The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Los Angeles Municipal Code 42.15 which aims to regulate commercial vending at Venice Beach and restore some order to the chaos along the famed Ocean Front Walk.
The City –and constituents in Venice Beach– have been struggling for years to come up with a workable plan to regulate commercial vending, promote entertainers and performers, and protect residential quality of life on the boardwalk.
Residents turned out by the dozens to hear testimony today from representatives from the City Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department, both of whom commented on the importance of this ordinance when it comes to making sure the public safety and preserving the character of Venice Beach.
While there are some who oppose the ordinance, many of those who turned out expressed the need for the ordinance and painted a picture of the unlawful activity taking place on the boardwalk.
“I’m a 40 year resident,” said Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks.” This is needed and it is needed now.”
Many neighbors in the area have complained about those who camp out overnight –and sometimes fight– in order to claim prime real estate on the boardwalk.
“The boardwalk has become intolerable,” said Venice Beach resident Tracy Scruggs.” I can’t walk my dog without being harassed.”
Rosendahl is hopeful the ordinance will go into effect in 10 days.
“This ordinance will set ourselves for the new year in a much better place than we are today,” said Rosendahl.
See the rest of Bill Rosendahl’s remarks on the Venice Beach issue here.