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June 2008

June 2008 – From Greed to Green

By Stephen Longfellow Fiske Everyone is going green. On TV you can see Chevron, Dow, Ford, and other corporations green-washing themselves with tasteful eco-ads. Walmart and others have realized the long term economic value of going green.  The good news is that from the corporate CEOs to the person on the street, we are all...

June 2008 – The Poverty of the Soul

By Stephen Longfellow Fiske   An infection plagues the land  a pandemic permeating the pores  of the human condition a poison seeping into the heart hardening the arteries of vision – A blindness unable to see outside itself festering in a famine of foresight a blight of beneficence a calamity of clarity a cancer of...

June 2008 – Ocean Front Walk Sliced And Diced

The new Ordinance was slated to go into effect on May 30. It divides the Boardwalk into P Zones, I Zones and Free Speech areas. The 105 booths of the P Zone are to “perform, engage in traditional expressive speech, and petitioning activities, and vend the following expressive items: newspapers, leaflets, pamphlets, bumper stickers, patches,...

June 2008 – The Venice Carnevale Is Coming, June 7

The sixth Venice Carnevale! will be held Saturday, June 7,  at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. from Noon – 9PM. Costumes are encouraged in the tradition of the famed Carnevale in Venice Italy, the inspiration of this colorful festival. Admission is free Our Carnevale, produced by the Venice Artists Forum in association with the Venice...

June 2008 – Art Walls May Close July 1 Due to Lack of Funding

By Stash Maleski  The Venice Art Walls are scheduled to be closed to painting starting July 1, when the last of the city of Los Angeles funding for the current program runs out. People painting on the walls without a permit will be subject to tickets and arrest.  In an effort to raise funds to...

June 2008 – Folksinger U. Utah Phillips has Died

By Karl Abrams Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips, storyteller and tireless political folk musician for more than 40 years died in his sleep on May 23 at his home in Nevada City.  Called the “Golden Voice of the Southwest,” Phillips was a political activist and socialist who dedicated his life to protecting the rights of working...

June 2008 – Vote To Save Rent Control On June 3 – No On 98

By Jack Neworth In my many years living in an apartment, my experience with landlords it that 4 out of 5 of them are, for lack of a nicer term, greedy.  The percentage is actually higher, but I didn’t want to appear biased.  I mention this because on June 3rd we’ll all be going to...

Venice, 2007

By Alexa Hilal i opened my eyes this morning to an empty mess of sheets beside me and the fat black cat lola basking herself in the same sun that blinded me. she is still laying on my left foot (which is still asleep). it’s monday, i deduce from the garbage and recycling and horticulture...

June 2008 – Poetry

I have become earth By Jim Smith Tell me the truth, Don was saying, Could you live downtown  in one of those new condos?  I shrug. I am a Venetian. It’s not a fair question. How could I live away from the Lady,  from the smell of the sea. Here, every house has a history...

June 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – –The Great River Outside the Mainstream – John Haag

By Jim Smith In many ways, John Haag was a typical member of the Beat Generation in that he forsook a career in Academia or Madison Avenue, for a life dedicated to poverty, poetry and his community. But he was different in one important respect – he was political.  The Rochester, New York native studied...
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