Month

April 2011

Post Office Sale?

By Jim Smith The U.S. Post Office is considering selling its historic building on the Venice Circle, according to a spokesperson for the government agency. Richard J. Maher, press spokesperson, says a decision has not yet been made and that the community will be given input before anything is finalized. He says the current operation...

Vera Davis Center Faces Uncertain Future

Community organizations that service low income residents in Oakwood from offices in the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center at 610 California Avenue are worried that they are about to lose their happy home. They learned only on March 28 that the building, which was the old Venice library, was being transferred from the...

PEOPLE WIN: Westminster Keeps Its Classrooms

By Greta Cobar Green Dot will not open a sixth-grade charter school on the Westminster Elementary School campus, according to an email sent out by Karen Brown, Westminster Avenue Elementary Principal. Thanks to this decision Westminster will not lose its library, parent resource center, science and art rooms. According to Proposition 39, an education initiative...

Letters

Tina Catalina Checks In – Tina Catalina Corcoran Broadway Enrollment – Rachael Babcock Solidarity With Wisconsin Workers – Larry Gross ———————– Tina Catalina Checks In Dear Beachhead, Thank you for Mary Getlein, and Patty W., and Jim Smith, and everyone who has been DisPlaced … or MisPlaced… I miss you… Always, Tina Catalina Corcoran/Great Grandma Tina ————-...

A Father Speaks About His Murdered Son

Nathan Morgan’s body was discovered just hours after he had been treated in Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center’s emergency room for an injury to his left elbow. Coroner’s records show that he told hospital officials said he had hurt himself while “doing gymnastics drunk.” We believe that this had something to do with what had occurred...

The Race Is On – For Congress

Eighteen candidates are running to replace Jane Harman as our Congressional Representative. Their political positions range from the Left to the Right, and far Right. Many of them will be sending you slick mailers every day between now and election day on May 17. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote,...

Joseph Baruch, Finjan Cafe Owner

Joseph, Venice Beach regular, one time owner of Finjan Cafe on Ocean Front Walk and sometimes known as Veince’s only resident oud and dumbech master passed away on February 1st, just a few days before his 82nd birthday. He was born February 9, 1929 in Baghdad, Iraq. He moved with his family to Israel in...

Recognizing A Tragedy: 69 Years Later

It has been nine long years since a small group of Venetians came together to call attention to a terrible wrong that had been committed in our community. On April 25, 1942, approximately 1,000 Japanese-Americans living in Venice, Santa Monica and surrounding farms were required to report to Lincoln and Venice Blvds. with only what...

“Highway to Heaven” or “Roadmap to Hell?”

By Jim Smith   On March 22 the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) took another stab at addressing the biggest controversy in our community in recent years – RVs and homelessness. Some outraged voices maintain that the treatment of those living in their vehicles by the L.A. Council office and by the Los Angeles Police Department...

Are you safe from a Tsunami on Abbot Kinney Blvd.? Not Hardly!

How Can They Screw Up Something As Simple As Tsunami Signs? The City of L.A. is doing us a favor by posting more Tsunami warning signs. Problem is, they’re inaccurate, and possibly dangerous. This sign on Abbot Kinney Blvd. is right in the middle of the Tsunami Evacuation Area, according to a city of Los...
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