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Venice Boardwalk sliding back into old flea mkt commercial vending, down into dump

The very same commercial vendors using loopholes or the LAPD ignorning them have returned…in full force..going backwards – yukky venice !

Continue Reading Add a comment May 30, 2012

Venice FrontWalk needs clean up, not an easement to commercial flea’g

Venice Boardwalk sidewalk sales are now being reconsidered but no enforceable or accountable monitors will reduce or restrict awful cheap commercial selling. Venice has lost it’s ART halo and been gored and made a humiliating scene. Letter to Free Venice Beachhead here with questions. A new “draft” looks ‘daft’ instead.

Continue Reading Add a comment August 16, 2011

Ocean Front Walk needs cleanup !

Letter to LA City Council Venice Dist – Arturo Pina – actual disturbances on Venice Boardwalk, illegal commercial selling, threatening bullies and more….. a plea for help

Continue Reading Add a comment August 16, 2011

Thanks-giving was full & generous at SM Civic 2010

A great volunteering experience in times of more poverty but good will of many who can WORK for the few hours showed how resilient and able we as a community still are, especially on holidays when money is scarce but giving is not.

Continue Reading Add a comment December 4, 2010

here is a personalized “our thanksgiving” story….the day after the day after the day….. MY THOUGHTS SHARED WITH YOU TOO….

thanks-giving continues long after the “designated” celebratory date.
dare I share my personal vision, story, life with you on line ?
dare I trust that giving is honored as a sacred action, words offered as a honored shared, stories told as a way to connect once again…and again…and again….

Continue Reading Add a comment December 4, 2010

traffic ticket tricksters- photolites

red light cameras around LA need to be identified and info passed around. Here are maps from LA City. old but ok.

Continue Reading Add a comment March 4, 2010

A venice artist par excellance= and funny too

Good ART in Venice by Joel Harris.

Continue Reading Add a comment February 23, 2010

dismay at our diminishing lives, even in Venice

a rant  here but  this is not  personal nor untrue either…

our dismay at how much is going ‘wrong’ lately that  has affected our otherwise ‘good attitude’ even tho that is not how we are always seen by others…

we went to a Hammer Museum forum coordinated by Ian Masters, also of KPFK,  and 2 experts and authors on our current economy… both of who  m spoke of how we have been robbed by both the fake economists, like the Fed’s hovering & covering his past errors Bernake, and the “Billionaire Bailout Society’s” ploys and bailouts. We also attended another UCLA panel with Michael Lind and Harold Myerson,  both of whom also spoke  about how corporations have taken over what before 1970’s government accomplished itself in  direct actions …instead of farming & outsourcing so much of what is ‘government’s work and duties’.

so privatized corporation-psuedo-government hand-outs  are given ‘incentive’  bribes  &  their subsidies to do the work that our govt ‘cannot or will not’ do any more,  now putting  our employees to work under for-profit corporate businesses … instead of giving  those shareholder taken  profits [called dividends ‘earned’] and the management  receiving bonuses and high “earnings” in compensation….in other words, those corps profits  are not given to employees of the US or state or local governments, which is ours, the people’s business. It is outside of even our govt’s supervision  or oversight, and not always with the required lawful bidding processes either.

Thus the privatized businesses  are not made known to “the people’ so that most of this outsourcing  just  looks like it is being done by us with-taxpayer-paid-for-money, for work by what we think is  our-government, for us as a nation state. However what happens is much  is done instead by others’ outside hired as contractors, as privatized work  – and with paid subsidies to assist their costs & accomplishments,  on top of their other gains.

While these private sources, corporations, start to claim more efficiency,  later results prove when studied  that often the run-over, do not meet the same standards as ‘govt work’, or did not plan fully or well.

Then the costs that  are also included but not counted in the totals are the “incentives” they receive as extras, the reimbursement to lobbyists to get that work that is paid for sure, the special subsidies and allowances that help them when they get into trouble or are not timely, the studies they are using to prove their worth,  and the  facilities they use and charge back to OUR govt,… all of which is US, taxpayer subsidized as “part of our govt”… all. But it is not. It is Private Corporations. Contractors. Subsidized Businesses.

