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New Healthcare Law Provisions Take Effect Amid Controversy

By Roger Linnett This is part of a continuing series, summarizing recently activated benefits that are part of the Afford- able Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. These new provisions were based on a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which relied on inde- pendent...

Venice Art Scene Heavyweights Square Off Over Proposed Mural Ordinance

By Roger Linnett What had begun nearly a year ago as a way to replace the current ban on new murals in the city of L.A. and jump start the moribund municipal public art works process came to an abrupt halt in raucous debate before the L.A. Planning Commission and illuminated a schism in L.A.’s...

VNC Meeting: A Study in Patience and Stamina

By Roger Linnett Reduced to what amounted to whining, Venice Stakeholders Association President Marc Ryavec continued his rancorous crusade against the unhoused element of Venice at the regular monthly VNC meeting with a motion titled Right of Way Enforcement, based on several L.A. Municipal Codes, the aim of which was to force the unfortunate of...

Community Improvement Projects Approved at July VNC Meeting

The VNC yearly sets aside part of its budget from the City of L.A. for use by local groups. The annual Community Improvement Projects for 2012 were presented by the Neighborhood Committee to the full VNC Board, which approved funding for the following projects: Venice Boys & Girls Club “Sew What” Sewing Club $1,000 826LA...

Defaced Mural to be Restored

By Roger Linnett Last month the beautiful old mural at the corner of Market and Main St., an iconic depiction of Venice in its heyday a century ago, was the target of a vandal’s spray can.  Unlike the usual, pathetic, garden-variety tagger, this self-loathing punk excreted large, red letters across a span of about thirty feet,...

Theater Review: Astral Dick

By Roger Linnett As Director Hanna Hall writes in the program’s Director’s Note, “Chaos represents the thread in the universe that allows humanity free will. Even though it is wild and unpredictable, it is part of the human condition.” And from the opening scene of James Mathers New play, when a crazed, ranting woman (Laura...

Cinco de Mayo Pancake Breakfast

Venice’s own Fire Station #63 will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 5, from 8 am until noon at the firehouse at Venice Blvd. and Shell Ave., next to Beyond Baroque. Come and meet Capt. Rex Vilaubi and his intrepid crew, check out the big red fire engines and equipment, tour the station...

Santa Monica College Students Blind-sided by Campus Police

By Roger Linnett Santa Monica College has joined the list of places where the police have used pepper spray for crowd control under questionable circumstances. A dubious honor to be sure, SMC joins UC Davis and the original Occupy Wall Street in New York City, where, in the last year, police have callously pepper-sprayed participants....

Daniel Kaufman – Art at the Speed of Heat

By Roger Linnett Most art is the result of painstaking effort that can often take weeks or even months to complete. Daniel Kaufman was never the kind of guy who could sit still that long to see the results of his work, which is one of the reasons he took up photography, graduating from Amherst...

Metro Bus #733 Adds Stop at Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvds.

By Roger Linnett When the Metro Rapid #733 bus line began last year it stopped at the corner of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way as did the Local #33. Then last fall the powers that be at the MTA decided to discontinue that stop for the #733. The result was that the #733 went from...
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