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Jim Smith

The Heroic Age of Venice (after Virgil)

The Heroic Age of Venice (After Virgil) By Jim Smith Justice for the people I sing, who forced by fate to abandon their homes and flee the vast wasteland of mediocrity Now filled with haughty puritans of unrelenting hate, Expelled and exiled, they came to the Venice shore O Muse! what adventures each may claim In...

50 Years After the Coup That Changed America Forever

By Jim Smith Have you heard it on the news About this fascist groove thang Evil men with racist views Spreading all across the land Don’t just sit there on your ass Unlock that funky chaindance Brothers, sisters shoot your best We don’t need this fascist groove thang –Heaven 17 This is the 50th anniversary...

Change in Peace and Freedom Party Leadership

A large turnout of Peace and Freedom members overwhelmingly elected new officers on September 27 to head the Venice P&F. Outgoing Chairperson Karl Abrams wished them well and pledged to help make the transition as easy as possible. The new officers are primed to continue and expand the activist orientation of the Venice Chapter. During...

Parking, Traffic and Other Evils in Venice

By Jim Smith The recent fight over pay parking in Venice brought to the fore the problem of too many cars in Venice. Not only are there more than 21,000 vehicles in zip 90291, there are many thousands more parked here by beachgoers and Abbot Kinney Blvd. thrill seekers. Clearly, our beautiful coastal zone is...

Venice Victorious – How We Won The Third OPD War

Venice, a jewel of the Pacific Venice, a dream so sublime Venice, where freedom is in our hearts Venice, where the light will not be extinguished Venice, where time goes by but the magic remains Venice, where a city like none other is being born By Jim Smith Our recent victory against Overnight Pay Parking Districts (OPDs) is well-known...

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...

Letters

Letters Thanks for the Metaphors – Jim Smith Inspired – Cory Schumacher Response to Patrick Frank’s “Even More POed at the PO – Alan Arch ———————- Thanks for the Metaphors Dear Beachhead, Three months ago I gave notice of leaving the Collective that publishes this paper. Now it’s time to step aside. Working on the...

Post Office Goes Private?

By Jim Smith What sort of a country do we live in that allows the government to take an important historic building that is part of the public’s accumulated wealth and turn it over to the super-rich 1 percent for private use? That is exactly what is happening with the building that has been Venice’s...

The Prospects for Venice Cityhood

By Jim Smith Like the surf that keeps rolling up on Venice’s shore, the idea of restoring our cityhood just won’t go away. In 2012, I am continually approached by Venetians who ask “What’s going on with cityhood?” or “What do we have to do to get free of L.A.?” It’s not a new issue....

Ray Bradbury – Martian and Venetian: Gone with the Transit of Venus

By Jim Smith On June 5, I was peering through Chuck Bloomquist’s telescope in his front yard as a tiny black dot – actually the size of the Earth – slowly made its way across the yellow-gold caldron we call the Sun. At the same time, a few miles away, a 91-year-old man who had...
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