The debt that we abhor is used to help pay these outsourced privatized corporations to do ‘our business’.

and thus it costs more in their  take over of everything we think is “ours” as in Our-government belongs-to-us … The prevailing  policy is one that hollows out what could have been OURS before .

before the 1970’s we had a govt that did something more than pass on everything, our taxes, jobs, and benefits…as these also are ‘contractors’ who  then go global elsewhere with their gains or are owned by other nations posing as-if they were American and keeping their gains in this country too. They don’t always. And forget to tell us this also.
very disheartening info, but real , believable,

and the illusion of power and effectiveness that any voting “people” have has been seriously diminished and dented    by realizing all this good info is not only true but knowing it does not mean  we have any more ability to make changes on those who act like they own the store… our representatives who also hide from us the information that was is given ‘outside’ their purview is represented as if it were “our government” working for “the people”, of course…

and the taxpayers do not know what is going on..still…even now…

see also a recent book” The Gamble ‘: Tomas Ricks talks about the military not revealing what is occurring with our tax dollars and the costs of what those ‘wars’ are ruining us there too,  while we are worrying about our daily lives here  ’at home’.

not that we are  giving up

but that the realization of how-bad-it-actually-is…

on top of so many who have already lost  significant value in their savings thru no actions of their own,

thru banks that bailouts helped and they that have received monies owed to the people to help them thru unemployment and reduced wages and loss of middle class income levels…

so it not ok… not just down here on the beach…

with increased  the fear of homelessness, and diminished ability to be self-sufficient by those who have been so far most of their lives.

Also reported to us again, is that the current  president was campaign financed by Wall St and not as much by the individual small donations, which was the advertised version of his financial success…and it was noted how much higher than before  that campaign cost ..cost whom ? where does that Wall Street Money come from initially ? which is also why he then  hired as staff the same people who benefited  from the bailouts they  also encouraged and controlled… bailouts that were not agreed to by 70% of the American People, who don’t count for  anything  anyhow apparently. Opinions and polls are easily ignored when inconvenient to the greedy power-holders wealthy ones.
That the banks are gambling  with people’s money they are to hold and securely balance….and are withholding their loan money for the top tiers of the wealthy that  include the derivative and hedge funders – who are still now unregulated in any way – and who are betting against those they lent their same money to, i.e. the also-greedy-gambling prior  mortgage holders assuming they would get richer by owning a house than not.
That the financial instruments that  the clever people “invented” which our govt claims are ‘confusing’ and cant be understood by our economists [huh???]  are not only not regulated – but if not ‘understood’ or so they say, by those who are suppose to protect US, THE USA Population, ALL OF US DOWN HERE AT THE 80% LIVING IN USA LEVEL, how is that possible ?  Are these also profiteer privatized psuedo-governmental [like maybe the “Federal Bank” that is not federal government but has privileges that are equivalent like printing money, setting interest rates, etc. ]  that these do not do more than enrich themselves on our stupidity and helplessness.

and we think as voters we are part of this government, that is outsourced with more powers than our own voted representatives ? huh ?

sound bad ?
yes,
and we believe all this. having heard it more than once from well educated experts who tell us what we ‘want to know’ and yet then her they nor we don’t know what else to do about it…

can we have “our government” back or is it already so sold that is not ours at all to claim or demand, even if we do vote ? Have we been sold out?

Then we saw  a woman at Hammer Museum who believed in repeating her activism  from the 60’s  as was ranting about going back to do what the SDS did then…wanting to do with the lists used for 13 million Obama supporters used to put him up there and get those people to now act differently than just voting him in office….

She wanted the same old tricks that did not work so perfectly before and don’t work especially now.  A solution is to repeat the past ? Vietnam and 1960’s is no longer here now.

