VNC Administrative Committee Meeting Agenda

09/08/2009 - 7:00pm
09/08/2009 - 10:00pm

Extra Space Storage, Presidents Row Room
658 South Venice Blvd, Venice, 90291

Note: (i) The Administrative Committee does not address or consider the merits of proposed agenda items. Its function is to determine whether a proposed agenda item will be placed on the next Board meeting agenda, postponed, referred to a specific committee for review and recommendation, treated as an announcement, or considered and resolved as a non-Board administrative matter. (ii) The Administrative Committee has the discretion to reorder consideration of matters on the agenda to accommodate stakeholders or for other reasons. (iii) Unless otherwise noted, the President abstains on all votes.

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

2. Approval of the Administrative Committee Agenda

3. Approval of any outstanding Administrative Committee minutes submitted by the Secretary

August 10, 2009 Administrative Committee Meeting Minutes
(see http://venicenc.org/files/090810VNCAdComMinutes.doc)

4. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda
[15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no Administrative Committee member announcements permitted]

5. Old Administrative Committee Business

A James Murez (murez@venice.net) & Jed Pauker (310-839-9209; jed@jed.net): Presentation of a case tracking system for LUPC (15 min) – See AdCom Exhibit A [CM 090830: recommends referral to 11/12 AdCom Mtg]

B Amendment to Standing Rule 7 – Administrative Committee [JDM 090830: recommends referral to REC]
Joe Murphy (joedmurphyvnc@ca.rr.com): Move amendment to Standing Rule 7 – Administrative Committee:

All agenda requests must be submitted to the Secretary no less than 5 days prior to the Administrative Committee meeting. Any request not received by the Secretary 5 days prior to the meeting will not be considered and will be held until the next meeting.

• All requests & supporting documents must be submitted by 7PM on the Wednesday before the scheduled Administrative Committee meeting – no exceptions (no ‘placeholders’, no distributions at the Board Meeting).
• Board Members & Committees must use the Online Agenda Request Form. Email requests will be rejected.
• The Online Agenda Request Form must include contact information, item title, and fully drafted motions and/or letters.
• Supporting documents must be emailed in digital format with the item title in the subject line. Incomplete or confusing motions or letters will result in the rejection of the item with notice to the person submitting the request & to the President.

Persons or groups who are successful in having a matter agendized by the Administrative Committee for a Board meeting are encouraged to transmit said documents to all Board members 72 hours in advance of the subject Board meeting. These transmittals will be the responsibility of the person(s)/group(s) requesting the agendizing and should be done by emailing all documents to all board members, and by posting said documents to an Agenda Documentation account on the VNC webpage.

Any letter requests shall include a draft letter as well as the names and addresses of proposed recipients. Proponents of the letter shall prepare a draft and email it to the President for review, edit and signature. The President shall return the approved version by email to the proponents with a copy to the Secretary for VNC records. Proponents of the letter shall then copy and send the approved letter.

6. New Administrative Committee Business

A Administrative matters:
o Need new chair of OFW Committee
o Select 2 VNC Budget Representatives for NC Congress
o Kristopher Valentine currently posting all AdCom & Board agendas – assistance needed

B Consideration of DRAFT September 15, 2009 Board Agenda (see below)

7. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda
[15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no Administrative Committee member announcements permitted]

8. Adjourn

Draft – Board of Officers Meeting Agenda
Westminster Elementary School (Auditorium)
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, 90291
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 7:00 PM

BOARD MEETINGS: The Venice Neighborhood Council holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of the month and may also call any additional required special meetings in accordance with its Bylaws and the Brown Act. All are welcome to attend.
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POSTING: The agenda and non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all of the board members in advance of regular and special meetings may be viewed at Groundworks Coffee (671 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291), Abbots Habit (1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291), the Venice Library (501 South Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291), Oakwood Recreation Center (767 California St. Venice, CA 90291), the VNC website (http://www.venicenc.org), or at the scheduled meeting. For a copy of any record related to an item on the agenda, please contact the VNC secretary at secretary@venicenc.org.
PUBLIC COMMENT: The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the Board on any Old or New Business item on the agenda and the Treasurer’s Report. Comments from the public on these agenda items will be heard only when that item is being considered. Comments from the public on other agenda matters or on matters not appearing on the agenda but within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comment period. Public comment is limited to two (2) minutes per speaker, unless modified by the presiding officer of the Board.
DISABILITY POLICY: The Venice Neighborhood Council complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and does not discriminate on the basis of any disability. Upon request, the Venice Neighborhood Council will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request.

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

2. Approval of the Agenda

3. Approval of any outstanding minutes submitted by the Secretary

August 18, 2009 Board Meeting Minutes
(see http://venicenc.org/files/090818VNCBoardMinutes1.doc)

[Committee Reports are provided in written form when available]
4. Consent Calendar

A From LUPC

I De Minimis Projects
Challis Macpherson (Chair-LUPC@VeniceNC.org) on behalf of LUPC: Challis Macpherson moves that VNC Board of Officers send the VNC Standing Rule 5A Form Letter, stating No Opinion & No Recommendation Without Prejudice, regarding entitlement applications listed in Exhibit A.

II LUPC motion regarding 119 Lincoln Blvd, ZA 2008 4919
Challis Macpherson (Chair-LUPC@VeniceNC.org): Challis Macpherson, on behalf of LUPC, regarding 119 Lincoln Blvd, requests that the VNC Board of Officers accept the LUPC Staff Report & recommends that the Board of Officers recommend approval of this project as presented with the addition of the usual LUPC/ABC alcohol related conditions which are appended to all alcohol-related projects recommended by LUPC. Motion passed unanimously. See Exhibit B

III LUPC motion regarding 600 E. Mildred, ZA 2008 4919
Challis Macpherson (Chair-LUPC@VeniceNC.org): Challis Macpherson, on behalf of LUPC, regarding 600 E. Mildred, Kim’s Market, requests that the VNC Board of Officers accept the LUPC Staff Report & recommends that the Venice Neighborhood Council Board of Officers recommend that the VNC Board of Officers recommend approval of project as presented subject to same conditions LUPC has recommended for other full-line alcohol outlets in Venice. To wit: (list conditions as per as Whole Foods, no minis, price break on single cans, etc). Moved by Jim Murez, seconded by Jed Pauker. Passed 4-1-0. Conditions submitted under separate cover to Secretary@VeniceNC.org. See Exhibit C

B From Rules & Elections Committee

I Rules & Elections Committee Bylaw Amendment & Standing Rules Motions
Ira Koslow ( ira.koslow@venicenc.org): See Exhibit D.

5. Treasurers Report – expenditures for July 2009 See Exhibit E accept report as presented

6. Scheduled Announcements (no more than 1 minute per report unless otherwise stated)

A Governmental Reports

• DONE: Deanna Stevenson (Deanna.Stevenson@lacity.org): Michele Siqueiros, the newly appointed president of the BONC, and BongHwan Kim would like to make a presentation at your next board meeting on Tuesday August 18th. Michele will be talking briefly about the commission’s policy agenda for the next year. BH will talk about our department’s strategic planning process and upcoming survey.
• LAPD: Officer Peggy Thusing, Senior Lead Officer
• State Assemblyperson Ted Lieu: Jennifer Zivkovic, Field Representative (310-615-3515; Jennifer.zivkovic@asm.ca.gov)
• Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Jennifer Badger, West Area Representatives (310-479-3823; jennifer.badger@lacity.org)
• City Councilperson Bill Rosendahl: Arturo Piña, Field Deputy
LADWP Representative: Simone Taylor (213.792.5627; simone.taylor@ladwp.com)
• LADWP/MOU: VNC Representatives DeDe Audet & Challis McPherson

B Ivan Spiegel (310-821-9556; ivan13147@verizon.net): Announcement of upcoming events: Venice Beach Music Fest; Community BBQ (to be made by Carolyn)

C Ethics Training Compliance Update
Linda Lucks (VicePresident@VeniceNC.org)

D Mural Funding Available
Elizabeth (818-568-9080; elizabethjanestudios@earthlink.net): There is funding available from $1000-$10,000 for a mural. If interested, contact Elizabeth for brochure and details.

E Park Day [Postponed to Sept 8 AdCom]
James F Merced/ Fruit Gallery (310-452-3034; fruitgallery@yahoo.com): The Fruit Gallery and the Westminster Avenue Merchants, between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk, request the Venice Neighborhood Council to co-sponsor Westminster and park day. The Westminster Merchants are willing to work with the Venice Neighborhood Council and Shawn Simons, NANDC President, Park Day LA NC Project Coordinator to make this event possible for the greater purpose of our community.

7. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda
[15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no board member announcements permitted]

8. Old Business

A Board election of nominee to the vacant Board Community Officer position

Nominees are Andre Bollinger, Arthur Kessel, Jake Kaufman, Kristopher Valentine, Peter Thottam, & Roland Eavey.

The election procedure will be by ballot and will be posted for public review immediately after the completion of the following process: (i) One ballot will be used listing all Board candidates; (ii) Each board member will vote for 1 Board candidate; in the event of a tie between two or more candidates for the one board position, runoff votes will be held between the tied candidates until the position is filled; (iii) Upon completion of the voting process, board members will sign their ballots and the ballots will be immediately posted for public review.

The elected Community Officer will immediately become a voting member of the VNC Board, subject to a subsequent stakeholder ratification election to occur between 30 and 90 days after being elected by the Board.

B Homelessness and Vehicular Occupancy Motions
The HVOC motions as originally presented & related motions affecting these HVOC motions are attached as Exhibit F. The HVOC Committee Report, including the Minority Report, is available online at http://venicenc.org/node/1223.

C From Board Member

I Motion to Enable Block-by-Block Installation of ‘No Oversize Vehicle’ Parking Signs
[JM/SO AdCom motion to postpone & refer to NC and to postpone 8DI (below): Approved 3-2-1]
Joe Murphy (joedmurphyvnc@ca.rr.com): Request that Board request that Councilman Rosendahl sign the following commitment to the Venice Neighborhood Council: [Italicized portions inserted090830 by JDM]

Except for areas designated by the VNC Neighborhood Committee and approved by the VNC Board, I will approve, and I will expedite installation and enforcement of, No Parking of Oversize Vehicles between 2:00AM and 6:00AM signs, as authorized by LA Ordinance 177876, in any area in Venice where the VNC Neighborhood Committee, subject to approval by the board of the Venice Neighborhood Council, certifies that a petition in the below form has been signed by a majority of the residents in the area designated in the petition.

