Category Archives: Venice Beach News

San Francisco Bans Plastic Water Bottles Sales on City Land, Should Venice Be Next?

San Francisco has become the first city in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property.

“A move that is building on a global movement to reduce the huge amount of waste from the billion-dollar plastic bottle industry,” according to The Daily Catch.

Over the next four years, the ban will phase out the sales of plastic water bottles that hold 21 ounces or less in public places. Waivers are permissible if an adequate alternative water source is not available.

One of the largest supporters of the proposal was the Think Outside the Bottle campaign, a national effort that encourages restrictions of the “eco-unfriendly product.”

Americans use 50 billion plastic water bottles a year, according to an anti-plastic bottle campaign Ban the Bottle, and just 23 percent of those are recycled.

Should Venice be next?

Venice Fire at Windward and Pacific Knocked Down By 36 Firefighters

A fire at a two-story commercial building in Venice damaged one business Sunday night, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No one was injured.

The fire at 52 E. Windward Ave. was reported at 7:43 p.m., said Katherine Main of the LAFD.

Thirty-six firefighters responded and knocked down the flames in 17
minutes, confining the damage to one unit inside the building, she said.

It is unclear what type of business was damaged.

The cause and estimated monetary loss was under investigation, Main said.

Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015 Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015
Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015 Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015
Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015 Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015
Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015 Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015
Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015 Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography
Venice Fire, 52 E. Windward, Sun. Feb 22, 2015
Photo Courtesy: One Frame Photography

Venice pair arrested in apartment for possessing high-end stolen bicycles

Santa Monica detectives arrested two Venice residents in their apartment on Thursday, Feb. 12, after the execution of a search warrant found the pair to be in possession of a handful of high-end stolen bicycles.

As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives from the Santa Monica Police Department traveled to Venice at 2 pm on this day in order to execute a search warrant.

Upon arrival at an unspecified residential building, the detectives entered and immediately noticed a number of expensive bicycles of various makes and models inside the apartment.

The detectives deduced that these bicycles probably did not belong to the residents (suspects) of the building and that the bicycles were most likely stolen or had been used as a form of currency with which to purchase narcotics at the apartment.

The resident did not have any proof of ownership of the bicycles. The detectives arrested the primary resident at the address (identified as William Edward Cook, 51) for possession of stolen property and an outstanding warrant. Bail was not granted for Cook.

A second person that was present during the time that the detectives were present was searched and found to be in possession of narcotics, so the detectives arrested her (identified as Annalissa Giovanna Curzi, 20) for possession of narcotics. Bail was set at $500 for this Curzi.

Want to win $50? Submit designs now for Yo! Venice! print masthead

Mirror Media Group, publisher of yovenice.com, is thrilled to announce the website will have its very own print edition starting Friday, April 3.

The print version will be delivered to Venice homes and businesses every other Friday along with Mirror Media Group’s regional publication called Westside Today (westsidetoday.com), which will attach as a second section to Yo! Venice!.

For each Yo! Venice! print edition cover, the masthead will change thanks to submissions from the local community.

The creator of each masthead that is selected for publication will win a $50 cash prize and the chance to be featured in a profile piece in print and online.

The ongoing masthead competition is now open. Deadline for the first masthead will be March 15.

Specifications:

— Must include the text Yo! Venice!

— Must be 10 inches wide

— Must be between 1.8 and 3 inches tall

— Must be JPEG format

— Must be 300 DPI

— Must include date range (eg. use April 3 – 16, 2015 on entry – winners will be asked to update their masthead design with dates when selected for a specific edition)

— Optional: Your name/website

Email submissions and/or any questions to brenton@yovenice.com.

Abbot Kinney’s Chocolatier Blue Closes as Investor Pulls Out, Media Reports

According to website abbotskinny.com, the fabulous Chocolatier Blue, closed its doors for good Saturday night. Calls to the business were unanswered today.

Abbotskinny reports that Samantha Salamone, head pastry chef/chocolatier who personally cooks up fresh deserts on demand, said, “Due to a major investor in the company pulling out, they have to cut the Venice location. It was a dream job really.”

Chocolatier Blue on Abbot Kinney opened up 7 months ago and was a hit on the busy street.

Salamone said that the closure is heatbreaking for her.

“I just signed a lease down the block and moved here to Venice and now I’m out of a job,” she was reported by Abbotskinny as saying.

So what’s next for the space and Chocolatier Blue? With square foot rent prices in the area topping those of New York City, big bucks will be needed to fill the gap.

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