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May 2008

May 2008 – Why May Day Matters

May Day is a truly American holiday. It began in Chicago in 1886 with the struggle to win an 8-hour day.  121 years later, many Venetians still do not work only eight hours a day. They work many more hours a day and more than 40 hours a week without extra compensation. Many others in...

May 2008 – Letters

• Community-Busting Tactics – DeDe Audet • Venice Days – Peter Young • Asbestos at 5 Rose Avenue – Diamond Li • Vandalism on Pacific Avenue – Cristina Rojas CdA • Doggies Doo, Owners Don’t – Rebecca Moore Frey • The RV Controversy – 1 – Michael Millman • My Cat Cause – Kitty Bratton...

May 2008 – Letter From Hawai’i

Aloha Venetians from your roving butterfly. I’ve learned a lot in the past four months living on the Big island of Hawai’i. And I mean Living, this Pleiadian starchild knows her roots. Leave a Darwinian Lemuria to the Lemurs, this here is the Motherland of MU. And as ascended masters on Mt. Shasta will concur,...

May 2008 – $50,000 Reward Offered For Information On Murder On The Beach

Murderer Still at Large By Karl Abrams A $50,000 reward for information on the murder of Nathan Alan Morgan is now in force. Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s motion for the reward was endorsed by the L.A. City Council in April. The brutal murder of Nathan Alan Morgan on March 9 near Ocean Front Walk has not...

May 2008 – ‘Smart” Crosswalk Coming To Abbot Kinney And Rialto Ave.

After repeated requests by Abbot Kinney merchants and residents, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to install flashing lights at the intersection. At least two people who were trying to cross AKB have been hit by cars. Transportation Engineer Mohammad Blorfroshan told the Beachhead that the pedestrian-operated lights will be installed during June....

May 2008 – $1.7 Million Withdrawal From Venice Surplus Property Funds

By Jim Smith The Los Angeles City Council voted on April 8 to take $1.7 million from a Venice trust fund to pay for four projects in the community. $800,000 in Venice funds, in effect, has been transferred to the city of Los Angeles’ General Fund. It was done in a round-about way by using...

May 2008 – The Return Of The Venice Town Council

Imagine a community body where all Venetians have the equal right to speak and vote. Where issues of development, quality of life, safety, art and culture can be discussed and voted on. Where there are no elected officers, only a chairperson and secretary elected at each monthly meeting. In the 1970s and 80s, Venice had...

May 2008 – The History Of Cinco De Mayo

By Maria Elena Montano In the 1800’s, Mexico underwent a series of wars, bringing about political changes which affected Mexico’s government for yet another century. After 300 years of colonial slavery New Spain declared its independence from Spain on Sept.16,1810. A war ensued on Mexican soil that lasted until 1821. Mexico was born as a...

May 2008 – The Fifth Of May Around The World

Most people in Southern California relate the 5th of May to Cinco de Mayo. True, but Cinco de Mayo is not the only holiday celebrated on May 5th around the world. In Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Korea it is children’s day. The date is reserved for many cultural celebrations. In western Europe there is...

May 2008 – Angry Women Close Congress – In Mexico

By John Ross  Mexico City – “The Adelitas have arrived/To defend our oil/Whoever wants to give it to the foreigners/Will get the shit kicked out of him!” yodeled the brigades of women pouring onto the esplanade of the Mexican senate to protest a petroleum privatization measure President Felipe Calderón insists is not a petroleum privatization...
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