____________________________________________ _________________
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl Date
District 11, Los Angeles City Council

PETITION TO INSTALL NO PARKING OF OVERSIZE VEHICLES BETWEEN 2:00AM & 6:00AM

The undersigned residents request installation of No Parking of Oversize Vehicles between 2:00AM and 6:00AM signs, as authorized by LA Ordinance 177876, in the area in Venice described as _________________________

Name (Print Legibly) Signature Address Phone Email

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL OF PETITION

Dear Councilman Rosendahl,

Since the attached petition has been ratified by the below Neighborhood Committee Certification and Board Approval and therefore meets the conditions for your approval under the terms of your agreement of _________ with the Venice Neighborhood Council, please sign below to authorize and direct city departments to expedite installation and enforcement of No Parking of Oversize Vehicles between 2:00AM & 6:00AM signs, per LA Ordinance 177876, in the area designated in the petition..

Sincerely, Approved:

____________________________________ ___________________________________________________
Mike Newhouse, President City Councilman Bill Rosendahl
Venice Neighborhood Council District 11, Los Angeles City Council
________________________________________

VNC Neighborhood Committee Certification The Neighborhood Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council, by the below signature of its appointed administrator, certifies that the attached petition has been signed by a majority of the designated area’s residents.

__________________________________________ _________________
Date
VNC Neighborhood Committee

VNC Board Approval The Venice Neighborhood Council approved the above certification on _____________.

__________________________________________ _________________
Joseph D. Murphy, Secretary Date
Venice Neighborhood Council

E From Neighborhood Committee

I Motion to support Ord #08-3125 allowing LA Councilmembers to designate overnight parking areas
Linda Lucks (Lindalucks@aol.com): The following motion was passed unanimously on Monday, July 6 by the Neighborhood Committee:

Whereas the issue of RV’s parked in Venice has long resulted in media attention, anguish, anxiety and anger by many Venice stakeholders;

Whereas Councilman Bill Rosendahl, at the urging of the VNC, researched the models for safe parking programs that work in other municipalities (Santa Barbara and Eugene, Oregon);

Whereas the California Coastal Commission rejected LA City’s application to create Overnight Parking restrictions in the Coastal zone and suggested that the City and the Neighborhood Council come up with alternative solutions to this social problem;

Whereas the Venice Neighborhood Committee feels that a Citywide safe parking program may well provide a partial solution;

Therefore, The VeniceNC Neighborhood Committee voted to request the VNC to send a letter of support to City Council, members of the Transportation Committee and to Mayor Villaraigosa in support of Councilman Rosendahl’s Council motion #08-3125 to create a provision for Councilmembers to designate discrete and distinct areas of their council district where people would be allowed to park and sleep overnight, by permit & with case management services.
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrec…

F From Stakeholders

I Report on ‘The Delta’ (15 min) [JDM 090830: Refer to Environment & consider at 11/17 Board Meeting]
Challis Macpherson & Yolanda Gonzalez (310-902-8690; firstmateyo@yahoo.com): Request VNC approve
the following letter:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Whereas: It is necessary for the State of California to take quick and prompt action to secure adequate water to supply the people of California;

Whereas: Taking water from the Sacramento River North of the Delta will not affect the Delta Smelt population;

Whereas: Salmon appear to be in decline around the world consistent with the climate change;

Whereas: The fragility of the Delta levee system will not be affected by a Peripheral Canal;

BE IT RESOLVED:

That the Venice Neighborhood Council promotes and affirms that it is in the best interest of all citizens that the California Peripheral Canal be funded, built and operated.

_______________________________________________
Mike Newhouse
President, Venice Neighborhood Council

II Letter of support of our two appeals of an SB1818 project
Jennifer Reed (818-985-4466 or 818-445-5385 cell; jenhar@earthlink.net) on behalf of Valley Village Neighborhood Council: We ask your Venice NC to CONSIDER a MOTION and SEND a LETTER OF SUPPORT to the City Planning Commission (CPC) (and thereby support our Valley Village stakeholders and Neighborhood Council in preventing abuses for our common good against SB1818 inappropriate projects) Following is the proposed motion – and please understand that you might additionally choose any of the supporting ideas 1 – 13 if it resonates for YOUR council beyond the barebones of the core motion. We would like to present the project to your NC. We tried to present it to your LUPC but their agenda was full. Challis suggested that I contact you directly to put on the full NC agenda. I will send additional material to the secretary@VeniceNC.org. Here is the motion/letter of support:

To: City Planning Commission
William Roschen, President
c/o Commission Secretary James K. Williams City Hall Room 272 200 North Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

FAX: 213-978-1029
E-mail: james.k.williams@lacity.org

Cc:
City Planners
Sevana Mailian, sevana.mailian@lacity.org Bob Duenas, Bob.Duenas@lacity.org

Reference: City Planning Commission, DIR-2008-1178-DB-SPP & ENV-2008-1179-MND

At its regular meeting of ____________ 2009, the ____________Neighborhood Council passed the following motion:

MOTION:____________ The Board of the __________ Neighborhood Council supports the stakeholders of Valley Village in regard to their two appeals of [DIR-2008-1178-SPP] regarding the SB1818 development located at 11933 Magnolia Boulevard Valley Village: (1) Dale Neglia et al. ; (2) The membership of the Board of Neighborhood Council Valley Village.

We agree:
1) That there appears to have been a bias within the Department to get this project approved no matter under what code of law and no matter the lack of proper documentation.
2) That the failure of the Director to require review by NCVV prior to approval, and to consider the input of their Neighborhood Council, demonstrates a disregard for the community, and is an inappropriate use of Planning Department discretionary authority.

3) That development of this site does not reflect the prevailing character of the community, and will stand dramatically at odds with adjoining properties. This is a failure of the Planning department to uphold and negotiate vigorously to minimize transgressions of our General, Community and Specific Plans.

4) That the Planning Department did nothing to require adequate documentation relating to economic feasibility or to use any standard by which to determine this feasibility. This impacts precisely on whether the proposed affordable units could be provided with far less density and with some other different concessions that would not trample the General, Community or Specific Plans, and be acceptable to the Neighborhood Council.

5) That the City lacks the process to adequately evaluate either the economic feasibility or the environmental (and health and safety) component. Therefore, the project cannot and should not be approved until such procedures, processes, and protocols are in place.

6) That the excessive height and density of this project will, in the future, be improperly cited as a precedent for variances and exceptions, which by its very outsized presence enable opportunities for projects that are not presently entitled to density bonus and further deteriorating the character of the neighborhood.

7) That there have been many procedural irregularities associated with this Developer’s application with the Planning Department as an abbettor to forward the approval.

8) That the project brings traffic congestion to the substandard surrounding and collector streets — streets not even included in the “cumulative impact” investigations. Streets which for the most part that have no sidewalks or infrastructure to protect the many bicyclists, children and pedestrians. Traffic mitigations are inadequate and imperil single family neighborhoods with DOT’s noted reliance on additional cut thru traffic.

9) That there was a failure of the Planning Department to defend our General, Community and Specific Plans in extending numerous incentives not even requested.

10) That there was failure of the Planning Department to defend our General, Community and Specific Plans by accepting conflicting, outdated and improper documents from the Developer at face value without any investigation as to their veracity or applicability to the current project.

11) That there was failure of the Planning Department in approving a project that invades neighbors rights to privacy, to the future use and enjoyment of their open space property and common areas.

12) That there was failure of the Planning Department to require mandated downzoning as was called for by AB283 and thereby defend our General, Community and Specific Plans.

13) That the cumulative impacts of this project on the street, the infrastructure, traffic, and other CEQA concerns have not been adequately addressed or mitigated. That a small 3-project inquiry cannot give an adequate picture to the extraordinary overbuilding in the area.

As a Neighborhood Council, we share these grave concerns. They are matters that affect all of us. We consider them unacceptable and support the appellants. Please take this position into consideration when making a decision on this matter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sincerely yours,
President, __________________ Neighborhood Council

9. New Business

A Community Officers appoint Community Officer replacement for Administrative Committee vacancy.

10. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the Agenda
[15 min, no more than 2 minutes per person – no board member announcements permitted]

11. Adjourn (approx 10:00PM)

AdCom Exhibit A – Neighborhood Council – Case Tracking System Pilot Overview V1.0, September 6, 2008 (Murez)

The Land Use and Planning Committee (LUPC) has matured over the past several years. It has evolved from one meeting every couple of months with only one or two projects on the agenda to now responding to a Memorandum of Understanding with the City to submit a written determination report on every permit issued within the VNC geographic region. The committee has become more educated about the planning process and is now working towards a 2010 target of revising the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan.
Along with these growing responsibilities, the workload of the committee has increased from one or two projects being calendared every few months to the present level of hearing three to five projects twice a month. On average, what does this mean to each of the eight volunteer members that make up this committee, a workload that includes preparing 27 staff reports per month.

The process to analyze and prepare a project for hearing is fairly simple; contact the applicant, convince them to submit their plans for review, research the variances sought and flush out any that were not realized, organize their information and post it to the LUPC website, engage the potentially impacted neighbors and prepare a synopsis to post for Brown Act notification. Now multiply this process for one project 27 fold and the amount of information gathered and disseminated through this eight member volunteer committee becomes massive. What started out as a simple endeavor has now grown into a complex task with time sensitive details that must be accurately managed.

Automation to the rescue… with this sort of workload, managing details calls for a computerized case tracking system. What is needed is a centralized system that all committee members can access when they have volunteer time to give, that can reduce or eliminate many of the mundane tasks, and that will help engage the general public in the process. The system needs to enforce the policy rules of the VNC Board and the committee, while ensuring Brown Act laws are adhered. And, finally, the system must be available to all Venice Stakeholders and the City at large.

