Past Stories
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...


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...


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.” ...



Gabriel Vargas, who received a lifesaving diagnosis from Venice Family Clinic doctors, pitches in with the groundbreaking of the Children’s Health & Wellness Center

Venice Family Clinic expands into Del Rey

The nonprofit Venice Family Clinic broke ground Monday on a new location in Del Rey expected to provide medical, dental, vision and mental health care services to some 4,000 children each year. The Children’s Health & Wel...


A memorial for Jay Adams outside the Venice Originals Skateboard Shop | Photo by Edizen Stowell

Skaters remember Jay Adams

Dogtown is mourning the death of Jay Adams, who as a member of the Z-Boys skateboarding crew in the late 1970s helped to pioneer the sport and define skateboarding subculture (see “The Spark at Rest,” page 6). Adams, 53, di...


Neighbors have little appetite for restaurant proposal

Opponents worry Gjelina owner’s plans for a new Venice location will increase noise and traffic By Gary Walker A new Venice restaurant/bakery proposed by the owner of Abbot Kinney Boulevard’s popular Gjelina restaurant is a...



Venice Beach lightning strikes prompt beach safety review

Traffic jams and confusion could have been avoided with a public address system, neighborhood leaders say By Gary Walker   The freak Venice Beach lightning strikes that killed a college student and sent eight others to the hos...


Allan Cole transports readers to Venice in the 1970s

Feeling ‘Blue’ over Venice

Veteran TV writer and former Santa Monica Evening Outlook reporter Allan Cole paints a picture of his long-time community in his latest book By Michael Aushenker Allan Cole has no shortage of stories to tell. The son of a CIA&h...


L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin discusses “Operation Street Lift” during a July 31 press conference near Washington Boulevard and Strongs Drive

Bonin draws line in the sand on Venice Beach boardwalk chaos

Calling Ocean Front Walk an ‘apocalyptic scene,’ he vows to ‘marshal every city resource to turn it around’ By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki Not even 36 hours after holding a press conference in Venice to tout a local be...



College student Nick Fagnano died when lightning struck the water

‘It sounded like the world was breaking’

Lightning strikes at Venice Beach kill swimmer, injure 13 others By Gary Walker A 20-year-old swimmer was killed and 13 others were injured Sunday during a freak thunderstorm in which multiple lightning strikes hit the water an...






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