[PICTURED: “Ocean Front WALK is CLOSED for ALL PURPOSES from 12m-5a, except as pre-approved by Rec & Parks Dept.” If you LIVE on OFW, you are included.]
I think L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and L.A. City Councilwoman Bill Rosendahl have finally gone TOO far in how far they are willing to over-reach FEDERAL LAW in an attempt clean up their municipal mess, by once again, selectively enforcing something that is illegal, to begin with.
In case you hadn’t seen, or heard, the City of Los Angeles, recently posted new signs along Ocean Front Walk (Venice Beach Boardwalk), imposing a new 12mid-5am curfew, all along the Los Angeles City portion of the street, including the bike path, that continues from Santa Monica, through the Los Angeles City portion.
This decision was made without any advance notification to the public; no public hearings were held; and the signs were merely posted, with an explanation from the LAPD Lieutenant, at a neighborhood meeting, where residents were informed they could no longer walk or stand outside, on Ocean Front Walk, between hours of 12mid-5am, the next day. (The signs posted have it worded that way. So, first of all, the signs are confusing, because it says from 12mid-5am, the next day. 12mid and 5am, are the same day. Is it a 29 hour curfew?)But, besides the cost of making new signs, taking down the dumb/vague ones; and posting new ones — residents were told they could not walk their dogs between the hours of 12m-5am (of the SAME day.)
And the law prevents anyone from walking down the street.This is not a curfew for just sleeping or loitering during those hours. You are not allowed to stand, walk or pace on Ocean Front Walk, during those hours.
Additionally, the beach is open 24 hours, according to the coastal commission; and this curfew prevents people from walking across Ocean Front Walk to the beach, which they have closed, as well.
In a recent article in Venice Beach Head newspaper (since 1968) quotes the coastal commission on this entire curfew, on a known thoroughfare/street; for emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists (since the bike path is under the curfew, too.):
The closure of the street between the hour of 12mid and 5am will force people to have to walk down the back alley (Speedway), parallel to Ocean Front Walk, which is used for vehicle traffic. This curfew will cause people to have to walk down a vehicle street, at night, in the dark, when many drivers are drunk, driving away from the bars in the area.As far as sidewalks, over a block away from Ocean Front Walk: It is unreasonable to make people have to leave the beach environment, of a safe walkway, with no cars or trucks FLYING past you, as you walk along a narrow sidewalk (already reduced in width from the original sidewalk plan to accomodate another lane of traffic), when the city is also being sued for not repairing sidewalk cracks, of which there are many VERY LARGE GAPS all along the sidewalk on Main Street, and is irrational to impose a curfew on a street, telling residents they may not stand on their door steps, or walk down the street past 12 midnight. And even if you are expected to leave the Santa Monica bike path, and bike onto the L.A. City bike path, painted on Main St, this week; THEY DID NOT WIDED THE STREET AND THE STREET WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR A BIKE PATH. The City of L.A. merely slapped a line on the street, creating a narrow bike path, on a now, even more narrow car lane. IT’S A DEATH ALLEY FOR A BICYCLIST!Bars, restaurants and coffee shops are open past midnight. People have to walk back from places that lead to Ocean Front Walk. And City of L.A. has effectively placed an electronic fence at city borders, with the irrational notion that people should just walk or bike down Speedway (back alley road used for vehicle traffic.)