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Housing

Mike Bonin, "Technically" Doing His Job

By Krista Schwimmer As protestors take to the Venice street to battle the illegal short-term rentals here in Venice, and individual citizens sue developers over destructive projects, the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) continues to make motions both sober and absurd in their own version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This was the case, at...

When Will Mike Meet with Venice?

By Mark Lipman   On Monday, April 27, Councilman Mike Bonin held a special public meeting in Mar Vista at the Marina Del Rey Middle School to speak with the community on extending for 2 years (the legal State limit) the Interim Control Ordinance (ICO), passed by the City Council, affecting 15 neighborhoods in Los...

Bed and Beer

By Carol Fondiller This is a re-print from the July 1969 edition According to the long-term tenants, some of whom have lived at the Ellison for over 15 years, 15 of the 60 units in the Ellison have been “rehabbed” into youth hostel accommodations. So 15 units times $1,768 a month equals $26,520 a month....

Rock On, Lisa Green!

By Greta Cobar Lisa Green is one of the Goddesses who makes Venice the colorful, intricate, exciting and interesting place that it is. She has been displaying her art on Ocean Front Walk, by Dudley, for about five years while at the same time being an ever-present advocate for love, justice and equality at our...

Venice Beach: The People's Beach

By Peggy Lee Kennedy Why did the City of Los Angeles close the people’s beach from midnight to five in the morning? I have heard it all: the gangs, the homeless, drugs, prostitution, et cetera, et cetera. The truth is that Ordinance 164209, amending LAMC 63.44 in 1988, does not say why the City of Los...

As Venice Falls, Who Will Hear Her Appeal?

By Krista Schwimmer Demolition after demolition. Monstrosity after monstrosity. The hyper-gentrification of Venice continues its ugly march. Homes that are over-sized, out-of-character, and illegal are mushrooming on Brooks, in Oakwood, and other, quaint neighborhoods. The peace of Venice has been shattered by developers seemingly in bed with City officials. Residents rally at neighborhood meetings, behind...

Invasion of the Afflu-Hip

This is a reprint from the December 1974 edition Washington Blvd. was renamed Abbot Kinney Blvd. in 1990 By Carol Fondiller About a year ago at a meeting between the affluent residents of the peninsula and the not-so-affluent residents of North Beach, a resident of the Peninsula looked at me with wide eyes. Walter Keane...

The "Cleaning Up" of Venice

By Deborah Lashever If we wish to honestly “clean up” Venice we need an expanded storage program, an adequate number of trash cans and 24/7 bathrooms. The current city program of criminalizing unhoused people does not solve anything and wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Cleaning up” cannot and should not equal criminalization. That is...

Venice to Newcomers: Spare Me!

By Greta Cobar There are many white, clean beaches up and down the Coast. Yet people choose Venice for its bohemian vibe, artistic spirit and creative element. Ironically, though, the latest wave of arrivals have had the effect of killing the very things they moved here for. The art heart of Venice is about to...

"Homeless Bill of Rights' Right to Rest Bill" Seeks to Enact State Protections

All people should be permitted to occupy and utilize public spaces, regardless of their housing status. Further- more, some civil and human rights that are amply protected for people who have a home, have not been defined and applied in a way to equally protect people who do not have a home. The “#HBOR Right...
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