Category Archives: Venice Beach

Venice Braces for Big Waves

Photo courtesy: Steve Christensen


The first of four days of above-average tide levels
began hitting the Southern California coast yesterday, raising the possibility of coastal flooding.

The National Weather Service forecast that the so-called King Tides, the highest astronomical tides of the year, will be seen in the hours just after dawn until at least Friday.

The highest level of the week will be Wednesday, the NWS said, with a level of 7.6 feet at 7:51 a.m., followed by 7.5 feet on Thursday at 8:31 a.m., and 7.3 feet at 9:12 a.m. Friday.

An advisory is in effect in Los Angeles County, with forecasters saying minor flooding is possible during the morning high tide in areas such as Long Beach, Playa del Rey, Venice, and Malibu.

The NWS warned that beach parking lots and nearby streets and structures could be left briefly under water, while stronger rip currents would be present off-shore.

Affected areas were likely to face more severe issues today, with on-shore winds and three- to four-foot surf compounding the impact of the higher tide, according to the NWS.

Orange County’s Seal and Sunset beaches were considered the most
susceptible to localized flooding, the NWS said, while La Jolla, Cardiff, Oceanside, South Mission and Imperial beaches were likely to experience some inundation in San Diego County. A coastal flooding advisory will be in effect in those areas until
Friday morning.

– from CNS

4-month Old Baby Rescued from Burning Boat

Photos courtesy: Venice Paparazzi


Venice residents yesterday complained of the smell of burring plastic in the air after black smoke billowing from a boat burning in the waters off Venice Beach blew in from offshore.

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Smoke from a burning boat billows over Venice Photo Courtesy: Venice Paparazzi

Los Angeles County Fire Department managed to put out the fire onboard the 35-foot boat, after responding to a call at around 3:08pm on Saturday.

Using a Baywatch rescue boat, lifeguards pulled six people,  including the boat owner Gwindael Buchon and his 4-month-old baby, out of the water.

A fire department spokesperson said an ambulance was on standby at the Sheriff’s dock in the Marina. The baby and her mother, Theresa Gandler, where taken to a near by hospital and later released.

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A boat burns in the waters off Venice Beach Photo Courtesy: Venice Paparazzi

The boaters had  jumped from the burning boat into the water, officials said.  The mother held her baby as she jumped, and both went underwater and then came up, LA County Lifeguard, Jon Van Duinwyk told KNBC4.  Duinwyk told CBS 2 News that as the mother and child surfaced he identified himself as a lifeguard and took the baby from her mother. He said he held the baby above his head a he swam to the lifeguard boat.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo said the fire was out by 3:40 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Watch video of the boat owners and parents of the 4- month old talking to CBS 2 News.

6 People Rescued off Burning Boat


LA County fire department has just put out a fire on a 35-foot boat that was burning  in the waters off Venice Beach.  It happened about 200 yards offshore. Emergency crews got the call at around 3:08pm this afternoon after a report that the boat caught fire.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department  used a Baywatch rescue  boat to pull out six people. A fire department spokesperson said an ambulance was on standby at the Sheriff’s dock in the Marina. He also said the boat will likely be towed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Here are some of the photos of the fire fight that have been posted on social media.

Burning Boat 1 Twitter @brook
Photos courtesy: Brook Silva-Braga / Twitter @brook
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Photos courtesy: Brook Silva-Braga / Twitter @brook

Help Badge of Heart Feed Local Families


Venice based charity Badge of Heart aims to feed 500 families this Thanksgiving and they’d like some help with the cause.

“Our goal is to give 500 frozen turkeys to selected families. TheseTurkey Drive
will be distributed through local schools, churches, and also dropped off by LAPD Pacific Division Officers, ” says Officer Ken Lew from LAPD Pacific Division.

Lew was inspired to set up the local charity, Badge of Heart,  after witnessing first hand, through his time as a police officer, the struggle low income families and victims of crime face in Los Angeles.

“This year’s Turkey Drive is a way Badge of Heart hopes to ease the burden on families who face hardship in Venice, Mar Vista, Palms, Del Rey & Westchester,” says Lew.

A $20 donation will buy a Turkey dinner for a family of 4.

“None of this could be done without the help of our community and corporate partners. We would love for you to be a part of our growing family. Everything helps us help others. We are seeking donations in a form of financial contribution,” says Lew.

To donate click here.


The Latest News on the 601 OFW Development


Venice architect Glen Irani held an informal community meeting last night to discuss a proposed new development at 601 Ocean Front Walk on the Venice Boardwalk.

Earlier this year news of the project saw concerned residents gather at the home of Venice local John Stein. Stein, who lead the initial push against the project told Yo! Venice, “Offices don’t belong on Venice Beach. They can go in lots of other places. This is for people who want to go to the beach, who  come from afar, come from inland, that’s what’s at stake here.”

Glen Irani Architects, on behalf of the project owners will be seeking a Coastal Development permit and Conditional Use Permit from the City of Los Angeles. Irani held the evening’s informal gathering to discuss the project with residents in the lead up to going before both the Land Use and Planning committee and the Venice Neighborhood Council board on November 30th and December 1st.

Venice local Henry Hereford, who lives close to the planned development said after the meeting, “It looks like something is going up and this is probably the best option. Glen did a great job trying to answer our questions but is it fair to ask an architect to explain the traffic, construction impacts on the community.We all agree the building looks great but I want to know how my life will be impacted over the potential 18 months of construction. It was a shame that the owner was not there to address the locals issues..maybe he is not a Venice local. There is also no guarantee that the businesses will employ locally.”

Ehron Sidel told Yo! Venice earlier this year, “they’re looking to add 400 people to the neighborhood…adding 400 people to a place where people call a home, I would think it’s going to be a community issue. I don’t know if the solution is full opposition I think the solution is hybrid.”

Sidel also said in June that neighbors not all neighbors were necessarily against the project, “they’re looking at the opportunity to make the project right, as opposed to opposing it.”.

Irani said, “I think as any good architect would do, I want to  take into account what everybody thinks. Which is what the evening’s formal meeting was all about.

Read the original Yo! Venice story here and add comments to the forum here.