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Krista Schwimmer

Z Budapest: Feminist Witch Who Fights Back

By Krista Schwimmer The history of Venice is full of rebels, revolutionaries, dreamers, and even witches. One such witch is Zsuzsanna, or Z Budapest. Some Venetians may remember her for her shop, “The Feminist Wicca” on 442 Lincoln Boulevard. Others, for her arrest and trial for the simple act of fortunetelling there. In 1970, along...

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...

Front Porches or Fortresses: You Decide

By Krista Schwimmer As the fast-paced, inappropriate and illegal development of Venice continues its rush towards infamy, a symbol of community and connection is being eroded from Venice forever: the front porch. Once a place where people could meet each other naturally, the loss of the porch first began with the increased height of fences....

“Perceptions of Improprieties” Halt 320 Sunset

By Krista Schwimmer In one of her last acts as the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) President, Linda Lucks opened the May 7 Land Use and Planning (LUPC) meeting by pulling the controversial 320 Sunset Avenue project off the agenda. Citing “perceptions of impropriety” as the reason, Lucks said the project would go directly to the...

Stopping Hyper-gentrification, One Conversation at a Time

By Krista Schwimmer Across the nation, individuals and communities are gathering to talk about one thing: the tsunami wave of hyper-gentrification. This newest form of gentrification is gutting old communities, particularly minority and working class communities. These homes are often replaced by out-of-character, massive structures, or what Venice resident Laddie Williams calls “BUBs” – Big...

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....

VNC to Teague: 1414 Main Offensive, Not the Neighborhood

By Krista Schwimmer Across the country, a deadly force is destroying the character of neighborhoods forever. Jeremiah Moss, author of the blog, “Vanishing New York”, calls it “hyper-gentrification.” Grandchild to gentrification, Moss bemoans that this 3rd wave “is bigger, faster and meaner than its parent. It is also sicker, a sociopathic system with no compassion.”...

Nightmare on 1414 Main Street to be Heard at Next VNC Meeting!

By Krista Schwimmer The fight against Jason Teague and his nightmare, colossal development, called 1414 Main Street, is not over. Mark your calendars for what will no doubt be another community record turnout. The LUPC motion, rejecting the project, will be put to vote at the next Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 18,...

758 Sunset Avenue Project: Twice Defeated – But the Fox Still Circles the Hen house

By Krista Schwimmer The voices of Venice are many and diverse. In the recent years of gentrification, however, they have often been stifled or unheard. There are times, however, when a single voice delivers the sentiment of all those voices not being heard. At the February 5th, Land Use and Planning Committee meeting, Lydia Ponce,...

Abbot Kinney Boutique Hotel: the Devil You Know

By Krista Schwimmer During a period in America’s history, when families and individuals are still reeling from the loss of homes, when the economy has not fully recovered, and the divide between the rich and the poor is still growing, a major hotel development project along Abbot Kinney Boulevard was narrowly given the green light...
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