Month

December 2009

Monday Nights Working With The Beachhead Collective

By Krista Schwimmer In the spring of 2008, I came home one day to find a phone message on my machine from a pleasant sounding woman named Della Franco.   Although I had not met her, I knew she was part of the Beachhead Collective.  She said she had really enjoyed one of my recent...

Medical Marijuana Debated in Venice – and L.A.

By Maureen Cotter VENICE – On November 5 the public was invited to join the Neighborhood Council (VNC) for a debate on new regulations controlling medical marijuana. It was held in the Westminster Elementary School on Abbot Kinney Blvd. The subject matter attracted a full house. While we waited for the meeting of the Venice...

Letters

• Was it murder? Isabel Moritz Name withheld Jim Smith • Correction to “Murder on Venice Blvd.” – Christopher Medak • A Voice from the 70s – Joanne Zazzi (formerly Joanne Curtis) • Medical Marijuana – Lisa Green ———————– Was it murder? Dear Beachhead, I am writing you regarding your feature article of this issue....

Hundreds Eat At “Feed the Beach”

By Roger Linnett What started out as a neighborhood potluck dinner three years ago has grown into a legitimate Venice event the likes of which distinguish the Venice community for its outreach, charity and citizenship. The Third Annual “Feed the Beach” free Thanksgiving Dinner went off without a hitch on Thursday, November 26, thanks to a...

Swami X Speaks

The meaning of life is beyond the mind and revealed within, in a moment that embraces ecstatic timelessness. We are something more than our mind, body, and emotions, all of which fulfill various legitimate and worthwhile needs and goals. We are all on a ladder of understanding; awareness and spiritual unfoldment. I have reached the...

Made for Each Other: The Story of a Town and a Newspaper

By Jim Smith How is it possible for a newspaper to survive these days without massive advertising from big corporations? And while we’re at it, how is it possible for a Venice identity to survive nearly 85 years after it lost its legal standing as a city? There may be a connection. The Free Venice...

Swine Flu: Nothing To Sneeze At

By Greta Cobar Flu season is in full bloom, but most of us are still pondering about what to do.  The dilemmas surround not only the regular flu shot, but also the swine flu shot; not only seeing the doctor or sitting at home, but also taking Echinacea or antibiotics. It’s funny how sophisticated we...

Venice Quiz

The Beachhead sent a questionnaire to our loyal readers who are on our email list to tell us who they are and what they liked about Venice. Here are the aggregated results. If you would like to me on the list (2 or 3 messages a month), send an email to [email protected] 1. How long...

Meet The New Boss – Same As The Old Boss?

Charlie Beck, was appointed LAPD police chief on Nov. 17, following the resignation of his patron, William Bratton. Beck had auditioned in front of a Venice and Mar Vista audience, Nov. 10. The Deputy Police Chief was rushed to the head of the line, apparently at Bratton’s urging and Villaraigosa’s agreement. Beck did well with...

Victim Blamed for Fatal Crash!

By Jim Smith A police report on the investigation into the death of Devin Petelski on Oct. 15, when she was hit broadside by a police car, has been completed but is not being released to the public. The Beachhead has requested a copy under the state’s freedom of information act. According the city attorney’s...
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