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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Judge Carter Tries to Get Officials Moving on an Area So that Enforcement Can Begin

US District Judge David O. Carter has tried to get  those who sue the city on behalf of the homeless,  those business people who are suing the city,   the politicians who have had their say and opportunities to all get together and provide a plan by this Wednesday (20 May) to implement Friday just to house those living under the bypasses, near the freeways, etc. calling that area not healthy.  It came about when someone suggested using the Caltrans lot near 16th and Maple for homeless and then it was decided that was too close to the freeway to be healthy.  Wednesday there is to be a plan and implementation is to take place Friday.  See story.

Mayor Garcetti has claimed it is not a good idea because these people might go into the neighborhoods.  The CDC has said it might spread the flu to neighborhoods.   Why would they think these people do not go into the neighborhoods now?  One man from an anti-poverty group said he didn’t know how it could be enforced without the police.  Mark Ryavec said they go to the freeway underpasses because it provides some shelter.  LAHSA says they are concentrating on 65 and older.  Councilman Bonin wants to include Penmar Park.  The judge is trying to determine a group they can and should be helped so that enforcement can start.  If enforcement is not accomplished soon, Los Angeles could be caught in a larger fight for life caused by the utter lack of sanitation that is occurring.  Enforcement has to start somewhere.

The LA Times had a story that showed only about half the places leased are used and it looked like LA lagged behind other counties because of lack of preparing places and adequate staff.  See story.





Parking Restrictions Relaxed Because of Coronavirus

Mayor Closes Bars, Dine-in Restaurants, Entertainment Venues, Gyms and Fitness

This is a hoax … Self Test for Coronavirus, Prevention, Coronavirus, the Symptoms

Stanford hospital board internal message provided by Elizabeth Wright:

NOTE: Elizabeth Wright was just notified that this information was a sick hoax. Do Not Pay attention to it. Go to http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19
The information was removed.






Confronting Coronavirus; LA County Responds

Coronavirus Isolation Causes Panic Buying at Costco, Lincoln and Washington

Line at Costco parking lot Saturday, 14 March, 7:30 am. Store opens at 9 am.  This is the west end of parking lot.

One lady in front of this writer at Costco Starbucks, Lincoln and Washington, said store was crazy Friday. She was a vendor and they knocked down her booth. She said one lady claimed that she had been in line since 3 am. Lady behind this writer in line for coffee said she heard one person say that they had spent the night in line. It rained all night!

Yesterday at Trader Joes, this writer was a little earlier than usual, and asked if this was panic buying since many of the shelves were bare and there were more people. The cashier said “yes.” When giving me change, he thanked me for not being a panic buyer.

This writer doesn’t panic. Have invited all friends to bring a book over, snuggle, and sit by the fire. It is quiet time.

On the door is a sign that says “Bring your own toilet paper and paper towel donations would be appreciated.”

So much for isolation.

Venice man has coronavirus after trip to Italian Alps

Venice man gets coronvirus after trip to Italian Alps. Wife has it too.


Swinger Says One-for-One Needle Exchange Will Stop Needle Proliferation on Venice Streets, at the Beach

(All photos by Rick Swinger.)

By Rick Swinger, activist, environmentalist, and lives in area

Where did all these needles on our beach come from?

This week we saw news feed after news feed with shocking pictures of needles on the Venice Beach. NBC,ABC,CBS, FOX, MSN, and YahooNews all covered the story.

We heard rumors of needles and medical waste being dumped from cargo ships to folks with diabetes dropping their injection needles in the sand. Both rumors are false I believe.

The sad fact is there are always needles on our beach.

Yes, every single day. Maybe not in the massive dump we saw the other day in one place but even more when you factor all the needles in our alleys, streets and the rest of the beach.

All you have to do is talk to the man from Beaches and Harbors driving the tracker with the hopper cleaning up the sand everyday and he will tell you he always catches needles in his hopper. There isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t gets some syringes.

Where is the origin of these needles we see everyday on our streets and how did they get to our beach?

The most likely scenario, in my opinion, is that they originated at the Venice Family Clinic on Rose Ave. On their website they advertise that they have the largest free needle exchange in Los Angeles.

I called their special needle exchange number this week and found out one doesn’t have to exchange needles. They will give you as many as you want depending on their supply, even if you don’t have any used needles to exchange.

Is this method of distributing needles really an exchange then? I don’t know.

