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Passive aggressive note appears on cars parked on Electric Avenue

This absurdly passive aggressive note appeared in Venice on Wednesday morning on about 30 cars on Electric Ave. between Palms and Venice.

Reddit user kuzkuz who works in the area and posted the photo said this was the first time he’s seen something like this.

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The Reddit user said he had no idea about any sort of impending permits.

“Considering how bureaucratic things like this tend to be I would assume they’re farther away than this note suggests,” the reddit user said. “Venice is a very busy area, parking is always difficult, especially during street sweeping days. Knowing what the parking situation is like should be a concern before moving or accepting a job anywhere. Nobody should be more entitled to a spot than anyone else, whoever gets it first gets it.”

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Venice Beach sunbather run over by County lifeguard truck

A 25-year-old woman was injured on Monday when she was run over by a Los Angeles County lifeguard truck rushing to an emergency scene with its lights and sirens going in Venice.

The collision occurred on the beach in the 1500 block of Ocean Front Walk at 4:24 p.m., said Officer Sara Faden of the Los Angeles Police Department. 

Officials said a lifeguard did not see the woman lying in the sand when he ran her over.

CBS reports her injuries were not life threatening and she was able to give a statement to police Monday night.

An investigation is under way.

This isn’t the first time a sunbather has been run over on local beaches this year. On the morning of May 14, a 49-year-old woman was struck and seriously injured by a county beach maintenance vehicle while she was sunbathing on the Via Marina Peninsula beach, just north of the main channel of the Marina del Rey Harbor.

Stella Launches up the Coast

Stella the Solar Car hits the streets of Venice

Stella, the world’s first energy-positive car, made its West Coast debut and kicked off  National Drive Electric week in Venice today.

Stella is a multi-passenger vehicle equipped with and powered by solar panels that produces twice as much energy as it uses. It won the 2013 World Solar Challenge, birthplace of the storied EV1, which launched our era’s EV resurgence.

Stella was designed and built by students of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

National Drive Electric Week is a free coast-to-coast celebration designed to showcase the fun, convenience, can-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars through EV test drives and related activities.

The fourth annual observance will take place in more than 130 cities in 35 states and abroad.

EV sales just reached their first quarter-million mark in the US.

UCLA is hosting National Drive Electric week with free  public ride-n-drives, Tuesday Sept. 16 from noon-4 p.m. at 365 Portola Plaza, on street just north of Perloff Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles 90095.

Free parking for all attendees in UCLA parking structure No. 3 at Hilgard and Sunset.

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Traffic Officer at Washington and Pacific up for Venice Neighborhood Council Vote

A motion to install a Traffic Officer at  the Intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue will be voted on in Tuesday night’s Venice Neighborhood Council meeting after the Neighborhood Committee voted for the move 12-0-1, Aug. 28.

The intersection is is the gateway to the Venice Pier (to the west), the Marina del Rey and Venice Beaches (to the south and north), the major parking lot south of the Venice Pier, the Venice boardwalk and bike path, as well as being the exit point for all of these attractions.

Marc Saltzberg, on behalf of Neighborhood Committee, is putting forward the motion, “whereas there are scores of restaurants, bars and retail establishments immediately east and west of the Intersection, all of which attract traffic.

“The Intersection is a prime chokepoint for automobile, bicycle, skateboard and pedestrian traffic into and departing from the Venice – Marina del Rey beachfront and environs; and traffic has become unmanageable during busy periods leading to gridlock, congestion, flaring tempers, jaywalking and a host of other traffic violations, significant exhaust emission, fender benders, road rage and general urban distress.

“The Intersection necessarily receives much of the traffic in the area because of the limited number of north and south through streets and no westbound egress because of the “edge of the continent.”

“The combined traffic and resulting bottlenecks greatly restrict access of emergency vehicles and personnel responding to a natural or manmade disaster or other fire/police /medical/infrastructure emergency, thus constituting a clear and present danger to the community.

“The recent tragic lightning-strike fatality and injuries and the vehicular homicide on the Venice Boardwalk along with other common and/or statistically unusual but likely scenarios point out the need for substantially improved ability to evacuate the beach area, while control and regulation of the density of traffic of all kinds in the vicinity of the Intersection are critical for smooth traffic flow.”

The Venice Neighborhood Council Board recommends that the City of Los Angeles station a traffic control officer at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue during summer weekends and Holidays to direct and divert traffic.




Man convicted for 1975 murder of 80-year-old Venice woman

A Los Angeles man was convicted on Wednesday of murdering an 80-year-old woman who was strangled inside her home in Venice nearly four decades ago, when the defendant was a teenager.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about 90 minutes before convicting Dennis Vazquez, 55, of the Dec. 17, 1975, killing of Alice Lewis.

Prosecutors believe Lewis was killed during a residential burglary, according to Deputy District Attorney Guillermo Santiso.

Lewis’ body was discovered about 10 a.m. the next morning by a nurse who took care of her once a week, the prosecutor said.

Vazquez was arrested in September 2009, after a DNA hit identified him as a suspect in Lewis’ killing, authorities said. Vazquez had been required to provide a DNA sample following his April 2009 arrest in an unrelated case.

Vazquez — who was a week away from turning 17 at the time of the crime — lived one street away from the victim. He is facing up to life in prison when he returns for sentencing Nov. 5 before Judge Elden Fox.

A second man, Kevin Michael Shanahan, now 54, was also charged with her murder. Shanahan, who was also 16 at the time of the crime and lived on the same street, was sent to Patton State Hospital after a judge ruled that he was incompetent to stand trial, according to the prosecutor.