Month

November 2010

Court Order Puts End to Ocean Front Lottery; Reinstates Amplified Music

By Greta Cobar The boardwalk lottery, which somewhat changed the free spirit of Venice over the past two years, was deemed to violate the 1st Amendment’s right to free speech by the US District Judge Dean D. Pregerson. A temporary injunction is taking place immediately to make all boardwalk spaces available on a first-come basis....

Why RVs Are Here To Stay

By Jim Smith   Forget about the wars, forget about global warming, and forget about obnoxious weed blowers, the Santa Monica Airport, illegal fences and rent gouging. Nothing has attracted more strong feelings in Venice lately than the issue of RVs. The atmosphere has gotten so heated that a few Venetians have become obsessed by...

Letters: Venice Needs a Dump Station

By Edward LaGrossa First off, let’s make this absolutely clear… I know of no homeless person or RV dweller in my over three decades in Venice that thinks it’s acceptable for anyone to dump their RV waste on the streets or gutters of this town. NO ONE. Doing this is like taking a collective dump...

Nancy Cunningham, Community Activist, Dies

By Lisa Zimble Venice lost a longtime resident and ardent supporter of the community, when our friend Nancy Cunningham passed away in her home on October 6 from complications due to esophageal cancer.  She had lived in Venice since 1991. Although Nancy never married nor had children, she is loved and remembered by those lucky...

IN BRIEF: Gjelina Restaurant in Hot Water

The busy eatery at 1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd., at Milwood Avenue, is in danger of losing its permit to operate. At a hearing Sept. 30 before the West L.A. Planning Commission, it was found that the restaurant was seating 40 more customers than permitted. Complaints from neighbors about parking and noise from live music on...

IN BRIEF: Gold’s Gym CEO Gave $2 million to anti-Gay Candidate Group

Gold’s Gym CEO Robert Rowlings, a Texas billionaire, has given $2 million to American Crossroads, which supports anti-Gay candidates. Rowlings, who is the CEO of Gold’s parent corporation, TFT Holdings said he was merely supporting fiscally conservative groups. However several LGBT groups, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force aren’t buying it. In addition...

IN BRIEF: That’s Where Our Money Goes

It’s not often that we ordinary citizens get to peak behind the curtain. But the furor about salaries in the city of Bell has forced the city, and the state, to show us how much our 50,000 public “servants” are getting paid. It’s no secret that L.A. City Councilmembers make $178,789. But you might be...

IN BRIEF: Your Senator Has Died

Quick now, what was her name? If you guessed Jenny Oropeza, you must have heard the news that the 53-year-old state senator died Oct. 20. Her name will remain on the November ballot and she will likely win the election. Oropeza won the senate seat – District 28, which includes Venice – in 2006, narrowly...

Street life on Abbot Kinney

Street life on Abbot Kinney Last month, city inspectors banned tables and chairs from the sidewalks on Abbot Kinney Blvd. around California Avenue. At least one merchant was ticketed. Here’s how the businesses are coping with the loss of outdoor customers one month later: Nice Cream: The slow creep to the sidewalk. Abbot’s Habit: How...

Battle of the Beach Curfew

By John Davis In 1998 the City Joint Powers Agreement with the County of Los Angeles to operate City beaches, parking lots, and Dockweiler State Park expired. The State Park and beach consist of a large area south of Marina del Rey, an area just north of the Marina entrance, and a few acres at...
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