Category Archives: Venice Beach California

Happy 420 Day!


This day  sometimes feels like Venice’s own 4th of July and if you think the waft of smoke couldn’t get any thicker on the boardwalk then you haven’t seen a 420 day Venice-style.

There’s speculation as to where the term 420, in reference to marijuana came from, the most common theory being, 420 was police code for “pot smoking in progress”. Apparently a stoner overheard some cops saying it somewhere near San Rafael, California in the late ’70s and the term stuck.

Since the ’70s, however, the potency of pot, according to the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project, has increased by quite a lot.

In 1978 the average level of THC – marijuanas main psychoactive ingredient – was 1.37 percent. In 2008, it was 8.49 percent.

In 2003 SB 420, commonly referred to as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, was passed and not even the author of the bill remembers the parties responsible for naming it!

While many agree there are benefits to the medicinal use of  cannabis there are concerns for the recreational abuse of the drug.

Do you love it of hate it?  Hit up the forum to discuss.

…oh, and did you know all the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction,” are set to 4:20?



Put it Here – High Five!

When the clock strikes 5:55 p.m. tomorrow, April 16th, The National High-Five Project team will storm Venice Beach Boardwalk in an attempt to give 555 high-fives in under five minutes.

Tomorrow is National High Five Day  and the goal is to give a high-five for every single dollar donated to benefit Action for Healthy Kids.

There will be fun events on throughout the day and  at 5:55 p.m., the biggest moment in high-five history.

The National High Five Project is a non-profit organization that is raises money for Action for Healthy Kids  to combat juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity. Their aim, to instill healthy lifestyle habits in children, with a focus on physical activity and healthy eating, and halt the growing rates of child diabetes and obesity.

Tomorrow,  a high-five can save a life so bring your singles down to Ocean Front Walk and make it rain!


MPG Car Rental in Venice to Offer Tesla Rentals

The Tesla Model S is coming to Venice’s MPG Car Rental.

According to the car rental agency on Lincoln Boulevard, it will begin offering the Tesla Model S for rent at the rate of $375 per day.

A press release published by MPG Car Rental described the Model S as hybrid vehicle with power but perfect for drivers who are ecologically conscious.

The Tesla Model S is known as a vehicle that, unlike the hybrid or traditional automobile, does not emit any exhaust.

Base retail price for a Tesla Model S generally starts at about $70,000, though performance-level iterations of the green vehicle reach the $90,000 to $100,000 range.

MPG Car Rental actually offers many hybrid and electric vehicles for its customers. The Tesla is the rental company’s 19th ecologically friendly vehicle available for rent. Other green vehicles available for rent from MPG Car Rental include the BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Honda Insight, Nissan Lead, Toyota Prius, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI, among others.

According to news reports, MPG Car Rental was the first-ever company to offer the BMW i3 for rent.

More information about the Tesla Model S rental and other vehicles within the company’s fleet can be found at the MPG Car Rental website ( or by calling them at
(877) 870-7821 or (310) 305-0505.

MPG Car Rental is located at 2423 Lincoln Boulevard here in Venice Beach.

Venice Promoter Announces Boxing Championship Opponent

A boxing promoter based here in Venice announced on Aug. 18 a fighter has been named as a mandatory challenger in a world title bout scheduled to take place at some point before Dec. 31, 2014.

Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi was named by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as the mandatory challenger to cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez in the title fight scheduled for later this year.

As a date has not yet been finalized, the location of this world title bout is currently unknown.

The announcement of Afolabi as Hernandez’s mandatory opponent was made by K2 Promotions, which is based in Venice and headed by Tom Loeffler.

Afolabi, a London native who now resides in Los Angeles, sports a record of 23 wins (10 by knockout) against three losses and four draws.

“I’m thrilled to be challenging for the IBF world title. Tom and K2 have done a great job promoting me and putting me in this position and I will take the title from Hernandez,” Afolabi said in a released statement.

Winning a split decision over Firat Arslan on Aug. 16 in Erfurt, Germany, Hernandez has a record of 29-1-0 with 14 knockouts. Arslan’s victory last weekend was his fourth defense of his title.

“We’re excited that Ola is now the mandatory challenger for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship. Ola has proven to be one of the best cruiserweights in the world and we strongly believe that he will bring home the IBF world title in this fight,” Loeffler stated.

The 34-year-old Afolabi, who is managed by Loeffler and K2 Promotions, has fought in 173 rounds of boxing and most recently defeated Anthony Caputo Smith on July 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York. His last defeat was June 8, 2013, against Marco Huck in Berlin, Germany.

A southpaw, Fernandez, 29, reportedly retained his IBF cruiserweight belt after two of three judged scored their respective cards in his favor last weekend in Erfurt, Germany. A Cuban-German, Fernandez has fought all 30 of his fights in Germany. His sole defeat came at the hands of fellow southpaw Wayne Braithwaite in March 2008; Fernandez has since won 15 straight matches, including the interim WBA cruiserweight title in March 2011 and the IBC cruiserweight belt in October 2011.

In addition to promoting Afolabi, Venice-based K2 Promotions has also promoted unified heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, among other boxers. The company states it has promoted the most heavyweight championship bouts in the world during the past decade.

State Senate Shelves Bill Protecting Beach Bonfires

Venice beachgoers who head a few miles south to Dockweiler State Beach to participate in the Southern California pastime of lighting bonfires a few feet away from the shore suffered a little bit of bad news late last week. A State Senate committee in Sacramento voted on Aug. 15 to shelve a bill proposing to protect as many as 700 bonfire rings at California’s beaches, including dozens in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Despite gaining bipartisan support earlier this year, Assembly Bill 1102 failed to gain enough support in the State Senate to come to a full – and favorable – vote before the end of the current legislative session.

Accordingly, the legislative charge to allow beach bonfires to continue will be put on hold until at least the next legislative session.

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) introduced AB 1102 in Sacramento. His district is home to several bonfire rings just off of Pacific Coast Highway at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

However, beach bonfires became an issue – and ultimately a political battle – when the Newport Beach City Council voted last year to remove at least half of the bonfire rings at beaches within its boundaries due to health concerns raised by residents who claim their respective homes were directly impacted by the fire’s smoke.

The Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Sierra Club both opposed AB 1102.

The SCAQMD reportedly wanted to act upon the Newport City Council decision and prevent bonfire rings from existing within 700 feet away from homes.

It is unclear whether any of the bonfire rings at Dockweiler is within 700 feet of any homes. The southern portion of the beach is beneath the flight path of planes taking off from LAX and no homes are anywhere near that lower half of Dockweiler. There are homes abutting the northern half of the beach.

Those reportedly in favor of AB 1102 – and preserving bonfire rings at local beaches – included the California Coastal Commission, the Surfrider Foundation, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the NAACP, and Coastwalk California, among other groups and individuals.