Here’s a little self-quoting for background:
Everybody knows about those damn planters in Venice, but we’re just beginning to learn the depth of the City’s complicity with the angry housedwelling planter-placers. And fairly recently I obtained some emails that proved that Mike Bonin’s staff, if not Bonin himself, have been very complicit indeed, which led me to file a complaint with the City Ethics Commission against one of them, Taylor Bazley.
And today I have some serious new information about the planters. First, some planters were recently installed near the Whole Foods at Lincoln and Rose. It turns out that two of these planters, as illegal as all the rest of them, were paid for by the Venice Neighborhood Council, which allocated $600 for two of them at its meeting on January 8, 2019. You can read all about it in the minutes and agendas.
The process was initiated by solipsistic Venice housedweller Tatiana Morrison, whose ridiculous Go Fund Me is still at less than forty percent of its goal, with this formal request to VNC for money. Like so many of the zillionaire classes, when her pathetic attempts at putative self-reliance failed miserably, she was perfectly happy to misappropriate public funds to accomplish her misbegotten goals.
So here we have the City of Los Angeles, through its department the Venice Neighborhood Council, spending public money on things that violate actual laws. If they had spent the $600 on, say, cocaine, it would have been legally, ethically, morally, the same thing although much, much less harmful to society. I’m not exactly sure if there’s any recourse for this kind of thing, or at least any affordable recourse, but I’m thinking about it and I will be sure to let you know if anything presents itself.
Now on to your friendly neighborhood psychopath, Mark Ryavec. Everyone knows he and his Klown Kar Krew of Venice housedwellers have been one of the major forces behind the deluge of illegal planter placings and that the LAPD has been helping him out big time, even though LAPD Chief Michel Moore has publicly denied that his folks are involved at all. But nevertheless, documentary evidence of these well-known facts has been fairly sparse. That’s why this email exchange from August 2018 between Ryavec and Taylor Bazley, Mike Bonin’s former field deputy for Venice1 is so important. Here Ryavec, trying to cajole some money out of Bazley, makes the following admission against interest:2
We – the residents – have done allthe heavy lifting with the beautification effort, with the only real assistance from the City coming from the LAPD. To date we have raised over $35,000 for this effort and provided countless hours of volunteer labor. Can the City of Los Angeles at least make an effort to provide trash bins and regularty empty them?
And finally, now, on to the main thing.3 It’s also well-known that Taylor Bazley has repeatedly denied his involvement with the planters. And yet, behold this email conversation from December 2017 between Bazley and former VNC member and all-round sociopathic housedweller Matt Shaw about placing some planters on Third Avenue in Venice.4 And despite all the denials, it’s Bazley who’s the instigator: “Can we push this ball over the hill? lf we wait until the problem is back and there is urgency it might be too late…” And despite all the talk about beautification, Bazley’s very explicit about the purpose being anti-homeless: “I think that will harden 3rd significantly from future encampments.”
And despite all the talk about upholding the law, Bazley’s very explicit about feeling hindered by having to do so: “if we don’t change the built environment (because lord knows the regulatory environment isn’t changing anytime soon) than the encampment will return over time.” All in all, it’s a despicable performance from a despicable minion without whose despicable participation in our despicable local politics we are all much better off. And these quotes are just a small part of the despicability on display here.
Read on, friends, for a complete transcription of this last item! See the proof that Google is involved somehow in planter-placing! The proof that psychopathic housedwellers use the phrase “get him services” as a euphemism for something like “haul him off and dump him any place that’s not here”! See Taylor Bazley pretending to be some kind of expert in the psychology of the unhoused! And so on!
On Dec 12,2017 4:55 PM, “Taylor Bazley” wrote:
Did the plan to install desertscape/planters/anything on third to constrict the sidewalk stall? As we discussed the adjacent property owner needs to sign of on a permit application to construct a parkway but once that happens and you all construct a parkway I think that will harden 3rd significantly from future encampments. I have noticed more people moving on to 3rd and have a concern that if we don’t change the built environment (because lord knows the regulatory environment isn’t changing anytime soon) than the encampment will return over time.
Thoughts? Can we push this ball over the hill? lf we wait until the problem is back and there is urgency it might be too late…
On Tue, Dec 12,2017 at 8:53 PM, Matt Shaw wrote:
Taylor – Happy Holidays and thanks for checking in! There are several conversations going on on both sides of 3rd but as you can see nothing has developed yet. I will check in with both teams and urge them to take action asap.
Thx again for the nudge!
On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:5BAM, Matt Shaw wrote:
Hey Taylor – Thanks again for the nudge. I’ve already heard back from both Google and PS and they will be bubbling this up to their teams. I might need you for a quick call if you’re avail later this week. LMK what you schedule looks like. As you mentioned – we are definitely seeing some back slide on 3rd. We missed a couple weeks of clean ups which didn’t help but its looking a bit better as they’ve made it over here last two fridays, Believe it our not 100% of the property in this picture below is from one person named Tommy. While he’s generally harmless, he’s a hoarder and his piles of trash make it really hard to keep the block clean. He’s been back in the area for almost a month now. Within a day of the clean ups he pulls new piles of stuff out of trash bins and makes a huge mess. lt would be great if we could get the HOPE Team and/or C3 to engage him and get him services!
From: Taylor Bazley
Date: Wed, Dec 13,2017 at 5:22PM
Subject: Re: 3rd Street
To: Matt Shaw
Cc: George Francisco, KRISTAN DELATORI
He is on C3’s radar but just because you talk with someone in a strEet outreach context doesn’t mean their behavior will change. OHS Clean Ups should be pretty regular again since issues with overtime pay were straightened out. The longterm fix though is activating the space – if we don’t do that I fear 3rd is likely to return to what it was (albeit slowly over time). Neighbors should probably consider using this time as an opportunity to landscape parkways.
Image of Taylor Bazley is ©2019 MichaelKohlhaas.Org and look! A whole nother Taylor!
- Who, in what may be the only sensible move he ever made with respect to municipal matters, recently realized he couldn’t stand the heat generated by the bonfire his boss and the other 14 bosses have made of the political well-being of Los Angeles so he got TF out of the damn kitchen.
- I mean it’s against the interest of humanity rather than against Ryavec’s interests which, since he sold his soul to Satan at the crossroads of Main and Windward, don’t align at all with anything good for anyone but his fellow demon spawn.
- I am often accused, I mean, in a relatively friendly way but still, of committing some evidently well-known journalistic sin called “burying the lead” or, as journalists themselves are pleased to style it in what I find a reasonably endearing quirk of professional jargonism, a practice which I admire greatly, by the way, along the lines described by the incomparable Gerard Manley Hopkins in his incomparable poem Pied Beauty, “And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange”, the “lede.” Anyway, I suppose I’m doing it, but you know, as the 21st century version of a deep truth would have it, he who pays the hosting calls the content.
- Which the creepy little correspondents refer to as “3rd Street” because why bother to learn the actual names of the actual streets in the actual neighborhoods you’re actually destroying. There is, it’s true, a Third Street in Los Angeles, but not in Venice. They’re probably thinking of Santa Monica, which also has a Third Street, because folks like this are always, no matter how it appears on the surface, in one way or another, thinking of Santa Monica.