Sat - December 1, 2007


• From a Beachhead Founder - Bill Olive
• Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi - Terence Pearce
• The Lighted Way - Ron Lowe

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Who’s Stealing Venice Parking Spaces?

By Jim Smith

Who’s Stealing Venice Parking Spaces? It’s the city of Los Angeles, according to a complaint filed Nov. 27 by Venice resident Peggy Lee Kennedy with the California Coast Commission.

Posted at 07:26 PM     Read More  

Here come the thought police

By Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson

With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman’s "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

Posted at 07:25 PM     Read More  

The Greatest Generation? Not who you think

By Jim Smith

They stopped a war, ended racial segregation, set off an explosion of creativity in arts and music, and changed the world.

Posted at 07:24 PM     Read More  

The Free Venice Beachhead – 39 Years Later

Venice was right in the thick of things in the 60s. If there was a golden age here in Abbot Kinney’s day, there was certainly another golden age in Venice in the 60s. One might say it all started here in the 1950s with the Beat poets and artists. There was a direct link with them - through John and Anna Haag and many others - to the turmoil of the 60s. 

Posted at 07:23 PM     Read More  

Writers Put Down Their Pencils

By Carol Gronner

The whole country pretty much knows by now that the Writer’s Guild is on strike. To most of them, it just means all of a sudden there’s only repeats of Letterman on, and why do those fancy-pants rich writers need more money, just give us our shows back. But to the members of the Guild (and for those trying to be in the Guild, ahem), it really is about Respect.

Posted at 07:23 PM     Read More  

Thanksgiving Meals Served on Westminster

The Fruit Gallery, at 1 Westminster Avenue, organized a free dinner in the street next to Ocean Front Walk.

Posted at 07:22 PM     Read More  

Post Office Mural Dedication – 66 Years Later!

While Venetians have a reputation for lateness, the dedication, Nov. 15, of the mural in the post office lobby which was painted in 1941 must take the cake.

Posted at 07:21 PM     Read More  

Edward Biberman and the painting of the post office mural

By Suzanne W. Zada
After working and studying in Paris during the late twenties, Edward Biberman returned to the United States. The European critics had discovered him and it did not take long for the New York art writers to detect his skill and talent. Then he moved to California.

Posted at 07:19 PM     Read More  

Don’t Forget the Beachhead this Holiday Season!

It’s also the Beachhead’s 39th Birthday this month. And even though we’re getting up there in age, we still like to be surprised by presents from our beloved community.

Posted at 07:19 PM     Read More  

Poetry - page 8

• Close-out at the Army/Navy Store - Sherman Pearl
• Field of Play - Alan Rodman

Posted at 07:17 PM     Read More  

Thinking of Milton Bratton on Veterans Day

By Kitty Bratton

Today is Veterans Day and also my dad’s birthday. Milton Bratton would have been 84 today if only he had survived 1987.

Posted at 07:16 PM     Read More  


In Memory of
Hector M. Miranda
Vietnam Veteran
5/20/1947 - 11/15/2007

By Yolanda (Landi) Miranda

Posted at 07:15 PM     Read More  

Tallest Building in Venice

Plans for Venice’s tallest building are available for review. The 158 unit, 31-story, 366-foot high, mixed-use retail and condominium project at 4363 Lincoln, plans to use SB1818, a state law that gives density bonuses.

Posted at 07:14 PM     Read More  

Tony Scribella: The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside the Mainstream

By Hillary Kaye

Tony Scibella was both poet and painter. Growing up working class, all he could see ahead was dead end jobs in conventional postwar America, and he wondered where his true path lay. Following clues he got from the freedom and creativity he saw in jazz clubs and in the paintings of abstract expressionist and working class hero Franz Kline, he found it as an artist.

Posted at 07:13 PM     Read More  

Poetry - page 9

• Elkgrove - Doug Eisenstark
• Save The Trees - Hillary Kaye
• Mr. Price has come to town - Jim Smith
• Will’s Crusade - Lily Tanner
• reflection- Rebecca M. Frey
• Mendocino Haiku - erica snowlake
• There is no sure protection from Poetry - John Thomas

Posted at 07:12 PM     Read More  

Are Cell Towers, Phones and Laptops Bad for Your Health?

By Stan Cox, AlterNet

In the wee hours of July 14, a 45-year-old Australian named John Patterson climbed into a tank and drove it through the streets of Sydney, knocking down six cell-phone towers and an electrical substation along the way. Patterson, a former telecommunications worker, reportedly had mapped out the locations of the towers, which he claimed were harming his health.

Posted at 07:10 PM     Read More  

Dolls for Tots

Eveline Popp, the Doll Lady of Venice, is conducting dollmaking workshops with children Sunday afternoons in Venice on Rose Avenue and the beach.

