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Cityhood

History, Shmistory

By Laura Shepard Townsend They say “if you don’t learn from history…then you’re just stupid!” The changes currently assaulting the community of Venice, heralded as ‘progress’, call to mind 1926, a year of rabid dismantlement of everything Abbot Kinney, our enlightened doge-founder, wove into the fabric of Venice, a community he created to foster art,...

Kim's Market and 320 Sunset Updates

By Roxanne Brown Here’s an update on two very similar Venice projects: proposed restaurants at 320 Sunset and Kim’s Market. Kim’s Market’s new owners Alicia Searle and partner, architect Steve Vitalich, and LUPC Chair Robin Rudisill held an Owner Outreach Meeting at the Oakwood Community Center on July 14, 2014. They requested use of the...

Venice, Burning to be Restored

By Jim Smith July is the month of revolutions. The American colonists did it on July 4. The French did it on Bastille Day, July 14. Many more nations celebrate their revolution, or liberation from an occupying power, in July. They include Algeria, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Mozambique, Peru, Venezuela and many more. And so it...

California Coastal Commission's Decision to Demolish 8 Homes Demoralizes Venice

By Krista Schwimmer The superstitious believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. One reason is because King Philip IV ordered Jacques de Molay and theFrench Templars to be simultaneously arrested on a Friday the 13th in1307. Many Templars were then tortured and executed, including their leader, Jacques de Molay. Although the King claimed...

A Parade Was Planned

By John Johnson This is a re-print from the July 1969 Beachhead What could have uplifted the spirit of a besieged community more than a Fourth of July Independence celebration? A day to show our independence and to reaffirm in our own way our desires and duties to free ourselves from our besiegers. The Free...

& Cancelled

By Jane Gordon This is a re-print from the July 1969 Beachhead Thursday started after an all-night rap session among the parade organizers. We had been getting steadily more reports and rumors about what the police had in store for beachgoers on the following day. Nothing we could “prove,” or we’d have taken it to...

Venice Circle

By Jim Smith Public space is taking a beating in Venice lately. First, our beautiful beach is off limits to Venetians, and everyone else, from midnight to 6 a.m. Then our nutty L.A. City Attorney, Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, decided our busiest street, Ocean Front Walk, was actually a park and promptly took it away from...

An Interview with John Haag

(This is a re-print from the November 2002 issue) By Suzy Williams John Haag – whose long career of fighting for the rights of Venetians has earned him the title of People’s Doge of Venice. He was the proprietor of the Venice West coffeehouse and led the fight for the right of poets to read...

Zipline Leaves Juan Smelling BS

By Greta Cobar Following their promise to leave only footprints, Flightlinez removed the two towers supporting the zipline and are in the process of restoring the grass that was uprooted when the towers were installed. Unfortunately, the process of restoring the grass involved a stinky fertilizer that stunk up parts of Ocean Front Walk for...

The Prospects for Venice Cityhood

By Jim Smith Like the surf that keeps rolling up on Venice’s shore, the idea of restoring our cityhood just won’t go away. In 2012, I am continually approached by Venetians who ask “What’s going on with cityhood?” or “What do we have to do to get free of L.A.?” It’s not a new issue....
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