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Krista Schwimmer

That Special Place In Hell

On Sexism and the Race for the Presidency By Krista Schwimmer This year, women’s history month falls in a presidential election year. Fittingly, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) has announced the following theme: “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” At the writing of this article, six...

Passings: Carter Riley Irwin, June 21, 1997 – January 9, 2016

by Krista Schwimmer – Photos by Krista Schwimmer and Jake Sarfaty On Sunday, January 17th, over one hundred family members, friends, and neighbors gathered at the Venice Pier for a paddle out to celebrate Carter Riley Irwin, and show support for his mother, Mikal Sky, both well-known and well-loved local Venetians. Carter tragically took his...

“Poetry Is the Consciousness of This Planet:”

“Poetry Is the Consciousness of This Planet:” A Conversation with Mark Lipman, Founder of the Venice Press, Vagabond by Krista Schwimmer Beachhead: So, why did you start Vagabond? Mark: Well, I found there was a gap between what was accessible as far as access to a microphone, access to the printed word, access to the conversation....

A Tree Grows In Venice: The Red Flowering Gum Tree – by Krista Schwimmer

One of my fondest memories from childhood is going to the library with my two brothers and mother. No matter how plain the library looked, I soon learned there were treasures there. So, whenever I move to area, I seek out the nearest library. For eighteen years, I have been browsing and borrowing from the...

Venice: Find Your Champions

by Krista Schwimmer In both residential and commercial places, “Venice Proud” blue and white signs are posted. The Outreach Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) created this slogan in 2014 to attract more community involvement. As an already, active community member, I find this slogan not only strange, but actually disturbing. To understand the...

That Dark Parade: Protesters Take to Venice Streets Over Gentrification & Brendon Glenn's Killing

By Krista Schwimmer In a strange, dark twist of fate, a state-wide, two day protest organized by more than a dozen groups representing the voices of First Nations, black, brown, and poor people united with the Venice community’s outrage over the recent LAPD officer killing of an unarmed, houseless young man, Brendon Glenn. Although planned...

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...

Where Have All the Neighbors Gone?

By Krista Schwimmer On an evening when many residents were out celebrating St. Patrick’s day at local bars, perhaps even “drowning the shamrock” at the end of the night, a small, but vocal group of concerned residents attended the monthly Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Board meeting held at Westminster Elementary School. Chairing the meeting that...

Community Ferments As Alcohol Licenses Multiply

By Krista Schwimmer In recent months, violent incidents in Venice have garnered even mainstream media’s attention. Some residents claim violence has risen due to transients and homeless encampments. Other residents understand the link between too many alcohol licenses and increased crime rates, a link backed up by numerous studies, according to Sarah Blanch of the...

The Politics of Painting Pagodas

By Krista Schwimmer There are many features on Ocean Front Walk that define its essence. Among the most noteworthy are the pagodas or pergolas, as they were first called. Clustered together like mini palm trees, these free structures welcome all against the elements. As a result, a variety of people congregate in and around them:...
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