Month

December 2013

Beachheads Write on the Beachhead

CJ Gronner Every town needs a newspaper, and The Free Venice Beachhead has been the one for Venice, California since 1968. I joined the collective staff in 2009, after writing a story about my beloved bike getting stolen … and then getting it back! The fact that Beachhead readers cared enough – first to read,...

Letters

Dear Jim Smith – by M.J Suchecki Dear Beachhead – by Charles Thomas —————————————– Dear Jim Smith, I’ve lived in Venice since 1980. You and I spoke when I was covering the Venice Neighborhood Council for AOL’s Venice Patch. I’ve also written for The Argonaut. I have to commend you for your lead piece on...

Murder and Mourning in Venice

By CJ Gronner Venice lost one of our own on the night of November 17th when Guillermo Carmona-Perez was brutally stabbed and left to die in the intersection at Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. Carmona-Perez, an employee of both Mercede’s Grille and Baja Cantina, had just gotten off work at Mercede’s, stopped off to pick...

Cruel, Unnecessary, Illegal and Immoral Harassment of the Houseless by LAPD

By Brian Connely On the streets between Venice and Santa Monica, the LAPD handed out twenty $160 tickets to homeless individuals the other night. Their crime? Where they’re going to sleep that night. It’s against the law to place a sleeping bag, etc., down on a Los Angeles sidewalk before 9:00 p.m. No camping. A...

GQ OR NOT GQ

By Eric Ahlberg The Gentleman’s Quarterly “Coolest Block in Los Angeles” event on Abbot Kinney boulevard was met with a sizeable contingent of counter protesters.   Many Venice locals are upset that some of their favorite local businesses are being forced out by the higher rents and an influx of suburban mall-like chain stores. Even some...

ventures on the way

by bETO “I’ve laid around and played around this old town to long. summer all most gone and winters moving on.” by Bill Monroe I love Southern California but Venice, my lovely Venice: the last refuge of innocence, is home. A few months ago as the crow fly’s, the friends next door had their house...

Get to Know: Chuck's Briefs

By Greta Cobar As the Beachhead is turning 45 this month, I spiraled back in time to the late 70s and early 80s, when the Beachhead was just becoming a teenager. And I got to meet someone of days past: an impeccably dressed mathematician, avid historian, reader, astronomer, jazz aficionado and former Beachhead Collective member:...

And Further Out

(This is a re-print from the December 1983 Beachhead 15th Anniversary issue) By Carol Fondiller Write about the Free Venice Beachhead. Easy, I thought. Well, it hasn’t been. Something inside me skitters toward the subject and then flits away. “I felt as if everyone on the staff was fucking each other and I was the...

Beachhead – Inside to Out

(This is a re-print from the December 1983 Beachhead 15th Anniversary issue) By Rick Davidson “Write your feelings about the Beachhead,” I was asked. “I’ve got mixed feelings,” I said. They replied. “Write whatever you want,” they replied. So how about a little history? The first issue of the paper was green; an appropriate color...

An Interview with John Haag

(This is a re-print from the November 2002 issue) By Suzy Williams John Haag – whose long career of fighting for the rights of Venetians has earned him the title of People’s Doge of Venice. He was the proprietor of the Venice West coffeehouse and led the fight for the right of poets to read...
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