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Bird Totems of Venice: The Gull

By Krista Schwimmer If there is one seabird that defines a shoreline, it is the gull. Prolific, noisy, pesky and personable, the gull appears in a variety of cultures as hero, trickster, or villain. Sailors say it is unlucky to kill a gull as it could be the soul of a dead sailor returned. Native...

As Venice Falls, Who Will Hear Her Appeal?

By Krista Schwimmer Demolition after demolition. Monstrosity after monstrosity. The hyper-gentrification of Venice continues its ugly march. Homes that are over-sized, out-of-character, and illegal are mushrooming on Brooks, in Oakwood, and other, quaint neighborhoods. The peace of Venice has been shattered by developers seemingly in bed with City officials. Residents rally at neighborhood meetings, behind...

Bird Totems of Venice: The American Coot

By Krista Schwimmer Winter is one of my favorite times to walk along the beach or to hang out on the Venice Pier. The light that reflects back from the ocean waters is often so dream like that I find myself wanting only to spend more and more time simply gazing, an ancient soothsayer scanning...

VNC President Mike Newhouse, Dictator of Time

By Krista Schwimmer Once a month, the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) holds a public board meeting at Westminster Elementary School. According to their own website, one of their purposes is “to promote Stakeholder participation and advocacy in Los Angeles City government decision-making processes.” Their website also goes on to say that a member has the...

Bird Totems of Venice: The Cormorant

By Krista Schwimmer I first met the cormorant up close and personal on the same day the Space Shuttle Endeavor flew over Venice Beach. On September 21, 2012, my husband and I had gone out to watch its flight. While we were sitting in the sand beside the ocean, my husband noticed a large, blackish-brown...

Bird Totems of Venice: The Pelican

By Krista Schwimmer What a marvel it is, indeed, to witness the effortless glide of the American White Pelican, coasting along Venice, even turning at times to soar with prehistoric presence over Ocean Front Walk itself. Or, say, to witness the plunging, precise dive of the Brown Pelican, falling from as high as 70 feet...

Krista's Minis

By Krista Schwimmer Update on August 7th Boardwalk Beating Last month, the Beachhead reported on the LAPD’s tazing and beating of Arrington Samuel Calhoun – a disabled, African-American, homeless man who had simply been sleeping under an umbrella, according to several witnesses. With the help of Nazareth Haysbert, an attorney at Khorrami Boucher, LLP, we...

Bird Totems of Venice: The Snowy Egret

By Krista Schwimmer Throughout the world, birds have been revered as gods and goddesses, messengers and teachers, omens and signs. Whole systems of divination have revolved around their movement. They have inspired us to sing, to soar, and to dream. In many indigenous cultures, birds are part of what the Ojibway call, the totem system....

Occupy Film Series Kicks Off Season

By Krista Schwimmer Did you know that the first S.W.A.T. Team was created in Los Angeles in 1966? Or that you are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer then by a terrorist attack? That the origins of the police department stem from slave and Native American patrols? These facts, and...

Boardwalk Beating: “Worse Than Rodney King”

By Krista Schwimmer Throughout the country, numerous cases of police brutality are bringing communities together in both explosive and peaceful ways. The most recent case is the killing of 18 year old, African-American Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot down by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of this teen led to rioting...
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