Grand Theft Auto is on the rise in Venice.
Senior Lead Officer Kristan Delatori said, speaking at the Venice Neigborhood Council meeting on Tuesday that “GTA’s are on the rise” and that LAPD Pacific Division has found that cars are not always taken by force.
“What we’re seeing in some cases is that people who share tandem parking spots are leaving their keys in their car to make it easier to move cars around” said Delatori “It’s mostly the case that someone has got into the car to look for loose change or other items of low value and then they see the keys and end up taking the whole car”
Delatori spoke of the importance of not leaving valuables in a car where thieves can see them and would therefore tempted to break in. It’s the old adage “Out of sight out of mind” holding true and while it’s nice to be a good neighbor Delatori advises not to leave your keys in the car.
Locals may be familiar with Charlie, a Los Angeles Police Department horse that is sometimes seen around Venice Beach.
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who scrawled graffiti on Charlie on Tuesday while he was working a crime suppression detail
The silver-colored graffiti was removed from the hind quarters of the horse, which was from the Mounted Division of the LAPD’s Metropolitan Division.
Anyone with information about the suspect was urged to contact detectives at the LAPD’s Pacific Division at (310) 482-6313. After-hours calls can be made to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
A Venice Neighborhood Yard Sale featuring an epic 85+ homes will take place this Sunday, April 26, from 9 am to 3 pm.
The sale is hosted by local realtor Laurie “Tiny…but Mighty!” Woolner.
The starting point for maps and information is 2136 Walnut Ave.
To register: WoolnerGroup.com/YardSale.
A zoning hearing is underway at the West Los Angeles Municipal Building regarding the La Fiesta Brava location at 423 Rose Ave., Venice.
The 20 year old family owned business is facing the end of an era.
Applicant Bruce Horwitz is requesting change of use from the existing market and deli to a restaurant with a covered patio and outdoor dining which would serve a full line of alcoholic beverages within the 8:00am to midnight hours of operation.
A purpose of today’s hearing will be to gauge public opinion towards the project.
A big issue for locals in the area being parking, and alongside the re-zoning consideration the hearing will look at proposed parking options. If it where to be approved the new restaurant would be required to provide a total of 18 parking spaces on the site. At today’s hearing those speaking in support of the project will present an alternate parking layout of 11 spaces, another 4 spaces credited as non-conforming and to make up the final 4 required spaces an alternative of 16 bicycle stalls will be considered instead.
There is a petition inside La Fiesta Brava for locals who are interested in preserving this piece of Venice history.
The Venice Neighborhood Council last night voted in favor of a motion to support topless sunbathing on Venice Beach.
The motion proposed that because “Venice was founded and designed around the European culture of Venice, Italy” and because Venice Beach has always been a “safe haven for liberal views and free expression” that topless sunbathing should be allowed.
Speaking in support of the motion Venice Neighborhood Council Community Office Melissa Diner said the motion was important for equality and that women should be“…afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless”
Historically topless sunbathing has been allowed on Venice Beach but it was made illegal in the mid ’70. After a photographer came and took pictures and these images spread around the world and Venice was inundated with a special kind of tourist.
Venice Neighborhood Council President Emeritus Linda Lucks spoke saying she remembers fully clothed tourists standing crowds deep along the grass photographing the topless sun bathers.
Crowd control became such a problem for LAPD that topless sunbathing was made illegal.
Lucks said reintroducing topless sunbathing on Venice Beach would only work if there were a blanket approval across all city beaches, otherwise once again Venice could become a spectacle.
Venice Neighborhood Council Representative to DWP Dede Audet spoke suggesting that Venice could benefit from the legalization of topless sunbathing saying “…many government workers will be willing to trade work cycles to work at the beach”
While many in the room supported the motion most agreed it important to consider whether American culture would accept topless sunbathing. In Europe and on many Australian beaches topless sunbathing is accepted however these cultures tend to shun those who make a spectacle of it rather than objectifying those who choose to sunbathe without the negative side effects of tan lines.