Posted at 07:09 PM     Read More  

Thu - November 1, 2007

5 Rose Ave. tenants wonder: Do you have to be rich to live by the sea?

By Jim Smith

The big white-brick building on Rose Avenue, smack up against the beach, is a historic reminder of Venice a hundred years ago. It’s also a symbol of an affordable Venice and a developer’s fantasy of an unrecognized and gentrified Venice to come.

Posted at 02:23 PM     Read More  


it’s a blast furnace, I tell ya
there’s a roar going on

Posted at 02:22 PM     Read More  


• The Venice Boot! - John Humphrey
• Venice Specific Plan, Another View - Chris Plourde
• Santa Monica Pier Savior - Jim Harris
• Immigration - Ron Lowe
• LNG Terminal for SM Bay - Maureen Cruise
• Abbot Kinney Festival - Mary Jahn
• Kudos - Dawn Pisturino

Posted at 02:20 PM     Read More  

No Overnight Parking on Venice Streets?

Many Venice residents may be unaware of an effort to turn all of Venice into a permit parking zone.

Posted at 02:14 PM     Read More  

A Cellular Tower in your neighborhood?

Nearly 200 Venetians have signed a petition against a battery of T-Mobil cell towers planned for 658 Venice Blvd.

Posted at 02:13 PM     Read More  

On The Road with Kerouac and Cassidy

For 14 hours during Oct. 20, more than 100 people who had gathered at Beyond Baroque took to the never-ending road with Jack Kerouac and his pal, Neal Cassidy, as they madly careened through the post-World War night in search of “It.”

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Santa Monica Tree Executions: What’s wrong with these pictures?

By Cary Shulman and Hillary Kaye

Nothing, except the City of Santa Monica is going to replace trees like the one on the left with trees like the one on the right. Suppose you need a tree in this era of global warming to absorb CO2 and pollution. This tree should also provide canopy shade to relieve the heat produced by urban concrete, cool in the summer, keep rainfall from the drains in winter and give a sense of neighborhood. Which tree would you choose? The big one? Not Santa Monica.

Posted at 02:11 PM     Read More  

Venice Non-Profit Goes to Rwanda Africa!

By Wyatt Valentine

Jessica McCall, a Venice resident since 1962, founded Jessie’s Place, a non-profit organization in Venice in 1990, where it originally provided a sober living environment for people living in recovery.

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Lincoln Place News

The Courts

BREAKING NEWS – The Supreme Court of California, on Oct. 31, summarily rejected corporate landlord, AIMCO’s petition for review and request for depublication in the case Marlin v AIMCO. As a result, the 2nd District Court of Appeal’s decision remains intact, providing an important precedent for tenants statewide.

Posted at 02:04 PM     Read More  

The Last Tent City

By C.V. Beck

On October 27, 2007, we residents of Lincoln Place had our final (we hope) Tent City at the southwest corner of California and Frederick Streets. The purpose of this assembly was to create a sociable, open air free speech area where anyone could show up, sit down, chat and have some snax and beverage. We generally did talk about the political situation in Venice, in Los Angeles and worldwide. Sometimes, we just told jokes.

Posted at 02:03 PM     Read More  

Whole Foods, Starbucks and Trader Joe’s – Oh No!

If you’ve been to Rose and Lincoln lately, you may have noticed that Big Lots is gone. That’s because Whole Foods is moving in to their store, and the adjoining one now occupied by CVS drug store. CVS will be moving to the old shoe store, next door, but Big Lots is gone. The nearest Big Lots is in Culver City at 5587 Sepulveda Blvd.

Posted at 02:02 PM     Read More  

Cityhood for East Los, but not for Venice

The unincorporated community of East Los Angeles has been trying to become a city nearly as long as Venice has been trying to regain its cityhood.

Posted at 02:01 PM     Read More  

Halloween on Rialto Avenue

Elaborate Halloween sets and hoards of ghosts, goblins and vampires have become a tradition on Rialto Avenue – a two-block-long street in central Venice – during the past few years.

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The War Goes On

Only about 2,000 people turned out on Oct. 27 in downtown Los Angeles to protest the war and occupation that was killed nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers and more than one million Iraqis (see box on front page for latest figures).

Posted at 01:59 PM     Read More  

A Local Hero – and the Rest of Us

By Jim Smith

When Paul Banke got on the bus in Venice on the morning of Oct. 3, he wasn’t thinking of acting heroically. He was just setting out to find some day labor on a construction project.

Posted at 01:58 PM     Read More  

The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside the Mainstream

By Hillary Kaye

Shortly before she died, Philomene Long and Jim Smith planned that Philomene would do an ongoing series of articles, celebrating the work of the beat generation of Venice poets.

