Month

July 2013

Venice and the Next One Hundred Years

  Poster by Earl Newman By Pano Douvos The Golden Age of Venice for me was the late 60’s and through most of the 70’s. The highlight was the glorious Venice Canals Festival. The free-wheeling “open house” celebration captured the spirit of that special time. It epitomized the arts ferment and the counter-culture activism. Jim...

Venice Vortex

By Krystle Shannon ( TreeGirl) Step into the Venice Vortex Make sure your shoes are laced Cause you don’t wanna twist an ankle In this spinning Vortex Space Welcome to the Freakshow To the trippy hippy beach Here the drummers never stop Nor the tapping of de feet The girls they roll on skateboards The...

Letters

Dear Fellow Venetians, CONGRATULATIONS on the resounding, unanimous defeat of OPD’s at the Coastal Commission! A proud moment in Venetian self-determination (as John Haag used to call it). It made my heart sing to see the group assembled for the photo as they made the journey to Long Beach – a trip I’ve made many...

Sikh on Wheels

By Delores Hanney He’s practically the living logo of our town, the rolling symbol of Venice eccentricity known far and wide. Rambling about northward and south, strumming his tunes flush with abundant distortion and wrapped around his particular form of poetry, he’s been a boardwalk fixture here since 1974. Just a few years earlier –...

$18 Dollars for 40 Seconds Will Do

  By Greta Cobar A zip line between the boardwalk and the beach is to be installed by the Canadian company Greenheart/Flightlinez beginning July. Running for a distance of just under 700ft., 3 lines accommodating 3 people at a time will run from the area in front of Ocean Sidewalk Cafe to the public bathrooms...

Big Bill’s Automotive Fearing Eviction

Above: Big Bill as painted by Barbara Mastej. Her work is currently on view at the Cadillac Hotel on Dudley and OFW.   By Greta Cobar Abbot Kinney would be unhappy with the current state of affairs on Abbot Kinney Blvd. Chain stores selling things for ten times their worth are a clear sign of...

They’re Driving Up Real Estate on Lincoln

By Greta Cobar “Venice is changing” has become an often-heard statement around town these days. Like a plague spreading around town, the infestation of gentrification is now trying to overcome Lincoln Blvd. And if you want to be cool and fit in with that crowd, call it the Linc. It’s the hipster-thing-to-do. On June 22...

Big Boss Man vs the Indigent Children

Political Cartoon by Khalil Bendib By Eric Ahlberg Get a job. Nothing seems to disturb the gentrifiers of Venice like unemployed youth hanging out on their block. Why can’t they just get a job like us decent hard working American middle class people. Well maybe the jobs suck, the pay sucks, and often the employers suck.Venice has it’s share of...
Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

By Greta Cobar Over the past three months the Beachhead proved to be the go-to source of print media when it came to Overnight Parking Districts in Venice. Other publications that cover Venice are the Marina del Rey-based Argonaut and the LA Times. The Argonaut did not inform the public about the June 13 Coastal Commission hearing.  Its only mention of Overnight Parking...

This is what commissioner Jack Wickett had to say about Venice, Venetians and the Vibe

“I want to thank everyone for their testimonies today. Often times when we have so many people testify it gets pretty repetitious for the Commissioners, and I just want to say that each one of you brought a different flavor and actually had something original to say. Congratulations to you on that. I don’t think...
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