Author: Joe Piasecki

Measles Warning for Venice, Santa Monica and Brentwood

Public Health officials list locations where locals may have been exposed to the disease By Joe Piasecki The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles by a local resident who contracted the disease outside the country. The department has issued a statement that people who visited that following places within the given timeframe may have been exposed to measles. There is no known risk of measles at these venues at the current time. Sunday, July 14: 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. – Groundworks Coffee at 671 Rose Ave. in Venice 1 to 3 p.m. – Frontrunners Shoe Store at 11620 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood 1:45 to 4 p.m. – CVS at 11941 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood 5 to 7:15 p.m. – American Beauty at 425 Rose Ave. in Venice Monday, July 15: 2:30 to 5 p.m. – Comerica Bank at 12001 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood 3:45 to 6:30 p.m. – Groundworks Coffee at 811 Traction Ave. in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District 8:30 to 11 p.m. – California Chicken at 2401 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica Tuesday, July 16: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Equinox Gym, 201 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica There have been 16 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents so far this year, plus eight non-resident cases detected among people traveling through the area. “For those who...

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Massive Fire Consumes 99 Cents Only Store on Washington Boulevard

Firefighters believe a fallen power line and exploding transformer may have sparked the blaze By Gary Walker A fallen power line that led to an exploding transformer is the preliminary suspected cause of an early Monday morning fire that destroyed the 99 Cents Only Store on Washington Boulevard. More than 70 firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze. Flames engulfed the entire structure and collapsed the roof and walls, reducing the discount outlet to smoldering rubble as firefighters battled small flare-ups throughout the day with aerial water cannons and hoses at ground level. Culver City firefighters received a call at approximately...

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Lifeguards Rescue Five People Caught in Riptide Near Hyperion

Los Angeles County lifeguards rescued five people who became trapped in a riptide — including two women taken to the hospital in critical condition — around 4 p.m. Thursday along the coast near the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant on Vista Del Mar. It was not immediately clear whether the victims had been swimming or boating. Four women were taken to the hospital and an adult man was treated at the scene, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said. Los Angeles Fire and El Segundo paramedics assisted lifeguards in the rescue. — Gary...

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Car Strikes Scooter Rider in Playa del Rey During High-Speed Police Chase

By Gary Walker A multi-city car chase that crossed three counties and saw the driver slam into a man riding a Bird scooter in Playa del Rey before leading police on a mad dash through Orange County ended hours later with an afternoon arrest in San Diego County. The pursuit began in Culver City after police officers tried to pull over a red Honda Accord just before 11:30 a.m. at Washington Boulevard. The suspect then sped away, racing through surface streets and crisscrossing Westside communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey as Culver City police notified LAPD Pacific Division...

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Hal’s Bar & Grill is Suddenly Out of Business

The iconic Hal’s Bar & Grill has gone out of business, shuttering its locations in Playa Vista and Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice this morning. Notes on the doors of both restaurants state that the business in liquidating and instruct employees to meet in Playa Vista this afternoon to settle final paychecks. The mood inside the building was a mix of shock and sadness, as the surprise closure comes about a month after the restaurant hired a new executive chef and rebooted its dinner menu. The restaurant’s owners could not be immediately reached for comment. Hal’s original Abbot Kinney...

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