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January 31, 1985 | AL MARTINEZ
Rachel Sofia Uwanawich, who is also known as Gypsy Rosa, observed me with the cold, fierce glare of a chicken hawk and said, "Put $20 in the Bible." It was delivered in a tone not meant to encourage debate. I reached into my pocket. "I only have $11," I said. "I charge $20 a reading!" she replied menacingly, half rising from an old couch in one corner of her candle-lit storefront parlor. Incense wafted through the room. Two ceramic angels looked down from a shelf.
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January 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Lane closures along a 1.9-mile stretch of Mar Vista and Sawtelle began Tuesday and are expected to continue for months as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power constructs an underground high-voltage power line. Lane closures are expected on sections of Bundy Drive and Centinela Avenue south of the 10 Freeway and north of Venice Boulevard. The closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, LADWP officials said in a news release said. The department said the excavation work would involve installing trenches, underground maintenance vaults and infrastructure improvements.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Kate Linthicum
Officials are warning drivers to plan ahead as Los Angeles braces for President Obama's motorcade and the impact it will have on traffic as he moves from one appearance to the other. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, with appearances at three fundraisers and a tour of DreamWorks Animation SKG on his itinerary. The Los Angeles Police Department has released a guide listing areas to avoid. They include: Streets surrounding  Los Angeles International Airport , 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday Westwood and Beverly Hills (from the 405 Freeway to La Cienega Boulevard, and from Santa Monica Boulevard to Venice Boulevard)
NEWS
September 12, 1991
The southbound lane of Abbot Kinney Boulevard at Venice Boulevard will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week. Drivers should expect snarled traffic during those hours and use alternate routes. The shutdown is meant to allow crews with the Department of Water and Power to encase a water line in concrete to protect it from ongoing construction on Venice Boulevard. Construction has jammed traffic along Venice Boulevard ever since the redesign of the boulevard began late last spring.
NEWS
May 2, 1991
Local and state officials will hold a press conference Friday to announce groundbreaking on a long-awaited improvement project for Venice Boulevard, near the beach. The $5.5-million project will include repaving and repairing the road, said Russell Snyder of the California Department of Transportation. Street parking places will be added, along with lighting and a bike path. Traffic signals, sewer and drainage systems will be improved.
NEWS
March 3, 1994 | ADRIAN MAHER
A coalition of community activists, city officials and environmental volunteers hopes to transform part of recently repaved Venice Boulevard into a Los Angeles version of the Champs Elysees. The group has embarked on the Venice Boulevard Landscaping Project, a tree-planting program to spruce up the roadway between Lincoln Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. The boulevard is lined with cinder-block apartment buildings, stucco houses, boat storage yards and parking lots.
NEWS
September 16, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission has unanimously approved a plan to finally repave, widen and improve an axle-busting stretch of Venice Boulevard used by millions of beach-goers each year. The dilapidated one-mile stretch of roadway from Lincoln Boulevard to Pacific Avenue has been in need of repair and repavement as long as area residents can remember.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1988
I am writing to thank the many citizens of the Sixth District and surrounding areas who have supported my efforts to begin the badly needed and long overdue coastal planning process in Venice. Thanks to those efforts, the Coastal Interim Control ordinance is now law and Venice can focus its attention on drafting a Local Coastal Plan. The urgent need for an ICO and LCP has been demonstrated quite clearly by the onslaught of permit applications and zone change/plan amendment applications which exceeded the limits of the Coastal Commission guidelines over the past few years.
NEWS
May 25, 1989
A bus shuttle program, a traffic crisis management team and more beach access parking lots will be used to alleviate traffic problems in the Venice beach area this summer, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter said. The shuttle, in its third season of operation, starts at the parking lot on Venice Boulevard near West Washington Boulevard. Rides will be scheduled every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays through Labor Day. The shuttle is free for those who pay $3 to park in the lot and 25 cents for others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Motorists from Beverly Hills to Glendale should expect street closures Monday and Tuesday during President Obama's visit to Southern California. The Los Angeles Police Department has released a guide for which areas to avoid. They include: Los Angeles International Airport, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday Westwood and Beverly Hills (405 Freeway to La Cienega Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard to Venice Boulevard), 4:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday Mid-City (Fairfax Avenue to Western Avenue and Beverly Boulevard to Pico Boulevard)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Martha Groves
When reporters for national magazines and tourists from around the world recently began showing up on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, veteran shopkeepers saw the attention as validation that they had turned the once-desolate stretch into a hip strip. Now, however, that pride over what GQ magazine called "the Coolest Block in America" has turned to anxiety for some longtime merchants and residents who say Abbot Kinney is getting too posh for its pants. The arty, indie fare that used to dominate the boulevard is being replaced by $1,400 handbags and $600 boots from Italy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
As he mounted his bike for the CicLAvia ride to the beach Sunday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took the occasion to remind residents that the city had installed 148 miles of new bike lanes during his two terms. It is part of a wider plan to make the city less dependent on cars, Villaraigosa said. “It's not a walkable city yet, but it's becoming a walkable city,” he said. Villaraigosa joined thousands of bike riders Sunday morning to enjoy a rare car-free stretch of Los Angeles streets from downtown to Venice Beach as part of the increasingly popular CicLAvia event.
HEALTH
April 20, 2013 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles celebrates its sixth CicLAvia on Sunday, with Venice Boulevard mostly closed to cars from downtown to the beach. Parts of Alvarado, 7th and Main streets will be closed downtown. The idea is to give people on foot and bicycles the chance to experience the city from a different perspective. About 100,000 people have taken part in past CicLAvia events, organizers say. There will be food trucks along the route and spots for children to learn bicycle safety. Rental bikes will be available near City Hall and in Mid-City Los Angeles, and there are water stops, rest rooms and first aid on the route.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1989 | MARLENA DONOHUE
Art either confronts us with entropy and vanitas, or--like the paintings of Santa Barbara's Rick Stich--reassures us that there is still beauty and truth in spite of the spots on the rug and the six o'clock news. For years, Stich has made loosely abstracted paintings from plein-air studies of shimmery koi, reflective ponds and idyllic gardens at Santa Barbara's Alice Keck Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Kate Linthicum
Officials are warning drivers to plan ahead as Los Angeles braces for President Obama's motorcade and the impact it will have on traffic as he moves from one appearance to the other. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, with appearances at three fundraisers and a tour of DreamWorks Animation SKG on his itinerary. The Los Angeles Police Department has released a guide listing areas to avoid. They include: Streets surrounding  Los Angeles International Airport , 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday Westwood and Beverly Hills (from the 405 Freeway to La Cienega Boulevard, and from Santa Monica Boulevard to Venice Boulevard)
FOOD
March 5, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to The Times
When neighborhood business owners and residents started the Mar Vista farmers market in 2006, they were not just looking for a local source for fresh fruit and vegetables; in a car-centered city where shopping experiences are typically impersonal, they wanted the market to serve as a community square for residents to meet and socialize. By this standard, certainly, the event has been a great success, having expanded from a small, sleepy "starter market" to a lively venue with some 58 stands.
FOOD
January 20, 2010 | By C. Thi Nguyen
This is how to eat an order of pani puri at Samosa House East, home of some of the best Indian snacks in Los Angeles. First, roll up your sleeves. Pani puri is chaat -- Indian street snack food -- and demands to be eaten with the fingers, lustily, and with some degree of abandon. Then get ready to move. Pani puri comes in parts, and it demands a certain degree of focus and speed to assemble. There's the puri -- half a dozen or so egg-sized, eggshell-delicate balls of crisp, transparent fried bread.
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