A pilot proof-of-concept system is being developed to address many of these needs. The system is being designed as a collaboration tool that will be managed over the internet. System access will be regulated through User Accounts that are grouped into security levels, starting with the general public then moving up the access ladder to project applicant, followed by registered stakeholder, committee staff member, committee chair, system administrator and program developers. Each higher group will be granted more access to functionality and system capabilities.

The system will track information by assigning case numbers to each project. The project or case files will be stored in a database and accessed through their respective case numbers. The routines that extract and modify the stored information will vary based on the individual access rights. The system will offer read-only reports to the general public while allowing stakeholders the rights to post feedback about issues they might have with any given project. Applicants will be assigned temporary access to upload their information and respond to feedback. LUPC staff members will be able to monitor all aspects of the cases, including being able to publish their findings, track correspondence and write recommendations (tentative motions) for the VNC Board to approve. Search and mapping functionality along with tracking key indicators will enable statistical analysis of accumulative impacts to be graphically generated. The VNC Board members, besides inheriting all the rights of the lower groups, will be able to post their final motion decisions and generate reports required by the City.

In addition, the audio meeting minutes that are digitally recorded will be divided into segments that correspond to the each project and posted into the case file along with any other archives.

In a nutshell, the LUPC Case Tracking system will automate the flow of information through the Neighborhood Council in a consistent, easy to understand format, while relieving a lot of the tedious tasks volunteers must perform at present. (follow up with PowerPoint overview and system demonstration.)

Exhibit A – LUPC De Minimis Projects

ENTITLEMENT APPLICATIONS FROM 2009-6-21 TO 2009-7-4
ZA-2009-1973-ZAA-SPP, ENV 2009-1974 CE 1 E CATAMARAN ST 90292 ZAA-AREA HEIGHT YARD AND BUILDING LINE ADJMNTS < 20% (SLIGHT MODIFICATIONS);SPP-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT COMPLIANCE. CD=categorical exemption BRYAN / STEVE ROYEA (310)493-2524 De Minimis Form Letter
ENV-2009-2009-CE 4089 S LINCOLN BLVD 90292 CDO=comm design overlay; CE-CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION KEN PARIS (310)739-2793 De Minimis Form Letter
DIR-2009-2049-VSO 225 E LINNIE CL 90291 VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF BLAS FERNANDEZ (714)381-1269 De Minimis Form Letter
DIR-2009-2006-SPP; ENV 2009-2007-CE 720 E MARCO PL 90291 SPP-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT COMPLIANCE; CE=categorical exemption JOE CLARK (310)384-3851 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-2064-CEX 805 E MARCO PL 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION SIAN EDDINGTON (310)486-0487
De Minimis Form Letter
DIR-2009-2041-SPP-SPPA; ENV 2009-2042 CE 2611 S OCEAN FRONT WALK 90291 SPP-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT COMPLIANCE;SPPA-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT ADJUSTMENT; CE=categorical exemption DAN BRUNN (310)855-3555 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-1907-CEX 110 E PARK PL 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION BRYAN KIM (323)222-6268 De Minimis Form Letter
DIR-2009-2030-VSO 220 E SOUTH VENICE BLVD 90291 VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF CHERYL DUBOIS (310)613-8872 De Minimis Form Letter ENTITLEMENT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FROM 2009-7-5 TO 2009-7-18
DIR-2009-2110-VSO 1100 S 6TH AVE 90291 VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF GERHARD PICHEL (310)459-1757 De Minimis Form Letter
CEX-1999-069-CEX 2318 S CLOY AVE 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION CAROLYN MCCOWN (310)915-0332 De Minimis Form Letter
DIR-2009-2105-VSO 117 E CLUB HOUSE AVE 90291 VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF CONSTANTINE TZIANZIS (310)266-4547 De Minimis Form Letter
CEX-1999-0144-CEX 2801 S CLUNE AVE 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION DANIEL L. BACKSON (310)821-0242 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-1999-0258-CE 940 W COEUR D ALENE AVE 90291 CE-CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION JANELL HOFFMAN (310)390-3079 De Minimis Form Letter
CEX-1999-048-CEX 703 W CRESTMOORE PL 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION MICHAEL CLOSSON (310)450-3188 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-1999-0024-CE 720 W CRESTMOORE PL 90291 CE-CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION JANE BARTELME (310)399-2221 De Minimis Form Letter
DIR-2009-2151-SPP; ENV 2009-2152 CE 25 E DRIFTWOOD ST 90292 SPP-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT COMPLIANCE; CE=categorical exemption RILEY PRATT (310)826-6222 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-2153-CEX 2325 S FREY AVE 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION EYAL HOLLINGER (949)439-4854 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-2196-CEX; DIR 2009-2195 VSO 2919 S GRAYSON AVE 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION; VSO CAROLINA STONE (310)699-7259 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-2140-CEX; DIR 2009-2132 VSO 506 W MARR ST 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION; VSO JEFFREY KIM (626)683-8969 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-2163-CEX 734 E NOWITA PL 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION CARSON ARCHITECHTS (310)827-1222 De Minimis Form Letter
DIR-2009-2106-VSO 2412 S PACIFIC AVE 90291 VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF GARY KATAYAMA (310)574-4052 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-2157-SPP; ENV 2009-2158 CE 21 E PARK AVE 90291 SPP-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT COMPLIANCE; CE=categorical exemption ANDREA KELLER (323)314-4009 De Minimis Form Letter
ZA-2009-2224-CEX 731 E SUPERBA AVE 90291 CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION RICARDO FLORES (323)595-2795 De Minimis Form Letter

Entitlement Applications Received 2009-7-19 to 2009-8-1
ZA-2009-2274-CEX 619 S OCEAN FRONT WALK 90291 WALL SIGN CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter VARTAN YAPUDZHYAN (818)502-0520
DIR-2009-2289-VSO 250 S 4TH AVE 90291 REMODEL & 2ND-STORY ADD’N TO (E) REAR 1-STORY UNIT ON A LOT W/ 2 SFDS VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimis Form Letter LUCAS GOETTSCHE (310)920-0959
ZA-2009-2386-CEX 1100 S 6TH AVE 90291 SECOND FLOOR ADDITION TO AN EXISTING SFD. CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter GERHARD PICHEL (310)459-1757
CHC-2009-2268-MA and CHC 2009-2272 MA 1310 S 6TH AVE 90291 SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE MA-MILLS ACT De Minimis Form Letter LAMBERT GIESSINGER (213)978-1183
DIR-2009-2401-SPP; ENV 2009-2402 CE 25 E ANCHORAGE ST 90292 DEMO OF AN EXISTING 800 SF SFD AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW 1;486.52SF SFD. SPP-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT COMPLIANCE De Minimis Form Letter TRAVIS INGERSOLL (310)895-3271
CEX-1999-0270 217 S BERNARD AVE 90291 COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter BIG CHIEF CONSTRUCTION (310)337-9042
DIR-2009-2254-VSO-MEL 820 E CALIFORNIA AVE 90291 2ND STORY ADD’N TO (E) FRONT 1-STORY SFD; DEMO (E) REAR 1-STORY SFD; REPLACE W/ A 3-CAR GARAGE + A UNIT ABOVE VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF;MEL-MELLO ACT COMPLIANCE REVIEW De Minimis Form Letter CLAUDIO (818)804-3341
DIR-2009-2343-VSO 226 E CARROLL CL 90291 55SQFT ADD’N BY ENCLOSING (E) COVERED ENTRY; INTERIOR REMODEL OF (E) 2-STORY SFD VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimis Form Letter ADAM WHEELER (310)733-4644
DIR-2009-2376-SPP: ENV 2009-2377 CE 148 E CHANNEL POINTE MALL 90292 CONSTRUCT GLASS RAILING ON ROOF ON SINGLE-FAMILY DWELLING. SPP-SPECIFIC PLAN PROJECT PERMIT COMPLIANCE De Minimis Form Letter ARIANA VARDI (310)294-1216
ZA-2009-2440-CEX 811 W CRESTMOORE PL 90291 REPLACE ALL EXTERIOR FRAMING MEMBERS DUE TO THE INSTALLATION OF TWO TANKLESS WATER HEATERS. CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter KEVIN MENDEZ (310)936-2022
DIR-2009-2385-VSO 2317 S FREY AVE 90291 MAJOR REMODEL / 2ND-STORY ADD’N W/ A ROOF DECK TO AN (E) 1-STORY SFD; PROVIDING 3 PKG SPACES ACCESSED FROM ALLEY VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimis Form Letter CHRISTOPHER (323)356-6565
ZA-2009-2304-CEX 2819 S GRAYSON AVE 90291 COASTAL EXEMPTION FOR FREE-STANDING PATIO COVER CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter LUCIA ESQUIVEZ (310)303-9345
ENV-2009-2308-CE 204 S HAMPTON DR 90291 TIME EXTENSION/PLAN APPROVAL CE-CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter RHONDA MEISTER (310)396-6468
CEX-1999-0188-CEX 924 W HOWARD ST 90292 COASTAL EXEMPTION CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter AVI TIROSH (323)874-1071
DIR-2009-2398-CDO 1415 S LINCOLN BLVD 90291 2 ILLUMINATED PANELS ON (E) POLE SIGN CABINET WITH POLE CLADDING; 2 ILLUMINATED WALL SIGNS; 1 INFORMATION SIGN CDO-COMMUNITY DESIGN OVERLAY DISTRICT De Minimis Form Letter STEVE THERRIAULT (SIGN TECH) (619)398-1620
CEX-1999-0271 2010 S LINDEN AVE 90291 COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter
LOUISE LAYCOCK (213)978-0000
DIR-2009-2375-VSO 2401 S OCEAN FRONT WALK 90291 REPLACE (E) WINDOWS/DOORS (ONE FOR ONE); ADDING TWO HEADERS FOR NEW DOORS; REWORK/RECONFIGURE FRONT ENTRY STEP VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimis Form Letter DOUGLAS PETERS (323)356-8098
DIR-2009-2404-VSO 17 E PRIVATEER ST 90292 DEMO (E) SFD; GARAGE. INSTALL PROTECTION FENCE VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimis Form Letter GUY BARTOLI (310)823-4118
CEX-1999-0196 20 E PRIVATEER ST 90292 COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter LEO J. SCHWARTZBERG (818)992-1158
DIR-2009-2342-VSO 3008 S THATCHER AVE 90292 29.67 X 45.75 ADD’N TO REAR OF (E) 1-STORY SFD; PROVIDING 2 COVERED PKG ACCESSED FROM ALLEY + 1 UNCOVERED PKG FROM STREET VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimis Form Letter IGNATIUS OPARA (323)919-3641
ZA-2009-2371-CEX 3008 S THATCHER AVE 90292 NEW GARAGE 360 SF. AND ADDITION OF 590 SF. TO EXISTING SFD CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter JO ANN SALSOSKI (310)822-4063

