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January 1, 2009

Sponto is gone

By Suzy Williams On December 28, our beloved Mark “Sponto” Kornfeld, died in the gallery that he had created – Sponto’s – at 7 Dudley Avenue. This had been a space in which every Venetian felt at home during the last 24 years.  Sponto died of an apparent heart attack. He had come in the...

Remembering Sponto

By Leland Auslender Mark Kornfeld, who answered equally to “Sponto,” the name of his art gallery, was always the happy host at his art openings during the many years he operated the place. In the sixties, it had been the Venice West Cafe, where Beats and Hippies gathered to share camaraderie, food and poetry. Sponto’s...

My Friend Sponto

By Carol Fondiller Two people who have left their imprint on the Venice “Art Scene” have died. Both within the same week. One got the full funeral treatment of a prominent art personage who traveled in influential money and powerful circles. The other died almost anonymously in his small gallery on 7 Dudley Avenue. Robert...

Letters

• We Can, We Have, We Will! – Steve Freedman • Buying Lincoln Place? – Barbara Eisenberg • Buying Lincoln Place? – Sheila Bernard • City Controller Sues City Attorney – Laura Chick • Homeless Committee – carolyn rios • Westminster Elementary Is Growing (plants) – Nora Dvosin  • Keeping up the struggle – Chino   •••••••••••••  We Can, We Have, We Will! Dear Beachhead, Thanks for...

Neighborhood Council

At the December 16 Venice Neighborhood Council Board meeting a petition with over 200 signatures demanding that the board rescind its approval of Overnight Parking Districts in Venice was submitted. In accordance with VNC Bylaws, the board now has no less than 30 days and no more than 90 days to hold a public vote...

Venice Town Council Takes Appeal of Permit Parking to the Coastal Commission

 The Venice Town Council devoted its December meeting to building the fight against permit parking in Venice. At the meeting and in the following few days, 33 multi-page appeals were made to the California Coastal Commission, which has the authority to overrule the city of Los Angeles in its attempt to impose the restricted overnight...

Paul Robeson (play) in Venice

On December 19 & 21, Venice Food Not Bombs continued their tradition of resurrecting prominent leftists and bringing them to Venice. KB Solomon brought Paul Robeson’s songs and activism to life at the United Methodist Church’s Peace and Justice Hall. The year before, Karl Marx; this year Che? –Alice Stek

Post Office Selling Out

On December 15, a small “Public Notice” sign was taped to the front door of the Venice Post Office. It informed anyone who took the time to read it that the postal service was considering selling the carrier annex, located across the street (313 Grand Blvd.). It went on to state, “We invite your comments...

Fire on Palms

With 3 helicopters circling overhead on the evening of December 10, there was bound to be something happening. Arriving at Palms, east of Lincoln, it turned out to be a two alarm fire. The Beachhead, first on the scene, discovered that this was the second fire at the same address in just as many months....
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