Month

May 2012

The Fire Next Time

By Jim Smith Christine Burrill’s stunning exhibit of photo collages of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising has an impact and immediacy that few other art forms can convey. Three of the large collages were printed on brushed aluminum sheets by the Social and Public Arts Resource Center’s (SPARC) founder and artistic director Judy Baca. The...

EXTRA! Silicon Discovered in Venice

By Jamie Virostko Free Venice Where Art Thou? How will Venice’s future be affected by the recent and continuing influx of the Tech Industry? That was the subject of the well attended Emergence of Silicon Beach Town Hall, held at Westminster Elementary on April 12. Money and expertise are sweeping into Venice. We stand to...

Letters

Venice Skills Center – Rich Mann Big Wheel – Gail Rogers Moved by Open Letter – Diane Loggin   ——————————————— Venice Skills Center Dear Beachhead, After reading the April issue of the Beachhead (April 2012) in which Charles Thomas writes about the Venice Skills Center, I realized that he did not mention the testimonials at http://www.lausd.net/Venice_Skills_Center/testimonials.html I...

Tenants Reclaim Lincoln Place

Six years after they were booted out of their homes by corporate landlord AIMCO, happy tenants began returning to newly refurbished apartments on April 15. Evictees and their union, the Lincoln Place Tenant Association, plus a large number of Venice activists, never stopped fighting against the largest single-day eviction in Los Angeles County history. They...

Zip Line on the Beach?

By Greta Cobar The proposed Ferris Wheel project has been put on hold for at least a year, and a new Zip Line project is going to be proposed by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl at the May 15 Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting. The Zip Line was first suggested by Kevin Regan, assistant general manager of...

To feed or not to feed, that is the question?

By Ronald K. Mc Kinley In most major cities there are ordinances stopping or restricting the feeding of the homeless. Las Vegas, “home of Lost Wages,” was one of the first. A federal judge has blocked that law. New York’s mayor Bloomberg blocked food donations to all government-run homeless shelters, concerned that the donated food...

Cinco de Mayo Pancake Breakfast

Venice’s own Fire Station #63 will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 5, from 8 am until noon at the firehouse at Venice Blvd. and Shell Ave., next to Beyond Baroque. Come and meet Capt. Rex Vilaubi and his intrepid crew, check out the big red fire engines and equipment, tour the station...

Santa Monica College Students Blind-sided by Campus Police

By Roger Linnett Santa Monica College has joined the list of places where the police have used pepper spray for crowd control under questionable circumstances. A dubious honor to be sure, SMC joins UC Davis and the original Occupy Wall Street in New York City, where, in the last year, police have callously pepper-sprayed participants....

Ocean Front Walk: Vending or Free Speech

By Greta Cobar As expected and predicted, enforcement of the new Ocean Front Walk (OFW) ordinance regarding vending is starting to dwindle and become selective. While most vendors selling mass-produced, for resale merchandise on OFW were banned at the beginning of the year, when the new ordinance took effect, its enforcement is becoming less and...

POed at the PO

Song by Suzy Williams   COME AND SEE!  A TRAGEDY! THE VENICE POST OFFICE BY THE SEA THE BRIGHTEST JEWEL IN OUR CROWN NOW THEY WANT TO SHUT IT DOWN TAKE THE HEART FROM OUR COMMUNITY!   Since 1939, the Venice Post Office Has been the place to meet and greet and mail It’s a classy...
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