Category Archives: Neighboring Communities

These posts are about what’s going on in our neighboring communities.

Share Lost Pets on Yo! Venice


More pets go missing in America on July 4th than on any other day of the year. While we’re having fun watching fireworks and playing beer pong our furry friends are often hiding out, certain that Independence Day the movie is a real thing.

“Nostragreatdaneus said 2012 was the end of the world but it’s actually July 4th” said Scruffmonster the Jack Russell Terrier. Well she might have said that, or she was just yelling at a passing skateboarder.

Scruffmonster and the Clops
This dog knows where to go when she’s lost, straight to a police horse!

But, whatever!

The point is dogs will go missing today and we can all band together to reunite fur babies with their humans.

Feel free to use the forum to post pictures and spread the word by sharing the link on Facebook and Twitter. If you @YoVenice and we can retweet it.



Man Stung by Stingray at Venice Pier


A man survived being stung by a stingray while fishing off the Venice Beach Pier overnight.

Reeling in the stingray just after midnight on Saturday, the man was stung by the stingray’s barb while trying to remove the fish hook.

Paramedics rushed to the scene after the man started to experience heart pain and numbness on his left side.

Typically regarded a docile fish stingrays will use their barbs as protection when threatened. Non-fatal stingray attacks occur most commonly in shallow waters when a swimmer might accidentally step on a stingray nestled in the sand, hiding from predators.

Stingray venom, a potent mix of neurotoxins, enzymes, and the neurotransmitter serotonin, acts by restricting smooth muscle contraction and slowing blood circulation.

Fatal stingray attacks are extremely rare. However, in 2006 Australian wildlife expert, Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter” died while filming a documentary “Ocean’s Deadliest”, after being stung in the chest by a stingray barb.

Beach Clean Up on Sunday

Locals, who have experienced enough July 4th’s in Venice know that the Beach can be left a bit of a mess after the holiday revelers leave, have got together to organize a beach clean up this Sunday.

The Cinco de Julio beach clean up is a quick 1 hour event planned to give both Venice and the Marina Peninsula Beaches a quick tidy up.

“As great as the day on the beach is, the morning of the 5th is a hot mess with red solo cups and broken bottles everywhere.” event organizers Ran Craycraft and Lonna MSpit wrote on Facebook.

Volunteers will meet at The Venice Whaler on Washington at 9am and then head out for an hour of clean-up along Speedway and the beach.  Brunch and drinks back at the Whaler will follow the clean up.

Anyone interested in joining the group can click here for the Facebook event page, alternatively just head to the Whaler, 10 W Washington Blvd., Venice, this Sunday morning at 9am.

July 4 Fireworks: Marina del Rey, Culver City, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Pacific Palisades

While there are no official professional fireworks in Venice on July 4, Venetians can find a vast array of nearby shows to attend this Saturday!

Marina del Rey

Celebrate in the marina with a 20-minute pyrotechnic fireworks display presented by the famed Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. At 9 pm explosives are shot from a barge across the marina’s main channel, mirrored by the harbor below. Spectators may watch the display and listen to synchronized music on KXLU 88.9FM, also playing over loudspeaker throughout Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way. For more information, visit

Culver City

The 2015 Culver City Fireworks Show will be held on the grounds of West LA College, 9000 Overland Avenue. Gates open at 4 pm. In addition to fireworks, there will be live music, food trucks, contests and more. Carpooling to the event is strongly encouraged. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door in addition to parking fees. All proceeds from the show are returned to the community in the form of grants and scholarships to local organizations and deserving students. For more information, visit

El Segundo

El Segundo’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place beginning at 10 am in Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon Street. There will be food, games, contests, and music. There also will be live music starting at 5 pm. The fireworks will begin at 9 pm. To buy wristbands for grandstand seats and resident priority seating, call 310.524.2700. For more information, visit

Redondo Beach

There is a major show at the Redondo Beach Pier that will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment at Seaside Lagoon. Gates open at 2 pm with many activities for kids and families including live bands, arts/crafts, workshops, water activities, dancing, food and beverage and more. Fireworks show will begin at 9 pm, choreographed to patriotic music.

A full list of planned fireworks shows in Los Angeles County is available online at

Pacific Palisades

The 8th Annual Palisades Rocks the Fourth will be held at Pacific Palisades Charter High School on July 4.

This concert and fireworks show is slated to be the bigger and better than ever. Featuring a wide range of the finest local amateur and professional entertainment, the lineup includes the Westside Troubadours featuring Tom Freund, Adam Topol, and Friends. Later in the evening, the Pali High Concert Band and Palisades All-Stars will perform.

The concert will be capped in breathtaking fashion by the famous Pacific Palisades fireworks pageant, presented by Pyro Spectaculars. Gourmet food trucks will be on site, from Baby’s Badass Burgers, Dogtown Dogs, Cool Haus, India Jones Chow Truck and more. Gates open at 5 pm and fireworks go on at 9 pm. For more information, visit

Love Wins – Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal


Victory today for the gay rights movement after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal across the United States.

There are 14 states in the US that currently ban same-sex marriage. Today’s ruling means these bans will no longer be enforceable.

Councilmember Mike Bonin said, “Today is a historic day – a truly great day for our country and I share in the happiness and love that now reaches every part of America.”

“Love wins.” said Bonin

Writing the majority opinion in the 5-4 decision Justice Anthony M Kennedy said the plaintiffs asked “for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.” Kennedy said “The Constitution grants them that right.”

Celebration erupted outside the court in Washington DC. The decision ending more than 10 years of bitter legal battles.

“Just over a decade ago, marriage equality was legal nowhere in the United States. Today, my husband Sean and I celebrate a breathtaking decision that affirms the right to marry nationwide.”

President Barack Obama said the ruling was a “victory for America”.

“Thank you to those who fought the struggles that blazed this path — those who fought against racial discrimination, for immigrant rights, and for equality for women. And thank you to those who continue the struggle — against bullying and hate crimes; for employment nondiscrimination; for transgender equality; for the civil rights and for the very lives of our sisters and brothers facing brutality, torture, and death in other nations. And thank you to those who join the struggle for equality and social justice for everyone.” said Bonin