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Staying Alive To Create A Better World: A Trans-National Alliance Invitation

By Pat Raphael 20 We have made it! We’ve arrived at the end of another year and none of us were taken out by our heart giving up and stopping to beat, or falling to that big C cancer, or going to the doctor and having a well meaning medical professional make a fatal mistake...

THE FIGHT FOR THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VENICE RAGES ON -conversations with Venice Activist Laddie Williams, Venice Elder Jataun Valentine, and Dr. Naomi Nightingale

By Jon Wolff The following is from conversations with Venice Activist Laddie Williams, Venice Elder Jataun Valentine, and Dr. Naomi Nightingale about the recent staff report from the Office of Historical Resources regarding the application for historical designation for the First Baptist Church of Venice. Jon Wolff: What can you tell us about the outcome...

NOVEMBER 2018 B.I.D. MEETING OBSERVATIONS

By John Okulick I did attend. I had only two minutes to read a list of questions that I would like answers to, as a CPRA request. After several attempts to get answers, Tara Devine, manager of the BID, said she would get back to me, which really means she will do nothing as usual....

REESE DAVIDSON vs. the VENICE NIMBY pt.2

By Lisa Robins In the August issue of the Beachhead I laid out what I perceived to be the central problem in housing our homeless population: “Everyone wants to help the homeless….but Not In My Backyard!”I also posed the question at the heart of NIMBY accusations: is our councilperson, Mike Bonin, attempting to squeeze most...

Frank T. Rios — Venice West Poet (March 22, 1936 – August 20, 2018)

By Bill Mohr Frank T. Rios, a poet who joined the Venice West poetry scene in the late 1950s and remained one of its most loyal advocates, died early this morning, at age 82, according to his friend, the poet S.A. Griffin. Rios was born in New York and grew up there; he moved to...

VENICE LOSES THE LAST VENICE BEAT POET FRANK T. RIOS

By Pegarty Long – Photos by Pegarty Long I first saw Frankie in 1974. Not that I actually spoke with him at that time because he was lying back on a chair, dressed entirely in black, head down and talking to no one. He was depressed. His best friend, Venice Beat Poet Stuart Z. Perkoff,...

THREE YEARS LATER A Trans-National Alliance Response To the Homeless Killings of 2015

by Pat Raphael No,no, no, no, NO! This will just not do in Venice. To come into our community and murder one of our young men, then spend the next few years successfully navigating sham courts in a tilted legal system, and totally escape punishment or meaningful consequence for that killing? No! We do not...

YOUR VENICE HISTORY UPDATE

By Jon Wolff,  photos by Margaret Molloy The West Los Angeles Planning Commission met on August 15, 2018 to hear an appeal from Venice activists to oppose a proposal to convert the First Baptist Church of Venice into an 11,760 square foot single-family dwelling with rooftop parking. This historic African-American church on Westminster Avenue and...

YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH IN VENICE

By Jon Wolff The following is from a recent conversation with the Reverend Oscar Rhone, of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, on the upcoming appeal to the L.A. Planning Commission to oppose the proposed change of the historic First Baptist Church in Venice into a mansion for a rich couple. Jon Wolff: You’ve been a part...

THE JULY 2018 VENICE BID MEETING

By John Okulick After two months of partial services, and little to no benefit to property owners, the self-appointed Venice Business Improvement District Property Owners Association’s six members have voted to increase, by 5%, property assessments to those in the BID.This means that six individuals, several who do not even reside in Venice, have been...
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