Past Stories
More than 51,000 skaters visited ICE at Santa Monica last year
Photos courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica Inc.

Skate rink on thin ice

Venice leaders clash with chamber over bringing family-friendly attraction to the boardwalk By Gary Walker   Despite an all-hands-on-deck call from the Venice Chamber of Commerce to its supporters, plans to bring a tempora...


P!nk and daughter Willow
Photo by Edizen Stowell / venicepaparazzi.com

P!nk gets the party started

Arriving by pedal power, pop vocalist flips the switch for the third annual Venice Sign Holiday Lighting By Joe Piasecki In 2012 it was Robert Downey Jr. Last year it was Anjelica Huston. For Friday’s third annual Venice Sig...


Natalie Flores plants a seedling last Sunday at a neglected empty lot on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, where she and friends have established a community garden. Photo by Ted Soqui.

The Guerilla Gardener

Natalie ‘Sunshine’ Flores is building a green-thumb army to convert vacant lots into urban farms Story by Joe Piasecki Seeds of a movement are growing in a fenced-off empty lot on the unflashy south end of Abbot Kinney Boul...



Campsites on Venice Beach have become a flagrant public nuisance, the lawsuit claims

Where debris meets the sea

Group sues city to remove campsites on Venice Beach; others urge compassion for homeless By Gary Walker Complaining of “dangerous conditions” that include drug use, violence and vandalism by homeless people camping on the V...


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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...






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