Day

September 1, 2012

Skateboarding While Black

By Ronald McKinley While skateboarding home on a nice, warm summer afternoon, Ronald Weekley, Jr. was beaten and then arrested by LAPD. Not beaten and arrested; there is a difference. The charge was for skateboarding on the wrong side of the street, and resisting arrest. Weekley has a broken nose, fractured cheek, and a concussion....

Roseanne Barr Is Coming to Venice

By Karl Abrams Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr is coming to Venice. The former comedienne, TV star and role model for millions of working class women is the candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party. Barr and long-time activist Cindy Sheehan won over the majority of delegates at the Peace and Freedom (P&F) Party’s exciting Los...

Letters

Beth Allyn Peggy Lee Kennedy                                                 Hi Mary, A friend just shared your “Venice is a Poem” with me. Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to meet you and have...

Venice to Silver: It’s Not Your Mural

By Greta Cobar The heart of our community was hurt this past month as bulldozers tore down the stairs leading to what used to be our historic post office. New owner Joel Silver, big-time Hollywood producer behind movies like Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, The Matrix and Predator, started work both outside and inside the building...

Skateboarding is Not a Crime

By CJ Gronner There was a rally August 22 for Ronald Weekley, Jr., the kid that was beaten by police August 18th for skateboarding on the wrong side of the street. In Venice, California. That alone should tell you how wrong it is. How horrifying is it that this can still happen in this day...

Police and Selective Enforcement

In yet another incident exemplifying waste of time and resources on the part of the LAPD, Ibrahim Butler was arrested Friday, August 24. A resident made a citizen’s arrest on him for playing drums in what the resident deemed to be noise violation. It took twelve officers and a whole lot of hoopla to take...

Snake Man Cleared of All Charges

As the Beachhead reported in the June issue, Solomon, also known as Willie Lee Turner, or the Snake Man, was arrested in Santa Monica for allegedly hitting someone in Hollywood. Now that the trial is over and all charges against him were dropped, it’s time to find out what happened. Solomon: Thanks to my family,...

Earl Newman Goes From Venice to the Smithsonian

By Greta Cobar “I want to thank Venice for being open to free-spirited people,” Earl Newman says 53 years after he came here from the East Coast with a wife and two kids in a ’55 Chevy station wagon “in quest of a future.” And that he found. After being homeless for a few weeks,...

State Parks Cheat Environment at Malibu

By John Davis Malibu Lagoon State Park, a haven for surfers and wildlife, was bulldozed this summer. Wildlife was laid to waste and surfing opportunities have been adversely impacted. All of this could have been prevented when the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released, but Staff of State Parks cheated and violated State law so...

Cannabis Access Set to Vaporize September 6

By Anne Alvarez On August 14, the L.A City Attorney’s office sent letters to 1,046 suspected dispensary locations and 728 landlords, stating: “Continuance of a medical marijuana business at this location may subject you to legal action resulting in a court ordered closure and imposition of monetary penalties of $2,500 a day, as well as...
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