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Cityhood

Long Live the City of Venice!

Dear Beachhead, Your article by Mike Bravo (May 2018) confirmed what other people had told me: that the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting on cityhood was a complete fiasco. Bravo, a long-time Venetian, hit the important points, that there was no diversity, outsiders were brought in to tell us what to think and that some...

Vexit Promo Video Fail

Recent social media video promotion for "Vexit" fails in similar fashion to it's "Townhall Meeting."

LAPD Murder Is Followed by Bonin's Retaliation

By Greta Cobar It is now a month after the LAPD killed Brendon Glenn in front of the Townhouse in Venice. Still no questions have been answered, no information was released, and the public has still not seen the video of the crime – which the LAPD is holding on to. Dylan Andre, a musician...

The Rosa Parks of Venice

By Deborah Lashever Eden Andes, with slightly silvered hair, medium length, thoughtful look on her sun-drenched face, mischievous smiles illustrating her clever ironic wit, lived in Venice Beach for many years. Intelligent, articulate, peaceful, funny; a visionary, activist, artist, animal lover and friend, she could often be found on Venice Ocean Font Walk in jeans...

Historic OFW Houses to be Demolished

By Greta Cobar The very last two historic houses on OFW are about to be torn down. According to the Notice of Public Hearing posted on the Speedway side of the 811-815 Ocean Front Walk properties: “Permit for the demolition of two existing residential buildings containing a total of nine dwelling units, and the construction...

House demolished based on permits issued in error

Below, from top to bottom: Tom O’Neill in his demolished house, March 28, at 713-721 Venice Blvd. O’Neill was paid to move (outside of Venice) and to not talk to the media. Developer: Murphy. Photo by: Nick Smith. The city of L.A.’s Department of Building and Safety left a note at the location revoking the demolition...

New Bike Racks on OFW

What Venetians had to say about the new bike racks: “Who makes these awful decisions?” “So depressing, like a final blow to Venice, so Santa Monica Promenade/Disneyland, barf.” “So ugly – in an artist community.” “How much did this cost?” “Car drove down OFW day after all new bike racks and bollards were installed.” “In...

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...

Venice Beach: The People's Beach

By Peggy Lee Kennedy Why did the City of Los Angeles close the people’s beach from midnight to five in the morning? I have heard it all: the gangs, the homeless, drugs, prostitution, et cetera, et cetera. The truth is that Ordinance 164209, amending LAMC 63.44 in 1988, does not say why the City of Los...

Venice to Newcomers: Spare Me!

By Greta Cobar There are many white, clean beaches up and down the Coast. Yet people choose Venice for its bohemian vibe, artistic spirit and creative element. Ironically, though, the latest wave of arrivals have had the effect of killing the very things they moved here for. The art heart of Venice is about to...
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