April 14, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

City Seeks Injunction to Prevent Venice Apartment From Being Used as Hotel

Ellison Apartments under fire from city

By Sam Catanzaro

The City of Los Angeles has directed the Los Angeles City Attorney to seek an immediate injunction preventing further use of the Ellison Apartments building as a hotel.

According to Councilmember Mike Bonin, the City’s action comes amid renewed complaints from Ellison residents that the vast majority of units in the building are being rented on a short-term basis to young partiers who have been disturbing tenants, violating social distancing requirements and “Safer at Home” directives, and risking the health and safety of residents, some of whom in high-risk groups for COVID-19 exposure,

“The long-time tenants of the Ellison has suffered continuously for years from harassment and abuse, and now the property owners are jeopardizing the health and safety of their tenants during a global pandemic,” Bonin said.

Bonin’s motion, approved unanimously by City Council, urges the City Attorney to expedite a pending lawsuit against the owners of the Ellison. Last month, the City filed suit against the owners, accusing them of operating an illegal hotel and trying to push out longtime tenants so that more rooms can be rented to night-to-night guests who book rooms online.

A hearing had been scheduled for May 7, but now City Council is asking the City Attorney to make an immediate ex parte application to the court for emergency relief and to seek the imposition of an immediate temporary injunction, preventing further short-term rental bookings at the property.

“Though this building has a long, well-documented history of both tenant abuse and the removal of desperately needed housing stock, the recent arrival of the coronavirus has quickly changed this landscape into a life-or-death situation. There are long-term senior citizen tenants here, some of them with serious respiratory conditions. They’re all understandably terrified right now. And with most Angelenos acting responsibly and sheltering in place, the only people still checking in and out of here on a daily basis are young people looking for a cheap place to party together. No masks, no gloves, no sanitizer, but plenty of alcohol and hard drugs. In the midst of a scary global pandemic, this is absolutely unconscionable. They’ve been putting both the tenants and the community of Venice at completely unnecessary risk for far too long,” said Brian Averill, a resident of the Ellison and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

Yo! Venice has reached out to the Ellison Apartments for comment but at the time of publishing they could not be reached.

For years, residents of the Ellison Apartments, an apartment complex a block from Venice Beach, have complained about the illegal operation of short-term rentals in their building. A 58 unit building built in 1913 and covered by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, the Ellison, located at 15 Paloma Avenue was once home to many local residents, something Bonin says is no longer the case.

“Today, residents claim a mere dozen long-term tenants remain, with the majority of units being rented out on a frequent and short-term basis, often by crowds of disruptive partiers,” Bonin’s office said in a media release. “As Los Angeles residents have dutifully compiled with “Safer at Home” orders, the Ellison has continued booking rooms on a short-term basis, cutting rates to attract tourists and even young local partiers. Many of the short-term renters continue to socialize day and night, disregarding social distancing requirements, and causing elderly and sick longtime residents to fear for their health and for potential exposure to COVID-19.”

Related Posts

Westside Cafe Helping Save Monarch Butterflies

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

This Westside cafe is doing its part to keep its namesake insect, the monarch butterfly, safe. Learn more in this...

Virtual Venice Art Crawl This Week

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

Singers, poets, painters, photographers, performance artists and gallery owners are all scheduled to participate in the virtual Venice Art Crawl...

Junior Lifeguards Returning to Venice Beach This Summer

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

County-run program returns to LA County beaches July and August  By Sam Catanzaro A few weeks are left for prospective...

Beached Dolphin Near Venice: YO! Venice Show – April, 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Beached Dolphin Near Venice Beach * Fareless rides coming to LA...

SWAT Tear Gas Trailer in Seven-Hour Venice Standoff

April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

Standoff between police and barricaded suspect over the weekend at First Baptist Church By Sam Catanzaro  An over seven-hour standoff...

Dual Building Development Rises Near Venice High School

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Two-building development underway on Venice Boulevard By Chad Winthrop Work is well underway on a two-building, mixed use development near...

Edify TV: A Look at a Proposed Westside Homeless Shelter Locations

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Take a look at a collection of Westside properties that a LA lawmaker is proposing bringing homeless shelters to in this...

Westside Business Spotlight: The Bike Shop California

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

Today on the Westside Business Spotlight we visit The Bike Shop California, your neighborhood spot for all things bike-related.

‘Next-Generation’ Pudding Comes to Venice

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

Pudu Pudu opens on Abbot Kinney By Kerry Slater A dessert shop specializing “next-generation” pudding has come to Venice  Pudu...

Venice Beach Handball Courts Set to be Cleared Out

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

Due to an encampment at the courts LA City has posted its intent to clear out the area on April...

Food Review: An Almost-Essential Westside Sandwich

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

Johnnie’s french dip pastrami sandwich in Culver City  By Kerry Slater  While there are far better sandwiches in Los Angeles,...

Edify TV: Brentwood Encampment Reacts to Veteran Homicide

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

Last weekend a homeless veteran, just a week away from entering permanent supportive housing, was killed in a vehicular assault....

Foster Youth Staffed Cafe Set to Open on First California Shop

April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

La La Land Kind Cafe to open in former Starbucks space  By Toi Creel  A Texas-based cafe that makes an...

Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee’s Annual Commemoration

April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

Annual event to be held virtually Thursday April 15 Submitted by the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee Standing at...