Month

June 2014

Front Porches or Fortresses: You Decide

By Krista Schwimmer As the fast-paced, inappropriate and illegal development of Venice continues its rush towards infamy, a symbol of community and connection is being eroded from Venice forever: the front porch. Once a place where people could meet each other naturally, the loss of the porch first began with the increased height of fences....

We Are Venice – Get Up and Fight!

By Peggy Lee Kennedy Venice is being demolished and rebuilt right in front of our eyes, but good people can act to stop this. Public pressure works. So Venice needs you, the public, to show up and write emails – now. On Friday June 13, please attend the monthly Coastal Commission meeting at Huntington Beach City...

OH RATS!

By Carol Fondiller According to the weekly newspaper The Argonaut, May 22, 2003, the Catellus Development company has devised a plan for evicting long-term residents of a 45-acre site situated on a Playa del Rey bluff. The original plan was to poison the long-term bluff residents with an anti-coagulant, which would cause the residents to...

Venice Circle

By Jim Smith Public space is taking a beating in Venice lately. First, our beautiful beach is off limits to Venetians, and everyone else, from midnight to 6 a.m. Then our nutty L.A. City Attorney, Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, decided our busiest street, Ocean Front Walk, was actually a park and promptly took it away from...

Hate Crime on Glyndon Ave.

By Mary Getlein May 12 was celebrated by most Americans as Mother’s Day. On Glyndon Ave., things were not the same. A guy was living in his camper and that irritated someone, and they decided to take the law into their own hands. So they firebombed the “Magoo’s” camper. Rick Sealent, a man who lived...

Maya Angelou: An Appreciation

By Amanda Seward. On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Maya Angelou died at the age of 86. Although I did not know her personally, as did Oprah Winfrey, who called her “mentor, mother/sister, and friend,” I was touched by her death. It is hard to describe why. Although I read most of her autobiographical books, starting...

Beware of Google's PR Whitewash

By Anthony Castillo As with most major corporations who move into communities where they may be less than welcome, Google is in the midst of a subtle public relations campaign to win over the hearts and minds of Venice residents who may not be aware of the extent to which Google is changing the face...

Labor and the Environment

By Mark Lipman Righteously, there is outrage over the state of our environment. Whether mountaintop removal for coal in West Virginia, or the dumping of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we all suffer the consequences. The man-made disasters are already too numerous to count, and affect the health of us all, as well as the stability...

“Perceptions of Improprieties” Halt 320 Sunset

By Krista Schwimmer In one of her last acts as the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) President, Linda Lucks opened the May 7 Land Use and Planning (LUPC) meeting by pulling the controversial 320 Sunset Avenue project off the agenda. Citing “perceptions of impropriety” as the reason, Lucks said the project would go directly to the...

Free Venice

By Marty Liboff Bike your walk. No smoking. No littering. No loitering. No sleeping in cars. No overt begging. No vending after sundown. No feeding birds. No people after midnight. No vending anything useful. No bottles on beach. No dogs off leash. No selling anything wearable. No beer on boardwalk. No barbeques. No dogs on...
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