Month

January 2011

WikiLeaks and Local Leaks

By Jim Smith Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.  ~Aldous Huxley Silly Hillary. Did she really think the internet was a safe place for her deepest, darkest secrets? She’s not alone. The geniuses of the military end of the Empire also put its secrets – massacres in Iraq and...

First Friday Reboots, Without Food Trucks

By CJ Gronner Venice was a real village this past weekend. A real small town vibe permeated all the proceedings, beginning with First Fridays. The Abbot Kinney merchants finally banded together to get a No Parking permit for the evening, so no cars – or Food Trucks – were allowed to park on the Boulevard...

TOO MANY TOURISTS

By Greta Cobar The Venice Neighborhood Council held a Town Hall Meeting on December 2 to discuss Venice as the #1 tourist destination in Southern California. However, the voices on the microphone echoed those of  the September 23 meeting, which was dominated by Bill Rosendahl’s mission to get rid of RVs and to institute his...

Letters

• A House Is Not Always a Home; And a Home Isn’t Necessarily a House – Peter M. Lonnies • Happy Anniversary – Lance Diskan • Donation – Mark Kleiman • Drumcircle is a temple not a nightclub – Dusty P. Greenhaus ————————— A House Is Not Always a Home And a Home Isn’t Necessarily a House Dear...

Teena Marie, A Child of Venice Dies

By Clay Claiborne The famous Rhythm & Blues singer Teena Marie died in her home in Pasadena the day after Christmas. She was born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica in 1956 and grew up in Oakwood and was raised on Motown music and African-American culture. She attended Venice High School and worked at the...

Jim Morrison Pardoned; Doors Demand Apology

Former Venice resident Jim Morrison was pardoned Dec. 9 for indecent exposure and profanity by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the state clemency board, but the remaining Doors reject it. The incident allegedly took place at a 1969 concert in Miami. The Doors response: In August (1970), Jim Morrison went on trial in Miami. He...

A Tale of Two Wars: Vietnam/Afghanistan

By Clay Claiborne In the spirit of Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.”  I offer the following combined brief history of the Vietnam and Afghan Wars: Although the War in [Vietnam|Afghanistan] was started by the previous occupant of the Whitehouse, President [Johnson|Obama] made it his own and greatly expanded it. There were...

Keeping Vigil For Eun Kang

By Krista Schwimmer On December 8, a group of around 20 to 25 people met at Crescent Place Triangle to hold a candlelight vigil for Eun Kang, a 38 year old Venetian resident brutally raped and stabbed to death in her own home one year earlier. At the time of her death, she was pregnant...

Billy’s Apartment

Carol Fondiller died last Jan. 9 after working most of 41 years on the Beachhead. Here are her comments from March, 2005:   By Carol Fondiller The voice on the other end of the phone said, “Rumors are whizzing “round, noisy as skeeters on a stagnant pool spreading west Nile disease. Billy’s apartment building is...

Farewell to Billy’s

By Jeff Willis Once I lived down by the sea In an old wood house with the name “Billy’s” Eight shotgun shacks, front and back But a view and a breeze they didn’t lack   All the residents I knew well Each of them had a story to tell Young and old, rich and poor...
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