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Traffic/Parking

Keep It Free – Your Spirit and Your Parking Spot

By Greta Cobar The Coastal Commission hearing on Overnight Parking Districts in Venice is scheduled for June 13, 8:30 am at the Long Beach City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 90802.  Attend and speak up against OPDs in Venice.  For more information on free public transportation from Venice to Long Beach and...

One More Time

By Mary Getlein I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou’s powerful memoir of her childhood in Arkansas, where a man was killed for raping Maya and she was shocked into elective muteness. She thought that what she had said had ended up killing this man and she didn’t want to speak anymore....

NOPD, NOPD, a thousand times NOPD

By Jim Smith Venice is a beach town Not a highfalutin suit-and-tie town The waves come and go ’cause they’re free, and, yes indeed, so are we. It’s a pleasure to live by the ocean blue but that don’t mean you can’t come too. Our friends drop by when they please there’s no need to...

Venice Loves You – NOPDs

By Greta Cobar Discrimination against those opposing Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice was in full swing at the April Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting. No speaker cards were used for the discussion concerning OPDs, and Marc Saltzberg, VNC vice-president presiding over the OPD discussion, favored those supporting OPDs. They were allowed and encouraged to...

Venice Stakeholder OPD Pain in the Ass

By Peggy Lee Kennedy The California Coastal Commission denied Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in June 2009 and again in June 2010. The stated reasons for the June 2010 OPD denial by the Commissioners, the ones written in the Coastal Commission decision findings, were how the City can put in the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance without a Coastal...

Tell the Bullies to Seek Help

By Lisa Green I am defined by part of community as a vehicular dweller, and/or Homeless. I’ve been a consistent figure on Venice Boardwalk across from Venice Bistro for 5+ years. I’m an artist, an earthkeeper. I spend most of my time “outside and available,” dedicated to liberating the human family from our limitations, fears,...

Censored at the April VNC Meeting: Interview with Sara Wan

By Greta Cobar Sara Wan, former California Coastal Commission member, attended the April 16 Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) meeting. She spoke with the Beachhead subsequent to the VNC meeting, and this is what she had to say concerning Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) in Venice: Beachhead: What do you think about OPDs in Venice? Sara Wan:...

Keep Venice Free – No OPDs

By Greta Cobar What else could possibly be done to change the welcoming spirit that has been the trademark of Venice for as long as it’s been on the map? How about bringing in Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs) that would make it illegal to park without a city-issued permit from 2am to 5am. The California...

The Snake Around Venice

By Charles Dunn The Snake that curls around Venice every Saturday and Sunday is easy to see as it slowly squeezes and suffocates its victim (Venice) like its next meal. Venice has become the metal Snake’s new prey, with the residents having to stand by and tolerate its invasion each weekend. I`m talking about the...

Easing The Automobile Out Of Venice

By Jim Smith Getting around Venice can be a problem if you don’t have a car. Even then, if you park your car on the street, don’t even think about moving it on a sunny weekend, or nearly any time during summer days. First Friday can extend the problem well into the evening if you...
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