Venice Stakeholders: Enforce the Ban on Camping


From the Venice Stakeholders Association:

Please help make Venice a safer community by sending the following message to Mayor Villaraigosa, City Attorney Trutanich, Councilman Rosendahl and police chief Beck.

The disorder and criminality and especially drug use and sales on Ocean Front Walk reverberate throughout our community, driving much of the crime we see in our neighborhoods. The City’s tolerance of the campers on the Boardwalk and in the park area has created a magnet that brings others to Venice to engage in illicit activity.

The Message:

Subject: Enforce the Ban on Camping at Venice Beach

Please enforce the ban on camping in the Venice Beach Recreation Area (LAMC 63.44 (D) (4)).

The park and its Ocean Front Walk have become a cesspool of drug use and sales, public drunkenness, public defecation and urination, assaults, intimidation, late night noise, off-leash dogs, and a breeding ground for criminal activity that is directed at residents, businesses and private property, including automobiles which are routinely broken into in Venice.

Residents and visitors now feel they must avoid the Boardwalk due to the dangerous conditions that exist there. Many in the travel press now advise visitors to skip Venice Beach due to these conditions.

The campers who truly want a bed for the night can obtain a bed at one of the several shelters which have been opened early for this purpose.

Please act to restore Ocean Front Walk to its former glory as a safe, cool and friendly place for LA residents and visitors alike.


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