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Mirror Media Group acquires Yo! Venice!

Mirror Media Group, the Westside’s largest local media company, has acquired

Yo! Venice! website founder Bret Haller, 45, died of pancreatic cancer earlier this year on April 9.

The transaction between Mirror Media Group president T.J. Montemer and Bret’s brother Eric was finalized Tuesday at the MMG offices.

“Mirror Media Group is very excited to acquire and feel it will be a major and much needed addition to our Westside family of media products,” Montemer said. “Even though Venice makes up only 1 percent of LA’s population, the city, its people and its culture are a major part of our identity as a regional community and definitely one of the prized jewels of the Westside.” will remain strictly all about Venice and will be transformed into a print version that will hit the streets, homes, and businesses mid-2015. already has very high traffic coming from Venice locals and the surrounding communities with an average of 78,000 user sessions per month, bringing the total traffic of the Mirror Media Group digital network to approximately 250,000 unique visits per month.

Mirror Media Group will take over operations of the site as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  Eric Haller, will continue as site moderator for the foreseeable future and will work closely (as will other former staff/contributors) with Mirror Media Group to continue the vision that Bret Haller created and that the community of Venice deserves.

Mirror Media Group is publisher of the Santa Monica Mirror, Westside Today, Brentwood News, and Century City News with a total circulation of more than 100,000 home delivered newspapers.


Lightning Strike Causes Injuries, 1 Death

We were exiting the 10 Freeway at Lincoln when we heard a MASSIVE thunderclap, which apparently caused a number of injuries. This is a breaking story so we will update as more details come in, or report what you saw in the forums.

UPDATE 10:30 AM 7/28/2014: The Santa Monica Mirror reports that the Coroner has released the name of the swimmer who died yesterday, 20 year-old Nick Fagnano.

UPDATE 6:13 PM: KABC reporting on air that one person has died at the hospital.

UPDATE 4:58 PM  LAFD Alert reports that, of 8 people transported and treated, 1 adult transported in grave condition, and 1 adult transported in critical condition, 6 in fair condition.

UPDATE 3:53 PM: LAFD Alert system reports now 9 people total transported to the hospital from the scene.

UPDATE 3:40 PM : We spoke with Katherine Main, spokesperson for LAFD, details are still coming in:

2:21 LAFD was called to 3500 Ocean Front Walk, and treated and transported 8 patients, 7 adults, one 15 year-old.  LAFD is evaluating an additional patient, and LA County Lifeguards are searching the water for a possible additional person.


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Water Main Breaks (Again) on Carrol Canal

Nick Antonicello just sent in this photo from the scene where a water main broke last night on the 200 block of Carrol Canal. Reports are that it was the same 6″ pipe that broke May 11, 2012 (covered here at Yo! with photos by Ray Rae).  Approximately 100,000 gallons of water poured onto the street before the water was shut off. A 3 foot segment of the pipe was replaced and water was restored this morning, and KCBS reports that the replacement of 1000 feet of this line has been given priority on their schedule. KABC posted some vid of the flooding last night, and Nick got this shot of reporter Q McCray filing the report:



NPR: At Venice Beach, Rich, Poor And Middle Class Coexist

A new radio piece from NPR’s “All Things Considered” released today discusses the benefits to economic mobility of living in an area with a wide mix of household income levels. It also discusses the challenges and pressures that Venice faces to maintain that mix going forward.

Economists say lower-income Americans are better off when they live in an area with a diversity of income levels. NPR’s Kelly McEvers reports on an area with a wide range of economic diversity, California’s Venice Beach.