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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Bridge Housing MTA Lot, Monday

Note: Shawn Stern has said he would give daily photos of the site. So this is Monday, 18 November.

By Shawn Stern

This is the MTA site today. Also the LADOT was out today adding/replacing the NO STOPPING OR PARKING TOW AWAY between 8am-8pm signs on Pacfic Ave with new signs that limit the no stopping between 8am-10am and 3pm-7pm. That means people can now park on Pacific between 10am-3pm.

Crews Working on POW/MIA Mural, Deadline Monday

Crews are working diligently on the POW/MIA Memorial Wall mural to get it restored by Memorial Day, 29 May, when it will have its official unveiling ceremony at 10:30 to 11:15 at 614 Pacific Ave. Councilman Mike Bonin will be the head speaker.

See previous story at https://veniceupdate.com/2017/05/23/restored-powmia-mural-unveiling-ceremony-will-be-memorial-day/

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Restored POW/MIA Mural Unveiling Ceremony will be Memorial Day

 

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The completely restored POW/MIA mural unveiling ceremony will be Memorial Day, 29 May, from 10:30  to 11:15 am at 614 Pacific Ave, Venice.  Councilman Mike Bonin will be the head speaker.

It was this time last year that the mural was vandalized.  Concerned citizens, meaning well, stepped in to remove the graffiti, and in so doing, destroyed many of the names.

SPARC stepped up and said they would restore the mural. They since have done extensive research to make sure the names are all there and in the right places.  Judy Baca, founder of SPARC, said they would keep a “digital copy” so that it would be fixable from now on. She said she thought the wall would be moved or in jeopardy within the next five years because the property where it is located is to be developed.

Peter Charles Stewart did the Wall in 1994
The 2073 names were painted on the black painted surface of a masonry wall on Pacific Ave in Venice in 1994 by Peter Charles Stewart who had served as a naval ordinance man during Vietnam. Leslie Himes, a friend,  helped Stewart collect the names from the Department of Defense.

“Peter slept in his van and had a parrot during this time,” Himes said. “We made friends with Jean and Charlie Raye, whose son’s name in on the wall. Jean was instrumental in starting the Legacy of Families here. Peter finished the wall in 1994 and died in 1996. Peter would be proud today.”

Memorial Wall Restoration Has Kick-Off Ceremony

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From left to right are the various VFW dignitaries from the state and local posts.  B.J. Lawrence is to the left of the wreath.  Past the wreath is Judy Baca, founder and executive director of SPARC; Carlos Rogel, SPARC project manager for the Wall; Leslie Himes, friend of the muralist Stewart;Deborah Padilla, SPARC executive director;  Taylor Bazley, Venice Deputy; Pete Galindo, SPARC assistant director, and George Francisco, president of the Venice Chamber of Commerce.  Francisco opened the ceremonies.

“The Wall is a Living Memory,” said Carlos Rogel, Wall project manager for SPARC, at the Wall ceremonies held Wednesday in front of the POW/MIA Vietnam Memorial Wall on Pacific Ave in Venice.

“We want to restore dignity to this wall … sometimes it is the only place these names are remembered … it should be relevant not only to family members but to future generations.”

B.J. Lawrence, national junior vice commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, several VFW members from state and local VFW Posts, a friend of the muralist joined Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) at a special ceremony to kick-off the restoration of the POW/MIA Vietnam War Memorial Wall on Pacific Ave in Venice.

B.J. Lawrence gave the commemorative talk before officiating the laying of a wreath at the wall.

Last year Wall was graffitied
It was last year, just before Memorial Day, the wall was graffitied, and when many well-meaning people tried to remove the graffiti, they removed names. The Wall had to be restored.

SPARC stepped up
SPARC stepped up and said they would restore the mural. They since have done extensive research to make sure the names are all there and in the right places.

Judy Baca, founder of SPARC, said they would keep a “digital copy” so that it would be fixable from now on. She said she thought the wall would be moved or in jeopardy within the next five years because the property where it is located is to be developed.

“It is planned that the really big ceremony will be this coming Memorial Day when the wall is completely restored,” said Taylor Bazley, Venice deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin.

