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May 1, 2010

Friend or Foe? Food Trucks on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

By C.J. Gronner So … we all need to have a little chat. How do you feel about the Mobile Food Vendor trucks that swarm into Venice each First Friday (and lots of other days too, just not as many)? In talking to store owners, neighbors, FF revelers, and friends, there appears to be many mixed feelings...

BEACHHEAD EXCLUSIVE: Settlement Reached in Overnight Parking Lawsuit

Negotiators for the Coastal Commission, the city of Los Angeles and Mark Ryavec’s “Venice Stakeholders Association” have reached a tentative agreement on a lawsuit concerning the Coastal Commission’s right to regulate overnight parking in Venice, according to Beachhead sources. Details of the closed-door negotiations have not been released. However, the Beachhead has learned that they most...

Rosendahl’s “Carrot and Stick” means a knock on the door at 5 am

By Rune Girschfeld In his April 14th letter, L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl laid out his “carrot and stick” approach to people who are unlawfully sleeping in their vehicles on Venice city streets.  He stated his goal is to “rid the streets of unsightly cars and campers that impact our quality of life.”  He proposes a “measured, balanced,...

Councilmember Rosendahl’s Letter on OPDs and the Venice Surplus Property Fund

Dear Friends, I am writing to update you on one of the most contentious issues in Venice — the proliferation of homeless people living in cars and campers. For the last couple years, I have been working on a two-pronged, “carrot and stick” strategy. My goal has been simple: through both enforcement and social services,...

Gardens of Gratitude Dig It in Venice

By Joey Marie Soto Last weekend 170 volunteers installed 66 edible gardens at neighbors’ homes, schools, businesses, churches and one rehab center. Gardens of Gratitude just had it’s second annual event. This group, founded by Sean Jennings, consists of committed community leaders with members who planned for two months leading up to the weekend. All over the...

A Labyrinth Grows in Oakwood

By Krista Schwimmer On a small lot next to the Bethel Tabernacle Church, corner of San Juan Avenue and 6th Street, there is now an ancient symbol marked on the earth itself.  Found in a multitude of cultures as early as 4,000 years ago, this circular design invites you to pause, to look and to walk....

Neighborhood Council Final Election Results

By Jim Smith Venice voters elected two women April 11 – Linda Lucks and Carolyn Rios – to lead its neighborhood council for the next two years. Both are long-time activists in Venice and have held office in the VNC. On the other hand, a relatively unknown candidate for Land Use Committee Chair, Jacob Kaufman,...

Save Beyond Baroque and SPARC from Money Grubbing City Bureaucrats

A proposal by the Los Angeles City Administrator’s office would eliminate the $1.00 per-year leases for Beyond Baroque and SPARC as well as 116 nonprofit organizations (approximately 16 arts organizations) working in the interest of the public. No economic analysis was conducted on the long term costs of this short-term fix and no non-profits were...

Assembly and Congressional Candidates Respond to the Beachhead’s Questions

Responses to the Beachhead Questionnaire Read their responses here. Assembly Candidates – AD53 Lisa Ann Green – Green Nick Karno – Democrat James Lau – Democrat Edgar Sanez – Democrat Diane Wallace – Democrat Mitch Ward – Democrat Nathan Mintz – Republican Congressional Candidates – CD36 Marcy Winograd – Democrat Herb Peters – Democrat Andrew...

The Propositions on the June Ballot

Prop. 13 – Seismic Retrofitting – YES Prop. 14 – Top Two Primaries – NO Prop. 15 – Public Funding of Elections – Yes Prop. 16 – Two-thirds vote requirement for local public electricity providers – NO Prop. 17 – Car Insurance – NO Recommended by Americans for Democratic Action, Southern California Chapter
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