August 21, 2016

NO on BID

August 22, 2016

VOTE NO on VENICE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT!

Dear Councilmembers,

THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES MUST NOT SIGN A CONTRACT WITH KNOWN OPERATORS OF ILLEGAL BUSINESSES IN VENICE.

Long-term residents have been illegally & systematically removed from multi-unit apartment buildings on Ocean Front Walk and elsewhere in Venice.

On June 20, 2016, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer charged Carl Lambert and Andy Layman, 2 prominent local business owners, with operating illegal hotels in RSO apartment buildings on OFW.

Lambert & Layman are both former Presidents of the Venice Chamber of Commerce. They are 2 of the 9 signatures on the proposal/ ballot solicitation for the Venice Business Improvement District.

Carl Lambert has been the primary promoter of the Venice Business Improvement District starting in 2013 as a member of the Ocean Front Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council when this proposal was referred to as the Ocean Front Walk Business Improvement District.

Lambert is a lawyer, broker and tax expert. He has converted 5 RSO apartment buildings in Venice into hotels.

As immediate past president of the COC he set the tone for business practices in Venice. The cumulative effect of his apparent willingness to ignore or manipulate laws while COC president is a pervasive pattern of prominent business owners & developers also ignoring or manipulating the law. This activity has been brought to the attention of various city departments including Planning & Building & Safety.

Carl Lambert has worked closely with City Councilman Mike Bonin on issues in Venice including the BID, Venice Forward, & LAPD Surveillance.

DO NOT SUPPORT CRIMINAL OPERATORS IN VENICE:

• Illegal change-of-use of Rent Stabilized apartments to illegal hotels.

• Illegal change-of-use of residential apartments to illegal commercial office & event use.

• Intimidation of senior residents, illegal evictions, buyouts under pressure.

• Questionable reporting on Mello Act compliance by property owners. The Mello Act is a California state law that protects residential housing and affordable units in the coastal zone.

• Questionable Venice Sign Off (VSOs) & Coastal Exemption Permit (CEXs) protocols. Abuse of the terms “renovation” & “extension” for virtual demolitions and McMansion replacements. NO due process for community. Loss of revenue for the City of Los Angeles.

• Abuse of Permit Fee assessments based on applicant estimates of total project costs causing a loss revenue for the City of Los Angeles.

If you illegally remove long-term residents you are removing neighbors, friends, families, local children, community, and the very essence of a “neighborhood.”

You are also removing voters.

If you illegally remove long-term residents & replace them with illegal businesses, those businesses & Chamber of Commerce members vote in the Neighborhood Council elections instead of long-term residents. They promote their agenda.

SPECULATORS WIN AGAIN.

State law allows business owners to form Business Improvement Districts. That is not the issue.

The CITY OF LOS ANGELES MUST VOTE NO to the VENICE BID.

THE LAW MUST MATTER.

ONE SET OF LAWS FOR ALL CONSTITUENTS.

THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES MUST NOT SIGN A CONTRACT WITH KNOWN OPERATORS OF ILLEGAL BUSINESSES IN VENICE.

The Venice Property Owner’s Association is a private entity that will control the Venice BID. Steve Neumann is the only named person in the Venice Property Owner’s Association registration. There is no information on the other executive officers of this entity in spite of numerous requests for information to the Office of the City Clerk.

23.04% of the property in the proposed Venice BID is city-owned. The assessment cost is $450,000+ per year of taxpayer money.

The City of LA, while committing more than $450,000 per year, would have zero input in the BIDs operation. Neither will residents.

There has been NO public input.

With city-owned property making up 23.04% of the assessment area, the Venice BID would be a privatization of public areas and city budget for the benefit of private businesses and property owners, some of whom operate illegally, with no public or city input. That is criminal.

Long-term residents have an invested stake in their community and illegally removing them removes the stabilizing presence of family, friends and neighbors. Years of “illegal- change-of- use” complaints to the Department of Building & Safety were closed with no violation but tenants are gone.

These homes must to be returned to their legal use.

Venice is a unique 3-square-mile coastal community. It has the oldest “intentional” black community on the west coast of America.

Venice is currently under a gang injunction.

Venice has more illegal RSO apartment building conversions to illegal hotels and more Airbnb rental listings than any other area of Los Angeles.

These 2 realities cannot logically co-exist.

If Venice is under a legitimate gang injunction why is the City of Los Angeles allowing tourists from all over the world to be put at risk?

Airbnb is putting travelers at risk by refusing to register hosts and thereby allowing rentals on their platform in an area under a gang injunction.

Or is the Venice gang injunction a tool of gentrification?
The city must decide. Allowing these two realities to co-exist is a betrayal of everyone.

A very small group of wealthy property owners combined with the City at 23.04% could pass this vote.

This would be detrimental to the community of Venice as well as small business owners and visitors. Property-owner assessment fees will be passed on to tenant business owners. This will increase the cost of everything from local food prices to goods and services as smaller vendors are potentially forced out. This will have a cumulative negative effect on quality of life for residents and on visitor access.