Peter Charles Stewart did the Wall in 1994
The 2073 names were painted on the black painted surface of a masonry wall on Pacific Ave in Venice in 1994 by Peter Charles Stewart who had served as a naval ordinance man during Vietnam. Leslie Himes, who was there to speak, helped Stewart collect the names from the Department of Defense.

“Peter slept in his van and had a parrot during this time,” Himes said. “We made friends with Jean and Charlie Raye, whose son’s name in on the wall. Jean was instrumental in starting the Legacy of Families here. Peter finished the wall in 1994 and died in 1996. Peter would be proud today.”

Bazley wants to anti-graffiti paint all murals
Taylor Bazley, Venice Deputy for Mike Bonin, said they were going to put a coating on the mural to prevent graffiti. Whether it is the type of coating that won’t allow paint to adhere or the type that can be washed off was not discussed. Bazley did say he was working on getting all the murals coated to prevent this.


B.J. Lawrence spoke of the desecration of monuments and how sad and disrespectful it was for those who served.


Leslie Himes talked about Peter Charles Stewart and his effort to do the wall.


Carlos Rogel, Wall project manager for SPARC, indicated it was a special project for him. He said he had people who would stop by the wall when he was there and tell him that “that name up there is a member of my family.” To Rogel it is a living memory.

VFW Kicks Off POW-MIA Memorial Restoration Wednesday with SPARC and Venice Chamber

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It was before the 2016 Memorial Day that taggers hit the Memorial Wall, destroying it. The act drew a crowd of Venetians and veterans from areas throughout the City. Many who came told of their time in Vietnam, tears were in the eyes of all, horns honked passing by, one man “stood watch,” and the hearts of all were saddened to see such disrespect.

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(Photo courtesy of Stewart Oscars.) Latest tagging.

B.J. Lawrence, national junior vice commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., and several VFW members from local Posts will join the Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) at a special ceremony on April 5, to commence the restoration project of the POW/MIA Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice, Calif., and speak against memorial desecration.

The restoration project’s kick-off ceremony will begin at 11:15 am at the POW/MIA Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice, 614 Pacific Ave. Lawrence will lay a wreath at the memorial as part of the event.

SPARC ‘s Mural Rescue Team will begin the restoration process immediately following the event, and VFW members will be on hand to provide needed support.

The Venice memorial was recently vandalized for the second time in the past year, and restoration efforts will be extensive given the over 2,273 names which appear on the memorial. Venice Chamber of Commerce led the fundraising efforts to make this restoration possible.

Memorial Wall Gets Graffitied Again

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Stewart Oscars, Venice’s own graffiti seeker took this photo of the wall on Pacific near Sunset Ave. It has happened again. 

This  Hall of Fame, honoring those who were killed or captured in Vietnam, was graffitied just before Memorial Day last year. The Bus Yard where the sign is will be redeveloped and Social and Public Art Resources Center (SPARC) has agreed to take care of the wall. SPARC is going to take charge shortly.

SPARC is located at 685 Venice Blvd.  If you have any questions, call 310-822-9560.

Stewart Oscars Feels POW-MIA Memorial Wall and 1416 Abbot Kinney Taggers Might Be Same

Stewart Oscars has become the ultimate graffiti sleuth for Venice. Am sure he submits a list of graffiti to the graffiti removal crew daily. Now he is getting into analyzing the graffiti. The Sheriff’s graffiti detective may be consulting Oscars soon.

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“The first photo is the Venice Vietnam Memorial Wall, # 2 and 3 are the 1416 Abbot Kinney Mural which was destroyed 6 and 7 July,” he wrote. ” #2 is the first tagging and #3 covers #2 and was done hours later and is the final covering.

“There is surveillance video of the 1416 tagging some of which was shown on CH 2 in a report by Jeff Nguyen. When I watched that report, the letters that the guy on the left is painting sure looked like the letters on the left of the Memorial Wall; and the next letters just to the right on the Wall looked like the final tagging on the 1416 Mural. The photos illustrate the letters.

“Could the tagging on the two murals have been done by same people?”