Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Bus Service

The City of Santa Monica “Big Blue Bus” offers bus service to and from the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on New Years Day. The 121st Rose Parade, “A Cut Above the Rest,” will feature Grand Marshal Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III who successfully carried out the emergency ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, on January 15, 2009, thus saving the lives of all 155 people aboard the aircraft.

Rose Bush iPhone
(Thanks to my Mom’s roses and the iPhone for the picture!)

# Option 1: Ride to/from the parade only = $35.00
# Option 2: Ride to/from the game only = $40.00
# Option 3: Ride to/from the parade and ticket for a grandstand seat = $75.00

FREE PARKING will be available at the Civic Center parking structure (enter Civic Center Drive off 4th).

Venice Canal Residents Flustered by New Homeless Camp

Venice Beach Canal residents have recently become frustrated with a new homeless camp that has been active on Grand Canal under the bridge at Venice Boulevard.

Homeless on the Venice Canals, Venice Beach

Citing safety and sanitary concerns, residents have been actively calling the LAPD for assistance. We have been told the LAPD is aware of the homeless camp, but so far they have been unable to do anything about this enclave which has apparently been unruly and littering and defecating near or in the canals. One resident says “this past week they were in a neighbors yard discussing how to break in.” Maybe it is time for Mayor Villaraigosa to make like Prince William and spend an evening sleeping with the homeless to see what can be done by the city to help people.

Trash on the Venice Canals, Venice Beach

Homeless Camp on the Venice Canals, Venice Beach

Film Production Labor in Venice Beach

There are a lot of film production peeps living around Venice Beach so we thought we would post up and remind everyone that the “12 on 12 off” movement started by Haskell Wexler and Roderick Stevens to end “the unsafe and unhealthy working conditions produced by extremely long working hours and extended work weeks” is still not a resolved issue and could use your support by signing the petition to end long production hours here.

If you haven’t seen Haskell’s great movie “Who Needs Sleep” we recommend it. The film examines production hours, production work conditions, sleep deprivation and supports the “12 on 12 off” production schedule. Friend “12 on 12 off” on FaceBook here.

From the petition:


Workers in the film and television production industry across North America are demanding an end to the unsafe and unhealthy working conditions produced by extremely long working hours and extended work weeks.

The damage to our work force as a result of work weeks that routinely exceed 60 hours comes in the form of industry wide addiction problems, mental health issues and family and relationship breakdowns in addition to physical health issues associated with overwork and lack of sleep, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. These problems are real, and affect the daily lives of the men and women who are the backbone of the industry: grips, electrics, transport, special effects, sets and props, hair, makeup, wardrobe, camera, sound, locations, assistant directors, art department, production office staff, on screen and off performers, post production and all others who bring stories onto screen large and small. Continue reading

International Academy of Film and Television on Abbot Kinney

We have been curious as to what the International Academy of Film and Television on Abbot Kinney is so we finally got around to googling up on it. A a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bigfoot Entertainment (located on Mactan Island, Cebu, in the Philippines) IAFT’s goal is to “offer each student hands-on experience using comprehensive equipment and facilities at a fraction of the cost of comparable institutions” at their island production facilities. A list of Bigfoot’s feature films can be seen by clicking here.

International Academy of Film and Television Venice Beach

Hoff Optometry and Eyewear Abbot Kinney

Hoff Optometry and Eyewear will be opening soon on Abbot Kinney. Featuring complete eye exams as well as eyewear, vintage eyewear and contact lenses, Hoff eyewear was started by Dr. James Hoff who “has spent 15 years as a pre and post op doctor for one of the country’s leading Lasik centers.”

Hoff Optometry and Eyewear Abbot Kinney

Phone: (310) 413-2935
1636 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice Beach, Ca. 90291