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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...

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....

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...

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...

REESE DAVIDSON vs.VENICE NIMBY pt.1

By Lisa Robins “Everyone wants to help the homeless….but Not In My Backyard!” This is the overwhelming challenge facing the implementation of HHH, the LA City measure approved by 77% of voters providing funding for housing for the homeless. Several months back, there was an opinion piece in the Argonaut titled “Confession of a Venice...

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...

VENETIANS VISIT DESERT

By Henry Rosebuds Ms. Suzy Williams and Mr. Gerry Fialka of Venice, and Mr. Hank Rosenfeld of Ocean Park, visited Ms. Nancy Cain and Mr. Paul Krassner, one-time Venice residents, now of San Something Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. (Where the weather is more to their liking?) The friends met on Sunday to fete Krassner...

SARA OMARI

by SARA OMARI In October of 2017, I was on an outing with the other residents of this facility. Midway through the trip I seemed to have lost consciousness. I awoke in a strange small room, and as it turns out it was the UCLA Medical Center. I did not understand where I was or...
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