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25 Years Ago in Venice

Dear Venice, Towards Cityhood, With Ruth on our side?, Poetry, Up for Grabs Again, Free Venice Now and Then

30 Years Ago in Venice

Million Dollar Venice Ripoff, Letters, PFP Locals Enter City Fray, 70 Years In Venice : Temple Mishkon Tephilo's Big Celebration, L.A. Peace Directory, How Venice Voted, Community Events

35 Years Ago in Venice

Venice : 1914 -1916 : Part 1 : Big $$$ Back When, Low Down On Low Cost Housing, Letters, Meeting, Meetings, Everywhere, Neighborhood News, Eating Radioactive : A Navaho Nightmare, A Year For The Environment, Shrinks For Pot, Vieques Island, Puetro Rico : U.S. Navy Out!, Puertoriqueno 4 in L.A., Govt. Moves to Expedite D.C. Railroad, Mobilization For Survival, Boardwalk Beat, Community Events

40 Years Ago in Venice

Letter to the Anonyous Fool, Helistop on Hold, Venice Town Council News, Citizen's Adivsory Committee, Community Showcase, And The War Goes On, And On, And On..., Plastics May Be Hazardous To Your Health, Population, SB-95 Politicos Ponder Pot, Guess Who Didn't Pay Any Federal Taxes?, Lobotomy: The Battle Of The Brain, Canal Presentation, Rent Rumbles, Comix: Whizzy Lumpy

45 Years Ago in Venice

Declaration of Free Venice / Peace collage, Venice PFP Reports, Rebirth of the Boy's Club, Support Beachhead Patrons, City Hall Invades Venice, Venice Defense Committee organizes against police marijuana bust, 1970 Anarchist Revolutionary Calendar


46 Years Ago in Venice

Editorial : Repeating Destruction of Ocean Park : City Planning Department, Venice Residents Win Delay, The Course of Human Events,The Sea, Book Review : All Things Common, The Sane Society, Legal Services, Venice & The Master's Plan : Proposed Venice Community Plan

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Yikes, take a look at unequal income distribution in the United States.

Historic Post Offices and Murals
in jeopardy around the country.

We Want Our
Post Office Back!

New court petition keeps our case alive. Read our Brief here. More information below.

Carol Fondiller Memorial Issue

February 2005
10 Years Ago in Venice

POST OFFICE SELLS US OUT: Agrees to ONLY Six Days a Year for Public Access to our mural, "The Story of Venice," by noted artist Edward Biberman.


Now we know why it took a Freedom of Information filing to get a copy of the agreement between the USPS and Joel Silver, AKA Ag Media Properties, LLC.

**Read it and weep (see page 6)**

What's our next move, Venice?


Sacred Places (including our Post Office)

There are sacred places in the woods
first recognized by the Tongva people
and revered to this day.

And who would not stand in awe of a mountain spring
or a mighty rock thrusting towards heaven
amid the woodland silence, and the subtle sounds.

The sacred is where you find it.
Here in Venice, the hidden Redwoods,
Japanese gardens and impossible flowers.

And walking toward the center, the Circle,
there is a Temple on a rise of ground,
Inside is a space like the Greeks once knew.

In ancient times they looked up in awe at the mighty Apollo,
or the wise Athena, until their calm places 
were pulled down by Barbarians, blind to the sacred.

Inside our Post Office, the deified Abbot looks down
and watches us through the journeys of our lives
as we embrace the Sacred, or turn away.

And now we face the loss of our holy place
Where joy and sorry were carried in a letter
as the new Barbarians pull down our temple.

-Jim Smith