2014 Watch Out: Cameras are Recording You

Bonin is screwing Venice - 1
Letters - 2
Briefs; 320 Sunset and Kim’s Market - 3
Snowy Egret - 4
Sustainable Gardening - 5
The Aragon Ballroom - 6
Venice Historical Post Office - 7
Occupy Venice Film Series - 8
Poetry; Nov. 4 Elections - 9
Venice Stories - 10
Whom US has bombed since WWII - 12
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Watch Out: Cameras are Recording You; Bollards Won’t Save You
By Greta Cobar
A lifeguard driving an L.A. County truck accidentally ran over a sunbather on September 15 at 4:25
pm near the intersection of Ocean Front Walk and
Venice Blvd. Twenty-five year old Loraine Bermudez
of Whittier suffered fractures and internal injuries,
and was immediately transported to a hospital. Her
injuries are not life-threatening.
The lifeguard stopped immediately after the accident, rendered help to Bermudez, and called for
help. He had responded to a call about swimmers
getting too close to the rocks just North of the Venice
pier. Mass media initially reported that the accident
happened while the lifeguard was driving towards the
rocks, with his lights and sirens on. However, he
struck her while he was driving away from the rocks,
without lights or sirens.
The accident happened while Bermudez’s husband was in the ocean.
Just this past May a 49 year old woman was run
over by a sanitation truck while sunbathing on the
beach here in Venice.
The September 2013 Beachhead article titled
“Increase Safety by Banning Police Cars on OFW”
addressed the issue of danger from being run over by
police and lifeguard vehicles (http://bit.ly/1rGP8EN).
Both the recent and the May accidents are truly unfortunate. The fact is that there are way too many vehicles going way too fast on the sand and on OFW at
almost all times. They all need to slow way down and
reduce over-all traffic in general.
Is Mike Bonin, our City Councilperson, now
planning on installing bollards all over the sand?
Following the August 3, 2013 death of Alice
Gruppioni, who was run over by a mad man driving
down OFW, Bonin ordered plastic bollards that fold
to the ground when any car touches them to be installed all over OFW. In no time they became an eyesore and a big tripping hazard. Bonin replaced them
in April (http://bit.ly/1prLwmT) and they again became nothing but an eyesore and we ended up with
even more tripping hazards. At Rose and OFW they
were just replaced once again in September. How
much did all of this cost?
At the October 29, 2013 Town Hall meeting the
Venice community vehemently and overwhelmingly
spoke against bollards and cameras on OFW
(http://bit.ly/1vz5Kkp). Bonin requested the meeting
and attended the first three quarters of it, but not with
the goal of catering to the wishes of the community,
like he’s supposed to. His motion before City Council
to install cameras on OFW was introduced in August
2013, three months prior to the Town Hall
Twenty new LAPD surveillance cameras are
about to be installed on OFW and be monitored by
officers at the Pacific Division’s Venice Beach Substation. Our City Councilperson is filling the post of
our usual politician: using fear and safety pretenses to
invade our privacy. Through increased government
control Bonin is pretending to care about our safety
while catering to Big Brother.
Public safety from government vehicles is not
being addressed in spite of two women being run over
in the past five months. But because a mad man drove
on the sidewalk off Dudley St. in order to get around
the permanent metal bollards that have been on Dudley and OFW for many years, we are going to be subjected to constant police surveillance in what truly
has become a police state. Never mind that the cameras would not have prevented the mad man from
doing what he did.
On August 1, during the First Friday madness on
Abbot Kinney Blvd., a deep-fat fryer caught fire inside the Miami Nights food truck and ripped through
the roof, rising four feet above the vehicle. The food
truck was located at Abbot Kinney and Andalusia.
Luck had it that it was only 7:12 pm, and the crowds
had not arrived yet. Fire-fighting vehicles were able
to reach the food truck and extinguish the flames before the propane tanks inside caught on fire. Had it
been between 8 and 9 pm, the streets would have
been grid-locked with vehicles, sidewalks would have
been over-spilling with pedestrians, and food trucks
would have been parked back-to-back up and down the
street. Imagine the danger of that situation.
Bonin did not care to address that situation at all.
However, fast forward four hours later, to 11 pm on
August 1, and you could have found Bonin and his new
husband on OFW because they got word of a mattress
on fire. So Bonin proceeded to help actually lift the
mattress off the ground and put it in a hauling truck
while at the same time calling the situation on OFW
Never mind that the fire rose only five inches
above the mattress, created damage less than a foot in
diameter, and was extinguished in a matter of a few
short minutes. And never mind that only a homeless
hater would set a mattress on fire – let’s blame the
homeless! And let’s cater to the yuppies on Abbot Kinney and pretend that they didn’t almost set the city of
Venice on fire.
During the January Venice Neighborhood Council
meeting Bonin told the audience of his intent to remove
personal belongings off OFW and enumerated his obstacles, such as legislature stating that the city can remove “abandoned materials”, but not “unattended materials”; that things have to be tagged before being removed; and that everything removed has to be stored
by the city for 90 days before being discarded.
Fast forward to September 12, 2 am to 4 am on
OFW, when an un-announced sweep took place that
removed things without tagging anything. People sleeping on the side-streets off OFW wanted to go and grab
their belongings before the things were taken away, but
LAPD threatened them with arrest for violating the
illegal curfew selectively enforced on OFW between
midnight and 5 am.
A note was left stating that all items picked up
were taken to the Temple St. warehouse.
Rachel Gomez, Ibrahim Butler’s partner, called the
Temple St. warehouse to inquire about Ibrahim’s "Welcome to Venice" sign, one of the items confiscated Sep– Continued on page 11
2 • October 2014 • Free Venice Beachhead
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Dear Beachhead,
Ibrahim Butler of The Venice Beach Drum Orchestra finds himself in court once again. Enough is
Once upon a time, in 2003, Joseph Shemaria, an
attorney and an Ocean Front Walk property owner
located at 319 Ocean Front Walk, thought it would be
a good idea to sue Ibrahim, a local artist, musician and
activist for his inability to rent his 3-unit property.
What an interesting idea...Venice Beach ocean
front property owners suing artists and musicians for
adversely affecting their occupancy rates. Hmm.
Actually, Shemaria did sue Ibrahim, of the Venice
Beach Drum Orchestra – an array of international West
African drummers, teachers and multi- talented musicians. His suit was based on his inability to rent his
boardwalk real estate and his belief that Ibrahim alone
caused his loss. The case went to mediation and an
agreement was struck that allowed Ibrahim to continue
playing music with stipulations.
