An Open Letter to Councilmember Rosendahl
December 18, 2012
Dear Councilman Rosendahl:
The community knows that you care about the chronic parking issue in Venice, and knows that you are personally supporting construction of the investor-owned private parking structure behind Abbot Kinney. This parking structure is proposed to cover the entire City block between California and Santa Clara Avenues.
Many in the Venice community are anxious and determined to maintain Venice’ very unique ambiance and insist that new development be sensitive to our distinctive culture and fit in to our to community which is now like no other in Los Angeles.
The recently organized community movement, ImagineVenice, was created because we don’t want what we treasure to drift away. Our mission is to support development—as long as it focuses on development that is determined to maintain its character and ambiance.
Abbot Kinney at this very moment is at serious risk of becoming another Grove or Santa Monica mall. We are now a unique low-rise wide-open shopping and dining district. This style and ambiance is what draws many to shop and dine here.
Our community needs parking. In particular, Abbot Kinney needs what it is was promised–that all of the lots backing Abbot Kinney be finished and 2 hour parking meters installed. Now, the existing spaces are mostly filled with long-term parkers and the availability of spaces is seriously reduced because of this. Installation of two-hour meters would immediately reduce and possibly eliminate the lack of parking for shoppers and diners. There would be an amazing availability of parking if the spaces we have now are all metered. The Street does not need long-term parking.
ImagineVenice was created with the mission to find solutions which support development. But, only changes and development which protect our community’s culture and ambiance. It insists that all development first and foremost focus on that goal.
ImagineVenice recognizes the serious need for short-term Abbot Kinney adjacent parking and the need to direct beach goers and tourists away from parking on our residential streets by providing parking for that transient population. ImagineVenice proposes the following solution to our parking problems for your review and consideration:
1. COMPLETE ALL OF THE DEDICATED PARKING LOTS BEHIND ABBOT KINNEY AND INSTALL 2-HOUR METERS IN ALL SPACES.
2. CONSTRUCT THE PROPOSED PRIVATE AUTOMATED PARKING ON THE MEDIUM STRIP AT ABBOT KINNEY AND VENICE BOULEVARD. A PARKING STRUCTURE IN THIS LOCATION COULD PROVIDE LONG-TERM PARKING FOR WORKERS, SHOPPERS AND DINERS AND, VERY IMPORTANTLY, WOULD KEEP BEACH GOERS FROM PARKING ON OUR RESIDENTIAL STREETS.
3. INSTALL 2-HOUR METERS ON ABBOT KINNEY INSTEAD OF THE LIMITED PARKING MANDATED THERE PRESENTLY.
The members of ImagineVenice insist that your office and the Department of Transportation immediately perform a complete review of our proposal. We believe this comprehensive proposal will eliminate all of the area’s parking problems. It will provide constant parking for shoppers and diners and give our local streets back to its residents.
ImagineVenice proposes a direct and easy-to-accomplish solution to our parking problems. Most importantly, our solution will not forever destroy our culture and distinct one-of-a-kind ambiance.
Please fight with us, for us.
Jaime de la Vega, General Manager LADOT
Detrich B. Allen, Executive Officer, LADOT
Cecilia Castillo, Field Deputy 11th District