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Venice, CALIFORNIA 90294




310-606-2015

Land Use and Planning Committee Report to VNC Board of Officers


05/12/2009

Case Number: ZA 2008 4919
Address of Project: 600 E. Mildred
SYNOPSIS OF PROJECT FOR VNC BOARD of OFFICERS: Kim’s Market would like to upgrade its existing beer and wine license to a full liquor license. There would be no change to hours or use. Currently Kim’s Market operates as a convenience store as well as a small take out restaurant serving sandwiches and similar items. The project would not drastically change the current operation. The only difference in day to day operation would be the availability of hard alcohol.


Size of Parcel: 4,561
Size of Project: 904 Sq Feet
Venice Subarea: Southeast Venice

Zone: C1-1-0

Permit Application Date: January 2nd 2009

LUPC Staff Report Prepared by: Matthew Geller

LUPC meeting dates: August 12, 2009


Applicant: Kim Abraham Kyujin

Address: 600 Mildred Ave. Venice, CA 90291
Representative: Seo & Company (Justin Kim)

Contact Information: 3450 Wilshire Blvd #402 Los angeles, CA 90010

Date(s) heard by LUPC: 6/24/08

Zoning Administration Date: 11/24/08

WLA Area Planning

Commission Dates: TBA

LUPC MOTION:

LUPC motion to recommend that the VNC Board of Officers recommend approval of project as presented subject to same conditions LUPC has recommended for other full-line alcohol outlets in Venice. To wit: (list conditions as per as Whole Foods, no minis, price break on single cans, etc). Moved by Jim Murez, seconded by Jed Pauker. Passed 4-1-0.
STAFF REPORT

Project Description: A CUB to permit the upgrade of an existing off-site beer and wine license to an off-site FULL line alcoholic beverages in conjunction with an existing market having the hours of operation from Monday-Friday (7:30am-8pm) and Saturday and Sunday (8am-8pm). Pursuant to Section 12.24W1 of the LAMC to allow upgrade of an existing market and take-out with sales of off-site beer and wine to off-site sales of full line alcohol
Applicant described the project on the LUPC Project Form as:

A 904 Sq. Ft. Market with a small take out restaurant that has long been established at this location. It is compatible in size and use of the developments in this community. The applicant feels that upgrading the current beer and wine off-site sales to full line off-site sales will create a convenience for this diverse community who seeks such services. The proposed request will be a desirable addition to the operation of a well established market. The proposed project will enhance the characteristics of the commercial developments in the community


Section of Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan and/or the Los Angeles Municipal Code governing this particular site and application: Southeast Venice- Venice Specific Plan

Summary of Arguments Against this Project/Issue: Currently, Venice already has more full liquor licenses than the population would usually allow. Additionally, Kim’s Market is located in a residential neighborhood with homes all around the store.


Summary of Arguments For this Project/Issue: The subject market has served beer and wine in this location for decades with no outstanding issues or violations. The Market provides a convenience for the surrounding community. Adding a full liquor license will enhance this convenience and provide nearby residents a market within walking distance that provides spirits.



Summary of Public Comment: N/A
Summary of Findings by LUPC: LUPC finds that Kim’s Market currently operates a market (as described above) with off-site beer and wine sales. Currently, there is no disciplinary action found against Kim’s Market. The upgrade of their liquor license will not change the use of the market, and may provide a convenience to nearby residents.
Authors of Report: Matthew Geller
Date: 5/12/2009
Draft of LUPC Recommended Letter from VNC Board of Officers to Council District 11 and selected others.
Draft of Community Impact Statement
Approximate Hours Spent on this Project by LUPC Staff: 3

VNC/LUPC RECOMMENDED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL
CUB conditions:

1) No branded alcohol advertisements shall be visible from the outside of the premises.

2) There shall be no coin-operated games, video machines, pool tables or similar game activities maintained upon the premises at any time.

3) Any future operator or owner for this site must file a new Plan Approval Application to allow the City of Los Angeles to review the _mode and character_ of the usage.

