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Human Rights/Constitution

Invasion of the Afflu-Hip

This is a reprint from the December 1974 edition Washington Blvd. was renamed Abbot Kinney Blvd. in 1990 By Carol Fondiller About a year ago at a meeting between the affluent residents of the peninsula and the not-so-affluent residents of North Beach, a resident of the Peninsula looked at me with wide eyes. Walter Keane...

Do Not Co-operate With Organized Crime

This is a reprint from the May 1969 edition By John Haag On Sunday, April 20, the Los Angeles Police Department commanded locally by Captain Robert Sillings and Lt. Allen Archbold planned and executed a vicious attack on the Venice Ocean Front community. Scores of men and women, young and old,were beaten by L.A. police...

The "Cleaning Up" of Venice

By Deborah Lashever If we wish to honestly “clean up” Venice we need an expanded storage program, an adequate number of trash cans and 24/7 bathrooms. The current city program of criminalizing unhoused people does not solve anything and wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Cleaning up” cannot and should not equal criminalization. That is...

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...

Have a Hunger to Help? Join the People's Potluck

By Mike Chamness Food relief services in Venice have always been stretched and heavily dependent on volunteer organizations or relief groups with few funds. Food costs can get pretty expensive for relief groups and coordinating ongoing meal service on a regular basis can be complicated, but the need to get food to the hungry has...

"Homeless Bill of Rights' Right to Rest Bill" Seeks to Enact State Protections

All people should be permitted to occupy and utilize public spaces, regardless of their housing status. Further- more, some civil and human rights that are amply protected for people who have a home, have not been defined and applied in a way to equally protect people who do not have a home. The “#HBOR Right...

Kidnapping in Venice

The baby cried and cried and cried. The baby and her sister had been swept up by Children’s Services – so her mother had been declared “unfit” – “accused of neglect” because, while she had gotten a restraining order, she hadn’t gotten it as quick as they thought she should. She had missed some appointments...

Watch Out: Cameras Are Recording You; Bollards Won't Save You

By Greta Cobar A lifeguard driving an L.A. County truck accidentally ran over a sunbather on September 15 at 4:25 pm near the intersection of Ocean Front Walk and Venice Blvd. Twenty-five year old Loraine Bermudez of Whittier suffered fractures and internal injuries, and was immediately transported to a hospital. Her injuries are not life-threatening....

Occupy Film Series Kicks Off Season

By Krista Schwimmer Did you know that the first S.W.A.T. Team was created in Los Angeles in 1966? Or that you are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer then by a terrorist attack? That the origins of the police department stem from slave and Native American patrols? These facts, and...

Boardwalk Beating: “Worse Than Rodney King”

By Krista Schwimmer Throughout the country, numerous cases of police brutality are bringing communities together in both explosive and peaceful ways. The most recent case is the killing of 18 year old, African-American Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot down by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of this teen led to rioting...
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