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October 2, 2013

It Takes A Village … To Keep It A Village

By CJ Gronner I have to admit, I’d never attended a LUPC (Land Use and Planning Committee) meeting in Venice before October 2nd. I, like my friends and neighbors, was compelled to go in absolute opposition to the new hotel proposed at 1033 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. A HOTEL! What?! NO. That was the gist of...

Using Art in the Struggle for Social Justice

By Eric Ahlberg The intrepid Venice Beachhead reporters went over to the new offices of the Center For The Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), where Venice Artist Carol Wells and her colleagues have created an archive of 80,000 political posters from around the world. Carol Wells: This project started in Venice. It started in my...

Letters

Dear Beachhead, Thank you for your articles on our murals! The original 15c wash and the 5c dry mural was so famous that anyone who wanted to be anyone came to be filmed in front of it. Bobby Darren was there with his photographer to soak up the ‘hip vibes’ to assist in  changing his...

Calling on Venetians to get on board the Airport-to-Park Train!

By Martin Rubin Although the City of Santa Monica owns and operates Santa Monica Airport (SMO), we Angelenos experience most of SMO noise and air pollution. Is there anything we can do that will make a difference, or is it a waste of time to get involved? Can I interest you in a Great Park?...

Plane Crash: One More Reason to Close Santa Monica Airport

By Greta Cobar A private jet carrying four people and three pets crashed at landing into a hangar on the side of the runway at Santa Monica airport. If the hangar wasn’t there, the plane would have crashed into the rows of residences situated only 150 feet from the site of the crash. The flames...

Menotti's Coffee Stop Opens On Windward

By CJ Gronner Way back in the day, there was Menotti’s Bar on Windward. Then came the Prohibition Era, and it became Menotti’s “Buffet”, a little grocery store to serve as cover for the Speakeasy downstairs, which also served as a distribution center for the liquor being smuggled through the underground tunnels from the off-shore...