A new lawsuit has reignited an age-old debate over who should have access to Venice Beach.
A midnight-to-5 a.m curfew was implemented along the 11-mile coastline in 1989 to curb the threat of gang violence in the area.
With crime in decline, the Coastal Commission started to challenge the ban, but with little success. In recent years, the spread of the tech sector has run up against the growth of the homeless population in Venice, recasting the curfew as a battleline between the haves and the have-nots in the beach city.
Proponents say that the curfew help make Venice safe, but opponents say it is a de facto way to push the homeless population out of the area.
The latest lawsuit was filed this week by activists who wants the court to stop enforcing the ban.
Steve Clare, Executive Director, Venice Community Housing Corporation, nonprofit housing and community development organization serving low-income residents in the Westside of Los Angeles.
Mark Ryavec, President of the Venice Stakeholders’ Association, an organization dedicated to civic improvement in Venice Beach.