Nine years passed with no complaint from Shemaria. Within that time, L.A.M.C. ordinance 42.15
came into effect allowing amplified music, performance and First Amendment free expression to exist
from 9 am until sunset seven days per week throughout the year on Ocean Front Walk.
The Ocean Front Walk has become one of the
most visited tourist destinations in the state of California because of its diversity of original art, music and
people like Ibrahim.
Ibrahim and The Venice Beach Drum Orchestra
have been entertaining and uplifting the Venice community and tourists for decades with its original drum
beat and electrified sound Saturdays, Sundays and
major holidays from noon until 4:30 pm. So what’s the
Fast-forward to 2012. Shemaria again decided to
take up court time with a contempt of court order
against Ibrahim. Today, this case is still in the court
Is this a waste of precious court resources and
time? Is Shemaria’s pursuit of legal recourse against
Ibrahim a personal issue?
Interestingly, Shemaria has never complained or
pursued legal action against any other artist or musician on the Ocean Front Walk. Shemaria has never
complained about his property being located next to a
bar with weekly musical entertainment that plays until
11 pm.
It is important to note, when the judge asked
Shemaria about his desired outcome of this suit, he
replied that he wanted Ibrahim to move to another location and away from his building.
So I say, Enough is Enough!
It is time that the entire Venice community acknowledges and supports the very artists, musicians
and free speech expressionists that attract the millions
of visitors to Venice each year.
Today, let’s all move towards creative peaceful
resolutions where unity and community spirit thrive.
Ibrahim is scheduled to appear at the Santa Monica courthouse for trial on November 3 at 9 am. Your
support is welcome.
Peace and Blessings!
Rachel Gomez
Linda Albertano
Surfing Cowboys
Aaron Downing
John Kertisz
Mark Kleiman
Peter Lonnies
Earl Newman
Venice Oceanarium
Linda Shusett
Occupy Venice
Stanley and Roni Zwerling
Dear Beachhead,
HAIL the Free Venice Beachhead!!!
Readers, whether you agree with an article or a perspective or not, you are free to write a letter, and chances
are, the Collective will accept it and print it.
Today, most of the newspapers, periodicals and news
stations are owned by just a handful of owners.
There is extreme treachery, brought home succinctly
while I have been researching for the 3rd book of my Destiny’s Consent series. For background, I had been reading
every Venice Evening Vanguard from September to December, 1924.
There, article after article enthusiastically endorsed the
cementing over of the Venice Canals. It only made perfect
sense!! After all, who traveled around by boat??? The Vanguard wielded huge sections of ads, with beautiful pictures
of the new toy, the automobile, to entice populations away
from public transportation, the efficient and 40 mph Red
Everyone agreed that Venetians would get rich; property values in the city would increase by $10Million!!! As I
read, I decided to put myself into the noggin of anyone
reading this newspaper, without knowing what later transpired when the steam shovels and trucks showed up to annihilate Abbot Kinney’s canals.
This was absolutely not the TRUTH of the matter!!!
When the shoveling of dirt began to fill in the canals, hundreds of people, shoveling BY HAND, were managing to
keep up with the machines. Finally, the volunteer army
gave up.
But here’s the rub. Reading these newspapers, supposedly representing Venice, there was not one, not ONE article with an opposing view. Only one article reluctantly admitted that there was ‘some controversy’ at a town hall
So, Venetians, do not take the existence of the Free
Venice Beachhead for granted, lest there be no Beachhead…the ‘paper that is a poem’.
Laura Shepard Townsend
Dear Beachhead,
I'd like to once again bring an injustice to your attention. I'd like to offer you a different take on it from someone
who has been arrested for merely making and selling a $5
dollar bracelet along the Venice Boardwalk.
"Poverty is a sin against our humanity and a cumbersome drag on our economy". That is a quote from L.A.
Councilman Mike Bonin's website. I find this very hypocritical when the L.A. City Council has thrown the local
artisans under the bus with an ordinance that does not allow
original handcrafted jewelry to be sold along the boardwalk.
This will affect many people, single moms, low income
families, starving artists and even the tourists and local Los
Angeleno’s who only want the right to make a choice for
what they want to purchase.
The ordinance supports the shops on the east side of the
boardwalk, who import mass reproduced knock-offs from
other countries while criminalizing the local handcraft artists. Why are only a few shops allowed to dictate what millions Los Angeleno's can purchase when visiting the beach?
If the L.A. City Council was truly interested in the community they would recognize the many great artisans that are
local and the ones that travel through and stop in Venice to
show their handcrafted work. Instead we have a very few
people deciding what all of us can make, sell and or buy
along the Venice Beach Boardwalk and it just so happens
those people who want to dictate what we make, sell or buy
are making huge profits selling imported mass reproduction
knock-offs on the east side of the boardwalk. Do they care
what the public wants?
We need to highlight the hypocrisy of this ordinance
and the City Council’s ineffectiveness to create real positive
solutions, like permits for artisans, or regulating the commercial activity. Instead they have chosen to criminalize its
citizens and local artisans.
The public does not know what is going on, all of the
people I have explained this law to think it is appalling. For
more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1javVHp.
Best regards,
Vernon Courteaux 310-621-5035
Krista's Mini's:
Free Venice Beachhead • October 2014 • 3
Update on August 7th Boardwalk Beating
Dear Beachhead,
One of the great things about the Free Venice
Beachhead is the sense of continuity and history that
it gives to readers. Venice has had a long and exciting,
and sometimes, tragic history during its nearly 110
years. For instance, the first Beachhead, in 1968, told
the story of Abbot Kinney. For many Venetians, it
was the first they had heard about the magnificent
creator of the city of Venice. And through the years,
the paper has given us a blow-by-blow description of
the ongoing saga of the community’s fight against
L.A. developers’ plans to run a freeway through the
center of Venice, turn the canals into a yacht harbor,
and, in general, bulldoze everything in sight.
That’s why I was dismayed to find a couple of
uncritical references to “Centennial Park” in the past
few issues. This park is the plot of ground directly
east of the Abbot Kinney Library, which for many
years was a refuge for Venetians who had nowhere
else to go.
In 2004, the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood
Council (GRVNC), of which I was the elected treasurer, found out that our unelected city councilmember
Cindy Miscikowski was going to have this lonesome
plot of ground declared a park.
Miscikowski had been imposed on Venice by the
L.A. City Council, in an arrogant act of disdain for
Venice, when it summarily transferred our well-liked
- and elected - councilmember, Ruth Galanter, to a
vacant seat in the east San Fernando Valley. In her
place, they brought in Miscikowski, who had been
representing Pacific Palisades and Westwood.
