Candlelight Vigil for Eun Kang Tomorrow Night

There will be a candlelight vigil in memory of Venice resident Eun Kang and her unborn twins tomorrow evening (Saturday the 8th) from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the “Crescent Place Triangle” near Shell Ave. and Superba. All Venice residents are encouraged to attend.

Eun Y. Kang

The public vigil marks the three year anniversary of the brutal rape and murder of 39 year old Eun Kang (who was pregnant with twins) by transient Boneetio Kentro Washington at her Electric Ave. home in Venice on December 8th of 2009.

Attendees are asked to bring candles and flowers to the vigil. For more information, call Jim at 310-386-1698. Continue reading

Neighborhood Council Seeking Committee Members

From the Venice Neighborhood Council:

The Venice Neighborhood Council is recruiting for two of its more prominent committees – and you may be the perfect fit for a position! The VNC’s Neighborhood Committee needs 9 people before it can begin operations in the new term that starts in December – and the Land Use and Planning Committee needs 8 people!

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The Neighborhood Committee works on local issues – at the level of neighborhoods within Venice – that involve resident and/or business owners who need services from LA City government or the VNC. Sometimes the issue is a neighborhood problem such as repair and maintenance of canal bridges; sometimes the issue is more complex and global such as enforcement of city parking ordinances; sometimes the issue is communicating solutions or announcements to residents. The committee chair is Marc Saltzberg – if you are interested, please contact him by clicking here. You can find more information and an application for the Neighborhood Committee here. Continue reading

The War on Drugs: ‘Breaking the Taboo’

Breaking the Taboo“, a new documentary by Director Fernando Grostein Andrade and producer Sam Branson about the War on Drugs, was released today on YouTube. Venice Beach is often used by the major media when discussing drug use in the U.S.A. Take an hour out of your day to watch this documentary:

To voice your opinion on current global drug policies, please click here.

The producer’s father, Sir Richard Branson, told The Daily Mail “I am hoping in the same way that Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth opened people’s eyes to global warming issues, (Sam’s) film will open people’s eyes on the war on drugs and the failed war on drugs and make it easier for people who want to be brave and do something about it”.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman (English version) & Gael Garcia Bernal (Spanish version), the documentary examines the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose “the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years”.