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Community Pressure to Save Vera Davis Center Services Intensifies

By Roger Linnett The reassignment of the Vera Davis Center to the auspices of the L.A. Cultural Affairs Department is proceeding apace despite the hue and cry of Venice residents that both use and support its many charitable services. However, the city miraculously found $60,000 to pay for keeping the Center open during the coming...

Vera Davis Center Faces Uncertain Future

Community organizations that service low income residents in Oakwood from offices in the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center at 610 California Avenue are worried that they are about to lose their happy home. They learned only on March 28 that the building, which was the old Venice library, was being transferred from the...

The Tabor Family

The Tabors, one of the founding families of Venice had a reunion was held at the Pacific Residents Theater, March 2. It was conceived and produced by Maryjane and included family photos, documents and other memorabilia. Irvin Tabor, the family Patriarch, was Abbot Kinney’s personal assistant and chauffeur. Kinney willed his home to Tabor, who...

Navalette Tabor Bailey, Venice Pioneer, Dies at 95

By Jill Prestup Navalette “Novie” Tabor, matriarch of one of Venice’s first families, passed away July 18. She was 95, two months short of her 96th birthday. Born September 7, 1914, Novie was a lifelong Venice resident. Her family moved from Louisiana to Venice when she was 6 months old, and she lived for the...

Interview with Navalette Tabor Bailey and Jataun Valentine

(This interview originally appeared in the Beachhead’s March 2007 issue) By Rex Butters Beachhead: How long have you been with the historical society? Navalette Tabor Bailey: Oh, about 20 years, I guess. I know it’s been a long time. Beachhead: What does the historical society do? Bailey: They try to restore and protect the original...

A Labyrinth Grows in Oakwood

By Krista Schwimmer On a small lot next to the Bethel Tabernacle Church, corner of San Juan Avenue and 6th Street, there is now an ancient symbol marked on the earth itself.  Found in a multitude of cultures as early as 4,000 years ago, this circular design invites you to pause, to look and to walk....

Holiday Venice tenants ask Obama administration to help them buy the apartment buildings

By Lydia Poncé Residents of Oakwood’s 15 low-income buildings known as Holiday Venice Apartments, and community members, packed the Annex Room at Oakwood Park, Feb. 23, to hear what Carol Galante Assistant Deputy Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, had to say about preserving their homes. These apartments are homes for mostly single working mothers,...

In Brief

Environmentalists versus Playa Vista It ain’t over, ‘til it’s over, might have been coined to describe the nearly 30 year fight to preserve the Ballona wetlands. The latest round began Feb. 24 when environmentalists submitted briefs to the Appellate Court alleging that the city of Los Angeles did not comply with the California Environmental Quality...

Say What You Will, We Live It Everyday in Oakwood

By Lydia Poncé, Jataun Valentine and Laddie Williams 40 years ago it was flower power, end the war and the Summer of Love. America has not really learned anything since then. Here in Venice, 2009, when it comes to love- ‘love is not all you need.’ What the world needs now is not “love sweet...

Riding the Streets of Venice in a Produce Truck

By Ian Lovett Three years ago, when I first moved to Venice, I lived at Broadway and 7th St. My house, part of a row of four cottages, had this fantastic garden, where my neighbors grew strawberries and basil, and I used to sit outside to read, or to eat, or to nap, or for...
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