4) The authorized use shall be conducted at all times with due regard for the character of the surrounding district, and the right is reserved to the Zoning Administrator to impose additional corrective Conditions, if, in the Administrator_s opinion, such Conditions are proven necessary for the protection of persons in the neighborhood or occupants of adjacent property.

5) The applicant shall train staff to provide Designated Driver resources, when appropriate, for restaurant patrons, such as taxicabs, referral services (e.g., www.designateddriver.com ).

6) In addition to the business name or entity, the name of the individual

Applicant(s) shall appear on the alcohol license and any related permits.
General conditions:
1) Any graffiti painted or marked upon the premises or on any adjacent area under the control of the Applicant shall be removed or painted over within

24 hours of being applied, and the paint shall match the original color.

2) The Applicant shall be responsible for maintaining free of litter, the area and adjacent to the premises over which they have control.

3) Noise generated on-site shall not exceed the decibel levels stated in the Citywide Noise Ordinance.

4) The use and development of the property shall be in substantial conformance with the floor plan submitted.

5) No tobacco sales allowed on the premises.

6) The Applicant shall adhere to Best Management Practices as they pertain to the location.

7) To encourage a walk-friendly environment, the applicant will install bicycle racks.

8) Exterior lighting on the building shall be maintained and provide sufficient illumination of the immediate environment so as to render objects or persons clearly visible. Said lighting shall be directed in such a manner so as not to illuminate any nearby residence.

9) The Applicant shall regularly police the area under their control in an effort to prevent loitering.

10) The entitlement will run with the applicant, not the property.

11) Trash receptacles used will be designed to contain odors per Best Management Practices.

12) Cleanup and all trash removal will be performed in such a manner as to prevent debris from entering the storm drain system, and will not interfere in any way with surrounding uses.

13) No exterior work-related activity will occur either before opening or over one hour after closing.

14) Offsite advertising signage will be prohibited.

15) Trash pickup will occur between the hours of 8am and 6pm on weekdays as necessary.

16) Loading and unloading hours will be arranged to avoid conflict with surrounding uses, and will in no case occur after 4pm.

17) The storage/changing room will be clearly marked as such on plans submitted to the City, and will not be used as service area.

18) The applicant will appear before LUPC twelve months after opening.

19) Upon change or termination of any lease regarding satisfaction of the Conditions of Approval, the applicant will notify the Department of Planning and the Venice Neighborhood Council, and will comply within thirty days.

20) Upon change of ownership, the new owner must appear before the City within 30 days of the close of escrow, with a plan approval application to renew the conditions and demonstrate that the required parking can be provided.

21) The applicant must obtain approval for all outside signage, or must remove nonconforming signage.

22) All bottles will be recycled upon removal from the premises.

23) A laminated copy of these Conditions shall be posted in a conspicuous place.



Exhibit D – Treasurers Report

Not all expenses for the 2008-2009 fiscal year have been reported as yet as several of the community improvement projects have received extensions. A final report for last year will be available when completed.




2009-10 Expenditures to Budget August 2009

 



Amt Spent in

Current Yr Budget by Acct


Current Yr Budget by Acct

% of Bdgt

Amt spent
Current
Month


Amt Spent in
Current Fiscal Year


Amt Available to Spend

% Budget Remain

Annual Allocation

50,000.00

50,000.00

$45,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

Rollover

81,073.89


81,073.89

$20,537.94

 

 

 

 

 

Sub Total-Unallocated Budget

131,073.89

133,208.54

$65,537.94

 

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood Comm. Projects 09-10

 

 

20,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

85,537.94


 

 

 

 

 


100 Operations








Budget
















Office Supplies

1,071.67

1,000.00

$2,100.00

 

$88.48

$88.48

$2,011.52

95.8%

Copies

316.62

680.00

$1,000.00

 

$67.79

$67.79

$932.21

93.2%

Office Equipment

661.72


800.00

$1,834.00

 

 

 

$1,834.00

100.0%

Staffing/Apple One

5,301.88

7,700.00

$700.00

 

$41.25

$140.25

$559.75

80.0%

Telephone Expense

994.57

900.00

$800.00

 

$66.38

$66.38

$733.62

91.7%


Storage

508.00

1,500.00

$1,854.00

 

