Category Archives: Venice Beach People

These posts include video and written interviews with the people who make Venice Beach California interesting!

From Venice Homeless to Calling Venice Home, Meet Ed, Who Made It Back

Ed at PATHCouncilmember Mike Bonin has highlighted the great work that the Venice Outreach Team from PATH, often unrecognized.

Ed, a very successful carpenter, became chronically homeless in Venice after an injury left him unable to work. When the Venice Outreach Team from PATH met Ed, his injuries and health had deteriorated.

PATH was able to connect him with interim housing at PATH’s West LA, and during his stay, he was able to improve his health.

“I am very happy to report that, according to PATH, Ed was able to sign a lease and move into a new apartment. Currently Ed is enjoying photography, and has started a new business in Venice. Congratulations Ed and welcome home!” Bonin said.

Ending homelessness is done one person, one home, at a time.

For more information on PATH, check out their website here.

Councilmember Mike Bonin Calls on Venice Residents to Help with Homeless Count

Local councilmember Mike Bonin has issued a  call for Venice residents to get involved with the upcoming city-wide Homeless Count at the end of this month.

Registration is now open via

This is more than an exercise in mathematics, according to Bonin.

“This census of our unhoused neighbors helps determine how much federal, state and county money Los Angeles gets to provide services and get people off the streets and into housing,” Bonin said.

The exercise also determines which neighborhoods get funding, he explained.

“It is crucial that we get an accurate count so we can end homelessness by moving people into housing and off of our streets, sidewalks, alleys, beaches, and out of our wetlands, forests, and from under our bridges.”

The count is taking place Wednesday January 28 at 8 pm.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority will conduct counts in every neighborhood of Council District 11.

It is easy to sign up online and choose a location and volunteer assignment at

Former Venice councilman Bill Rosendahl presented mayoral proclamation at Relay for Life

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Venice councilman Mike Bonin honored former Venice Councilman Bill Rosendahl with a mayoral proclamation at the American Cancer Society’s inaugural Relay For Life of Mar Vista – West LA on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Rosendahl, who stepped down from his Council seat in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the ureter, was the event’s honorary chair.

Rosendahl praised Bonin, his former chief of staff whom he encouraged to run for his seat when he stepped down to focus on cancer treatment, for his continued support in the fight against cancer.

Rosendahl’s spirit of enthusiasm for life after cancer ignited the crowd of survivors and supporters.

Garcetti and members of the LAPD Pacific Division draped purple-ribboned medals around the necks of participating cancer survivors.

Rosendahl walked the event’s opening survivors lap on the arm of supporters, along with Mark Antonio Grant, special assistant to Councilman Bonin and colon cancer survivor.

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Venice Promoter Announces Boxing Championship Opponent

A boxing promoter based here in Venice announced on Aug. 18 a fighter has been named as a mandatory challenger in a world title bout scheduled to take place at some point before Dec. 31, 2014.

Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi was named by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as the mandatory challenger to cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez in the title fight scheduled for later this year.

As a date has not yet been finalized, the location of this world title bout is currently unknown.

The announcement of Afolabi as Hernandez’s mandatory opponent was made by K2 Promotions, which is based in Venice and headed by Tom Loeffler.

Afolabi, a London native who now resides in Los Angeles, sports a record of 23 wins (10 by knockout) against three losses and four draws.

“I’m thrilled to be challenging for the IBF world title. Tom and K2 have done a great job promoting me and putting me in this position and I will take the title from Hernandez,” Afolabi said in a released statement.

Winning a split decision over Firat Arslan on Aug. 16 in Erfurt, Germany, Hernandez has a record of 29-1-0 with 14 knockouts. Arslan’s victory last weekend was his fourth defense of his title.

“We’re excited that Ola is now the mandatory challenger for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship. Ola has proven to be one of the best cruiserweights in the world and we strongly believe that he will bring home the IBF world title in this fight,” Loeffler stated.

The 34-year-old Afolabi, who is managed by Loeffler and K2 Promotions, has fought in 173 rounds of boxing and most recently defeated Anthony Caputo Smith on July 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York. His last defeat was June 8, 2013, against Marco Huck in Berlin, Germany.

A southpaw, Fernandez, 29, reportedly retained his IBF cruiserweight belt after two of three judged scored their respective cards in his favor last weekend in Erfurt, Germany. A Cuban-German, Fernandez has fought all 30 of his fights in Germany. His sole defeat came at the hands of fellow southpaw Wayne Braithwaite in March 2008; Fernandez has since won 15 straight matches, including the interim WBA cruiserweight title in March 2011 and the IBC cruiserweight belt in October 2011.

In addition to promoting Afolabi, Venice-based K2 Promotions has also promoted unified heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, among other boxers. The company states it has promoted the most heavyweight championship bouts in the world during the past decade.