Month

January 2013

Venice Homeless Person Not Guilty – For Erecting a Toilet

By David Busch I love you. After a year now of controversial Venice arrests, 12 jurors have found that a homeless person’s “porta-potty” erected here in Venice on Third Ave. near Rose – and which was torn down and destroyed by the LAPD last April – had been a lawful benefit to this community. I’m...

Emily Winters on Murals

By Emily Winters A vote whether or not to accept the incomplete mural ordinance came to question before the Venice Neighborhood Council at its last board meeting Dec. 18, 2012. There were four people from the community who spoke against the vote at this time as the ordinance has not been perfected for a final...

Billboard Blight Banned

By Dennis Hathaway As a new year dawns, the issue of illegal billboards in L.A. has come to the forefront in a major way.  First, an appeals court ruled just a few weeks ago that the city must revoke the 105 permits issued to Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor for converting conventional billboards to digital. ...

Penmar Park Project Lacks Public Hearing

By John Davis The City of Los Angeles has undertaken a project at Penmar Park to clean dirty storm water before it reaches the ocean. The project is being completed by the City Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering. While the project appears to be sound, the process leading to it has had at...

Our Venice Skatepark – A Diamond in the Rough

By CJ Gronner Happy New Year, People! In the interest of shining a light on the things that are still awesome about living in Venice in 2013, I recently dug a little deeper into the everyday goings on at the Venice Skatepark. I grew up with my brother’s half-pipe in our backyard, smashed my own...

Mural Illustrating Abbot Kinney Should Be Moved to Abbot Kinney Library

By Greta Cobar We as Venetians are upholding our reputation of not giving up. So here’s the latest on our up-and-going, not-nearly-over fight with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the new owner of our former, historic post office, Joel Silver. The Story of Venice mural by renowned artist Edward Biberman, formerly housed in...

Silicon Tsunami Wipes Out Free Venice

By Jamie Virostko About a year ago, I was walking a dog, crossing Abbot Kinney up San Juan, when a tattooed guy in worn jeans, stopped me on Electric Ave. His long hair in a salt and pepper braid, he was returning from buying breakfast. As the big Samoyed sniffed longingly at a steaming paper...

The Killings in Connecticut

By Mary Getlein Michael Moore (of Bowling For Columbine) told the story of a crazy man who went to a school and tried to kill some children, but it was in China and he only had a knife. No kids killed that day. The same day as the attack in Connecticut. Twenty children killed by...

Sticking to Their Guns

By Jack Neworth For days after the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School the National Rifle Association was oddly silent. They even shut down their Facebook page and stopped tweeting. (The NRA “tweets?” How weird does that sound?) Eventually the NRA announced that in an upcoming press conference it would reveal how they would...

John Mooney Blows Moonlight Glass in Venice

By Greta Cobar Venice has always fostered creativity, having drawn and inspired countless artists in endless media for over a hundred years. One such current story of bewildering, shining and colorful beauty is daily unfolding as John Mooney blows and sculpts glass, adding and mixing colors in infinite and never the same variations. Putting color...
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