Author: The Argonaut

Erasing Black Venice

African-American exodus fuels a fight over historic bungalows Story by Gary Walker Photos by Ted Soqui It’s been more than 70 years, but Jataun Valentine still fondly recalls childhood visits to her grandmother’s home at 607 Westminster Ave. in Venice. Jennie Tabor — sister of Irving Tabor, the chauffer and confidante of Venice founder Abbot Kinney — migrated there from Louisiana with aunts, uncles and daughter Hazel Henry (Valentine’s mother) in the 1920s. Valentine remembers hearing about her mother’s first summer ocean breeze. “The reason she wanted to stay here was there were no mosquitoes like there were in...

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Don’t call them the L.A. Riots

Venice community activist Naomi Nightingale on the lasting impacts of 1992’s civil unrest April 29, 1992. The events of that Wednesday in Los Angeles 25 years ago are seared into the collective memory of those old enough to remember, whether they were watching the chaos and violence erupt on television or outside their homes. Most people call them Los Angeles Riots. Others find the term inadequate — ignoring the underlying conditions that led to one of the darkest episodes in the history of Los Angeles. In the six days of rioting that followed the acquittals of four LAPD officers...

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Teachers Know Best for LAUSD Re: “Voters Should Flunk Zimmer,” Letters, April 13 The letter from Roy Reel attacking a Venice High School teacher’s support for LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer over election opponent Nick Melvoin is completely off-base. The words of a teacher with 33 years of experience should carry more weight than the opinion of an outsider from Culver City. Roy Reel’s letter is just another outsider like the Koch brothers, Bloomberg and the Waltons telling Los Angeles residents what to do! Mr. Reel obviously does not believe in public education, as shown by his support of...

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The Sky’s the Limit

Planning Commission OKs developer’s plan to set a new building height record in Mar Vista By Gary Walker Despite the staunch opposition of many in the community and Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, plans to construct what would become the tallest building on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista continue to move forward. On April 20 at L.A. City Hall, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted 5-0 to deny an appeal by neighborhood groups asking commissioners to rescind approvals for a six-story project on the southeast corner of Venice Boulevard at Wasatch Avenue, about two blocks west of...

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