Sat - July 1, 2006
Forget health care, housing, Iraq, global warming, education, crime, racism, and even gay marriage. Flag Burning is THE issue.
On June 28, the U.S. Senate came within one vote of voting for a flag burning constitutional amendment. U.S. Senator from California, Diane Feinstein, voted for the amendment.
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Everyone in Venice Knows
A Short Story...in 2 or 3 installments
By Carol Fondiller
(from the Beachhead archives: Nov. 1975, #71)
“Well, there I was, trudging along W. Washington Blvd. at 11:30 PM. I had my purse filled with all the personal belongings I could stuff into it – I left the rest of my stuff in my Venice valises – 2 shopping bags. They were stored in the same corner that some other ‘lady’ (he calls women ‘ladies’)...well, where this other lady had left her stuff. Sort of an accumulation of lady leavings,” she giggled.
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Film Review: Nature’s Last Stand: Saving the Ballona Wetlands
By Karl Abrams
This beautifully filmed 17-minute documentary is a most-see multi-award winning eye-opener showing both the beauty of the lush Ballona Wetlands (the largest remaining coastal wetland in Los Angeles County) along side the harsh and looming overdevelopment proposals known as Playa Vista, the largest in the history of Los Angeles.
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• Hotel Row
• Lincoln Place Lawsuit
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A Long Hot Summer?
By Jim Smith
There have been three town hall meetings in Venice since the last issue of the Beachhead hit the streets. Two of them - focusing on a possible moratorium on condominium conversions, and on clean money for election campaigns - were well attended and mild mannered.
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Tent City Report
By C.V. Beck
At Tent City, intersection of California/ Frederick, Venice, (east of the Ross store), some of the embattled seniors and disabled residents of our now world-famous Lincoln Place Garden Apartments gather twice weekly (on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10-5pm), as we continue to fight for our rights of due process of law.
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How Venice Voted
By Jim Smith
A better headline might be “How Venice Didn’t Vote,” since the turnout was only around 12 percent in the June 6 primary. Although Beachhead readers surely turned out at the polls, en masse, to other Venetians it was a big yawn, with only a few contested elections.
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An Ode From Our Neighbor
by Paul Tanck
This past month, David Asper Johnson passed away. He was the creator, editor and all-around soul of Marina del Rey’s weekly newspaper, The Argonaut.
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1913: Harry Culver looks at Venice, and decides to build his own city
Many have asked why Harry Culver chose this location. This a reprint of Harry Culver’s speech announcing his intent to develop what became Culver City. Culver gave this speech to a gentlemen’s club in downtown Los Angeles in 1913. A year later, on October 31, 1914, The Culver City Call newspaper reprinted the speech with this comment:
“Following is the text of the speech made about a year ago, at a dinner at the California Club, by Harry H. Culver, announcing the birth of Culver City. The speech is worthy of reading again at this time in view of the wonderful success of Culver City in its past year.”
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Dr. John Tells All
By erica snowlake
saint’s alive! mythical heroes reincarnate like bodhsattvas and flock to venice! living truly in the here and now! part prophecy full time reality. dedicated folks vowing to save this world from our very selves are humbly going about doing it.
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Beat Poets of Venice West
By Ann Arens (from research and personal experience by Grace Godlin)
Across the country, suburbs comprised of cookie cutter houses were proliferating and pent-up consumerism was running rampant after the end of WWII. It was the 1950s, the era of ultimate conformity. At the same time, small groups of poets, artists, and musicians were coming together in New York, San Francisco, and slightly later in Venice, California, with a lifestyle that flew in the face of these widely prevailing values. They were known collectively as the Beats or Beatniks, and when they came to national attention they were ridiculed and satirized for their bongo playing, excess of hair, spacey (“like wow man”) language, and confrontational poetry.
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BOOK REVIEW: He Usually Lived with a Female (biography of C.H. "Brick"