We told Miscikowski that we would like the people of Venice to pick a name for the new park. On
February 26, 2004, the GRVNC sponsored a town
meeting at the First Methodist Church, which hundreds of Venetians attended. In a secret ballot vote,
“Peace Park” was picked as the overwhelming choice
for the park’s name. The name, Peace Park, was doubly significant because of the gang war that had been
afflicting Venice, and because of the U.S. invasion
and occupation of Iraq. We informed Miscikowski, of
the results and thought that was the end of it.
Without the knowledge of anyone on the neighborhood council, Miscikowski then called together a
small group of Venice hi-rollers at the Abbot Kinney
Library to pick another name for the park. The name
picked by the few people at the meeting was Centennial Park. It is true that the 100th anniversary of the
founding of Venice was coming up in 2005, but this
plot of land had played no part in Venice history. It
had always been just part of the Venice Blvd. center
This same group, with Miscikowski’s blessing,
created a counter-centennial committee to the already
existing committee which was called the Peoples
Centennial Committee, and which held many events
around Venice in the months leading up to the 100year parade on July 4, 2005. The Peoples Committee
held a great parade from our old city hall to the Venice Circle (from which pedestrians are now banned).
Most of the community organizations and long-time
active Venetians were part of this committee. At no
time did the Miscikowski committee contact us to
suggest working together. They were kissing L.A.’s
official ass and didn’t have time for the locals.
The arbitrary change of name from Peace Park is
still a sore spot with a lot of locals who have been
active in Venice since 2004. What annoys us even
more are not just the constant efforts by L.A. City
Hall to split our local movements, but the willing
cooperation of those in Venice who will sell out their
neighbors in exchange for some phony recognition
and/or crumbs from their downtown masters. This
probably goes on in other areas, but it has been particularly acute in Venice, perhaps because, as a group,
we are so outspoken.
The machinations of L.A. officials and their local
minions began with a simple name change, went on
to divide our 100-year celebration, and within a few
months had brought down the most pro-Venice and
active neighborhood council our community has ever
had. If you’re new to Venice, and think this is all a
paranoid delusion, then read their emails which we
obtained in a public records request:
With the current wave of gentrification destroying Venice house by house, it is more important than
ever to know who provides the political cover for
policies that will forever change Venice. The biggest
mouth in Venice belongs to the Beachhead. We’re
counting on you to keep the community informed.
Jim Smith
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 now know that his name is actually
Samuel Arrington Calhoun. Nazareth told the Beachhead that Samuel had indeed been arrested on August 7. He was
then kept in Los Angeles County jail until September 17, when he was released. Just why Calhoun was arrested in the
first place is still unknown. Nazareth, whose practice focuses on civil rights, class action ligation, and mass tort litigation, also expressed interest in continuing to help uncover what happened.
Although Nazareth was able to track down a sister in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as a local family who has
befriended Samuel, none of these people have seen or heard from Samuel since his release. If anyone in the community
has seen or heard from Samuel, please contact the Beachhead.
VNC: Rejections & Remorse
At the October meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC), several building projects were rejected. The
first, 600 Mildred, or “Kim's Market”, was halted when the motion to deny the project passed, 12-1-2. Before casting
his vote, Ira Koslow, Community Officer, said he thought that this project was a result of running out of space on both
Rose Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The proposed project would be an incursion into a residential area. “It's
unconscionable to destroy the neighborhood like that,” Ira concluded. Another proposed single family residence at
1620 Electric Avenue was also denied by a vote of 12-2-1. During public comments for this project, Grey and Debra
Marshall, the couple living in the so-called gargantuan home next to the proposed 1620, spoke against the project. “My
home should never have been built,” Debra stated. Two wrongs, however, don't make a right. Marc Saltzberg, Vice
President, agreed with Debra, saying the VNC should not have allowed two of the houses built on Electric to go
through. The architect representing 1620 later that night called VNC “a court of subjectivity.”
That night, VNC also passed a motion related to short term rentals. The motion included sending a letter to the
L.A. City Council Sharing Economy Work Group asking to be included in the Group's preparation report, as well as a
recommendation that this Group “carefully research and analyze the impact of non owner-occupied short-term rentals
on the availability of long-term housing stock in Venice, the number of rent controlled units in Venice, and on the quality of life and socio-economic diversity in Venice's residential neighborhoods (including commercial zones with rentcontrolled properties).”
Before the night ended, VNC also voted 14-0-1 to request the early opening of West Side Winter Shelter at the
West LA National Guard Armory. The date requested is on or before November 1, 2014 rather than December 1. The
VNC also recommends extending the closing date past March 1, 2015.
– Krista Schwimmer
The Plot Thickens
KIM’S MARKET (600 Mildred) - GJELINA’S #3 (320 Sunset) update
By Roxanne Brown, Member - Stop 600
Mildred & Concerned Neighbors of 320 Sunset
KIM’S MARKET - VNC reviewed proposed conversion of Kim’s Market to restaurant
with liquor license.
CROWD: Standing room only –mostly
CAR JUMPS CURB: Alicia Searle (new
owner of Kim’s Market) told the audience and
VNC that the ex-husband of someone who is
against her restaurant had driven up on the
sidewalk allegedly trying to “kill” her husband.
The group was shocked.
Searle has hired a detective and the police
320 Sunset Cover-Up
are investigating.
COMMENTS on CONVERSION: Indifice to bakery and retail including new bathrooms,
viduals who spoke for the proposed restaurant were:
storage walls, and the installation of bakery equipthe prior owner who sold the property to Searle, a
gentlemen whose proposed project near Kim’s has
Prior to that, Camaj had signed a lease for bakery
been denied three times, and a woman who lives on
Thus, it appears the bakery was a fakery.
Palms, who knows the owners and their Santa Fe
With permit to build a bakery, it appears Camaj has
restaurant. Neighbors whom Searle and husband had
built a restaurant and installed restaurant kitchen
reached out to appeared to be for the restaurant due
to a concern of what might go up if the restaurant
EVICTION: Artists on the 300 block of Sunset
didn’t get approved.
have now been getting eviction notices. Landlords are
Individuals who spoke in opposition included
telling tenants they want to develop their property.
the mother of a 2 and 13 year old who lives 3 feet
NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI): For the first time,
from the restaurant. Others said Searle and her husmid-September,
a NOI to build a restaurant is in the
band seem like nice people; it’s just the wrong locawindow at 320 Sunset. It reads, “Change of use of the
tion. Robin Murez reminded people that the Silver
existing 5008 sf commercial bakery/kitchen/retail
Triangle (Kim’s location) is often called the Bermuda
building to a commercial bakery/kitchen/retail/
Triangle, as once cars get on Ocean; they are trapped
restaurant with….”
between congested Venice and congested Washington
DESCREPANCY: Camaj has a Certificate of
and the Venice Canals.
