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August 1, 2011

New Ordinance: No More Swap Meet on Boardwalk

By Greta Cobar A revised ordinance has been drafted by downtown city attorneys to stop the selling of merchandise from China that now dominates the Ocean Front Walk and replace it with First Amendment supported activity. It was drafted to “prohibit vending and excessive noise on public beaches” by amending Section 42.15 of the Los...

Letters

Make the Post Office a Bar Dear Beachhead: I have to say that I won’t be sad to see that post office go, for several reasons: (1) It’s ugly in there. There’s string hanging from the louvers, crap laying around the counters, and the whole space feels impersonal and bureaucratic. (2) I hate the plexiglass....

The 10 Most Ridiculous Anti-Homeless Laws

By Peggy Lee Kennedy The National Coalition for the Homeless offered a preview of their upcoming report on the criminalization of homelessness by choosing the top ten most ridiculous anti-homeless policies enacted in cities across America. During the term of an alleged progressive City Council person, the National Coalition for the Homeless has now rated...

Historic Gondola Returned to Former Site of Canal Lagoon

By Nikki Gilbert Eighty years after the last canals were drained, filled in and paved to make way for automobiles, the iconic symbol of Venice has returned to its rightful location, the Grand Lagoon. On Friday, July 1, a replica of an historic gondola was installed at Windward Circle, which was the site of the lagoon and the...

Oakwood Barbecue Draws Hundreds

By Roger Linnett The 5th Annual Venice Community BBQ and Picnic held at Oakwood Park July 16 was acclaimed a rousing success by all who attended. In addition to tons of great food and equally tasty music there were games and races and a jumper for the kids, a tug-of-war, a watermelon-eating contest and a...

Tisha Bedrosian, First President of the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council

By Jim Smith No one worked harder than Tisha Bedrosian to create a neighborhood council in Venice. And no one had a more controversial term, or resigned before it was over. The 50-year-old Bedrosian died July 19 of cancer. She had ceased to be an active player in Venice politics in 2004. However, from 2000...

Film Review: If A Tree Falls

By Mary Getlein Coming home from seeing the movie If A Tree Falls, coming home on the #1 Bus. We pass car dealership lots – I imagine them igniting in flame as we pass. What would this world look like if we all destroyed the things we hated? The trees are still here in Venice...

Text of the Draft Ocean Front Walk Ordinance

As a public service, the Free Venice Beachhead is printing the Draft Ordinance in its entirety: An ordinance amending Section 42.15 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to prohibit vending and excessive noise on beaches or upon immediately adjacent boardwalks, sidewalks and public ways. THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DO ORDAIN AS...

Easing The Automobile Out Of Venice

By Jim Smith Getting around Venice can be a problem if you don’t have a car. Even then, if you park your car on the street, don’t even think about moving it on a sunny weekend, or nearly any time during summer days. First Friday can extend the problem well into the evening if you...

Community Garden Sprouts in Venice

CJ Gronner I had just about had it with urban problems this last month. I thought I was actually going crazy from chopper noise that one night that they hovered right over my house for four (plus) hours, just to get some Best Buy robbers (you’ve got to wonder what the resources wasted for HOURS...
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