Month

February 2010

So Long, Carol –It’s Been A Blast!

Carol Fondiller Berman June 22, 1936 – Jan. 9, 2010 A Community Celebration of the life of Carol Fondiller Berman who dedicated herself and her writings to the preservation and betterment of Venice Saturday, February 13 at Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd. 1pm – Reception 2-4pm – Program All Beachhead Readers are invited. For more...

Interview with Thomas Paine Haag Duggan

By Greta Cobar Carol Fondiller used to baby-sit Thomas Duggan, formerly known as Thomas Haag, Anna’s son. Yes, Anna Haag, who with John Haag operated the Venice West Cafe at 7 Dudley from 1962-66. John, Anna and Carol were also on the collective of the first Beachhead in 1968. One person who knew all of...

Letters

Carol Fondiller – Ingrid Mueller Carol Fondiller – Cher Oakes Carol Evelyn Fondiller Berman – Mary Jane Silent Running – Bonnie Wolfe Weed Blowers – Simone White Plain English – DeDe Audet Supports the Beachhead – Marcy Winograd ————- Carol Fondiller It’s truly sad to lose Carol’s mighty voice. When ‘checking out’ her renovated boardwalk...

Historical Status for 7 Dudley Advances

Historical status for the building that housed the Venice West coffeehouse (see photo, right), the Potpourri coffeehouse, the Vox Populi coffeehouse and Sponto Gallery was approved by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, Jan. 7. That’s just the beginning, says Alan Leib, who initiated the application for historical recognition. Leib, who previously was instrumental in...

Sluice Gates slush fund

Six years after the project was approved by the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council (GRVNC), new sluice gates are in operation on the Venice canals. The gates regulate the flow of sea water into and out of the canals. On April 22, 2004, the GRVNC Board, including this reporter, unanimously approved “$560,000 expenditure for repair,...

Can Medical Marijuana Cure Bad Politics?

In the midst of a depression, the Los Angeles City Council wants to create 30 empty storefronts where thriving businesses now reside and throw hundreds of people out of work. And that’s just in Venice. Throughout the city of L.A., thousands would be out of work, a good proportion no doubt would become homeless for...

Carol Fondiller

By Pam Emerson When I met Carol in 1975, she was engaged in a struggle to preserve space for poor people – benches to sit on, apartments to live in, small groceries and small places to eat. She had been doing this for years in several venues, including the Beachhead. She was also a story...

Obama’s First Year

By Jim Smith It’s been a year since George W. Bush left the White House (and he has yet to be arrested for war crimes). When Barack Obama took his place, the big majority of Americans applauded because his name was not Bush. Many, perhaps a majority, were thrilled because a Black man, a man...

It’s All The Rage

By Roger Linnett If you’ve paid any attention to the news lately you couldn’t help but notice that – Jeez those Democrats are sure lousing things up! It has even been reported on the front page of The New York Times and by NBC Nightly News (those bastions of liberalism) that the Democrats would take...

When wasn’t there Carol?

By Lance Diskan The first Venice neighborhood meeting I went to – 1968 – there she was. When I visited Venice to celebrate our Centennial in 2005, there she was. For us, it’s been forty years of shared struggle, joy, language and solidarity. She’s irreplaceable, and a fundamental personality in Venetian history. Abbot would have...
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