Entitlement Applications Received from 2009-8-2 through 2009-8-15 COMMENTS
DIR-2009-2622-VSO 746 E CALIFORNIA AVE 90291 RENOVATION & 2ND-STORY ADD’N TO (E) 2-STORY SFD W/ DETACHED 3-CAR GARAGE & REC RM ABOVE VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimus Form Letter SEAN GALE (310)420-7887
ZA-2009-2633-CEX 746 E CALIFORNIA AVE 90291 A 656SF ADDITION TO THE 2ND-STORY OF A SINGLE-FAMILY DWELLING. CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter SEAN GALE (310)420-7887
ZA-2009-2477-CEX 117 E CLUB HOUSE AVE 90291 EXTERIOR DECK TO ADDITION TO SINGLE RESIDENCE CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter CONTANTINE TZIANTZIS (310)266-4547
ZA-2009-2616-CEX 821 W COEUR D ALENE AVE 90291 COASTAL EXEMPTION TO ALLOW INTERIOR REMODELLING AND THE REPLACEMENT OF WINDOWS FOR A SINGLE FAMILY HOME. CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimus Form Letter JESSICA IMMEDIATO (310)962-0855
DIR-2009-2577-VSO 2506 S OAKWOOD AVE 90291 1-STORY ADD’N (236SQFT) & REMODEL OF (E) 1-STORY SFD W/ DETACHED 2-CAR GARAGE ACCESSED FROM ALLEY VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimus Form Letter DARA KIMBALL (310)592-9263
DIR-2009-2522-VSO; ZA 2009-2525 CEX 1631 S SHELL AVE 90291 BATHROOM REMODEL W/ NEW 12.46SQFT ADD’N TO (E) 1-STORY SFD-12.5 sf addition VSO-VENICE SIGNOFF De Minimis Form Letter ROGER WHITE (310)399-4187
ENV-2009-2489-EAF: VTT-70870 522 VENICE BLVD 12-UNIT NEW RESIDENTIAL CONDOMINIUM DEVELOPMENT EAF-ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT De Minimis Form Letter LEN JUDAKEN (310)838-4818
ZA-2009-2496-CEX 627 E VERNON AVE 90291 REPLACE WINDOWS WITH SLIDING GLASS DOOR FOR SFD CEX-COASTAL EXEMPTION De Minimis Form Letter T.S CARPENTER (310)849-3067

Exhibit B – LUPC Staff Report Re: 119 Lincoln Blvd

Venice Neighborhood
Council
Post Office Box 550

Venice, CALIFORNIA 90294

310-606-2015.

Land Use and Planning Committee Report to VNC Board of Officers
08/18/2009
Case Number: ZA 2009 674
Address of Project: 119 Lincoln Blvd

SYNOPSIS OF PROJECT FOR VNC BOARD of OFFICERS: CVS Pharmacy would like a type 21 ABC license allowing them to sell off-site beer, wine and hard alcohol. Currently, they have not ABC license. However, before they moved to their current location (they were previously located where the Whole Foods is now) they had a type 21 license which stayed with the property. Additionally, they would also like to stay open 24 hours a day. Currently, their hours are from 7am-10pm
Size of Parcel: 12,778 Sq ft
Size of Project: 7000 Sq Feet

Venice Subarea: Oakwood
Zone: C2
Permit Application Date: March 18th 2009
Date of Planning Report: November 7th 2008
ZA Hearing: March 18, 2009 postponed to September 10, 2009
City of LA Planning Staff
Report Prepared by: TBA

Applicant: Combined Lincoln Rose LLC
Address: 1255 22nd St., 6th Floor Washington Blvd

Representative: Roger Barbosa
Contact Information: 1422 Allec Street Suite C Anaheim, CA
Date(s) heard by LUPC: June 24, 2009, ___________, August 26, 2009

WLA Area Planning TBA Commission Dates:
LUPC MOTION:
The Land Use and Planning Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council recommends that the Board of Officers recommend approval of this project as presented with the addition of the usual LUPC/ABC alcohol related conditions which are appended to all alcohol-related projects recommended by LUPC. Motion passed unanimously.

Conditions are:

_______________ list here ___________

STAFF REPORT
Project Description: A CUP to permit the sale of alcohol type 21 full liquor license for off-site consumption AND 24 hour operation. Currently there is no ABC license and their store hours are from 7am-10pm.

Applicant described the project on the LUPC Project Form as: CVS is petitioning for a full type 21 license to allow the sale of beer wine and spirits. Additionally, CVS would like to increase their store hours from 7am-10pm to 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Section of Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan and/or the Los Angeles Municipal Code governing this particular site and application: Oakwood area Venice- Venice Specific Plan

Summary of Arguments Against this Project/Issue: Currently, Venice already has more full liquor licenses than the population would usually allow. There is a liquor license in the adjacent Whole Foods. Additionally, CVS Market is requesting an extension to 24 hour operation.

Summary of Arguments For this Project/Issue: CVS was previously in the building now occupied by Whole Foods. While in that building they had a liquor license without incident. Their liquor license was sold with the building to Whole Foods. CVS is a large company with many stores. Their corporate structure seems to lend itself to the idea that they would operate responsibly with a full liquor license and a 24 hour a day operation time.

Summary of Public Comment: N/A

Summary of Findings by LUPC: Venice currently has a disproportionate number of liquor licenses. This is primarily due to the fact that Venice is a tourist destination for hundreds of thousands of people a year. The increased number of visitors apparently justifies the increased liquor licenses. People come to Venice and it makes sense that they should be able to buy liquor if they so please. CVS operated with a liquor license for years without incident before selling their previous space to Whole Foods. CVS has ample parking and it located on Lincoln Blvd away from the residential streets behind the property.

Applicant called a meeting together of neighbors/residents within approximately 1,000’ of 119 Lincoln Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at Oakwood Community Center from 6:30pm to 9:00 pm. Applicant hired a firm specifically to do the radius mailing and flyer distribution. Copy of flyer attached. No one showed up at this meeting.

Author of Report: Matthew Geller
Date: August 26, 2009

Draft of LUPC Recommended Letter from VNC Board of Officers to Council District 11 and selected others.
Approximate Hours Spent on this Project by LUPC Staff: 3

VNC/LUPC RECOMMENDED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL

CUB conditions:

1) No branded alcohol advertisements shall be visible from the outside of the premises.
2) There shall be no coin-operated games, video machines, pool tables or similar game activities maintained upon the premises at any time.
3) Any future operator or owner for this site must file a new Plan Approval Application to allow the City of Los Angeles to review the mode and character of the usage.
4) The authorized use shall be conducted at all times with due regard for the character of the surrounding district, and the right is reserved to the Zoning Administrator to impose additional corrective Conditions, if, in the Administrator_s opinion, such Conditions are proven necessary for the protection of persons in the neighborhood or occupants of adjacent property.
5) The applicant shall train staff to provide Designated Driver resources, when appropriate, for restaurant patrons, such as taxicabs, referral services (e.g., www.designateddriver.com ).
6) In addition to the business name or entity, the name of the individual
Applicant(s) shall appear on the alcohol license and any related permits.

General conditions:

1) Any graffiti painted or marked upon the premises or on any adjacent area under the control of the Applicant shall be removed or painted over within
24 hours of being applied, and the paint shall match the original color.
2) The Applicant shall be responsible for maintaining free of litter, the area and adjacent to the premises over which they have control.
3) Noise generated on-site shall not exceed the decibel levels stated in the Citywide Noise Ordinance.
4) The use and development of the property shall be in substantial conformance with the floor plan submitted.
5) No tobacco sales allowed on the premises.
6) The Applicant shall adhere to Best Management Practices as they pertain to the location.
7) To encourage a walk-friendly environment, the applicant will install bicycle racks.
8) Exterior lighting on the building shall be maintained and provide sufficient illumination of the immediate environment so as to render objects or persons clearly visible. Said lighting shall be directed in such a manner so as not to illuminate any nearby residence.
9) The Applicant shall regularly police the area under their control in an effort to prevent loitering.
10) The entitlement will run with the applicant, not the property.
11) Trash receptacles used will be designed to contain odors per Best Management Practices.
12) Cleanup and all trash removal will be performed in such a manner as to prevent debris from entering the storm drain system, and will not interfere in any way with surrounding uses.
13) No exterior work-related activity will occur either before opening or over one hour after closing.
14) Offsite advertising signage will be prohibited.
15) Trash pickup will occur between the hours of 8am and 6pm on weekdays as necessary.
16) Loading and unloading hours will be arranged to avoid conflict with surrounding uses, and will in no case occur after 4pm.
17) The storage/changing room will be clearly marked as such on plans submitted to the City, and will not be used as service area.
18) The applicant will appear before LUPC twelve months after opening.
19) Upon change or termination of any lease regarding satisfaction of the Conditions of Approval, the applicant will notify the Department of Planning and the Venice Neighborhood Council, and will comply within thirty days.
20) Upon change of ownership, the new owner must appear before the City within 30 days of the close of escrow, with a plan approval application to renew the conditions and demonstrate that the required parking can be provided.
21) The applicant must obtain approval for all outside signage, or must remove nonconforming signage.
22) All bottles will be recycled upon removal from the premises.
23) A laminated copy of these Conditions shall be posted in a conspicuous place.

