Past Stories

Rescued surfer regains pulse

Drowning victim who tangled with big waves off Venice Beach ‘has a fighting chance’ to recover By Gary Walker A surfer whose heart had stopped beating when dragged from Hurricane Marie-induced heavy seas yesterday at Venice...


Mayly Tao has reinvented DK’s Donuts as a foodie hotspot since taking over for her mother | Photo by Jorge M Vargas Jr.

Finding the sweet spot

Entrepreneurs compete for the hearts and appetites of local doughnut lovers By Michael Aushenker It’s the beginning of a new Friday, and DK’s Donuts & Bakery co-owner Mayly Tao, the self-appointed “Donut Princess” o...


Water main breaks in Mar Vista

Soil erosion was likely the cause of a ruptured water pipe that flooded a portion of South Walgrove Avenue near Mark Twain Middle School on Aug. 20, a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokesman said. A four-inch pipe&h...



SMC exec remembered as a mentor and listener

Randal Lawson, executive vice president and chief instructional officer at Santa Monica College, died suddenly on Aug. 19, college officials reported this week. He was 66. Lawson began his teaching career at SMC in 1979 in the ...


Three homes stand in what used to be a single-family lot on California Avenue | Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Planning official takes a slower-growth stance in Venice

Ruling for local control will make it harder to split up single-family lots in order to build multiple housing units By Gary Walker Where there was once a single-family home and yard at 724 California Ave. there are now three&h...


Photo by Greg Mitchell

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

These days there’s no escaping the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media phenomenon that has people dousing themselves with ice water to raise awareness and donations for combating Lou Gehrig’s disease – an...



Students collaborate during an open video workshop at Venice Arts

Cultivating ‘A Taste for Art’

Viral Venice Videos contest sets the creative table at Hal’s Bar & Grill By Kathy Leonardo The venerable Hal’s Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Boulevard already mixes old-school charm and a bustling bar with melodious j...


Photo by Edizen Stowell | venicepaparazzi.com

Westside Scrapbook

Westside local Sean Conley, creator of Mama’s Boy Infusions (left), serves up his special tequila blend with Jason Moore and Powell Boyer of PDR Paws and Pads during the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s Cruise ‘n’ ...


Beachgoers gather around a busker on the Venice boardwalk

Eyes Over Venice

New city security cameras will bring 24-hour police surveillance to the boardwalk By Claire Kaufman and Joe Piasecki “Your picture has been taken. “You are in a restricted area. “Please leave the premises immediately.” ...



Green Dot Public Schools CEO Marco Petruzzi at Animo Westside Middle School, which opens Monday

Green Dot finds a Westside home

After a $5-million investment, Animo Westside Middle School opens on Monday across from the incoming Playa Vista Whole Foods By Gary Walker It has been a long time coming for Green Dot Public Schools CEO Marco Petruzzi, but on ...






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