Month

May 2013

Venice Loves You – NOPDs

By Greta Cobar Discrimination against those opposing Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice was in full swing at the April Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting. No speaker cards were used for the discussion concerning OPDs, and Marc Saltzberg, VNC vice-president presiding over the OPD discussion, favored those supporting OPDs. They were allowed and encouraged to...

Letters

Dear Beachhead, Re: “Sidewalk and bus stop taken over by New Owner of Venice Historical (sic) Post Office” As one of my neighbors pointed out, Angelica Huston (misspelled Houston) had nothing to do with removing Venice’s historic colonnades on Windward Avenue. It was Robert Graham. Huston is guilty only if you consider women to be...

Venice Stakeholder OPD Pain in the Ass

By Peggy Lee Kennedy The California Coastal Commission denied Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in June 2009 and again in June 2010. The stated reasons for the June 2010 OPD denial by the Commissioners, the ones written in the Coastal Commission decision findings, were how the City can put in the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance without a Coastal...

Tell the Bullies to Seek Help

By Lisa Green I am defined by part of community as a vehicular dweller, and/or Homeless. I’ve been a consistent figure on Venice Boardwalk across from Venice Bistro for 5+ years. I’m an artist, an earthkeeper. I spend most of my time “outside and available,” dedicated to liberating the human family from our limitations, fears,...

The Truth About Terrorism

By Mark Lipman This may be uncomfortable to hear, however, if we truly want to solve the problem of terrorism, we have no choice than to reflect honestly about the facts and root causes that have brought it about.  To end terrorism, there must be a process of recognizing the actions that are responsible for...

VNC Forum Regarding Santa Monica Airport

By Martin Rubin Closing Santa Monica Airport seemed to resonate on the Saturday afternoon of April 27, as the Venice Neighborhood Council threw a forum focused on how Santa Monica Airport (SMO) impacts Venice, Mar Vista, and other Los Angeles neighborhoods. The forum took place in the Pen Mar Park gymnasium, drawing a good crowd ...

Censored at the April VNC Meeting: Interview with Sara Wan

By Greta Cobar Sara Wan, former California Coastal Commission member, attended the April 16 Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting. She spoke with the Beachhead subsequent to the VNC meeting, and this is what she had to say concerning Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice: Beachhead: What do you think about OPDs in Venice? Sara Wan:...

Barnyard Bullies

By Ian Dean The Neo-Venetians are at it again. Barely a month has passed since one Venice institution (Glencrest BBQ) has been forced to close due to gentrification, another is in potential jeopardy. This time it’s your local hair parlor, Paper Scissors Rock. Potentially at the hands of the not so “Local Hangout since 2013,”...

The Ballerina Clown Turns 25

Above the entrance to the CVS Pharmacy is a sight  that will persuade you to get back on your meds. RoadsideAmerica.com By Delores Hanney It’s as emblematic of Venice as Mickey Mouse ears are of Disneyland. The 30-foot tall jester in a tutu is peculiar, to be sure, but its consummate oddness somehow makes it...

Happy Mother's Life

By CJ Gronner Please let me take this opportunity to spill my heart all over the place and humbly THANK my two homes, Venice and Minnesota. If you’ve ever met me you know that my Mom is a big deal to me. I’ve never met a better lady, ever. She had a heart attack in...
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