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April 1, 2014

VNC to Teague: 1414 Main Offensive, Not the Neighborhood

By Krista Schwimmer Across the country, a deadly force is destroying the character of neighborhoods forever. Jeremiah Moss, author of the blog, “Vanishing New York”, calls it “hyper-gentrification.” Grandchild to gentrification, Moss bemoans that this 3rd wave “is bigger, faster and meaner than its parent. It is also sicker, a sociopathic system with no compassion.”...

Construction Waivers Banned in Venice

By Greta Cobar In a major victory for Venice, the California Coastal Commission passed a motion to stop the city of Los Angeles’s from allowing developments in Venice to be approved under de minimus waivers. Following the March 12 Coastal Commission meeting, all developments in Venice will have to go through a Coastal Development Plan...

Boxes Blight Brooks

By Anthony Castillo Here at the Beachhead we devote a lot of space to the proposed mega development projects like 1414 Main Street, the hotel on Abbot Kinney, the Google land grab, and others past and present. And we’ve done so and will continue to do so for good reason. But in just the last...

Open Letter About Public Urination, Stuff on Sidewalks … and Parking

By Deborah Lashever If you are concerned with the urination and defecation in your neighborhood, lobby Bonin to install more public restrooms! Do you realize that we have 16 million visitors a year and about 20 public restrooms – that all close in the early evening and open at 8 am? Not one public restroom...

The Drum Circle and the Criminalization of Free Speech

By Ronald Keith McKinley The Drum Circle has been under siege since its inception twenty-five years ago. A loud vocal minority has always found it offensive. Randy Banks, ex-marine and capoeira instructor, started this drum circle in response to suppression of drumming on Ocean Front Walk. Randy took us to the hill just east of...

Santa Monica Airport to Become a Park

By Laura Silagi It just came to my attention that there was a response to my January article about the Santa Monica airport. I stand by all the facts I presented. To update what has been happening since then, last Tuesday, March 25th the Santa Monica City Council held a meeting focusing on the future...

Ruthie in the Bakery

By Marty Liboff My mother, Ruthie began managing a Jewish bakery on the oceanfront in 1951. It was two blocks north of Venice in old Ocean Park. Ocean Park in the 1950s was predominately a poor, older Jewish community with beautiful turn of the last century buildings. In 1959 the city decided to redevelop old...

In Memoriam: Billie Harris – Serving the Highest Art – 1937-2014

By Chuck Bloomquist From the late sixties until shortly before he died Billie Harris was a superb musician playing pure, beautiful jazz on his tenor saxophone in and around Venice. When he first arrived in Los Angeles he lived in an old Helms bakery truck with his wife and two children at the parking lot...

Not Another Gjelina at 320 Sunset!

By Greta Cobar The owner of Gjelina is pushing against the wishes of the Venice community to open a restaurant/bar/take-out food and alcohol establishment at 320 Sunset. The first thing that got the community rallied against this proposed development was Fran Camaj’s (Gjelina’s owner) misrepresentation of the project. At the March 5 Land Use and...

New Bollards, More Yellow Than the Old Bollards

By Greta Cobar It is unclear why Mike Bonin, our Councilperson, held a Town Hall meeting on October 29, 2013 to hear the public’s input concerning bollards, cameras and blocking off the streets leading to Ocean Front Walk (OFW). During the meeting the public was vehemently against all such so-called “safety measures.” Speaking as any...
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