Past Stories
Abbot Kinney in 1884. Photo by John R. 
Hodson, courtesy of the Santa Monica History Museum.

The Secret Life of Abbot Kinney

Uncovering the racism, sexism and apparent redemption of Venice’s founding father By Matt Hormann His grey-bearded visage looms large in murals and street art. His name gilds the signs marking GQ magazine’s “Coolest Block...


Vice President Joe Biden tours the West L.A. College Dental Hygiene Laboratory
Photo by Michelle Long- Coffee

Biden stumps for free classes

VP visits West L.A. College, soon to offer a bachelor’s degree program By Gary Walker Vice President Joe Biden visited West Los Angeles College last Friday to speak about the Obama administration’s plan to subsidize communi...


Kids take a crack at redesigning Venice Boulevard
Photo by Mia Duncans

Venice Boulevard visioning begins

Hundreds weigh in on city’s Great Streets upgrade plan By Gary Walker Slower traffic. Sidewalk dining. Better parking. The people have spoken — well, at least started to speak — about the kinds of changes they hope Mayor ...



Juri Koll has assembled a father-son art exhibit at Beyond Baroque

Discovering Dad

Venice painter and filmmaker Juri Koll on hosting his artist father’s first gallery show a year after losing him Over the past three decades, Juri Koll has become an institution among the artistic community in Venice. His fat...


News in brief

Game seeks ideas for improving Venice An interactive online game is asking locals to pitch their ideas for making Venice a better place. The payoff: members of Venice Beach Young Professionals, a philanthropic arm of the Venice...


Vidiots saw revenue from movie rentals drop 24% in the past five 
months alone

After 30 years, Vidiots fades to black

The venerable Santa Monica video rental store announces April closure after a fundraiser with “Nightcrawler” filmmaker Dan Gilroy and star Rene Russo By Michael Aushenker And that’s a wrap. A fixture in Santa Monica for 3...



The Beachhead is produced entirely by volunteers

Free Venice Beachhead celebrates its 400th edition with a music and poetry party

By Elliot Stiller It’s a unique publication in a unique community, and after 46 years the presses continue to roll. The Free Venice Beachhead celebrates its 400th issue on Sunday with a free (naturally) music and poetry party...


Vidiots to close

After 30 years of operation, eclectic Santa Monica video cassette and DVD rental store Vidiots is going out of business. Opened by friends Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber in 1985, Vidiots had managed to survive the transition o...


Eriyah Flynn tried to make a stand for one of the two tall eucalyptus 
trees that remained at Oxford Basin Lagoon shortly before they were cut down on Jan. 15
Photo by Jonathan Coffin

Speaking for the Trees

Activists and public officials are at loggerheads over the cutting of 650 trees in Oxford Basin Lagoon   By Joe Piasecki Where Los Angeles County officials see progress toward restoring native flora and fauna to Marina del Rey...



Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tour the Venice Beach boardwalk area on Oct. 29, several months 
after Bonin first asked Beck to deploy more police officers in Venice
Photo courtesy of Mike Bonin’s office

‘Venice needs more cops’

Councilman asks LAPD chief for special boardwalk police detail to combat ‘a growing criminal element and rising climate of fear’ By Gary Walker Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin is calling on LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to...






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