Ruth Galanter: Former City Councilmember | KCET
Ruth Galanter: Former City Councilmember
The list of accomplishments linked to Ruth Galanter during her 15-year stint as the councilmember in Venice is astonishing. Under her leadership, the Venice canals were restored, the pier preserved, the Ballona Wetlands protected, the development of Playa Vista reduced, the Coastal Act enacted, and the future of the beach skate park put in place. Galanter, who was just a runner-up during the city's council elections before she was stabbed, understood that Venice had a thorough line that needed to be protected, and a template that had to be preserved. What she never anticipated was that her efforts to bring Venice back to life would be co-opted by real-estate speculators who would repackage them to their liking. From its inception, the allure of Venice has been formidable, attracting people that have managed to give the neighborhood a true American spirit of self-determination, creativity, and independence.
"I believe then and I still do that the key is that you don't let any neighborhood become so exclusive that ordinary folks can't live here."
Roughly 90 years later, the legacy of San Luis Obispo's Motel Inn still stands, along with part of the original building.
Huell investigates a onetime tradition, the Yosemite Firefall, and experiences the natural version of the "Firefall" at Horsetail Fall. Huell calls it "one of the most magnificent sights you'll ever see in your life."