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October 29, 1991 | TONY VERA, Some Venice merchants want authorities to prevent street performers along the boardwalk from collecting money from beachgoers. TONY VERA is a Venice Beach boardwalk performer who "eats fire" and tells jokes. Commenting on the situation, Vera told The Times:
Most of the merchants along Venice Beach support and appreciate us. The merchants are having a difficult time making money because of the recession. About 30% of the merchants blame the street performers for the drop in business; but they're just looking for a scapegoat. A lot of the street performers use Venice Beach to display their talent. Venice is a potential stepping stone to the big time in the entertainment field. We're out here in search of fame and some of us are finding success.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Defying warnings that the action would crush the spirit of Venice Beach, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to impose a lottery and permit system for those who peddle their wares and talents on the famous boardwalk. The ordinance will require painters, musicians and others who set up shop on the west side of Ocean Front Walk to buy a $25 lifetime permit and participate in a lottery each month for one of 106 spaces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998
The Department of Transportation has resumed the DASH community shuttle to Venice beach. The buses will run every 10 minutes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays through Labor Day, said department spokeswoman Carolyn Perez Anderson. Passengers are transported from the DASH parking lot at 4551 Glencoe Ave. in Venice to the beach, three miles away. Last year, 16,000 people used the service, she said.
SPORTS
May 26, 1990 | PETE THOMAS
Professional beach volleyball will make its first stop of the season in Southern California this weekend when the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Tour comes to Venice Beach. The $75,000 Venice Beach Open, a double-elimination tournament, begins today at 9 a.m. The finals are scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, together for the last nine years, have been the most successful duo in the history of the sport and make up the top-seeded team.
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May 17, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police in riot gear and on horseback swept through Venice Beach early Sunday evening, clearing out dozens of battling gang members and closing the popular beach to thousands of sun-worshipers, party-goers and boardwalk cruisers, police said.
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March 31, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Police conducting a pre-dawn sweep arrested 25 homeless people sleeping on the Venice beach Wednesday, in a stern warning to transients who break a new law banning overnight camping at the shore. The 23 men and two women, who a witness said were handcuffed and taken from the beach in a police van, were being transferred to a jail in Van Nuys Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The cases will be turned over to the city attorney's office for possible prosecution.
SPORTS
July 12, 1991
The top players on the women's pro beach volleyball tour will compete in the $50,000 U.S. Open this weekend at Venice Beach. The top-ranked team of Karolyn Kirby and Angela Rock has won 10 tournaments this season, including last week's event at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Janice Harrer and Elaine Roque are seeded second and Lori Kotas and Gail Castro are seeded third. Kotas-Castro have won two tournaments this year, including the $40,000 Reno Shootout on June 2.
NEWS
August 3, 1990 | BETH ANN KRIER and JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
DEAR HOT: My friends shop at the Venice Beach boardwalk and come home with really cute stuff at very reasonable prices. I go there and all I see are "Life's a Beach" T-shirts. Is there anything new? Where is it? --R.K., GARDENA DEAR R.K.: This is the Coney Island of shopping experiences, not a place where you glide daintily to and from well-appointed emporiums. Venice Beach wants to entertain you, so let it.
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August 16, 2004 | Lisa Richardson and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Two men were killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon in the heart of Venice Beach as thousands of beachgoers soaked in the sun and surf, police said. In a second weekend of summer violence, officers reported that at least six people were killed in less than 24 hours in Los Angeles. A week ago, 17 people died in shootings and assaults in Los Angeles County during an exceptionally violent weekend that marked the start of the area's traditional peak period for homicides.
NEWS
September 1, 1988
Once again some residents and property owners on the Marina Peninsula are getting ready to oppose the extension of the public bike path along their section of the Venice beach. Bike path opponents raise the following hollow objections: First, they charge that the path's extension into "their" area is stupid because it will be "a path to nowhere." In reality, this path will link up with the existing and very popular Venice and Santa Monica beach bike path. It is possible that the path would terminate at the Marina Channel.
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