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Greta Cobar

Venice to Newcomers: Spare Me!

By Greta Cobar There are many white, clean beaches up and down the Coast. Yet people choose Venice for its bohemian vibe, artistic spirit and creative element. Ironically, though, the latest wave of arrivals have had the effect of killing the very things they moved here for. The art heart of Venice is about to...

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....

New Petition Filed in the Sale of the Historic Venice Post Office

By Greta Cobar Talk of a possible sale of our historic Venice Post Office started in March 2011 and was followed by an unprecedented community unity in our efforts to keep it a public institution. Rallies, petitions, media attention and dozens of articles published in the Beachhead did not eventually stop the sale. Movie producer...

Panagiotis Douvos is the Pano we all Love

By Greta Cobar A visit to Pano’s apartment is a visit to Pano’s museum: all vertical and horizontal surfaces are covered with sculptures, paintings and drawings that he’s been creating for most of his ninety years. Beachhead readers might be familiar with his poetry, which has been published in this paper in the past. But...

It Struck!

By Greta Cobar A rare lightning storm hit Venice on Sunday, July 27, killing one person and injuring 13 others. Nicholas Patrick Fagnano (November 23, 1993 – July 27, 2014) was getting ready to start attending USC, his dream school, in two weeks. “He worked hard these past two years and was so excited to...

Endangered Species Mural, by Emily Winters

By Greta Cobar Recently cleaned and restored Endangered Species mural by Emily Winters, long-time Venice resident and artist, and Chair of the Venice Arts Council. Originally painted in 1990 and restored in 2009, the mural illustrates how the misuse of technology can destroy the quality of our lives. The cleaning process was done by Social...

Lawsuit Filed over "Brooks Avenue Painting"

By Greta Cobar Following the destruction of Venice’s oldest mural, which had been located at 55 Brooks, a lawsuit was filed April 21 against Ralph Ziman, owner of the building, and John Roe, the contractor who pressure washed the mural from the wall. The plaintiff is Victor Henderson, who along with the late Terry Schoonhoven...

"Story of Venice" Belongs in Venice

By Greta Cobar As we continue to come together as a community to fight yet another major wave of gentrification (there have been others in the past 65 years or so), it is now worth remembering the snowball that started it all by ripping the heart out of Venice and taking away our Story of...

Kim's Market to become an 80-seat Restaurant

By Greta Cobar Without providing any parking in an area that is already congested, some out-of-towners are planning on opening an 80-seat restaurant in place of Kim’s market at 600 Mildred. The proposed restaurant is planned to stay open 7am to midnight. The owners already have a restaurant in New Mexico, and plan to open...

Let's Play House – with Dirt and Color

By Greta Cobar The Mosaic House of Venice is more of a museum than a house. It is the creation of Cheri Pann and Gon- zalo Duran, who have been living, working and loving each other inside their masterpiece for the past twenty years. Entering their nest is like stepping into another world – one...
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