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The Latest on the BID

By John OkulickJW_BID-Banana_June_2018 001

For the last 17 months there have been no services from the BID. Tara Devine, the manager of the BID, has spent $470,000.00 in 2017 alone, of taxpayer money, on who knows what, since she will not reveal her expenses. Not even to the city clerk’s office as required by contract has the city received timely management reports. As a result of mismanagement partial refunds are being prepared by the city to property owners but only for the 12 months of 2017!

The city pays $500,000.00 a year of citywide property taxes to promote business interests for a small group of Bonin supporters on Ocean Front Walk. This money was taken from public properties, your tax money, from an elementary public school, several public parks, senior center, and vacant land and funneled to a handful of business owners.

Bonin has lied to and discriminated against residential properties zoned industrial and commercial with live/work uses. He stated zoning and not use are the only criteria for higher assessments to our properties in a gerrymandered and arbitrary boundary. Many are artists who have been here for decades. A judge in our lawsuit against the BID has stated there are no benefits to residential properties yet apartments are considered commercial and must pay these fees raising rents. Even vacant lots, according to Judge Calafant receive benefits. So vacant land is considered by the judge benefiting tourism, increased traffic from people and cars, boosterism, increased sales, etc. The judge had no backbone to challenge the city or state in this matter!

At the last meeting of the Venice BID Property Owners meeting, the safety component of the BID stated they would only carry handcuffs and mace. If they saw a crime they would contact the police but not follow the criminal outside of the BID boundaries. So much for safety for stolen goods. Also these safety people have no more authority than any other ordinary citizen creating a huge liability issue detaining people with no training in law enforcement. The cost per year is around $630,000.00!

The clean services amount to $600,000.00 a year for clean sidewalks. If you haven’t noticed most sidewalks are beyond decay. Along with the extravagant $8,000.00 a month office the BID is renting, Ms. Devine is on a shopping spree with our money. The daily cost of these so-called “services” is over $3,000.00 a day. There are 436 properties in the BID, most on Ocean Front Walk. So residential properties including apartments pay more and get nothing. If you are not in the BID area such as the walk streets they will not respond!

