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Development/Gentrification

What Should Be Done With The Postal Annex?

By Carolyn Rios As reported in last month’s Beachhead, the Postal Annex on Windward Circle is up for sale. This is the last available site in Venice that could solve our two biggest problems – parking and homelessness. The Postal Annex is the perfect site for: 1.  Ground-level parking, desperately needed in Venice due to...

Post Office Selling Out

On December 15, a small “Public Notice” sign was taped to the front door of the Venice Post Office. It informed anyone who took the time to read it that the postal service was considering selling the carrier annex, located across the street (313 Grand Blvd.). It went on to state, “We invite your comments...

Permit Parking: City Hall Says NO to 102 Venice Appeals; Fight Moves to Coastal Commission

By Jim Smith As expected, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works rejected all 102 appeals of the proposed Venice permit parking plan at a downtown L.A. hearing, Nov. 17. Appeals of the city’s action must be received by Dec. 22 by the California Coastal Commission. The city’s plan would charge for street parking by...

Can We Keep Venice Livable? YES WE CAN! AND YES WE HAVE!

By Jim Smith Venetians have a well-earned reputation for actively opposing things in their community that they do not like. During the past 40 years, the Beachhead has reported on struggle after struggle against obscene developments and efforts to make Venice more like Los Angeles. Not all of these struggles have been victorious, but many...

A Cell Tower in Your Back Yard

By Lydia Poncé Two Very Important Meetings – Held on the Same Night: Regarding the Cell Phone Tower at Oakwood Park and Venice High School Pool Closure (see page 4). Liska Mendoza, the Oakwood Park Director, saw this EMF monster being erected one Tuesday afternoon and ran out to stop the T-Mobile workers. The workers...

Venice Town Council Takes Action Against Over Development

By C.V. Beck At the Venice Town Council meeting, October 10, a presentation was made by Ms. Lucille Saunders of the La Brea-Willoughby Coalition on a lawsuit filed against the City of Los Angeles’ City Council, and its Department of Planning, plus John Does 1-10.  It is a petition for writ of mandate in the...

103 Appeals Filed Against Permit Parking In Venice

More than 100 individual appeals have been filed opposing the city of Los Angeles’ plan to impose Overnight Permit Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice, according to Julie Van Wagner of the city’s Bureau of Engineering. The restriction of coastal access was the overriding concern of many of the appeals. It would be nearly impossible to...

September 2008 – Another View of Spy Cameras

By Laddie Williams I read and reread last month’s article, It’s Spy Camera’s vs. Street Dealers in Oakwood, and I have these thoughts as a born and raised Venetian.  I will tell you that the demise of our community is not just the drugs and the homeless, it is the lack of total respect for...

September 2008 – With Enough Shovels

By Jim Smith Groundbreaking for new metered parking spots on Tabor Court, Aug. 14, behind the Abbot Kinney stores, saw Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and various city of Los Angeles bureaucrats wielding shovels on a pile of dirt brought in just for the occasion. The shovels were painted gold, perhaps, to emphasize to Venetians that $800,000...

September 2008 – City of L.A. Approves Overnight Permit Parking Throughout Venice

Measure Aimed at Homeless but Homeowners and Renters Will Bear Burden of Cost Appeal Period Ends Sept. 5 at 5pm. The L.A. Bureau of Engineering has disregarded the overwhelming opposition expressed at the June 26 hearing and has approved the overnight permit parking districts in Venice. Appeals may be filed within 10 days of the...
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