Massey May Not be Seen in Venice for Awhile …

A. Massey, a well known fixture of the Venice boardwalk, was arrested last week for stealing a surfboard and other property out of a garage near the Westminster dog park on December 11th.

Massey

Massey in happier times.

Massey made multiple trips into the garage at around 8:30 pm., allegedly selling the stolen goods at a highly discounted rate to “others” nearby. The owners of the home have some high quality security cameras, so Massey will likely not be seen around Venice for a little while.

Massey

Massey sees the surfboards, ignores the security camera.

It is believed that Massey had existing warrants at the time of his arrest.

Candles Across America This Saturday

There will be a local gathering for “Candles Across America” to “bring a light to the victims and their families in Newtown, Ct.” at Mar Vista Park on Saturday, December 22nd from 5-6pm.

Candles Across America

Attendees are asked to bring their own candles, Dixie Cups will be provided. Musician Darean Davis will perform songs during the Candlelight Vigil. Musicians are welcome to join in. Attendees can also bring cards, stuffed animals or other gifts which will be sent to the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Candles Across America
Meet at Palms and McLaughlin Ave

Venice Art Crawl Honors the Memory of Figtree’s Café Victoria Barcelona

From Patty Tedesco:

On Thursday, December 20th, The Venice Art Crawl will honor the memory of Victoria Barcelona. Owner of Figtree’s Café, Vicky was always involved in the Venice Art Crawl. The event this month will offer a wonderful opportunity to continue Vicky’s legacy and support the arts.

Victoria Barcelona

Victoria Barcelona

Figtree’s Café will present the work of Nick Busco, Scott Tansey, and Peter Padmapuzzo Thompson at this special December Venice Art Crawl.

Nick Busco
Nick Busco

A music photographer, Nick Busco has toured the country photographing legends in the music industry. Continue reading

Local Man Killed by Marijuana Smugglers

Terrell Horne III, a crew member of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Halibut based out of Marina Del Rey, died December 2nd from injuries sustained while conducting maritime law enforcement operations off the California coast. He was killed in the line of duty while attempting to apprehend smugglers in the waters near Santa Cruz Island. He leaves a wife and three lovely small children living in Redondo Beach.

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III

I attended Terrell’s memorial service. Throughout the ceremony I struggled to reconcile how, on one hand three children lost their father because he was trying to stop an illegal activity – smuggling pot into the United States from Mexico – while at the same time, a bunch of people in green pajamas are selling pot on the boardwalk in Venice, openly and notoriously, under the legal fiction of helping sick people.

The community at large rightly has varying opinions regarding what the law should be regarding the sale, transportation, and use of “illegal” drugs. But, the questions remains . . . how many more children are going to be orphaned in this country and in Mexico before we reconcile our morass of conflicting laws, federal, state and local, on this issue? I feel like we are all to blame for this.

John Betz
Venice Beach

Sand: Science, Art and Life

I injured my shoulder a few weeks ago and have had some sleepless nights as of late because of it. Last night my “can’t sleep” theme was “sand”. I learned a lot about sand and many other things along the way!

1st up: An awesome German guy with a microscope and more than 200 sand samples from around the world made a video of his samples and put it on the internet. Check this video out, very cool!

The next video features Pete Donnelly, the “sand dancer” from New Brighton. He creates amazing works of art in the sand! Check this video out, very cool!

The last video is “A Grain of Sand”, a full length documentary featuring Brendon Grimshaw that is about life, death, material things and “ownership”, the rat race, eco-tourism and quality of life. What an amazing man! Continue reading