(CoO) for a bakery/retail, no seating, with
Where did the kitchen come
Koslow led the discussion saying that running out of
smell non-baked goods beroom on Rose and Abbott Kinney, restaurants now
ing cooked?
want to go into residential areas and it’s not OK.
Lawsuits filed and press confirms that Camaj apNice idea for a restaurant – wrong location.
to be doing what he pleases without regard for
Almost all VNC members agreed. George Franpermits/codes
at his Gjelina’s location on Abbott Kincisco abstained. Melissa Diner said Searle didn’t
ney. It seems Camaj is replicating this behavior at 320
cause the traffic and voted for the project. VNC deSunset, his third proposed restaurant location in Vennied the project.
THE FAKERY - 320 SUNSET (Gjelina’s 3
As always, the windows at 320 Sunset are covered
location) – Proposed conversion from office of 6
with brown paper. Neighbors who live behind 320 tell
architects to restaurant with liquor license, seating
CNS they are watching a wall being constructed for an
87, open from 6 a.m. to 12a.m. (through the week) –
outdoor patio to seat patrons, and already hear music
1 a.m. weekends.
coming from this area.
DECISION: Both VNC and LUPC denied conAlcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) – Given
protest letters from residents, Camaj will
PERMIT & FAKERY: Camaj told residents/
to call for a hearing if he wishes to continue
neighbors he wanted to build a bakery, applied for
and was given a permit for “change of use from of– Continued on page 4
4 • October 2014 • Free Venice Beachhead
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. “Totem” or
“dodaem” in Ojibway means brother/sister kin. Tribes
sharing the same totem, then, would have obligations
to one another, as well as the totem or totems they
shared. According to Ojibway scholar, Basil Johnston,
in his 1990 book, “Ojibway Heritage,” he says that
totem is “that from which I draw my purpose, meaning, and being.”
The modern spiritual movement has taken to
bringing this concept to everyone by encouraging individuals to find his or her totem or totems, depending
on the system one follows. It also encourages the individual to view encountering birds, animals, and other
natural things as a magical event, filled with meaning
and significance. One of the easiest and most enjoyable
ways to meet and to learn about a totem is simply
through nature herself.
Because of its proximity to the Pacific Flyway, a
major north-south migratory route running from
Alaska to Patagonia, Venice offers easy access to discovering bird totems. One such bird is the snowy egret,
seen frequently at the Venice Canals, the Bellona Wetlands (a key stop on the Pacific Flyway), and the shore
line itself. With its elegant, white plumage, thin black
bill, long black legs shorn with bright, yellow feet, this
member of the heron family is quite approachable.
Once, I watched a Latino man cleaning the canals with
a long, rake. Standing right beside him was a single
egret, hoping perhaps for a handout. Watching an egret
fish is particularly engaging. I love especially how the
bird stirs the water with its beautiful, yellow feet. For
me, this gesture with its cheery feet symbolizes the
importance of approaching work with an element of
As part of the heron family, egret shares an ancient
symbolism. Greek mythology saw this bird as a messenger from Aphrodite or Athena. In both Eastern and
Egyptian symbolism, the heron is associated with the
sun itself. In her wonderful deck called “the Medicine
Cards”, Jamie Sams talks about the message of the
heron. She says it is about bringing balance between
the mind and the emotions. On the website “Wildspeak”, egret is called “The Holy Spear,” due to the
striking precision of its hunt.
To build a relationship with any totem, it is important not only to understand the totem, but the world in
which the totem lives.
Being a wading bird,
the egret is common in
marshlands and wetlands. Anyone claiming
the egret or heron as a
personal totem would
learn much about these
graceful birds by
spending time at the
extraordinary Bellona
Wetlands. According to
Ted Andrews, popular
author of magical and
pagan books, because
wetlands are a place for
breaking down old
growth in order for
new growth to occur,
egret's appearance
alerts one to change.
Like any meaningful relationship, a relationship with a totem
should include helping
the creature in whatever way is possible.
The Migratory Bird
Act of 1918 did just
that for not only the
snowy egret, but for
many other birds facing extinction due to
the millinery trade.
According to
Maryland's Department
of Natural Resources
website, 200 million
birds were killed annually at that time for the
feather trade. Heron
and egret feathers were
particularly popular.
Above: Snowy Egret with Fish, Venice Canals
Photo: Krista Schwimmer
Due to this Act, snowy
egrets have rebounded,
The snowy egret is but one of the many inspiring
giving them the conservation status today of “Least
totems of Venice that can teach us and guide us in
Concern.” It is still critical to protect the bird's habitat.
our lives. So, next time you spy this graceful being,
One way to help our local Venice birds is to become
take time to pause and reflect with the bird. Notice
involved with stopping the over- development here and
what the bird is doing and how this may reflect somein neighboring cities. Hyper-gentrification of neighthing happening in your life at that moment. Who
borhoods not only dismisses many human lives, but
knows – perhaps the egret will bless you with a meslives of other inhabitants like squirrels, trees, birds, and
sage that may even change your life.
The Plot Thickens
– Continued from page 3
the liquor license application process. CNS will keep
you informed and publicize that date should Camaj
request a hearing.
ZONING: On September 4, 2014, Zoning announced that they have put their decision on hold and a
new public hearing will be required after receipt of the
-Revised Master Land Use Application and Findings
-Photographic proof of the posting of a Notice of
Intent (NOI) with updated project description
-A Department of Transportation Referral Form
analyzing the traffic and access for the proposed project
(change of use from commercial bakery/retail to
-If the project results in any potential significant
traffic or access impacts the MND must be re-circulated
for 30-days
-BTC receipt for the mailing of the new hearing
-Updated radius map and labels
NUISANCE: For seven years, Camaj’s Gjelina’s
restaurant at 1429 Abbott Kinney has
been documented as a nuisance, disturbing neighbors with noise, traffic, seating
more than capacity, building dining facilities without permits, parking shenanigans and more. In seven years, the
city has not fined or penalized Camaj.
The City continues to renew the operating license, and the nuisance continues.