We disagreed with her and she stomped off with our  challenging her  way to solution.  The prior way of walking in large numbers to protest and be seen on TV for 30 seconds?  This is now futile, as proven by the repeated parades and walks we all have taken against Iraq war for last 8 years. To no avail. Afghanistan war now replacing the prior version, with the same PR.

so what now?

We are telling you all this because we are knowing and admitting how bad things are and how little “hope” we  have in telling the truth as we can  know it. We don’t even WANT to know how we have been deceived and are still stolen from, lied to, treated as peon fools that will accept whatever sales games ‘our govt’ plays with our lands and monies.

This is Not to be  reassured. Not to pull you down. Not to say you are not working for change and trying your best. But because when the realization hit  us  harder at the UCLA talk, we voiced a question that we did not understand, that emerged vehemently urgently loudly out ….the utter dismay and disappointment at how the “American people’ are treated as if  we are just stupid, ignorant, following every paid commercial political move, and manipulated by every banker/ mortgage scheme/ credit card seller/ and political candidate. “the american people” as complicit and allowing by passive agreement to be lied to, stolen from, outsourced and still called “the american people’s land” as Americans.

if we are all ineffective people, is America doomed to become just another feudal state ?

Is the ‘freedom’ only a pretense, just the illusion that we can buy our way into any equality that is not actual  in real-life –  but looks good on flyers, in commercial ads,  in political speeches and a way to say  that “other nations are not as good as we are”….just because other nation govts  have  more repression with violence ?

yes, we are Superior in many  better living standard ways … and we have less overt violence and authoritarian rulers too…. but what does our freedom do for us besides provide the illusion we can change what  and who is running our own country ? And owning our resources ? And getting way ahead of ‘the people” in almost all ways and more so all the time.

who do we trust now ?

(c) 2010 wowisvenice

Add a comment February 10, 2010

up for new members now – run !

info found at this site and repeating info here for all to join, run, get elected and help save OUR VENICE please !
http://www.venicenc.org/

Continue Reading Add a comment January 27, 2010

A Venice Poet writes:

Poetry in Venice, seen here too.
Sponto’s and fishing are themes chosen by Rex

Continue Reading 2 comments January 27, 2010

Thanksgiving feast called ‘Feed the Beach’ in Venice 2009

 “The Fruit Gallery on Westminster Avenue organized the community-involved 3rd Annual Thanksgiving “Feed the Beach” on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2009.

200 volunteers served turkey with all the trimmings, desserts & beverages. Other volunteers did clean up, made and held signeage, brought donations, and helped out in caring ways. 

 There was also a free clothing table and talented guitar musical  accompanyments to the generous and ample food serving.

[our comment sent to the SM Mirror newspaper is below:]

 “This was a fabulous event, from the home cooked special generously shared foods to the sweet presence of each volunteer who was courteous and helpful to all. We had a great time working, eating, talking, staring, wanting “more” and knowing when to stop eating the delicious feast goodies.

The organizers were kind and worked hard, and the list of participants who also donated food or some money for permits is on their website. All deserve commendations and appreciation, including the SM Mirror photographer, Margaret, who seemed to take it all in with a huge smile of her own.

over 700 people partook of the feasting, mostly homeless or home-free, or van-car-living ones came and it all  felt like part of the Real  Venice community,  [as it was years before the disparateness and flea market encroachment has shifted the place and it’s people and attitudes therein].

This excellent Day of Giving and feasting was a brief but healthy example of how Venice can be, a place of sharing, caring and artistic living.”

The organizers – James and Nina Merced – wrote a prompt thank you to all who helped them, tho they did the majority of the heft  of lifting up others to join them..and made the whole scene magically work effectively and smoothly.   They had over 200 volunteers and plenty  enough food to extend the event from 2 to 3 constant food-serving hours. 

700+ hungry people were fed , but most importantly they “were able to feed and nourish the souls of many. ”

In addition,to the  200 plus volunteers, Nina and James said : ” please know that your contributions no matter how small or big really served its purpose and everyone should feel very proud of themselves for a job well done. Every last tray of food was served, every dish washed, every piece of trash picked up, every table wiped down and every last trash bag taken out.”