$152.00

$304.00

$1,550.00

83.6%

Bank Charges

12.50

20.00

$150.00

 

$12.50

$12.50

$137.50

91.7%

Board Retreat

0.00

0.00

$850.00

 

 

 


$850.00

100.0%

General Operations

 

0.00

$800.00

 

$200.00

$200.00

$600.00

75.0%

sub Total Operations

 

13,000.00

$10,088.00

11.8%

$628.40

$879.40

$9,208.60

91.3%

200 Outreach





 


 

 

 

 

 

Copies / Printing

2,379.94

7,000.00

$1,000.00

 

 

 

$1,000.00

100.0%

Facilities For Public

7,180.00

7,200.00

$2,000.00

 

$120.00

$240.00

$1,760.00

88.0%

Refreshments

896.49

1,500.00


$1,000.00

 

$49.48

$49.48

$950.52

95.1%

Web Site & e-mail

327.40

500.00

$1,150.00

 

$30.00

$60.00

$1,090.00

94.8%

Advertising & Promotions

7,040.64

8,000.00

$500.00

 

 

 

$500.00

100.0%

Newsletter Prodution


2,240.00

4,000.00

$1,800.00

 

 

 

$1,800.00

100.0%

Newsletter Printing

 

 

$9,000.00

 

 

 

$9,000.00

100.0%

Newsletter Delivery

5,228.62

6,000.00

$5,100.00

 

 

 

$5,100.00

100.0%

Outreach Events

44.35


9,000.00

$0.00

 

 

 

$0.00

0.0%

General Outreach

60.00

1,800.00

$2,100.00

 

$54.86

$54.86

$2,045.14

97.4%

sub Total Outreach

 

50,000.00

$23,650.00

27.6%

$254.34

$404.34

$23,245.66


98.3%

300 Community Improvement







 

 

 

 

 

 

Venice Community BBQ

0.00

0.00

$5,000.00

 

$1,597.72

$3,597.64

$1,402.36

28.0%

Neighborhood Commun Proj 2009-10

0.00

40,900.00

$20,000.00

 

$9.66

$9.66


$19,990.34

100.0%

General Community Projects 2009-10

23,785.00

18,200.00

$5,600.00

 

 




$5,600.00

100.0%

Neighborhood Commun Proj 2010-11

0.00

0.00

$21,200.00

 

 

 

$21,200.00

100.0%

sub Total Community Improvement

 

70,000.00

$51,800.00


60.6%

$1,607.38

$3,607.30

$48,192.70

93.0%


Total

 

 

$85,538.00

 

$2,490.12

$4,891.04

$80,646.96

94.3%



 

Amt Spent in

Current Yr Budget by Acct

Current Yr Budget by Acct

% of Bdgt

Amt spent
Current
Month


Amt Spent in
Current Fiscal Year


Amt Available to Spend

% Budget Remain

Neighborhood Community Projects


 

2009-2010

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of Coeur d'Alene Garden







$1,996.00

10%

 

 

$1,996.00

100%

Master in the Chapel-Concerts







$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

Westminster School-Benches







$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

FranceFagin-Photography Program





$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

Inside Out Arts-Courtyard







$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

Abbey Kinney District-Festival







$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

Oakwood Rec Center-Halloween







$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

SPARC-Building Beautification





$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

Alex Stowall-Metal at Muscle Beach







$2,000.00

10%

 

 

$2,000.00

100%

Mother Olivia Faire-Tutoting







$405.00

2%

 

 

$405.00

100%

Cong Mishkon Tephiklo-Sing Along

 

 

$1,599.00

8%

$9.66

$9.66

$1,589.34

99%

Total





$20,000.00




$9.66

$9.66

$19,990.34

100%



General Community Improvement

 

2009-2010

 

 

 

 

 

Total Available







$5,600.00

 

 

 

$5,600.00

100%

Total Allocated







$0.00




$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00



Exhibit E – REC Bylaw Amendment & Standing Rules Motions
I Bylaw amendments to comply with city requirements

