Month

July 2014

Batman of Venice

By Krista Schwimmer On the evening of Friday the 13th, I was home alone, preparing to take a delicious, soothing bath – (yes, I do know there’s a drought going on – so this was a bit of a selfish splurge.) I had just returned from a depressing meeting in Huntington Beach: the California Coastal...

Wild and Wonderful Windward

By Marty Liboff When I tell people I grew up on the Ocean Front they always say, “You must have seen a lot changes?!” Well, I sure have … I will write some personal memories for you of old Ocean Park and Venice in coming months. I thought I’d start with old Windward Ave. As...

A Song to Abbot Kinney's Venice

Me and Polly Are gonna ride the trolly To the Venice pier. Abbot Kinney will be there At his magical fair With Charlie Chaplin & Laurel & Hardy There’s always a party At the Venice pier. On the canals of old Venice We’ll ride a gondola And eat a piece a pizza With extra mozzarella...

RIP: Eden Wingate Eastin Andes

for Eden I wish it would rain and we could run around in the rain like children do – we’re still playing children behind the mask of age you get old enough, you start losing friends now we’ve lost you: a crazy painter, singer, dancer, drummer someone who laughed with all her heart who enjoyed...

LAPD Steps Up Harassment of Boardwalk Patrons

By Clay Claiborne Sunday, June 29th, the LAPD introduced a new tactic designed to clear what they consider “undesirable” people from the Venice Boardwalk, As has become almost a Sunday summer tradition, the Doors tribute band “Peace Frog” was playing at the Venice Bistro. The club has an open front and many find the music...

Poetry

A CREATION MYTH – BY Laura Shepard Townsend Sometimes – By Pano Douvos The Empty Aisle – By Pasquale Trellese ——————————————————– A CREATION MYTH (In honor of Venice-of-America’s 109th Birthday) In a time that was, (And in a time that was not) Abbot Kinney hid in a bin to safeguard his life From Turks bayoneting...

MORE OR LESS?

More money, more power, more friends, more food, more time, more space, more fun, more love, more guns…the list goes on; and, of course, MORE BUILDING PERMITS FOR VENICE! Prime examples of this bloated appetite are evident across the globe…and right here, in our own backyard. More – isn’t that what we all want? Does...

Property Rights

By Mark Lipman Many raise the issue today that “You can’t tell someone what they can and cannot do with their property.”  However, this is not true.  We do it all the time. For common sense and the safety of our larger community we set limits all the time.  From speeding through crowded intersections to...
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