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Venice's RV-Dwelling Mobile Homeless Targeted by LAPD For Harassment, Lawsuit Claimed: Court Rejects it, But Appeal Planned

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Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 7:06 AM
click to enlarge The Real Recreational Vehicles of Venice. - DENNIS ROMERO
  • Dennis Romero
  • The Real Recreational Vehicles of Venice.

Venice's mobile homeless, the folks who live in RVs parked on beach-side streets, have comprised a simmering issue that has pitted the community's liberal soul against its golden property values.

A federal lawsuit against the city and LAPD claimed that cops were not only rousting RV dwellers based on the kind of vehicle they were in but also that dilapidated motor homes were targeted for traffic stops and tickets.

Looks like the court this week rejected the suit:

An official at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles confirmed that the claim was tossed out of U.S. District Court in L.A. this week.

But LAFLA spokeswoman Elinor Gilbert added that the organization planned to appeal.

The rejection was first reported by Venice311, which wrote that ...

... a judge ruled there was no basis at all for a lawsuit and tossed it out.

The suit also claimed that the LAPD went after disabled-placard-displaying RVs, which can park almost anywhere, for parking violations.

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has initiated a long-planned program where such RVs could park overnight at certain lots in the area -- free of LAPD hassle.

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