Month

March 2014

Venice Community Activist Whose Story Goes Back to Abbot Kinney: Jataun Valentine

By Greta Cobar March 8 marks the 103rd anniversary of International Women’s Day, and it is with great honor that the Beachhead spotlights Jataun Valentine: a political activist, volunteer, ever-present member of our community whose family tree goes back to the days of Abbot Kinney. Jataun: Irwin Tabor, Abbot Kinney’s chauffeur, was my grandmother’s brother....

Interview of Mary Getlein

By Mary Getlein Beachhead: How did you become a poet? Mary Getlein: I don’t know – I just started writing things. I spent a lot of time watching poets perform at the church in Ocean Park. Then I met FrancEye Smith and watched her perform her poems – and she blew me away. Picture this:...

Letters

Santa Monica Airport – Nelson Schwartz Abbot Kinney hotel – Gene Mendez “Art Tiles at Venice Beach, a Graphic History: 1904-2201” – Emily Winters Marty Liboff’s poem – Suzanne Verdal ———————————————————————– Dear Venice Beachhead, My name is Nelson Schwartz. I live one block west of Lincoln in Venice.  The February Venice Beachhead has a letter...

Google Is Trying to Bring Its Evil to Venice

By Greta Cobar The pace and scale of the current over-development in Venice is unprecedented. Most such construction projects are in violation of the California Coastal Act, the Venice Specific Plan, and our right to due process. Over the last two years 82 construction projects in Venice were approved by the city of Los Angeles...

Why is a Land Use and Planning Committee member facilitating Google's proposed development meeting?

By Mark Lipman I attended the outreach meeting at Google on March 1 on their proposed expansion to 320 Hampton, and a few serious questions were raised that need answers. First, it was brought up that the permits for this project have already been approved by the city’s Planning Department, which leads one to wonder,...

Nightmare on 1414 Main Street to be Heard at Next VNC Meeting!

By Krista Schwimmer The fight against Jason Teague and his nightmare, colossal development, called 1414 Main Street, is not over. Mark your calendars for what will no doubt be another community record turnout. The LUPC motion, rejecting the project, will be put to vote at the next Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 18,...

VNC Fails to Represent Venice

By Eric Ahlberg Well we are into another round of “The Death Of Venice”.  This toxic paradigm is renewed every time a craftsman bungalow is torn down and replaced with an ugly box, every time an artist is evicted and then faces a market rent of $3900.00 for a 2bdr in Lincoln Place, and every...

758 Sunset Avenue Project: Twice Defeated – But the Fox Still Circles the Hen house

By Krista Schwimmer The voices of Venice are many and diverse. In the recent years of gentrification, however, they have often been stifled or unheard. There are times, however, when a single voice delivers the sentiment of all those voices not being heard. At the February 5th, Land Use and Planning Committee meeting, Lydia Ponce,...

320 Sunset Development

By Greta Cobar Another development project approved by the Land Use and Planning Committee that does not seem to reflect the wishes of the community is headed to the Venice Neighborhood Council for a vote by the Board. It is located at 320 Sunset, right across the street from Google’s proposed development at 320 Hampton....

Abbot Kinney Boutique Hotel: the Devil You Know

By Krista Schwimmer During a period in America’s history, when families and individuals are still reeling from the loss of homes, when the economy has not fully recovered, and the divide between the rich and the poor is still growing, a major hotel development project along Abbot Kinney Boulevard was narrowly given the green light...
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