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Medical Marijuana Debated in Venice – and L.A.

By Maureen Cotter VENICE – On November 5 the public was invited to join the Neighborhood Council (VNC) for a debate on new regulations controlling medical marijuana. It was held in the Westminster Elementary School on Abbot Kinney Blvd. The subject matter attracted a full house. While we waited for the meeting of the Venice...

New Developments With Medical Marijuana Is Topic Of Neighborhood Council Town Hall

A Town Hall at Westminster Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. will be held at 6:30pm, November 5, to air community views about the facilities and to hear from a representative of the city of Los Angeles who will discuss a new ordinance controlling the dispensaries. Medical researchers have found more than 250 illnesses whose symptoms...

Venetians Cheer As California Coastal Commission Says No to Permit Parking

By Ian Lovett On June 11, the California Coastal Commission voted 9-1, with one abstention, to reject a proposal to institute Overnight Parking Districts in Venice between the hours of 2-6 am. The vote came at the end of a five-hour public hearing, which featured testimony from the LAPD, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and hundreds...

Students Continue Campaign for Memorial for Japanese Who Were Taken to World War II Camps

A campaign to create what may be the first historical marker at a round-up point where Japanese were taken away to internment camps in 1942 continues to gain support among Venice High School students. The students have been writing letters to Councilperson Bill Rosendahl and to the Beachhead in support of a permanent marker at...

Venice High Students Push For Memorial For Japanese

For the past several years, the Beachhead has been advocating a memorial marker or other remembrance at the corner of Venice Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. where local Japanese families were gathered together and shipped to concentration camps in 1942. Many were U.S. citizens and many were small children. None had been accused of any disloyalty...

More Letters From Students In Support of Memorial Marker at Venice and Lincoln Blvds.

Hello, my name is Wendy Santiago, and I am sixteen years old. I go to Venice High School, where I’m in the 11th grade. I’m in the New Media Academy, and I’m in Mrs. Hayashibara’s Honors U. S. History class. In Mrs. Hayashibara’s class, I have learned about the Japanese American Internment Camps, and I...

It Did Happen Here: When our Japanese neighbors were sent to concentration camps

By Scott Yuda, Jr. During World War II, under Adolf Hitler and his Nazi organization’s “rule,” so to speak, ordered for any person 1/8 Jewish or more to be relocated to concentration camps, where they were decimated. Ultimately, approximately six million Jewish citizens were killed in these concentration camps by the order of a crazed...

August 2008 – More Than Unruly

Anti-Semitism in Venice? The place were thousands of survivors of concentration camps sought refugee after World War II? The home of hundreds more retired garment workers from New York City? Eric Mankin, a Venice North Beach resident, has undertaken a one-person campaign to ensure that it doesn’t happen here. It all began for Mankin on...

April 2008 – Racial Dreams And Nightmares: 40 years Without Martin Luther King

By Jim Smith If the Reverend Dr. King was alive today, he would weep at the lack of progress between races. It is hard to believe that we lost him 40 years ago. It was on April 4, 1968, that an assassin, or assassins, shot the great civil rights leader on the balcony of the...
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