Posted at 01:57 PM     Read More  


• Among Them - Hillary Kaye
• Shady Characters - Laura Hemmer
• A Cannibal in Venice - Sharon Shapiro Snow
• American Griots (with substantial history) - Rebecca LaRue
• Beyond the Boundaries - Rebecca M. Frey
• The Great Adventure - Jim Smith
• Thanksgiving The First - John Haag

Posted at 01:55 PM     Read More  

A ‘Disposable Workforce’ in New Orleans After Katrina

By James Parks

Robert ‘Tiger’ Hammond is not an emotional man. But when he talks about how little has been done to rebuild his hometown of New Orleans two years after Hurricane Katrina, he is moved to tears.

Posted at 01:44 PM     Read More  

New Orleans, Old Story

By Margot Pepper

They came shackled, scarred, half-drowned on Yemayá’s back:
queen mother of the sea;
children like limbs, severed,
settled by Oshun, the Mississippi river;
clandestine gods and shells stowed behind catholic crosses:
vadu, voodoo, santería.
Where once sweat lodge smoke smudged the view
an auction block now stood.

Posted at 01:43 PM     Read More  

Vision of a New Reality

By Ron Lowe

The vision of a world in which all people will live together in peace and in brotherhood may be far from realization, but remains the noblest of ideals for human existence.

Posted at 01:42 PM     Read More  

Anti-homeless group tries to close St. Josephs

An appeal of the St. Joseph Center’s building and safety permit was held Oct. 18 in West Los Angeles. At press time, the decision was still pending. The appeal was filed by members of a group called Venice Sonic which consists of some of the neighbors of the center at 404 Lincoln Blvd., an owner of the California Chicken restaurant on Lincoln and others who have previously been involved in opposition to homeless services in Venice.

Posted at 01:40 PM     Read More  

Mon - October 1, 2007

The 23rd Abbot Kinney Festival

Sunday, Sept. 30 was a beautiful day in Venice. By 10 am, a tent city had sprouted from Brooks Avenue to Venice Blvd.

Posted at 08:28 PM     Read More  


• Great Job - Bill Fleeman
• Santa Monica Pier Savior - Panos Douvos
• What the ARF is Going On? - Lydia Poncé
• Parking Problems - DeDe Audet

Posted at 08:27 PM     Read More  

3 Big Victories: Oversized Hotel Voted Down

By Jim Smith

After nearly two years of meetings, hearings and general PR and BS, a big hotel project with rooms in excess of $200 a night has been unable to elbow its way into Venice.

Posted at 08:21 PM     Read More  

3 Big Victories: Court Sides with LP Tenants

The remaining Lincoln Place tenants will not be packing and moving out anytime soon, and evicted tenants may be moving back.

Posted at 08:20 PM     Read More  

3 Big Victories: Playa Vista Sinks

By John Davis

Multi-national corporations and their local lackeys have been trying to build the largest development ever foisted on the City of Angels in the Ballona Wetlands. We have laws here. There are smart people here. The communities are galvanized to stop it, and now it is over.

Posted at 08:18 PM     Read More  

In Brief

• Tenants evicted at Billys Apartments
• Parking Permit issue goes Coastal
• Too Big for Venice and Lincoln
• Rosendahl calls for end of Iraq war
• Free Health Care Initiative Filed
• Your Tax Dollars at Work
• Low Turnout in VNC Election

Posted at 08:15 PM     Read More  

IRAQ: Truth Takes A Holiday

By Terence Pearce

It is a sad day when soldiers such as General Petraeus are used to distort the truth on the ground in an attempt to shore up a patently failed strategy.

Posted at 08:11 PM     Read More  

Year Six of the War on Terror: TV Violence, Selfishness and Insults Have Skyrocketed

By Margot Pepper

Violence, selfishness and insults have skyrocketed on national television since the first year of the war on terror, my second grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkeley, California found. Results in Venice are likely to be similar.

Posted at 08:10 PM     Read More  

Why Defend the Venice Specific Plan?

By Dennis Hathaway

The Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan came into being as part of an attempt by the city to give local communities greater voice in land-use and planning decisions that were traditionally made in offices and corridors of city hall, where influence was wielded not by members of the local community, but by the real estate development lobby and other interests with a financial stake in those decisions.

Posted at 08:09 PM     Read More  

Development on Ocean Front Walk

The Ocean Front Walk has become a hot spot for development lately. Upscale development may be the biggest threat to the “ambiance” of the OFW, and is likely driving the removal of the homeless, higher rents, and pressure on vendors on both sides of the Walk, more than anything else.

Posted at 08:07 PM     Read More  

Philomene's Page

• Philomene's Page
• We open a door - Philomene Long
• Philomene - Scott Wannberg
• Eau de Bohemia - Susan Hayden
• For Philomene - John Macker
• Philomene Long Thomas - Pat Hartman
• AMERICAN SONNET (41) - Wanda Coleman
• LAUGHED/LEFT - Alan Rodman

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