They also again acknowledged the generosity of the  the Rotary Club of Venice, who have partnered with them for the past three years and made Feed the Beach a tradition.  There were others who also donated food, cooked food in small or larger portions and brought them down to the site on Westminster Ave by the Boardwalk to share with everyone there.  A few donated cash for permits and insurance. Others donated other items. All was done without publicity or promotion of the donors, which is unusual in this day and age of overriding promos everywhere overriding the beauty of    just GIVING.

This was a great example, the 4th year and growing, of how a small set of dedicated and loving people can expand and give so much more TOGETHER with others to those who have much less, at least once per year, at the time when Thanks is given not for food or presents but for our being able to come together and be PRESENT TOGETHER, strangers, and friends, families and loners, heavy backpacked or just strolling thru…Venice.

May we all do similar and more of these gatherings where sharing is more important than taking and where being together is more than just the eating of good food.

(c) veniceactivist 2009

Rotary Club Of Venice  gave  $1300 in 26 complete turkey dinners

Add a comment December 5, 2009

Venice is becoming meaner now….

Beware of those people who are stressed and maybe reacting to the economic downturns by venting their angers on strangers…those strolling thru the Ocean Front Boardwalk or elsewhere.

Most pedestrians walking the Boardwalk are curious, interesting, on a cheap family outing, or wanting to buy at the street Flea Market near the sand. But a few have become more out-of-control  lately seeking anyone to scapegoat and vent their personal anger upon.

Do NOT BE AFRAID, but notice that what was a leisurely if unusual crowd has lately, this October-November 2009 times and perhaps longer, become less friendly or trustworthy.

In these last 2 months we have seen a man sitting a bench be hit on the head with a drum stick by another homeless man.  An elder woman was sitting and another woman threw her purse at her, causing bruises and bent eyeglasses. These were unprovoked attacks and resulted in only minor injuries.

As there is little police patrol or protection, that means no one is preventing or observing the ones that have mental problems, emotional excesses, and disguised anger that explodes unexpected. It is not often, but more than Venice has exhibited during daylight hours on the Ocean Front Walk.

The meanness of the re-sale vendors contributes to the worse atmosphere as there is an ugly greedyness and harsh competition for selling their junk wares on a free spot on the Boardwalk. They often fight amongst themselves and some criminal activity has been noted amongst them also.

The original artists and free-speech tables on the Walk have been pushed out and what mainly remains are the cheap commercial re-sale vendors who buy junk wholesale to resale w/o any accountability to the city or tax authorities.

The old pleasures of musicians, artists, good conversations and discussions about politics, the moon & sun, and condition of the world have been excised out by the poor local LA City Council ordinances that set up a lottery system for re-sale vendors to profit from no-rent open-view spaces on the Walk. A few of these are decent folk, a lot are not, unfortunately the majority can no longer claim any relationship to the reputation that made Venice fun, arty and valuable. Commercialism and sales reign now.

The homeless abound, many begging for marijuana or change or cigarettes. Most are not dangerous to the public but constitute a nuisance when asserting their begging rights on all who walk by. Others are house-less but live in vans and RVs and shelters. Many are good folks just like any one else. A few are busy with their alcoholic or narcotic pursuits and lifestyles. They are not often dangerous, but some can be.

The Vemice Boardwalk has been a community of performers, artists, citizens, working class people, with a few tourists that came by. It has changed, radically and not for the better.

Come to see for yourself. Let us know what you find. What you like. What you dont like. What you think. What you want to do to help improve it. How you remember it before or imagined it to be. The reputation is now an illusion as Venice CA is no longer a fun pleasant place to visit, unless  you are willing to protect yourself from the few angry and cruel ones that are there too.

Do not let Venice turn into another beach bum town with no improving qualities or possibility of being what everyone loved so much before. Let Venice be the Art Community it has been and can be still, again.

 

 

 

 

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