Month

March 2010

A Venice Woman copes with raising a child, living in an RV, and the dreaded “sweeps”

By Rune Girshfeld The police have been sounding out the possibilities for “sweeping” the streets since last October.  October 21, 2009 was the first instance in which I personally heard usage of that inhumane and notorious metaphor to refer to removing the vehicularly homed and sidewalk sleepers from the streets in Venice.  Two policewomen came...

Holiday Venice tenants ask Obama administration to help them buy the apartment buildings

By Lydia Poncé Residents of Oakwood’s 15 low-income buildings known as Holiday Venice Apartments, and community members, packed the Annex Room at Oakwood Park, Feb. 23, to hear what Carol Galante Assistant Deputy Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, had to say about preserving their homes. These apartments are homes for mostly single working mothers,...

Letters

Is anyone else out there? – Mary Getelin Oakwood Park – Laddie Williams Police Sweep the Beach – Mark Lipman ———— Is anyone else out there? Dear Beachhead, A young man I know is in jail, partly because he is Salvadorean, and is harassed for “driving while Mexican.” He needs to have a new public...

In Brief

Environmentalists versus Playa Vista It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over, might have been coined to describe the nearly 30 year fight to preserve the Ballona wetlands. The latest round began Feb. 24 when environmentalists submitted briefs to the Appellate Court alleging that the city of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality...

Plastic Bags, Plastic Oceans, Plastic People

By Jim Smith What’s wrong with plastic bags? First, they are non-biodegradable, meaning they will outlast you, and the way things are going, the entire human race. They can blow away even if you put them in a garbage can. They can end up in a tree, on a fence, or worse, in a storm...

From the Beachhead Archives Nov. 1977: Remembering Bingo: “Daughter-of-Darkness, Sister of Light”

By Carol Fondiller People gathered on the rocks at Brooks Avenue Beach to remember a very important person. The people who are moving in and building Valley-sized houses on Venice lots, whimpering that less than 2,000  square feet for a family is a slum, wouldn’t think  “Bingo” Bingham important at all.  In their eyes she...

Profile: Venice Singer Simone White

By Erica Snowlake Introducing Simone White, she who wanders whither and hither around the world, charming audiences with her (encore!) prodigious gifts of singing, songwriting, and fine guitar playing. Our lithe lovely mingles the tradition of the bard (wandering) and the chanteuse (crooning) with a voice evoking the honey-dripping bird tribes of Hawaii while boldly...

Profile: Venice Activist Ivonne Guzman

By Krista Schwimmer With even more homeless people living on the streets, it is inspiring to meet and talk with Ivonne Guzman, CEO of “Reach for the Top,” a federally tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Located in Venice since 2005, this organization is dedicated to housing the homeless, as well as distributing food to the community itself....

The Life of Euni Kang

By Chris Chanaud It was about a week after Euni Kang was raped and murdered, that I went down to Venice to meet up with her 2 closest friends. I had never really spent a lot of time with them but I’d heard enough about them from Euni that I felt I already knew them....

Andrew Koenig, My Venice Neighbor and Friend

By krista schwimmer On Thursday night, February 25th, my friend, Simona, found me at work to tell me that my friend and neighbor, Andrew Koenig, had been found dead in Stanly Park, Vancouver, Canada. Although he had been missing by then since the 16th, and had a history of depression, I had still held up...
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