Exhibit C – LUPC Staff Report Re: 600 E. Mildred

Venice Neighborhood
Council
Post Office Box 550

Venice, CALIFORNIA 90294

310-606-2015.

Land Use and Planning Committee Report to VNC Board of Officers
05/12/2009
Case Number: ZA 2008 4919

Address of Project: 600 E. Mildred

SYNOPSIS OF PROJECT FOR VNC BOARD of OFFICERS: Kim’s Market would like to upgrade its existing beer and wine license to a full liquor license. There would be no change to hours or use. Currently Kim’s Market operates as a convenience store as well as a small take out restaurant serving sandwiches and similar items. The project would not drastically change the current operation. The only difference in day to day operation would be the availability of hard alcohol.

Size of Parcel: 4,561

Size of Project: 904 Sq Feet

Venice Subarea: Southeast Venice
Zone: C1-1-0
Permit Application Date: January 2nd 2009
LUPC Staff Report Prepared by: Matthew Geller
LUPC meeting dates: August 12, 2009

Applicant: Kim Abraham Kyujin
Address: 600 Mildred Ave. Venice, CA 90291

Representative: Seo & Company (Justin Kim)
Contact Information: 3450 Wilshire Blvd #402 Los angeles, CA 90010
Date(s) heard by LUPC: 6/24/08

Zoning Administration Date: 11/24/08
WLA Area Planning
Commission Dates: TBA
LUPC MOTION:
LUPC motion to recommend that the VNC Board of Officers recommend approval of project as presented subject to same conditions LUPC has recommended for other full-line alcohol outlets in Venice. To wit: (list conditions as per as Whole Foods, no minis, price break on single cans, etc). Moved by Jim Murez, seconded by Jed Pauker. Passed 4-1-0.

STAFF REPORT
Project Description: A CUB to permit the upgrade of an existing off-site beer and wine license to an off-site FULL line alcoholic beverages in conjunction with an existing market having the hours of operation from Monday-Friday (7:30am-8pm) and Saturday and Sunday (8am-8pm). Pursuant to Section 12.24W1 of the LAMC to allow upgrade of an existing market and take-out with sales of off-site beer and wine to off-site sales of full line alcohol

Applicant described the project on the LUPC Project Form as:
A 904 Sq. Ft. Market with a small take out restaurant that has long been established at this location. It is compatible in size and use of the developments in this community. The applicant feels that upgrading the current beer and wine off-site sales to full line off-site sales will create a convenience for this diverse community who seeks such services. The proposed request will be a desirable addition to the operation of a well established market. The proposed project will enhance the characteristics of the commercial developments in the community

Section of Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan and/or the Los Angeles Municipal Code governing this particular site and application: Southeast Venice- Venice Specific Plan

Summary of Arguments Against this Project/Issue: Currently, Venice already has more full liquor licenses than the population would usually allow. Additionally, Kim’s Market is located in a residential neighborhood with homes all around the store.

Summary of Arguments For this Project/Issue: The subject market has served beer and wine in this location for decades with no outstanding issues or violations. The Market provides a convenience for the surrounding community. Adding a full liquor license will enhance this convenience and provide nearby residents a market within walking distance that provides spirits.


Summary of Public Comment: N/A

Summary of Findings by LUPC: LUPC finds that Kim’s Market currently operates a market (as described above) with off-site beer and wine sales. Currently, there is no disciplinary action found against Kim’s Market. The upgrade of their liquor license will not change the use of the market, and may provide a convenience to nearby residents.

Authors of Report: Matthew Geller

Date: 5/12/2009

Draft of LUPC Recommended Letter from VNC Board of Officers to Council District 11 and selected others.

Draft of Community Impact Statement

Approximate Hours Spent on this Project by LUPC Staff: 3

VNC/LUPC RECOMMENDED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL

CUB conditions:

1) No branded alcohol advertisements shall be visible from the outside of the premises.
2) There shall be no coin-operated games, video machines, pool tables or similar game activities maintained upon the premises at any time.
3) Any future operator or owner for this site must file a new Plan Approval Application to allow the City of Los Angeles to review the mode and character of the usage.
4) The authorized use shall be conducted at all times with due regard for the character of the surrounding district, and the right is reserved to the Zoning Administrator to impose additional corrective Conditions, if, in the Administrator_s opinion, such Conditions are proven necessary for the protection of persons in the neighborhood or occupants of adjacent property.
5) The applicant shall train staff to provide Designated Driver resources, when appropriate, for restaurant patrons, such as taxicabs, referral services (e.g., www.designateddriver.com ).
6) In addition to the business name or entity, the name of the individual
Applicant(s) shall appear on the alcohol license and any related permits.

General conditions:

1) Any graffiti painted or marked upon the premises or on any adjacent area under the control of the Applicant shall be removed or painted over within
24 hours of being applied, and the paint shall match the original color.
2) The Applicant shall be responsible for maintaining free of litter, the area and adjacent to the premises over which they have control.
3) Noise generated on-site shall not exceed the decibel levels stated in the Citywide Noise Ordinance.
4) The use and development of the property shall be in substantial conformance with the floor plan submitted.
5) No tobacco sales allowed on the premises.
6) The Applicant shall adhere to Best Management Practices as they pertain to the location.
7) To encourage a walk-friendly environment, the applicant will install bicycle racks.
8) Exterior lighting on the building shall be maintained and provide sufficient illumination of the immediate environment so as to render objects or persons clearly visible. Said lighting shall be directed in such a manner so as not to illuminate any nearby residence.
9) The Applicant shall regularly police the area under their control in an effort to prevent loitering.
10) The entitlement will run with the applicant, not the property.
11) Trash receptacles used will be designed to contain odors per Best Management Practices.
12) Cleanup and all trash removal will be performed in such a manner as to prevent debris from entering the storm drain system, and will not interfere in any way with surrounding uses.
13) No exterior work-related activity will occur either before opening or over one hour after closing.
14) Offsite advertising signage will be prohibited.
15) Trash pickup will occur between the hours of 8am and 6pm on weekdays as necessary.
16) Loading and unloading hours will be arranged to avoid conflict with surrounding uses, and will in no case occur after 4pm.
17) The storage/changing room will be clearly marked as such on plans submitted to the City, and will not be used as service area.
18) The applicant will appear before LUPC twelve months after opening.
19) Upon change or termination of any lease regarding satisfaction of the Conditions of Approval, the applicant will notify the Department of Planning and the Venice Neighborhood Council, and will comply within thirty days.
20) Upon change of ownership, the new owner must appear before the City within 30 days of the close of escrow, with a plan approval application to renew the conditions and demonstrate that the required parking can be provided.
21) The applicant must obtain approval for all outside signage, or must remove nonconforming signage.
22) All bottles will be recycled upon removal from the premises.
23) A laminated copy of these Conditions shall be posted in a conspicuous place.

Exhibit D – REC Bylaw Amendment & Standing Rules Motions

I Bylaw amendments to comply with city requirements
Ira Koslow (310-392-0868; ira.koslow@venicenc.org):

1. Amend Article III.A. to read:

A. Stakeholders: “Stakeholders” are defined as individuals who live, work, or own property within the Venice Neighborhood Council boundaries and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm a factual basis for it.

2. Amend Article III.B. to read:

B. Voting Members: Any non-factual basis stakeholder who chooses to register may become a “Voting Member.” Voter registration shall be conducted in accordance with Article VI, as interpreted by the Rules and Elections Committee. Proof of Stakeholder status shall be required for voting rights to be effected.

3. Amend Article IV.A. to read:

A. Governing Body: The Governing Body of the Venice Neighborhood Council shall be the Board of Officers. The Board of Officers shall establish policies and positions of the Venice Neighborhood Council at its regular meetings and review and recommend actions to governmental and other entities on issues affecting the Venice community. The Board of Officers is comprised of twenty-one (21) voting Officers
, elected from and by the population of Voting Members and factual basis stakeholders, as follows:

• Seven (7) Executive Officers
• Fourteen (14) Community Officers

4. Amend Article IV.C. to read:

C. Community Officers:

(i) Thirteen (13) Community Officers are elected at-large by the non-factual-basis Voting Members. Each non-factual-basis Voting Member shall cast one vote from a ballot listing all candidates for Community Officer. The thirteen (13) Community Officer candidates with the highest vote totals shall be elected.

(ii) Factual-basis Voting Members shall be entitled to run for and elect one (1) factual-basis Community Officer. If more than one factual-basis candidate is on the factual-basis ballot, the factual-basis candidate with the highest vote total shall be elected. In the event that there are no factual-basis candidates, the Community Officer receiving the next highest vote total shall be elected.

Community Officers shall serve on at least one Standing Committee and shall serve on and/or chair other committees.

5. Amend Article VI. To read:

ARTICLE VI — ELECTIONS

A. Timing: Beginning with the City Clerk conducted election held between March and June of 2010, a board member’s term shall be for the duration of two years or until a successor is elected or appointed. The only order of business at this Election Meeting shall be the election of the Board of Officers. The Election shall elect all twenty-one (21) Officers. Additional Election Meetings may be held during a Stakeholder or Board of Officers meeting as specified elsewhere in these bylaws.

B. Administration of Elections and Board Terms: The Neighborhood Council’s election will be conducted by the City Clerk every two years in every even-numbered year in accordance with the rules and regulation promulgated by the City Clerk. The City Clerk will hold these elections between March and June of the even-numbered years. The rules and regulations developed by the City Clerk shall take precedence over any inconsistent language in the Neighborhood Council bylaws. All current board terms which end prior to the 2010 election shall be extended until after the certification of election results or the resolution of all official election challenges, whichever date is later. There are no term limits.

C. Registration: Stakeholders, with the exception of those who utilize vote-by-mail, may register to vote up to and including the day of any Election Meeting.

D. Qualification: Any Stakeholder who is sixteen (16) years or older, or a junior or senior in High School, may vote.

E. Credentials: Voters will verify their Stakeholder status by providing documentation acceptable to the City Clerk—Election Division supporting that declaration. Factual-basis Stakeholders will also be required to provide a form of documentation to substantiate their factual-basis claim.

