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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...

Greta Says

By Greta Cobar Not long ago, only about six years, quite a few Venice long-term residents lived in vehicles. They were groovy – both the vehicles and the residents. The Venice vehicularly-housed citizens cared deeply about our beautiful resort by the sea, participated in community events and local politics, and lent a hand when one...

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...

Oil Spill Reaches Venice

Environmental disaster from the May 20 Santa Barbara oil spill has reached Venice. The ruptured 24-inch pipeline, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spilled 105,000 gallons of crude oil, some of which made it to Venice and beyond. All photos on this page taken on the beach in Venice. Above photos by: Ray Rae Above...

600 Mildred Development

Above: The mural that has adorned the side wall of what used to be Kim’s Market at 600 Mildred. The new owners want to open an 80-seat restaurant in a residential zone, with no parking. The project was not approved by the VNC, but that did not stop them from going forward with the project....

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...

Time to Take Back Our Post Office: Joel Silver Runs Out of Money

By Greta Cobar The owner of our former, historic post office is being sued for close to $2 million in delinquent payments resulting from his renovation of the 1601 Main St. building. The lawsuits threaten foreclosure if not paid. Following the purchase of our beloved post office in 2012, Silver’s luck in the movie business...

Deborah Lashever: Shero of Venice

By Greta Cobar Community activism and participation in the struggle for equality for all members of our community are Deborah Lashever’s trademarks. It is an honor to commemorate International Women’s Day by spotlighting her efforts in the Beachhead. Beachhead: How did you and Venice find each other? Deborah Lashever: I’ve been coming to Venice since...

Rock On, Lisa Green!

By Greta Cobar Lisa Green is one of the Goddesses who makes Venice the colorful, intricate, exciting and interesting place that it is. She has been displaying her art on Ocean Front Walk, by Dudley, for about five years while at the same time being an ever-present advocate for love, justice and equality at our...
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