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December 1, 2011

New Mural on Windward Avenue

“A Touch of Venice” mural by artist Jonas Never is going up on the St. Francis Hotel, which houses Danny’s Venice and the Venice Hostel. The noir mural depicts Windward Avenue from the 1930s to the 50s, and is influenced by the late Terry Schoonhoven’s mural that Never is replacing, and by Orson Welles’ 1958...

Underground Methane – A Ticking Timebomb

By John Davis The Four Kings and One Queen who call themselves the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the California Coastal Commission joined forces November 3 to wipe out hundreds of small boat slips, erect private buildings on public parking lots, put a shopping mall on our launch ramp, and allow luxury development...

The Occupy Movement: When the Other Shoe Drops

By Jim Smith Capitalism is doomed. The aged system has been increasingly unable to maintain people’s living standards since the 1970s. And now, everyone knows it. Thanks to the Occupy movement, the viability of an economic system based on greed and survival of the fittest has been called into question. And found wanting. We can...

Letters

The Occupy Movement – Roxanne Brown Why Occupy Venice Makes Sense – Marco Mannone Santa Monica Airport – Dave Doctor —————————————————– The Occupy Movement Dear Beachhead, People wonder what the 99% want – what their solution is – here’s mine. I want to RESTORE ORDER.  Currently we are out of ORDRE – Our Representatives Don’t Represent Everyone.  They...

Venice Post Office Sale Halted

By Greta Cobar The sale of our post office has been suspended pending the outcome of the appeals filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). Although initially David Williams, Vice President of Network Operations for US Post Office (USPS) in Washington D.C., stated that “there is no right to further administrative or judicial review” of...

Hard Times in Venice for Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry

By Anne Alvarez Jan Perry, 9th District councilperson and mayoral candidate, caused a stir when she attended the November 15 Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting. She was greeted by local residents, who had come to voice their grievances and disapproval towards several of her stances. Community activist Lydia Ponce unleashed her discontent towards the city...

No Thanks for the Hungry on Thanksgiving

By Mary Getlein In many cultures feeding the poor is a mandate: they provide for people who cannot provide for themselves. Not in this country and not even in this little town of Venice. It has been decided by the city of L.A. not to allow a permit to feed people in Venice, on Thanksgiving....

Police Occupy Occupy L.A.

After midnight on Nov. 30, 1400 Los Angeles Police Department officers invaded and took possession of the Occupy L.A. home base at City Hall. In the process, at least 292 peaceful demonstrators, including some Venetians, were arrested. The assault on Occupy L.A. followed similar actions in other cities, including Oakland, Portland, Denver and New York....

Poetry of the Occupation Movement

  A 538 page book of Occupy Poetry has been published by Occupy Wall Street. It includes poems from at least two Venetians: America by Philomene Long, and The World Wave by Jim Smith. Both poems have previously been published in the Beachhead. The book can be downloaded in pdf format at: http://bit.ly/sG9ygg

The Beachhead Hits 43

By Jim Smith One of the many distinctions Venice holds is that of being the only city in North America with a progressive newspaper run by an all-volunteer collective. Even back in the heyday of alternative newspapers – the Sixties – most were owned by one person, usually a man. In Southern California, there was...
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