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Development/Gentrification

April 2008 – How Do You Define Safe And Secure?

* Murder on the Beach – The cold-blooded murder of Nathan Alan Morgan and his dog was captured on video. Page 1 * LAPD Raids in Oakwood – Are Venetians safe in their own homes? See Letters, page 2 and Racial Dreams and Nightmares. Page 5 * Unsolved Murders – How many more people have...

April 2008 – Venice LCP Redeux: The Missing Coastal Plan For Venice

By John Davis What the hell is an LCP, is it like a BLT? And what is the Coastal Zone, a place where those near the coast get zoned? In 1972 when many other environmental laws were being passed like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, another very important piece of legislation...

April 2008 – 191 Lincoln Place Tenants, Evictees Sue Landlord; AIMCO Files Counter-Suit

On March 14, Lincoln Place Garden Apartments attorneys John Murdock and David Lefkowitz went to court to add more tenants and former tenants to their lawsuit against AIMCO, Apartment Investment & Management Co. The suit is designed to make AIMCO pay for on-going disruption to the lives of 191 tenants and evictees at the largest...

April 2008 – Martians Steal Ray Bradbury House

The house at 662 S. Venice Blvd. where Ray Bradbury wrote the The Martian Chronicles is missing. The plaque on the house telling the story of the writing of the classic book is missing also. An alternative theory is that it wasn’t Martians who stole the house, but a developer intent on making money by...

April 2008 – Whole Foods Chops Down Whole Trees

By Michael Zeno Fourteen trees have been cut down at the soon-to-be Whole Foods Market parking lot in Venice to make way for ‘new’ trees. It’s disconcerting to return to a place you know well and sense that eerie feeling that something is not right, like coming home to find your door slightly ajar when...

March 2008 – Community Comments On Oakwood Raid

  Operation Oakwood – Search And Destroy LAPD, Feds kick down doors, terrorize seniors in early morning “Iraq-style” para-military operation Feb. 19. The 300-plus invasion force said they were looking for gang members but found mostly elderly women, children and babies in the homes after kicking down the front doors. •••••   The View from Inside...

March 2008 – Fences

The Venice Neighborhood Council on Feb. 19 took up the issue of the maximum height of front fences and hedges. The meeting took place the same night as the meeting in Oakwood (see page 1), but seemed to be a different city. Most of those in attendance opposed the city ordinance limited front fences and...

March 2008 – Chain Stores Be Gone

A Venice free of chain stores came one step closer to reality, Feb. 20, thanks to the tireless efforts of Venice Unchained. A City Planning Department meeting on the subject was held at Westminster Auditorium at the urging of Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. The 50-plus Venetians in attendance supported the plan to ban “formula retail stores”...

February 2008 – The Manhattanization of Venice

By Jim Smith The tallest building ever proposed in Venice is on the drawing boards and planning committee agendas. At 31 stories, the building will tower over anything for miles around. It will be a landmark for approaching airliners and ships at sea. It will be reviled by motorists struck in gridlocked traffic on Lincoln...

February 2008 – Law Abiding Citizens Vow Crime Spree Over Fencing Regulations

By Georgie Gravel Always, just always, it amazes me how people will move to Venice, attracted by the openness, airy, loose lifestyle, and freedom of expression, and then put up fences to keep all that good stuff out.  I am an innocuous-looking gent that observes, asks questions and listens. Listening is key. Listened to people...
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