Ira Koslow (310-392-0868; ira.koslow@venicenc.org):
1. Amend Article III.A. to read:
A. Stakeholders: “Stakeholders” are defined as individuals who live, work, or own property within the Venice Neighborhood Council boundaries and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm a factual basis for it.
2. Amend Article III.B. to read:
B. Voting Members: Any non-factual basis stakeholder who chooses to register may become a “Voting Member.” Voter registration shall be conducted in accordance with Article VI, as interpreted by the Rules and Elections Committee. Proof of Stakeholder status shall be required for voting rights to be effected.
3. Amend Article IV.A. to read:
A. Governing Body: The Governing Body of the Venice Neighborhood Council shall be the Board of Officers. The Board of Officers shall establish policies and positions of the Venice Neighborhood Council at its regular meetings and review and recommend actions to governmental and other entities on issues affecting the Venice community.  The Board of Officers is comprised of twenty-one (21) voting Officers

, elected from and by the population of Voting Members and factual basis stakeholders, as follows:


  • Seven (7) Executive Officers

  • Fourteen (14) Community Officers


4. Amend Article IV.C. to read:
C. Community Officers:

(i) Thirteen (13) Community Officers are elected at-large by the non-factual-basis Voting Members. Each non-factual-basis Voting Member shall cast one vote from a ballot listing all candidates for Community Officer. The thirteen (13) Community Officer candidates with the highest vote totals shall be elected.

(ii) Factual-basis Voting Members shall be entitled to run for and elect one (1) factual-basis Community Officer. If more than one factual-basis candidate is on the factual-basis ballot, the factual-basis candidate with the highest vote total shall be elected. In the event that there are no factual-basis candidates, the Community Officer receiving the next highest vote total shall be elected.
Community Officers shall serve on at least one Standing Committee and shall serve on and/or chair other committees.
5. Amend Article VI. To read:
ARTICLE VI — ELECTIONS
A. Timing: Beginning with the City Clerk conducted election held between March and June of 2010, a board member’s term shall be for the duration of two years or until a successor is elected or appointed. The only order of business at this Election Meeting shall be the election of the Board of Officers. The Election shall elect all twenty-one (21) Officers. Additional Election Meetings may be held during a Stakeholder or Board of Officers meeting as specified elsewhere in these bylaws.
B. Administration of Elections and Board Terms: The Neighborhood Council’s election will be conducted by the City Clerk every two years in every even-numbered year in accordance with the rules and regulation promulgated by the City Clerk. The City Clerk will hold these elections between March and June of the even-numbered years. The rules and regulations developed by the City Clerk shall take precedence over any inconsistent language in the Neighborhood Council bylaws. All current board terms which end prior to the 2010 election shall be extended until after the certification of election results or the resolution of all official election challenges, whichever date is later. There are no term limits.

C. Registration: Stakeholders, with the exception of those who utilize vote-by-mail, may register to vote up to and including the day of any Election Meeting.


D. Qualification: Any Stakeholder who is sixteen (16) years or older, or a junior or senior in High School, may vote.
E. Credentials: Voters will verify their Stakeholder status by providing documentation acceptable to the City Clerk—Election Division supporting that declaration. Factual-basis Stakeholders will also be required to provide a form of documentation to substantiate their factual-basis claim.
F. Voting: Voting for election of Officers shall be by ballot.
(i) Each factual basis Voting Member shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote for a factual-basis Community Officer candidate.
(ii) Each non-factual-basis Voting Member shall be entitled to cast votes as follows:


  • One (1) vote for President

  • One (1) vote for Vice President

  • One (1) vote for Secretary

  • One (1) vote for Treasurer

  • One (1) vote for Communications Officer

  • One (1) vote for Community Outreach Officer

  • One (1) vote for Land Use and Planning Committee Chair

  • One (1) vote for only one (1) Community Officer. The Community Officer candidates with the thirteen (13) highest vote totals shall be elected; EXCEPT, if there is no factual-basis candidate, the Community Officer candidates with the fourteen (14) highest vote totals shall be elected.

If more than two (2) candidates are running for an Executive Officer position, a plurality shall be sufficient to elect unless the election procedures direct otherwise.

