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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Best Buy Recycle for Electronic Items

Best Buy in Culver City has a continuous recycle bin for small electronic items.

You Clean It

P1040080People use these posts for their personal advertising. The least a posting person can do is remove sign and tape when done, the very least. How tacky. How ungrateful and thoughtless of poster.

High water marks in street after a rain can be traced many times to a clogged drain. Told one person about a clogged drain near his house and his remark was that he “hadn’t signed up” for that. No one has. It is just duty of all to keep it unclogged so that no one suffers from water damage.

Stuff on ground isn’t going anywhere. Don’t clutter up the alley, the neibghnorhood with this stuff. All garbage must be in one of the three-colored cans and the lids must be able to be closed. Ask for an extra can, if this is normal.

If you have an oversized item such as a mattress, call the phone number on one of the colored cans, and ask for oversize pickup. A special truck follows the route of the regular truck and picks up these items on the same garbage day.

Get rid of graffiti as soon as possible Otherwise, another graffiti person will mark over it, and this will continue. If graffiti is removed quickly and consistently, the graffitiers find out no one wants to display their handiwork. Call Pacific Graffiti Solutions at 310-204-2749, email: graffiti@wwwpgs.net. They remove it free.

The Oxford Triangle has a volunteer who gets rid of graffiti and it is highly recommended that all areas have someone to wipe out the graffiti as soon as possible. Oxford Triangle contact is Shannon McLendon at shannyis007@hotmail.com.

Goof Off has a special graffiti removal product in an aerosol that sells for under $10 that will remove graffiti from smooth surfaces. Others have to be painted over.

It’s a Hot-Dog Cooler

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During one of the recent 90-degree days, Fudge ran directly to the water and jumped in with his ball.

Try Tenderness

Song goes “Try a little tenderness” and Amy Alcon in her book Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck mentions that tenderness, a small kindness can be incredibly powerful. She explains it briefly in LA Times article.

Remembrances of Phil

Yolanda Gonzalez
It is always so hard to write about a person who worked close to you. And so loved by so many of us. As Past Vice President of the VNC I would ask Phil if he would attend a function with us but he always specified the days he was available for VNC business and the other days he was really dedicated to his family and his Temple. Not too many men like this around today. Those were sacred times for him. And he really meant it. Could not even persuade him with a free drink. But I finally did get him once, of course together with his wife. Once he got to know some of us and we got to know him he was the funniest and a no-nonsense of a guy. He told it as it was and HOW it will be. A perfectionist at his work.

Phil, to you our friend, I am sorry I was told to late of your departure, but in my heart you will remain and my tears are rolling down as I write this” Hasta la vista. ” Mi amigo.

Laura Silagi
Thank you for publishing all these stories of Phil, and for the wonderful photo of him. Phil was a great guy. He was funny and smart. He also told me of his recipe for poached eggs. Here is my memory of it, with the help of Alton Brown:

Poaching one egg
Heat enough water to come up about an 1 inch in a small saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoon white vinegar. Turn heat to a simmer. Most important, swirl the water with a spoon in one direction so that it is smoothly spinning. Crack an egg into a small bowl and gently slip the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Let it poach without the flame for 5 minutes. Lift out the egg with a slotted spoon and serve, or move to ice bath and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Reheat and serve.

DeDe Audet
It is hard for me to express myself about Phil Raider because I feel the loss so keenly. He was a beacon to me. When I was wrong he set me straight. Here is the way I will remember him:
When a meeting in Venice was lucky enough to have Phil Raider advising, things went well. Our community benefited with his good advice, his total commitment to freedom of all. He represented the good of Venice in religion, government, and daily life.

Linda Lucks
I also attended the service for Phil Raider too and was moved by the outpouring of love expressed at service. I saw Venetians there in addition to those named by Arnold Springer: Steve Freedman, Sue Kaplan, Steve Clare, and I are sure others. The sanctuary at Mission Tephilo, a 100-year-old Venice synagogue, is very large. It was filled with mourners, a tribute to the man who passed away before his time. Phil’s wife Roberta Tishman was surrounded by Phil’s two daughters, their husbands and his grandson Lev. Phil’s three older brothers spoke about their childhood in Cleveland and told emotional stories about Phil, who exhibited the feisty personality that was his lovable trademark. Phil was one of a kind, an original, a Venetian to the core and a mensch. We first worked together rehabilitating the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center in the early 1990’s. In politics, we were sometimes adversaries but always friends. My heart goes out to his family who will miss him dearly as will we. The VNC board meeting on Tuesday, June 17 will be dedicated to Phil’s memory and it is fitting that the new board will be seated that same night.
Rest in Peace Phil Raider.

Phil Raider, Venice Activist, Dies

(Photo courtesy of Darryl Dufay.)  Photo was taken from a shot with Darryl Dufay and Richard Myers  at the Venice sign lighting on Windward, January 16 2006.

Photo was taken from a shot with Darryl Dufay and Richard Myers at the Venice sign lighting on Windward, January 16, 2006. (Photo courtesy of  Darryl Dufay.)

Phil Raider (January 25, 1948 thru June 2, 2014) long-time Venice resident and activist passed away Monday and was buried Tuesday.  He is survived by his wife Roberta and his two daughters, Shannon and Jennifer Karan.

Phil served as secretary of the Venice Neighborhood Council in 2005-6, and was on the Land Use and Planning Committee where he served as secretary, 2003-4.

Councilman Mike Bonin adjourned the City Council meeting Tuesday in honor of Phil. Linda Lucks, president of Venice Neighborhood Council, said she will dedicate the board meeting on 17 June in his memory before the swearing in of the new board.

