Month

March 2012

Fighting back against a faceless bureaucracy

By Jim Smith Nancy Williamson lives a few blocks from the Venice Post Office. For the past 10 years she has visited the building several times a week. “I’ve never gone into that building without looking up at the mural of Abbot Kinney, which I recently learned is called “The Story of Venice,” says Williamson....

Letters

 No Curfew – Eddie Wall  La Fortuna Market – Ty Allison Anne Alvarez responds —————————————- No Curfew Dear Beachhead, As a proud member of the Venice community, I feel like the curfew law for the boardwalk/ beach is a horrible idea.  I completely understand why they are trying to pass this law. I have been...

Google says “No comment” to 5,000 Venice Employees

By Greta Cobar When recently asked about the rumor that they plan to buy the building currently housing Gold’s Gym and increase the number of employees to 5000, Google’s response was “no comment.” The Binocular building they currently occupy reportedly houses 450 employees, and they already own an additional 70,000 square feet of real estate...

Metro Bus #733 Adds Stop at Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvds.

By Roger Linnett When the Metro Rapid #733 bus line began last year it stopped at the corner of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way as did the Local #33. Then last fall the powers that be at the MTA decided to discontinue that stop for the #733. The result was that the #733 went from...

Wild and Peaceful – The Ivory Queen of Soul

By Ronald K. Mc Kinley Mary Christine Brockert, known as Teena Marie, was born in Santa Monica and spent her early childhood in Mission Hills. Later she moved with her family to Venice to live in a large house on Nowita Court. Born on March 5, 1956 she was raised in Qakwood, nick-named “ghost town”...

Do we have Women’s Equality now?

Women’s Earnings as a Percentage of Men’s in 2009: 77%   (down from 77.8% in 2007) Percentage of women in each group: U.S. Population (2010 Census): 50.8% U.S. Senate: 17% House of Representatives: 16.6% California Legislature: 28.3% Los Angeles City Council: 6.6% Venice Neighborhood Council Board: 40% Free Venice Beachhead Collective: 64% –compiled by Jim Smith  

You Probably Never Heard of the Most Influential Woman of the 20th Century

By Roger Linnett What woman would you say had the biggest influence on 20th Century America? Susan B. Anthony? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks? Marilyn Monroe? Helen Gurley Brown? Gloria Steinem? Jacqueline Kennedy? Not even close. Her name was Frances Perkins, and she changed the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans. Born Fannie Coralie Perkins...

Round Two for the Venice Skills Center

By Charles Thomas The Venice Skills Center still needs your support and involvement, in whatever way you can avail yourself during the coming month. You may recall our coverage last month of the looming threat to cut all funding to the Skills Center. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) tentatively plans to end funding...

Venice Artist Diane Butler

Memorial Tribute: Venice Artist Diane Butler – Mary Getlein Song: There’s a ghost at every corner – Diane Buter Poem: To Diane Butler – Suzanne Verdal Poem: My Humble Ode to Diane – Tina Catalina Corcoran Poem: For Diane – Mary Getlein ————————————————- By Mary Getlein The Venice community lost a valuable member when Diane...

A Day and a Month to Celebrate Women

The celebration of women’s history has its origins in the International Women’s Day, first celebrated in Europe on March 8, 1911. In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County, California, Commission on the Status of Women began a “Women’s History Week” celebration that coincided with International Women’s Day. In 1980, President Carter issued...
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