No voting by proxy is allowed.
II Bylaw amendment limiting occurrence of petition elections

Ira Koslow ( ira.koslow@venicenc.org): Request board adopt the following amendment to VNC Bylaw VA1:
Receipt of this completed petition by the Secretary shall trigger this item being scheduled as an action item on the Agenda at a separate Election Meeting to be held not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) two hundred and ten (210) days following receipt of the completed petition. Notice of the Initiative, including the outline paragraph of fifty (50) words or less, shall be made in all public meeting notices and announcements for the upcoming meeting at which the Initiative shall be voted on. This time limit may be waived by a majority vote of the VNC Board if there is evidence of a time sensitive matter.
III New Standing Rule precluding Saturday Only Voting Events

Ira Koslow ( ira.koslow@venicenc.org): Request board adopt the following new standing rule:
The Venice Neighborhood Council will not hold "Saturday only" elections, ratifications or referendums.


Exhibit F – Homelessness and Vehicular Occupancy Motions
Motions From Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation as originally presented

II Motion to Create VNC Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee

(See below HVOC Research Findings section on Promoting Affordable Housin)

Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: Request that That the VNC establish a Committee on Affordable Housing to promote the development of affordable housing and that said committee consider the following incentives:

• voluntary inclusionary zoning to allow an additional small affordable unit(s) (400 to 600 sq. ft.) per lot where lot size is adequate (i.e., those which now are allowed two or more units by right).

• selective re-zoning along major thorough-fares to allow owners ability to build more & smaller units/acre.

• Historical Preservation variances that create incentives to retain existing non-conforming affordable housing stock (not to include legalization of garage conversions unless code-required parking is provided.)

• the reduction - but not elimination - of required care-provider staff parking and occupant parking for facilities which house the previously homeless, including Single Room Occupancy (SRO) projects, and very



low to low income projects. (For example, instead of the current requirement of one parking space per unit in an SRO project, the City might only require .5 spaces per unit, recognizing that individuals at this income level frequently do not have automobiles.)
IV Motion for Limited Zoning Exemption for Permanent Supportive Housing

(See HVOC Research Findings below)

Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: Request the VNC recommend to the Councilman of the District and Mayor that, for the purpose of construction or adaptive reuse to create permanent supportive housing or transitional housing for chronic homeless individuals only, that a zoning exemption be granted to increase the number of units per acre (while maintaining height limits) beyond City code and the Venice Specific Plan, if the units created are vested in perpetuity as affordable by the project developer, whether publicly or privately developed, and located in commercial or manufacturing zones only, per the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee.

VI Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program

(See below HVOC Research Findings section on Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program)

Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: Request that the VNC recommend that the City of Los Angeles establish a program, funded by the City, County and possibly private charitable sources, and operated by a non-profit social service provider, to provide first responders and off-street sites and services to assist vehicular dwellers, on a voluntary basis, find affordable housing, per the program outline and conditional use permit contained in the Ad Hoc Committee's report and recommendations.
VIII Motion to extend the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness & Vehicular Occupation to September 18, 2009

Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: To continue the dialogue begun by this Committee with various agencies and officials, to advance the recommendations made by this Committee (or which will be made by this Committee), and to maintain a focus on the needs of the homeless in our community, request that the VNC confirm the decision of the Ad Hoc Committee that it continue to meet until its one-year renewal date on September 18, 2009, on the subject of Homelessness, and the related issues of development of affordable housing in and around Venice, on a once per month basis or as determined by its chair(s), and that it act as the VNC’s interlocutor with homeless serving agencies, both public and private, City agencies such as the LAPD and City Attorney and LAHD, County representatives, and LAHSA. The committee shall also hold meetings with various agencies to gauge progress in assisting Venice’s homeless population gain access to services and housing.


