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Development/Gentrification

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 – Brooks Avenue Neighbors Fight Subdivision

By Amanda Renner Neighbors on Brooks Avenue have banded together to fight a new development proposed to be built at 720 Brooks Avenue. Nathalie Godts said the two structures would consist of single family residencies, built with two inches between the buildings, standing about 30 feet high and stretching from one end of the property...

July 2008 – What do we see when we look out our window? Are we doomed to see only McSheds and blank walls?

By Fabiola Wright When my husband died more than ten years ago, I raised my two daughters in our house in a quiet part of the Oxford Triangle.  We all loved the back yard. Our house had a big backyard with great trees and bushes. It was our oasis to get away from the rigors...

May 2008 – $1.7 Million Withdrawal From Venice Surplus Property Funds

By Jim Smith The Los Angeles City Council voted on April 8 to take $1.7 million from a Venice trust fund to pay for four projects in the community. $800,000 in Venice funds, in effect, has been transferred to the city of Los Angeles’ General Fund. It was done in a round-about way by using...

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...
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