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California Coastal Commission's Decision to Demolish 8 Homes Demoralizes Venice

By Krista Schwimmer The superstitious believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. One reason is because King Philip IV ordered Jacques de Molay and theFrench Templars to be simultaneously arrested on a Friday the 13th in1307. Many Templars were then tortured and executed, including their leader, Jacques de Molay. Although the King claimed...

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...

Open Letter About Public Urination, Stuff on Sidewalks … and Parking

By Deborah Lashever If you are concerned with the urination and defecation in your neighborhood, lobby Bonin to install more public restrooms! Do you realize that we have 16 million visitors a year and about 20 public restrooms – that all close in the early evening and open at 8 am? Not one public restroom...

Open Letter to Councilman Mike Bonin

By Mark Lipman As you have stated on several occasion, homelessness is a very important issue that you want to help find a solution to. To that, I would like to bring to your attention that today, a friend (who I shall not name) and long time Venice resident has become homeless and tonight will...

1414 MAIN TOO MUCH FOR LUPC!

By Krista Schwimmer As California experiences one of its worst droughts in over 156 years, creating dangerous conditions for wildfires, a different kind of fire is burning in the neighborhoods of Venice. This fire is kindled by avarice and arrogance. This fire is driven by rapid, sometimes rogue, real estate development. Whether the development project...

Nightmare On 1414 Main Street

By Krista Schwimmer There is a storm brewing in Venice, blown in by the winds of change. Some say these winds originated from a statement made in Gentleman’s Quarterly, calling Abbot Kinney Boulevard the coolest street in the United States. Some say these winds arose when the titan, Google, landed in town. Wherever they come...

Why I Prefer Gangsters Over Yuppies

By Rene Kraus My buddies and I have been meeting every morning at the local coffee house, from what I can remember, since the mid 90s. It’s a good way to start your day. Most of the time we  discuss world affairs for 20 minutes a pop, before we move on to one of  the...

Emergency Services: Enabling Life

By Peggy Lee Kennedy There has been an upsurge of homeless deaths reported this winter, especially with the recent cold snap we had in November and December.  There should be distress and horror regarding this happening here in Los Angeles, but not surprise. Los Angeles has for years carried the shame of being the Homeless...

Cruel, Unnecessary, Illegal and Immoral Harassment of the Houseless by LAPD

By Brian Connely On the streets between Venice and Santa Monica, the LAPD handed out twenty $160 tickets to homeless individuals the other night. Their crime? Where they’re going to sleep that night. It’s against the law to place a sleeping bag, etc., down on a Los Angeles sidewalk before 9:00 p.m. No camping. A...

ventures on the way

by bETO “I’ve laid around and played around this old town to long. summer all most gone and winters moving on.” by Bill Monroe I love Southern California but Venice, my lovely Venice: the last refuge of innocence, is home. A few months ago as the crow fly’s, the friends next door had their house...
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