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October 15, 2016

VENICE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT IS RESET BY THE CITY CLERK

A toast to bureaucratic fusterclucks – Sometimes they can save the day: Great news – Because the City shut off public comment, they gotta START THE WHOLE PROCESS OVER! Hot damn! Via the LA City Clerk: “The Ordinance of Establishment was adopted in Council last week. However, in light of concerns relative to the public...

Elder Abuse

In my last article, in the July issue, I ran off topic a bit, reminiscing about The West Side Tenants Union etc., but I will stay on topic this time, I promise! This series I am writing centers on Elder Abuse, or at least, my experience with Elder Abuse. The Call Button is a devise/contraption...

MOTHERS ARE CRYIN (after the recent terrorist attacks)

Mothers, fathers & children are cryin everywhere loved ones dyin. Terrorist monsters human trash from dumpsters. Everywhere killers & nuts tryin to blow up people’s guts. Bullets flying innocents dying. The world has gone crazy & mad our future is getting hazy & sad. Fundamentalist creeps the 4 Horsemen reaps. Evil religious nuts want rivers...

Poetry: Lost

Lost. Lost Days turn into Lonely Nights. Alone. To Be Alone. What is it? To Feel Alone? How do we Forget our loneliness? When it is puncturing the skin with its relentless pricks? Leaving marks and scars. Prying, Scratching. Hurdles have been set before us. How do we jump? If our legs have lost motion....

Poetry – For the Statue of Liberty

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! -Emma Lazarus, poet and playwright (22 Jul 1849-1887) [from a poem written to raise funds for building the pedestal of...

Poetry: “Venice Yes”

By Jim Smith, from “If The Dead Had Email” Yes! Venice is a beach town Not a highfalutin suit-and-tie town The waves come and go ‘cause they’re free, and, yes indeed, so are we. Yes! It’s a pleasure to live by the ocean blue but that don’t mean you can’t come too. Our friends drop...

“You Can Check Out” – Excerpt from Eli Elliott’s book

…available at Elienation.com) “The whole place could go up in smoke in ten minutes. That’s the charm of Los Angeles” -William Burroughs “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave” -Eagles, “HOTEL CALIFORNIA” AN EARLY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA morning in July and I pull into the familiar beach parking lot that...

Running VenICE

by ICE As far as my run, well, like I said it is a daily 10 mile trek along sun soaked Venice Beach and the Santa Monica shoreline filled with my many little sacred rituals and traditions. Running to me is a celebration of life. Of spirit. Of breath. Of health. Of Living in the...

Why Property Owners Should Vote NO to the Venice Beach Business Improvement District

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are, by design, controlled by a very small group of commercial property owners, excluding the voice of most paying into the BID and completely excluding residential property owners, tenants, commercial operators who lease their sites, and other stakeholders in Venice. Venice Beach has long been a center for democracy and diversity...

What are Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Why Should Venice Community Members Be Concerned?

What is a BID? Business Improvement Districts (“BIDs”) are public-private partnerships, established under State and local laws that give Cities the power to form districts in which all businesses in the district pay assessments to supplement municipal expenditures. More recent statutes greatly expanded the power of BIDs, including authorizing expenditures on private security and sanitation...