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Response to Annexation of Venice by Jeffrey Stanton: Cityhood Then, Cityhood Now, Cityhood Forever!

By Jim Smith Jeffrey Stanton’s piece on the annexation of Venice that ran in the last two issues of the Beachhead (January and February, 2009) was a great contribution for anyone who is interested in the history of our fair city. As I understand it, Stanton is saying that annexation to Los Angeles was a...

Venice History – By Jeffrey Stanton Was the Annexation of Venice to Los Angeles in 1925 a good idea? Part 2

With its amusement pier gone, Venice didn’t recover financially after World War II. Its housing stock was run down and it became a slum by the sea. It was the least expensive place in Los Angeles to live, and it attracted young beat poets and starving artists because studio space was cheap. It became a...

Venice History – Was the Annexation of Venice to Los Angeles in 1925 a good idea?

By Jeffrey Stanton Venice, California, from the time of its founding in 1905 as a unique canaled real estate development, was a successful tourist destination and summer resort for Los Angeles residents living 14 miles inland. It developed into the Disneyland of its day, with a large network of picturesque gondola-filled canals branching from its...

From the 15th Anniversary Issue (Dec. 1983)

Dear Beachhead: Congratulations for still hanging in here! I remember when I first held your baby-soft pages in those early days after your nativity, 15 years ago. In that year we were fighting to keep the canals from becoming an extension of the Marina. It was the year of the Tet offensive in Vietnam; and...

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...

Guadalupe Day – Finding More Than Meets The Eye

By Maria Joyouspirit December 12th is another way to celebrate our winter holidays. It is the feast day of Our Lady or Virgin, actually Tonantzin and only later called Guadalupe by the Spaniards. Don’t wait for the commercialized, consumerist, propagandized, later December day to celebrate. Bring your family down to La Plazita Church across from...

The Earl Newman Story

By Jim Smith Earl Newman was back in town last month for events in his honor at Danny’s Deli and Sponto Gallery. Newman has been living in Oregon for the past 35 years, but he has not been forgotten in Venice. The silk-screen poster artist-extraordinaire was a fixture in Venice from 1960-72. His impact on...

Back in the 20th Century with the Free Venice Beachhead

By Moe Stavnezer   I wasn’t there at the birth, but I fell in love with the baby, spittle, poops and all. As befits a doting, now turning senile, grandfather, I can’t remember the first time I saw the tyke though I admired its spunkiness, its zaniness and most of all the honesty in its...

Memories of Venice, 1956

I am 8yrs old.Mom moved to Venice in the 50’s. Sleeping in sandy beds of the children of Beatnik poets and artist. Waking in the middle of the night to the artist peeing on his painting and the couch I am sleeping on. Larry Lipton and his wife Netty hosting. Big Daddy and the Gas...

July 2008 – Cityhood Redeemed – The 80 Year Venice Dream

at the edge of a city enormous with enemies –Stuart Perkoff, Venice poet By Jim Smith In May, the Venice Town Council was reestablished as part of the city of Venice to the acclaim of Venetians meeting at the United Methodist Church auditorium. The VTC had been the de facto government of Venice for 20...
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