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September 1, 2013

Our Oldest Mural Is Gone

By Greta Cobar The owner of the building housing the oldest surviving mural in Venice destroyed the mural without consulting the community or the artist who painted it. Located on Brooks at Pacific, the 15¢ wash and 5¢ dry artwork has been a part of Venice since 1969. Locals at that time, The Doors band...

A New Chapter in the History of Muralism in Los Angeles LA City Council approves new city-wide mural ordinance

By Suzanne Thompson, Co-Founder, Venice Arts Council and Chair, Endangered Art Fund In 2011 former Councilmember Rosendahl, CD 11, had proposed taking murals out of the signage ordinance and create a mural ordinance. He initially suggested a mural district for CD 11 as a pilot project. Those of us on the Venice Arts Council thought...

Letters

Dear Beahhead, Thank you Beachhead and Greta Cobar for the interview with Emily Winters. I have known Emily since I came to the Beachhead Collective in the late 1970s. Her art and her commitment to humanistic politics have always been inspirations to me. Long may her murals survive beyond tagging and natural erosion. Sincerely, Lynne...

Cindy Sheehan Runs for Governor

By Karl Abrams Gold Star Mother and social justice activist Cindy Sheehan arrived by bicycle at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Aug. 27, to announce her candidacy for the 2014 California Gubernatorial election on the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) ticket. Flanked by her supporters on the north steps of Sacramento’s Capitol building, Sheehan explained that she is...

Coastal Commission Reform, the First Step

By John Davis Newly Proposed legislation would provide badly needed enhanced fining authority to the Coastal Commission. Protecting a coastline hundreds of miles long, with rivers that cut through mountains and across vast plains, is not easy.  And then there are the hundreds of bad actors who have been caught violating the Coastal Act. Locally,...

Third Annual Venice Community Sleep-Out

By Mary Getlein The third annual Venice sleep-out went on without a hitch. Beyond Baroque lawn was filled with tents and people sleeping, talking, laughing, and eating. The performance stage was filled with with various and different performers raging from Ross Altman, a local folksinger, the the hard-working Carol Sobel, who has represented many homeless...

LAPD in the Spotlight for Racial Profiling

By Mark Lipman Something that the Los Angeles Police Department really doesn’t like is when the people know their rights. It was just after midnight, on the 24/25th of August, a Saturday night. Occupy Venice’s 3rd Annual Sleep Out to support the unhoused community was a massive success, with over 500 in attendance throughout the day...

CA Prison Strike Exposes US Domestic Torture

By Anthony Castillo At the same time that mostly innocent prisoners at Guantaamo Bay are being force fed after going on hunger strikes to protest their hopeless, indefinite detentions, here in CA, prison inmates are being threatened with force feeding for their on going hunger strike which began on July 8 of this year. The hunger strikers...

Increase Safety by Banning Police Cars on OFW

By Greta Cobar Plastic bollards that lay flat on the ground when a car touches them will not stop anyone determined to drive down Ocean Front Walk. Several such bollards that have been installed following the August 3 incident, which resulted in one death and sixteen injuries, have already been broken and removed. The others...

For Alice Gruppioni, who died here

For Alice Gruppioni, who died here she came here for her honeymoon she left, to go to her funeral a sun-kissed shore, that’s what they call Venice so many people have come here to come home: they come here and the last piece of the puzzle that is themselves, slips into place: and you go:...
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