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February 1, 2011

Community Leader Handcuffed, Harassed by Los Angeles Police

When an elected official is subjected to intimidation and humiliation by “law” enforcement, are any of us really safe? And if there is no public outcry, can we be assured that it won’t happen again to another law-abiding Venetian? Ivonne Guzman, elected board member of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) and outspoken community member, was...

Beach Curfew Fight Coming to a Head

By John Davis Last August several people filed complaints with the California Coastal Commission that the City Council of Los Angeles passed a curfew preventing the public from accessing and using their public beaches at night. The Coastal Commission then sent advisory letters to the City Attorney and copied Councilpersons Rosendahl and Hahn, whose districts...

Letters

Bill Rosendahl’s Police State for the Poor – Calvin Moss Gasland – Suzy Williams Battle of Marina del Rey – Jon Nahhas ————- Bill Rosendahl’s Police State for the Poor Dear Beachhead, Venice has become a police state for the disabled, unhoused people living on the street. A special unit of the Los Angeles Police Department has...

In Brief:

Google Venice New Book on Japanese-Americans in Venice The Coffee House Revolution DeDe Audet Turns 90 Cafe Collage ———— Google Venice The announcement last month that Google Corporation had leased the Binocular building at 314 Main Street and two adjacent buildings totaling 100,000 square feet was generally greeted with delight. However, many Venetians are now wondering...

State Senate Candidates Respond to the Beachhead’s Questions

Eight candidates filed for the vacant state Senate seat formerly held by the late Jenny Oropeza.  To read the full responses, go to www.freevenice.org/2011candidates.pdf

When the Shooting Starts

By Jim Smith Back in the ‘60s, the level of paranoia in Venice was high. Most of us held radical views, were poor or black or brown. We endured daily harassment by L.A.’s finest. Our heroes JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Fred Hampton, Malcolm X and others were being gunned down by either overt or...

Rip Cronk Paints Venice

By CJ Gronner Of course I’ve been familiar with the art of Rip Cronk for years and years … we all are, here in Venice. His murals are icons of the community, from Jim Morrison on Speedway, to the huge Abbot Kinney on North Venice, from his self-portrait hanging over The Boardwalk, to the brand...

Lawrence Scott

Scotty’s time was up Saturday, January 22 just after midnight. He was 67 years old. Having lived in Venice since his return from the Vietnam War, Lawrence Scott was well-known around the Venice Bistro as Scotty. He could be seen most nights dancing to the groove, especially Sunday afternoons, when his favorite band, Peace Frog,...

Patrice Martinez

Patrice Martinez, the gregarious and kind owner of the French Market Cafe, who has brightened my day for years and years, has passed away. I still have chills. I can’t bear to imagine how Patrice’s wife, Agnes, is feeling. Theirs was a true and obvious love, full of fun and adventure. Adventure is what Patrice...

Charles Brittin

The 82-year-old artist and photographer of Venice’s beat scene died Jan. 23. Brittin’s photos are invaluable for visualizing Venice in the 1950s and 60s. He also photographed the civil rights movement in Southern California and the deep South. Brittin’s friend, Marsha Getzler of the Temple of Man, says he will be honored with a memorial...
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