June 26, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Beach Restrooms to Stay Closed at Night

Coastal Development Permit

by Sam Catanzaro

The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering approved a Coastal Development Permit which will keep the beach bathrooms in Venice closed at night. This curfew comes in the midst of a Hepatitis A outbreak in Venice, which has some questioning the Bureau’s decision.

“The permit allows the Department of Recreation and Parks to continue implementation of LAMC Section 63.44.B.14 (b) which restricts access to City of Los Angeles beaches between the hours of 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 5:00 a.m.,” wrote City Engineer Gary Lee Moore in a press release November 9th.

The public beach restrooms in Venice fall under the jurisdiction of this permit. With a large homeless population, many individuals are forced to defecate on the beach and sidewalks during the curfew. Hepatitis A is spread primarily through fecal matter which is why Los Angeles County health officials declared the outbreak in September. Soon after, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.

“Human waste is a daily public health concern,” said the office of Jose Huizar of the 14th District, which includes Skid Row. “The emergency is most recently highlighted by an outbreak of Hepatitis A.”

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver virus and over the past year, there have been over 550 cases of Hepatitis A in Southern California, including 20 deaths. Venice with its high homeless population, has been hit especially hard by the virus.

After Los Angeles health officials declared the outbreak, Councilman Mike Bonin of the 11th district urged the city to keep the beach restrooms open 24/7 in addition to providing emergency portable restrooms to the area. This is why the decision by the Bureau of Engineering to keep the bathrooms closed at night has caused concern among some Venice residents.

“Seeing that the homeless are here at the beach, you got to open the bathrooms up,” said longtime Venice resident Rick Swinger. “You either open these things up or they are going to poop on the beach

The curfew has been in place since 1988 to deter late-night crime on the beach, yet has remained in place even though crime levels have dropped significantly. Local activists say that the city does not have the jurisdiction to implement such a curfew, and are thus violating the California Coastal Act. In a settlement in September, the Department of Recreation and Parks agreed to go before the California Coastal Commission to defend the curfew. Before this could happen, however, a Coastal Development Permit needed to be granted by the Bureau of Engineering.

Now that the permit has been approved, opponents have until November, 20th to file an appeal. If no appeal is filed by then, the application will be sent to the Coastal Commission for the next step in the process. Appeal forms can be obtained from the Bureau of Engineering, by contacting William Jones at (213) 485-5760 or at William.Jones@lacity.org.

Tags: in Opinion
Related Posts

Column: Where Will We Shelter the Homeless?

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

By Jeff Hall Federal Judge David O. Carter is a hero, as far as I’m concerned.  He essentially forced the...

Column: LA Election Results Remain Tight, Close & Competitive Come the Fall Runoffs!

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

By Nick Antonicello The results for the June 7th Primary continue to trickle-in with not much change:  In that special...

Column: Centennial Park Update – Cleared, Cleaned & Fenced!

June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022

By Nick Antonicello Centennial Park, long a homeless encampment for months that had spilled out-of-control into a haven for open...

The New Math: How Does Caruso Get to Victory in a One-on-One Race With Karen Bass?

June 15, 2022

June 15, 2022

By Nick Antonicello After a $45 million investment in a race he was expected to win, Republican-turned, independent-turned Democrat Rick...

Column: The Endorsement Race!

June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

With 40 percent of the CD-11 vote up for grabs and four months to go, Park & Darling will compete...

Column: It’s Caruso/Bass for Mayor, Darling/Park for CD-11, Rest of the Field Is Eliminated as We Brace for a November Runoff!

June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

Villanueva/Luna locked in a tight battle for LA County sheriff! Hertzberg/Horvath headed for runoff for LA County Supervisor! Pullen-Miles leads...

The Yo! Venice Interview: Kevin McGurk for LA County Judge

June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

By Nick Antonicello  With so much time in court litigating both criminal and civil cases, the position of public defender...

Population Loss: New Era or Pandemic Glitch?

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist The numbers suggest a major change is underway in California. It would take a Nostradamus to...

Column: Down the Stretch They Come

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

By Nick Antonicello  A “manufactured narrative” in this race to succeed outgoing,  “lame duck” Councilmember Mike Bonin is that certain...

Interview: LAUSD School Member Nick Melvoin. The Teacher That Puts Kids First!

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

By Nick Antonicello If you didn’t know any better, you would think LA school board member Nick Melvoin was twenty-points...

Keeping Kids Safe in Wake of the Tragedy of Uvalde, Texas

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

By Nick Antonicello In wake of the shootings that occurred in Uvalde, Texas I reached out to Allison Holdorff-Polhill, a...

Column: MAYOR ROBERT PULLEN-MILES, THE BEST CHOICE FOR VENICE REPRESENTING IN SACRAMENTO!

June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022

Lawndale Mayor uniquely qualified to succeed Autumn Burke in the California General Assembly By Nick Antonicello  On Tuesday June 7th voters...

Yo! Venice Sits Down With CD-11 Conservative Mat Smith About Homelessness, Rising Crime and the Quality-of-Life Conditions in Venice and Beyond!

June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022

By Nick Antonicello  It was only appropriate that Yo! Venice speak with CD-11 council hopeful Mat Smith over the long...

Column: “True” Democrat?

May 30, 2022

May 30, 2022

By Nick Antonicello Just what is a “true” Democrat?  It’s an interesting question in a non-partisan council contest where attorney...

Column: Productive Public Safety Over Party Politics and Partisan Ways! Why LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Deserves Another Four Years!

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

By Nick Antonicello Is there a Democratic or Republican way to reduce homeless encampments and fight rising crime? Does politics...