The California Coastal Commission unanimously — and rather scathingly — rebuffed a request for overnight parking restrictions in Venice. This was the third time since 2009 that the request came before the commission--and the third time was not a charm.
The commissioners, also, blew off the L.A. Times editorial board’s advice to them on this issue. Los Angeles city officials offered to mitigate the creation of an overnight parking district — that would allow only residents and their guests to park west of Lincoln in Venice from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. — by making available 350 new spots in city parking lots overnight near the beach and making sure another 350 on-street spots in the area were exempt from the restriction. We thought that seemed reasonable — and suggested that the Coastal Commission simply cap the number of parking permits it issued at 700. One-to-one mitigation.
Actually, no one was happy with our suggestions, no matter what side of the issue they were on. (You should see my email.) That’s understandable. This is an enormously controversial issue, pitting Venice residents who believe their streets are being overrun at night with drunken revelers and parking moochers (car rental companies dumping cars, Santa Monica residents avoiding their own permit-controlled streets) against Venice residents who believe that this is a systematic effort to keep unwanted people out of Venice.