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:
Steve Sann
Sharon Kilbride
Matthew DeMerritt
Barbara Mastej
Vreni Merriam
scott mayers
Amy Raasch
Mary-Jane Wagle
Scott Jafary
Chris Tilly
JoAnn Matyas
Donna Grillo
Sylvie Shain
Richard / Rich Mann
Todd Lyons
Blaire Davies
Melody Cook-Scott
susan maltby
Allan Moyle
Debra Kaufman
Conny Lederer
victoria casasco
Kimra Bendle
Mark Kleiman
Jon Garcia
Alan Pick
Steve Clare
Tracy Aldridge
Casey Maddren

Will you sign?


  • Steve Sann
    signed 2018-09-16 12:38:55 -0700
    Please protect the renters in Venice and throughout the City of Los Angeles from being forced from their homes! Do not “legalize” this deliberate and illegal conversion of R zoned property to unpermitted Commercial Use! This would be a very dangerous precedent to establish citywide. Protect HOMES, not ILLEGAL HOTELS! Thank you.
  • Sharon Kilbride
    signed 2018-09-16 11:37:04 -0700
  • Matthew DeMerritt
    signed 2018-09-16 11:25:01 -0700
    Matthew Reynolds DeMerritt
  • Barbara Mastej
    signed 2018-09-16 11:21:26 -0700
  • ben bela böhm
    @benbelaboehm tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-16 11:02:03 -0700
  • Vreni Merriam
    signed 2018-09-16 10:54:56 -0700
    Vreni Merriam
  • scott mayers
    signed 2018-09-16 10:54:15 -0700
  • Amy Raasch
    signed 2018-09-16 10:46:52 -0700
    I have lived one block away from the Ellison for over 20 years. Since the conversion of the Ellison into a short-term hotel, there are daily traffic crises on the only drivable street next to the beach: Speedway. Uber and Lyft drivers park in the one-lane, one-way street without regard to the flow of traffic every day. Frequently, it is so crowded that it is difficult to make it through even as a pedestrian. Should an emergency arise, fire trucks and paramedics would be hard-pressed to access the area, putting both locals and visitors in undue danger. Moreover, the loss of long-term residents at the Ellison — certainly the largest apartment building in the immediate area — has devastated the neighborly feel of Venice. If the Ellison is allowed to become a hotel, it will do irreversible damage to the vibe that inspires tourists to flock to Venice in the first place, and set an extremely dangerous and irreversible precedent. Last but not least, the harassment of longterm tenants — including older and economically-disadvantaged neighbors — in order to force them out is morally reprehensible. We are faced with a clear choice: whether we will stand for the rich, diverse, creative community and the residents and artists that have made Venice one of the most fascinating places in the world; or whether we will allow a few greedy landlords to flout the law and exacerbate homelessness for no other reason save to enrich themselves. Clearly, only the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has the means to enforce what’s right, since the landlord is without conscience. I implore the LADCP to preserve the cultural identity, heritage, and community of Venice before it is too late.
  • Mary-Jane Wagle
    signed 2018-09-16 10:43:38 -0700
  • Scott Jafary
    signed 2018-09-16 10:22:13 -0700
  • Chris Tilly
    signed 2018-09-16 10:15:42 -0700
    Chris Tilly
  • JoAnn Matyas
    signed 2018-09-16 10:15:00 -0700
  • Donna Grillo
    signed 2018-09-16 10:09:45 -0700
    Donna Grillo
  • Sylvie Shain
    signed 2018-09-15 21:41:23 -0700
    Sylvie Shain
  • Richard / Rich Mann
    signed 2018-09-15 20:37:39 -0700
  • Todd Lyons
    signed 2018-09-15 11:40:54 -0700
  • Blaire Davies
    signed 2018-09-15 10:57:15 -0700
  • Melody Cook-Scott
    signed 2018-09-15 10:28:32 -0700
  • susan maltby
    signed 2018-09-15 10:17:42 -0700
  • Allan Moyle
    signed 2018-09-15 10:08:07 -0700
    Please save the ellison
  • Debra Kaufman
    signed 2018-09-15 09:48:16 -0700
  • Conny Lederer
    signed 2018-09-15 07:54:27 -0700
    Conny Lederer
  • victoria casasco
    signed 2018-09-15 02:45:15 -0700
    victoria casasco
  • Kimra Bendle
    signed 2018-09-15 01:09:12 -0700
  • Mark Kleiman
    signed 2018-09-15 01:05:19 -0700
  • Jon Garcia
    signed 2018-09-14 23:35:22 -0700
    I support this effort!
  • Alan Pick
    signed 2018-09-14 22:47:41 -0700
  • Steve Clare
    signed 2018-09-14 22:18:58 -0700
  • Tracy Aldridge
    signed 2018-09-14 21:21:08 -0700
    We need affordable housing
  • Casey Maddren
    signed 2018-09-14 21:04:17 -0700
    Casey Maddren