Past Stories
Venice as architectural  laboratory

Designing Up

Venice’s eclectic architectural landscape blends individualistic expression with community identity By Joe Piasecki If anything defines Venice architecture, it’s that creativity is contagious. Like nowhere else in Southern ...


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Schools double down on language immersion

Students must change schools to make room for growing Mandarin and Spanish programs By Gary Walker In the three years since Broadway Elementary School in Venice welcomed a Mandarin language immersion program, parents of traditi...


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Sunday’s drum circle

Bad vibrations

Confrontations with police, paranoia and too much beer are harshing the Venice Beach Drum Circle’s mellow Story by Joe Piasecki | Photo by Ted Soqui                      ...



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Bill would expand DNA testing for convicts claiming innocence

Proposal a step in the right direction, says attorney who helped free a Venice man wrongfully convicted of murder By Gary Walker Lawyers representing California prison inmates who are contesting their convictions would gain gre...


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Tommy Chong tweets from Venice Beach

                          Comic duo Cheech & Chong have announced they are working on a new movie, their first live-action film collaboration in three decades...


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St. Joseph Center head named Woman of the Year

The Los Angeles County Commission for Women named St. Joseph Center Executive Director Va Lecia Adams Kellum as one of its 2014 Women of the Year during a ceremony on Monday in downtown Los Angeles. The Venice-based outreach ce...



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Tracking a hyper-connected generation

                            Venice-based millennial trend forecaster Maude Standish on how social media is impacting off-line behavior Maude Standish makes i...


Photo by Sheena Duggal

Sharks roam the Venice canals

On a walk down Grand Canal Court on Feb. 5, Venice resident Sheena Duggal encountered an unexpected site in the waters of the Venice canals: four leopard sharks. “When I saw them I did a double take. They were two…


An architect’s rendering of the proposed Abbot Kinney Hotel, as seen behind Joe’s from the corner of Broadway Street and Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Abbot Kinney Hotel plan clears first hurdle

But community opinion remains divided — and heated — over concerns about density and traffic By Gary Walker Community debate over filmmaker Dan Abrams’ plan to build an 85-room hotel along a popular stretch of Abbot Kinne...



NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson takes student questions during the “Train like an Astronaut” event at Westminster Avenue Elementary School in Venice

Kids ‘Train like an Astronaut’… with an astronaut

NASA Cmdr. Peggy Whitson paid a visit to Westminster Avenue Elementary School on Saturday as part of the “Train like an Astronaut” program, a NASA initiative to encourage physical fitness and intellectual curiosity among st...