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. 

: West Los Angeles Municipal Building, 2nd floor hearing room, 1645 South Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90025
Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 am

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:
Alexandria Nickerson
Kat Johnson
Joaquin Rivera
Elena Gobber
Craig Delisle
Skyler Mendoz
Kara McGehee
Aaron Deeming
Julien Weiller
Gregory Fausak
Joseph Vales
Philip Cunha
Bradford Eckhart
Bonnie Cates
Judy Esposito
marina litvinsky
Anna Salerni
Francesca de la Rosa
Matthew Beltran
Katherine King
Dee Ann N.
Lynne Moore
Trish Glenn
Ann Northrop
Matt Borkowski
Jennifer Elsbury
Jorge Jacobs
Linda Lucks
Mark Simon

Will you sign?


  • Alexandria Nickerson
    signed 2018-09-19 16:23:18 -0700
    Venice is for the people not the greed
  • Kat Johnson
    signed 2018-09-19 15:59:05 -0700
    Something must be done! Landlords are taking advantage of tenants and using the marketplace to justify their decisions! People are losing their homes left and right and landlords are pushing them out through dirty practices to create space for a new tenant and charge 4 times (or more) the amount. It’s unlawful. This particular building is not zoned for a hotel but is being used for short term stays. Please take a stand for our community! Enough is enough.
  • Joaquin Rivera
    signed 2018-09-19 14:46:39 -0700
  • Elena Gobber
    signed 2018-09-19 14:22:19 -0700
  • Craig Delisle
    signed 2018-09-19 14:08:09 -0700
  • Skyler Mendoz
    signed 2018-09-19 13:53:26 -0700
  • Kara McGehee
    signed 2018-09-19 13:40:55 -0700
  • Aaron Deeming
    signed 2018-09-19 13:24:36 -0700
  • Julien Weiller
    signed 2018-09-19 12:50:27 -0700
  • Gregory Fausak
    signed 2018-09-19 12:19:02 -0700
  • Joseph Vales
    signed 2018-09-19 12:06:07 -0700
  • Philip Cunha
    signed 2018-09-19 12:02:12 -0700
  • Bradford Eckhart
    signed 2018-09-18 22:30:31 -0700
  • Bonnie Cates
    signed 2018-09-18 14:00:38 -0700
  • Judy Esposito
    signed 2018-09-18 13:46:15 -0700
  • marina litvinsky
    signed 2018-09-18 13:14:31 -0700
  • Anna Salerni
    signed 2018-09-18 13:01:07 -0700
    This is a global issue that needs harsher strict laws! Australia has the same serious issues with residential properties being abused by strangers and dodgy owners abusing the system & laws! Some of these Short term rental properties are also involved with Migration fraud fake student accommodations, human trafficking & other serious transnational crimes! These crimes committed transnationally via these types of properties & platforms with greedy landlords need to be addressed globally! There needs to be harsher laws & penalties as it’s gotten out of hand on a global level!
  • Francesca de la Rosa
    signed 2018-09-18 13:01:03 -0700
    Francesca de la Rosa
  • 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.
  • Trish Glenn
    signed 2018-09-18 12:23:33 -0700
  • 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
  • Linda Lucks
    signed 2018-09-17 17:41:13 -0700
  • 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