Past Stories

Lifeguard recovering after fistfight on Venice Pier

Two men and a woman involved in the brawl have been released on bail By Gary Walker Two men and a woman who got into a fistfight with a county lifeguard on Thursday at the Venice Pier have been released…


Robert Scheer takes on Big Data 
and Big Government in his latest book
Photo by Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

The War on Privacy

Robert Scheer says Americans are giving away their freedoms one click at a time By Carl Kozlowski Americans reacted in shock and horror when former National Security Agency analyst turned whistleblower Edward Snowden told the w...


Former Civil Wars vocalist Joy Williams makes creative breakthroughs in Venice

Evolution and Reconstruction

Former Civil Wars vocalist Joy Williams makes creative breakthroughs in Venice By Bliss Bowen Joy Williams already had three Christian-pop albums, 11 Dove Award nominations and secular song placements to her credit before she a...



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Man Armed with Knife Shot by Police in Venice

UPDATE: The man who was shot by police Monday outside Groundwork Coffee Co. in Venice died from his wounds Wednesday. Police have identified the man as 41-year-old Jason Davis. He is the 11th person shot by LAPD officers — th...


An architect’s rendering of the 4,000-square-foot “Outdoor Living Room” at the center 
of the Venice Place Project
Image by Wynkoop Properties courtesy of Dan Abrams

‘More than just a Hotel’

Dan Abrams’ Abbot Kinney Hotel proposal gets a redesign and a new name By Gary Walker The Abbot Kinney Hotel proposal is back — this time with a different name and design changes intended to help it blend more evenly…


Venice activist Sylvia Aroth 
met with Sanders during his Westside fundraiser

Sanders Makes a Westside Whistle-Stop

Left-leaning Clinton challenger tells local donors he’ll also need help from Tea Party supporters By John Seeley Prospects for a cake-walk Clinton coronation seemed a little less preordained after Hillary’s principal presid...



Venice Basketball League games, continuing each Sunday throughout the summer, give players a platform to show off incredible talent
Photo by Ted Soqui

People’s Court

The semi-pro Venice Basketball League brings the game closer to fans By Sam Catanzaro It’s opening day and the Brand Black Future All Stars are taking on a team called Sunblock in the showcase matchup. Measuring at least seve...


Riding a burst of creativity, Alexis Rhone Fancher has published more than 70 poems and images in the past three years
Photo by Baz Here

Interview: Love, Lust and Louboutins

Earthy poet and photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher returns to Venice for a reading with Leslie Anne McIlroy By Bliss Bowen To outside observers, Alexis Rhone Fancher’s life can seem the stuff of film or fiction. Raised in the ...


Boardwalk Sunset LLC is planning a three-story, 28,792 square foot development for the Venice Boardwalk.

Beach Parking Lot Eyed for Office Space

Opponents worry the project will crowd Venice Beach with commuters and threaten its recreational vibe By Gary Walker Plans to build a nearly 29,000-square-foot office building alongside the Venice boardwalk are in their nascent...



Jesse, seen here on the Venice boardwalk, has gone missing again

Living Large: Finding Jesse

A mother searches for her homeless son on Venice Beach By Kelly Hayes-Raitt “Just pay attention to homeless people,” my high school friend Shelly messaged via Facebook when she saw my post from the Venice boardwalk.  She s...






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