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April 1, 2012

An Open Letter to the Community

By Deborah LaShever Fellow Venetians, I am a resident of Venice and a shop owner on Abbot Kinney. I am writing to you from my heart about our homeless crisis in Venice. It has come to my attention that a local man has been sending letters full of blatant lies and hate regarding the people...

Future of Venice Skills Center in Doubt

By Charles Thomas The Venice Skills Center continues to “hang in there,” thanks to community activism during the ongoing saga of the school district budget crisis. If you have followed this issue, then you are aware the Los Angeles Unified School District claims to be short of the funding needed to operate the network of...

Letters

Ocean Charter School –  Terence Pearce Venice History Banned From The Boardwalk – Jeffrey Stanton ————————————————- Ocean Charter School Dear Beachhead, I am absolutely shocked and appalled at the recent decision of the LAUSD board to deny Ocean Charter School the right to build their new school on the large unused area of Walgrove School campus;  a...

Post Office Sale Terms Omit Historical Protection; Rally Scheduled for Tax Day, April 17

By Greta Cobar The Venice post office is currently for sale for $7.5 million, and the closing day for bid submissions is April 23. The draft covenant regarding historical preservation would allow the future owner to destroy the mural and the building with no penalty. Venetians have repeatedly demanded that the 1939 Works Project Administration...

Venice Homeless People File Claim Against L.A. City

People whose personal property was seized without notice and destroyed on March 7 on  3rd Avenue filed claims for damages against the city on March 28, said Attorney Carol Sobel. The claims seek a minimum of $4,000 for each person whose property was taken. In April 2011, a federal court issued an emergency order, which...

Chain Envelops Independent Newspaper

No it’s not an April Fools Day joke. The 40-year-old independent newspaper, the Marina del Rey Argonaut, has been sold to a newspaper chain, Southland Publishing, Incorporated. The Argonaut was founded by David Asper Johnson, who was its owner-publisher until his death in 2006. He willed the paper to Argonaut employee Carol Hector, who ran...

Where’s the Transparency? – L.A. Confidential

By Jim Smith When City Controller Candidate Cary Brazeman expressed shock that the city of Los Angeles was corrupt, I was reminded of the scene in the film, Casablanca, when Inspector Renault discovers gambling at Rick’s as he is handed his winnings. Brazeman was irritated about the city’s Ethics Commission changing the election rules in...

Plantations of Prisons – California’s Biggest Crop

By Mary Getlein Jason stood before us, a 30-year-old Latino man. He was here to tell his story of growing up in East L.A. and how he met Javier Stauring, who changed his life. Javier supervises the Catholic detention ministry programs at all juvenile halls and probation camps in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara...

The War Against Women

By Jack Neworth Women of Venice (actually, all across the country) it’s time to wake up as decades of progress are about to be rolled back. At the risk of sounding like a modern-day Paul Revere, “The misogynists are coming! The misogynists are coming!” Yes, gals, conservative politicians nationwide are pushing bills that would require...

The More Things Change…Carol Fondiller Strikes Back from the Archives, March 1985 – Wombs: Property of the State?

By Carol Fondiller I’m holding a picket sign again, my feet hurt again, and people look past the sign that I picked up from a pile of signs, something about abortion being legal and bombings are not. Yep, back in the ol’ fox hole – again. For the past five years now, abortion clinics have...
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