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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.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Dude! Today is a day of special significance and the appointed hour is 4:20 p.m. What it all means is on the tip of the tongue. Literally. Welcome to April 20, a day that has come to mean a celebration of marijuana and a protest against the fact that its use, sale and possession are crimes. From the narrow streets of New York's Greenwich Village to the open expanse of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, users will congregate to do their thing. Perhaps the most notorious gathering will be at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where last year 10,000 people smoked at the same time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Teresa Watanabe
A man killed in a midday crash Sunday that closed Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours has been identified as 29-year-old Erik Valencia. Valencia, of Irvine, was “a passenger in an out-of-control auto versus truck traffic accident,” according to a statement from the Orange County coroner's office. The collision involved five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m., and the road was closed in both directions for several hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 52-year-old woman who was one of five family members struck by a car outside an elementary school in Highland Park on Friday has died, officials said. The woman, Guadalupe Chavez, along with her daughter and three grandchildren, were struck when a car drove through the intersection of Avenue 57 and Meridian Street outside Yorkdale Elementary School about 8:12 a.m., Los Angeles police said. Chavez succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, police said. Chavez's 10-year-old granddaughter, Marina Carrillo, remains in critical condition.
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