Stewart Oscars & Carolyn Rios Motion to explore below alternatives to HVOC Motions II, IV & VI


Motion to Explore the Following as Alternatives to HVOC Motions II, IV, and VI

Stewart Oscars (310-305-8248; stewart.oscars@gmail.com) and Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com): Request that the VNC board explore the following as alternatives to HVOC motions II, IV and VI scheduled to be heard at its September 15, 2009 meeting:
Motion II: Motion to Create VNC Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee

Request that the VNC establish a Committee on Affordable Housing to promote the development of affordable housing in Los Angeles. The VNC Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation Final Report contains a number of ideas in the section on Recommendations to Promote Affordable Housing. The new committee may explore these ideas, among others.


Motion IV: Motion for Limited Zoning Exemption for Permanent Supportive Housing

Request that the VNC recommend to the Councilmember of the District and the Mayor, for the purpose of construction or adoptive reuse to create permanent supportive housing or transitional housing for chronic homeless individuals, that granting zoning exemptions be explored as a way to increase the number of units available on a site. The properties created need to be vested in perpetuity by the project developer, whether publicly or privately developed, and can be located in residential, commercial, or manufacturing zones per the recommendations of the VNC Ad Hoc Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation Committee Final Report in the section on Recommendations to Promote Affordable Housing.

Motion VI: Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program

Request that the VNC recommend that the City of Los Angeles establish a program, funded by the City, County and possibly private charitable sources, and operated by a non-profit social service provider, to provide sites and services to assist vehicle dwellers, on a voluntary basis, find affordable housing.

The VNC suggests that most successful programs are flexible in their approaches to homeless individuals and that the initial program be a “Pilot” program. This suggests that the program specifics not be codified by ordinance but rather be determined by any contract the City of Los Angeles concludes with the non-profit social service provider selected to operate the program. The contract should be sensitive and protective of both residents’ and homeless individuals’ needs. It is further suggested that the City of Los Angeles and its contractor explore the ideas contained in the VNC Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation’s Final Report in the section on the Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program.

Motions from Carolyn Rios, Co-Chair Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupation

I Motion to Amend Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program [CM/MC: Postpone 8-5-4]

Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com)

(See below HVOC Minority Report & Research Findings section on Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program)


    • Motion to change the language on page 5 of the Ad Hoc Homeless and Vehicular Occupation Committee Report (the first page of the Recommendation for a Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program) as follows:

1. The City would adopt conditional use permit language (recommended language below) to allow the permitting of public or private lots as transition sites per the proposed attached language. The sites would be at least 300 feet from inhabited residences, exempted from LAMC 85.02, no more than three six vehicles would be allowed on a site at one time, and participants would be restricted to receive permits for three month stays (renewable per request of Social Service agency) and must be of very low income status. (Examples of possible sites are below.) (5 – 10 lots would be added to list of possible sites.) Other provisions are contained in the attached proposed permit language to protect the neighborhoods in which the sites are located.



    • Motion to change the language on page 5 of the Ad Hoc Homeless and Vehicular Occupation Committee Report as follows:


( ) Transitional Vehicular Residency on Parking Lots. Notwithstanding Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 85.02, the use of public parking lots and/or privately-held parking lots overnight as transition sites, with funded services providing for transition to affordable housing, for individuals living in their vehicles, limited to three (3) six (6) vehicles or less, with stays of less than three months per year, where the vehicles will be parked at least 300 feet from any inhabited dwelling(s) located on an adjoining or nearby parcel, and the vehicle owner(s)/occupants are determined to be very low income as determined by the transition service provider or the Los Angeles Housing Department, in the CR, C1, C1.5, C2, C4, C5, CM, MR1, MR2, M1, M2, M3, P, and PF Zones, provided that: . . .
HVOC Minority Report

VNC AdHoc Committee on Homeless and Vehicular Living

Carolyn Rios, Co-Chair
As Co-Chair of the VNC AdHoc Committee on Homeless and Vehicular Living, I am submitting a minority report. On the whole the committee worked very hard, was well-organized, and there was a reasonable effort at compromise  by most people.  Mark Ryavac is to be especially commended for his ability to do extra research, his success at getting experts and authorities to educate us, and his willingness to do the yeoman's work of writing the reports.  

There are a few areas to which I strongly object.  The Recommendation for a Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program has some extreme restrictions, limiting the usefulness of this program.   The restriction that RV Sites be 300 feet from residences, plus only accommodate 3 vehicles means that there would only be 6, yes, only SIX, legal sites in Venice.  This is no solution. 

