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February 1, 2015

THE BEAT GOES ON

By Marty Liboff YOU ARE ALL UNDER ARREST!! John Haag started our beloved Beachhead newspaper in 1968. He had run the legendary Venice West Cafe at 7 Dudley Ave. in Venice from 1962 to 1966 with his wonderful wife Anna. Believe it or not, you could be arrested back then just for reading a poem...

Historical Venice OFW Homes Destined to Be Axed

By Pegarty Long Two of Venice’s oldest houses are about to make way for a new mixed-use project which will include a fine dining glass-enclosed restaurant and two apartments on the building’s second level. The now boarded-up homes are located at 811-815 Ocean Front Walk (OFW). They were built circa 1905 and represent two of...

Letter for Marty Liboff

Dear Mr. Liboff, I just read with interest and not a little bit of nostalgia your article about William Boyd. I recently spent the afternoon with family wondering up and down Abbot Kinney Blvd. I was amazed at the changes 60 years have wrought. You see I lived at 1306 Washington Blvd. from about 1952...

Letters

Hi Beachhead, My name is Courtney. I’m an artist. Mostly I can be seen creating black and white doodles, sitting on milk crates on the sidewalk of Abbot Kinney Blvd. My doodling teacher, life partner, and veteran Venice artist, Von Paul, is generally seen creating art right next to me. Von Paul has been selling...

Tree Massacre at Oxford Lagoon

By Charlotte Purein On December 31, 2014, 650 trees were sawed to the ground at the Oxford Lagoon. The 94-space city parking lot that borders the Oxford Lagoon is slated as the building site for 114 units (none of them affordable), and 3600 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. The style is ‘Bernie Madoff meets Jersey Shore’, with a water (lagoon)...

Sewer Project Broken

By John Davis City Councilperson Mike Bonin and County Supervisor Don Knabe should be greatly concerned about the proposed Sewer Main Project in Venice and Marina del Rey. Both the City and County ignored the federal interest. Both concealed known public safety issues that remain unaddressed. The City authorized an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in...

The Politics of Painting Pagodas

By Krista Schwimmer There are many features on Ocean Front Walk that define its essence. Among the most noteworthy are the pagodas or pergolas, as they were first called. Clustered together like mini palm trees, these free structures welcome all against the elements. As a result, a variety of people congregate in and around them:...

Je Suis Beachhead; Charlie Hebdo: Not So Much

By Jim Smith This month, the Free Venice Beachhead celebrates the publication of its 400th issue and the opening of an on-line archive of every page and every issue we ever published. Meanwhile, in Paris, an anti-Muslim publication, not much larger than the Beachhead, attracted world-wide attention when 10 of its editorial staff, and two...

Update: Kim's Market, Gjelina's Gjusta, and Sauce (259 Hampton) Appeal Hearing

By Roxanne Brown The Beachhead has been updating readers since April 2013 on some of the absurd developments that Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration and Councilman Mike Bonin’s office seem to be approving and pushing through at the objection of residents. 600 Mildred (Kim’s Market): Proposed change of use from market to restaurant with alcohol and...

The Illusion of Crime and Enforcement of Poverty

By Mark Lipman   A lot has been said in the chat-rooms of Venice regarding “crime” in our community. It’s no coincidence that every single incident of “crime” that is cherry-picked to report is about someone who is homeless. The comparison and subsequent demonization of an entire economic class of our society has become so prevalent that...
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