Category Archives: Venice Beach News


Burglar who caused woman to escape to roof, charged

A Los Angeles man was charged today with breaking into the home of a Venice woman, who escaped by climbing onto her roof.

Christian Broyles Hicks, 29, was scheduled to be arraigned this
afternoon at the Airport Branch Courthouse on one count of first-degree burglary with a person present.

Hicks allegedly broke into the woman’s residence while she was home on Wednesday morning, prompting her to flee to the roof and call police, who quickly arrested him.

The criminal complaint alleges that Hicks was convicted in 2008 of
carrying an unregistered loaded handgun and in 2011 of corporal injury to a spouse, cohabitant or child’s parent.

If convicted as charged, he faces up to eight years in state prison,
according to the District Attorney’s Office.


Venice home invasion: Half-clothed woman flees to roof to escape intruder

A half-clothed woman climbed onto the roof of her home in the 200 block of Windward Avenue in Venice on Wednesday morning while trying to escape from an intruder.

According to NBC, the woman was sleeping when the suspect broke into her home. The suspect was quickly detailed and led away in handcuffs around 7:15 am; a police officer used a fire ladder to rescue the woman.

Video courtesy Tony Vera.

Click here to read more on the incident on NBC.

Blue Bottle Coffee opened its doors in Venice today. (Twitter/@BlueBottle_LA)

Blue Bottle Coffee opens on Abbot Kinney

Blue Bottle Coffee is slowly expanding from its Oregon and Northern California home bases as its second Los Angeles location opened today on the bustling Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Blue Bottle will of course be brewing its signature espresso drinks and single-origin drinks, as well as its popular New Orleans Ice Coffee, which can also be bought in milk cartons. Baked goods from Brentwood’s Farmshop will be available for purchase in addition to Blue Bottle’s own cookies, though the pastry menu is set to grow in variety over time.

A feature unique to the Venice location is a huge LED light installation that fades in color according to the sunrise and sunset: the lights will start transitioning into various colors around 6 am as employees file in to start the day and start to fade around 7 pm.

Blue Bottle’s Venice shop is located at 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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Epic Fail Closeup

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.

Epic Fail

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.”

Venice beach.

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.