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  1. I LIVE IN VENICE NOW FOR 20 YEARS. MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN IN THIS SAME HOME FOR 40 YEARS. WE USED TO GO ON RUNS, GO FOR WALKS,DRIVES TO THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS IN SOLSTICE CANYON,WE USED TO GET UP IN THE DAY, AND SAY HEY,TO FELLOW VENICIANS STROLLING BY . NOW WE GET UP, TO NOISE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM,FROM A LARGE INTERNATIONAL CAR RENTAL,SMOG SHOP AND MECHANIC SHOP,AND CAR WASH. SO, INDUSTRY HAS TAKEN OVER. WE HAVE NOW NO PEACE, NO SLEEP, NO CLEAN AIR TO BREATHE, WE ARE DIZZY, SPINNING, SLURRED SPEECH,TEETH ACHES,BLOODY NOSES,AND KNOW NO PEACE HERE. SOMEWAY THE CITY OF LA HAS OVER RID THE COMMUNITY OF VENICE,FOR ROTHCHILDS AGENDA WITH THE ELECTRIC COMPANIES GENOCIDE. I HAVE BEEN AN ACTIVIST AGAINST SMART METERS SINCE 2011.IN 2012 THE ELECTRIC WHITE TRUCKS CAME TO INSTALL THEM ALL AROUND US. WHEN THEY SHOWED UP HERE, I HAD PLASTERED THE HOUSE WITH SIGNS,NO SMART METERS,AND AS THEY WALKED TOWARDS OUR HOUSE, I CALLED TO MY HUSBAND AND MY SACRED GOD=DOG,BABY CHOCTAW,200 ROMAN WAR DOG=MASTINO NAPOLITANO! THEY INSTANTLY TURNED AROUND AND SPRAYED US WITH AN AEROSOL CAN AND JUMPED INTO TRUCKS AND LEFT. SINCE THE ROTHHILDS/ROCKFELLERS OWN THE ELE CTRIC COMPANIES,AND THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW,NOW WE KNOW NO PEACE HERE AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND AN ATTORNEY WILLING TO CONFRONT THIS ISSUE. OF OVER ABUNDANCE OF INDUSTRY, NOISE POLLUTION, AIR POLLUTION, AND DIRTY ELECTRICITY.. FOR THE ELITE THEY COULD GET UP AND MOVE, THEY HAVE 3 OR 4 HOMES. BUT WE HAVE MADE THIS OUR HOME.WHY ALLOW THE INDUSTRY AND THE GENTRIFICATION TO DESTROY THE ORIGINAL ARTIST OF VENICE FOR A FEW CONDOS AND RESTARAUNTS? IS IT FOR MONEY? POWER? BUILDRES? I AM NOT AGAINST THE IDEA OF VENICE GROWING IN A CREATIVE WAY, THRU RECYCELED MATERIALS OF CLAY EARTH AND STONE, I AM NOT AGAINST EARTH SHIP HOMES OR CAL EARTH HOMES, NON TOXIC AND VIOLENT TO THE WOUNDS OF THE EARTHS ISLANDS.NOW THEY WANT TO PUT IN A 77 APT SKY BLDG HERE WHERE THE CAR WASH IS WITH 2 RESTARAUNTS! HOW IN THE WORLD IS ALL THIS GOING TO BE MANAGED IN AN ALLEY WHERE WE HAVE TRAFFIC FLYING THRU FROM LINCOLN AN ALLREADY OVER CROWDED HWY? HAS ANY ONE BUILDER DECIDED TO ACTUALLY USE SOLAR AND NO ELECTRICITY? GO OFF THE GRID? THINK OF THE FUTURE OF THE NEXT GENERATION IF WE SURVIVE THIS ONE? LA SHOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE LEADER IN SAVING THE EARTH BY THE USE OF WHAT IS ALLREADY HERE.NOT BY CUTTING DOWN AND DE-FORESTING ALL OUR AIR. WE CAN NOT BREATHE WITHOUT TREES. HUMANS CAN NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT AIR, WATER,FOOD. AND SHELTER.GENTRIFICATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN 100% RECYCLED MATERIALS AND SOLAR OR OFF THE GRID. IT IS NOT THE IDEA OF JUST THE TALL BLDGS BEING AN EYE SOAR TO AN ARTIST COMMUNITY, BUT IT IS THE IDEA THAT WE ARE LOOSING A MOMENTUM IN HISTORY THAT WE CAN NOT GET BACK.WHY ARE THE GENTRIFIERS IN USE OF ALL DIRTY ELECTRICITY/SMART METERS,AND TRANSFORMERS WHICH ARE CAUSING AN EPIDEMIC OF BRAIN CANCER AND BRAIN TUMOURS? THESE ARE TRULY CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.I KNOW SEVERAL VENECIANS THAT HAVE DIED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND 20 DOGS.HUMANS ARE ALSO ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY. WE CAN NOT SURVIVE IN A ROBOTIC, TOXIC ENVIRONMENT AND NOR SHOULD ANY OF THIS BE ALLOWED IN ANY HOME OR ENVIRONMENT.WHY IS SANTA MONICA GOING UNDERGROUND AND VENICE STILL POWER POLES EVERYWHERE? FIRE HAZARDS ARE BEING PUT IN HOMES HERE DAILY. CONDOS AND APTS BLDLDGS. PLEASE I ASK YOU TO LOOK TO NATURE , AND GROW A HEART, FOR WE ARE ALL JUST VISITORS HERE,MAY WE LEAVE A GENTLE PAW PRINT ON HER WOMB.
    GET OFF YOUR CELL PHONES AND CREATE BEAUTY AND TALK TO YOUR GOD -DOGS AND NEIGHBORS,AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AS WELL AS CRIMES AGAINST ALL LIFES BREATH
    THIS IS OUR HOME,WE ARE ALL TOGETHER,WE ARE THE HOMELESS, WE ARE THE LOST , WE ARE THE FORGOTTEN,WE ARE ONE WITH THE ANIMAL KINGDOMS,LIVE IN GENTLENESS AND THE DIVINE,HEALING HEARTS THRU HOLY ARTS
    WE ARE IN SEARCH OF ATTORNEYS
    213 787-6839
    INDUSTRY,ENVIRONMENTAL,REAL ESTATE
    13 THANK YOUS
    DAUGHTER OF DESTINO
    ANUMPESHI ADUDDELL
    JUNE 2018

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