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August 1, 2008

August 2008 – 40 Years Ago – Beachhead Hits the Streets on Dec. 1, 1968

By Jim Smith 1968 was one of those tumultuous revolutionary years like 1917, 1848 and 1789 and 1776. Unrest, led by a youth revolt, spread across the world. France nearly became a socialist country and Czechoslovakia nearly became a capitalist country. The Tet offensive proved conclusively that the United States was not winning the war...

August 2008 – Book Review: The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

Written by Vincent Bugliosi (A Book Review by Jack Neworth) As his time in office winds down George Bush speaks of retirement wistfully. He looks forward to playing golf, cutting brush and “replenishing the coffers” (his words) with lucrative speaking fees. I don’t imagine he’s given any thought to standing trial for murder. Former Los...

August 2008 – Brooks Avenue Neighbors Fight Subdivision

By Amanda Renner Neighbors on Brooks Avenue have banded together to fight a new development proposed to be built at 720 Brooks Avenue. Nathalie Godts said the two structures would consist of single family residencies, built with two inches between the buildings, standing about 30 feet high and stretching from one end of the property...

August 2008 – The Wonderful World of Westminster

By Amanda Renner During the peak of summer the Ocean Front Walk in Venice is packed with tourists, locals and everything in between.  The block of Westminster Avenue, between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk, offers relief from the crowded walk that lines the beach. Here the buzz of traffic fades away and the chatter of...

August 2008 – Marx in Venice

By Mark Lipman Contrary to public opinion, Karl Marx is alive and well … and was living, at least temporarily last month, in Venice. His reincarnation comes to us thanks to the fact that the one thing you can’t kill is an idea. So, in order to clear his name, he has returned to us...

August 2008 – Swami X Speaks: Enneagram II

The Enneagram is the most ancient numerological self-analytical system known to man (embracing woman) (and God bless them) (with or without a license). Personally, I am so ancient I fondly and profoundly remember the wit and genius of Oscar Levant. When asked what he thought was the high point of his career, he said it...

August 2008 – Beyond Baroque in peril, again?

Beyond Baroque, Venice’s poetry center, is still without a lease at the old Venice City Hall, 681 Venice Blvd. It has been more than five months since the Los Angeles City Council voted to renew Beyond Baroque’s lease to its offices, bookstore and theater for the next 25 years. Sources inside the L.A. city establishment...

August 2008 – Book Review: Profanities, A New Poetry Book by Sherman Pearl

Beachhead sustainer and poet Sherman Pearl has written a new book of poetry. Profanities is the name of the book and the hook that ties the poems together. Even so, Pearl rises above the everyday profanities of life in ways that make many of the poems quite uplifting. The Beachhead printed one of the included...

August 2008 – Poetry

• A Walk through the Walk – Maria E. Montano • Old Memory – Mary Getlein • Philomene and the Lady – Jim Smith • To The Guy Who Painted Graffiti On The Freeway Overpass – Sherman Pearl  • Third Populist Manifesto – Mark Lipman  ————- A Walk through the Walk By Maria E. Montano   A bus roars by, and A duck quacks,...

August 2008 – 38 Recommendations for Addressing Problems of Homelessness

Homeless Taskforce Recommendations to the Venice Neighborhood Council – May 20, 2008 (Instead of responding to the Taskforce, it was dissolved by the VNC) General 1: That the VNC work regionally with other neighborhood councils on the problem of homelessness. 2: That the VNC work with the CD11 office and other Westside Neighborhood councils to...
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