Venice Beach Boardwalk Businesses have flowerbeds
like the above London bar?
fulfilled its promised in July 2000, and all of the
600 plus Palm Trees from Washington Blvd. to Navy
Street are trimmed and shaved. Hooray!
city of Los Angeles promised to trim the palm trees
along the Venice Beach Boardwalk during the fiscal
year beginning July 1, 1999. When they made the promise,
the city trimmed approximately 100 trees as a good
faith measure, promising to trim the other 500 in
the first month of the new fiscal year. Those 500
palms have NOT been trimmed. Yet again, the politicians
have proven themselves to be liars filled with little
more than political rhetoric.
I have not forgotten the promise and I will make the
homeless couple helped me paint swing sets and slides
in Venice Beach, CA as part of my clean up effort
for this summer.
"Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach
a man to fish, he will
eat for a lifetime."
do we give food to the homeless rather that teach
them a skill? Doesn't this just perpetuate their homelessness?
If we really care, why don't we take them into our
Officer Brent Honore conducting business on the
Venice Beach Beat. He appeared on The Discovery Channel's
special about the L.A.P.D.'s Venice Beach Patrol Thursday,
By the way, I'm surprised Los Angeles Police Chief
Bernard Parks allows selective enforcement of law
in Venice Beach. Clearly, in the Discovery news story,
some homeless are allowed to camp on Venice Beach
not. Favoritism? Discrimination? This is not right
or legal, according
to the law. I know it's a tough job being a peace
officer but please
apply the same law consistently. If not, it is time
to change the law.
On the Discovery program it was reported that there
are more than 3000 homeless living here on Venice
Beach. There may be 150 at the most. During the holiday
feedings, at most, we get 1000 "homeless",
in reality, many are the working poor. I live here
and I know the majority of the homeless. Why the exaggeration?
Who can I sue for defamation of the character of Venice
Beach? Venice Beach
is a community based on tourism. This kind of misinformation
hurts our reputation and the businesses of this community.
In other ways, the city worsens the problem rather
than helps. Just
Saturday, I saw a young lady, a street artist, selling
her art. She
paints light bulbs with rainbow colors and designs.
They're beautiful.From this, she makes her livelihood.
She is not wealthy by any means, yet, her only source
of income is taken away from her by the law. A Venice
Beach L.A.P.D. officer cringed as he told her that
the City Attorney said she could no longer sell her
art here. She was allowed to finish out the day.
By the way, where are the Jewish and Christian organizations
these homeless into their homes and care for them,
Angeles Parking Tickets
system needs to change. Talk about inconsistency.
of all, Venice Beach is a difficult place to find
the Los Angeles Parking Enforcement gives parking
tickets even on private property.
that is SOMETIMES. Like the Grim Reaper, you never
know whether they'll issue you a ticket or not.
fighting the ticket is a monumental task. The city
has the system rigged so that it is nearly impossible
to lodge your complaint.
the rules and regulations to challenge a moving traffic
violation are clear, the city makes it as frustrating
as possible to challenge the ordinary parking
Although, my cap is off to L.A.'s Department of Transportation
for posting most of the street signs I had requested,
there are two more areas where we need additional
Brooks Avenue, we need a "Stop Ahead" street
marking sign. Every year tourists, making their way
through the alleys of Venice Beach in search of parking,
get cited for failing to stop at Brooks and Speedway.
Let's fix the problem rather than ruin a tourist's
day with a ticket.
location is at Clubhouse and Speedway. If not a loading
zone, paint the over the yellow with gray, otherwise
post a loading zone sign. If not a loading zone, paint
the yellow over with gray. Otherwise post a loading
zone sign. At least, make it clear.
you ever felt like supporting your city by volunteering
your time in a city task force or city-run community
project? If so, think again.Your payment may be the
smearing of your name in the local newspaper. It happened
to me, thanks to the city of Los Angeles.
I'm almost solely responsible for cleaning up Venice
Beach this summer. For example, I'm responsible for
the three flags flying at the Venice Beach Pavilion,
but even that incited a major battle with the city.
Can you imagine? A war over three flags. Eventually
the city won by
changing the padlocks to which they had provided me
the keys just months before.
did this to foil my efforts to hoist three additional
flags: the UN, LA County and Venice Beach flags. I
was trying to develop community spirit with the flags:
UN, for all our foreign visitors, US for all the visitors
from other states, CA. for the citizens of California,
County, for County residents, City, for city residents,
and finally the Venice Flag for the community residents.
Yet, our community pride has again been eclipsed by
our local politicians. It's a divide and conquer attitude.
Our local politicians slapped us in the face, and
prohibited us from flying our own flags in
our own community. This childish game may have doomed
Venice Beach back
Maybe Venice Beach should think about succession,
just like the Valley.
Communities who feel they're being shafted by the
city of Los Angeles.
Whatever happens, it has become clear to me that local
government in L.A. is certainly NOT for the people,
by the people...
Grim Reaper has struck again in Venice Beach. This
past weekend it was the light bulb artists. Who will
it be next? There seems to be at least one target
every weekend since June 6th. Not only do the artists
suffer duress under the new policy, but the Venice
Beach Police Patrol is placed in an uncomfortable
position when forced to take away what is the sole
source of income from many of these beach artists.Who
is behind the Grim Reaper's mask?
suggested developing a system similar to Portland's
Saturday Market in Portland, OR. here in Venice Beach
to develop a win-win outcome for merchants, street
artists, residents and tourists. I gave the
template to my councilwoman's office over a year ago,
apparently, its only outcome was to fall on deaf ears.
Rapper Dr. Geek
My Mom hangs out with one of the local street performers
in Venice Beach, CA. Hey, Mom, remember you're married!
a representative from Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth
Galanter's Office called me at home and left a nasty
the words they left on my answering machine, I discovered
the "F" word.
was a tape answering machine. Tapes didn't bode well
for Linda Tripp, Monica Lewinsky or President Clinton.
What about Ruth Galanter?
I, a local citizen, be berated in this way by my elected
did more good for my Venice Beach community in the
past year than our representative had done for years.
I was making her look bad.
any case, neither the office representative nor the
Councilwoman called and apologized for the use of
vulgar language. Nor did they write a letter of apology.
do you think they should do?