Month

February 2013

VNC Monthly Meeting: The Great Storage Bin Debate

By Jamie Virostko It was a particularly long night at the VNC monthly meeting on January 22nd with the Winter Shelter Storage Program Motion taking over an hour of the night’s minutes. Other motions on the Agenda, included a Resolution on a Proposed $3 Billion Street Repair Bond Measure; Speed Monitoring Radar Signs on Pacific,...

El Bordello Alexandria

By CJ Gronner I’ve walked by the big, crazy looking gargoyle house on Westminster and Speedway for years, always wondering what the story of the place could possibly be. I finally got the chance to hear it the other day when I sat down to talk with owner, Tony Wells. I had heard varying stories...

Letters

Letters Buddy Clark’s Store on Lincoln – by Lisa Green Dear Beachhead – by Don Schraier ————————————— Dear Beachhead, I wanted to let others know that Buddy Clark has opened a thrift store on Lincoln Blvd. The address is 835 Lincoln Blvd., at the intersection of Lincoln Blvd and Brooks, across from the pet store....

Emily Winters Writes on Mural Ordinance and VNC

Dear Beachhead, The Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 22 voted unanimously to revisit their vote to accept the Los Angeles City Mural Ordinance due to final changes made by Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) on January 15th that resolved the issues in question. The VNC Arts Committee will reevaluate the final...

Declare a "Shelter Crisis" in Los Angeles

One of the state’s most powerful tools to assist the vulnerable homeless population is hardly being used. Buried within California’s legal codes is a 25-year-old statute that allows counties and municipalities to declare a state of emergency when a “significant number” of homeless people exist in a community, allowing them to convert public facilities into...

Chuck Cheats at Ballona

By John Davis It is no surprise to environmental advocates that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to cheat environmental laws to build a 46,000 square foot building that would include an auditorium, parking lot, and retail (business) on the sensitive Ballona Wetlands Ecological Preserve. Charles Bonham, the Executive Director of the...

A Consequence of Being Human: Homelessness and Human Rights

By Daniel James Keegan O’Connell We all lay down once in a while. Be it sunbathing, napping, reading a book, or just stretching out, we all do it. Personally I like the beach; I can do all of the above on the beach. The thing is, the act of lying down can be controversial, because...

The Gun-Control Debate

By Mark Lipman Finally, a serious debate and the political will for gun control has emerged in this country, and it only took the massacre of a school full of children to do it. In the wake of the Newtown shooting, President Obama delivered what I consider to be the best speech of his career,...

Some Will Never Be Gentrified

By John O’Kane Many have expected Venice to become another upscale coastal community ever since the early 60s, when the city directors began dozing the architectural gems copied from the Italian source. The gentry go after good business deals and cheap property wherever they may be. Once the poor man’s beach, Venice lagged behind other...

Obit: Nick Lenin Conn

Nick Conn, long-time Venice resident, died at his home at 224 San Juan Avenue on Tuesday Evening, November 13, 2012.  Born Nicolai Lenin Conn on February 22, 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was the middle son of three, his older brother, Karl Marx Conn, born in 1920 and Anatole France Conn born in 1926....
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