Category Archives: Venice Beach People

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

Venice Resident and LA King Willie Mitchell

Donna over at Zingara noted that in a recent New York Times article about the LA Kings, it mentioned that all but one of the team live in Manhattan Beach. That one would be Venice resident, and one of the Kings’ best penalty killers, #33 defenseman Willie Mitchell (@Willie_Mitch33). Here’s a blog dedicated to photos of Willie’s adventures with the Stanley Cup (our favorite) to get everyone in the mood for Game 5 tomorrow night.

Remembrances of Phil Raider, Venice Activist

Reta Moser over at Triangle Update has compiled some remembrances of Venice activist Phil Raider, who passed away June 2. As well, she published an obituary (brief excerpt below) that Rick Feibusch (Venice Watchdawg) shared with us in the forum.

Phil Raider (January 25, 1948 thru June 2, 2014) long-time Venice resident and activist passed away Monday and was buried Tuesday.  He is survived by his wife Roberta and his two daughters, Shannon and Jennifer Karan.

Phil served as secretary of the Venice Neighborhood Council in 2005-6, and was on the Land Use and Planning Committee where he served as secretary, 2003-4.

Councilman Mike Bonin adjourned the City Council meeting Tuesday in honor of Phil. Linda lucks said she will dedicate the board meeting on 17 June in his memory before the swearing in of the new board.