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March 2008 – An Ocean Front Ordinance, Once More

The long awaited night had finally arrived – as promised by Bill Rosendahl – for the people of Venice to discuss the proposed new ordinance for the Boardwalk.  It was quite a well attended meeting. A real Venice mixture, a handful of colorful residents and vendors, an assortment of City officials and also what seemed...

March 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside The Mainstream – Philomene Long

By Jim Smith Philomene Long came late to the party, but she soon made up for lost time with her dynamic personality and soaring poetry. The Beat scene was a decade old when she arrived in Venice, but Long gave it new life and energy. Readers of the Beachhead will know that her death last...

March 2008 – Swami X Speaks

by X Swami X I don’t want to alarm you because I know you already have your share of problems. Nevertheless, I must inform you that you are utilizing the wrong calendar, the one most everyone else is using. This is not a joke. Next to George Bush being in the White House, this is...

March 2008 – Long Road To Lincoln Place

By Ingrid Mueller We are children of the Universe. This was engrained in my mind as of age 10. Who knows where it came from? My search for that meaning continues almost feverishly. After a Hamburg(er) Scientific High School for Girls adventure, ‘twas obvious: this ain’t my earthly path. A curiosity for the human condition...

March 2008 – Results of The February Beachhead Poll

February’s poll was a no-brainer for Venetians. Do you support or oppose the proposed 31-story tower on Lincoln Blvd? An overwhelming 86% said they oppose it, while only 6% support it. Some of your comments included: –Tell the developers to go back where they came from. Don’t block our view of the ocean.. –what are...

Feburary 2008 – Results of the January Beachhead Poll

What should be done with the Venice Circle?  Mark as many choices as you like. * Fill with water – 21% * Close to traffic – 16% * Add more statues – 17% * Leave the Circle as it is – 19% * Remove the present statue – 37% * Add a fountain – 51%...

February 2008 – Swami X Speaks

By X Swami X If everyone realized that they are creating their own lives with their every thought and feeling, that the life they are goes on forever and that their essential nature is creative ecstasy, no one would be watching television. What is man (embracing woman) anyway? Man is conscious intelligence, imaginative will and...

February 2008 – Draft Ordinance For Ocean Front Walk

ORDINANCE NO. SEC. 42.15. VENDING AND EXCESSIVE NOISE ON BEACHES PROHIBITED.  A. Except as specifically allowed in this section, no person shall engage in vending upon any public beach lands or beach properties adjoining the waterfront of the Pacific Ocean, or upon any immediately adjacent boardwalk, sidewalk or public way between the southerly boundary of...

January 2008 – State Supreme Court Deals Double Wammy To Developers

California’s Top Court Supports Lincoln Place Tenants, Playa Vista Environmentalists The Supreme Court of California, last month, refused to hear appeals by AIMCO (the corporate owner of Lincoln Place) and Playa Vista. The Court’s action left standing decisions that should allow evicted tenants the right to return to their Lincoln Place homes, and in Playa...

January 2008 – When Jack Kerouac Came To Venice

By John Thomas Jack I didn’t know.  Never met him.  Only saw him once — not much more than a glimpse, then.  And he surely wasn’t at his best that night. What night?  Back in 1959 — late summer, if memory serves me.  In Venice.  I was running the Gas House and cooking free meals...
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