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July 2008 – Cityhood Redeemed – The 80 Year Venice Dream

at the edge of a city enormous with enemies –Stuart Perkoff, Venice poet By Jim Smith In May, the Venice Town Council was reestablished as part of the city of Venice to the acclaim of Venetians meeting at the United Methodist Church auditorium. The VTC had been the de facto government of Venice for 20...

July 2008 – Happy Birthday, Venice!

For forty years after the founding of Venice, the area from Windward to the water was the Kinney Pier, the biggest attraction in Southern California between 1905 – 1946.  When it was torn down, the beach lay vacant until the 1960s when our very own amphitheater – just like in ancient Rome – was built....

July 2008 – Another Break In The Wall, or Another Wall To Break?

By Maria E. Montano When one thinks about walls to edify, one thinks about construction, progress and development. However, when one thinks about walls that physically try to separate societies of people, one tends to think opposite with regards to human sociological development. There is no construction of mutual bonds and human compromises to meet...

June 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – –The Great River Outside the Mainstream – John Haag

By Jim Smith In many ways, John Haag was a typical member of the Beat Generation in that he forsook a career in Academia or Madison Avenue, for a life dedicated to poverty, poetry and his community. But he was different in one important respect – he was political.  The Rochester, New York native studied...

May 2008 – The History Of Cinco De Mayo

By Maria Elena Montano In the 1800’s, Mexico underwent a series of wars, bringing about political changes which affected Mexico’s government for yet another century. After 300 years of colonial slavery New Spain declared its independence from Spain on Sept.16,1810. A war ensued on Mexican soil that lasted until 1821. Mexico was born as a...

May 2008 – The Fifth Of May Around The World

Most people in Southern California relate the 5th of May to Cinco de Mayo. True, but Cinco de Mayo is not the only holiday celebrated on May 5th around the world. In Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Korea it is children’s day. The date is reserved for many cultural celebrations. In western Europe there is...

May 2008 – Abe Osheroff, Venice Hero And Spanish Civil War Vet, Dies At 92

By Emily Winters I knew the Osheroff family many years ago when I lived next door to them on 28th street in Venice, late 1960s. There was a plan to refurbish the canals by assessing the property owners in the canals and on the peripheral areas. They wanted to widen the alleys that would take...

May 2008 – Bea Free, Venice Feminist, Has Died

By Cara Adams Bea Free, as she named herself, was a true Venice legend. The city of Venice has lost a true pioneer.  1966 was the year Bea first set foot into the community full of activists, artists, political advocates, and people trying to change the world. Her friends and passions were many.  Along with...

May 2008 – Bruno In Venice West

By Lawrence Lipton For Giordano Bruno burned by the Inquisition in the year 1600 Velvet and warm sweat under the torches the Procession entered the city, tall bronze men on the bronze great horses and the boys carrying banners, the fat prelates wheezing under the icons, and the musicians Up Main street, pausing to erect...
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