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June 1, 2011

Advertising Graffiti Coming to Ocean Front Walk?

By Dennis Hathaway Ocean Front Walk is known as The Boardwalk, although it’s all concrete—the only boards in sight belong to distant surfers waiting to catch a wave. That view to the west is free of the intense commercialism of the inland side of the the Boardwalk, with its crowded T-shirt and souvenir shops, but...

Big Changes on Ocean Front Walk

A new ordinance for the west side of OFW is being worked up by the City, without participation by Venetians. The good news is that it will ban manufactured goods in favor of art and free speech. Historic old building face destruction (see above). A nearly-bankrupt L.A. wants to rake in big bucks by allowing...

Letters

4 O’Clock in the Morning Dear Beachhead, I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Roger Linnett, and The Beachhead, for your article “4 O’Clock in the Morning.” I wish I had written it myself. As you may or may not know I led an astronomy campout around the spring and fall equinoxes...

VNC goes on a shopping spree

Not to be outdone by the Pentagon, the Venice Neighborhood Council at its May 24 meeting voted to spend money like it was going out of style. President Linda Lucks explained that the funds would have to be returned to the City if VNC didn’t spend them (where they might have helped reduce the city’s...

Little Church of Horrors

By Calvin Moss The skate ramp has been torn down; the Peace with Justice Pantry and Venice Food not Bombs has been forced out. What exactly is happening over at the Venice United Methodist Church? Has Pastor Rev. A. Okechukwu Ogbonnaya, a Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian, brought third world anti-gay bigotry and combined it with good...

Community Pressure to Save Vera Davis Center Services Intensifies

By Roger Linnett The reassignment of the Vera Davis Center to the auspices of the L.A. Cultural Affairs Department is proceeding apace despite the hue and cry of Venice residents that both use and support its many charitable services. However, the city miraculously found $60,000 to pay for keeping the Center open during the coming...

Save The Venice Post Office

By Jim Smith Why would anyone want to sell our 72-year-old historic post office? The officials at the US Postal Service claim that it is because the quasi-public organization is in deep financial trouble. The USPS currently is $8 billion in debt. It estimates the sale of the Venice Post Office could bring in $4.8...

Blue Bus Cuts Back Service in Venice

By Mary Getlein Changes are coming to the Big Blue Bus service in Venice. They were approved by the Santa Monica City Council on May 12 and will go into effect August 28. The biggest change that will affect Venice bus riders is the elimination of Line 2, which will end at Hill St. and...

“Four In the Morning” – The Video

Last month’s wonderful pre-dawn ballet of Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter was at best difficult to see for most of us city dwellers. If you would like to see a day by day simulation of the entire month of May’s celestial flash mob, google: “The four planet dance of 2011” (with quotes), which will get you to a...

How Venice Voted – And Didn’t Vote

By Jim Smith Since February, when Jane Harman abruptly resigned her seat in Congress, 16 candidates have been working hard to discuss important national and international issues with the voters of the 36th District, including Venice. Unfortunately, Venetians and other voters failed miserably to hold up their end of citizenship. In fact, a lesser percentage...
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