By Greta Cobar
Over the past three months the Beachhead proved to be the go-to source of print media when it came to Overnight Parking Districts in Venice.
Other publications that cover Venice are the Marina del Rey-based Argonaut and the LA Times.
The Argonaut did not inform the public about the June 13 Coastal Commission hearing. Its only mention of Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice was published on June 20, a week after the unanimous vote against OPDs.
The Los Angeles Times, on the other hand, published an editorial the day before the hearing openly advising the California Coastal Commission to approve OPDs in Venice.
Following, Richard Abcarian (father of LA Times columnist Robin Abcarian) had this to say in an email message to Venetians: “Congratulations to all of you. What a great victory! I am going to rag on my daughter about the editorial stance her paper (LA Times) took. Then I am going to sit quietly and entertain myself thinking about Mark Ryavec.”
“No one was happy with our suggestions,” states a June 14 LA Times article concerning their own advice to the Coastal Commission regarding OPDs in Venice.
Having been around for the past 45 years, the Beachhead documented a significant part of Venice’s 108-year old history. Happy 108th Birthday, Venice! And here’s to many more!
You can watch the entire video of the June 13 Coastal Commission hearing at: http://bit.ly/czVepn.
By Greta Cobar