Police say Santa Monica man was driving drunk when he struck and killed a woman on Pershing Drive, then sped away By Kellie Chudzinski Patricia Ann O’Donnell and friend Hanala Sagal recently went out dancing at The Warehouse Los Angeles police have arrested a Santa Monica man who investigators believe was driving under the influence when he struck and killed a pedestrian in Playa del Rey early this morning and sped away from the scene. At around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, a 48-year-old woman who has been identified as Patricia A. O’Donnell was struck by a car while she was...Read More
Category: Playa Vista/Playa del Rey
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...Read More
Closures mark the end of an era in Venice and curtail a comeback story in Playa Vista By Joe Piasecki, Jessica Koslow and Gary Walker A Westside cultural institution for more than three decades, Hal’s Bar & Grill anchored the renaissance of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and pioneered a flagship presence in the growing community of Playa Vista. The restaurant, bar and live jazz venue didn’t just roll with the changes, it played a leading role in preserving a sense of local identity among the growing presence of national chain stores. That legacy appears to be a historical one now....Read More
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...Read More
Tunneling and trench work to replace an aging sewer line that runs under Via Marina began last weekend near Marquesas Way, temporarily reducing traffic flow to a single lane in the immediate work area. The Venice Dual Force Main Project connects the city’s Venice Pumping Plant on Hurricane Avenue to the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey, replacing an existing line that sanitation officials say is more than 50 years old and at severe risk of rupture. “We expect tunneling activities to occur for several months in the marina,” said Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Engineer Gevork...Read More
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