It's not just the economic downturn to blame for the hundreds of homeless people living in RVs for days at a time on the streets or parking lots in Venice Beach; the area has become a magnet for the homeless because the people in the area feel compassion for the "downtrodden" and people who through bad life choices or bad luck found themselves with nothing but an RV for a roof over their heads, if that. Hey, "There but for the grace of God go I" right?
Well, if you're a conservative, your first thought may be similar to what mine was; "Yeah, but when you let them park and live in the streets, more will come. Where will you park?"
The problem to the answer began to surface a few years ago, but it's getting to the point the local liberals are losing some of their "unbridled" compassion;
Paige Clay and Eveline Popp are on two sides of a long-simmering controversy in the pricey neighborhoods near Venice Beach.
Clay owns a restaurant on Rose Avenue that sits amid a hotbed of homelessness and people who live in cars, campers and recreational vehicles. Popp has been living in a rusty recreational vehicle, which she parks along Rose and nearby streets.
In June, the California Coastal Commission is scheduled to take public testimony before deciding whether to approve a city proposal to establish five overnight parking districts in and near Venice that would prevent people from sleeping in their vehicles. The meeting will take place June 10 through 12 at the Marina del Rey Hotel.
The Westside district has become a magnet for people who live in their cars and campers. Indeed, on a recent afternoon, Clay served customers at her Flake cafe while two battered RVs and an old bus and camper sat across the street.
Several people, one with a shopping cart filled with belongings, drank from a container wrapped in a brown paper bag near one of the vehicles. Another man was passed out on a chair at a sidewalk table that Clay sets aside for her customers.
"We call Rose Avenue 'Skid Rose' because there are so many homeless people," said Clay, referring to downtown's shabby skid row district. "I deal with the problem of homelessness and RV parking every day of my life."
One local Venice blogger explained the problem;
"Yo Venice is my site. I also posted the following. What is your stance on the issue?
I don't think anyone in Venice really minds "the homeless" and wants Venice to be "whitieville" like the Palisades or Manhattan Beach. I think people mind transients that verbally and physically attack people, steal shit, and in general are not cool. If your neighbor played trumpet from 3-6 am you would be pissed. There is nothing wrong with trumpet players, its just when and how ya play the thing … if the new breed of transients were showing any respect to the community, rather than just trashing it, harrasing people, and fighting with residents, I dont think anyone would really mind them sleeping in the park or living in their trucks. Venice is a compassioante place and that is how all the homeless ended up here in the first place. But "as is" many of the transients are being "4 am" trumpet players and that has ta be shut down until they decide to play nice with the community and respect where they are.
What is happening here is not your down on your luck Woody Guthrie dustbowl era "could I sweep your sidewalks or wash your windows for a meal" homeless/ transients whom a community should try and help back up the ladder. This group by and large are spoiled brats that think you "owe them" something just for walking by them on the street. If you ignore them they may attack you. Screw that … it is time for them to go.
The homeless activists fight for the homeless that they think are being dehumanized. I am all for that, no one should be made to feel less than human. The problem is that this new group of transients is doing the reverse, they are dehumanizing the neighborhood of Venice, treating it like it just doesn't matter, and the residents here just don't matter to them. Everyone has the right not to feel marginalized and feel like their existence is respected by their fellow man … what you are seeing here in these forums is people that, while they may have a roof over their head, a computer to type on and some money to spend on dinner each night, .. are angry that the transients are in fact dehumanizing THEM, treating THEM with ill will and no respect. If the transients here can't respect "their neighbors" they should be dealt with by laws that are on the books … laws that were set in place to force disrespectful people to show some respect to others … and thats what these weekly writeins are about"
Homeless activists have convinced the homeless people that "It's not your fault, society did this to you; stand up and fight back", much the same way illegal immigrant activists have done with their charges.
Now it's come to a head (if by "head" you mean "bathroom"), via the same local Venice blogger;
It appears that the recent RV Dweller “victory” (with The Coastal Commission decision to refuse overnight parking districts in Venice) has given the RV Dwellers a sense of entitlement and empowerment, as they are now brazenly dumping their fecal waste on the streets of Venice in total disregard for the law, public health concerns and common decency. Whereas in the past RV Dwellers “sneakily” emptied their septic tanks directly down the storm drains, these days they are taunting homeowners and renters by dumping their human waste directly into the streets. More-
If that's not enough to convince you that liberal city policies don't work, ask a Del Mar couple about their visit to the pier on Monday night;
On Monday night a couple from neighboring Mar Vista was attacked at the Venice Pier. A Yo! Venice! contact at the LAPD confirmed that the attackers were known transients that stay in Venice. The attackers were arrested: one for robbery and the other for attempted robbery. We will update this when we get their booking photos.
Stay safe Venice! The LAPD is severely understaffed in Venice right now. Hopefully when City Attorney Trutanich returns to KFI Radio to answer more questions they can ask him why existent laws are not being enforced in Venice. The law is the law: it is illegal to sleep in your vehicle. We don’t need signs, we need enforcement of existing laws. There is a reason transients come to Venice: the laws are not being enforced.
Before you dismiss the Venice Beach situation as "Well, that's what they get!", answer this; is the area you live becoming more liberal/moronic, or less? Hopefully less, after year one of The One...