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February 1, 2009

Solar Power to the People? – What’s Wrong With Measure B

By Jim Smith Most voters in the city of Los Angeles may not be even dimly aware that an election is scheduled to take place on March 3. But to many insiders battle lines have already been drawn on Measure B – Solar Power and Job Creation – that is one of five propositions on...

An Island of Mystery

By Jim Smith Many of us in Venice wish there were none of those developers in town who tear down perfectly good homes and bungalows just to make more money. If only all Venetians had affordable rent and lived without fear of landlords, speculators and developers. Suppose I told you that there is a place...

How Artists Survive In Cuba

Venice is a city of artists, musicians and writers. Yet most of them get no encouragement when it comes to survival. A network of support for artists and writers exists in Cuba. Most aspiring artists, musicians and writers go to art or music schools or major in art, music or literature at the universities (which...

Venice Says Good Bye to Sponto

By Eric Yarber At 11 a.m. on January 11, more than 420 people assembled on the green not far from the Sponto Gallery to collectively remember the man who made everything happen there.  Most knew him simply as Sponto, but there were plenty who went back far enough to never stop thinking of him as...

We All Scream for N’ice Cream!

By Yolanda Miranda Many of the new small business recently opened on Abbot Kinney cater to to the hip bohemic affluent and contribute to the gentifrication of Venice. I miss the old days when Abbot Kinney (then Washington Blvd.) was a mecca of second-hand stores selling their wares in clothing and furniture for low income...

Swami X Speaks

Be of good cheer, nothing to fear, the Photon Belt is here.  TV can’t hurt you, but it will negate your emotions, lower your IQ and have you kicking your own rear… Let me give you a bum steer: Eat at McDonalds for your health… A clear mind, open emotions and a spiritual ideal is...

Poetry

Letter to the Brother taken by War – Antonieta Villamil Winter – hillary kaye Ah Romantics, Thus Are We – Mark Lipman Gaza, 90291 – Jim Smith Monday Morning Errands – krista schwimmer Untitled – Jack Cross Hiroshima – Jessica Aden Commitment (to Mark “Sponto” Kornfeld) – Suzanne Verdal Snapshots of the Unemployed – Sherman Pearl ———–   Letter to the Brother taken by...

Venice History – By Jeffrey Stanton Was the Annexation of Venice to Los Angeles in 1925 a good idea? Part 2

With its amusement pier gone, Venice didn’t recover financially after World War II. Its housing stock was run down and it became a slum by the sea. It was the least expensive place in Los Angeles to live, and it attracted young beat poets and starving artists because studio space was cheap. It became a...

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

By Amy V. Dewhurst Everyone knows ya gotta give love to get love. So this Valentine’s Day instead of going out and breaking things (boys) or staying at home with a box of tissues (girls) why not give a little love to those who can use it most? The following local outreach services, non-profits and...
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