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April 8, 2012 |
A crackdown on Venice Beach homeless encampments and renegade vendors is pitting longtime residents and merchants against homeless advocates and younger transients. The Los Angeles Police Department enforcement efforts, begun almost two months ago, were spurred by mounting complaints from waterfront residents and business owners who said aggressive, intoxicated transients and violent disputes over vendors' spaces had made the boardwalk an increasingly lawless, frightening place.
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June 6, 2010 |
Cynthia Berry, 19, is pregnant and homeless. Due in roughly four months, Berry survives by selling incense on the Venice boardwalk. When she heard someone was giving away backpacks full of food and other supplies at the Westminster dog park on Saturday, she was among the first to show up. The sturdy black backpacks, which volunteers from the Giving Spirit like to call "survival kits," contain about three dozen items essential to...
September 21, 1997 |
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.
October 4, 1992
I am a concerned citizen. Los Angeles is my home, Venice my "hood." I do not like what I see, hear, feel and sense happening in Venice. Someone has decided that LAPD should enforce an old city ordinance which greatly reduces an artist's chance of earning his/her living from money made on the Venice Boardwalk. Gone are the Red Cars, Angels Flight, beachside amusement parks and the Rams. Let's not see Abbot Kinney's dream of an artists' enclave give way to greedy, entrepreneurial interests.
December 5, 1993
Ted Hawkins' new record deal at Geffen Records comes as small surprise given the dues he's paid. The priceless information given in Patrick Goldstein's article ("Sidewalk Soul Pays Off," Nov. 21) is the street performer's current whereabouts. I've missed him since our last chat on the Venice Boardwalk, where he agreed to play at my wedding. The nuptials never happened, but now I know that from the broken heart of Venice, I can trudge to the 3rd Street Promenade to cry the good tears conjured by Hawkins' sweet soul singing.
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August 5, 2013 |
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.
January 5, 1995 |
The Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners awarded a contract Wednesday to a San Luis Obispo design firm to create a preliminary plan for the $7.3-million renovation of the Venice Boardwalk. The firm, RRM Design Group, plans to conduct four workshops beginning in March to seek community input on a wide range of contentious issues, such as whether to repave the boardwalk with brick and whether to build special areas for performance artists.