Venice shops looted,
homes damaged in riots;
recovery process begins
BY ALAN EYERLY, DAVID HIRNING AND
DAVID ASPER JOHNSON
Westside residents began returning to their normal routines this week in the wake of the worst rioting in contemporary U.S. history.
Although the most expensive damage in the Los Angeles riots occurred from La Cienega Boulevard eastward, the Westside had its share of destruction as well.
Numerous businesses along Lincoln Boulevard in north Venice were looted, including Sav-on Drugs, Boys Market, Thrifty, The Wherehouse, Fashion Time, and Cafe 50s restaurant. And in the Oakwood section of Venice, several homes were damaged by rocks and firebombs.
Local residents who were not near the rioting still felt the impact of urban strife Thursday and Friday, as streets were heavily congested with commuters rushing home to beat the dusk-to-dawn curfew, and long lines sprang up at grocery stores and gas stations.
Fear of the riots moving westward to the beach communities