 A well-run permitted monitored RV program does not need this kind of distance.  If my neighbors are noisy, I call the police, If they are dealing drugs etc.  We will know exactly who is parking where, and permits can be instantly revoked.  There will be no noise, no drunkenness, no human feces.  We can expect only people who are willing to be good neighbors and comply with expected behaviors of any neighbor.  A well run overnight parking permit does not need to distance itself from playgrounds or churches that are totally unused at those hours.
If the Program is run by a social service agency with a well monitored program there is no need for strict distance limitations.  A well-monitored programs means there are specific permits given to specific people who are registered and working with the social service agency.  A well- monitored program has toilets provided on site and daily cleanup.  A well monitored program means there will not be noise or drunkenness or public health concerns.  A well monitored program will work with the Police.  A well-monitored program has a 24 hour “first Responder” on call.  Complaints will be dealt with immediately. A well monitored program will use renewable permits.  Professionals will decide how the resident is advancing.  Some residents might need 6 - 9 months.
I recommend rescinding some of these restrictions from the RV Parking Sites Program.

b. The following alternative to the above Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program was on the August 18, 2009 board agenda and may be considered by the board on Tuesday, September 15, 2009:
III Motion to reconsider HVOC Motion VI as adopted July 21, 2009

Marc Saltzberg (outreach@VeniceNC.org)

(See below Research Findings section on Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program)

Whereas the following motion was passed at the Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting held on July 21, 2009:
Motion to Create Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program

Mark Ryavec (310 392 4843; delphiassociates@ca.rr.com) & Carolyn Rios (310-821-7922; crlynrios@ca.rr.com) Co-Chairs: Request that the VNC recommend that the City of Los Angeles establish a program, funded by the City, County and possibly private charitable sources, and operated by a non-profit social service provider, to provide first responders and off-street sites and services to assist vehicular dwellers, on a voluntary basis, find affordable housing. per the program outline and conditional use permit contained in the Committee's report and recommendations.
And, whereas Marc Saltzberg voted in favor of said motion,
And, whereas, the motion as passed ignored the specific work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupancy which brought the motion to the Venice Neighborhood Counsel,
Therefore, be it resolved that the motion referred to above be reconsidered,
And be it further resolved that the motion as passed be replaced by the following:


Marc Saltzberg Motion to Amend HVOC Motion VI

Motion to Amend Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program

Marc Saltzberg (outreach@VeniceNC.org): Request that the VNC recommend that the City of Los Angeles establish a program, funded by the City, County and possibly private charitable sources, and operated by a non-profit social service provider, to provide sites and services to assist vehicular dwellers, on a voluntary basis, find affordable housing.

The Venice Neighborhood Council suggests that the most successful program be flexible in its approach to homeless individuals and that the initial program be a "Pilot" program. This suggests that that program specifics not be codified by ordinance but rather would be determined by any contract the City of Los Angeles concludes with the non-profit social service provider selected to operate the program. It is further suggested that the City of Los Angeles and its contractor consider the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and Vehicular Occupancy Final Report, which are presented in Exhibit A and which are research findings of the Committee and have not been endorsed by the Venice Neighborhood Council Board.
HVOC Research Findings

Recommendation for a Pilot Vehicle-to-Housing Transition Program

Note: These research findings have not been endorsed by the Venice Neighborhood Council Board and are not the recommendation of the Board.
The Committee has examined the experiences of other communities which have established programs and sites to offer those living in vehicles with the opportunity to park overnight off-street while receiving various services to assist them transition to affordable housing.
From these reviews, from discussions with program operators in Santa Barbara, CA and Eugene, OR, and study of Venice’s and CD 11’s specific conditions and layout, the Committee recommends that the City of Los Angeles establish a program, funded by the City, County and possibly private charitable sources, and operated by a non-profit social service provider, to provide off-street sites and services to assist vehicular dwellers, on a voluntary basis, find affordable housing.

