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Politics

UPDATE: Gjelina’s Gjusta, Sauce, Kim’s Market, Rose Cafe

By Roxanne Brown Gjelina’s Gjusta – 320 Sunset (Fran Camaj, owner; Stephen Vitalich, architect) was cited by Building and Safety on December 19 for being in non-compliance. Gjusta has a permit for Bakery/Take-out/No Eating or Seating on premises. Today is March and Gjusta is still in non-compliance, as it’s been since opening October 2014. Still...

Je Suis Beachhead; Charlie Hebdo: Not So Much

By Jim Smith This month, the Free Venice Beachhead celebrates the publication of its 400th issue and the opening of an on-line archive of every page and every issue we ever published. Meanwhile, in Paris, an anti-Muslim publication, not much larger than the Beachhead, attracted world-wide attention when 10 of its editorial staff, and two...

The Illusion of Crime and Enforcement of Poverty

By Mark Lipman   A lot has been said in the chat-rooms of Venice regarding “crime” in our community. It’s no coincidence that every single incident of “crime” that is cherry-picked to report is about someone who is homeless. The comparison and subsequent demonization of an entire economic class of our society has become so prevalent that...

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....

How Far We Have Come

By Mark Lipman   The recent events and conflict in Gaza have caused great stress and polarization around the world.  Although the best in the great majority of us has risen to the top in protests for peace across the globe; the worst in a few, blinded by the ideology of racism and hatred for...

ONE LOVE

  The world is in a mess Our survival is a guess. Madmen & fanatics Causing worldwide panics. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus All kinds of coo coos. Each say we are right Believe us or we’ll fight. Capitalism, socialism, communism All sorts of schism. Hard lined Republicans & Democrats Closed minded little brats. Beware...

Venice Circle

By Jim Smith Public space is taking a beating in Venice lately. First, our beautiful beach is off limits to Venetians, and everyone else, from midnight to 6 a.m. Then our nutty L.A. City Attorney, Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, decided our busiest street, Ocean Front Walk, was actually a park and promptly took it away from...

Labor and the Environment

By Mark Lipman Righteously, there is outrage over the state of our environment. Whether mountaintop removal for coal in West Virginia, or the dumping of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we all suffer the consequences. The man-made disasters are already too numerous to count, and affect the health of us all, as well as the stability...

New Bollards, More Yellow Than the Old Bollards

By Greta Cobar It is unclear why Mike Bonin, our Councilperson, held a Town Hall meeting on October 29, 2013 to hear the public’s input concerning bollards, cameras and blocking off the streets leading to Ocean Front Walk (OFW). During the meeting the public was vehemently against all such so-called “safety measures.” Speaking as any...

1414 MAIN TOO MUCH FOR LUPC!

By Krista Schwimmer As California experiences one of its worst droughts in over 156 years, creating dangerous conditions for wildfires, a different kind of fire is burning in the neighborhoods of Venice. This fire is kindled by avarice and arrogance. This fire is driven by rapid, sometimes rogue, real estate development. Whether the development project...
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