Thursday, July 14, 2005

No Commercial Vending

On October 27, 2004 the Los Angeles City Council amended LAMC 42.15 to require a "public expression participant permit" for "activities" on the beach side of the Venice Boardwalk. A lottery was to be used to allocate designated spaces. The intent of this lottery/permit system was to reduce the number of disputes among the vendors, performers, artists and activists for the most coveted spaces. This ordinance has been enforced since March 1, 2005 without California Coastal Commission certification. The California Coastal Commission and City of Los Angeles has joint jurisdiction of the beach side of the Venice Boardwalk and all "development" activities relate to coastal access needs Coastal Commission certification before implementation. I am not sure why the activists fighting this ordinance have not picked up on this fact.