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Environment

Bird Totems of Venice: The Cormorant

By Krista Schwimmer I first met the cormorant up close and personal on the same day the Space Shuttle Endeavor flew over Venice Beach. On September 21, 2012, my husband and I had gone out to watch its flight. While we were sitting in the sand beside the ocean, my husband noticed a large, blackish-brown...

ASBESTOS IS POISONING OUR AIR IN VENICE AND MARINA DEL REY WHILE CAL OSHA, AQMD AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY DO NOTHING

By Romero Matzalán (MARINA DEL REY) -780,000 square feet of asbestos-containing material is being demolished with no protection for residents or workers, and no safe removal processes followed as required by California Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) regulation 1403, among others. Workers are seen tearing apart asbestos-laden Transite roof material with their bare hands, cranes...

Bird Totems of Venice: The Pelican

By Krista Schwimmer What a marvel it is, indeed, to witness the effortless glide of the American White Pelican, coasting along Venice, even turning at times to soar with prehistoric presence over Ocean Front Walk itself. Or, say, to witness the plunging, precise dive of the Brown Pelican, falling from as high as 70 feet...

CITIZENS SPEAK TO SAVE TREES – LEND YOUR VOICE! 

By Kris Ellenberg “Venice Dual Force Main” – a New Sewer Line To Be Constructed The October 22 meeting hosted by the City of Los Angeles in the Community Room at Burton Chase Park about the sewer project was a disappointment to residents and environmental advocates who wanted to learn exactly how the project would...

Bird Totems of Venice: The Snowy Egret

By Krista Schwimmer Throughout the world, birds have been revered as gods and goddesses, messengers and teachers, omens and signs. Whole systems of divination have revolved around their movement. They have inspired us to sing, to soar, and to dream. In many indigenous cultures, birds are part of what the Ojibway call, the totem system....

DROUGHT STRATEGY: The Concrete Jungle?

By Laura Shepard Townsend While it is essential that we must all do our best to instigate drought strategies here in Southern California, it seems the answers, especially here in Venice, are bordering on a simplistic formula: the systematic destruction of plantings. Unfortunately this seems to be simultaneous with the destruction of so many of...

It Struck!

By Greta Cobar A rare lightning storm hit Venice on Sunday, July 27, killing one person and injuring 13 others. Nicholas Patrick Fagnano (November 23, 1993 – July 27, 2014) was getting ready to start attending USC, his dream school, in two weeks. “He worked hard these past two years and was so excited to...

Labor and the Environment

By Mark Lipman Righteously, there is outrage over the state of our environment. Whether mountaintop removal for coal in West Virginia, or the dumping of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we all suffer the consequences. The man-made disasters are already too numerous to count, and affect the health of us all, as well as the stability...

ENVIROGATE

By John Davis Many murky deals have come and gone in the Ballona Wetlands, and most of the time the bad players enriched themselves, got away, or are still getting rich at the expense of the public and the environment. The people involved today are Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and a person named...

Monarchs Not Monarchy!

By Krista Schwimmer Throughout time, the butterfly has come to symbolize many things. Serbians claim it is the soul of a witch that one can destroy by turning the witches’ body around while she sleeps. Aztecs associate this wondrous creature with one of their most important deities, Tlaloc, the God of rain, lighting, and thunder....
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