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Greta Cobar

Construction Waivers Banned in Venice

By Greta Cobar In a major victory for Venice, the California Coastal Commission passed a motion to stop the city of Los Angeles’s from allowing developments in Venice to be approved under de minimus waivers. Following the March 12 Coastal Commission meeting, all developments in Venice will have to go through a Coastal Development Plan...

Not Another Gjelina at 320 Sunset!

By Greta Cobar The owner of Gjelina is pushing against the wishes of the Venice community to open a restaurant/bar/take-out food and alcohol establishment at 320 Sunset. The first thing that got the community rallied against this proposed development was Fran Camaj’s (Gjelina’s owner) misrepresentation of the project. At the March 5 Land Use and...

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...

Venice Community Activist Whose Story Goes Back to Abbot Kinney: Jataun Valentine

By Greta Cobar March 8 marks the 103rd anniversary of International Women’s Day, and it is with great honor that the Beachhead spotlights Jataun Valentine: a political activist, volunteer, ever-present member of our community whose family tree goes back to the days of Abbot Kinney. Jataun: Irwin Tabor, Abbot Kinney’s chauffeur, was my grandmother’s brother....

Google Is Trying to Bring Its Evil to Venice

By Greta Cobar The pace and scale of the current over-development in Venice is unprecedented. Most such construction projects are in violation of the California Coastal Act, the Venice Specific Plan, and our right to due process. Over the last two years 82 construction projects in Venice were approved by the city of Los Angeles...

320 Sunset Development

By Greta Cobar Another development project approved by the Land Use and Planning Committee that does not seem to reflect the wishes of the community is headed to the Venice Neighborhood Council for a vote by the Board. It is located at 320 Sunset, right across the street from Google’s proposed development at 320 Hampton....

Local Coastal Plan to Become Law of Land for Venice

By Greta Cobar The Venice coastal zone is about to lose the direct oversight of the California Coastal Commission, and be placed under the jurisdiction of the city of Los Angeles under a proposed Local Coastal Plan. It was one of Mike Bonin’s campaign promises when he ran for City Council, and is now one...

Frank Strasser Reflects the Light and Fun of Venice

By Greta Cobar It’s an inescapable magnetic attraction between Venice and those who have answered their calling towards creativity. Sooner or later, in the realms of time and space, they find each other, and then, as in the case of Frank Strasser, his canvas explodes with color. “I love the challenge of sitting down with...

Beachheads Write on the Beachhead

CJ Gronner Every town needs a newspaper, and The Free Venice Beachhead has been the one for Venice, California since 1968. I joined the collective staff in 2009, after writing a story about my beloved bike getting stolen … and then getting it back! The fact that Beachhead readers cared enough – first to read,...

Get to Know: Chuck's Briefs

By Greta Cobar As the Beachhead is turning 45 this month, I spiraled back in time to the late 70s and early 80s, when the Beachhead was just becoming a teenager. And I got to meet someone of days past: an impeccably dressed mathematician, avid historian, reader, astronomer, jazz aficionado and former Beachhead Collective member:...
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