Month

April 2015

Take a Bath You Stinker!

By Marty (Shtunken) Liboff There is an old joke about a little boy and girl taking a bath together and the little girl sees the boy’s penis and says, “Can I play with that?” and the boy says, “No! You already broke yours off!” Long, long ago in ancient Rome they built huge bathhouses where...

Venice Fights Back: NO Short-Term Rentals

By Mark Lipman and Greta Cobar On April 1 over a hundred angry Venetians marched down Electric Av. to the Globe Homes and Condos (GHC) corporate headquarters to demand that the largest player in Venice for short-term vacation rentals take some accountability for running an underground hotel in our residential neighborhoods. As a direct result...

Bed and Beer

By Carol Fondiller This is a re-print from the July 1969 edition According to the long-term tenants, some of whom have lived at the Ellison for over 15 years, 15 of the 60 units in the Ellison have been “rehabbed” into youth hostel accommodations. So 15 units times $1,768 a month equals $26,520 a month....

Time to Take Back Our Post Office: Joel Silver Runs Out of Money

By Greta Cobar The owner of our former, historic post office is being sued for close to $2 million in delinquent payments resulting from his renovation of the 1601 Main St. building. The lawsuits threaten foreclosure if not paid. Following the purchase of our beloved post office in 2012, Silver’s luck in the movie business...

Letters

Dear Beachhead – Therese Daniels Dear Venice Beachhead – Tina Catalina Corcoran My Solution: Build a Wall – David Moeller The Law of the Land – Rene Kraus TEDx Event Review and Feminism – Teresa Carney White ————————————— Dear Beachhead, I don’t know how I missed it, but yesterday I went to Gerry Fialka’s event...

Where Have All the Neighbors Gone?

By Krista Schwimmer On an evening when many residents were out celebrating St. Patrick’s day at local bars, perhaps even “drowning the shamrock” at the end of the night, a small, but vocal group of concerned residents attended the monthly Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Board meeting held at Westminster Elementary School. Chairing the meeting that...

Vietnam, Viet Nam

By Jim Smith We never even learned the way the Vietnamese write the name of their country (Việt Nam), before we lost the war. It was 40 years ago, April 30, that TV viewers witnessed our Vietnamese lackeys being kicked away from overloaded Hueys as the helicopters fled from the land our rulers thought they...

Update: Venice Japanese American Memorial Maker

By Phyllis Hayashibara What’s happening with the Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker? What’s taking so long? It’s been fourteen YEARS since the idea first came about, to memorialize the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards. At this intersection over several days in April, 1942, some 1,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, forcibly removed from their...

Think Community and Grow It

By Eric Ahlberg Let’s face it you dumpster diving bohemians, you are in a hot property market, millions of investment dollars are aimed ousting you and putting up a monster mansion in the place of your humble abodes where the dudes and dudettes abide. Investment-hungry politicians are not much help, they are lobbied and they lobby...

No More Fiesta, thanks to Greedy Developers

By Joe Delaplaine Jasmin Camarena works as a waitress at La Fiesta Brava, which her father owns and runs. Her entire family has worked there for the past twenty-one years at the same location in Venice, on the North-West corner of 4th Street and Rose Avenue. The restaurant is a small, comfortable, local favorite that...
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