respected by their fellow man … what you are seeing here in these forums is people that, while they may have a roof over their head, a computer to type on and some money to spend on dinner each night, .. are angry that the transients are in fact dehumanizing THEM, treating THEM with ill will and no respect. If the transients here can't respect "their neighbors" they should be dealt with by laws that are on the books … laws that were set in place to force disrespectful people to show some respect to others … and thats what these weekly writeins are about.