Month

July 2009

Venetians Cheer As California Coastal Commission Says No to Permit Parking

By Ian Lovett On June 11, the California Coastal Commission voted 9-1, with one abstention, to reject a proposal to institute Overnight Parking Districts in Venice between the hours of 2-6 am. The vote came at the end of a five-hour public hearing, which featured testimony from the LAPD, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and hundreds...

After the Coastal Commission Vote – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

After the Coastal Commission Vote – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? By Jim Smith The California Coastal Commission made a wise decision, June 11, when it denied pay parking (Overnight Parking Districts – OPDs) in Venice. It is a decision that I believe most Venetians will come to agree with, even those who adamantly...

Letters

• Gail Gordon and Sonny Zorro – Therese Daniels • Retake OFW for the People – Clay Claiborne • Michael Jackson – Shannon O’Brien • Advertisements on the Beach – Cory Zaun ————– Gail Gordon and Sonny Zorro Dear Beachhead, Regina Barton called me to inform me of the passing of an old Venice character–Gail Gordon. She called me because...

Who Owns the Beach?

By John Davis If you are a citizen of the United States, you do. Each individual citizen is sovereign. Instead of a single ruler or king there are millions of us. However, if you do not know or understand the power you wield, such great power is meaningless. In such a system all public officials...

Pastor Tom Ziegert is leaving

The popular and activist minister of the Venice United Methodist Church (VUMC) has been appointed to the Point Loma church in San Diego (Ocean Beach), beginning August 1. The VUMC will honor Pastor Tom’s contributions during the past eight years at a lunch celebration at Noon, Sunday, July 12, on the VUMC campus, 1020 Victoria...

Israel Levin Center Needs Help

For 45 years, thousands of senior residents of Venice have been assisted by the Israel Levin Senior Center. Recently, the Center has fallen on hard times and needs the community’s help. When the Center was founded, many thousands of elderly Jewish people resided on or near Ocean Front Walk. They included concentration camp survivors and...

Freemasonry in Venice

By Michael Wamback In 1903, a group of prominent civic and business leaders headed by Abbot Kinney, a Freemason, decided that a Masonic Lodge was needed to serve what was then the community of Ocean Park. They petitioned the Grand Lodge of California for permission to organize and form such a Lodge. By 1905, they...

Students Continue Campaign for Memorial for Japanese Who Were Taken to World War II Camps

A campaign to create what may be the first historical marker at a round-up point where Japanese were taken away to internment camps in 1942 continues to gain support among Venice High School students. The students have been writing letters to Councilperson Bill Rosendahl and to the Beachhead in support of a permanent marker at...

Cops Target Venice Gambling Dens, 1948

By Michael Linder The Great Venice Gambling Raids of 1948 hit smack in the middle of the Communist scare — in full swing and zeroing in on comic books, a subversive plot by Commies, corrupting youth with bosomy babes on pulpy pages. So claimed the paranoid and easily-outraged as Red Menace panic spread, even though...

The Beachhead and Mayor Villaraigosa Honor Swami X at Beyond Baroque

By Karl Abrams In an emotional ceremony at Venice’s Beyond Baroque on Sunday June 21, 83-year old Swami X, famed 1970’s and 80’s boardwalk comic, writer and muse, was presented with a Los Angeles City Council Resolution by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa “proclaiming” the city-wide recognition of his life’s work. The award...
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