F. Voting: Voting for election of Officers shall be by ballot.

(i) Each factual basis Voting Member shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote for a factual-basis Community Officer candidate. (ii) Each non-factual-basis Voting Member shall be entitled to cast votes as follows:

• One (1) vote for President
• One (1) vote for Vice President
• One (1) vote for Secretary
• One (1) vote for Treasurer
• One (1) vote for Communications Officer
• One (1) vote for Community Outreach Officer
• One (1) vote for Land Use and Planning Committee Chair
• One (1) vote for only one (1) Community Officer. The Community Officer candidates with the thirteen (13) highest vote totals shall be elected; EXCEPT, if there is no factual-basis candidate, the Community Officer candidates with the fourteen (14) highest vote totals shall be elected.

If more than two (2) candidates are running for an Executive Officer position, a plurality shall be sufficient to elect unless the election procedures direct otherwise.

No voting by proxy is allowed.

II Bylaw amendment limiting occurrence of petition elections
Ira Koslow ( ira.koslow@venicenc.org): Request board adopt the following amendment to VNC Bylaw VA1:

Receipt of this completed petition by the Secretary shall trigger this item being scheduled as an action item on the Agenda at a separate Election Meeting to be held not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) two hundred and ten (210) days following receipt of the completed petition. Notice of the Initiative, including the outline paragraph of fifty (50) words or less, shall be made in all public meeting notices and announcements for the upcoming meeting at which the Initiative shall be voted on. This time limit may be waived by a majority vote of the VNC Board if there is evidence of a time sensitive matter.

III New Standing Rule precluding Saturday Only Voting Events
Ira Koslow ( ira.koslow@venicenc.org): Request board adopt the following new standing rule:

The Venice Neighborhood Council will not hold “Saturday only” elections, ratifications or referendums.

Exhibit E – Treasurers Report

Not all expenses for the 2008-2009 fiscal year have been reported as yet as several of the community improvement projects have received extensions. A final report for last year will be available when completed.

2009-10 Expenditures to Budget August 2009

Amt Spent in Current Yr Budget by Acct
Current Yr Budget by Acct % of Bdgt Amt spent
Current
Month Amt Spent in
Current Fiscal Year Amt Available to Spend % Budget Remain
Annual Allocation 50,000.00 50,000.00 $45,000.00
Rollover 81,073.89 81,073.89 $20,537.94
Sub Total-Unallocated Budget 131,073.89 133,208.54 $65,537.94
Neighborhood Comm. Projects 09-10 20,000.00
Total 85,537.94

100 Operations Budget
Office Supplies 1,071.67 1,000.00 $2,100.00 $88.48 $88.48 $2,011.52 95.8%
Copies 316.62 680.00 $1,000.00 $67.79 $67.79 $932.21 93.2%
Office Equipment 661.72 800.00 $1,834.00 $1,834.00 100.0%
Staffing/Apple One 5,301.88 7,700.00 $700.00 $41.25 $140.25 $559.75 80.0%
Telephone Expense 994.57 900.00 $800.00 $66.38 $66.38 $733.62 91.7%
Storage 508.00 1,500.00 $1,854.00 $152.00 $304.00 $1,550.00 83.6%
Bank Charges 12.50 20.00 $150.00 $12.50 $12.50 $137.50 91.7%
Board Retreat 0.00 0.00 $850.00 $850.00 100.0%
General Operations 0.00 $800.00 $200.00 $200.00 $600.00 75.0%
sub Total Operations 13,000.00 $10,088.00 11.8% $628.40 $879.40 $9,208.60 91.3%
200 Outreach
Copies / Printing 2,379.94 7,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 100.0%
Facilities For Public 7,180.00 7,200.00 $2,000.00 $120.00 $240.00 $1,760.00 88.0%
Refreshments 896.49 1,500.00 $1,000.00 $49.48 $49.48 $950.52 95.1%
Web Site & e-mail 327.40 500.00 $1,150.00 $30.00 $60.00 $1,090.00 94.8%
Advertising & Promotions 7,040.64 8,000.00 $500.00 $500.00 100.0%
Newsletter Prodution 2,240.00 4,000.00 $1,800.00 $1,800.00 100.0%
Newsletter Printing $9,000.00 $9,000.00 100.0%
Newsletter Delivery 5,228.62 6,000.00 $5,100.00 $5,100.00 100.0%
Outreach Events 44.35 9,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 0.0%
General Outreach 60.00 1,800.00 $2,100.00 $54.86 $54.86 $2,045.14 97.4%
sub Total Outreach 50,000.00 $23,650.00 27.6% $254.34 $404.34 $23,245.66 98.3%
300 Community Improvement
Venice Community BBQ 0.00 0.00 $5,000.00 $1,597.72 $3,597.64 $1,402.36 28.0%
Neighborhood Commun Proj 2009-10 0.00 40,900.00 $20,000.00 $9.66 $9.66 $19,990.34 100.0%
General Community Projects 2009-10 23,785.00 18,200.00 $5,600.00 $5,600.00 100.0%
Neighborhood Commun Proj 2010-11 0.00 0.00 $21,200.00 $21,200.00 100.0%
sub Total Community Improvement 70,000.00 $51,800.00 60.6% $1,607.38 $3,607.30 $48,192.70 93.0%

Total $85,538.00 $2,490.12 $4,891.04 $80,646.96 94.3%

Amt Spent in Current Yr Budget by Acct Current Yr Budget by Acct % of Bdgt Amt spent
Current
Month Amt Spent in
Current Fiscal Year Amt Available to Spend % Budget Remain
Neighborhood Community Projects 2009-2010
Friends of Coeur d’Alene Garden $1,996.00 10% $1,996.00 100%
Master in the Chapel-Concerts $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
Westminster School-Benches $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
FranceFagin-Photography Program $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
Inside Out Arts-Courtyard $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
Abbey Kinney District-Festival $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
Oakwood Rec Center-Halloween $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
SPARC-Building Beautification $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
Alex Stowall-Metal at Muscle Beach $2,000.00 10% $2,000.00 100%
Mother Olivia Faire-Tutoting $405.00 2% $405.00 100%
Cong Mishkon Tephiklo-Sing Along $1,599.00 8% $9.66 $9.66 $1,589.34 99%
Total $20,000.00 $9.66 $9.66 $19,990.34 100%

General Community Improvement 2009-2010
Total Available $5,600.00 $5,600.00 100%
Total Allocated $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Exhibit F – Homelessness and Vehicular Occupancy Motions

Motions From Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation as originally presented

II Motion to Create VNC Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee
(See below HVOC Research Findings section on Promoting Affordable Housin)
Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: Request that That the VNC establish a Committee on Affordable Housing to promote the development of affordable housing and that said committee consider the following incentives:

• voluntary inclusionary zoning to allow an additional small affordable unit(s) (400 to 600 sq. ft.) per lot where lot size is adequate (i.e., those which now are allowed two or more units by right).
• selective re-zoning along major thorough-fares to allow owners ability to build more & smaller units/acre.
• Historical Preservation variances that create incentives to retain existing non-conforming affordable housing stock (not to include legalization of garage conversions unless code-required parking is provided.)
• the reduction – but not elimination – of required care-provider staff parking and occupant parking for facilities which house the previously homeless, including Single Room Occupancy (SRO) projects, and very
low to low income projects. (For example, instead of the current requirement of one parking space per unit in an SRO project, the City might only require .5 spaces per unit, recognizing that individuals at this income level frequently do not have automobiles.)

IV Motion for Limited Zoning Exemption for Permanent Supportive Housing
(See HVOC Research Findings below)
Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: Request the VNC recommend to the Councilman of the District and Mayor that, for the purpose of construction or adaptive reuse to create permanent supportive housing or transitional housing for chronic homeless individuals only, that a zoning exemption be granted to increase the number of units per acre (while maintaining height limits) beyond City code and the Venice Specific Plan, if the units created are vested in perpetuity as affordable by the project developer, whether publicly or privately developed, and located in commercial or manufacturing zones only, per the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee.

VI Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program
(See below HVOC Research Findings section on Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program)
Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: Request that the VNC recommend that the City of Los Angeles establish a program, funded by the City, County and possibly private charitable sources, and operated by a non-profit social service provider, to provide first responders and off-street sites and services to assist vehicular dwellers, on a voluntary basis, find affordable housing, per the program outline and conditional use permit contained in the Ad Hoc Committee’s report and recommendations.

VIII Motion to extend the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness & Vehicular Occupation to September 18, 2009
Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: To continue the dialogue begun by this Committee with various agencies and officials, to advance the recommendations made by this Committee (or which will be made by this Committee), and to maintain a focus on the needs of the homeless in our community, request that the VNC confirm the decision of the Ad Hoc Committee that it continue to meet until its one-year renewal date on September 18, 2009, on the subject of Homelessness, and the related issues of development of affordable housing in and around Venice, on a once per month basis or as determined by its chair(s), and that it act as the VNC’s interlocutor with homeless serving agencies, both public and private, City agencies such as the LAPD and City Attorney and LAHD, County representatives, and LAHSA. The committee shall also hold meetings with various agencies to gauge progress in assisting Venice’s homeless population gain access to services and housing.

Motions from Carolyn Rios, Co-Chair Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation

I Motion to Amend Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program [CM/MC: Postpone 8-5-4]
Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com)
(See below HVOC Minority Report & Research Findings section on Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program)

• Motion to change the language on page 5 of the Ad Hoc Homeless and Vehicular Occupation Committee Report (the first page of the Recommendation for a Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program) as follows:

1. The City would adopt conditional use permit language (recommended language below) to allow the permitting of public or private lots as transition sites per the proposed attached language. The sites would be at least 300 feet from inhabited residences, exempted from LAMC 85.02, no more than three six vehicles would be allowed on a site at one time, and participants would be restricted to receive permits for three month stays (renewable per request of Social Service agency) and must be of very low income status. (Examples of possible sites are below.) (5 – 10 lots would be added to list of possible sites.) Other provisions are contained in the attached proposed permit language to protect the neighborhoods in which the sites are located.

