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Jim Smith

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...

A MEMORIAL TALE OF VENICE

by-Marty Liboff (with a little help from Gerry Fialka and friends ) Spirits of the dead- come forth and show us the way… Just a silly old man’s memories of Venice Beach. Ancient dreams- morning arises- tomorrow never comes. There are no yesterdays or tomorrows or as Janis Joplin once said, ‘’It is all just...

The World Wave

By Jim Smith There’s a Tsunami comin’ to shake up the whole wide world. You can’t escape this big old wave hittin’ every city where there’s a slave. Gonna feel this human tidal wave. Listen, rich man Your pockets got half of everything If you billionaires won’t share the wealth, and the things we need Someone’s...

Judge Garland Stumbles Over The Venice Post Office

By Jim Smith When President Obama nominated fellow Harvard Law School graduate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on March 16, he thought he was picking the least controversial judge he could find. Garland has been a judge, and then the chief judge, for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,...

Saving Venice One More Time

By Jim Smith Few would deny, that on her 110th birthday, the future of Venice is in jeopardy. A huge dinosaur is stalking the streets of Venice. When it’s hungry it eats a whole house, then it shits out modern, and trendy, turds, and tramps on to the next block. Meanwhile, people get hurt by...

The Venice meeting concerning the murder of Brendon Glenn

By Jim Smith Los Angeles is a city without a heart. It is a city where a young, Black homeless kid can be gunned down at close range, while the cop who took his life is sent home on paid leave. It is a city where developers run the city, including the police commission, and...

Vietnam, Viet Nam

By Jim Smith We never even learned the way the Vietnamese write the name of their country (Việt Nam), before we lost the war. It was 40 years ago, April 30, that TV viewers witnessed our Vietnamese lackeys being kicked away from overloaded Hueys as the helicopters fled from the land our rulers thought they...

Je Suis Beachhead; Charlie Hebdo: Not So Much

By Jim Smith This month, the Free Venice Beachhead celebrates the publication of its 400th issue and the opening of an on-line archive of every page and every issue we ever published. Meanwhile, in Paris, an anti-Muslim publication, not much larger than the Beachhead, attracted world-wide attention when 10 of its editorial staff, and two...

Venice, Burning to be Restored

By Jim Smith July is the month of revolutions. The American colonists did it on July 4. The French did it on Bastille Day, July 14. Many more nations celebrate their revolution, or liberation from an occupying power, in July. They include Algeria, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Mozambique, Peru, Venezuela and many more. And so it...

Venice Circle

By Jim Smith Public space is taking a beating in Venice lately. First, our beautiful beach is off limits to Venetians, and everyone else, from midnight to 6 a.m. Then our nutty L.A. City Attorney, Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, decided our busiest street, Ocean Front Walk, was actually a park and promptly took it away from...
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