Month

November 2012

Life Creeping Back in at Lincoln Place

By Greta Cobar Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) received the loan needed to redevelop Lincoln Place. Being one of the country’s largest owners and operators of apartments, Aimco received the largest unsubsidized loan ever insured by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. It amounted to $190.7 millions and it was awarded October...

Stop Flying Over My Head

By Martin Rubin Santa Monica Airport flights should go back over Santa Monica, where they belong. Historical facts show that for more than two decades changes to flight operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO)  moved the airport’s impacts away from Santa Monica to over Venice. That’s a fact. It was 1990 when SMO’s “departure-to-the-west” rules...

Letters

Give Obama Another Chance! As an Iranian-American who voted for Obama four years ago, I would like to give him another chance in this election to accomplish his goals. If Romney moves into the White House, he will stick to his guns and God, bomb Iran, deport millions of Latino immigrants, limit women’s control over...

Stealth Flood Control Project

By John Davis On September 26, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced a major flood control project to protect the Playa Vista development. Internal documents estimate the cost at $100-200 million to the taxpayers. The agencies working in concert are the California Coastal Conservancy, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the Department of Fish...

Cannabis Update

By Anne Alvarez Facing the public’s outcry in the form of lawsuits, petitions and criticism: the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to overturn the medical marijuana dispensary ban on October 2, allowing the city to avoid a referendum next year that Council officials said would likely succeed in reversing the prohibition.  Medical marijuana advocates collected in August  well over...

Beachhead Recommendations for the November 6 Election

Prop 30: Temporary School Funding – YES Income tax on top 2% of income earners and temporary quarter cent sales tax. Raises $6 billion dollars for schools and higher education. No provision that the money will actually be spent on education. Prop 31:   Cuts Educational Funding – NO Shifts $200 Million from education and...

VNC Election Results

A record number of over 1600 voters cast their ballots at the October 28 Venice Neighborhood Council Elections. These are the winners: President: Linda Lucks Vice-President: Marc Saltzberg Treasurer: Hugh Harrison Secretary: Kristopher Valentine Chair of Land Use and Planning Committee: Jake Kaufman Communications Officer: Helen Stotler Outreach Officer: Matt Kline Factual Basis Community Officer:...

People's Reactions While Canvasing for Proposition 37 (YES! to Labeling GMOs) at the Ukiah Safeway 10/28/2012 

“I’m a felon I can’t vote! And I didn’t murder the guy.” “I’ve already voted,” sly, grim smile; with emphasis: “by secret ballot.” “I’ve already voted YES!” YES! YES! YES! big, happy smiles!!! “YES! I’m planning to vote for it!” thank-you for being out here!” more smiley faces. “YES! I’m in a wheelchair and voting...

Joel Silver Holds Secret Press Conference Excluding the Press

By Greta Cobar The worst-case scenario option came true at our historic post office once its doors closed, to be re-opened by invitation only for a press conference that seemed to include only those willing to smile and grin in Joel Silver’s face, without questioning his actions or intent. Although Silver bought the building, he...

Joel Silver Announces His Immortality at VNC Meeting

By Anne Alvarez The October Venice Neighborhood Council meeting was held at Westminster Elementary on October 23, and was attended by politicians, Hollywood moguls and neighborhood council hopefuls. Congressional candidates for the newly formed 33rd district Representative Henry Waxman (D) and Manhattan Beach businessman Mike Bloomfield (I) took the opportunity to address the audience and...
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