Category Archives: Venice Beach

Jay Adams pictured in Malibu in June 3013. Courtesy of SteveChristensenPhoto.com

Jay Adams funeral and paddle out next Friday, Saturday

Jay Adams funeral and paddle out will be held next Friday and Saturday.
The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 29 at 11 am at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa 3800 S. Fairview St., Santa Ana CA 92704.
The Paddle Out will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the north side of the Venice Pier at the end of Washington Boulevard at 9 am.
For the Paddle Out, street or lot parking 3100 Washington Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291 (by the Venice Pier).
Venice Beach Music Fest

Angel City Brewery to take part in Saturday’s free Venice Beach Music Fest

Angel City Brewery is heading to the beach for some fun in the summer sun this Saturday, Aug. 23 as a sponsor at the Ninth Annual Venice Beach Music Fest. Later this month on Aug 31, Angel City will lead a community cleanup through the eclectic beach city.

The Venice Beach Music Fest is a free event running from 11 am-7:30 pm at Windward Plaza (1 Windward Avenue, between the boardwalk and the bike path).

The festival features live music, belly dancers, artists, authors, and more.

Musical acts include Roots Collective (multi-genre world beat), The Greg Douglass Band (guitarist from Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison), Jah Faith and The Hashishans (reggae), Zen Robbi (swing/funk fusion), The Untouchables (ska), and The King Brothers (blues).

As part of their involvement in the Venice Beach Music Fest, Angel City will have an interactive table with games and giveaways. Angel City will be available on draft at bars and restaurants throughout Venice, including Danny’s, Venice Ale House, Bank of Venice, Sidewalk Cafe, and Larry’s.

Each month the team from Angel City, along with a great group of volunteers, heads out into an LA community with a mission to cleanup a neighborhood.

This month Angel City has their sights focused on Venice, where they will return on Aug. 31 to do just that.

Participating volunteers will gather at The Venice Whaler at 11:30 am to pick up their volunteer t-shirt, gloves, trash bags and trash pickers.

After the cleanup, the group will head back to the Whaler for some tasty food and Angel City Beer.

Volunteers can register for the cleanup by emailing: Emily@angelcitybrewery.com. Full details about this week’s event can be found here: http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/venice-community-cleanup/

Angel City Brewery is a downtown based brewery featuring a 19-tap bar and serving an ever-changing roster of classic and newly inspired beer.

The bar is open seven days a week with a full calendar of events ranging from weekly industry and trivia nights, to art shows, live music and festivals.

MPG Car Rental announces lowest daily rental in world at $375 per day. (PRNewsFoto/MPG Car Rental)

MPG Car Rental in Venice to Offer Tesla Rentals

The Tesla Model S is coming to Venice’s MPG Car Rental.

According to the car rental agency on Lincoln Boulevard, it will begin offering the Tesla Model S for rent at the rate of $375 per day.

A press release published by MPG Car Rental described the Model S as hybrid vehicle with power but perfect for drivers who are ecologically conscious.

The Tesla Model S is known as a vehicle that, unlike the hybrid or traditional automobile, does not emit any exhaust.

Base retail price for a Tesla Model S generally starts at about $70,000, though performance-level iterations of the green vehicle reach the $90,000 to $100,000 range.

MPG Car Rental actually offers many hybrid and electric vehicles for its customers. The Tesla is the rental company’s 19th ecologically friendly vehicle available for rent. Other green vehicles available for rent from MPG Car Rental include the BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Honda Insight, Nissan Lead, Toyota Prius, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI, among others.

According to news reports, MPG Car Rental was the first-ever company to offer the BMW i3 for rent.

More information about the Tesla Model S rental and other vehicles within the company’s fleet can be found at the MPG Car Rental website (http://mpgcarrental.com) or by calling them at
(877) 870-7821 or (310) 305-0505.

MPG Car Rental is located at 2423 Lincoln Boulevard here in Venice Beach.

bonfire

State Senate Shelves Bill Protecting Beach Bonfires

Venice beachgoers who head a few miles south to Dockweiler State Beach to participate in the Southern California pastime of lighting bonfires a few feet away from the shore suffered a little bit of bad news late last week. A State Senate committee in Sacramento voted on Aug. 15 to shelve a bill proposing to protect as many as 700 bonfire rings at California’s beaches, including dozens in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Despite gaining bipartisan support earlier this year, Assembly Bill 1102 failed to gain enough support in the State Senate to come to a full – and favorable – vote before the end of the current legislative session.

Accordingly, the legislative charge to allow beach bonfires to continue will be put on hold until at least the next legislative session.

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) introduced AB 1102 in Sacramento. His district is home to several bonfire rings just off of Pacific Coast Highway at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

However, beach bonfires became an issue – and ultimately a political battle – when the Newport Beach City Council voted last year to remove at least half of the bonfire rings at beaches within its boundaries due to health concerns raised by residents who claim their respective homes were directly impacted by the fire’s smoke.

The Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Sierra Club both opposed AB 1102.

The SCAQMD reportedly wanted to act upon the Newport City Council decision and prevent bonfire rings from existing within 700 feet away from homes.

It is unclear whether any of the bonfire rings at Dockweiler is within 700 feet of any homes. The southern portion of the beach is beneath the flight path of planes taking off from LAX and no homes are anywhere near that lower half of Dockweiler. There are homes abutting the northern half of the beach.

Those reportedly in favor of AB 1102 – and preserving bonfire rings at local beaches – included the California Coastal Commission, the Surfrider Foundation, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the NAACP, and Coastwalk California, among other groups and individuals.

Pacific Green

Local filmmaker to give free surfing lessons Sunday in Venice

Local filmmaker Gregory Scott is giving free surfing lessons this Sunday, Aug. 17 in Venice at the Rose parking lot lifeguard tower.

Scott is embarking on a journey to surf up the California coast from San Diego all the way to Oregon, giving surf and SUP lessons at the different beaches, for a film called Pacific Green Xtreme.

To kick off the project, he’s hosting a free surf lesson beach party in Venice from noon to 4 pm on Sunday.

He is doing it to expose beach goers who are not surfers to the sport and to give back sport he loves.

Scott gained fame as a five-year-old director and burst onto the entertainment scene, having articles in the likes of People Magazine and appearing on talk shows around world, including Oprah and Arsenio Hall.

He is now a solar panel engineer – he’s designed a portable solar panel to take on his trip and is providing solar power panels for an upcoming music festival in Washington, D.C. – and avid surfer.

Now 28, he is rediscovering his filmmaking youth with Pacific Green Xtreme.

For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/pacific-green-xtreme-a-documentary and www.facebook.com/PacificGreenX?fref=nf.