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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Lady Bulldogs Do It

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Lady Bulldog Cheerleaders’ performance in Las Vegas cheerleading competition won second in Show Cheer and fourth in Hip Hop.  The 11- to 13-year old cheerleaders brought home two trophies.

WSJ Explains Past 50-Year History of Mental Illness

Note: The complete editorial/review cannot be printed here because of copyright infringement.  A link cannot be provided because WSJ charges for its online service. A scanned copy will be provided if one requests such from Update.  Article was in 5 Feb.
All ask how did our country get these homeless on the street.  This article provides a plausible answer.

“Fifty Years of Failing America’s Mentally Ill,” by E. Fuller Torrey, founder of the Treatment advocacy Center and author of American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Editorial gives the history starting with JFK stating that he didn’t want the state handling mental illness; he wanted the federal government to handle it via the community mental-health centers (CMHC).  The CMHC apparently didn’t want to deal with the mentally ill.  That was the beginning of the downfall. While mentally ill being treated has reached all time lows, costs have gone from 1 Billion (10 billion in today’s dollar) to $140 billion and yet:

According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, these untreated mentally ill are responsible for 10 percent of all homicides (and a higher percentage of the mass killings), constitute 20 percent of jail and prison inmates and at least 30 percent of the homeless.  Severely mentally ill individuals now inundate hospital emergency rooms and have colonized libraries, parks, train stations and other public spaces.  The quality of the lives of these individuals mocks the lofty intentions of the founders of the CMHC program.

…The evidence is overwhelming that this federal experiment has failed, as seen most recently in the mass shootings by mentally ill individuals in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz.  It is time for the federal government to get out of this business and return the responsibility and funds back to the states.

DIRECTV Busy Bees “Do a Job” on Local School

 

Two hundred of DIRECTV senior management staff from United States and South America swarmed on Westside Global Awareness Magnet School on Pacific, south of Washington, Wednesday afternoon for three to four hours and “did a major job” on it.

Mike White, CEO of DIRECTV located in El Segundo, said it was part of a 2-1/2 day annual senior management leadership meet that they were having this time at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica.   “We try to give back,” White said.  “The people working today are members of our senior management from the United States and South America.”

In those three to four hours these 200 executives, managers swarmed like busy bees around the school campus each wearing a blue shirt with a DIRECTV logo.  The two hundred shirts were in constant movement.  DIRECTV is all caps one enthusiastic worker explained.

These busy bees painted what needed to be painted, they painted murals, they created new murals and painted them, they mulched, they trimmed, they dusted and cleaned, they put privacy strips in the 8-foot high chain link fence.  Each person knew what he was to do prior to arrival in one of the four buses. The plan went into action when they got off the bus and three to four hours later it was done. There were 20 team leaders to coordinate it all.

Their goal was to provide privacy for the school by installing the strips in the 8-foot fence, clean up the landscaping in front and on the side, refurbish murals and provide new murals, clean the library.  With the landscaping cleanup they also made picnic benches and flower boxes.

Several people from LA Works worked in conjunction with DIRECTV to help coordinate the project and provide the art work for the murals.

“You can talk about team work but this was a team working together today,” said White to his 200-member management team that had gathered for a small, concluding ceremony.

White was presented with a banner by several school children that thanked DIRECTV.  White presented a $10,000 check from DIRECTV to Magnet Coordinator Dr. Craig Singer.

“You made us a better team today,” White told Dr. Singer.   “I know we all left a part of ourselves here today.  I know I left Mars here,” referring to the space mural with Mars on it that he had painted.  He added jokingly that his wife had instructed him not to paint out of the lines.

CEO of DIRECTV Mike White presents $10,000 check to Magnate Coordinator Dr. Craig Singer.

CEO of DIRECTV Mike White presents $10,000 check to Magnate Coordinator Dr. Craig Singer.

Students from the Westside Global Awareness Magnet School present a banner thanking DIRECTV.

Students from the Westside Global Awareness Magnet School present a banner thanking DIRECTV.

The benches were built as well as the planters and all were painted with preservative.

The benches were built as well as the planters and all were painted with preservative.

Poppies—new mural

Poppies—new mural

Orange Fish—new mural

Orange Fish—new mural

Poppies—new mural.  Landscape cleanup crew is in background.

Poppies—new mural. Landscape cleanup crew is in background.

Library books get dusted and shelves get cleaned.

Library books get dusted and shelves get cleaned.

Library entrance door gets scrubbed.

Library entrance door gets scrubbed.

Another library door gets scrubbed and the floor gets vacuumed.

Another library door gets scrubbed and the floor gets vacuumed.

Privacy strips get weaved into the chain link fence.  That is Mike White, DIRECTV CEO, on top of first ladder.

Privacy strips get weaved into the chain link fence. That is Mike White, DIRECTV CEO, on top of first ladder.

Frank Navarro Missing

 

By Sue Kaplan

Frank Navarro went missing Monday night from 807 Superba Ave (at Oakwood) at 9PM. We have learned that he is suffering from mental illness. He is not violent in any way; in fact, he is extremely weak from not eating and drinking enough in the last weeks.

Attached is a picture of him however he has lost a significant amount of weight since this photo was taken. He now has shoulder length curly hair, a full beard (it is not a long beard though), and is very thin. He is French so he has a thick accent when he speaks English but his voice is very hoarse at this point. He is 36 yrs old and 6 feet tall.

As he was in a weakened state when he left our house, we believe he probably did not go far and could literally be collapsed in someone’s bushes. If everyone can check their nearby surroundings, it would be a HUGE help.

He really needs medical attention.
If you have seen him or do see him, please call 911 and then us. His family in France is very worried. Thank you.
Lila Yacoub and Gina Levy
807 Superba Avenue
310-433-1127 (lila) or 818-917-7624 (gina)

Wires Cross Howard

Wires going from house on one side of Howard to alley on other side of Howard were brought to Update’s attention.  DeDe Audet, representative for the VNC neighborhood committee, said she would look into it.

Whales at Venice Pier

By Heather Kahler
I have been walking on the beach and pier every morning and today was a divine gift! I was at the end of Venice pier enjoying the glassy, calm water because of Santa Ana conditions. Suddenly there were dolphins and very close to the pier! Extraordinary right? Well then add in sea lions….. Then toward the end of the pier I hear a loud breath. I turn and two whales were surfacing. Barnacles and all. If I had jumped off the pier right then I could have ridden on them! All these years living here and I’ve barely seen dolphins less than a dozen of times. And all of these amazing creatures to be present simultaneously at the Venice pier of all places was absolutely extraordinary and certainly divine.