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Lisa Robins

REESE DAVIDSON vs.VENICE NIMBY pt.1

By Lisa Robins “Everyone wants to help the homeless….but Not In My Backyard!” This is the overwhelming challenge facing the implementation of HHH, the LA City measure approved by 77% of voters providing funding for housing for the homeless. Several months back, there was an opinion piece in the Argonaut titled “Confession of a Venice...

Review of Larry Hankin's "How To Be Homeless"

How To Be Homeless – a stage performance by Larry Hankin at the Fanatic Salon. Reviewed by Lisa Robins Accompanied by a wailing saxophone intro, the inimitable Larry Hankin bounds onstage through the intimate, packed, cheering house, for the latest incarnation of his stories of living on the street. Larry ran his one man show,...

Beachhead Bash Was A Smash

By Lisa Robins, with Eric Ahlberg & Suzy Williams A magical celebration was enjoyed by all when we, the Beachhead Collective, hosted the first of our 50th anniversary fundraiser parties on Sunday February 18th. The doors of our beloved Beyond Baroque opened at 7pm for mingling, memorabilia, and a potluck feast. Beachheaders swarmed the lobby,...

Venice Valentine

By Lisa Robins In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I interviewed a sampling of Venetians I encountered along my way: asking where they came from, how long they’ve been here, and what they loved and hoped for Venice. At Manny’s bike shop on Lincoln, I bumped into an old friend and tested my questions out...

SPY Holiday Report

By Lisa Robins I spoke with Alison Hurst, the founder of Safe Place for Youth, just before Thanksgiving. Safe Place for Youth (SPY), is a drop in center in Venice which provides access to critical resources for young people ages 12-25 (transition age youth or TAY) experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Spy’s street outreach,...

Venice-Dell-Pacific Housing Project Proposed implementation of HHH in our neighborhood

By Lisa Robins The mysterious Venice-Dell-Pacific (VDP) is a controversial project which would create 136 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing on city owned land in the median currently being used as a parking lot, bordering North and South Venice Boulevards, Dell, and Pacific Avenues. There’s been a maelstrom of competing claims by various...

Safe Place For Youth – Heroes

 – by Lisa Robins There are new kids on my block. Actually, they don’t really look like kids. They look like they could be threatening… streetwise, dirty, some with an attitude…like they’ve been living in the urban jungle…they have. One time I found a vape pipe on the ledge of my daughter’s window. Another time...

Review – Actor’s Gang Harlequino

Actor’s Gang Harlequino:  On to Freedom dares to use art to speak truth to authority by Lisa Robins     (Note: This play has closed it’s April-May 2017 run) Harlequino: On to Freedom, an original musical written and directed by Actors’ Gang founder and artistic director Tim Robbins, displays the power of artists to reveal...

Lisa Robins’ “Blessing”

By Suzy Williams Venice goddess Lisa Robins gives a riveting and emotional performance as an Ivy-League Jewish girl who tries out kibbutz life. She falls in love and settles in Tecoa, Israel, and soon is blessed with a son they name Koby. Sherry Mandell, Lisa’s main character in this one-woman show, gushes about the joys...

Butterflies and Boulders at Coeur d’Alene

By Renata Robins and Lisa Robins Coeur d’Alene Elementary School is proud to present its Campus Greening Project,  Butterflies and Boulders! The goal of our project is to transform our public school into an aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sustainable campus that provides its students with opportunities to connect with nature. We will be hosting two major planting days...