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Politics

Election Hell

By Eric Ahlberg Well this has been one helluva election season. Some of the old bromides can help. “How can you tell that the politician is lying? Their lips are moving.” Today we have fact checks and video clips to document policy flip flopping opportunism, and we are provided statistics telling us how often each...

Presidential Election Analysis

By Joe Deleplaine On October 19, 2016, at the third and final U.S. Presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, the following contentious exchange took place between debate moderator, Chris Wallace and Democratic Party Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. “Secretary Clinton,” Chris Wallace asked, “in a speech you gave to a Brazilian bank, for which you were...

What are Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Why Should Venice Community Members Be Concerned?

What is a BID? Business Improvement Districts (“BIDs”) are public-private partnerships, established under State and local laws that give Cities the power to form districts in which all businesses in the district pay assessments to supplement municipal expenditures. More recent statutes greatly expanded the power of BIDs, including authorizing expenditures on private security and sanitation...

PROPAGANDA 101

by Jon Wolff The Free Venice Beachhead is the oldest newspaper published of, by, and for Venetians. It has reflected the complex Spirit of Venice for decades. The Beachhead has served as a chronicle of the history of struggle of the Venice Community and is known the world over as the journal of record of...

A Perspective on the Venice Neighborhood Council Elections 2016

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) is standard for the paranoid style in politics. Everybody wants to slice and dice the electorate definitions so as to favor their agenda. This is probably as old as elections. Your opposition is not entitled because X Y Z.  The VNC election vote tally shows little influence from homeless voters....

Save Venice

Save Venice lawsuit w/ attorney, Sabrina Venskus, who will be presenting at the community event scheduled for this Tues April 5 @ 6:30 pm at 2010 Linden Ave. Venice (Codepink HQ). If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation (no amount too small) at http://www.savevenice.me

Burn Sage; Bill Rosendahl has passed

By Peggy Kennedy Bill Rosendahl brought in two new anti-homeless LA City laws (OPD, OVO) and used the Living in Vehicle law (LAMC 85.02) in 2010 which led to a landmark civil rights lawsuit against LA city: Desertrain vs City of LA. Rosendahl appropriated funds to study a never created safe parking program, which was...

HELLO FROM VENICE BEACH (as sung to Adele’s ‘Hello’)

HELLO FROM VENICE BEACH by, Marty Liboff Hello, it’s me- I’m homeless on Venice Beach sleepin in shit & pee. Hello, can you hear me? I’m in California dreamin about who we used to be- when we were younger & free I’ve forgotten how it felt before when I had a home & money. So...

That Special Place In Hell

On Sexism and the Race for the Presidency By Krista Schwimmer This year, women’s history month falls in a presidential election year. Fittingly, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) has announced the following theme: “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” At the writing of this article, six...

Ayotzinapa: A Roar of Silence

An international exhibition supported by Los Angeles-based arts organizations, bridging local and international responses to the 43 missing students from Mexico. Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:00pm – 8:00pm (January 25 ­ Venice, CA) On Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 5pm-­8pm, at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 (Old Venice Police Station – SPARC¹s historic headquarters),...
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