Month

May 2011

Lest We Forget Japanese-American Memorial Marker Groundbreaking

69 Years Later: Returning to the corner of Venice and Lincoln Blvds on April 25, 2011, Japanese-American camp survivors and friends gather to launch a reminder of their ordeal. Top row (standing): Noboru Kamibayashi, Linda Lucks, Hideyo Takimoto, Mitzi Takimoto, Brian Maeda, Bill Rosendahl, Scott Pine, Arnold Maeda, Suzie Yamato, Aya Masada,  Hiram Ohta, John Marumoto,...

Depleted Uranium strikes friends and foes alike in Libya

By Karl Abrams High in the skies of Libya, NATO jets, equipped with uranium bullets and uranium-tipped missiles, are probably being used to assist Libyan rebels in toppling the regime of Muammar Gaddafy. France, Great Britain and the US regularly employ concrete bunker-busting uranium weapons and have consistently blocked UN proposals to ban them. They won’t...

Bumpy Ride on the Roadmap to Homes

By Roger Linnett On April 19, The VNC held a special meeting at Westminster School for the sole purpose of voting on Councilman Rosendahl’s proposal to use part of the Penmar Golf Course’s parking lot as the third leg in his “Roadmap to Homes” pilot program. After Councilman Rosendahl gave a short introduction, his chief...

Letters

Westminster and Charter Schools – Sue Kaplan Swami X – Ron Grubaugh ———————————– Westminster and Charter Schools Dear Beachhead, As the presenter of the motion concerning Westminster Elementary School and its resources, I would like to make clear that this was in no way a referendum on charter schools and certainly not about Green Dot....

When the law is wrong it turns the police into thugs

By Clay Clairborn Last December our city council representative Bill Rosendahl has brought into Venice a special squad of 21 LAPD officers for the expressed purpose of vigorously enforcing LA MC 85.02, which forbids “living” or sleeping in a vehicle parked on the street. He has been doing this at a time when America is...

Vera Davis Center: The Plot Thickens

By Jim Smith When is a Community Center not a Community Center? Venice may soon find out if the Vera Davis-McClendon Youth and Family Center is absorbed by the city’s Cultural Affairs Dept., which only recognizes and funds art and culture. In two separate meetings last month, Oakwood and Venice residents expressed in no uncertain...

Summer Violence Hits The Beach – Months Early

By Greta Cobar Violence preceded summer this year in Venice with a shooting, a stabbing and several mass fights. As a result, the LAPD will substantially increase its patrol officers’ presence at the beach starting the first weekend in May. Six gunshots were fired April 16 around 6:30pm on OFW and 17th Av. One 23-year...

The World’s Greatest Wino

By CJ Gronner Bobby Brown (”No, not like the singer, he’s like ME!”) is better known as The World’s Greatest Wino on Venice Beach. I sat down to talk with him this morning (”Let’s sit on a bench in the sunshine.”), and can assure you that he lives up to his title. Except that he’s...

Viva Pachamama! – Bolivia Celebrates Law Granting Rights to Mother Earth!

By ENS and Erica Snowlake La Paz – Bolivia marked the International Day of Mother Earth, April 22, with a ceremony in the Plaza Murillo, the center of political power. An ancient ritual shared center stage with speeches in which authorities in this Andean nation extolled the Law of Mother Earth – the world’s first...

4 O’Clock in the Morning

By Roger Linnett This month serves up a sweet little visual treat for our enjoyment; 4 of the 5 planets visible with the naked-eye will all rise together in the eastern pre-dawn sky. Plus we’re going to encounter a meteor shower, those fiery, cosmic sprinkles, which peaks the first week of the month, and for the metaphorical cherry on top...
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