The entire process of the BID has been secretive. In spite of multiple requests to CD 11 for a community meeting there was only one public presentation by Debbie Dyner Harris

at a Venice Neighborhood Council meeting on April 19, 2016. It was a 5 min overview of the concept and the geographic area of the proposed BID with no Q&A.

City assessor’s records show that many properties have been bought in the BID area in the last 6-12mths. This appears to be an unfair advantage in business for those on the inside track, equivalent to insider trading.

A lot of focus in discussions of BIDs is on security. In Venice, the City of Los Angeles has failed to enforce many of its own laws. Property owners have made a lot of money using illegal tactics to remove tenants and benefit themselves at a huge cost to the community.

Who are the criminals?

Do not compound injustice.

VOTE NO on the VENICE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT!

Illegal business owners must not be rewarded by our city with our $!

Sincerely,

Margaret Molloy

Laddie Williams

 

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June 20, 2016

CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER FILES ACTIONS AGAINST PROPERTIES ALLEGEDLY OPERATING UNLAWFULLY AS HOTELS OR SHORT TERM RENTALS

http://www.lacityattorney.org/#!City-Attorney-Mike-Feuer-Files-Actions-Against-Properties- Allegedly-Operating-Unlawfully-as-Hotels-or-ShortTerm-Rentals-Complaints-Allege- RentStabilized-Properties-Illegally-Converted/c1143/576840d70cf240932ed10ce4

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June 22, 2016.

2 days after the City Attorney’s announcement, Carl Lambert & Andy Layman continued with a pre-arranged but unpermitted Venice Chamber of Commerce mixer on the rooftop of Layman’s illegal hotel.

Venice Neighborhood Council board members attended.

Their event was fully documented by fellow Chamber members Venice Paparazzi.

Venice Paparazzi was on the scene at Venice Chamber of Commerce’s Rooftop Mixer at Venice Beach Suites and Hotel

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July 27, 2016.

LAPD Pacific Division Captain Nicole Alberca performed the swearing-in ceremony of the new Venice Chamber of Commerce board.

2 group emails to senior LAPD, CD 11 and the City Attorney’s Office requesting that Captain Alberca withdraw from the ceremony because of the message this sends to residents of Venice & beyond were ignored.

Captain Alberca handed the baton from Carl Lambert to George Francisco. Francisco is the current COC President and Venice Neighborhood Council vice-president. He works closely with Lambert & Layman in the COC.

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March 28, 2015.

Carl Lambert email exchange after meeting with Mike Bonin. Subject: Zoning change.

 From: Carl Lambert [mailto:carl@lambertinc.com]

All, I spent an hour this morning with Bonin.  He brought up the subject by saying “I heard you had a good meeting with Tricia and Chris”.

He said that it made since to make the change.  I reinforced that we could then join the BID which is his pet project for the Boardwalk.

Elia, What are the next steps to get it moving.

Best, Carl

Carl J. Lambert

  • President
  • Lambert Investments, Inc.
  • 5 Westminster Avenue, Suite 101
  • Venice, California 90291
  • (310) 453-9656
  • Fax (310) 829-6288
  • Cell (310) 663-6030
  • Carl@Lambertinc.com
  • BRE 00860625

 

From: Ellia Thompson [mailto:ethompson@sklarkirsh.com]

Subject: Re: Zoning change

Carl,

That is fantastic. Thanks for being our bird dog!

Dana and I are both on vacation this week, but I will reach out to Chris and Tricia early next week. (City is closed on Monday for Cesar Chavez)

We need to work out the logistics with the Council office and have them force Housing to back off. If for any reason, Housing won’t listen, the City Attorney will.

Thanks again Carl. I’ll let you all know when I hear back from the Council office.

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March 28, 2015.

Carl Lambert discusses a Venice BID at a meeting of the Ocean Front Committee, Venice Neighborhood Council.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QstErnU0dQ4

  CARL LAMBERT PROPOSES A B.I.D. FOR VENICE BOARDWALK 4-1-13
  • Lambert: 3.45
  • Cleaning up the end to the pier there. I mean we need some money there. And at first they wouldn’t do that at Pico because nobody cared about Ocean Park. Well a couple of hotels came in and all of a sudden they cared about Ocean Park. And that got cleaned up because the smell used to be there all the time.
  • Q: 4.15
  • What is the best way to get a line item?
  • Lambert: 4.20
  • We need to co-ordinate our troops. We get a lot of different organizations all talking about the boardwalk. get Bonin & Bill……
  • Lambert: 6.09
  • Recognize that Bonin & Bill will be right behind us, no problem there…but we need to work with them to start turning the other heads…
  • Lambert: 6.43
  • …that could be bought off, passed by VNC….

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July 19, 2006.

Lambert email with Louise Fraser discussing a workaround to keep payment for a tenant buyout as non taxable. Lambert is described by Fraser as a tax expert.

“This will be in settlement of a claim and non taxable. They can disclose it to (employer). I will give them a letter from a tax attorney so it will be disclosed and non taxable. Thanks  Carl.”

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August 18, 2016.

Carl Lambert continues to use an illegal parking lot at 811- 815 Ocean Front Walk for his hotel guests.

Visitors say that Venice Breeze Suites provides free parking at this location if you stay for several days.

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