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NEWS
July 2, 1995
A flesh-eating alien has appeared on the Venice boardwalk. What a surprise. This time it's 15 feet high, 11 feet wide, painted on plywood and falls somewhere in the gray zone between art and publicity. And not everybody is happy about it. "There are too many kids down here, too many families. It's offensive," says Howard Gabe, who runs an organic clothing shop in the Cadillac Hotel building.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police announced Wednesday that they have stepped up patrols along Venice Beach after a recent spate of violent confrontations, including a shooting during a "flash mob" gathering and the stabbing of a man in a drum circle on the sand. The area along the boardwalk — with its eclectic mix of tourists, street performers and bohemians — is among the most popular visitor destinations in the Los Angeles region. Authorities acknowledge that policing the massive and sometimes unruly crowds is a challenge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1995 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, it might not appear to be one of Southern California's premier tourist attractions. The asphalt walkway is scarred by cracks. Bathrooms are filthy. Even the wooden benches have been stripped for firewood. Locals in Venice have been arguing for years over how best to renovate the dilapidated oceanfront boardwalk. Now a multimillion-dollar overhaul is about to begin, even as activists continue to haggle about its details.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1994
Debates over the look of the Venice Boardwalk and what to do about illegal vending there will resume this week as Los Angeles recreation commissioners consider a $10-million renovation as well as ways to restrict sales on the walkway. The Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners will meet in Venice on Wednesday to decide the next step in planning the renovation, the subject of a raucous public meeting two weeks ago.
NEWS
April 24, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expect a stormy summer at Venice Beach. The onset of the beach season finds a community bitterly divided over how to spend $10 million approved for a Venice Boardwalk renovation, and over new restrictions on nonprofit groups who peddle causes--and often merchandise--at tables on public park land. Even in contentious Venice, it's been years since residents have brawled as long and loud as in recent meetings on the future of the boardwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A recent uproar over half-naked women and L.A. firetrucks took an embarrassing turn up the chain of command Friday when the chief admitted he himself once posed for racy pictures on a fire rig. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Brian Cummings said that he and the rest of his fire crew were photographed with a bikini-clad woman on the Venice boardwalk 13 years ago — and he said the firefighters also took a picture of the woman posing topless....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1993 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Venice Beach merchant Barbara Duffy knew something was going wrong when she saw a tourist wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the picture of a machine gun and the slogan: "Venice: Welcome to the 'Hood." "They're selling these in Japan," said Duffy, who owns a clothing and jewelry shop on the boardwalk. "I was shocked when I saw it. Is this what they think?" Duffy has never seen a gun on the boardwalk in 13 years.
NEWS
September 21, 1997 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
The streets of L.A. can be a real head trip. From the Venice boardwalk to a walk along Melrose Avenue, guys in natural shorn killer cuts are dyeing to get noticed. Bozo red, Big Bird yellow, old lady blue--the more outrageous the hue, the more hair-raising the look. And whether the dude 'dos are gelled, buzzed or pointed to the heavens above, it's really the tone of the dome that matters. Indeed, some wear over the rainbow.
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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