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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Comments– 19 January 2013

Linda L, president of Venice Neighborhood Council …
I understand that the mural ordinance did not yet pass at City Council. It passed the PLUM Committee (Planning and Land Use).  At the last VNC meeting we voted to approve the ordinance with some amendments. More were added this week, so the committee is hearing them again as Emily Winters submitted an agenda item to reconsider the motion. That’s what I know.

Orren H of Thatcher ...
The wires are an eruv which allows the Rabbi to carry items from his home to the Chabad on Sabbath.

Helen S of  Ocean Front Walk area …
OMG, Thank you so much for the news about John and Micah (John told me his name was Mateo…)!!!!!! What a nice man he is. I am thrilled to know he’s got a roof over his head. After my dog died in November, I gave John leftover food, etc. for his cute doggie. I haven’t seen him since before Christmas and I was hoping he had found a home. What awesome news!!!!! 🙂
Comment:  Helen is correct.  The pup’s name was Mateo.

Marilyn R of walk streets north of Washington …
Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do.
Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Halfway through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s web site,
This product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.
Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey’s, and they claim that “It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat it.” *Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman’s Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called ‘Theobromine’. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.
Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Ken H of Carter …
Are you in touch with John (and Micah)? My wife and I would be happy to make a contribution or provide him with something he needs.
Comment:  I know nothing at this point but may in the future.

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