• Voting Dog - Leandra K. Carmone
• Election Congratulations - Gonzalo Santos
• Time Traveler in distress - recordkeepingjuu eqc
• Victory Dance - John Davis
I heard a dog got to vote in Venice.
I have a dog, 1 bunny, 2 fish, 3 frogs, ,2 clams, 1 fresh water snail, and I’m bird sitting 2 parakeets who also live in Venice.
How come my pets didn’t get to vote?
For example, what I’m concerned about is safe streets so everyone can walk their dogs, clean and fresh water so all animals can live a healthy life just like us kids.
Thank you for all your consideration,
Leandra K. Carmone - age 9 turning 10
P.S. tell me where to sign up.
Congratulations to the newly-elected Progressive members of the Venice Neighborhood Council!
May you accomplish great and exemplary things in Venice Beach, wielding wisely your hard-won majority control of the Council (12/21). The whole world will be watching - or at least, for the time being, those of us following the story in the pages of The Beachhead! This is, indeed, quite a breakthrough for grassroots community organizing -- socially-relevant electoral politics at its best -- and may signal a revival of progressive local social activism throughout California, if not the country, after such a prolonged hiatus.
While the state and national levels of big-monied-but-bankrupt politics implode and self-destruct in recall "earthquakes" and mendacity-riddled, war-obsessed chaos, respectively, the good people of Venice Beach are quietly showing the way on how we, of this almost-hijacked country, can begin to turn politics into the people-enhancing, peace- & justice-building, noble activity it can be again... as millions of others around the world, to whom you are connected, have never stopped demonstrating!
Be an ontological Zapatista wherever you are!
Viva the Progressive-led Venice Neighborhood Council!
In joyous solidarity,
Co-Chair, Latina & Latino Caucus,
California Faculty Association
Sociology professor, CSU-Bakersfield(*)
(*) Affiliations for identification purposes only.
Time Traveler in distress
I'm a time traveler stuck here in 2003. Since nobody here seems to be able to get me what I need (safely here to me), I will have to build a simple time travel circuit to get where I need myself. I am going to need an easy to follow picture diagram for a simple time travel circuit, which can be built out of (readily available) parts here in 2003. Please send me any schematics you have care of the Beachhead. I will pay good money for anything you send me I can use Or if you have the rechargeable AMD dimensional warp generator wrist watch unit available, and are 100% certain you have a (secure) means of delivering it to me please also reply.
Dear recordkeepingjuu eqc,
Thanks for writing. You wouldn’t believe how many people thought I wrote that article on page 8 last month!
The City of Venice is great. People are dancing everywhere, in kitchens, at work, on the street, and even in the garage. Since the overwhelming victory of progressive candidates to our Neighborhood Council, joy is rampant.
When I heard the good news I let out a victory cry. A tsunami of Venice Citizens washed over the devilish small-minded blow-hards, finally.
Of the vast mix of people in the LA Basin, Venice is by far the coolest place. The tightly bound community still retains it’s diverse historical roots and is a center of international tourism. The language on the boardwalk blends in to one world voice as people gather in great numbers every weekend to celebrate life, art, music, and the sea.
The City of Venice held its own territorial waters three miles seaward until Los Angeles annexed it in the forties. Venice was lost because Los Angeles threatened to withhold water supplies.
But through the decades Venice demonstrated it’s resilience in the production of poetic art in the fifties. The sixties found Venice an island of peace and expression in a decade of war. Weed coupled with rock and roll probably had something to do with the no holds barred attitude that defines Venice today.
This attitude was well established by our founder, Abbot Kinney. The man had a vision, cornered the English market on another type of weed, tobacco, and spent his fortune to found Venice. He was not afraid to challenge LA City Hall and he would be damn proud of the Progressive Candidates today.
We all know nothing happened here between the late seventies and now. But at least Disco did not replace the drum circle. Then came the internet and a new century.
In poured the yuppies wearing little glasses and chatting about computers while spending two bucks on a cup of coffee. They were ok but behind them came the greedy developers who have no more respect for Venetians than Bush has for Iraqis.
Think of the Team Venice loosers as lapdogs of the City Council, sucking up to power as they shed their skins of integrity.
The losers did every thing in their power to cheat. The old Communications Officer failed to convene a meeting of the Communications Committee and withheld the membership list from all but her sister the President. And that same Officer was running for re-election. Hmm, that list must have been a comfort.
And the First Vice President followed suit by making major changes to elections procedures all by himself, but he was caught by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. They demanded a public meeting and it was had.
And the President routinely disregards the California Open Meetings Law and the Bylaws of the Neighborhood Council she founded.
She has a good mind but has apparently let the smell of political power dilute the good she envisioned. Who knows, maybe she will not stay lost to the dark side. But she better straighten up and fly right if she is to lead.
And there is hope for others turning as well. But as for First Vice President Greg Fitchitt, forget it, for he can’t even see the sun in the sky.
LA has treated Venice like a bastard stepchild long enough. Those creeps that tried to cheat their way to office in our recent elections have acted like mini clones of the City Council. Some of their techniques are to ignore the public at meetings by disrespecting the Brown Act, a State Law. Here is a piece of that law that describes what the people deserve;
“In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.
The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over
the instruments they have created.”
So now Venice arises. We can be a City again. Perhaps we will take Marina del Rey with us by forming a Port Authority.
Nothing can stop us now, not cheaters, fools, politicians or a combination thereof.
So dance the dance of power Progressives, you earned it.
Posted: Fri - August 1, 2003 at 08:35 PM