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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996
Restoration of the Venice Pier, a once-popular site for fishing and tourism, passed a major hurdle Thursday when the California Coastal Commission approved a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the long-closed landmark. The commission's action paves the way for reconstruction of the pier to begin in the next two months. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks plans to replace half of the pier's 1,200-foot-long concrete deck, repairing the other half where it has deteriorated.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Dianne de Guzman
After a week of work, sometimes what you need is a pre-weekend palate cleanser. Today's photo comes courtesy of photographer Matt Allard and it's a welcome change of pace for the start of the weekend. Allard was out on a bike ride when he reached Venice Pier and stopped to watch the surfers. The sunny winter weather of Venice led to a foggier look at the pier---and for the photo. Allard shot this photo on his iPhone 5. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1996
A $4.2-million bid for the reconstruction of the Venice Beach pier is expected to be recommended today for approval by the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners. The Department of Recreation and Parks will recommend the bid submitted by Fletcher General Construction, said Dallan Zamrzla, director of planning and development. The 1,200-foot-long pier was closed in 1986 after chunks of concrete fell perilously close to beach-goers below.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Dianne de Guzman
Certainly photographer Rusty Colby isn't the first to photograph one of Los Angeles' beaches in the rain, but it seems a rarity in our neck of the woods. Not to say that it never rains in Southern California, but to circulate photos of such an occurence? As some tend to say, "It's not good for our rep. " To ignore the rain (and ensuing photos), however, is to ignore an altogether gorgeous type of photography. Colby took this shot on Venice Pier the morning of Dec. 7. "For all the raucousness of the Venice boardwalk, the pier is surprisingly peaceful at that hour of the morning," he wrote in an email.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1988 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Plain as a hunk of concrete can be, the Venice Pier has always lacked the flair of its wooden, turn-of-the-century predecessor, which offered such eye-catchers as the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, the Bamboo Dragon Slide and the galleon-shaped Ship Cafe. Didn't actress Sarah Bernhardt once personally compliment the Ship's chef on his ragout of spring lamb? The Divine Sarah would have been hard-pressed to find that dish at the modern-day pier's hamburger stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2009 | By Robert J. Lopez
Authorities were searching for at least two people who may have been on a vessel that caught fire Tuesday afternoon in the waters off Venice Pier. The U.S. Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Fire Department had dispatched vessels to search for the boaters, authorities said. "We have a witness who saw two people on the boat," said Sgt. Bernie Patrick of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "We no longer know where those people are." The 20-foot boat caught fire about two miles from the pier, authorities said.
NEWS
July 14, 1988 | JAY GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The deteriorating Venice Pier, scheduled for demolition, will get a reprieve while the city attempts to determine whether there is community support to repair or replace the structure, according to Joel Breitbart of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1996
Los Angeles County health officials extended a beach closure to swimmers to include the Venice Pier area Wednesday after testing indicated that bacteria from a sewage spill near Ballona Creek last weekend had spread north. The closure now stretches about 3 1/4 miles, from Venice Pier at Washington Street to Imperial Highway in El Segundo.
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, Times Staff Writer
The 24-year-old Venice Pier at the foot of Washington Avenue will be torn down this year because of major structural problems, city officials said. The city Department of Recreation and Parks has asked for more than $500,000 to demolish the concrete pier that has been closed since November, 1986. The funding request, included in the department's five-year capital improvements budget completed last month, requires approval from Mayor Tom Bradley and the Los Angeles City Council.