Neighbors have been complaining for
seven years and are still complaining.
this, how does the city say: Yes, go build
two more restaurants – it’s OK to build
without permits, seat over code, play
parking shenanigans, and be a nuisance
– you can do this in more neighborhoods
with no penalty?
Should 320 Sunset’s and 600 Mildred’s
restaurant go through, a giant green “GO” light
will be flashed, setting a precedent. This will
have a disastrous domino effect, destroying
residential neighborhoods – one block at a time
– throughout Los Angeles.
ABC, please do the right thing for residents. Let
it go no further. We pay you to enforce
restrictions/code/permits. Please do your job.
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DROUGHT STRATEGY: The Concrete Jungle?
By Laura Shepard Townsend
While it is essential that we must all do our best to
instigate drought strategies here in Southern California,
it seems the answers, especially here in Venice, are bordering on a simplistic formula: the systematic destruction of plantings. Unfortunately this seems to be simultaneous with the destruction of so many of our small
cottages and bungalows that once graced Venetian lots,
replaced with contemporary boxes built right out to the
property lines, leaving very little space for verdancy.
If there is a garden for these contemporary box
houses, the celebrated plants are those ‘just in’, architecturals from Australia or the desert. The new style of
gardens is now akin to a power point presentation, eyes
skipping over the terrain rapidly to glean its design,
rather than a space within which to immerse one’s being.
As a child, I learned that gardens were my natural
sanctuaries. For solitude, I climbed way up high into
the grandness of my strong maple tree; when disappointed by love I sought the comfort of its strong limbs.
I meandered about in profuse juxtapositions of scents
and hues in gardens around my home. Watching wildlife taught me about the glory of life’s renewal.
Perhaps people have lost the art of just sitting in a
garden to watch a hummingbird dart about from blossom to blossom.
For me, more critical perhaps than soothing
stress levels is the nurturing of wildlife in urbanscapes. Studies indicate that U.S. cities and suburbs
house 2/3 of all North America wild bird species; a
diverse native bird population indicates that the ecosystem as a whole is healthy. While pondering what
kind of hardscape to implement in your garden,
know that a study on the bees in California has found
that pavement and structures are key factors in the
bee’s nesting decline. But it is clear that every single
creature is in trouble, and we can all plant to assist
their survival and thriving. As an example, the May
2014 Beachhead article by Krista Schwimmer urges
the planting of milkweeds for the larva of the Monarch butterfly and to aid in the Monarch’s survival.
Mixing varieties of plants (especially the native
plants) is key to achieve the above components.
There are now conclusive studies showing that bees
are attracted to species-rich patches of garden than to
dense patches of a few species such as in architectural plantings. The planet is in a pollinator crisis,
and since annual pollination is estimated to be worth
more than $200 billion, it would be great to contribute in some simple ways to some solutions…to ensure the survival of bees and perhaps even that of our
Landscaping is a big topic. However, here are a
few ideas to create an oasis that will balance: the
utilization of little supplemental water; the nurturing
of wildlife; color all year around; fruit and flowers
(and maybe some herbs) for your table and cooking.
It is vital to mix many components to create a glory
of a garden, one that is a delight to the senses and to
the heart.
A quick overview: the use of certain fruit trees,
that once established, requires little water and easily
thrives with drip systems. An essential is the dwarf
Meyer’s lemon tree, which will supply lemons year
round. Besides yielding fruit and lovely scents, the
blossoms attract bees and hummingbirds. I am also
very partial to vines loaded with berries.
Native Plants are the best to nurture Native Wildlife. Unfortunately they are often thought to be dull
as dishwater. Look again! The showstopper is the
Matilija poppy, which graces the curves of canyon
Go to a native plant nursery and marvel at the
salvias, the sages—one of my favorite is Cleveland
sage with its tufts of periwinkle florals. And mix the
natives with plants from other regions.
So, if you are joining the Venice community, I
would urge you to do your part to nurture wildlife,
rather than to plant soulless monochromatic corporate
planting. Leave that to the shopping centers…
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Perhaps they do not know the joy of the cycle of a
mockingbird -- singing its heart out to attract a mate,
the careful selection of materials for a nest; the strenuous demands of the young birds for food; the teaching
of flight to the clumsy feather ball, and finally the
Perhaps they do not know about aromatics in nature as a means to smooth out the intensities and
stresses of the day, and rely instead on candles or what
has been bought somewhere. I, as an artist and naturalist, stubbornly cannot believe it. Or let’s say I am hopeful that the soul of mankind will gravitate to meditative
Free Venice Beachhead • October 2014 • 6
We Could Have Danced All Night
By Marty Liboff
After Abbot Kinney opened his amazing Venice of
America in 1905 with beautiful Italian Renaissance style
buildings and miles of canals, he dreamed of bringing
fine culture to L.A. He built an auditorium on his new
pier at Windward Ave. and planned fine arts with opera,
classical music and Shakespeare. He managed to get the
lady once called the greatest actress of all time, Sarah
Bernhardt, to come in 1906 to play Tosca and parts from
other plays. She parked her private rail car on the pier
and every night had dinner with Abbot. It was rumored
that the sometimes cross dressing Sarah had an affair
with the married Abbot Kinney!
Although her engagement was a success, it soon
became quite apparent that the idea of fine culture for
most people in L.A. was bars, gambling, amusement
park rides, bathing beauties, and dance halls. Kinney
then built a giant dance hall near the auditorium. In the
next few years, several dance halls were built in Venice
and Ocean Park. Venice had the Venice Ballroom and
the Sunset Ballroom. On the Ocean Park pier, that
started in Venice at Navy street, there came to be several
dance halls or ballrooms. On the Santa Monica pier the
great La Monica Ballroom was later built.
It is hard to imagine today, but before TV, computers and iphones, many people would go ballroom dancing for entertainment. Visitors would come down here to
the beach to gamble, swim, dance and go to several
huge bath houses. Across from the Ocean Park pier was
the grand Palace Dance Hall. On the Ocean Park pier
was the Casino Gardens Ballroom where the jazz great
Tommy Dorsey played. There was also the amazing
Egyptian Ballroom with ancient Egyptian statues and
paintings. On the south side of the pier at Navy street in
Venice was the Bon Ton Ballroom. This ballroom had
several names during its day, and was the last of the
great old ballrooms on our Ocean Front to close. The
Bon Ton, or Aragon Ballroom, is the one I remember.
The Bon Ton Ballroom was opened in 1922 on the
south side of the Ocean Park pier in Venice. The south
side of the pier in Venice was sometimes called the Lick
Pier. In 1924, a massive fire consumed the entire pier.
