Past Stories
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...

Beach Death ‘Avenged’

Man who killed Italian bride and injured others in Venice vehicle attack found guilty By Gary Walker A Colorado man could spend the rest of his life in a California prison after a Westchester jury on Friday found him guilty&he...

Drugs at play in Venice boardwalk rampage trial

Prosecutors argue man accused of running down pedestrians had been ripped off while trying to buy meth By Gary Walker For one of the final witnesses against the man accused of mowing down people with his car on the Venice…

Norman Ollestad, at home on the beach in Lower Topanga 
Photos by Hank Cherry

Water in the Blood

‘Crazy for the Storm’ author Norman Ollestad spent a lifetime crafting his own identity, but he’s still his daredevil surfer father’s son By Joe Donnelly Editor’s note: This is the first installment of Sunday Driv...

Jesse Martinez has been cleaning and maintaining the Venice Skate Park without compensation, and now friends say he needs help replacing his stolen truck in order to continue the work.
Photo by Mia Duncans

The Keeper of Dogtown

Jesse Martinez has selflessly maintained the Venice Skate Park for years, but now he could use a hand — and a paycheck By Bonnie Eslinger Early Sunday morning at Venice Beach, hours before the vendors, tourists, fitness buffs...

The Blue Dolphins’ Saturday-night set was the final act for the WitZend

The End of the WitZend

Westside live music scene loses an anchor with popular venue’s sudden demise By Michael Aushenker With Malibu pop-rock duo The Blue Dolphins topping a bill that included Santa Monica-based groove band Vinyl Part, L.A. singer-...

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