• Motion to change the language on page 5 of the Ad Hoc Homeless and Vehicular Occupation Committee Report as follows:

( ) Transitional Vehicular Residency on Parking Lots. Notwithstanding Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 85.02, the use of public parking lots and/or privately-held parking lots overnight as transition sites, with funded services providing for transition to affordable housing, for individuals living in their vehicles, limited to three (3) six (6) vehicles or less, with stays of less than three months per year, where the vehicles will be parked at least 300 feet from any inhabited dwelling(s) located on an adjoining or nearby parcel, and the vehicle owner(s)/occupants are determined to be very low income as determined by the transition service provider or the Los Angeles Housing Department, in the CR, C1, C1.5, C2, C4, C5, CM, MR1, MR2, M1, M2, M3, P, and PF Zones, provided that: . . .

HVOC Minority Report
VNC AdHoc Committee on Homeless and Vehicular Living
Carolyn Rios, Co-Chair

As Co-Chair of the VNC AdHoc Committee on Homeless and Vehicular Living, I am submitting a minority report. On the whole the committee worked very hard, was well-organized, and there was a reasonable effort at compromise by most people. Mark Ryavac is to be especially commended for his ability to do extra research, his success at getting experts and authorities to educate us, and his willingness to do the yeoman’s work of writing the reports.

There are a few areas to which I strongly object. The Recommendation for a Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program has some extreme restrictions, limiting the usefulness of this program. The restriction that RV Sites be 300 feet from residences, plus only accommodate 3 vehicles means that there would only be 6, yes, only SIX, legal sites in Venice. This is no solution.

A well-run permitted monitored RV program does not need this kind of distance. If my neighbors are noisy, I call the police, If they are dealing drugs etc. We will know exactly who is parking where, and permits can be instantly revoked. There will be no noise, no drunkenness, no human feces. We can expect only people who are willing to be good neighbors and comply with expected behaviors of any neighbor. A well run overnight parking permit does not need to distance itself from playgrounds or churches that are totally unused at those hours.

If the Program is run by a social service agency with a well monitored program there is no need for strict distance limitations. A well-monitored programs means there are specific permits given to specific people who are registered and working with the social service agency. A well- monitored program has toilets provided on site and daily cleanup. A well monitored program means there will not be noise or drunkenness or public health concerns. A well monitored program will work with the Police. A well-monitored program has a 24 hour “first Responder” on call. Complaints will be dealt with immediately. A well monitored program will use renewable permits. Professionals will decide how the resident is advancing. Some residents might need 6 – 9 months.

I recommend rescinding some of these restrictions from the RV Parking Sites Program.

HVOC Research Findings
Recommendation for a Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program

Note: These research findings have not been endorsed by the Venice Neighborhood Council Board and are not the recommendation of the Board.

The Committee has examined the experiences of other communities which have established programs and sites to offer those living in vehicles with the opportunity to park overnight off-street while receiving various services to assist them transition to affordable housing.

From these reviews, from discussions with program operators in Santa Barbara, CA and Eugene, OR, and study of Venice’s and CD 11’s specific conditions and layout, the Committee recommends that the City of Los Angeles establish a program, funded by the City, County and possibly private charitable sources, and operated by a non-profit social service provider, to provide off-street sites and services to assist vehicular dwellers, on a voluntary basis, find affordable housing.

The program would have the following outline:

1. The City would adopt conditional use permit language (recommended language below) to allow the permitting of public or private lots as transition sites per the proposed attached language. The sites would be at least 300 feet from inhabited residences, exempted from LAMC 85.02, no more than three vehicles would allowed on a site at one time, and participants would be restricted to three month stays and must be of very low income status. (Examples of possible sites are below.) Other provisions are contained in the attached proposed permit language to protect the neighborhoods in which the sites are located.
2. The City would develop and release a request for proposals for non-profit social service agencies to submit proposals to operate a vehicle-to-housing transition program (the service provider). The service provider would recruit vehicle dwellers to participate in the program, provide services required by the participants to facilitate placement in affordable housing, and supervise the sites and assure they are operated in a safe and healthy manner.
3. The service provider would be delegated by the City as the “first responder” in the event the City (DOT, Council Office or LAPD) is notified that someone is living in a vehicle on City streets in violation of LAMC 85.02 (ban on using vehicles as living quarters on public streets or parking lots) and/or 80.73.2 (ban on stays of more than 72 hours). The service provider will notify the vehicle dweller that living in vehicles is prohibited by City ordinance and that they will be cited for violation of 85.02 and/or 80.73.2. The service provider shall offer them overnight accommodations on a permitted parking lot, subject to availability, if they are judged to be very low income, agree to program guidelines and to participate in the transition program to place them in affordable housing. If they are not very low income and/or have no interest in finding housing, the service provider will direct them to permitted camping locations in the County of Los Angeles. If they fail to move their vehicles they will be subject to citation by the police and/or DOT.
4. The program would have the following guidelines:

Eligibility
a. Anyone, individuals or families, living in a motor vehicle (car/truck/van/recreational vehicle) which can be moved to and from the site by its own power, and who is judged to be very low income by a standard set by the Los Angeles Housing Department, is eligible.
b. Only those who have been accepted into the transition program by the service provider may stay on the permitted lot(s) overnight. All others will be cited for trespassing, and towed away if necessary.
c. Participant(s) must sign a contract with the service provider agreeing to relocate to permanent housing, if such housing is affordable to the participant and located within 10 miles of the transition site.
d. Anyone under age eighteen must be accompanied by and supervised by an adult.
e. The vehicle must have current a California license and insurance.
f. Dogs and other pets are forbidden (other than an assistance dog, such as a Seeing Eye dog).
Hours and Length of Stay
a. Vehicles are allowed on the sites overnight only (hours may differ as the lots may have other uses in the early evening or early morning).
b. Individuals and their vehicles are allowed to use the site overnight for a period of three months provided they abide by all program rules.
Support Services/Clean Up
a. Portable toilet(s) and trash bags will be provided by the service provided on-site. Overnight sleepers must use the portable toilet(s) provided or the sanitation system installed on their vehicle. The service provider will also make available shower facilities within a reasonable driving distance of the site.
b. Participants must dispose of human waste which accumulates in their vehicle’s tank at proper disposal sites.
c. Participants are responsible for keeping their space clean and helping to keep the entire site clean.
Behavior
a. No violent or aggressive behavior, physical or verbal abuse, vandalism, panhandling, gambling or offensive behavior is allowed.
b. No use or brandishing of weapons or carrying of firearms on the site.
c. No consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs or open containers of alcoholic beverages allowed on-site.
d. No loud noises or music.
e. Disputes between participants to be immediately brought to the attention of the service provider for resolution.
f. No children to be left unattended in a vehicle or on the site.
Sites
a. Vehicles are allowed only in prescribed locations on the site.
b. Vehicles and possessions are to be kept within the boundary lines of individual spaces.
c. No tents or temporary structures are to be erected on the site.
d. No cooking devices or open fires allowed on site other than those originally installed by manufacturers in vehicles.
f. No pets permitted on site.
g. Any vehicle left unattended for 48 hours will considered abandoned and the process will be started to have it towed away.
h. Program participants are responsible for their guests abiding by program rules. Guests must leave the site by 9 PM.
i. Violation of any of these rules can lead to termination from the program and loss of the right to use the site for overnight parking.
j. As multiple sites are developed, there should be separate sites for single individuals, women, and families.

Recommended Conditional Use Permit SEC. 12.24. CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS AND OTHER SIMILAR QUASI-JUDICIAL APPROVALS.

W. Authority of the Zoning Administrator for Conditional Uses/Initial Decision. The following uses and activities may be permitted in any zone, unless restricted to certain zones or locations, if approved by the Zoning Administrator as the initial decision-maker or the Area Planning Commission as the appellate body. The procedures for reviewing applications for these uses shall be those in Subsections B. through Q. in addition to those set out below.

( ) Transitional Vehicular Residency on Parking Lots. Notwithstanding Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 85.02, the use of public parking lots and/or privately-held parking lots overnight as transition sites, with funded services providing for transition to affordable housing, for individuals living in their vehicles, limited to three (3) vehicles or less, with stays of less than three months per year, where the vehicles will be parked at least 300 feet from any inhabited dwelling(s) located on an adjoining or nearby parcel, and the vehicle owner(s)/occupants are determined to be very low income as determined by the transition service provider or the Los Angeles Housing Department, in the CR, C1, C1.5, C2, C4, C5, CM, MR1, MR2, M1, M2, M3, P, and PF Zones, provided that:

(a) Findings. In addition to the findings otherwise required by this section, the Zoning Administrator shall make all of the following findings:
(1) that the parking lot meets all the requirements of the Los Angeles Municipal Code for lighting, landscaping, filtration of surface water runoff, and walls blocking view from residential areas into lot;
(2) that the proposed use will not detrimentally affect nearby residentially and/or commercially zoned communities in the area of the City involved, after giving consideration to the distance of the proposed use from residential buildings, churches, schools, hospitals, public playgrounds and parks, and other similar uses (this does not prohibit a church parking lot from being permitted as a transition site under this section);
(4) that the service provider retained by the City to operate the transition service agrees to provide overnight:
(a) toilet facilities on-site and access to a shower to the occupants of the vehicles parking on the parking lot;
(b) sanitary disposal of any human waste and/or trash which may be generated by the inhabitants of the subject vehicles;
(c) emergency telephone number, which is answered by a person and not voice mail, prominently displayed on-site for overnight response;
(d) that no guests or visitors are allowed after 9 PM. and agrees to prohibit amplified music, use of electric generators and the sale or use of illicit drugs and alcohol on-site.

HVOC Research Findings (Cont.)
Recommendations to Promote Affordable Housing

The provision of new affordable housing in Venice has been a contentious issue for many years, with claims that the community must provide additional low-income, transitional and permanent supportive housing for the many homeless individuals who dwell on our streets, alleys and parks, with counter claims that Venice already carries more than its fair share of the burden and that proposed solutions, such as the conversion of City parking lots to affordable housing, would hamper the community’s ability to address its chronic parking shortage and place these facilities too close to residences for comfort.

As directed by its mission statement, the Committee met with a wide range of experts, service providers and government officials familiar with these issues (a full list is provided in the Appendix).

