Month

December 2012

Venice – Where Art Meets (White Collar) Crime

By CJ Gronner If you had left Venice even a year ago, and returned today to stroll down Abbot Kinney, you might think you got lost and wound up on Robertson or Montana. If you ever cared about Venice being cool and unique and outside of the mainstream, you would certainly be aghast to find...

Stand Still for the Apocalypse

By Chris Hedges Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank. The continued failure to respond aggressively to climate...

Letters

Letters: Dear Beachhead – by Daniel Carrillo, Weott State Prison Dear Beachhead – by Ron Lowe Dear Beachhead – by Charles Thomas —————————– Dear Beachhead, Sending this letter in response to let you and your staff know that I very much highly appreciate the fact that you were able to send me the newspaper. Thanks to you....

Santa Monica Should Give Its Los Angeles Neighbors a Fair Voice on the SM Airport Commission

By Martin Rubin The City of Santa Monica has basically ignored the complaints of Venice residents for more than two decades. They moved takeoffs from over Santa Monica to over Venice. Los Angeles residents in Venice and Mar Vista want to be heard. They want an opportunity to discuss the issues that affect their health...

California Coastal Commission Silences Pacific Gas & Electric's Airguns

By Krista Schwimmer On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the California Coastal Commission unanimously and vehemently denied Pacific Gas & Electric Company a permit that would have allowed them to conduct a high energy seismic survey off shore of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, along the Central Coast of California. To accomplish this goal, the Research...

The Venice Drum Circle (Free Expression) 

By Ronald McKinley The police routinely stop the Venice Drum Circle. The time is never the same, sometimes sunset, sometimes not. Sunday, November 25, at 5:10 P.M. the circle was stopped. The sunset was beautiful. The First Amendment to the American Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, gives us the Freedoms. The freedom to...

Commissioner Burke Speaks to Beach Curfew

By John Davis The most fundamental resource the California Coastal Act protects is access to the beach, day or night, by anyone, of any color, or of any income bracket. The beach is our public trust. Over twenty years ago the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance locking the public out at night. In...

Swami X Speaks

On December 21st, according to the Mayan calendar, we will see a subtle change as the world is transformed into a higher level of consciousness, not the doom and gloom everyone has predicted.  We have no record or knowledge that the Mayans would think the world would come to an end.  To the Mayans, it...

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving, and Always

By Anne Alvarez Venice’s spirit shone upon Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day for our less fortunate, and often invisible, Venice residents, many of whom started their day off with a holiday feast and warm welcoming smiles from the volunteers at the dinner held at the Venice Basketball Courts. Spearheaded by Anthony Perez from the...

A Beach Head Write About the Beachhead

By Carol Fondiller Frankly, I feel as if I’m viewing the decades of the Free Venice Beachhead’s existence on old celluloid film. Jumping and bumping with splats, cracks and flashes. Cutting through images that have been spliced together with cellophane tape being fed through the old moviola of my brain. Who was that guy with...
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