Day

August 1, 2014

It Struck!

By Greta Cobar A rare lightning storm hit Venice on Sunday, July 27, killing one person and injuring 13 others. Nicholas Patrick Fagnano (November 23, 1993 – July 27, 2014) was getting ready to start attending USC, his dream school, in two weeks. “He worked hard these past two years and was so excited to...

Will Venice Become a City of Strangers?

By Bruce Meade Looked for a place to live in Venice lately? Then you know rents are astronomical for even the smallest spaces. Big demand, small supply. A supply that is dwindling even further as landlords convert long-term rental units to short-term (under 30 days), which happens to be illegal in a residential zone. But...

I'm Not Pledging That!

By Deborah Lashever Now at our VNC meetings we begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. Interesting. It has been a while since I have had to think about standing for it. Or not. After some reflection, I find I still feel the same as I did in the sixties. This is not a poem. It...

Letters

Nick Antonicello Randy Saludes Alan Rodman ———————————- Dear Beachhead, Mary Getlein’s July piece (Bonin Walks From Meeting) is insightful and indicative of how Mr. Bonin approaches the Venice neighborhood and governance in general. The freshman council member doesn’t allow for any serious exchange with residents and the “Venice Life” meeting held on June 18 was...

Z Budapest: Feminist Witch Who Fights Back

By Krista Schwimmer The history of Venice is full of rebels, revolutionaries, dreamers, and even witches. One such witch is Zsuzsanna, or Z Budapest. Some Venetians may remember her for her shop, “The Feminist Wicca” on 442 Lincoln Boulevard. Others, for her arrest and trial for the simple act of fortunetelling there. In 1970, along...

Kim's Market and 320 Sunset Updates

By Roxanne Brown Here’s an update on two very similar Venice projects: proposed restaurants at 320 Sunset and Kim’s Market. Kim’s Market’s new owners Alicia Searle and partner, architect Steve Vitalich, and LUPC Chair Robin Rudisill held an Owner Outreach Meeting at the Oakwood Community Center on July 14, 2014. They requested use of the...

Venice Artist Stephanie Visser…Still Standing and Thriving in the Venice Art Community

By Tina Lynch Artist Stephanie Visser has submerged herself in the Venice Art World. Her studio is located in a shared artist warehouse on Vernon, which keeps her involved in the Venice arts community. “I find Venice an exciting and vibrant place to work,” said Visser. “I love the exposure to other artists and am...

All Aboard the Tram

By Marty Liboff When Abbot Kinney opened his Venice of America in 1905, he had a small steam train running around the canals. On the Venice Ocean Front there were wicker basket trams that were pushed from behind by people power. (A good idea for today?). By 1920 the trams were electric battery powered. They...

RIP: Carol Pomerantz (12/07/1933 – 6/10/2014

HANDS (To Carol Pomerantz, A Child of Flowers) When My husband and I visited Carol in the hospital before she passed, she took our hands between her own and caressing them, shared with us the secrets of her hands. Hands see Faces in flowers, dreams in sunshine Every day Hands shape Strangers into friends One...

Poetry

Philomene Long – There Are Never Enough Ravens in a Poem Philomene Long – Love, You Are Green and Dark John Thomas – You Bring Me Apple Trees, Flowering Apple Trees Roger Houston – Adullam Hillary Kaye – Perhaps Now Mary Getlein – To My Unknown Friend Rus McCoy – God Took a Photograph Bruce...
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