Compiled by Gary Walker 

Swimmer Dies after Venice Pier Rescue

A man who was pulled from the surf near the Venice Pier on Sunday and later died at a local hospital has been identified.

Troy Anthony Mendez, 49, was a resident of Westminster, Colo., Los Angeles County Coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter said.

Los Angeles County lifeguards responded to a distress call at 5:30 p.m. involving three swimmers approximately 50 yards offshore north of the pier, lifeguard spokeswoman Lydia Barillas said.

“All of the swimmers were conscious when they were rescued and taken back to shore. As the lifeguards arrived with the swimmers, one of them became unconscious,” Barillas said.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department bulletin describes Mendez as going into full cardiac arrest following the rescue. Paramedics performed CPR on Mendez, who was taken to the hospital where he died at 9:11 p.m.

Barillas said lifeguards had a busy weekend.

“There were multiple rescues that day. This time of year there can be very strong rip currents,” she said.



Del Rey Day Care Operator Accused of Child Molestation

News-in-BriefFollowing the arrest of a Del Rey day care center operator suspected of molesting two young girls,
LAPD detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating other potential victims.

Pedro Aguirre Borda, 61, was arrested on April 20 at his home on the 11500 block of Braddock Drive, where Borda and his wife operate a day care center.

Borda is suspected of molesting two girls at the day care center in 2007, one of them three years old and the other five years old at the time.

Detectives from LAPD’s Operations-West Bureau Special Assault Section are asking anyone with information about other possible victims to contact them at (213) 473-0447.



Venice Pot Shop Almost Goes up in Smoke

Los Angeles firefighters made fast work of a blaze inside a Venice medical marijuana clinic on Saturday night.

Firefighters arrived at the Venice Beach Care Center at 410 S. Lincoln Blvd. (near Vernon Avenue) at just
after 8 p.m., department spokesman Erik Scott said.

“The fire was fully extinguished very quickly, within 20 minutes,” he said.

There were no reported injuries, and an estimate of the damage was not available.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson Explosives Unit, Scott said.

Venice Beach Care Center (@VBC420) tweeted on Sunday that the business “suffered a minor fire last night after closing” and planned to reopen next week.


Call-Ins Welcome for Transit Tax Discussion

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is hosting an interactive telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 18, to discuss a possible November sales tax ballot measure for transportation infrastructure. The plan includes a timeline and funding amounts for a number of countywide transit, highway, local, pedestrian and bicycle projects over the next 40 years.

L.A. County residents will be called at random by an automated telephone system and invited to participate in the forum from the comfort of their homes, and anyone who does not receive a call but wishes to participate can dial in toll-free at 888-400-1932 (English) or 888-400-9342 (Spanish).

The discussion begins at 6:15 p.m. Find more information at