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Gjusta opposition grows

Liquor license is the wrong ingredient for Venice, police say By Gary Walker When comedian turned Hollywood A-lister Zach Galifianakis shows up to speak at a city planning hearing, you know things have gotten serious. “The H...

No split decision for Venice

City officials uphold new restrictions against packing multiple houses onto single lots By Gary Walker City planning officials have once again sided with slower-growth advocates in Venice campaigning to stop single-family homes...

The new Gjusta bakery faces opposition to its expansion

Gjelina’s sister bakery faces permit battle

Gjusta off to a positive start, but councilman opposes liquor license and patio By Gary Walker Gjusta, a new bakery and sandwich shop opened Oct. 17 by Gjelina restaurant owner Fran Camaj, is doing brisk business for breakfast ...

Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Righting a wrong

Group aims to restore the Venice Vietnam POW/MIA mural, ravaged by time and graffiti By Joe Piasecki The words “You Are Not Forgotten” appear in large block letters atop the Vietnam POW/MIA wall in Venice. But to look at it...

Jessa the Bearded Lady stands at the entrance of the Venice Beach Freakshow. 
Photo by Ted Soqui.

Who needs normal?

The Venice Beach Freakshow celebrates a bizarre universe  By Tyler Davidson It’s as if Todd Ray has just stepped out of a time machine. “Folks, you don’t want to miss it! There’s 60 amazing creatures inside. Ten two-he...

Firefighters worked from Saturday night into Sunday morning to extinguish the blaze at the Extra Space Storage facility on Venice Boulevard
Photo by Marta Evry

Investigators probe Venice storage facility fire

It took 365 firefighters, eight of whom suffered minor injuries,  to fight the 14-hour weekend blaze   By Gary Walker Arson specialists with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been called in to assis...

Ted Lieu got a visit from President Obama on Thursday at Lieu's campaign office in Venice | Photo courtesy of Ted Lieu

Obama visits Lieu in Venice

  On his way to hanging out with Gwyneth Paltrow at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Brentwood on Thursday, President Barack Obama paid an impromptu visit to the Venice campaign office of state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is runnin...

Former WNBA star Michelle Greco, right, and partner Noelle Orsini were the only women to play in the top division during last month’s paddle tennis doubles championship in Venice. 
Photo by Edizen Stowell / Venice Paparazzi.

‘The sexy sister of tennis’

Venice Beach is the epicenter of paddle tennis, an often overlooked sport that everyone — especially more women — should try By Esme Gregson “The best way I can describe it is oxygen for the soul,” says Sonia “The Mac...

Lifeguard truck runs over beachgoer in Venice

A 25-year-old Whittier woman remains in stable condition at a local hospital after suffering bone fractures and internal lacerations when she was run over by a Los Angeles County Lifeguard truck at 4:20 p.m. Monday while lying ...

Rabbi Lori Shapiro transformed a booth into a sukkah at the 2010 Abbot Kinney Festival

People of the ‘Open’ book

Rabbi Lori Shapiro is building a Venice congregation that crosses denominational and cultural boundaries to make Judaism relevant for all Chances are that Rabbi Lori Shapiro’s Passover seder last April in Venice was unlike an... | ulta coupons