NEWS
April 20, 1986 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
A bill that would establish a coastal museum and marine observatory near the Venice Pier to educate the public about the state's shoreline has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee last week approved the proposal by Assemblywoman Gwen Moore (D-Los Angeles) on an 11-1 vote and sent it to the Ways and Means Committee, which has until June to consider it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
A group of girls who spent Tuesday tanning beachside in Marina del Rey assumed the big, snazzy boat they saw must belong to the Coast Guard. A man in a wetsuit guessed the tiered, navy-and-white vessel was a cruise ship - like the one he'd board in a few weeks for his honeymoon. And a guy who sells binoculars from Venice Pier said he'd seen it around for a couple weeks and that it belonged to "some real rich Russian dude. " Longer than a football field and topped with a gaggle of gadgets that looks like a Christmas tree without leaves, the fancy boat moored off Marina del Rey still befuddles some vacationers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2009 | By Robert J. Lopez
Authorities were searching for at least two people who may have been on a vessel that caught fire Tuesday afternoon in the waters off Venice Pier. The U.S. Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Fire Department had dispatched vessels to search for the boaters, authorities said. "We have a witness who saw two people on the boat," said Sgt. Bernie Patrick of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "We no longer know where those people are." The 20-foot boat caught fire about two miles from the pier, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2006
March 31, 1931: About 10 a.m., a dark gray baboon, 4 feet tall, weighing about 100 pounds, broke the lock on its cage at the monkey farm near the end of the Venice Pier. "Maddened by the taste of human blood, its sharp teeth slashing a way through a terrified crowd of pleasure seekers ... a giant baboon attacked two women, a man and a boy ... singling them out of the crowd and cornering them before leaping at them to inflict ugly wounds with teeth and claws," The Times reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2006 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Since taking a pounding from ferocious surf late last year, the Venice Fishing Pier has stood forlorn and empty, its entry blocked by a chained metal gate. Impatient anglers and joggers gaze through the bars of the gate and ask when -- or if -- the structure will ever reopen. City engineers shut the structure in December, just hours before towering surf pounded away a portion of the pier, sending the public bathrooms plunging into the ocean and putting the structure's future in peril.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2005 | Hector Becerra and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
A surfer died and a young man is missing off a boat in Ventura as unusually high surf took a heavy toll on parts of the Southern California coast, including Venice Beach Pier, which will be closed indefinitely while engineers attempt to determine the extent of damage to its concrete pilings. Late Friday, an 18-year-old remained missing after a small boat carrying him and three other family members capsized in rough seas near the mouth of the Santa Clara River, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2005 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Built on a whim by a fantastical dreamer, Venice turns 100 on July 4 -- minus its original canals but with its pop-cultural zest intact. A summer-long celebration will kick off near the boardwalk Saturday with an amped-up Carnevale featuring costumed revelers, music and abstract showpieces from Venice's crowded stable of resident artists.
NEWS
September 22, 1988 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
The deteriorating Venice Pier, closed nearly two years ago, may be saved from demolition, thanks to public support at a city hearing last week. A boisterous crowd of about 150 people, gathered late last week at the Westminster School auditorium in Venice, said the 24-year-old pier should be saved, or, if it is beyond repair, replaced. Study Scheduled "The pier is a metaphor for our survival," said one resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1988 | JAY GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The deteriorating Venice Pier, scheduled for demolition, will get a reprieve while the city attempts to determine whether the community would support repair or replacement of the structure, according to Joel Breitbart of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.
OPINION
October 10, 1999
During the summer of 1935 my family vacationed in the Purser Apartments overlooking Muscle Beach ("Santa Monica Shows Off a Restored Muscle Beach," Oct. 2). It was an exciting place for an 11-year-old, watching the gymnasts, roaming the beach and exploring the forbidden territory under Santa Monica Pier. Our favorite athletic pastime was hitching a ride on the electric trams that plied the boardwalk, hopping on the back scrunched down to keep the driver from seeing us. Muscle Beach was the beginning of the fitness movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1997
The fish have been helping celebrate Saturday's reopening of the Venice pier by "biting like crazy," said Kathleen Chan, pier project manager for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Chan said that El Nino currents, which have made for good fishing along the coast, also have contributed to the pier's resurgent popularity for fishing. Restored over the past year for $4.5 million, the pier had been closed for a decade, but is now open every day from 5 a.m. to midnight.
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