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Housing

Change is Coming – Tenants Unite

by Mark Lipman Over the past several years we have all noticed significant changes to our Venice community. A pro-big business, pro-development agenda has literally demolished its way through Venice, while rents and eviction rates have skyrocketed. Longstanding neighbors and local residents have disappeared almost overnight as a tourist industry, which brings no revenues back...

VNC Short-term Rental Motion 3/14/2016

Tomorrow night VNC Meeting at Westminster Elementary I the auditorium. Subject: Important Short-term Rental Motion to be voted on at upcoming/Tuesday VNC Meeting. This Tuesday night the VNC will vote on a motion to request the City Attorney to enforce the law and prosecute short-term rental zoning violations. Although this motion is on the Consent Calendar...

VENICE COALITION SUES L.A CITY PLANNING

Venice Coalition Tells L.A. City: Enough is Enough Sues L.A. City Planning for violating the California Constitution, the California Coastal Act and local Land Use protections. Venice, CA March 2, 2016 — Developers are destroying Venice’s quaint, historic neighborhoods and affordable housing at an alarming rate, and the City of Los Angeles is complicit. Aided by the...

A State of Emergency for Our Unhoused Citizens Here In Venice

In September, Mayor Garcetti, along with seven City Council members, declared a State of Emergency on Homelessness in Los Angeles, pledging $100 million for aid. Then, one month later, the Mayor reneged this declaration. We, the Collective of the Free Venice Beachhead, find the Mayor’s actionunacceptable, and call out as concerned citizens to uphold the...

Demolitions East of Lincoln Continue

by Anthony Castillo While most of the attention given to gentrification here at the Beachhead is given to what’s happening west of Lincoln Blvd., we should not ignore Venice east of Lincoln. Gentrification continues seemingly unabated there as well. This despite the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, which was supposed to stop Mansionization east of Lincoln. One...

SHARING ECONOMY with POTEMKIN WALLS and FALSE MARKET RATES

By Roxanne Brown As so many embrace the short-term rental (STR) sharing economy, here’s what I’ve experienced as a resident living with it. I know a single mother who is renting a one bedroom for $2,400. She can’t afford the rent, so she Air B&Bs (ABB) her apartment (illegally) for a week each month, while...

Saving Venice One More Time

By Jim Smith Few would deny, that on her 110th birthday, the future of Venice is in jeopardy. A huge dinosaur is stalking the streets of Venice. When it’s hungry it eats a whole house, then it shits out modern, and trendy, turds, and tramps on to the next block. Meanwhile, people get hurt by...

The Rosa Parks of Venice

By Deborah Lashever Eden Andes, with slightly silvered hair, medium length, thoughtful look on her sun-drenched face, mischievous smiles illustrating her clever ironic wit, lived in Venice Beach for many years. Intelligent, articulate, peaceful, funny; a visionary, activist, artist, animal lover and friend, she could often be found on Venice Ocean Font Walk in jeans...

Greta Says

By Greta Cobar Not long ago, only about six years, quite a few Venice long-term residents lived in vehicles. They were groovy – both the vehicles and the residents. The Venice vehicularly-housed citizens cared deeply about our beautiful resort by the sea, participated in community events and local politics, and lent a hand when one...

Brendon Glenn and the Teen Project

By Morgan Stewart On the evening of May 5, just hours before he was shot and killed by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, Brendon Glenn dropped by The Teen Project’s PAD (Protection and Direction) Drop in Center on Windward Avenue in Venice for a Purpose Life Support Group. While there, he spoke with...
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