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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Angela McGregor Goes to YoVenice

Angela McGregor, who volunteered to write for the Venice Update and covered the Venice Neighborhood Council and various other happenings in Venice, is going to start covering stories for YoVenice and make money.

Angela was a great part of the Update and will be sorely missed by all her readers and the Venice Update. It was hoped that Angela would be the next person at the helm of the Update. Best wishes.

Thoughts of these days …

  1. I hope they give us two weeks’ notice before sending us back out into the real world.  I think we’ll all need the time to become ourselves again.  And by “ourselves” I mean to lose 10 pounds, cut our hair and get used to not drinking at 9:00 a.m.
  2. New monthly budget:  Gas $0, Entertainment $0, Clothes $0,  Groceries $2,799.
  3. Breaking News:  Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended.  Not so much to stop COVID-19, but to stop eating.
  4. Low maintenance chicks are having their moment right now.  We don’t have nails to fill and paint, roots to dye, eyelashes to re-mink, and are thrilled not to have to get dressed every day.  I have been training for this moment my entire life!
  5. When this quarantine is over, let’s not tell some people.
  6. I stepped on my scale this morning.  It said: “Please practice social distancing… Only one person at a time on the scale.”
  7. Not to brag, but I haven’t been late to anything in over 6 weeks.
  8. It may take a village to raise a child but I swear it’s going to take a vineyard to home school one.
  9. I wanted zombies and anarchy.  Instead, we got working from home and toilet paper shortages. Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.
  10. You know those car commercials where there’s the only one vehicle on the road – doesn’t seem so unrealistic these days …
  11. They can open things up next month, I’m staying in until July to see what happens to you all first.
  12. Day 37:  The garbage man placed an AA flyer on my recycling bin.
  13. The spread of Covid-19 is based on two things:
    1. How dense the population is.  2. How dense the population is.
  14. Appropriate analogy: “The curve is flattening so we can start lifting restrictions now” = “The parachute has slowed our rate of descent, so we can take it off now”.
  15. People keep asking: “Is coronavirus all that serious?”  Listen to y’all, the churches and casinos are closed.  When heaven and hell agree on the same thing it’s probably pretty serious.
  16. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask and ask for money.
  17. Home school Day 1:  I’m trying to figure out how I can get this kid transferred out of my class.
  18. Putting a drink in each room of my house today and calling it a pub crawl.
  19. Okay, the schools are closed.  So do we drop the kids off at the teacher’s house or what?
  20. For the second part of this quarantine do we have to stay with the same family or will they relocate us?  Asking for myself …
  21. Coronavirus has turned us all into dogs.  We wander around the house looking for food.  We get told “No” if we get too close to strangers and we get excited about going for walks and car rides.
  22. The dumbest thing I’ve ever bought was a 2020 planner …

Pardee Has Extended a Helping Hand to Her Neighborhood — The Oxford Triangle

Tami Pardee and her family have extended an the invitation to help people in her neighborhood –the Oxford Triangle.

“Anything we can do as a family to help and make people feel supported within our neighborhood, such as picking up groceries or prescriptions for them, walking dogs,” wrote Tami Pardee. “If someone is worried to leave the house, my partner John is a medical doctor and can always answer questions or help out if someone feels really concerned.

“I would so appreciate if you could help spread the word for us.”

In gratitude,
Tami, John and family
aka the Pardee-Moos bunch
tel:310-600-7217 (mobile)

This is a new situation for our neighbors … a period of isolation. What a wonderful idea for a family in a neighborhood to step up to offer assistance for the little things that, perhaps, are hard for someone to do during this time. This writer has personally had calls and emails from neighbors who have offered their services. How kind, thoughtful these people are.

Orson Bean Celebration of Life, Scheduled for Saturday, 14 March Has Been Postponed

Alley Bean and family have just come out with a release that the Orson Bean Celebration of Life, scheduled for Saturday, 14 March has been postponed for a later date.

Announcement by the family:

Dear Friends,

I know that we just emailed you that we were preceding to celebrate Orson in a smaller group with a livestream to you all, but on further thought and after a family meeting just now, we have decided, as a family, to postpone the memorial.

We do this with respect and love for so, so many people who would not have been able to be there, and who we know loved Orson as we do. And also with respect for the health officials asking us all, basically, not to gather at this time.

As soon as we can, we will pick another date, when the world is a happier place. And we’ll cheer and yell and celebrate together the life of Orson Bean!

Please pass the word on to anyone you think may need to receive this message.

Again, with a full heart,

Alley and the entire Bean family

Water Main on 6th Ave Made for Nice, Cool Showers

(6 September 2019) Water main on 6th Ave just north of Rose broke Thursday and made for a cooling warm day. DWP had it fixed immediately.

Venice Pier Sports Labyrinth for the Holidays

Venice Pier sports a labyrinth for the Holidays — 22 December thru 27 December.

The labyrinth is a joint effort by Andreas Hoenigschmid with his crew and the Venice Pier Project to celebrate the winter solstice, the king tides, and the Holiday Season.

Andreas has done many of the sand sculptures that Venice Update has photographed.

“The design has a yellow “flower” meditation center which had not been photographed when that pic was taken,” said Noel Johnston, Venice Pier supporter. “It also has accurate north/south directional arrows on it. I understand that it is the first time that any design has been applied to the pier and we hope to be able to do more in the future.”

(Photo courtesy of Peter Ruiz.) People meditating in the labyrinth.

Labyrinth was removed Friday morning according to Noel Johnston. See comments below.

Ryavec to Make Motion to VNC to Remove Tree Covers Throughout Venice

Mark Ryavec is making motion to VNC Tuesday for their support to get the Bureau of Street Services to remove all of the existing concrete tree well covers in Venice and to replace them with decomposed granite. 
Most of the trees throughout Venice were planted by Jim Murez and the Venice Action Committee and hundreds of volunteers about three decades ago.  The trees have outgrown their concrete tree well covers and those covers are now strangling the trees. A landscape architect has said that the covers will eventually kill the trees.

The Fire

A fireman found a flag rolled up in the fire area. He stuck it in the ground. It waved thru the smoke and fire in the background, inspiring all.

Yolanda Gonzalez, local resident, called the County and said they should offer their Marina parking lots to those being evacuated by the fire. She said the yacht clubs would open their parking lots and restrooms to those who had been evacuated.

Also mentioned for emergency parking was the Venice median, which is that area between North and South Venice Blvd, east of Pacific. The Thatcher Yard was also mentioned as a place for temporary emergency parking for evacuees.

It was announced right after the call that Santa Monica had removed all ticketing of preferential parking in their City.

107 Cases of Typhus Reported in LA County

NBC news, channel 4, has declared 107 cases of typhus in LA County to be an epidemic of Endemic typhus. This type of typhus is caused by the flea from rats, opossums, domestic pets.

Rick Swinger, advocate for “no dumping,” getting rid of the rats, has long said this would happen. Both he and “Dr. Drew” have said that lack of sanitation and garbage buildup are forerunners of the rat who thrives on garbage. Rats carry fleas. Twelve cases of typhus have been reported in the Skid Row area. None have been reported in Venice.

To listen to NBC News broadcast.

What does this mean?

Done Deal MTA Lot

This is a tweet from  Eric Garcetti to his following. It was picked up off of Nextdoor.

After four hours of listening and communicating, you really did not hear? Did you lie when Travis Binen asked you if this was a “done deal” and said “No.” Now you tweet and use the verb “will.” Was “will” the intention you wanted to convey? Or did you want to say “would have been,” “was scheduled for” … .