(Editor’s Note: Circling the News received the following letter from Venice resident Mark Ryavec, who ran against Councilman Mike Bonin in the last election and who is a member of the Venice Stakeholders Association. His letter to the Chief Administrative Office is below.)
To slow down Bonin’s plan to put tiny homes, car camping and self-camping on beach parking lots [including Will Rogers], I commissioned attorney John Henning to draft the attached letter which has now been sent to the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, the mayor, Bonin and the Coastal Commission. Click here.
It represents very thorough research, concluding that a coastal development permit will be required if any parking is converted from beach parking to homeless shelter. Preparation of an application for the permit can take months, and also will require that a hearing be held, possibly two. The hearing will give the hundreds opposed to the use of beach parking for shelter the opportunity to fill a hearing room and voice their opposition. Even if approved, it can be challenged in court.
My impetus in asking John to prepare the letter is to forestall a precedent that could lead to Venice’s three beach parking lots being used in a similar fashion to house the homeless.
I face a bill for $5,600. I have received $2,000 in donations to date. I would welcome $250 to $500 from each of those on this list to retire the bill.
Of course, donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for your consideration.