Month

June 2016

Poetry – I am Here

I am here I am a walker of worlds – I transport myself to the past The ground under my feet is not the ground that was before The memories are held in the hand, gently The screams and laughter of an old pier That is not there, anymore They tore that pier down after...

Sara Omari

Welcome back! Sara Omari retired from the Beachhead in 1989 after 12 years of service and we are honored to have her back as a contributor. In her columns the 80 + year old who is presently residing in a retirement home will be addressing the topic of elder abuse. Abuse, which we are sad...

Will Venice Ever Be Shangri-La?

by M. Saffron Devakinanda Das and I spoke on a beautiful Sunny day at the beach. He is happy to be back in Venice after his 8 month annual stint in Vrndavan India. While in Venice Devakinanda stays in his van and can’t understand why the much needed changes regarding the ”houseless” haven’t been made...

A View From The Bottom

by Pat Raphael One great benefit to the unscheduled life of a Street Person is the hours and hours available to do whatever we choose. It seems that only a person with much time to waste, has time to direct any attention to the clown college audition that some call the presidential race. Many of...

Venice Spirit of Life

– Paul Tanck   I feel that 2016 is the year of death. Look at the “celebrities” that have left us suddenly and too soon this year so far: David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, Garry Shandling, Maurice White, Paul Kantner, Sir George Martin, Nancy Reagan, Morley Safer, Prince… All gut-wrenching...

PROPAGANDA 101

by Jon Wolff The Free Venice Beachhead is the oldest newspaper published of, by, and for Venetians. It has reflected the complex Spirit of Venice for decades. The Beachhead has served as a chronicle of the history of struggle of the Venice Community and is known the world over as the journal of record of...

Letter: Looks like back room deals at City Hall Planning.

Dear Free Venice Beachhead: It is high time that the corruption and good old boy back room deals are exposed. Everyone knows that Greg Shoop signs off on every VSO it is also known that The DA refuses to investigate etc No resident has been informed in writing before a new construction begins. That is...

Letter Re: Venetians for Venice, AKA, Vultures for Venice.

Dear Free Venice Beachhead I just saw a slate of developer/speculator friendly VNC candidates put out by Mark Ryavec’s speculator front group “Venetians for Venice.” You can count on his preferred candidates rubber stamping ALL development, no matter how big. It couches their agenda to make Venice Miami Beach with code saying: “Vote for these...

Letter: Election Fraud

Dear Free Venice Beachhead Readers Please consider dropping our District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, a quick email re: Election Fraud in the VNC Election by C&O restaurants — here’s an example: (Jackie Lacey 818-439-3081 – [email protected] or [email protected] or use online form here – http://da.lacounty.gov/contact/email) Dear D.A. Jackie Lacey: I am contacting you to let you...

Letter: Roosterfish

Dear Beachhead: I write to you about Roosterfish, the very popular gay bar on Abbot Kinney. As you are aware, Roosterfish closed permanently this past weekend. Roosterfish, like so many local businesses on Abbot Kinney, was simply “priced out” of being able to “make rent” on the increasingly expensive Abbot Kinney Blvd. This has been...
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