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How Peter Douglas Saved Venice and the California Coast

By Jim Smith Peter Douglas, who was the chief guardian of the California coast for the past 40 years, died April 1. It would have been much better for Venice if this were a sick April Fools joke, but it isn’t. Douglas began his advocacy for the coast as an aide to Assembly member Alan...

Venice is for the Birds

By Vanessa Cabello It’s not too often I think about birds.  From time to time I spot and admire birds in the wild, but I have never really paid much attention to the study and habits of birds (officially termed “ornithology”).  But since my recent move to a shrubby part of Venice Beach, near Speedway...

They’re Walkways, not “Side” walks

By Fred Owens Venice – maybe it doesn’t say so in the tourist hype about all the weird people on the boardwalk and all the ultra-cool people on Abbot Kinney – is a walking community. It’s compact, you can get there from here, on foot, from Rose to Washington, from the beach to Lincoln —...

Who Bombed Judi Bari?

A conversation With Darryl Cherney, Earth First! Activist And Producer Of Daring New Documentary: Who Bombed Judi Bari? By Margot Pepper Before global warming permeated contemporary consciousness, Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney popularized protests against clear-cutting in the 1980’s. On May 24th, 1990 in Oakland, California, a bomb exploded in Judi Bari’s...

Atomic Scientists Set The Clock Forward

Faced with inadequate progress on nuclear weapons reduction and proliferation, and continuing inaction on climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) announced today that it has moved the hands of its famous “Doomsday Clock” to five minutes to midnight. There are still 19,000 nuclear weapons in the world, said the BAS.

Underground Methane – A Ticking Timebomb

By John Davis The Four Kings and One Queen who call themselves the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the California Coastal Commission joined forces November 3 to wipe out hundreds of small boat slips, erect private buildings on public parking lots, put a shopping mall on our launch ramp, and allow luxury development...

Reading of Moby Dick Celebrates Whale Migration

“Whenever it is a damp drizzly November in my soul …. then I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can,”  — Herman Melville, Moby Dick The Venice Oceanarium will present its 16th annual reading of Moby Dick on the beach at the Venice Breakwater, at the end of Windward...

Film Review: If A Tree Falls

By Mary Getlein Coming home from seeing the movie If A Tree Falls, coming home on the #1 Bus. We pass car dealership lots – I imagine them igniting in flame as we pass. What would this world look like if we all destroyed the things we hated? The trees are still here in Venice...

Easing The Automobile Out Of Venice

By Jim Smith Getting around Venice can be a problem if you don’t have a car. Even then, if you park your car on the street, don’t even think about moving it on a sunny weekend, or nearly any time during summer days. First Friday can extend the problem well into the evening if you...

Community Garden Sprouts in Venice

CJ Gronner I had just about had it with urban problems this last month. I thought I was actually going crazy from chopper noise that one night that they hovered right over my house for four (plus) hours, just to get some Best Buy robbers (you’ve got to wonder what the resources wasted for HOURS...
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