Day

May 1, 2012

How Peter Douglas Saved Venice and the California Coast

By Jim Smith Peter Douglas, who was the chief guardian of the California coast for the past 40 years, died April 1. It would have been much better for Venice if this were a sick April Fools joke, but it isn’t. Douglas began his advocacy for the coast as an aide to Assembly member Alan...

Venice is for the Birds

By Vanessa Cabello It’s not too often I think about birds.  From time to time I spot and admire birds in the wild, but I have never really paid much attention to the study and habits of birds (officially termed “ornithology”).  But since my recent move to a shrubby part of Venice Beach, near Speedway...

They’re Walkways, not “Side” walks

By Fred Owens Venice – maybe it doesn’t say so in the tourist hype about all the weird people on the boardwalk and all the ultra-cool people on Abbot Kinney – is a walking community. It’s compact, you can get there from here, on foot, from Rose to Washington, from the beach to Lincoln —...

Scene of the Crime: Marker Unveiled Where Japanese-Americans Were Taken to Camps

It was 70 years later, to the day, that more than 100 Venetians gathered in support of a handful of Japanese-American survivors of the Manzanar Concentration Camp. In 1942, they had been taken away from the very spot of the April 25 gathering and bused to the central California camp. They were rounded up, not...

No one ever said it would be easy: Saving the Venice Post Office

By Jim Smith In spite of a lawsuit brought by the Coalition to Save the Venice Post Office, the Postal Service has plowed ahead with efforts to sell the historic building and substitute a “hole-in-the-wall” facility in the old Safeway store, now a postal distribution center. There was a flurry of activity of would-be buyers...

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...

Like Father, Like Daughter

By Jack Neworth For the last years of his life, legendary comedian, satirist, social critic and best-selling author George Carlin lived in Venice. Actually he, his wife Brenda and young daughter, Kelly, lived here back in 1970 and had a great affinity and affection for this unique community. In 2008 when Carlin died I was...

Stop Drinking Soda

By Marisa Peck Sometimes feeling our best involves doing more, and sometime it involves doing less. We are going to focus on a friendly foe in our midst; a culprit who offends both personal health and also the health of our planet. I am talking about our beloved soda pop. Commercial soft drink products typically...

Swami X Speaks

I feel like I’d like to live but I look forward to death. Death has no fear for a man or a woman whose love has become impersonal and endless. In death, you just get cut off from lemon meringue pie. The recognition that there is no end to life is wisdom. Everyone should live...

Poetry

Andrew’s Alley – Krista Schwimmer In Rhyme – L.E. Mintz What must be said – Günter Grass What We All Must Say –  Jim Smith But Don’t See Me – Ronald K. Mc Kinley  Our Lady – Mary Getlein Under the Sole – Hal Bogotch   ——————————————-   Andrew’s Alley i think of the alley across from where i...
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