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October 12, 1994 | MARK SWED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Peter Sellars has come to Chicago, and with him, as usual, is controversy. A local gossip columnist, for instance, gasped last week during previews of Sellars' new production of "Merchant of Venice" that the director, utilizing Shakespeare's text uncut, had originally started out with a seven-hour show. Further reports indicated that preview audiences were fleeing in dramatic numbers during the single intermission, leaving the Goodman Theatre half full.
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February 23, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Two men who were repeatedly kicked out of Los Angeles City Council meetings for violating public comment rules won part of a free-speech lawsuit against the city last year. But a jury recently awarded them only a few dollars for their trouble. The meager awards are the latest turn in a long-running case that pitted the Venice Beach performers against council rules banning "personal, impertinent, unduly repetitive, slanderous or profane remarks. " Like many government bodies across the country, the council has often wrestled with how to regulate public comments and keep meetings orderly.
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June 7, 2010 | John Hoeffel
The Kush Clubhouse and the Medical Kush Beach Club boast killer views of the ocean, and that's what Sean Cardillo says he was after when he opened the only medical marijuana dispensaries on the Venice Beach boardwalk. "It's proven that being by the beach can actually heal a person and make a person feel good," Cardillo said as he smoked a joint in a hazy, mirrored lounge. "We're trying to create this place where people can heal, and they're looking at it like, oh, it's not really that."
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January 14, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Some Venice activists have ended their years-long legal battle to restrict overnight parking in the coastal community, which has struggled over how to deal with people living in campers and cars. After Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin's office declined to support the restriction effort, an attorney representing the Venice Stakeholders Assn. said the group dropped a suit seeking "overnight parking districts" near the beach. The case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2009, when the California Coastal Commission denied the city's application for restricted parking on the grounds that it would impede public access to Venice Beach between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. The city joined the Venice Stakeholders suit but withdrew last year after the coastal agency denied overnight parking districts for a third time.
OPINION
May 30, 2012
Venice Beach features a boardwalk, a skate park and basketball courts along its wide, sandy shore. And if Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has his way, it will get another attraction by the Fourth of July - a zip line, offering a 720-foot-long, barely one-minute joy ride above it all. A 44-foot launch tower planted near the skate plaza would zip riders over grass and pedestrians to a landing pad near the basketball courts. City officials hope that as many as 400 riders daily will pay $20 to take a ride.
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October 16, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A rare whale known for its saber-like teeth and preference for frigid subarctic waters washed ashore in a highly unlikely place Tuesday night: Venice Beach. The female Stejneger's beaked whale - also known as the Saber-toothed whale - was loaded onto the bed of a truck early Wednesday and taken for an autopsy that will give scientists a rare glimpse into the lives of the elusive mammals. So rare, in fact, it sent Nick Fash, an education specialist for Heal the Bay, pedaling his bike down to the site "as fast as I could.
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August 24, 2009 | Anthony Pesce
Nathan Alan Morgan, 25, was found beaten to death and buried under a mound of sand on Venice Beach on the morning of March 10, 2008. More than a year later, police still don't know who killed him or why. Just hours before his battered body was found in the area where the Venice Beach drum circle is performed, Morgan had been treated in Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center's emergency room for an injury to his left elbow. Coroner's records show that he told hospital officials he had hurt himself while "doing gymnastics drunk."
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December 18, 2013 | From KTLA
Authorities are investigating the brutal beating of a transient by two men along the Venice Beach boardwalk that was caught on video. The incident happened early Friday morning in the 1300 block of Ocean Front Walk near Horizon Avenue, according to police. The video shows one of the men repeatedly hitting the transient with a folding chair and kicking him multiple times. A nearby resident recorded the video after a neighbor called 911 to report the attack. Police said they don't know have a motive for the beating.  “It doesn't appear to be provoked, and this is still in the early stages of the investigation,” Los Angeles Police Department Capt.
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August 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Andrew Blankstein and Hailey Branson-Potts
Nathan Louis Campbell came to Los Angeles less than a month ago, driving a 2008 Dodge Avenger just purchased from a dealership in Littleton, Colo. The 38-year-old lived in Hollywood nearly two decades ago, spending a few months living on and off at Covenant House, which provides services and housing for homeless youths. It's unclear how he spent the years in between - aside from a record of petty crimes in Colorado and Florida, little is known about Campbell. As a spotty picture emerged Monday of the suspect in Saturday's deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk, investigators attempted to fill in the gaps and better understand what might have motivated Campbell's alleged crime.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The crew of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was in the middle of filming a scene on the Venice boardwalk when a man wearing only his underwear and a cape rode by on his bicycle shouting obscenities. On another occasion, a stranger wielding a plastic light saber showed up on the set and challenged one of the actors to a duel, temporarily halting production. "Those kind of things continually go on in Venice, but we love going down there because it's so colorful and captures the essence of what people think Southern California is — the beaches, the sunshine, the palms and the craziness," said Tony Salome, location manager for the crime drama starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. Venice Beach, a storied cinematic backdrop since the silent film era, continues to play a starring role in Hollywood.