One of the most significant facts to emerge is that Venice is, indeed, host to the largest concentration of affordable housing in Council District (CD) 11. Venice proper has 23.3% of all affordable units in CD 11 while its population is only 13.5% of CD 11.*

*Without including the 179 affordable units in new developments in Marina Pointe, there are 489 affordable units in the Venice zip code of 90291. The total in CD 11 is 2102. (Source: Los Angeles Housing Department.) The total population of CD 11 is: 280,500 ±; the population of Venice is: 38,000 ±. Adding in the units in the Marina Pointe area, Venice has more than twice as many affordable units as its percentage of CD 11’s population.

This does not suggest more affordable housing is not needed in Venice or throughout CD 11, or indeed, the City, County and Nation. The Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA) reports that in 2007 the City of Los Angeles had 40,144 and the County of Los Angeles had over 68,000 homeless individuals on any given night. St. Joseph Center reports that the 2007 Homeless Count conducted by LAHSA found about 1,000 homeless in our community.

Further, the Venice Community Housing Corporation reports that it has not built a new project in Venice since 1998, and the Los Angeles Housing Department reports that no new projects are funded or under construction anywhere in CD 11, largely due to the high cost of land on the Westside.

After many hours of meetings with the various experts, the Committee has learned the most effective approach to serving the homeless is the “Housing First” model, now employed in New York City, Project 50 in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and elsewhere in the Nation. This model focuses on that segment of the homeless population which is most at risk of dying on the street, providing housing first, with various services and support to follow. Thus, the most pressing need in Venice and CD 11 is for permanent supportive housing for these individuals. This is the group which is addressed by St. Joseph’s chronic homeless intervention program, which the Committee has recommended for implementation.

While that program plans to house these most at-risk individuals with the use of supplementary Section 8 vouchers (i.e., those in addition to the vouchers it currently receives) utilizing a “scattered site” model, the better solution is the development of permanent supportive housing locally by purchase or master lease of existing housing, adaptive reuse of existing structures or construction of new housing. This would allow supportive service providers to office on-site and assist several or many clients at the same location.

While this permanent supportive housing does not have to be located in Venice proper, it would be more effective if it is located on the Westside. Service providers have found it difficult to entice the chronically homeless – those most at risk – to locations far removed from where they have been homeless for many years.

This has led the Committee to recommend that the City accept that it must factor in the high cost of land and provide greater subsidies for areas of the City with high land costs where there are significant concentrations of homeless individuals, such as Venice, to allow the purchase of sites in, or adjacent to, these areas.

On the other hand, the Committee recognizes that beach-adjacent sites are less financially-feasible in most instances and that in-land sites within several miles of the beach, or indeed several miles in-land from Venice, could more effectively meet these needs. This conclusion is based on the experiences of the Ocean Park Community Center, which has developed permanent supportive housing in-land of Santa Monica, some as far east as La Brea Boulevard, and successfully placed homeless individuals from Santa Monica’s homeless population in these units.

As stated above, to be able to acquire or develop affordable housing in Venice, there are only two alternatives: either the City must fund Westside projects at a higher cost per unit, or, the City must allow more units to be built per acre to amortize the cost of the land.

With little funding available, it appears the best way to create more affordable housing now is through limited instances of either creative zoning ordinances and/or variances to allow more units per acre. This would require exemptions from the Venice Specific Plan (VSP) and City code for just these projects.

Thus, only for the purpose of construction or adaptive reuse to create permanent supportive housing or transitional housing for chronic homeless individuals, the Committee supports zoning exemptions to increase the number of units per acre (while maintaining height limits) beyond City code and the Venice Specific Plan, if the units created are vested in perpetuity as very low income by the project developer, whether publicly or privately developed, and located in commercial or manufacturing zones only. In one scenario, this could result in smaller 400 sq. ft. units such as those recently developed in Santa Monica on Olympic Boulevard.

The Committee also recommends that the VNC establish a Committee on Affordable Housing to promote the development of affordable housing. The Committee recommends that the new Affordable Housing Committee provide a public forum to discuss and develop policy and that it consider the following incentives:

• voluntary inclusionary zoning to allow an additional small affordable unit(s) (400 to 600 sq. ft.) per lot where lot size is adequate (i.e., those which now are allowed two or more units by right).
• selective re-zoning along major thorough-fares to allow owners the ability to build more and smaller units per acre.
• Historical Preservation variances that create incentives to retain existing non-conforming affordable housing stock. (However, the Committee does not support the legalization of garage conversions unless code-required parking is provided.)

The City should also consider allowing the reduction – but not elimination – of required care-provider staff parking and occupant parking for facilities which house the previously homeless, including Single Room Occupancy (SRO) projects, and very low to low income projects. For example, instead of the current requirement of one parking space per unit in an SRO project, the City might only require .5 spaces per unit, recognizing that individuals at this income level frequently do not have automobiles.

Specifically, the Committee would support creating a new Single Room Occupancy project in Venice to house the most critically at risk homeless as soon as possible. This suggests either master leasing or purchasing an existing structure as opposed to new development.

To this end, the Committee has looked at several sites and recommends the sites below as examples of appropriate sites which should be given further consideration by the VNC, the Council Office, and LAHD:

585 E. Venice Boulevard (former Samy’s Camera), Zoning: M1-1

4096 South Glencoe, Zoning: CM-2D (storage use)

4230 S. Del Rey Avenue, Zoning: CM-2D (storage use)

These sites already have existing structures that we are told are adaptable to housing by installing partitions and plumbing inside the buildings.

The 18,000 sq. ft. Samy’s Camera building could be subdivided to create approximately 20 to 60 units of permanent supportive housing (a zone change would be required from M to C or R). The 24,400 sq. ft. Glencoe structure would accommodate approximately 30 to 70 units and the site on Del Rey would provide 16 to 50 units. The number of units will be limited by the parking which is ultimately required by City code and Venice Specific Plan. In this regard, a new affordable housing committee might consider a relaxation in the required parking for these projects, but not the elimination of these requirements.

While we were impressed by a transitional housing facility in Santa Monica operated by the Ocean Park Community Center which is situated in a multifamily residential neighborhood, we nonetheless believe that the residents of Venice (and other areas) are best served when residential neighborhoods are protected by the siting of new homeless-serving facilities in commercial or manufacturing areas. Since Venice and nearby areas such as Del Rey still have commercial and commercial/manufacturing zoned areas, we encourage the City to focus on acquiring property in these areas now while real estate prices are relatively depressed.

The Committee does not favor the use of existing City parking lots in Venice for new affordable housing due the need for these lots to eventually be re-developed to provide more parking to address Venice’s chronic parking shortage.

Parking Lots in CD11 for Possible Use as Transition Sites

Location Notes
Venice
Ross Dress for Less Large lot behind store. Potentially could be leased by the City for overnight use.
Del Rey, between Washington and Maxella Much commercial space with large parking lots on east side of Del Rey. Isolated from residential and retail commercial properties.
Marina
Fiji Way west of Lincoln County lots on state property across from Fisherman’s Village. Limited stay low income RV lots. Sheriff across the street.
Playa del Rey
East of Vista del Mar on Airport land Where houses have been removed, there are streets and underground services in place. Convert to pads. Could place this adjacent to Hyperion plant near existing RV campgrounds.
West of Vista del Mar, Dockweiler Beach Parking Lot #3 at tower #49 This is the location of the Robin Richards/Theresa Skinner proposal. Services in place.
Westchester Parkway
Buffer zone between Westchester Parkway and Lincoln Blvd Airport land with removed housing has existing streets and underground services in place.
East of Airport
Off 96th Street Land with city purchased vacant housing and parking lots adjacent.
Jenny and Manchester Northeast corner lot.
Arbor Vita and Bellanca Southeast corner lot.
Arbor Vita and 93rd Street Much housing taken out of use by city. Potential parking with services.
Westchester
Westchester at Lincoln Blvd Park has lots as does the land adjacent to the municipal buildings. Services available.
Playa Vista
East of Lincoln beyond present development Large amount of flat vacant land in preparation for succeeding phases. May be vacant for years.
Marina Freeway
Along Culver Blvd & between the 91 Freeway State property unused, screened. RV storage lot exists near Lincoln.

Centinela and Rose
East side of Centinela Ocean View Farms Park. Big, isolated lot with bathrooms nearby.
Sawtelle south of Exposition
405 adjacent Lot on east side of Sawtelle below 405.
Exposition east of Sawtelle
South side of Exposition between Sawtelle and Sepulveda Post Office has a large lot. West Los Angeles City Building had a huge parking lot. Possible night use.
Heading north on Sepulveda from Exposition
Between Ohio and Wilshire On west side of Sepulveda there is a Salvation Army Center with lot, State property alongside the roadway. On east side is a Park. Area has good bus transit connections.
North of Wilshire At Constitution, west side of Sepulveda at Robinson Stadium: big parking lot. Getty feeder lot. UCLA Mobile Clinics are parked there; isolated with restrooms nearby. VA adjacent for services.
Veterans Administration
West of 405 Many lots, much service, security.
Federal south of Wilshire
On east side of Federal US Army Reserve Center and National Guard lots. Large parking area available for night use.
Corinth and Iowa Area
Two situations stand out in this area The City building in which Councilman Bill Rosendahl has an office has much parking including a section that is walled off from view and adjacent to the building making it almost private. The Felicia Mahood Senior Center has a lot behind it. Much potential here.
Pacific Palisades
Above Sunset on Temescal Canyon Road Park with lots and services.
Above Sunset on Los Liones Dr Near the trailhead there are several parking lots available for night parking.

Location(s)

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Resumes of Candidates for Vacant Board Position159 KB
Board Questions To Candidates155.5 KB
May 8, 2009 Homelessness Committee Report & Recommendations156 KB
Expenditures to Date.2009-2010.AugustRev.xls43 KB
2009-6-24 LUPC staff report.doc570 KB
2009-8-26 LUPC staff report.doc53.5 KB
September 15, 2009 LUPC De Minimis Cases117.5 KB
Sept 8, 2009 Administrative Committee Agenda1.08 MB