Month

September 2009

$20/Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better

By Jebediah Reed Remember that time you went on a long drug binge and it turned into a crime spree and you totally messed up your life and hit rock bottom and had to go to jail for a while but in retrospect it was the best thing that ever happened to you because otherwise...

Help! My bike has been kidnapped

By CJ Gronner The nature of Venice is on my mind a great deal lately … through decades and changes, the Bohemian nature and spirit of the place has always managed to survive.  There’s been tough times all along the way for a good chunk of the residents, but the groove factor, and general desire...

Say What You Will, We Live It Everyday in Oakwood

By Lydia Poncé, Jataun Valentine and Laddie Williams 40 years ago it was flower power, end the war and the Summer of Love. America has not really learned anything since then. Here in Venice, 2009, when it comes to love- ‘love is not all you need.’ What the world needs now is not “love sweet...

Whole Foods Picketed for Anti-Universal Health Care Stand

Ever since John Mackey, founder and CEO of Austin-based Whole Foods, wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last month opposing a govern-ment health-care option, picket lines have descended on the non-union grocery chain. So far, there have been no demonstrations at the new Venice store. Meanwhile, conservatives are lining up to buy their...

Post Office Still Seeking to Sell Venice Annex

Despite pleas from the Venice community that the Venice post office carrier annex at 313 Grand Blvd., be used for community services, the government postal service (USPS) is moving ahead with plans to sell it to a private developer. The USPS has retained giant real estate firm, Grubb & Ellis to pedal the property. If...

Permit Parking Lawsuit filed against Coastal Commission, City

A group calling itself the Venice Stakeholders Association filed suit, August 10, against the California Coastal Commission and the city of Los Angeles in an effort to have overnight permit parking districts (OPDs) reinstated. This past June 11, the Commission, whose mandate is to protect the coast from overdevelopment and to ensure access for all...

Maureen Cotter Tells Inside Story of Charlie Manson’s Murder Spree in 1969

By Fred Dewey It is hard to imagine that, once upon a time, quite a few Americans, young and old, tried to free American society from its ruinous trajectory of violence, greed, propaganda, and war. These forgotten radicals were the hippies. While scorn has been leveled against them, some of it deserved, some of this...

The Whiff of Fascism

By Jim Smith “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing.” –Edmund Burke Alarm bells are sounding throughout the country over the widespread disruptions of congressional town halls on health care. Is it possible that we are seeing the beginnings of a mass fascist movement in...

Riding the Streets of Venice in a Produce Truck

By Ian Lovett Three years ago, when I first moved to Venice, I lived at Broadway and 7th St. My house, part of a row of four cottages, had this fantastic garden, where my neighbors grew strawberries and basil, and I used to sit outside to read, or to eat, or to nap, or for...

Bevy of Poets Attracted to the 2nd Philomenian

The 2nd Annual Philomenian – a celebration of the life and poetry of Venice’s late poet laureate, Philomene Long – attracted some of the best poets in the area to Beyond Baroque, August 21. Among those reading Long’s poetry, or their own works about her, were Wanda Coleman, Mariana Dietl, Susan Hayden, Hillary Kaye, Pegarty Long, Harry Northrup, Jim...
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