So isn’t the most likely scenario that the needles we see all the time on the streets here are exposing our neighbors to health hazards such as HIV and Hepatitis C originated from them? I don’t know for sure but it is a valid question.

Now, the Family Clinic has done so much good for folks it is hard to believe that they would make this mistake. My wife, who is an RN, has volunteered over there. We love the place, but with everything in life, there are unintended consequences.

Trading one health hazard for another is not an option. It is like Carol Sobel and the ACLU trading one human right for another. The right to sleep on the street if no beds are available and then giving up our right to live in a pollution free environment.

Now BID Clean Team did a needle count a few months back and it was published in Venice Update but BID stopped making needle count public on their Monthly bulletin. I don’t know why for that is very useful public information.

LA Sanitation does a needle count but I have never seen it published on their newsletter either.

I have photographed piles of needles on 3rd Ave Camp ,and since it is the largest camp on the westside, you can deduce that the flow of needles ends up on that street, in the nearby alleys, storm drains, and onto our beach.

It is my opinion that the Venice Family Clinic should take a proactive stance and clean up in and around our neighborhood in Venice as did St. Joseph Center to avoid any possible liability to the clinic and to the City of LA. I think they should have a one-for-one exchange of needles in Venice. We as neighbors constantly see these needles on the ground. This proliferation of needles is polluting are streets and our Marine environment intentionally every single day as well as exposing the public to health hazards.

I hope to see an improvement for our Marine Environment because we all depend on it.

County Health Installs Rat Bait Stations on Google Property on Hampton

(20 August 2019) Pedro Gutierrez of the LA County Public Health Department said he installed 10 rat bate stations on the Google property at 320 Hampton Drive.

Rats are overpopulating the area due to the 3rd Ave Encampment with the unhealthy sanitation conditions Gutierrez told Rick Swinger.

The stations were installed around the perimeter of the Google property on Hampton from Rose to the end of their property near Sunset and 3rd Ave to Hampton Drive.

California Dept of Pubic Health Lists Typhus Cases and Suspected Cases

Recently the Venice Update ran a story about the number of typhus cases Los Angeles County recorded. California Department of Public Health Lists typhus cases by County and they included even suspected cases so they will differ from the LA County Public Health numbers.

Below are some of the questions people have asked about the disease. These questions and answers are verbatim from the California Department of Public Health website.

What is flea-borne typhus?

Flea-borne typhus is a bacterial disease caused by Rickettsia typhi and possibly Rickettsia felis. Human cases of flea-borne typhus are reported worldwide, but mainly in tropical and coastal areas. In the United States, most cases occur in Texas, California, and Hawaii, with an average of about 300 cases every year. Flea-borne typhus is considered endemic (always present) in areas of Los Angeles and Orange counties, but cases are also sometimes reported from other parts of California.

How do you get flea-borne typhus?

A person can get typhus by coming in contact with infected fleas. The bacteria that causes typhus can be found in the feces of some fleas, and this bacteria can contaminate the skin surface when the flea bites. If the person scratches the flea bite area, some of the bacteria in the flea feces can enter the person’s blood stream.

What animals can carry the bacteria that causes typhus?

In the United States, rats, opossums, and other small mammals can carry the bacteria that causes typhus. Rat fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis) and cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) are most commonly associated with disease transmission. Fleas may become infected when they bite these animals and can then spread the bacteria to humans, pet dogs, and cats.

What are the symptoms of flea-borne typhus?

Although most illnesses are mild and undetected, many people infected with flea-borne typhus may have fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches 6 – 14 days after the flea bite. Some people may also get a rash that may begin on the chest and spread to the sides and back. Most of the reported cases in California have required hospital care.

How is flea-borne typhus diagnosed?

Healthcare providers can diagnose flea-borne typhus by evaluating clinical symptoms and testing a patient’s blood.

How is flea-borne typhus treated?

Flea-borne typhus is treated with antibiotics. Most people recover in a few days. Death from typhus is rare (2 – 4% without treatment, world-wide).

How can you prevent getting flea-borne typhus?

The key to preventing flea-borne typhus is to avoid direct contact with fleas. Use flea control products on pet dogs or cats, and keep cats indoors. Prevent rats, opossums, feral cats, and other wild animals from visiting or living around your home:

Do not leave pet food outside
Keep garbage containers tightly covered
Trim and remove plants around buildings