Gruppioni Family Issues Statement

From Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley:

At the request of the family, Gregory L. Bentley of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP, counsel for the family of Alice Gruppioni, releases the following statement from the family:

The family wishes to express our sincere gratitude for the thoughts and prayers from so many around the world. We appreciate the professional attention and kindness shown by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office while advising us this morning of the impending prosecution of Nathan Louis Campbell.

Alice Gruppioni, Christian Casadei

Newlyweds Alice Gruppioni and Christian Casadei

We also wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to Consul General of Italy, Giuseppe Perrone, for assisting us in expediting arrangements to allow us to bring Alice home.

No words can adequately express the grief and sorrow we are feeling as we mourn the loss of a beautiful person, family member and young bride. Thank you all for your concerns as we begin to search for answers.

District Attorney to Charge Nathan Louis Campbell with Murder

Update: Hetty Chang of NBC tweets: “Nathan Campbell pleaded not guilty. Lawyer says he did not try to kill anyone.”

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office will charge Nathan Louis Campbell with murder today at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Airport Branch. Campbell was the driver of the vehicle that killed 32 year old Alice Gruppioni of Italy and injured 16 others on the Venice Boardwalk on August 3rd.

Nathan Louis Campbell

Nathan Louis Campbell picture via Hetty Chang / NBC

The 38-year-old Colorado resident Campbell will be charged with one count of murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run, said Head Deputy District Attorney Gary Hearnsberger with the Major Crimes Division. The complaint includes the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon, a car.

Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila, who is assigned to prosecute the case, will ask that Campbell’s bail be set at $1.48 million. Continue reading

Councilman Bonin Files Motion for Venice Beach Boardwalk Safety

Councilman Bonin has submitted a motion to the City Council calling for a public safety needs assessment to be completed and for immediate action to be taken to restrict non-essential vehicle access to the most hazardous intersections of the Venice Boardwalk. Click here to read the entire motion.

Picture via @amirlax

Officials survey Ocean Front Walk at Rose 8-6-13. Picture via @amirlax

From Councilman Bonin’s office:

At the first City Council meeting since the tragic rampage that claimed the life of a young woman and injured 16 others on the Venice Boardwalk, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin today introduced a legislative package calling for needed safety upgrades at the boardwalk. Continue reading

Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop Gets Mural From Jonas Never and Bron Theron

The Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop on Abbot Kinney is currently receiving the newest public art mural in Venice, a collaborative work from artists Jonas Never and Bron Theron. Stop by and watch them paint if you are on Abbot Kinney!

Jonas Never and Bron Theron Mural Abbot Kinney

An homage to the popular Craig Stecyk photo of Z-Boy skateboarding pioneer Jay Adams.

Never is known in Venice for his “Touch of Venice” and “Arnold Schwarzenegger” murals. Bron made his name in the Bay Area and Seattle. The mural replaces the one previously installed by the buildings previous tenant, the Glencrest Bar-B-Que: Continue reading

LAPD ‘National Night Out’ is This Evening

The LAPD Pacific Division will host their 4th annual “National Night Out” this evening, August 6th. The event is from 6-9pm at the Mar Vista Recreation Center. Residents are encouraged to meet and interact with their local law enforcement officers at the nationwide event.

National Night Out LAPD

Activities will include a community softball game, BBQ and movie to bring “Police and Community Together” Teams are mixed of all ages and abilities, play uses a 16” softball, a glove is optional and everyone interested gets to play.

Mar Vista Recreation Center
11430 Woodbine Street
Mar Vista, 90066