The pier was quickly rebuilt with a new Bon Ton Ballroom. In 1942 it was renamed the Aragon Ballroom
after a famous club back east. Many great old jazz bands
played at the Aragon Ballroom on the pier in Venice. In
the 1940s, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra, and Harry James and his band played at the Aragon.
During World War Two, the ballrooms were filled all the
time by workers from Douglas Aircraft and locals who
needed a break from the war. The Douglas Aircraft
Company was next to the Santa Monica Airport on
Ocean Park Blvd. In 1950, Kirk Douglas shot part of his
movie”Young Man With A Horn” in the Aragon Ballroom.
After the war, business was down on the piers. In
1946 the city of L.A. decided they didn't want the
Venice pier anymore and they ended the lease.
Sadly, in 1947 the wonderful Venice pier was
demolished with its dance halls, auditorium,
rides and the Venice movie theater. The Ocean
Park pier didn't have the competition anymore
and did better.
In the mid 1940s, the self named King of
Country Swing Music, Spade Cooley played at
the Venice Ballroom, and for a time at the Aragon. In the late 1940s he moved to the large La
Monica Ballroom on the Santa Monica pier. He
became a giant sensation when he went on TV.
When I was a child we'd always tune in on TV
and watch Spade play his country fiddle, or “fidoodlin”.
He was a big star until, while drunk, he horribly beat
and killed his wife Ella Mae. He called her “the purtiest
little filly in California!”. He wrote a love song to her
called,”Spadella”. In one of his drunken rages, he imagined she was having an affair with the famous movie
star, the King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers! Spade was
convicted in a sensational trial. It was as big news at the
time as the O.J. Simpson trial was! One of Spade's big
hit songs was, “Shame On You!”.
In 1951, Lawrence Welk and his “Champagne Music Orchestra” took over at the Aragon Ballroom. He
also went on TV and became a great success. Ballroom
dancers packed the dance floor as Lawrence played
polka and pop hits on his accordion and led his big band
with a, “anda one, anda two…”. He had a bubble machine blowing bubbles like champagne. Many musicians
and singers became famous on his show. When I was a
kid, I was in love with the lovely young Lennon Sisters
who sang on the show. They became huge stars. Welk's
son discovered them while attending Venice High
School with the older sisters. A couple of the Lennon
brothers also played music later in the local rock band
called 'Venice'.
Occasionally the Aragon Ballroom
had special events. In the early 1960s
with the anti-communist madness going
on in America, there were anti-commie
rallies held there.
In 1958 the Ocean Park Pier was
transformed into a fantastic ocean
themed amusement pier called Pacific
Ocean Park (P.O.P.). Lawrence Welk
continued with his orchestra on TV in
the Aragon Ballroom at P.O.P. until he
moved to Hollywood in 1961. For a
short time the big band leader Freddy
Martin took over at the Aragon. However, the days of the old big bands was
coming to a close. Pacific Ocean Park
already had success with that crazy new
music called rock & roll. The Aragon
Ballroom would soon rise again, reincarnated into one of the greatest rock
and roll clubs of all time... I'll tell you
about it next month...
(For more history read: Venice
California: 'Coney Island of the Pacific’
by Jeffrey Stanton and Pacific Ocean
Park by Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore).
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New Petition Filed in the Sale of
the Historic Venice Post Office
By Greta Cobar
Talk of a possible sale of our historic Venice Post
Office started in March 2011 and was followed by an
unprecedented community unity in our efforts to keep
it a public institution. Rallies, petitions, media attention and dozens of articles published in the Beachhead
did not eventually stop the sale.
Movie producer Joel Silver bought the building in
September 2012 and postal services were moved to the
hole-in-the-wall annex that continues to operate as a
post office.
In our efforts to save the Work Projects Administration building from going into private ownership,
several Venice citizens petitioned the Postal Regulatory Committee (PRC) for review concerning the sale.
The PRC’s response was that it lacks jurisdiction.
A lawsuit was filed in District Court in Washington D.C. in March 2012 by Elaine Mittleman challenging the PRC’s assertion of their lack of jurisdiction
over post office sales. Created to monitor the actions
of the United States Postal Service (USPS), the PRC
was meant to be an advocate for the public and to ensure public’s access to postal services.
Mittleman appealed the decision to move postal
services in Venice to the annex, arguing that closure of
our historic post office would severely reduce or temporarily eliminate the availability of postal services to
the community. The PRC dismissed the appeal for lack
of jurisdiction.
However, on August 29 2014 Mittleman filed a
petition for rehearing in the D.C. Circuit Court, asking
the PRC to file a response.
“It does not mean that the petition will be granted,
but at least the Court wants to know what the PRC has
to say in response,” Mittleman stated in an email message.
Edward Biberman’s Story of Venice mural that
had adorned the wall of our historical post office was
leased by the USPS to Silver for fifty years at no cost.
The community has been struggling to get the USPS to
lease the mural to a public institution, such as the Venice library, where the public would have access to it.
The so-called post office crisis is a manufactured
crisis created to destroy a unionized government institution that delivers to all in favor of the private shipping companies that charge more and deliver to less.
By Suzanne W. Zada
This is a re-print from the December 2007 edition of the Beachhead
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.
Although he is in major museums, like the
Smithsonian and LACMA with several paintings,
Biberman was a very, very private artist, strange
when you consider his political activism.
Even though Biberman was one of the most
important expert in murals, he had painted few of
them. This one was completed in 1941 for the post
office, installed during the night just before the beginning of the war.
He used a wax and oil mixture to paint this
mural. “The wax gives the mural a kind of egg shell
gloss, but doesn’t give it a big shine that you get if
you work with oil directly,” he said. And then he
further remarked that “the technique comes from
ancient Egypt,” and “it does give you a beautiful
He was paid the going price of $20/square foot
for his work. Doesn’t it give you a thrill to get the
Edward Biberman’s Story of Venice mural in the Venice
price per square foot?
library, where it belongs
What does it matter if the work of art is pricePhotoshopped image by: Jim Smith
Kinney did pursue that dream. He brought in ItalBiberman was fascinated by the story of Abbot
ian architects and built canals and Venetian buildings,
Kinney, a member of a wealthy tobacco family, and his
and then brought in gondoliers from Italy, and then
dream to build another Venice on the West Coast. Kininvited Sarah Bernhardt and the finest symphony orney studied in Europe and fell in love with Venice, Itchestra of his day for the opening. He was on his way
aly. Since Venice, Italy, is an example of great dreams,
to create a new cultural metropolis.
a place that attracts me back every year – you have to
Then the slimy oil stuff showed up. Yes, Venice,
dream a big dream to build a church of the Santa Maria
California became an oil town.
della Salute on a thousand stakes, for heaven’s sakes.
