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Supposed Faux Neighborhood Vigilanteism is all About Politics

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The politics of the proposed overnight parking districts in Venice is getting nasty. Mean spirited notes are being placed on residents' cars and doors that threaten action against them over junky-looking cars parked on the street, unkempt lawns or barking dogs. One letter obtained by the LA Times read:

“Habla Ingles? FINAL WARNING .... No junk car parking on our street. Move it or we tow it!”

The letters are credited to the Venice Stakeholders Assn., who say they are not passing those out. They believe someone is trying to discredit the organization, specifically the President Mark Ryavec, who has been pushing for overnight parking districts to address a recent surge of homeless sleeping overnight in their vehicles. The California Coastal Commission will take on the issue in June and decide if the parking situation stops people from having beach access.