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VNC Board Member tells Venetians "the days of parking your car in front of your house are over."
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February 21, 2014
12:51 pm
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Tom Elliot VNC Board Member and restaurant owner, (Venice Ale House and Bank of Venice Public House) declared the “days of parking your car in front of your house are over,” to a packed room of locals already up in arms about the proposed hotel on AK Blvd.  The statement was an astonishing admission that a our small neighborhood with it’s narrow roads, one-way streets, walk streets, and single family homes are on the endangered species list and the people in them, expendable.

Why is Tom, a VNC board member, not concerned for his constituents who’d have to park far from the house and walk home – at night – in the ‘hood. Lest we forget, Venice still has a bit of ‘hood, try as it might to gentrify, gentrify.  There are car break-ins, burglaries, stabbings, shootings.  A pregnant woman was raped and murdered on Electric, not that long ago. How often do we all go to ******** in the middle of the night when the helicopter is hovering above our house, then roll back to sleep, oh it’s only a few gunshots on the next block.

I own a house a block from the hotel and it scares me to death to think of a 24-7 hotel of activity and truly not being able to park in front of my house. I don’t live in the silver triangle, or closer to Millwood or Palms or on the other side of Pacific. I live in Oakwood and the proposed hotel affects the quality of life for myself and all my neighbors.

When I imagine a hotel across the street from Westminster School on Little Electric Avenue and visualize all the people who’d hang out at events, the bar, the restaurants, coffee bar I see the 405 in our own backyard. Lines  of traffic, congestion on AK, Electric, Broadway, Westminster, Brooks, etc.  I see the challenge of getting home, unloading the groceries, getting the kids in the car, packing for a trip, and yes, being vulnerable to crime. 

I went to the VNC meeting, I had never attended a VNC meeting before (apparently it was the largest turnout ever,) out of real concern that we are at the tipping point.  A hotel on AK, and again, any hotel on AK, not just Dan’s (DAN btw had a lot of friends at the meeting including VNC board members who were on a first name basis,) is a really, really bad idea. If this one is allowed, it will create a precedent that will lead to more (MASSIVE) development in Venice.

I don’t mind change, I am even cool with some gentrification, but let’s not choke Venice to death with a huge influx of traffic, parking nightmares, lines for a cup of coffee, valet parking and more construction. Let’s not put neighbors in danger because they won’t be able park in front of their house.

 

Folks, we are at a tipping point, let’s not jump the shark.

 

February 21, 2014
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I live about a block from the proposed hotel too, but on the other side of AK. Our parking issues, the real reason we can’t park in front of our homes is largely because of one tenant, who rents an Artist-in-Residence property, uses the existing parking garages as storage and has his 70 (!) employees park on the street. A quick search shows that the building has been under investigation with code enforcement since 2008, but the only changes I’ve seen is that he’s hired more people. It’s a joke. At around 5:30 when the employees start leaving you get a clear picture of how much this single business is burdening the parking – suddenly, it’s available – and that’s living a block from AK and three from the beach. I’ve seen people who work there circle around to Electric when they can’t park on Rivera or Cabrillo – so I know this impacts your area too. Being so close to the proposed AK hotel, it’s not hard to picture the coming nightmare: as the 70 social-media/marketing/whatever employees leave the building on Westminster, the hotel’s restaurant/service staff will be arriving for their shifts. The hotel group is saying that their employees will park on-site, but if they don’t, then what? Six years of residents complaining about this guy running an office out of an AIR, of blocking or removing parking spaces, and leaving a covered car parked in what is technically a street for years has resulted in exactly zero response. There are a ton of threads here (and other places) that talk about exactly this issue: the developer/business is in flagrant violation and nothing gets done. 

 

I don’t mind change either – and honestly IF the hotel has their employees park onsite, adheres to the delivery restrictions and makes the Electric facing side look less like a sunshine blocking box of fug, I’d be in favor of the hotel. But who’s to say that in two years Dan Abrams & Co. won’t decide that they can make more money just renting those parking spaces and having employees park on the street? Since at the moment we have no effective enforcement arm to deal with businesses who abuse the system, I just can’t support this development.

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February 21, 2014
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bluedot said
 IF the hotel has their employees park onsite, adheres to the delivery restrictions and makes the Electric facing side look less like a sunshine blocking box of fug, I’d be in favor of the hotel. But who’s to say that in two years Dan Abrams & Co. won’t decide that they can make more money just renting those parking spaces and having employees park on the street? Since at the moment we have no effective enforcement arm to deal with businesses who abuse the system, I just can’t support this development

You hit the nail on the head. None of the “conditions” restricting deliveries and mandating free employee parking that LUPC stipulated on the hotel are in any way enforceable or legally binding. In fact, they’ll probably be thrown out at the first zoning hearing, as have any number of unenforceable “conditions” mandated on developments by the strictly advisory neighborhood councils.  

February 21, 2014
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What a shame that so many Venetians have been ‘missing in action’ when we have elections for councilperson and neighborhood council!

 

You get what you vote for (or don’t vote for)!

 

Shanty

February 21, 2014
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What a shame that so many Venetians have been ‘missing in action’ when we have elections for councilperson and neighborhood council!

You get what you vote for (or don’t vote for)!

 

Not that I disagree on principle that participating in the political process is crucial, and people need to show up & vote their interests – but voting in a new VNC or council person isn’t suddenly going to give us code enforcement with teeth. 

February 21, 2014
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shantyirish said
What a shame that so many Venetians have been ‘missing in action’ when we have elections for councilperson and neighborhood council
 
You get what you vote for (or don’t vote for)
  

Shanty

I’m too busy whinining and blogging, I don’t have time to vote. And if my candidate wins, I won’t have anything to complain about….

February 21, 2014
6:36 pm
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Blame the NoOPD’s people. The development engine kicked into high gear about 20 minutes after that CCC vote. 

Irony, it's what's for breakfast.

February 21, 2014
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Here’s what I found when doing some research online from a site called imaginevenice:

  • This project is big, very big. It will take up an entire city block on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in the heart of Venice. The scope of this hotel project is so large it will force a change in our extraordinary neighborhood and the way we currently live in Venice. 
  •  Folks, remember we have a school right in this location. We have many kids who walk down Broadway to get to and from Westminster School. The developers are shutting their eyes to the risks they are building into our neighborhood with the inevitable congestion on Electric, Westminster, Broadway and Abbot Kinney. They are blind to the damage that the truck congestion will do to our neighborhoods. 
  • 92 rooms, multiple restaurants and bars, and all the other ancillary hotel services in an over-height structure which will paralyze all nearby local streets with its 24/7 delivery trucks and trash trucks to say nothing of guest arrival auto congestion.
  • The hotel as presently proposed will burden the community forever and ever. It will destroy the irreplaceable ‘touch and feel’ of this wonderful neighborhood. 

Just some food for thought. 

 

February 21, 2014
7:32 pm
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Very dramatic food.

February 21, 2014
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Totally! The changes this projects represent are dramatic – excellent choice of words- puts it in perspective.

February 22, 2014
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So the pedophiles camped out in front of the school drinking and smoking weed must be “chopped liver”.

 

February 22, 2014
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notahipster said
Totally! The changes this projects represent are dramatic – excellent choice of words- puts it in perspective.

Very dramatic misrepresentation of my post.Totally!

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