A young man gathering signatures for the “Recall Bonin” petition was accosted by Caruso security on the sidewalk along Sunset, near Erewhon, on August 24.
Two readers contacted Circling the News and said that “Caruso’s employees are claiming that the sidewalk on Sunset is private property. The Caruso suits and security are harassing him to leave.”
L.A. commercial property is zero-lot line, which means businesses don’t have a setback and the sidewalk is public property, including Swarthmore and Monument.
That means the sidewalks that are within or alongside Caruso’s Palisades Village are all public property and a person standing on a sidewalk, who is asking people if they would like to sign a petition, is absolutely allowed to do so. The only restriction would be a person blocking an entrance to a business, which this young man was not doing.
A Caruso spokesperson was contacted and asked why the young man was harassed. CTN had not received a response by post time, if we do, we’ll update the story.
Regarding public versus private space, this isn’t the first time that Caruso employees have had trouble distinguishing between the two areas. In 2019, the California Coastal Commission sent a 10-page letter to the managing director of Caruso’s Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel in Montecito, telling him to discontinue the use of security guards and ropes that functioned to “discourage and restrict” public access along the waterfront there.
“The use of security guards on the beach effectively privatizes beach areas where the public has the right to be,” Coastal Commission’s Enforcement Officer Tina Segura wrote. “Further, ropes and posts have been placed on the beach and have remained on the beach on a consistent basis, which give the appearance that the entire beach is private. Public access is protected under the Coastal Act, and protecting such access is a high priority of the Commission.
“Providing hotel guests who can afford the $700+ per night room rates exclusive use of the beach that legally may be used by the general public is inconsistent with the environmental justice provisions of the Coastal Act,” Segura wrote.