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Mark Lipman

Until It is Done – for Nelson Mandela

by Mark Lipman For all those who say, it can never be done, who look upon those ivory towers with their militarized trenches disappearing chambers and puppet mechanisms imitating human beings in all aspects ‘cept for a conscience and a body to jail enslaving a world with divisions of hate and sectarianism, I say, dream...

Business as Usual

by Mark Lipman Maybe you’ve noticed this, maybe you haven’t? A lot of very dramatic changes are happening around Venice. It seems like overnight entire neighborhoods have been transformed. Family businesses have been forced to close, while high-end trends and tourist boutiques pop-up in their place. Seniors, disabled, long-term fixed income tenants are being displaced...

Change is Coming – Tenants Unite

by Mark Lipman Over the past several years we have all noticed significant changes to our Venice community. A pro-big business, pro-development agenda has literally demolished its way through Venice, while rents and eviction rates have skyrocketed. Longstanding neighbors and local residents have disappeared almost overnight as a tourist industry, which brings no revenues back...

Mike’s Big Headline

by Mark Lipman   I so much wanted to give praise to the Big Idea, really I did. On the surface it sounded so good – so progressive – to take a 3 acre parcel of public land in Venice and open it up for affordable housing – something our community so desperately needs, but...

Change is Inevitable

Change is Inevitable by Mark Lipman Change is inevitable on that we all agree. However, it just may not be the change that you imagine. You see, corporations getting tax-breaks to move into our communities taking over our neighborhoods importing high-paid employees to drive up the rents and evict existing tenants, while with the help...