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Police blasted over Venice shooting

Posted May 8, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]

Police and city officials met Thursday night with residents and activists in a standing-room-only town hall, two days after police fatally shot an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk.
Emotions were running high in the Westminster Elementary School auditorium. Voices were high too. Several times, audience members shouted down the officials who were trying to make introductory remarks.
City Councilman Mike Bonin said the fatal shooting …

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L.A. heeds pleas to slow spread of McMansions

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The city of L.A. is finally getting serious about McMansions – large houses built on small lots that are out of step with the traditional character of neighborhoods.
The City Council has slapped a temporary ban on the construction of McMansions in 20 upscale neighborhoods while it considers a broader response to the problem.
In five of those neighborhoods, the city also temporarily banned the issuance …

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What’s the best neighborhood for dog lovers?

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Hauptillusionator on Flickr

When you’re walking down the street and you see someone coming your way with a puppy, how do you react? Are you all cuddles and petsies? Or do you make silent eye contact with the owner, praying you won’t have to get too close?
The way you feel about interacting with dogs depends upon a lot of things: How much you like them, of course; whether …

Arts & Culture, Environment, Interviews, News »

Photos: Remembering Pacific Ocean Park

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 11 Comments | ]

From the late 1950s to the late ‘60s, Angelenos looking for music, dancing and rides, found the party at Pacific Ocean Park.
The beachside theme park – that jetted out into the Pacific – sat on 28 acres of land at the border of Santa Monica and Venice.
It featured rides created by Hollywood set designers, setting it apart from the standard, ordinary rides at Santa …

Arts & Culture, Environment, News, Politics »

Coastal agency wants to put Venice curfew to bed

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

A long-running fight over a city-imposed curfew on Venice Beach could heat up again. The California Commission has consistently opposed the midnight to 5 a.m. curfew – arguing that the state’s Coastal Act calls for the public to have access to the ocean 24 hours a day. In a letter earlier this month, commission officials asked the city to reopen talks on the curfew. …

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A video meditation on one of life’s big questions

Posted January 10, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]

The artist Jonas N.T. Becker grew up in West Virginia and Michigan, attended college in western Massachusetts, and graduate school in Irvine. She’s lived in Madrid, France, Nicaragua, New Orleans and Pittsburgh. No wonder her work is infused with a sense of exploration and inquiry.
Her show of video art, four pieces under the title Zol Zayn–Yiddish for “What if?–opens this weekend at Shulamit Gallery in Venice. …

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Supervisors vote to put cross back on L.A. County seal

Posted January 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

A divided L.A. Board of Supervisors has voted to put a long absent cross back on the county seal. The move is expected to be met with a legal challenge from civil libertarians, who see it as an unconstitutional mixing of church and state. The cross will be added to a depiction of the San Gabriel Mission on the seal. Backers say it’s a …

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State moving toward computerized student testing; Tsunami threat is real; Council okays new L.A. murals

Posted September 5, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

School testing. California lawmakers are moving to ditch the state’s standardized exams for public school students and replace them with a new computerized system next spring. Backers say the new tests will help speed the transition to Common Core standards in California, which are designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla authored the bill. She says it would let teachers see …

Education, Environment, Food, Issues, Today's News »

‘An accident,’ says driver who sped down Ocean Walk; Major win for LAUSD on No Child Left Behind; Medfly

Posted August 7, 2013 by | 106 Comments | ]

Promenade protections. The man suspected of running down 17 people on the Venice Boardwalk has pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges, and he insists the mayhem was an accident.
The public defender for Nathan Louis Campbell says his client is despondent and did not intend to hurt anyone.
The attorney’s comments contradict police and witnesses, who say Campbell appeared to be maneuvering his car …

Education, Issues, Politics, Sports, Summer, Today's News »

A call for barriers at Venice boardwalk; Ratliff has advice for teacher’s union, Adios X-Games

Posted August 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Venice hit-and-run. A vigil is planned this afternoon for those caught up in an apparently intentional hit-and-run rampage that left one woman dead and 11 others injured on the Venice Boardwalk.
The vigil will be held at 5 p.m. at Candle Café and Grill on Ocean Front Walk.
Meanwhile, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin says barriers should be erected to prevent non-emergency vehicles from entering …

