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Police ask for public’s help regarding Oceanfront Walk fight

Los Angeles police asked for the public’s help today in identifying several men recorded on video while fighting on Oceanfront Walk in Venice.

Several men were seen fighting near Westminster Avenue Tuesday night, prompting several calls to police that some Venice activists say were ignored.

Video of the brawl, in which one man may have been hit with a skateboard, was posted on the website Venice311.

Police, however, said they found no evidence of fight when they arrived, and asked for help in identifying the men.

Anyone who knows the men or knows where to find them was asked to call detectives at 310.482.6313.


Venice Chamber monthly mixer at Pacific Jewish Center tonight

Pacific Jewish Center opens its doors to host a Venice Chamber of Commerce mixer tonight, Aug. 27 from 6-8 pm.

Rabbi Eliyahu Fink along with PJC members, warmly invite Chamber members along with guests to enjoy an evening of stimulating conversation and business networking.

Immersed in an environment filled with tradition, the Chamber encourages attendees to explore and learn more about the PJC community.

The Venice Chamber of Commerce mixers are the fourth Wednesday of every month with great venues, food and drink and a dynamic group of members.

The Pacific Jewish Center is located at 505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice 90291.

The cost is $5 (members), $10 (First time, prospective members), and $20 (non-members).

To RSVP or for more information, call 310.822.5425 or visit www.venicechamber.net.

High surf

Huge surf to batter Venice beach through Friday from Hurricane Marie

High surf generated by Hurricane Marie will batter California’s coast starting today, raising fears of some flooding and powerful
rip currents through Friday and creating “extremely dangerous” conditions for swimmers and surfers, forecasters said.

The surf will begin rapidly developing along south-facing beaches late this morning and increase this afternoon, according to a National Weather Service advisory.

It will peak this afternoon through Wednesday, then slowly diminish but remain strong enough to meet high surf advisory criteria through Friday, it said.

“There is the potential for damaging and life-threatening surf across south- and southeast-facing shores of Los Angeles and Ventura counties,” warned the advisory. “These areas will potentially see the largest surf seen in recent years, with breakers of 10 to 15 feet possible.

“Surf this large will have the potential to cause structure damage and significant beach erosion,” and low-lying areas “may experience some minor coastal flooding near times of high tide,” the NWS said. Tables indicate tides will peak at 6.7 feet at 2:17 p.m. today and 6.6 feet at 2:12 a.m. and 2:44 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition, very strong rip currents and longshore currents will
likely create extremely dangerous and life-threatening conditions for anyone,” the NWS warned.

The high surf advisory will be in force in several counties north and south of Los Angeles, including Orange County. But Los Angeles and Ventura counties “will likely see the largest impacts of this powerful surf event,” according to the NWS advisory.

An NWS high surf advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Friday in L.A. County.

The NWS warned that the surf event starting today “will create extremely dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.”

Additionally, it “has the potential to produce structural damage to
piers and beachside property as well as significant beach erosion,” according to the advisory. “Sneaker waves can bring unexpectedly large waves across rocks and jetties near the water’s edge and suddenly inundate beaches.”


Venice restaurants to receive beverage coasters promoting rip current awareness

To promote ocean safety and remind beachgoers of the dangers of rip currents, the Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association (LACoSLSA) has created an awareness campaign targeting local restaurants.

The organization will be distributing 20,000 drink coasters to restaurants throughout the beach cities of Los Angeles County during the months of August and September. The coasters provide education on how swimmers can safely escape from a rip current.

Among the Venice establishments: The Whaler and On The Waterfront Cafe. Other local restaurants include Patrick’s Roadhouse, O’Brien’s, The Galley, Finn McCools, and Moonshadows.

“This summer, in particular, we’ve all become aware of how treacherous the ocean can be at times,” says Chris Linkletter, President of the LACoSLSA. “These coasters provide important information that beachgoers can use to ensure they have a safe day at the beach.”

The campaign, a co-branding effort between Spy Optic and the LACoSLSA, marks the first community outreach by the newly formed LACoSLSA.

It is expected to be the first of many such agreements with local businesses to promote open water safety education.

More than 20,000 coasters will be distributed to restaurants from Coral Cantina and Duke’s in Malibu to Captain Kidd’s and all the Hennessey’s Taverns, and numerous restaurants throughout the areas of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey and El Segundo.

The list of participating restaurants continues to grow. Additionally, each lifeguard tower in the County and each section headquarters will receive the coasters with the public service message.

“We are delighted that Spy Optic is collaborating with the Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association to provide important and potentially life saving information to thousands of restaurant patrons,” said Michael Marckx, President/CEO of Carlsbad-based Spy Optic. “It underscores our long tradition of supporting notable community groups, especially those associated with the ocean.”

The original rip current artwork was developed through a Sea Grant project in collaboration with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the USLA (United States Lifesaving Association).

The LACoSLSA is a California public benefit corporation organized in March and created to promote beach and open water safety education for public safety personnel. It will also support programs, events and initiatives that foster public safety awareness in open water environments.

Every dollar donated to, or raised by, the LACoSLSA is used to support Junior Lifeguard programs, for the purchase of training equipment and maintenance, and to create and distribute open water safety educational materials aimed at the public, beachgoers and public safety personnel.

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