The gondoliers went home. They got homesick.
Speaking about Kinney, Biberman said “The story
Everybody knows that gondoliers and oil don’t mix.
of a man’s dream and what the dream turned into was
The dream is not completely interrupted, though.
so fascinating that I decided that this would be a very
Venice shows the beginning of that dreamed artistic
interesting sociological study.”
metropolis, with more and more writers, architects,
Biberman decided to give back the atmosphere,
artists and art galleries around, a true artistic Renaisand of the people, at the time of the creation of Venice
on this mural, what Venice really looked like at that
Suzanne W. Zada is the representative of the Edstage.
ward Biberman Estate.
Free Venice Beachhead • October 2014 • 8
Occupy Film Series Kicks Off Season
wood raid as example, spoke to the
concept of how police criminalize
Did you know that the first S.W.A.T. Team was
poor and minority communities.
created in Los Angeles in 1966? Or that you are eight
Raphling also illustrated how gang
times more likely to be killed by a police officer then
injunctions contribute to such crimiby a terrorist attack? That the origins of the police
nalization. These injunctions give
department stem from slave and Native American
“the police justification to stop
patrols? These facts, and much more, were discussed
young people whenever they want to
at the Electric Lodge when the Occupy Venice Film
– not that they need that justification
Series (OVF) kicked off its fourth season.
because they stop people anyway,
Co-sponsored by Venice Neighborhood Council,
but they give them one more legal
Occupy Venice Film Series is a free, monthly event
tool that they can to have social conthat, according to their website, aims “to educate,
trol and operate as an occupying
activate and unite” the local community by showing
army.” His concern was not only the
short films, hosting speakers, and encouraging comphysical militarization of the police
munity comment around a new topic each month.
force, but their “militarized mentalAfter feeding the community a complimentary,
ity”. Like other speakers that night,
delicious meal, OVF launched its first topic, Police
he spoke of the erosion of 4th
State USA. The moderator, Rob Dew, began the night
Amendment rights.
with a moment of silence for Dan Wang, a member of
The second speaker, Regina
both Occupy Venice and Occupy Wall Street, who
Clemente, talked briefly on the iswas killed in a tragic car accident on September 3rd.
sues that Brave New Films focus on:
Rob soon introduced the panel of four speakers:
justice; income inequality, and secuJohn Raphling, primarily a Criminal Defense Lawyer
rity. She also addressed the issue of
and member of the National Lawyer's Guild; Regina
race and the police. “We're willing to
Clemente, a professional activist and Campaign Digo into black and brown communirector for Brave New Films; Dan Factor, an LA
ties, military up, no matter what the
Criminal Defense Attorney, and Teka-Lark Fleming, a
causalities,” Clemente stated. She
journalist and creator of Morningside Park Chronithen shared a powerful example of
how activism and community effort
The event was well-organized, using a sixteen
can positively change the relationpage handout to guide the mixture of short films,
ship between police and the commuspeaker presentations, and public comment. Topics
nity it serves.
ranged from the origins and the history of police miliTeka-Lark Fleming, the third
tarization; its correlation to both minority and poor
speaker, spoke of how the origins of
communities; and solutions to fighting it.
all police departments shaped what
The panel of speakers enriched the night, each
they are today. They started as either
speaking from both experience and conviction. The
slave or Native American “patrols”.
first speaker, John Raphling, using the 2008 OakThe first publicly funded police department
was in
1704, in
Photo: Krista Schwimmer
She also
Other solutions to the over-militarization of
spoke of the early 1900s as
included proposed legislation by Georgia Rep.
a better time for the AfricanHank Johnson to demilitarize domestic police forces;
Americans, at least in comknow your rights educations for the public; documenparison with other cities
tation and filming of police (in cascade); returning to
then. This changed in the
foot patrols; drug testing officers for steroids and
1950s, when the Chief of
stimulants; and creating a national database of police
the Police, William Parker,
recruited southern officers
Once more, Occupy Film Series addressed a
to once more, change the
topic, highlighted in the news by the killing
culture of LA. For her, pubof Michael Brown; but already being usurped by other
licizing what is going on in
issues. The militarization of our police force is a very
communities is essential.
real danger. How else can one explain that in 2013,
She herself started the
other countries such as Japan and Great Britain had no
Morningside Chronicle for
deaths from police shootings whereas for that one
that reason. She encouraged
year, the United States had 409? Let's not let this conblacks, latinos, and women
versation be buried beside the bodies of more unto write more about ecoarmed citizens. Let's continue to educate each other
nomics, politics, and policy
and take the necessary actions to change Police State
so that all voices could be
USA to Peace State USA.
For more information about the Occupy Venice
The final speaker, Dan
Factor, started out as a
prosecutor in Compton. He
left because of police lies
and lack of holding them
accountable. Two issues for
Factor are the militarization
of police and the non responsiveness of the judiciary. Right now, he continued, there are young, 40
year old prosecutors, 95%
right wingers, who have no
experience of working with
people. “One of the reforms
that we need is to have
that are elected from
Judges also need
to make search and seizure
Honoring Dolores Huerta, Samella Lewis, Larry Gross and Scott Tucker
motions again. Like Raphling, he thinks the 4th
Sunday, October 12
Amendment has been
eroded. How can we as a
Professional Musicians Union Local 47
society reinvigorate the 4th
817 Vine Street, Hollywood
amendment? “One of the
For more information call 310-397-3100
things you have to do is start
or email [email protected]
with the judges,” Factor
replied. “You have to put
CSPG was founded in Venice by Carol A. Wells,
judges in that will actually
a Venice resident since 1967.
respect it.”
By Krista Schwimmer
What’s Wrong
By Panos Douvos
By Chaya Silberstein
What have we done wrong
we only protect our national (oil) interests
bribe an Arab goon king or two
what’s wrong with that
Plant flowers in the hole.
If nothing grows, its okay.
Something will grow eventually, maybe.
If nothing grows, maybe it's best to leave the hole empty.
There's lots you can do with emptiness.
You can listen to its sound:
the stillness of a butterfly before it flaps its wings
or a ladybug hitching a ride on your leg.
are they angry at our SUV’s and heavy wallets
why are these dark Arab peasants upset
if they have a problem
we’ll squash them like bugs
what’s wrong with that
we steal their human basics
back their goon-leaders
but they’re our goon-leaders
what’s wrong with that
Free Venice Beachhead • October 2014 • 9
There is so much love everywhere.
