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Roger Linnett

“Four In the Morning” – The Video

Last month’s wonderful pre-dawn ballet of Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter was at best difficult to see for most of us city dwellers. If you would like to see a day by day simulation of the entire month of May’s celestial flash mob, google: “The four planet dance of 2011” (with quotes), which will get you to a...

Bumpy Ride on the Roadmap to Homes

By Roger Linnett On April 19, The VNC held a special meeting at Westminster School for the sole purpose of voting on Councilman Rosendahl’s proposal to use part of the Penmar Golf Course’s parking lot as the third leg in his “Roadmap to Homes” pilot program. After Councilman Rosendahl gave a short introduction, his chief...

4 O’Clock in the Morning

By Roger Linnett This month serves up a sweet little visual treat for our enjoyment; 4 of the 5 planets visible with the naked-eye will all rise together in the eastern pre-dawn sky. Plus we’re going to encounter a meteor shower, those fiery, cosmic sprinkles, which peaks the first week of the month, and for the metaphorical cherry on top...

Henrietta Leavitt – Surveyor to the Stars

By Roger Linnett Henrietta Swan Leavitt’s contribution to astronomy is acknowledged as one of the most significant of the 20th century, but, as is typical of women in science in this country, her name elicits only blank stares and shrugged shoulders. Born in Lawrence, MA., in 1868, she enrolled in Oberlin College in Ohio in...

Politicians and Papers: Are They Above Suspicion?

By Roger Linnett and Jim Smith Was it a quid pro quo, hanky panky or just coincidence that put Bill Rosendahl on the cover of the Marina del Rey Argonaut the week after that newspaper ran a full-page ad taken out by the Half-Marathon organizers at the Councilmember’s recommendation? It was all on the up and...

Murals Under Attack

By Roger Linnett ‘this world is but a canvas to our imagination.”  – Henry David Thoreau As anyone who has visited the Venice Beach Public Art Walls next to the Skate Park can tell you, ‘street art” and wall mural painting is a vibrant art form in L.A. Saturday, Dec.11 a new exhibition, ‘the Constraint...

Health Care in 2011

By Roger Linnett The following is part of a continuing series, summarizing the benefits that will go into effect in 2011 as part of the Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010. The first article appeared in the September, 2010, issue. Unless otherwise noted, benefits take effect as of Jan. 1....

Venetian May Be Pardoned in Florida

Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist is considering pardoning The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, posthumously, for his 1969 conviction for exposure and profanity during a now infamous concert in Miami. Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, in 1943. He died in Paris in 1971, while his appeal was still pending. Pardons in Florida must go through the Board of...

Oversized Vehicles Banned by City Council

By Roger Linnett On Nov. 17, an Oversized Parking Ordinance passed unanimously in the L. A. City Council, 13-0, banning oversized vehicles — those that are 7 feet high and/or 22 feet long — from parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. within the area bounded by Lincoln Blvd., Washington Blvd., Ocean Front Walk and the border with...

Deconstructing the Current Tax Cut Squabble

By Roger Linnett The Bush-era tax cuts are about to expire, as they were designed to, at the end of 2010. President Obama has proposed extending the current tax rates only for individuals making $200,000 or less, or families making $250,000 or less. The main effect will be to reinstate the maximum marginal pre-Bush tax...
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