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February 2008 – In Memorium – Teresita (Teri) Vestal

 December 8, 1939 – December 20, 2007  Sister of Light Daughter of Darkness An idol of strength and perserverance during a life of adversity We love you Teri -Carol Fondiller and Emily Winters

February 2008 – Paula Ross, Venice Artist

 On December 19, long-time Venice resident and artist, Paula Ross, passed away. Paula’s life was art. There wasn’t one thing she touched that didn’t become more beautiful because of her talent.  She is best known for her hand-tinted photographs of famous jazz icons. Her vast library of work includes everyone from Billie Holiday and Chet...

February 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside The Mainstream – John Thomas

By Jim Smith Charles Bukowski – who should know – called John Thomas, “The best unread poet in America. He is the invisible genius of American poetry.” Referring to John Thomas when he died, the London Independent quoted Lawrence Lipton, author of The Holy Barbarians about the Venice Beat “scene,” as follows: How does one...

February 2008 – Poetry

• The Empty Blues – John Thomas • So Odd Is Venice – Jim Smith • Allen Ginsberg – Hal Bogotch • The Ladybugs of Venice Beach – Krista Schwimmer • Obituary of Man – Exit Homo – John Kertisz ————   The Empty Blues (circa 1960) By John Thomas     hitchhiking 46 hours no sleep no food either except...

February 2008 – Draft Ordinance For Ocean Front Walk

ORDINANCE NO. SEC. 42.15. VENDING AND EXCESSIVE NOISE ON BEACHES PROHIBITED.  A. Except as specifically allowed in this section, no person shall engage in vending upon any public beach lands or beach properties adjoining the waterfront of the Pacific Ocean, or upon any immediately adjacent boardwalk, sidewalk or public way between the southerly boundary of...

January 2008 – State Supreme Court Deals Double Wammy To Developers

California’s Top Court Supports Lincoln Place Tenants, Playa Vista Environmentalists The Supreme Court of California, last month, refused to hear appeals by AIMCO (the corporate owner of Lincoln Place) and Playa Vista. The Court’s action left standing decisions that should allow evicted tenants the right to return to their Lincoln Place homes, and in Playa...

January 2008 – When Jack Kerouac Came To Venice

By John Thomas Jack I didn’t know.  Never met him.  Only saw him once — not much more than a glimpse, then.  And he surely wasn’t at his best that night. What night?  Back in 1959 — late summer, if memory serves me.  In Venice.  I was running the Gas House and cooking free meals...

January 2008 – Letters

•  5 Rose Avenue Apartments – Shirley M. Anderson • Beach Access for All – C.V. Beck ———–    5 Rose Avenue Apartments Dear Beachhead, This letter was sent to our Councilmember, Bill Rosendahl.  I am writing to you so that in the future you as my representative may have a window into the daily life of one of...

January 2008 – It’s 2008 – Run For Your Lives

By Jim Smith The new year, 2008, is likely to be a fateful one for all humanity. It may well be the last chance we have to affect climate change without waiting for thousands of years to see the results. Good luck to us all with George Bush and gang running the country. Sad to...

January 2008 – Lakota Nation Declares Independence. Can Venice Be Far Behind

By Erica Snowlake Haumikole! Hello my friend! On December 19, the Lakota Freedom Delegation announced unilateral withdrawl from all U.S. treaties to a small group of Press and well-wishers in the Plymouth Congregational Church in Washington, DC. The same church hosted the American Indian Movement in the1970s. Delegates Mni yuha Najin Win, Phyllis Young from...
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