Don't try to stuff it in the emptiness
or you will miss the glorious tapestry
spread all around you.
When feeling empty,
it is good to be still.
See page 11 for more poetry
they have a beef we sound the drums
send in the back and brown boys
preserve our oilocracy
loot their lands pollute the world
they look at us cross-eyed
14:45 Saturday, October 11th, 2008, Abbot's Library, Venice ..... The hours peel
we nuke their ass
like onion skins. In layers. An hour is removed, and no one cares. Another hour
what’s wrong with that
looms. We move toward. The swift point of departure. Turn the card. The minutes
will coagulate. To form A simple eye. The calm before the Storm. Chronology
so it is true
links to eternity. In both directions. Far as one can see. I took a nap.
dad owns oil in Saudi-Arabia
Awakened to perform. Another function. Bring this hour full term. A beaded
dad owns Devil’s-brand oil wells
necklace. Stranded to afford. The luxury of daylight. And a word. That needs not
and come tomorrow will own
to be spoken. Go upstairs. Look down upon this slow parade of hours ..... Roger
the whole hell world
Houston, during my metaphysical cavalier period. Trick or Treat!
what’s wrong with that
Right: High surf,
Venice Breakwater, September
16. Lifeguards
made 88 rescues
in Venice on that
Photo: Steve
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Owed to the Children
By John Kertisz
In this time of trials
Confusion & Tribulation
There is one thread
Of reason to live
For our children
Who know they have done no wrong
And wonder why they are here
In this world
With our rhymes seasons
games to play
Lies to tell and die
For country & power
What is it all about
Is that all there is
No time no money
For Art-Beauty-Culture
Only time for oil tobacco drugs
Fires tornadoes
and shuttles to places
No one can live
The time is now here
To listen to our children
And give to them
Trees flowers peace & Love
A P per
10 • October 2014 • Free Venice Beachhead
Watch Out: Cameras are Recording You; Bollards Won’t Save You
Free Venice Beachhead • October 2014 • 11
– Continued from page 1
Who Pays for the Pigs?
tember 12. The sign had been a fixture on OFW for
two years, greeting visitors and providing photo-ops.
It was recently featured in two movies, Ride and UnBig Brother is here!
dateable John.
Cameras everywhere
“When I called the Temple St. warehouse, I was
Cops see your underwear!
told that the item wasn’t there,” Gomez told the
Pigs have eyes on the Ocean Front Walk
The ones of the Parks & Rec. even talk!
It is our fault for allowing our elected officials to
Cops have 20 new cameras to see your zits
put us under surveillance 24 hours a day behind fabriYour gal doing the splits
cated fear factors while the real dangers that our own
And your wife's tits!
government poses to us are shoved under some homeMonitoring in real time
less person’s mattress.
Looking for bikinis, butts and crime.
I’m not even gonna go into advising you to conWe're all taped for them to see
tact Bonin or to elect somebody else. The fact is that
If you fart, belch or pee!
the more disappointed we are with our elected offiPick your nose and scratch your ass
cials and our government as a whole, the closer we are
Pull up your pants or fondle your lass.
to a true People’s Revolution. So the less they appease
They'll see you talk to Joe Smoe or Bob the Bum
us, the less time we’re gonna allow them to rule over
A movie star or some gutter scum.
us and destroy all of us in the process. Viva la RevoEverywhere you go
Above: New, useless bollards on Rose and OFW; Photo: Greta Cobar
They will know
If you smoke, do coke
Or take a pill for some ill.
Killers, thieves, rapists they'll lock up in jail
Also homeless, nuts and hippies without fail –
And just try and get bail!
They'll record vendors, tourists and stores
Musicians, artists, poets and whores.
They'll see what you eat
Who you greet
Who has big feet
And dogs in heat!
Police watch all day
The poor and minorities will pay.
Peek a boo
I see you!
It’s true, pigs ain't got a clue
What you do
But they'll beat you black & blue!
Helicopters and drones fly by
Pigs spy, so say hi
Before you die! My, oh my!
Now nothing will escape Big Brother's eye
So we can say to freedom and privacy – Bye, Bye!!!
– Moishe Pupik
Above: Ibrahim’s artwork that was confiscated and discarded by LAPD September 12 during a sweep on OFW
Left: Food truck on fire
on Abbot Kinney,
Friday, August 1
Photo: Daniel Shuck
Below: Bollards and
broken bollards that
serve the purpose of
being an eye-sore and
a tripping hazard,
OFW and Market
Photo: Greta Cobar
One of the many broken bollards that are
more likely to cause injury than protection
Below: Drawing by Mary Getlein
My Cat, Athena
My cat sailed off the balcony
she was plotting it for weeks
she'd lay out there, looking down
through the iron fence that measured the balcony.
she would flirt with danger
and possible death
I saw her tiptoeing on the outside of the fence,
up on the side walls, up and looking back at me
like a naughty child
I didn't really think she would do it
but one night I came home - she was gone
did she survive the flight?
down to the bushes to hide
like she did in our old house I thought she was a goner . . .
Two nights later I came home and heard mewing
she came running out and I scooped her up,
ran up the stairs, and put her by the food and water.
she drank water for ten minutes.
I was so happy
Greta said to block up the fence,
because knowing her, (the cat),
she would probably do it again.
so I used two art-boards and some wood
spoiled her view of things
but it is saving her life . . .
she's become very cuddly since her flight.
– Mary Getlein
Now we must add Syria to this growing list of places the U.S. has bombed since W.W.II When will we ever learn?
Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War); Guatemala 1954; Indonesia 1958; Cuba 1959-1961; Guatemala 1960; Congo 1964; Laos 1964-73; Vietnam 1961-73; Cambodia 1969-70; Guatemala 1967-69; Grenada
1983; Lebanon 1983, 1984; Libya 1986; El Salvador 1980s; Nicaragua 1980s; Iran 1987; Panama 1989; Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War); Kuwait 1991; Somalia 1993; Bosnia 1994, 1995; Sudan 1998; Afghanistan 1998;
Yugoslavia 1999; Yemen 2002; Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular basis); Iraq 2003-present; Afghanistan 2001-present; Pakistan 2007-present; Somalia 2007-8, 2011; Yemen 2009, 2011; Libya 2011; Syria 2014
Poster by: Josh MacPhee/Justseeds.org; Courtesy of: Center for the Study of Political Graphics