Venice Beach can hardly be described as “squeaky clean.” And most people who move here enjoy the idea of sharing the sidewalks with almost any walk of life. Over the years, I’ve had my encounters with a virtual smorgasbord of people who have chosen Venice as their home.
But I have just reached my limit.
Today, I learned that the RV parking issues that have been heating up over the last year, just hit the pinnacle of…I’m struggling to come up with a word…Aha, I have it-putridity.
Venice held an election last year in which neighbors were asked to vote on overnight parking rules. As it stands now, in the City of Los Angeles, illegally parked vehicles are given 72 hours notice before being towed. At that time, the vehicle’s owner may move the vehicle across the street or down the block without issue. This RV shuffle can continue ad infintium without raising any Parking Enforcement eyebrows.
Several areas have been settled by groups of RVs that move-like clockwork-every three days as dictated by Los Angeles parking laws.
Here’s the “ick” factor-the occupants of some of these RVs have dumped their human waste into the open gutters lining neighboring streets in Venice.
A plea for cleanup on a thread from yesterday afternoon on YoVenice says, “The 2 bastards who emptied 100 gallons of raw sewage into the street at Fleet and Pacific. After a week it is still there.”
I will spare those of you who wish to keep their food down the sight. However, the link below provides several views of piles and puddles.
Is this actually happening in a city which boasts multi-million dollar dwellings, year-round tourism and an economic resurgence? My research shows that this is far from the first time for this type of incident.
Further down on the YoVenice thread, a Special Assistant to the Councilman posts, “Crews from Sanitation have been dispatched to the locations for clean-up. The site I have been given are the ones at Fleet and Pacific, 3rd and Rose and 3rd and Sunset. This should all be done this afternoon.”
An LA Weekly article confirms that Hazmat teams moved over a dozen RVs and cleaned up the mess today. Authorities believe that none of the material entered storm drains.
Apparently, this has been going on for some time and L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has been trying to manage the Venice RV issues for some time. He says if anyone witnesses an incident, they should call 911, LA County Hazardous Materials: 800-974-9794, and, his office: 213-473-7011.
TK Stew says it best on the forum, “Two rules for living in Venice: 1) Buy a garden hose…And 2) A hazmat suit….