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Stop the Demolitions, Attend Coastal Commision Meeting Jun 13th, 2014

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Venice Needs You! to attend the monthly Coastal Commission Meeting at Huntington Beach City Hall on Friday June 13 at 9am to:
OPPOSE EIGHT DEMOLITIONS and one restaurant project. AND/OR…
WRITE AN OPPOSITION EMAIL RIGHT NOW (sample letter here)
for each one of these, with the application number in the subject field of the email, and send it to Charles Posner at chuck.posner@coastal.ca.gov.

 

Are you tired of looking around your beloved Venice and seeing big boxy out of mass, scale and character developments which steal our sunshine, parking and alter the character of Venice which we love, please consider turning up to the Coastal Commission hearing this Friday June 13.

There are five demolitions proposed, without the correct adherence to Venice Specific Plan. They are a violation of CEQA, and if allowed will have a cumulative negative effect on our neighborhood.


If you cannot make it in person, PLEASE TAKE ANOTHER FEW MOMENTS OF YOUR PRECIOUS TIME TO SEND AN EMAIL TO CA COASTAL COMMISSION (CCC) – YOU CAN COPY & PASTE THIS SAMPLE ON THIS  PAGE

The current Coastal Commission meeting agenda is online at:  http://www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html.

Go to the link , scroll down to Friday. It’s a three day agenda: Wednesday -Friday.  Venice is on Friday at 9am, which is the last day of the meeting and at the bottom of the agenda. Each Venice item has a link to the Coastal Commission staff report and each one has the Coastal Permit application number.

You could send one email and ask that it be put in each file, BUT it is less effective. Plus, you really should look at the projects individually and in totality on the above link.

Here are the demolition applications you need to notate in your emails:

  • June 13 Agenda 10c Application No. 5-14-0074
  • June 13 Agenda 10d Application No. 5-14-0084
  • June 13 Agenda 10e Application No. 5-14-0111
  • June 13 Agenda 10f Application No. 5-14-124
  • June 13 Agenda 10g Application No. 5-14-0212
  • June 13 Agenda 10h Application No. 5-14-0237
  • June 13 Agenda 10i Application No. 5-14-0239
  • June 13 Agenda 10j Application No. 5-14-0240

Points to bring and make the Coastal Commission aware of:

  • CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, defines cumulative impacts as “two or more individual effects which, when considered together, are considerable.”  (State CEQA Guidelines Section 15355)
  • Venice is approximately 1 % of the Los Angeles population, yet has 19% of the developments.
  • These demolitions are cumulatively destroying the existing Venice community and the rebuilding is out of mass, out of scale, out of character, and obviously only for the wealthy to buy or live in.
  • It is a violation of CEQA to approve one more demolition in Venice without demanding a study consisting of: Parking, Traffic, Historic Preservation, Community Character, and the Mello Act replacement of affordable housing.
  • Coastal Act Sec 30624.7 The new developments have adverse effect both individually and cumulatively, because they are not consistent with the existing community character.
  • Coastal Act Sec 30116 (E) & (F) Venice Coastal Zone community is a sensitive coastal resource area with special communities and neighborhoods which are significant as a visitor destination and also provide existing coastal housing and recreational opportunities for low and moderate income persons.
  • Coastal Act Sec 30253 (E) This type of over development maximizes adverse impacts, instead of minimizing them and the city planning is doing nothing to protect the unique characteristics of the Venice Coastal Zone.
  • Coastal Act Sec 30212 (2) & (3) New developments are exceeding floor area, height and bulk of the former structures by more than 10% along with changing the intensity by more than 10%.
  • Coastal Act Section 30320: Developers are not properly posting or notifying the public or abutting neighbors of demolitions, which is a violation of due process.
  • Coastal Act Section 30604 (f) because there is no local coastal program the commission is mandated (shall) to encourage housing opportunities for persons of low and moderate income.  Currently developers are evicting low income tenants, holding the property vacant to avoid MELLO Act Requirements and all of the developments are for wealthy people.
  • There are no reports on Mello Act replacement for any of the affordable housing that has been lost or removed from Venice.

Thanks. Any more info needed please reply!

–         Save Venice

 

 

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