His 2005 candidate statement for VNC secretary, provided by Darryl Dufay, was as follows:

As a Venetian for almost 25 years, I know we are now at a critical time in the struggle to keep Venice, Venice. I’ve seen a lot of change. I still love where I live.
While change is inevitable, I am passionate about ensuring that the unique character of Venice, its sense of community that tolerates diverse personal expression while fostering creativity, is protected. I’m committed to working diligently to create and sustain a robust, democratic, representative Neighborhood Council.

I have been a community advocate since moving to the Oakwood neighborhood in 1986. As past President and Chairman of two Oakwood Neighborhood Associations I have continually worked to preserve and enhance our vibrant and diverse community. I am a board member at Mishkon Tephilo Synagogue in Venice and serve on several committees there. I’m happily married with two grown daughters. Currently a self employed remodeling contractor, I have experience in both large and small organizations.

As Secretary of The GRVNC Land Use & Planning Committee in 2003-4, I demonstrated my ability to accurately record and disseminate meeting minutes in a timely manner. Then, as now, I was dedicated to preserving what make Venice a truly exceptional and cherished place.

“Phil was Mr. Activist,” said Reta Moser. “He was always present at every questionable planning endeavor a developer devised for Venice. He was well prepared and he would present the facts and then invariably have a funny quip to go with it at the end. Wish I could remember at least one. I will always remember his pony-tail and that he wore shorts to all the meetings. There was a meeting at Christmas time, and it was cold, but Phil wore shorts.

“Darryl Dufay jokingly said he wore a plastic steak around his neck once to demonstrate that he was a stakeholder.

“Last I saw him was at the 26 April outreach at 320 Sunset. I pointed to his long pants and jokingly said ‘it must be something to bring you out.’ He just shook his head disapprovingly about the project. He suddenly stopped thinking of the project, smiled, gave me a big hug and a kiss. Then he turned and was gone.”

All his friends are welcome to make comments. They will be printed in next email Update. This article is also on the web at triangleupdate.com where replies/comments can be inputted after the article.

Remembrances from Rick Feibusch:
After moving to Venice from San Francisco in the early-1990s, Carolyn and I started to get involved with the neighborhoods on both sides of Rose Avenue. Our goal was to work with neighbors to clean up the area and bring it to the same level as the rest of Venice. We took our pickups and shovels to the alleys in Oakwood and painted out grafitti… We got together at meetings with Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, her staff, and community boards on everything from development issues to the Boardwalk renovation… Venice was changing and we were going to play a part…

It was in this environment that we met Phil and Roberta Raider. Phil had that rare quality of being equal parts of scholar, artist, and blue-collar builder that served him well in many aspects of his life. We became fast friends at meetings, often sitting close enough to exchange wise cracks and shared jeering… Over time, our area issues changed but we always supported one another because our goal was a clean and safe Venice.

Phil came right along when Tisha Bedrosian put together the first Venice Neighborhood Council and served on the first Land Use Committee. I remember accompanying Phil to projects with a tape measure “just to make sure some of the numbers were correct.” He was that sort of guy. We watched the Raider house turn from a long time, in-process, art project, to the cutest place on the corner…

When Steve Freedman called this morning I was at a loss because we have lost so many of the people who spent a lot of time and effort to make Venice a better place. While they won’t be casting statues, to those of us who were there, Phil will always be remembered for his part…

And I hope that he never has to go to another municipal meeting for all of eternity… My condolences to Roberta and the family…

Amy Answers “Watch Out for Amy”

Last Update had an article about author Amy Alcon and her book Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck.  Update mentioned article in book about trash left on Venice curb and note Amy wrote to dropper.

Amy wrote back that in addition to the note, she further bundled up the trash and returned it to an address she found in trash.  All Update can say is “What a nice neighbor that is to take the time and spend the money to return an individual’s personal trash.”  That has got to be the epitome of good manners.

Amy, the “Advice Goddess,” is a syndicated columnist in 100 newspapers, the most local being the LA Weekly.

“I write an award-winning, science-based, nationally syndicated advice column that runs in about 100 papers across the U.S. and Canada. It runs locally in the LA Weekly (online only).

http://www.laweekly.com/los-angeles/advice-goddess/Category?oid=2547413  .”

“I blog daily at http://advicegoddess.com and have a weekly radio show: http://blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon (Nerd your way to a better life! with the best brains in science)  7-8 pm Pacific Time, or available at the link and on iTunes or Stitchery.”

She is also a Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Award finalist for four awards for her column. She will be having a reading, book signing Tuesday, June 3, 6:30-8 pm at Diesel Books at the Brentwood Country Mart.

And remember  for crying out loud,  don’t drop off trash in Venice.  It may get returned.


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This home owner is very explicit. He does not want solicitation paper any where on his property, particularly hanging from his chain link fence.

Whaz Up?

  • Land Use and Planning Committee meet at 6:45 pm tonight (27 May), Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave.
  • Small Craft Harbor Commission meet tomorrow (28 May) 6 pm, Burton Chase Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way.
  • Venice Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Business Expo-An Evening with the Merchants of Venice-tomorrow (28 May) 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Boys and Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd.
  • Fire-Hot Pancake Breakfast, Fire Station 63, 8 to noon Saturday, Venice and Shell.

Watch Out for Amy

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Yah, Amy Alcon may be tagging you or observing your manners and taking notes.

Amy Alcon, frequent contributor to Update and self-proclaimed “Advice Goddess” has written what every nice person needs today ‘”Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” out June 3, and available for pre-order now. Only $9.48 on Amazon!

Photo shows a note Amy placed on trash left on street and is one of her stories in book.  One would think she should have at least a chapter devoted to Venice but she says she even has a few good stories about well-mannered and nice people in Venice too.