250 signatures


The Los Angeles Department of City Planning needs to hear your voice in support of the residential zoning of the 58-unit Ellison Apartments in Venice. Property owner Lance Robbins is appealing the City's decision that The Ellison is and always has been zoned for residential use not commercial use. Over the past several years The Ellison at 15 Paloma Avenue has been stealthily converted into a non-permitted, unlicensed and unregulated short-term hotel. This de facto hotel has removed 48 affordable housing units (except for 10 longterm tenants hanging on) and replaced Venice locals with a never ending flood of strangers.  

Robbins is now asking the City to legalize this unlawful activity by granting his appeal to convert the Ellison into commercial use in the midst of an LA housing crisis and permanently remove all 58 apartments from the rental market. We cannot allow this to happen. 

Next Hearing:

West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
Henry Medina West LA Parking Enforcement Facility
11214 W. Exposition Blvd. - 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90064


Date: May 15, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm

Find the agenda here

Sign our petition to tell the L.A. Department of City Planning to KEEP THE ELLISON zoned as for RESIDENTIAL USE not an illegal hotel!



See who else is signing:
Matthew Beltran
Katherine King
Dee Ann N.
Lynne Moore
Ann Northrop
Matt Borkowski
Jennifer Elsbury
Jorge Jacobs
Mark Simon
Tighe Barry
Chelsea Kammeyer
William Wood
Kelli Ancar
oni adunni
Mark Beccaria
Mark Lee
Erika Schiff
John Mooney
Michael Chamness
Edward Ferrer
Mark Rago
Robert Yeager
Margaret Ross
Angela Slaff
Maria Skelly
Greta Covar
Simon Jefferies
Molly Lambert

Will you sign?


  • Matthew Beltran
    signed 2018-09-18 12:54:14 -0700
    I myself was once a tenant and saw the conversion of the apartment, where a large number of friends and families were able to enjoy each others company. Over the years it changed by adding in a rental office where the mailboxes were located, apartments being remodeled to appease hotel guests, and rents skyrocket year after year. The housing in Venice is decreasing and to remove this property that has a large number of units from the rental market would be a huge blow to the community. The building across the street appears to have already been able to change itself from an apartment into a short term rental building and removed almost all of its tenants. The laws passed to monitor and regulate short term rentals have been side stepped by owners just as this building’s owner has done. Leaving much of the city and agencies useless in the efforts to enforce the law.
  • Katherine King
    signed 2018-09-18 12:52:32 -0700
    Venice needs apartment buildings to house its residents. Let new buildings be hotels, but not the old rent-stabilized apartment buildings.
  • Dee Ann N.
    signed 2018-09-18 12:47:02 -0700
  • Lynne Moore
    signed 2018-09-18 12:41:40 -0700
    Los Angeles needs rent stabilization. No one should be forced from their home to create expensive retreats for the wealthy. People need decent, safe housing at affordable rents. Please act responsibly and preserve people’s long-term homes.
  • Ann Northrop
    signed 2018-09-18 12:21:25 -0700
  • Matt Borkowski
    signed 2018-09-18 12:19:24 -0700
    The Ellison is a Venice locals mainstay. Many of my neighbors have lived in the Ellison, and the building’s history alone should be enough to stop this travesty of AirBnB from taking it over entirely.
  • Jennifer Elsbury
    signed 2018-09-17 19:43:58 -0700
  • Jorge Jacobs
    signed 2018-09-17 18:49:33 -0700
    Jorge D Jacobs
  • Mark Simon
    signed 2018-09-17 16:29:00 -0700
  • Tighe Barry
    @tighecp tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-17 15:53:29 -0700
  • Tighe Barry
    signed 2018-09-17 15:53:00 -0700
    My community is being destroyed in the name of greed. I have lived in Venice and its environs for 35 years and the city has never been “tenant friendly”. Time to change that. STOP THE GREED.
  • Chelsea Kammeyer
    signed 2018-09-17 14:34:01 -0700
  • William Wood
    signed 2018-09-17 13:10:16 -0700
  • Kelli Ancar
    signed 2018-09-17 12:45:34 -0700
  • oni adunni
    signed 2018-09-17 11:15:36 -0700
    As a person who deeeeeeeeeeply cares about plight of lives disrupted because of greeeeeeeeeeed of forcing them out of their homes, and yes, with years and years of dwelling, it is indeed their homes, I totally support the very very very right action that would allow the Ellison to continue be zoned for residential use.
  • Mark Beccaria
    signed 2018-09-17 09:26:18 -0700
    You must stop allowing apartments and residences to be run as hotels.
  • Mark Lee
    signed 2018-09-17 09:18:03 -0700
  • Erika Schiff
    signed 2018-09-17 09:06:24 -0700
    This case represents a much much bigger problem that is spreading not only throughout Venice but beyond. The rate of homelessness is increasing every single day, it is quite obvious around the entire city. A problem of epidemic proportions, not only affecting the residents of the Ellison but rather anyone who lives in a rented property. This petition is a statement of collective awareness and action that we are not going away!
  • Erika Schiff
    followed this page 2018-09-17 08:59:00 -0700
  • John Mooney
    signed 2018-09-17 08:24:46 -0700
  • Michael Chamness
    signed 2018-09-17 05:35:42 -0700
  • Edward Ferrer
    signed 2018-09-17 00:54:29 -0700
  • Mark Rago
    signed 2018-09-16 21:15:28 -0700
  • Robert Yeager
    signed 2018-09-16 21:08:27 -0700
  • Margaret Ross
    signed 2018-09-16 20:15:22 -0700
    I live in a different one of Lance’s buildings it wasnt until very recently, that they are trying to get me and my boyfriend to move out and evict us because they are also trying to turn our building into a hotel as well!!!!!! Our building is a RSO rent control building as well!!!! I fully support and stand by the left over tenants that live at the Ellison building !!!! This is despicable and is contributing to the LA housing crisis and we must take a stand against this.
  • Angela Slaff
    signed 2018-09-16 19:59:39 -0700
  • Maria Skelly
    signed 2018-09-16 19:49:55 -0700
    It’s a shame that this historic building is now a hotel. Current tenants should be compensated for dealing with incompetent landlords.
  • Greta Covar
    signed 2018-09-16 17:04:02 -0700
  • Simon Jefferies
    signed 2018-09-16 15:08:49 -0700
  • Molly Lambert
    signed 2018-09-16 13:10:48 -0700
    Molly Lambert