Month

June 2013

Keep It Free – Your Spirit and Your Parking Spot

By Greta Cobar The Coastal Commission hearing on Overnight Parking Districts in Venice is scheduled for June 13, 8:30 am at the Long Beach City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 90802.  Attend and speak up against OPDs in Venice.  For more information on free public transportation from Venice to Long Beach and...

Letters

Ballerina Clown – Gene Mendez Thanks, Beachhead! – Steve Clare and Susan Millman ——————————————– Dear Beachhead, Thank you, Delores Hanney, for explaining to me, after 25 years, that Ballerina Clown is a ” pychological resolution of opposites, a salute to those gaudy habitues of Ocean Front Walk.” Oh. And here I thought it was sophomoric...

The Date Rape of Venice

By CJ Gronner The guy looks good, seems nice, talks a good game, makes her feel special … then the next thing she knows, she wakes up all dazed out, wondering what happened. If Venice were a human being, I’m sure she’d be feeling date raped right about now. I’ve been crazy busy lately, was...

Venice High School Getting Greased

By Sara Roos Venice High School (VHS) has been on our beach radar since early spring, when a “pilot” school was discovered slated for co-location on campus. The trouble was that no one in the community – not teachers, not students, not parents — had heard anything about the proposal in advance of a week...

The Learning Garden Takes Root in Venice

By Frank Strasser “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” ~ Rudyard Kipling Over the past few decades, I’ve sat at a thousand red lights, gazing through a rusty chain link fence at a weedy overgrown garden patch at the intersection of Walgrove Ave. and Venice Blvd. For...

The "Half the Oil" Plan

  By Don Geagan As avid bicycle riders, most of the staff here at the Beachhead are already doing their part to cut down on our use of oil and, in the process, leading us to a greener, cleaner, sustainable future. But if we really want to live in a world where we are substantially less...

Total Media Blackout

By Mark Lipman It’s no surprise, trawling through the media on the 22nd of May, to find that not a single mention was made about the passage of Proposition C on the Los Angeles ballot.  In fact, it was only after tracking it down on the County Registrar-Recorder’s website that I discovered that it had...

Another Door Closes

By Anne Alvarez The music world lost a legend when founding member and keyboardist of “The Doors” Ray Manzarek passed away in Germany on May 19th at age 74 from Bile duct cancer. Manzarek met Jim Morrison while both were in film school at UCLA between 1962 and 1965. A month after graduating they ran...

One More Time

By Mary Getlein I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou’s powerful memoir of her childhood in Arkansas, where a man was killed for raping Maya and she was shocked into elective muteness. She thought that what she had said had ended up killing this man and she didn’t want to speak anymore....

The Rose Cafe Welcomes Back Local Artist Michael Temple!

By Kathy Leonardo The Rose Café has been a Venice fixture for over thirty years. Known for its relaxed vibe and fabulous brunch, the café has sported art on its walls and in its famed gift shop since it opened. Over two hundred exhibitions have been featured since 1979. “Rose Retrospectives” is currently on view at...
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