Month

November 2011

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  Electric Lodge Ed Ferrer Mary Getlein Great Western Steak & Hoagie Company Arleen Hendler Sydney Lovelace/L.A. Surf and Swim Nutritional Warehouse Rebekah/Michael Ozier James Schley

Letters

Nether Regions of The Beachhead – DeDe Audet Homeless Emergency Task Force – Lisa Green —————————————————- Nether Regions of The Beachhead Dear Beachhead, I think you will be pleased to know I found Google googling The Beachhead.  In searching for material on “Delta smelt U.S. Fish and Wildlife findings” I was directed to http://freevenicebeachhead.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/water-crisis-the-delta-and-us/ where...

Benches and Tables to Remain at Oakwood Park; New Fitness Stations? Maybe

By Anne Alvarez Fitness stations versus park benches was the most important item on the Oakwood Park Advisory Board’s agenda, Nov. 1, and quite clearly what drove Venice locals to come out and make their voices heard. According to Lizka Mendoza Oakwood Park Director, final decision for it’s whereabouts are unknown. At one point, according to various people in attendance,...

Fighting the Postal Monolith

By Jim Smith Venice has always risen to the challenge when an outside force has threatened our community. Over the years, we have prevailed numerous times against developers and the city of Los Angeles. During the past six months a broad coalition has been built to oppose the US Postal Service plans to close our...

Sidebar – Why Saving the Post Office is important to our community

The Venice Main Post Office was built under the New Deal’s Works Project Administration and includes a cornerstone dated 1939. This historic building has been at the center of Venice community life for 72 years. It is located on the central plaza in the Windward commercial district. It is constantly busy with postal customers arriving...

After 20 years, Ocean Blue closes its doors On the Venice Boardwalk

By Kathy Leonardo When I first came to Venice, before I even moved to LA, I remember a store on the boardwalk called Ocean Blue. It had such cool stuff, mermaids with wings, flying high above my head, colorful painted wood framed mirrors in the shape of a sun, the smell of incense and candles...

Unoccupied – Two Views on the Occupy Movement

By Greta Cobar Occupy Venice voluntarily de-occupied the Windward Circle while all over the country the police have taken violent, extraordinary measures to do just that. Infiltrators have penetrated occupation movements in an effort to stir disagreements, fights, and ultimately to dissipate the collective solidarity of the 99%. Although the 1300 occupations taking place right...

Where’s the Movement? – Two Views on the Occupy Movement

By Bill Mitchell I see no real anti-war movement in the US.  Only more wars of aggression, now invading with intent to occupy all of Africa in the name on human rights protection.  President Barack Obama has been getting away with mass murder as the aggressor.  All while using the transparently bogus pretext of 9/11....

The Other Venice Film Festival

By CJ Gronner The 8th Annual Other Venice Film Festival was another success – and a blast – this year, featuring wonderful work from our own local filmmakers, as well as entries from around the world. The festival ran from October 13-16 this year, and it all started out with a big rager at Beyond...

Interview with Artist Ray Packard

By Mary Getlein Raymond Dean Packard was a Venice artist from 1975 to 1989. He is a renowned water colorist and oil painter who did hundreds of beautiful paintings of Venice.Beachhead: Beachhead: When did you feel like an artist? Did you always know you would be an artist? Packard: Yes, as far back as I...
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