Month

June 2016

The Sky Is Not Falling

by Robin Rudisill I am pleased to announce that: The Sky is NOT Falling. That anyone will be losing 50% or any amount of their property rights due to the VNC’s draft report on Mass, Scale and Character is a fallacy. I am very concerned that the information in the draft report circulated for the...

Gone too soon…Venice Beach Angel “Frankie”

Red- I met Frankie on the boardwalk many years ago. We knew each other at least 3 years before we became friends, after that we were inseparable. My last day with Frankie was miraculous! O.G.- Frankie was happiest when she was with her son. She was too young to die and full of life. She...

Green Fences

The Westside Tenants Union held a meeting at the Venice Community Housing Corp. (720 Rose). 39 people were in attendance and some of the issues discussed were: Causta Hawkins: state law that should be overturned Stopping evictions for seniors and handicapped Taking pictures or calling 311 when you see a green fenced property The importance...

Judge Garland Stumbles Over The Venice Post Office

By Jim Smith When President Obama nominated fellow Harvard Law School graduate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on March 16, he thought he was picking the least controversial judge he could find. Garland has been a judge, and then the chief judge, for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,...

A Snake in the Wheatgrass

We’ve all seen the Cryptic Ballerina Clown atop CVS, proudly throwing up “666”, or the “OM” or “AUM” symbol (depending on your perception), at the corner of Main and Rose. And I’m sure we’ve all also seen the eerie serpentine eye slits or three 6’s adorning 3 sides of the Taco Bell on Lincoln. Just...

The Aliens Have Landed

By: Eino Hill Are people my age allowed to have fun in this town anymore? Now this could be a 1/3 life crisis thing, with me turning 33 (or as I like to say, thirty-free), but something deeper is happening on the Westside. Something far worse, and sadly out of my control. The aliens have...

1969 and 2016

by Jon Wolff In April of 1969, a Venice activist by the name of Helene Wolff presented a prepared statement to Los Angeles City Planning Commission. It went something like this: The City’s study of Venice is founded on the idea that it is desirable that property values go up and that everything else is...

A VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM

by Pat Raphael When cooking up a bum stew, you quickly learn there has to be at least three rocks around your fire — saves your teetering meal from ending up all over the ground right before it’s done. The experience to learn such lessons grants the Street Person a clarity on fundamental truths that...

Letters From May 2016

To the Venice Beachhead, Today I attended a boisterous rally in Eugene, Oregon, for Senator Bernie Sanders. He addressed the prime issues facing America today; the mass incarceration of the poor and people of color, police brutality, wage equality for women, a fifteen-dollar minimum wage, health care for all, the end of fracking, marijuana decriminalization,...

A Perspective on the Venice Neighborhood Council Elections 2016

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) is standard for the paranoid style in politics. Everybody wants to slice and dice the electorate definitions so as to favor their agenda. This is probably as old as elections. Your opposition is not entitled because X Y Z.  The VNC election vote tally shows little influence from homeless voters....
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