Category Archives: Venice Beach News

Meet Against Meat – Protest Scheduled in Venice


Cafe Gratitude founders, Mathew and Terces Engelhart, have enraged Vegan activists who say they  feel betrayed Mathew Engelhart is now eating meat.

Los Angeles CBS 2/KCAL 9 reported that about a year ago Englehart had shared a photo of himself eating his first hamburger in 40 years. The meat had come from one of the cows on the Engleharts  Northern California farm.

A demonstration  was held outside of the chain’s Larchmont Restaurant. Word is protesters plan to rally at Café Gratitude in Venice tonight.

Watch the CBS 2/KCAL 9 story here:


Venice Local Coastal Program Open House Event


Tomorrow, Wednesday May 27th, the City Planning Department will host an open house at Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, to offer information about the Venice Local Coastal Program.

Aiming to identify issues of community concern in the Venice Coastal Zone, the event is hosted by the Department of City Planning with support from the California Coastal Commission and open to all.

The Open House is drop-in style.  Attendees are free to come at any time between 7-9:30 p.m. and stay for as little or as long as they like.

Venice Local Coastal Program Open House Event
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: 1010 Abbot Kinney, Venice 90291

Crash Slowing Traffic on Venice Blvd


A crash involving a black Range Rover and a white sedan on Venice Blvd., at Glyndon has slowed eastbound traffic to one lane.

Emergency services are at the scene. Venice resident Henry Hereford said he saw a woman on the side of the road crying. “It was a pretty horrific crash. The Range Rover was up on the sidewalk and the sedan is badly damaged. The passenger side is done in and the axle is broken,” said Hereford.

Anyone driving east up Venice Blvd in the next hour of so may want to use an alternate route, taking Rose Ave, Palms, or Washington  Blvds.

Person in Wheelchair Killed on Lincoln

Picture Courtesy: Bill Stringfellow Twitter @mobillyze


A person in a wheelchair was struck and killed while crossing Lincoln Blvd on Wednesday afternoon.

Traffic was shutdown on Lincoln “both ways between and Vernon Pedestrian Fatal Lincoln April 13 Twitter Courtesy Bill Stringfellow Twitter mobillyzeand Rose” according to Venice local Bill Stringfellow.

Stringfellow tweeted a picture of the scene. Police had set up a tent on the road.


The driver of the car remained at the scene. No charges were laid.

LAPD Commission Says Glenn Shooting Unjustified


Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck wants a police
officer who shot and killed an unarmed homeless man in Venice to be criminally prosecuted for what’s been ruled an out-of-policy shooting.

The determination that the shooting was unjustified was made by the Los Angeles Police Commission at its meeting on Tuesday, April 12. The police panel backed a determination by Beck that LAPD Officer Clifford Proctor acted outside department policy in using lethal force against 29-year-old Brendon Glenn.

In January, Beck announced he had recommended that Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey file charges against Proctor, calling the shooting a “criminal act.” The May 5, 2105, shooting came amid a strident national conversation about police use of force, particularly against black men. Glenn was black, as is Proctor.

After reviewing video, witness accounts and other evidence, LAPD
investigators determined Glenn was not trying to take either Proctor’s gun or his partner’s weapon, according to the chief. Proctor’s partner told investigators he did not know why the officer opened fire.

In his report to the commission, Beck found there was no evidence to independently show there was a “perception that a deadly threat was present.” Based on surveillance footage from a nearby bar, “at no time during the incident can Glenn’s hand be observed on or near any portion” of one of the officer’s holster, or that the officer was trying to push away Glenn’s hand from the holster, according to Beck’s report.

Lacey’s office has yet to make a determination on if it will file
criminal charges against Proctor, according to District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison. Los Angeles County prosecutors have not charged a law enforcement officer for an on-duty shooting in 15 years, regardless of the circumstances.

Proctor’s attorney, Larry Hanna, has defended his client’s decision to shoot, telling the Los Angeles Times the officer saw Glenn going for his partner’s gun, even if his partner may not have realized it. Although a security camera captured the events leading up to the shooting, Hanna said both of Glenn’s hands could not be seen for the entirety of the recording.

Hanna accused LAPD brass of making a “political decision,” saying the chief spoke too early about the case last year when he publicly questioned Proctor’s actions just hours after the shooting. But the attorney said he believes Lacey’s office will “make the right decision” and decline to file charges against the officer. Mayor Eric Garcetti has urged prosecutors to review the case “with the utmost gravity.”

“No one is above the law, and whenever use-of-force crosses the line, it is our obligation to make sure that principle is upheld,” he said. “Our officers perform heroic work every day, work that often goes unheralded. But accountability is fundamental to the trust that needs to exist between our officers and the people they serve and maintaining that trust is essential to keeping our neighborhoods safe.”

– from CNS