Month

April 2013

Keep Venice Free – No OPDs

By Greta Cobar What else could possibly be done to change the welcoming spirit that has been the trademark of Venice for as long as it’s been on the map? How about bringing in Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) that would make it illegal to park without a city-issued permit from 2am to 5am. The California...

To Be A Poet

  to be a poet is to be a waiter you wait for inspiration you wait for that ray of sun that illuminates, explains some piece of life that eluded you before: a casual kiss of a child to its mother a smile, a laugh – you looking on: grateful for a happy glimpse of...

Dear Free Venice Beachhead Family

  Esteemed greetings and utmost respects is extended to all of my Venetian Brethren!! My name is Nicholas Anthony Sena and I was raised in Venice and love my hometown deeply!! I’m certain that this missive is very different from the norm, but I was inspired by our community’s nature, and your work with Beachhead,...

VJAMM Fundraiser at Hama Sushi on Thursday, April 25

By Phyllis Hayashibara Esther Chaing, proprietor of Hama Sushi in Venice, has graciously offered once again to host a fundraiser for the Venice Japanese America Memorial Marker on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the landmark restaurant at 213 Windward Avenue “on the circle” in Venice.  Head chef Kinya Aota and chef Masayo Onuki will once...

Poverty and the Profit Motive

By Mark Lipman Disparity is all around us, pocketed by great bunkers of wealth.  Fortified swimming pools and Rolls Royces share the same intersections as shopping cart homeless.  Invisible to all, poverty is everywhere. The common theme we see from California to New York, from Benton Harbor to New Orleans, is that in every single...

March Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting Overview

By Greta Cobar The March Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Board meeting was of the shortest duration so far, according to Linda Lucks, VNC President. One of the issues discussed during that meting were digital billboards. The permits given for their operation by the city of Los Angeles in 2006 were deemed illegal by the California...

Sidewalk and Bus Stop Taken Over by Owner of Venice Historical Post Office

By Greta Cobar Joel Silver, the new owner of the historical building that formerly housed the Venice Post Office, does not have permits to block the sidewalk and the bus stop around his property, but he does not seem to care. The public needs to call inspector Ed Oddone at 213-252-3085 for the limits on...

Failed Boardwalk Ordinance Leads to Abuse of Power

By Greta Cobar As the Beachhead fore-saw in its January 2012 issue, the new Ordinance regulating free speech on Ocean Front Walk (OFW) is not being enforced, and vending is in full swing (http://bit.ly/13dLKrQ). The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have displayed full power and control over selective enforcement, choosing to ignore vendors of mass-produced...

Crawling for Art in the Snake Run

By CJ Gronner Last night was the March Venice Art Crawl, and it was great. It kind of felt like First Fridays used to feel, where you saw a lot of locals and neighbors, and places served up free booze and music. The Art Crawl is actually better than First Fridays used to be, because...

Annenberg in the Dog House

By John Davis The philanthropic Annenberg Foundation has undertaken many projects that benefit society as a whole. However, it’s proposal to build a dog and cat kennel on the wetlands preserve is absurd. The City of Palos Verdes flatly rejected this project. It was then offered to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, who...
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