Past Stories
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-...

No charges in Venice High sex assault case

Prosecutors say there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges By Gary Walker Los Angeles County prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against the Venice High School boys who had been suspected of committing a s...

Undercover Sting Targets Kombucha at Venice Spiritual Center

By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki Undercover agents with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control seized several containers of kombucha during a nonprofit fundraising event on Friday night at the Full Circle spirit...

Corey “C. R.” Gowan mourns friend Brendon Glenn, an unarmed homeless man shot by police, during a candlelight vigil last Thursday in Venice. Photo by Ted Soqui.

A Death in Venice

Police shooting of unarmed homeless man provokes grief and anger By Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker The fatal police shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice has touched off a public outpouring of grief and anger, with few an...

L.A. Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez speaks about displacement 
of the poor during Thursday’s rally (Photo by Mia Duncans)

Venice vs. the Poor

Some fault gentrification, others blame government inaction for community tensions underlying the fatal police shooting of a homeless man By Joe Piasecki The march through Venice’s posh Abbot Kinney Boulevard last Thursday to...

Mourners gather at Venice Beach shortly after the Aug. 3, 2013, vehicular rampage 
on the boardwalk to hold a public memorial for Alice Gruppioni, an Italian tourist killed during the mayhem. At top right, Gruppioni’s father-in-law brings flowers to the vigil.
Photos by Ted Soqui

Dramatic Testimony in Boardwalk Rampage Trial

Witnesses recount horror of seeing car mow down pedestrians in Venice By Gary Walker The prosecution’s case against the man accused of deliberately running down pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk in August 2013 has brought f...

James O’Brien on the set of “Western Religion”

Another one in the Cannes

Venice filmmaker James O’Brien returns to France with “Western Religion” By Michael Aushenker Call it a full-circle moment for Venice filmmaker James O’Brien. On Saturday he will attend the premiere of his latest film, ...

Brendon Glenn, 29, was shot by police on Tuesday in Venice

Fatal police shooting prompts anger and grief in Venice

Many questions but few answers surround death of unarmed homeless man, who some say was reaching into his back pocket when he was shot By Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker The fatal police shooting of an unarmed homeless man in…

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