Month

February 2014

Local Coastal Plan to Become Law of Land for Venice

By Greta Cobar The Venice coastal zone is about to lose the direct oversight of the California Coastal Commission, and be placed under the jurisdiction of the city of Los Angeles under a proposed Local Coastal Plan. It was one of Mike Bonin’s campaign promises when he ran for City Council, and is now one...

1414 MAIN TOO MUCH FOR LUPC!

By Krista Schwimmer As California experiences one of its worst droughts in over 156 years, creating dangerous conditions for wildfires, a different kind of fire is burning in the neighborhoods of Venice. This fire is kindled by avarice and arrogance. This fire is driven by rapid, sometimes rogue, real estate development. Whether the development project...

Letters

Venice Oceanarium – by Tim Rudnick Santa Monica Airport – by Bill Worden ————————————————– Dear Beachhead, I’m happy to say that our annual reading of Moby Dick, on the beach went fabulously. We had a good crowd and great readers who kept the book moving. We actually finished the book on Sunday at 8:00 pm,...

Bonin Mute, County Screws Ballona, Shelly Luce is Fast and Loose

By John Davis Councilperson Mike Bonin could have made a positive impact on the Ballona Wetlands, but failed to comment on behalf of the City as the County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding to fast-track a flood control project that would bulldoze all 600 acres of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological...

Hey Google, Don't Be Evil!

By Anthony Castillo The image that relatively new Venice resident Google puts forth to the general public is one of a progressive company guided by it’s company motto “Don’t Be Evil. “ Former Google CEO and current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in an interview with NPR recently “I thought it was the stupidest rule...

Guantanamo, Revisited

By Mary Getlein The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba needs to be closed, now. Obama promised to close it when he was running for office in 2010. After he was elected, the issue disappeared from his agenda. Guantanamo has been in place for 11 years and has been a center of human rights violations...

New Year's Day Penguin Swim

By Beth Allyn Cecelia Klinger, who grew up swimming in the icy waters of Lake Michigan  (can we say burrr) is credited with starting the Polar Bear Swim here at Breakwater in 1952, but it wasn’t until 1960 that it became an organized event when one of our local lifeguards, Darrell Willey (as if I...

Pete Seeger: Never Gone

By Anthony Castillo On January 27th at the age of 94 iconic folk singer, folk song collector, song writer and activist Pete Seeger died in New York. As a folk musician, Seeger was a living archive, carrying on the folk tradition of trading songs in an oral musical history to pass them on and preserve...

Book Review: Art Tiles of Venice Beach

By Eric Ahlberg You may stroll in the eternal carnival that Ocean Front Walk has become. You may sit upon one of the distinctive cement and wooden benches and not even know that your ass is probably very close to some really hot Art. In 2000 two Venice artists created these tiles to depict distinctive...

The Roosterfish – Serving Gay Venice since 1979

By CJ Gronner Walking down Abbot Kinney, I heard a lady (carrying bags from a chain store) say to her friend, “Oh, that’s a gay bar,” as they passed The Roosterfish – and kept going. It most certainly is, and according to owner/manager of 23 years, Gary Mick, one of the hardest things about running...
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