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VNC to Hold Special Election Feb 21st regarding Overnight Parking Districts

Sharon Jacobucci

Stakeholders of the Venice Neighborhood Council will get a chance on Saturday, Feb. 21, to vote on two stakeholder-originated initiatives regarding Overnight Parking Districts established for Venice by the Los Angeles City Council. The text of the two initiatives can be found below. The election will be held at the Venice Public Library between 12:30pm and 3:30pm and will be governed by rules posted on the VNC website at www.VeniceNC.org/node/1154.

Text of Initiatives

Initiative A – Rescind OPDs in Venice
To Fairly Represent Venice, the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Must Rescind any VNC Board Approval of Overnight Parking Districts in Venice and Transmit a Letter Stating Such to the Los Angeles City Council Office, the Bureau of Engineering, the Department of Transportation, and the California Coastal Commission.

Initiative B – Affirm Venice Stakeholders Right To Form Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs)
Venice Stakeholders re-affirm that Venice residents have the same democratic right as other L.A. residents to establish, by 2/3rds petition signatures, OPDs for their blocks to preserve parking for residents and for night-time security, and call upon the VNC to communicate affirmation of this right to pertinent governmental bodies.

“The issues of overnight parking districts and of people sleeping overnight in vehicles on city streets have been hotly discussed in Venice,” said Mike Newhouse, VNC president. “These two initiatives express differing views on what actions the community should take.”

What: Venice Neighborhood Council Special Election
When: Sat., Feb 21. Polls open from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Venice Public Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd. Venice 90291
More information: The VNC web site contains additional information on the Overnight Parking Districts. See also, background information below.

Background: OPDs have been created in Venice by the Los Angeles City Council. Overnight parking (between the hours of 2am and 6am) can be limited to vehicles displaying valid permits on blocks designated within each OPD. Residents of a block within an OPD can request restrictions by submitting a petition and other documents to the VNC. The petition must be signed by 2/3rds or the residents on the block. The VNC reviews and approves the petitions and forwards them to the city for action.

Over 40 petitions have been approved by the VNC to date. The City has posted signs restricting parking on several blocks in the OPD east of Lincoln Blvd. near Penmar Park. Posting of signs in five other OPDs is pending approval by the California Coastal Commission (see http://venicenc.org/files/VENICE OVERNIGHT PARKING DISTRICTS.pdf for details). Information regarding enforcement of OPDs and permit parking can be found at http://ladot.lacity.org/tf_overnight_parking_passes.htm.

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