Bad Driving, News »

Police arrest a man in connection with deadly hit-and-run on Venice boardwalk

Posted August 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Police arrested Nathan Campbell, 38, on suspicion of murder in connection with Saturday’s deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk that killed one woman and left another 11 people injured. He’s being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
In a Sunday morning press conference, Los Angeles Police Department officials also identified the woman who died in incident as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, according to the …

Silicon Beach »

Silicon Beach: A hub of inspiration

Posted November 9, 2012 by | 19 Comments | ]

I launched Giant Media from my Brentwood apartment in November of 2009. We’ve come a long way since that time and have moved offices twice since then, but rather than relocate to San Francisco (or for that matter, New York), we’ve chosen to stay in the quickly emerging “Silicon Beach”. We operate out of a gorgeous office on Electric Avenue, just off of world …

Arts & Culture, economy, News, Silicon Beach »

Silicon Beach: New technology and old buildings

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
“Story of Venice” mural by Edward Biberman

This week we’ve been looking at the growth of Silicon Beach, as tech companies move westward to be closer to the sand, sea – and to each other. Many are looking for creative space to work in. KCRW’s Frances Anderton reports on Venice, and the meeting of new technology and old buildings in Venice.
Many tech companies have taken up residence in reused industrial and …

Arts & Culture, Silicon Beach »

Why set up shop in Venice?

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

We set up our digital media operations in a sun-lit colorful flat above the Brig on Abbot Kinney over four years ago, and now take residency in Robert Graham’s former studio adjacent to the boardwalk. Many of us had prior successful residency up in Silicon Valley, and with entrepreneur mentality, we were not just looking for the next big idea to create, but the right …

Arts & Culture, economy, Silicon Beach »

Silicon Beach: The perils of gentrification

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
Gratitude serves vegan fare

For a long time, people in Silicon Valley would fly to LA when they had to. Then it occurred to them that people who work in technology and content could actually live in the same place. Now, Google has come to Venice, greeted warmly by the Chamber of Commerce, but regarded by some long-time residents as an unwelcome invader. We look at the changing …

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Photos: The new Rose Avenue

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]
croppedSide of Superba

Venice is now home to 300 new high-tech companies, but that only accounts for half of the new, mainly Westside, phenomenon called “Silicon Beach.” The new companies mean new money, and with that a new row of restaurants on Rose Ave. You can hear more about how this is changing the funky Venice on  Which Way, LA?  Below, check out pictures of the “new” …

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Silicon Beach brings change to Westside

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

For a long time, people in Silicon Valley would fly to LA when they had to. Then it occurred to them that people who work in technology and content could actually live in the same place. Now, Google has come to Venice, greeted warmly by the Chamber of Commerce, but regarded by some long-time residents as an unwelcome invader. We look at the changing …

Arts & Culture, News »

24 Hour Sleep Out: Understanding homelessness from the inside out

Posted August 24, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]
By Ed Yourdon via flickr

Sympathy for the plight of the homeless can be abstract. The 24-hour SleepOut this weekend in Venice aims to put a face on the problem of homelessness. A coalition of groups, including Occupy Venice, will gather at Beyond Baroque to explain the hard and complicated facts of being on the street. And then, everyone who brings tents or sleeping bags will spend the night outside …

Arts & Culture, Summer »

Art at the beach: The other Venice Biennale

Posted July 13, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
Arthur Moore's "Funky Pussy"

Get out your SPF and bikini and get ready to stroll Ocean Front Walk in Venice this weekend for the other Venice Bienniale. Not content to have launched the Los Angeles version of the fabled art Biennials that occur in other cities, now the Hammer is extending “Made in LA 2012″ beyond the museum and gallery walls and out to the sand. Well, close …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

Art Talk: A rare view of Alexander Calder, on display in Venice

Posted May 3, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

You don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate Alexander Calder.  His large scale sculptures and mobiles are playful and poetic–and iconic.  In downtown Los Angeles, his Four Arches (left) is permanently displayed outside the Bank of America building.  Other works can be seen at the sculpture garden in UCLA, LACMA, and even Neiman-Marcus.
Now, a rare show of Calder pieces is up at …

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