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Rock On, Lisa Green!

By Greta Cobar Lisa Green is one of the Goddesses who makes Venice the colorful, intricate, exciting and interesting place that it is. She has been displaying her art on Ocean Front Walk, by Dudley, for about five years while at the same time being an ever-present advocate for love, justice and equality at our...

Venice Beach: The People's Beach

By Peggy Lee Kennedy Why did the City of Los Angeles close the people’s beach from midnight to five in the morning? I have heard it all: the gangs, the homeless, drugs, prostitution, et cetera, et cetera. The truth is that Ordinance 164209, amending LAMC 63.44 in 1988, does not say why the City of Los...

As Venice Falls, Who Will Hear Her Appeal?

By Krista Schwimmer Demolition after demolition. Monstrosity after monstrosity. The hyper-gentrification of Venice continues its ugly march. Homes that are over-sized, out-of-character, and illegal are mushrooming on Brooks, in Oakwood, and other, quaint neighborhoods. The peace of Venice has been shattered by developers seemingly in bed with City officials. Residents rally at neighborhood meetings, behind...

Invasion of the Afflu-Hip

This is a reprint from the December 1974 edition Washington Blvd. was renamed Abbot Kinney Blvd. in 1990 By Carol Fondiller About a year ago at a meeting between the affluent residents of the peninsula and the not-so-affluent residents of North Beach, a resident of the Peninsula looked at me with wide eyes. Walter Keane...

The "Cleaning Up" of Venice

By Deborah Lashever If we wish to honestly “clean up” Venice we need an expanded storage program, an adequate number of trash cans and 24/7 bathrooms. The current city program of criminalizing unhoused people does not solve anything and wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Cleaning up” cannot and should not equal criminalization. That is...

Venice to Newcomers: Spare Me!

By Greta Cobar There are many white, clean beaches up and down the Coast. Yet people choose Venice for its bohemian vibe, artistic spirit and creative element. Ironically, though, the latest wave of arrivals have had the effect of killing the very things they moved here for. The art heart of Venice is about to...

"Homeless Bill of Rights' Right to Rest Bill" Seeks to Enact State Protections

All people should be permitted to occupy and utilize public spaces, regardless of their housing status. Further- more, some civil and human rights that are amply protected for people who have a home, have not been defined and applied in a way to equally protect people who do not have a home. The “#HBOR Right...

Watch Out: Cameras Are Recording You; Bollards Won't Save You

By Greta Cobar A lifeguard driving an L.A. County truck accidentally ran over a sunbather on September 15 at 4:25 pm near the intersection of Ocean Front Walk and Venice Blvd. Twenty-five year old Loraine Bermudez of Whittier suffered fractures and internal injuries, and was immediately transported to a hospital. Her injuries are not life-threatening....

Krista's Minis

By Krista Schwimmer Update on August 7th Boardwalk Beating Last month, the Beachhead reported on the LAPD’s tazing and beating of Arrington Samuel Calhoun – a disabled, African-American, homeless man who had simply been sleeping under an umbrella, according to several witnesses. With the help of Nazareth Haysbert, an attorney at Khorrami Boucher, LLP, we...

L.A. Living in Vehicle Law Found UnConstitutional

By Peggy Lee Kennedy To me it’s a sweet, but sad victory. This recently overturned unconstitutional Los Angeles City law, LAMC 85.02, has been used over the years to harm many more people than the four plaintiffs in the Desertrain vs. City of Los Angeles appeal. Harassment, arrests, tickets, vehicle tows, pets taken to the...
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