Young Woman Assaulted Outside Townhouse on Windward Ave

2 black males in their mid to late 20s are wanted by Police after officers responded to a 911 call at 9pm Thursday night. The caller saying an assault with a deadly weapon was in progress in Venice.

Brooklyn Smith, 16, and her boyfriend were attacked in the street on Windward Avenue at Speedway. Smith beaten over the head with a skateboard.

Smith says that while walking back to her car from the skatepark with her boyfriend, she was recognized from an incident that happened the month before.

In videos circulating on social media  an angry mob is seen rushing at Smith, yelling ” Go home!”

A witness can be heard on the video saying ” She just cracked her head open” as one of her attackers appears to king hit while she lies helpless and screaming on the ground.

After the attack Smith was rushed to hospital in a serious condition, her jaw was broken and skull cracked. She is now recovering from surgery.

There is an open investigation “We are still trying to determine whether or not the attacks are gang related” LAPD said.

Help Clean up Centennial Park…without leaving your desk

Venice locals have started a petition to rejuvenate Centennial Park.

Originally designed to be a green neighborhood gathering space and sculpture garden, the park dividing North and South Venice Blvd has gone un-used and landscaping has declined.

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The petition is to show the Venice Neighborhood Council on April 1, that Centennial Park has the support of locals and deserves to receive a Community Improvement Project award to rejuvenate the landscaping of Centennial Park and surrounding the Venice Library.

Sign the petition here.

Ocean Front Walk Rampage

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nathan Louis
Campbell, 38. Campbell is charged with murdering a honeymooning Italian woman, Alice Gruppioni, 32, and injuring more than a dozen others after he drove his car onto the Venice Boardwalk on a busy weekend  in Summer 2013.

Gruppioni’s family is suing  the city and county of Los Angeles saying they failed to provide adequate protection for pedestrians on the crowded Boardwalk.

“The City and County knew that upwards of 15 cars were driving on the Boardwalk every day — that is simply unacceptable from a public safety standpoint,” said Attorney Gregory L. Bentley.

Attorneys for the family state the boardwalk was in a “dangerous condition” when Gruppioni was fatally struck by Campbell’s car. She died later in hospital.

Since the tragedy the council erected plastic bollards and some more permanent signs as a deterrent for other drivers who may drive onto the boardwalk accidentally, or otherwise.

OFW Boardwalk

Tsunami Test Warning Today

As part of Tsunami Preparedness Week, officials plan to conduct a statewide tsunami warning test this morning.

The test ensures coastal communities, including Venice and Marina del Rey, can be successfully alerted of the potentially deadly waves.

The test is scheduled for 10:15am this morning and will be broadcast on radio, television stations, and weather radio networks.

Ken Kondo of the Los Angeles County Office
of Emergency Management said the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are responsible for testing the warning system.

800 parking spots in Venice to provide real-time data on ParkMe app

A smartphone app that guides drivers to open parking spaces is being expanded to Venice today.

The ParkMe app will give real-time data on the hours, costs and availability of 800 parking spots in Venice. The app is also in use in the city of Santa Monica.

The app was created by Santa Monica-based ParkMe in collaboration with Xerox and uses data provided by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

“From sensor-based infrastructures to proprietary algorithmic models, we are looking forward to a deeper expansion that will bring intelligent parking solutions to an even wider audience throughout the nation,” ParkMe COO and co-founder Alex Israel said.

“With success in Las Vegas, Miami Beach, and Austin, ParkMe is creating a streamlined city traffic model by empowering drivers with smart information,” he said.

David Cummins, senior vice president of Xerox, said “this solution goes beyond just making parking easier.”

“The ability for people to access up-to-the-minute information cuts emissions and helps cities improve traffic flow,” he said.

The ParkMe app is one of several similar apps — including Parker and Parkmobile — now available to drivers in Los Angeles, city officials said. It adds to the coverage area of the LA Express Park program, which uses parking meters sensors, offers real-time parking data and sets prices based on demand in a 4.5 square mile area in downtown Los Angeles.

“ParkMe is one tool in a growing toolbox of technology-driven projects that are making parking easier in L.A.,” said Councilman Mike Bonin, who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee.

“I’m excited to see Parkme help people find spots in Venice, which will save drivers a headache and will reduce traffic in neighborhoods when people no longer need to circle the block looking for a spot,” he said.

Information about the app can be found at http://www.ParkMe.com.

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