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Jim Smith

Strange Bedfellows: Lieu, Rosendahl and the Pacific Legal Foundation

By Jim Smith Member of the state Assembly and aspiring Attorney General, Colonel Ted Lieu (USAF Reserves) has stuck a dagger in the backs of poor people in Venice. In an attempt to make an end run aground the Coastal Commission’s decision against permit parking and the expulsion from Venice of those forced to live...

In Brief

Environmentalists versus Playa Vista It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over, might have been coined to describe the nearly 30 year fight to preserve the Ballona wetlands. The latest round began Feb. 24 when environmentalists submitted briefs to the Appellate Court alleging that the city of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality...

Plastic Bags, Plastic Oceans, Plastic People

By Jim Smith What’s wrong with plastic bags? First, they are non-biodegradable, meaning they will outlast you, and the way things are going, the entire human race. They can blow away even if you put them in a garbage can. They can end up in a tree, on a fence, or worse, in a storm...

Poetry

Tumbling – Karl Abrams dedicated to the memory of Milton and Bunny Bratton – Kitty Bratton Praise for a lost Woman – hillary kaye Life’s Work – Vecelina Minkovski for Carol Fondiller – R.F. Wagner, Jr. During the campaign – Edward Ferrer Changeling – Jim Smith Prayer – krista schwimmer ————————- Tumbling By Karl Abrams So...

February 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside The Mainstream – John Thomas

By Jim Smith Charles Bukowski – who should know – called John Thomas, “The best unread poet in America. He is the invisible genius of American poetry.” Referring to John Thomas when he died, the London Independent quoted Lawrence Lipton, author of The Holy Barbarians about the Venice Beat “scene,” as follows: How does one...

January 2008 – It’s 2008 – Run For Your Lives

By Jim Smith The new year, 2008, is likely to be a fateful one for all humanity. It may well be the last chance we have to affect climate change without waiting for thousands of years to see the results. Good luck to us all with George Bush and gang running the country. Sad to...
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