Month

May 2015

The Venice meeting concerning the murder of Brendon Glenn

By Jim Smith Los Angeles is a city without a heart. It is a city where a young, Black homeless kid can be gunned down at close range, while the cop who took his life is sent home on paid leave. It is a city where developers run the city, including the police commission, and...

That Dark Parade: Protesters Take to Venice Streets Over Gentrification & Brendon Glenn's Killing

By Krista Schwimmer In a strange, dark twist of fate, a state-wide, two day protest organized by more than a dozen groups representing the voices of First Nations, black, brown, and poor people united with the Venice community’s outrage over the recent LAPD officer killing of an unarmed, houseless young man, Brendon Glenn. Although planned...

Only Black Cops Go to Jail

By Greta Cobar Once again the LAPD came to Venice to cause problems, this time killing 29 year old Brendon Glenn, who was unarmed. The incident occurred on May 5, around 11:30pm, on Windward, in front of the Townhouse. The LAPD has not released the video of the incident, and therefore the details of the...

Letters

How about SOME short-term rentals? – Suzy Williams Trees of Venice – Blanca Villabos Evans Haas – Arlene Matteson A Matter of Class – Brad Kay —————————————– Dear Beachhead: Re: “Venice Fights Back – NO Short Term Rentals” How about SOME short-term rentals? I readily agree that management companies like Globe Homes and Condos that...

Mike Bonin, "Technically" Doing His Job

By Krista Schwimmer As protestors take to the Venice street to battle the illegal short-term rentals here in Venice, and individual citizens sue developers over destructive projects, the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) continues to make motions both sober and absurd in their own version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This was the case, at...

We Must Stop the TPP/Fast Track and Patriotic Act Renewal

By Anthony Castillo In the next few weeks the US Congress could hold votes on two issues that would, if passed, continue the undemocratic and unconstitutional course our country has been on since the 80s. One would further increase wealth inequality, the other continue the erosion of our civil liberties. The first is the potential...

758 Sunset Ave. PLUM hearing

By Ivonne Guzman On April 14, 758 Sunset Ave., a Small Lot Subdivision that was DENIED by the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission (WLAAPC) was heard by Los Angeles, PLUM (Planning Land Use and Management) Committee. Councilperson Mike Bonin took jurisdiction over the project at the request of the applicant and Planning Department. The...

Adding More Fake to the Fakery Update: Gjusta's Gjelina 320 Sunset, Sauce at 259 Hampton, and Simmzy's at 37 Washington

By Roxanne Brown, Member Neighborhoods’ Groups’ Coalition GJELINA’S GJUSTA at 320 SUNSET – Owner Fran Camaj, Architect Stephen Vitalich: Still operating (since opening in October 2014) as a “fakery” with commercial kitchen equipment serving fish, beef and fowl, when they have a permit for bakery/bakery equipment/retail/take out/no seating or eating on premises. Gjusta was cited...

When Will Mike Meet with Venice?

By Mark Lipman   On Monday, April 27, Councilman Mike Bonin held a special public meeting in Mar Vista at the Marina Del Rey Middle School to speak with the community on extending for 2 years (the legal State limit) the Interim Control Ordinance (ICO), passed by the City Council, affecting 15 neighborhoods in Los...

SMPD Profiling of Venice Homeless

By Brian Connolly I was lying down in Ozone Park (“behind Whole Foods”) minding my own business with a sleeping bag over me due to a chilly wind when a cop approached me. Though alone in the sunny palm tree-lined park and clearly not doing anything wrong, the officer demanded to see my ID. I was...
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