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August 1, 2008

August 2008 – Venice Car Wash Workers take action to win months of back pay

By Jim Smith After six months of having their paychecks bounce, workers at a Venice car wash had had enough.  On July 24, the 40 workers staged a walkout and picket line in front of the misnamed the Marina Car Wash (it’s in Venice, not the Marina, at Venice Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd.  A short...

August 2008 – It’s Spy Cameras vs. Street Dealers in Oakwood

By Ingrid Boon I was recently at a private event where I heard that someone had donated a large amount of money to a certain area of Venice – Oakwood to be specific – to install cameras in strategic places in order to be able to identify sellers and buyers of drugs. I believe they...

August 2008 – Letters

• Big Daddy – Larry Parker • RVs – A Sad Story – Ita Kreft ————— Big Daddy Dear Beachhead, We would like to become sustainers to the Beachhead in the name of Big Daddy’s & Sons. We operate our local business at Ocean Front Walk and Market St. We’re also involved in the community, especially in supporting activities...

August 2008 – The Anti-War Report

Good morning Venice, there’s something to report. Following last June’s National Assembly to End the Iraq War and Occupation in Cleveland, Ohio, a meeting of over 400 national organizers, a plan for steps forward has been approved for national protests. These will be organized through the fall and winter of this year, as a springboard...

August 2008 – Venice Town Council Report

By Karl Abrams The Venice Town Council convened its third monthly meeting, July 11, at the United Methodist Church auditorium. Since there were not enough people needed for the quorum required to pass resolutions, the meeting became more of an open and lively semi-structured discussion to prepare for the next monthly meeting, which is held...

August 2008 – Pay Stations coming to Venice

Thirty shiny new parking pay stations will be unveiled around Venice sometime this month, according to Dan Mitchell, a Senior Transportation Engineer with the city. Parking rates will be doubling shortly, but not because of the pay stations. The L.A. City Council recently doubled parking meter rates city wide. As a result, less people will...

August 2008 – Melvyn Hayward, Senior: Jan. 16, 1949 – June 29, 2008

Melvyn Hayward was a role model and a powerful force for good in the Oakwood community for more than 30 years. He worked with the Venice Drug Coalition, Didi Hirsch Mental Health, the NAACP, Oakwood United and was most recently the director of the Vera Davis McClendon Center. In addition, he was an actor in...

August 2008 – Two Views on Homelessness and Criminalization: Homeless No More

By Janet C. Phelan It is a rainy day in Santa Monica.  About dozen homeless people have gathered under the overhang at the Ocean Park Community Access Center on Olympic Boulevard, which is the hub for homeless services in Santa Monica. While the rain pours down, the homeless huddle, share cigarettes and joke wryly about...

August 2008 – Two Views on Homelessness and Criminalization: Town Hall Hears from the Experts

By Karl Abrams A Venice Town Hall meeting was held on July 9th at the Venice United Methodist Church. The well-attended meeting consisted of a variety of in-depth presentations by expert speakers on “Homelessness and Criminalization” followed by a film and Councilperson Bill Rosendahl fielding questions about what the community can do to help. Two...

August 2008 – Lincoln Place: Venice Gulag?

By C.V. Beck What is going on with Lincoln Place, you might enquire?  Well, let me tell you. It is very quiet over here, too quiet! many might say. It’s like that episode of the Twilight Zone, you know, the one where the bank teller, Burgess Meredith, goes to sleep in the bank vault and...
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