Month

November 2009

Murder on Venice Boulevard

By Jim Smith Devin Petelski had just finished her shift at a detox center near Costco. At 11:45 pm on Oct. 15, she pulled up to a stop sign at Glyndon and Venice Blvd and began a right turn onto Venice. She never saw the angel of death barreling toward her in the form of...

Lincoln Place Tenants Going Home

Up to 83 one and two bedroom apartments will be reoccupied by tenants who were unceremoniously evicted by AIMCO (Apartment Investment and Management Company), the large corporation that owns Lincoln Place. AIMCO and the tenants’ association have reached a tentative agreement that will restore many of the 80 renters who were removed from their homes...

Letters

Vending in Venice Dear Beachhead, I have just recently moved back to Florida after being a vendor on the Boardwalk for two years. I have listened to all the bickering between vendors, and between vendors and the Lottery Officials. Years ago Abbot Kinney wanted the Boardwalk area to be a place for artists and musicians....

After Obama…American Idol?

By Alice Cramden Let me get this right.  We are in the midst of an economic Armageddon the likes of 1929. Obama, the great savior for whom I worked tirelessly for six weeks, whacking my back in the process, canvassing from door to door, regaling every neighbor in every neighborhood in greater Albuquerque, that he...

In Brief

Once More Into The Breach “Reform” City Attorney Still Wants OPDs Rapist On The Loose ———– Once More Into The Breach Just when you thought it was safe to park your RV, the Coastal Commission is holding yet another hearing on November 5 in Long Beach. The announcement from the Coastal Commission says, “the purpose of this...

On the Boardwalk – Treasure Maps

By Ian Lovett We start the walk back up 20th Pl. “I’m looking for a dresser, for my van,” Roger says.  “Hopefully closer to Rose.” We don’t touch anything on this street. Most of the dumpster lids here hang open, raided of anything of potential value. Some of the worst crack addicts hang out on...

Eyewitness to “Murder on Venice Blvd”

By Ruth Fowler I live at the intersection of Venice Blvd and Glyndon Avenue in Venice Beach. On October 15, I went to bed early – about 11pm. I woke up briefly when I heard a horrific screech of breaks and a terrifying crash – but to be honest, when you live in Venice, you...

Universal Health Care Versus the Corporations

By Jim Smith No matter what happens in Congress this year, the fight for real health care reform is just beginning. This year we are likely to see a bill that only the health insurance corporations can love. It will give them windfall profits by creating a true monopoly where everyone in the country is...

Skills Center Here to Stay

The Oct. 15 dedication of the new Venice Skills Center’s (VSC) permanent building after nearly 41 years of teaching out of many temporary structures gives the L.A. Unified school an all new feel. Course offerings include computer repair, graphic design, business English and math, computer applications, optical dispensing, web design, Cisco networking and dental assistant....

Steve Richmond, Venice Poet, 1941 – 2009

By Panos Douvos On October 22, 2009, the West lost a great lyric poet. Steve Richmond’s work spoke raw truths while offering sharp inner awareness. He published ten books and also appeared in Kenyon Review, Wormwood and Partisan magazines. Steve’s friends considered him a most important poet – an American Rimbaud – and that “He...
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