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Environment

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...

Bonin, Supervisors Support Ballona Wetlands

By John Davis Two items appeared on the December 17 agenda at the Board of Supervisors. First, Don Knabe, a Republican whose district includes Marina del Rey and the Ballona Wetlands backed off his motion to oppose renaming an existing roadway the “ Ballona Highway,” as proposed by Los Angeles City Councilperson Mike Bonin, a...

Cindy Sheehan Runs for Governor

By Karl Abrams Gold Star Mother and social justice activist Cindy Sheehan arrived by bicycle at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Aug. 27, to announce her candidacy for the 2014 California Gubernatorial election on the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) ticket. Flanked by her supporters on the north steps of Sacramento’s Capitol building, Sheehan explained that she is...

Coastal Commission Reform, the First Step

By John Davis Newly Proposed legislation would provide badly needed enhanced fining authority to the Coastal Commission. Protecting a coastline hundreds of miles long, with rivers that cut through mountains and across vast plains, is not easy.  And then there are the hundreds of bad actors who have been caught violating the Coastal Act. Locally,...

Big Trouble for Playa Vista

By John Davis The frantic developers of Playa Vista are trying to explain why they installed drains in the Ballona Wetlands without State and Federal permits. One would expect a sophisticated response from a seasoned and very expensive public relations firm to massage the bad publicity. However, this is not the case. Spokesman Marc Huffman...
Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

By Greta Cobar Over the past three months the Beachhead proved to be the go-to source of print media when it came to Overnight Parking Districts in Venice. Other publications that cover Venice are the Marina del Rey-based Argonaut and the LA Times. The Argonaut did not inform the public about the June 13 Coastal Commission hearing.  Its only mention of Overnight Parking...

The Learning Garden Takes Root in Venice

By Frank Strasser “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” ~ Rudyard Kipling Over the past few decades, I’ve sat at a thousand red lights, gazing through a rusty chain link fence at a weedy overgrown garden patch at the intersection of Walgrove Ave. and Venice Blvd. For...

The "Half the Oil" Plan

  By Don Geagan As avid bicycle riders, most of the staff here at the Beachhead are already doing their part to cut down on our use of oil and, in the process, leading us to a greener, cleaner, sustainable future. But if we really want to live in a world where we are substantially less...

Annenberg in the Dog House

By John Davis The philanthropic Annenberg Foundation has undertaken many projects that benefit society as a whole. However, it’s proposal to build a dog and cat kennel on the wetlands preserve is absurd. The City of Palos Verdes flatly rejected this project. It was then offered to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, who...

Taxing Big Oil Could Mean Big Money

By Don Geagan Why doesn’t California have a oil extraction tax? As the third largest oil producer in the United States, California is the only state that does not have such a tax on big oil and natural gas. Many attempts have been made to bring about such a tax, but due to the deep...
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