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Environment

Munchimonster

Munchimonster teaches kids about health and sustainability. He loves organic veggies and reusable water canteens. He built his own treehouse and compost bin! The Kruddys eat processed foods, ( krud grub ). It makes them mischievous and un-healthy. And their krud grub litter makes our Earth very unpredictable! Munchimonster uses his Munchi-Power to save the...

A Tree Grows In Venice

by Krista Schwimmer (with thanks to Suzy Williams for suggesting this topic)      When I was only four years old, I wrote my first verse. More like a Mother Goose rhyme, it goes like this: Flowers die, Bluebirds sing, Trees walk around like everything.      Even today, I wonder why I wrote that...

A High-Tech Squeeze and Gridlock at OFW and Sunset Threaten to Take Venice Down

By John Stein An office building for general and internet technology uses has been proposed for 601 Ocean Front Walk (OFW) at Sunset Avenue. It would have 22,738sf of office space on second and third floors, 5254sf of retail across the front at OFW ground level with parking behind, and two more levels of subterranean...

Lagoon Killers

By John Davis The L.A. County Board of Supervisors are on a rampage. They want to wipe out the natural virtues of natural coastal environments, replacing them with sterile flood control projects. First, the County supported California State Parks as it went after Malibu Lagoon; surfer Athena N. Shlien witnessed it. “As far as I...

Oil Spill Reaches Venice

Environmental disaster from the May 20 Santa Barbara oil spill has reached Venice. The ruptured 24-inch pipeline, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spilled 105,000 gallons of crude oil, some of which made it to Venice and beyond. All photos on this page taken on the beach in Venice. Above photos by: Ray Rae Above...

Tree Massacre at Oxford Lagoon

By Charlotte Purein On December 31, 2014, 650 trees were sawed to the ground at the Oxford Lagoon. The 94-space city parking lot that borders the Oxford Lagoon is slated as the building site for 114 units (none of them affordable), and 3600 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. The style is ‘Bernie Madoff meets Jersey Shore’, with a water (lagoon)...

Sewer Project Broken

By John Davis City Councilperson Mike Bonin and County Supervisor Don Knabe should be greatly concerned about the proposed Sewer Main Project in Venice and Marina del Rey. Both the City and County ignored the federal interest. Both concealed known public safety issues that remain unaddressed. The City authorized an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in...

Bird Totems of Venice: The Gull

By Krista Schwimmer If there is one seabird that defines a shoreline, it is the gull. Prolific, noisy, pesky and personable, the gull appears in a variety of cultures as hero, trickster, or villain. Sailors say it is unlucky to kill a gull as it could be the soul of a dead sailor returned. Native...

Bird Totems of Venice: The American Coot

By Krista Schwimmer Winter is one of my favorite times to walk along the beach or to hang out on the Venice Pier. The light that reflects back from the ocean waters is often so dream like that I find myself wanting only to spend more and more time simply gazing, an ancient soothsayer scanning...

The Christmas Massacre of Trees – 2014 – Oxford

By Marcia Hanscom Most people in Los Angeles remember the huge public outcry in December, 2012, when the US Army Corps of Engineers decided to bulldoze a portion of the Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve in order to “restore” it. LA City Councilmembers expressed outrage, as did CA Senator Fran Pavley; and the LA Regional Water Quality...
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