Month

August 2009

Artists Protest Commercial Vending on Ocean Front Walk

By Barbara Ransom I attended the Venice Beach Boardwalk Lottery, July 21, as an observer. A fascinating eclectic mix of people stood around chatting, drinking coffee, and waiting, waiting for their chance to claim a ten by ten spot on the Venice Boardwalk for the coming week or weekend. Each person put their seller’s card...

Live Free Or Drive!

By Jennifer Smith and Jim Smith The recent battle over permit parking has kept a spotlight on Venetians’ continuing dilemma of where to stash their cars. Yet, no solutions have yet been proposed that would address the problem – with or without pay parking – with a long-term solution. Much of the dialogue has centered...

Letters

What a life indeed – Tim Dybvig Camping Area Needed for RVs – Michael Millman ———– What a life indeed Dear Beachhead, I’m sitting at Abbot’s Habit, enjoying my first of what I imagine will be many of their delicious sandwiches, and today marks officially one week that I’ve lived in venice. I picked up...

Why Doesn’t Obama Tell It Like It Is? The Actually Existing Health Care System

By Carl Ginsburg There is nothing inherently wrong with spending 17 per cent of GDP on health care if the result is a really healthy population. Just like there is nothing wrong with a “big” budget deficit if the money goes to making good jobs for working people, cleaning up their cities and environment and...

As the Crow Caws

(One Sassy Bird’s Opinion) Well, I suppose I should first introduce myself before I start mouthing off. My name is Lily Crow and I live here in Venice. Anyway, there has been a lot of hooplala over those big RV’s parking in the streets. Now ordinarily, we crows stay out of human affairs for a...

Volleyball Without A Net

By Amy V. Dewhurst Where Are Our Volleyball Nets??? There are a total of three volleyball nets north of the Breakwater on the 600 block of Ocean Front Walk (eight total in Venice). For more than a month one third of them have been missing. Whether from natural wear and tear, an act of vandalism...

Swami X Speaks

The wonder and beauty of Life in this section of the Cosmos is that it is all connected with Love. I’m not sure how It works in the other sections. I hope to understand It all someday. In the meantime, I’ll cultivate gratitude for the endless blessings that daily come my way. A lot of...

Car Show Stops Traffic on Rose Avenue

By Greta Cobar More than a hundred sparkly cars, motorcycles and bicycles rolled onto Rose Ave, June 30, as the Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) successfully put on its first “Venice Beach Rides for the Community” Car and Motorcycle Show. The event was awesome, to be surpassed only by its mission of raising money for...

I Became a Communist in Venice

By Mark Lipman While attending the opening of the 2nd Biannual San Francisco International Poetry Festival (July 23-26), I had the opportunity to speak with its organizer, San Francisco’s poet laureate, Jack Hirschman. Sitting in his white linoleum kitchen, around a bottle of Russian vodka – all he’ll drink – we started reading poems to...

Poetry

ALL THAT’S LEFT – Jack Hirschman Untitled – Roger Houston City of Dreams – Hillary Kaye CHARLIE WOLF, MUSICOLOGICAL BOY WONDER – Hal Bogotch EVERY POEM I WRITE – Philomene Long COLD ELLISON VI – Philomene Long THE GHOSTS OF VENICE WEST – Philomene Long To Philomene –Krista Schwimmer Philomene recites a poem – Jim Smith ————-...