The program would have the following outline:

1. The City would adopt conditional use permit language (recommended language below) to allow the permitting of public or private lots as transition sites per the proposed attached language. The sites would be at least 300 feet from inhabited residences, exempted from LAMC 85.02, no more than three vehicles would allowed on a site at one time, and participants would be restricted to three month stays and must be of very low income status. (Examples of possible sites are below.) Other provisions are contained in the attached proposed permit language to protect the neighborhoods in which the sites are located.

2. The City would develop and release a request for proposals for non-profit social service agencies to submit proposals to operate a vehicle-to-housing transition program (the service provider). The service provider would recruit vehicle dwellers to participate in the program, provide services required by the participants to facilitate placement in affordable housing, and supervise the sites and assure they are operated in a safe and healthy manner.

3. The service provider would be delegated by the City as the “first responder” in the event the City (DOT, Council Office or LAPD) is notified that someone is living in a vehicle on City streets in violation of LAMC 85.02 (ban on using vehicles as living quarters on public streets or parking lots) and/or 80.73.2 (ban on stays of more than 72 hours). The service provider will notify the vehicle dweller that living in vehicles is prohibited by City ordinance and that they will be cited for violation of 85.02 and/or 80.73.2. The service provider shall offer them overnight accommodations on a permitted parking lot, subject to availability, if they are judged to be very low income, agree to program guidelines and to participate in the transition program to place them in affordable housing. If they are not very low income and/or have no interest in finding housing, the service provider will direct them to permitted camping locations in the County of Los Angeles. If they fail to move their vehicles they will be subject to citation by the police and/or DOT.


4. The program would have the following guidelines:
Eligibility

a. Anyone, individuals or families, living in a motor vehicle (car/truck/van/recreational vehicle) which can be moved to and from the site by its own power, and who is judged to be very low income by a standard set by the Los Angeles Housing Department, is eligible.

b. Only those who have been accepted into the transition program by the service provider may stay on the permitted lot(s) overnight. All others will be cited for trespassing, and towed away if necessary.

c. Participant(s) must sign a contract with the service provider agreeing to relocate to permanent housing, if such housing is affordable to the participant and located within 10 miles of the transition site.

d. Anyone under age eighteen must be accompanied by and supervised by an adult.

e. The vehicle must have current a California license and insurance.

f. Dogs and other pets are forbidden (other than an assistance dog, such as a Seeing Eye dog).

Hours and Length of Stay

a. Vehicles are allowed on the sites overnight only (hours may differ as the lots may have other uses in the early evening or early morning).

b. Individuals and their vehicles are allowed to use the site overnight for a period of three months provided they abide by all program rules.

Support Services/Clean Up

a. Portable toilet(s) and trash bags will be provided by the service provided on-site. Overnight sleepers must use the portable toilet(s) provided or the sanitation system installed on their vehicle. The service provider will also make available shower facilities within a reasonable driving distance of the site.


b. Participants must dispose of human waste which accumulates in their vehicle’s tank at proper disposal sites.

c. Participants are responsible for keeping their space clean and helping to keep the entire site clean.

Behavior

a. No violent or aggressive behavior, physical or verbal abuse, vandalism, panhandling, gambling or offensive behavior is allowed.

b. No use or brandishing of weapons or carrying of firearms on the site.

c. No consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs or open containers of alcoholic beverages allowed on-site.
d. No loud noises or music.

e. Disputes between participants to be immediately brought to the attention of the service provider for resolution.

f. No children to be left unattended in a vehicle or on the site.

Sites

a. Vehicles are allowed only in prescribed locations on the site.

b. Vehicles and possessions are to be kept within the boundary lines of individual spaces.

c. No tents or temporary structures are to be erected on the site.

d. No cooking devices or open fires allowed on site other than those originally installed by manufacturers in vehicles.

f. No pets permitted on site.

g. Any vehicle left unattended for 48 hours will considered abandoned and the process will be started to have it towed away.

h. Program participants are responsible for their guests abiding by program rules. Guests must leave the site by 9 PM.

i. Violation of any of these rules can lead to termination from the program and loss of the right to use the site for overnight parking.

j. As multiple sites are developed, there should be separate sites for single individuals, women, and families.
Recommended Conditional Use Permit



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