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December 18, 2013 | From KTLA
Authorities are investigating the brutal beating of a transient by two men along the Venice Beach boardwalk that was caught on video. The incident happened early Friday morning in the 1300 block of Ocean Front Walk near Horizon Avenue, according to police. The video shows one of the men repeatedly hitting the transient with a folding chair and kicking him multiple times. A nearby resident recorded the video after a neighbor called 911 to report the attack. Police said they don't know have a motive for the beating.  “It doesn't appear to be provoked, and this is still in the early stages of the investigation,” Los Angeles Police Department Capt.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
When people think of California, they think of sandy beaches full of people on a hot sunny day. If you're like me, however, you don't really care much for hot, sunny beaches. Give me a cold, cloudy, moody beach in winter any day. Kevin Balluff's surreal image of Venice Beach captures this mood perfectly. The image was shot on Ilford XP1 film, which ended production in the early 1990s. The film is so far past its expiration date that the "ink from the markings on the backing paper transferred to the film emulsion," according to Balluff, resulting in the ghostly numbers in the middle of the frame.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Andrew Khouri
In Venice, 25-year-old Snapchat co-founder Bobby Murphy has bought a new two-bedroom house for $2.1 million, or nearly double the median price of homes in the neighborhood. A few blocks away, a three-bedroom town house with a rooftop sun deck was just rented for $7,000 a month - a year ago, an identical unit was renting for $5,900. "Totally Silicon Beach living," the ad on Craigslist proclaimed. And farther south in Marina del Rey, hundreds of apartments were recently completed and aimed at drawing the tech crowd, with high-speed Internet in every unit, free Wi-Fi in common areas and an online application process.
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October 18, 2013 | Sandy Banks
The Highland Park Patient Collective has been praised by Yelp reviewers for its sample room where patients can try their meds, its PlayStation 3 and stockpile of games and its cheap outdoor kush that's good for rolling blunts. But don't expect the residents of Mar Vista to roll out the welcome mat when the collective moves into what used to be a landmark health food store. The former Mrs. Gooch's market on the corner of Palms and Centinela has been mostly empty for 10 years.
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October 16, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A rare whale known for its saber-like teeth and preference for frigid subarctic waters washed ashore in a highly unlikely place Tuesday night: Venice Beach. The female Stejneger's beaked whale - also known as the Saber-toothed whale - was loaded onto the bed of a truck early Wednesday and taken for an autopsy that will give scientists a rare glimpse into the lives of the elusive mammals. So rare, in fact, it sent Nick Fash, an education specialist for Heal the Bay, pedaling his bike down to the site "as fast as I could.
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September 28, 2013 | By Martha Groves
"Rolling" street closures for Sunday's 14th annual Herbalife Triathlon will pose challenges for motorists trying to navigate between Venice Beach and L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. As amateur and professional athletes from 17 countries swim, bike and run in the triathlon , drivers in Venice, Mid-City and Koreatown will be forced to use freeways to bypass closed streets. Westsiders are urged to take the 405 Freeway to get around the closure of Venice Boulevard from Pacific Avenue to Fairfax Avenue.
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April 9, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Paige Clay and Eveline Popp are on two sides of a long-simmering controversy in the pricey neighborhoods near Venice Beach. Clay owns a restaurant on Rose Avenue that sits amid a hotbed of homelessness and people who live in cars, campers and recreational vehicles. Popp has been living in a rusty recreational vehicle, which she parks along Rose and nearby streets.
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February 13, 2010 | By Amina Khan
Police on horseback and in sport utility vehicles swept across Venice Beach in the darkness Friday morning, arresting nearly 50 people, many homeless, on warrants and felony violations, authorities said. The sweep was part of an effort to address a recent spike in crime and a jump in the number of transients sleeping on the beach after it closes at midnight, LAPD officials said. Friday's action marked the first time the beach curfew task force had combined a sweep with outreach efforts, officials said.
NEWS
September 26, 2013 | By Carren Jao
Seattle-based prefab builder Method Homes has installed its first Los Angeles project, a 2,800-square-foot house in Venice Beach, and as owners Noah Craft and Belinda Tan lead a walk-through of the property, it's clear just how vast an improvement the prefab is over the young couple's previous dwelling, the garage at the back of a century-old residence. PHOTO GALLERY: Method Homes prefab in Venice “Nothing was salvageable in the main house,” Craft says. “It would have cost more to renovate it than to build a new home.” Craft and Tan turned to a friend, Scott Currie, a trained designer who now runs Sagrada Wellness Yoga Retreat , which appealed to the couple's love for nature and light.
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