Category Archives: Venice Beach

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Letter to the Editor: Anatomy of a Venice home invasion

Dear Editor,

On April 8 of this year, around 4:30 am, a transient living in Venice was crazy on drugs, yelling at the top of his lungs “he has a gun,” on Horizon Avenue near Riviera.

Several residents were awakened by his loud ravings and called the police. The police did not respond to several calls, the police said, since it was just another drug addict acting out in Venice.

A young mother of two in a duplex was awakened and went down her stairs to  investigate. She heard the transient yelling at the top of his lungs and then  heard noises that she thought came from him fighting with someone in the street. As she descended her stairs she realized that he was trying to kick in her front door.

She grabbed her 5- and 7-year-old children and fled down the back stairway to her neighbor’s on the first floor, from where she called the police, while the intruder climbed the front stairs

Not being able to kick down the door, he had broken the glass plate in the top of the 100-year-old door and dove through it, cutting himself extensively in the process.

She could hear that he was momentarily stopped by a child guard at  the top of the stairway, but he got past it and proceeded to go into the young woman’s living room and then into the bathroom, which he demolished and in the process covered it in blood.

He ripped both pedestal sinks off the wall, which the police later told the resident would have taken Herculean strength and indicated he was on probably PCP.

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The bloody mess left following the Venice home invasion. Supplied to Yo!Venice!

Quickly realizing that they were not safe downstairs, both single moms fled with their children to a neighbor’s across the street who offered them sanctuary.

From the time she called the police to the time the police entered her apartment, 25 minutes elapsed.

The police and emergency medical personnel surrounded the duplex and then  entered the house. They found the transient fighting with a shower curtain on the floor of the bathroom, drenched in his own blood. It took six cops and EMTs to subdue him and carry him to a waiting ambulance.

The transient had a criminal record in Idaho. He is not from California. He is to be confined in a mental hospital for at least one year.

The young woman’s in-laws, who owned the property, sold it. The young woman has moved to a new residence that has three doors to pass through before one can enter the home.

She and her oldest daughter have PTSD and are both in counseling; the young woman could not sleep for the first month after the break-in.

This is the sixth home invasion in our small neighborhood that I know of since April.

And Traveling Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer (AKA The Poodle), Councilman Bonin (AKA The Homeless Advocate) and Chief Charlie Beck (Well, we can’t arrest our way out of this mess in Venice) are doing precisely what to stop the next home invasion in Venice by transients that continue to be allowed to camp on Venice Beach, on 3rd Street and on Venice Boulevard?

Mark Ryavec, Venice


Venice resident, 26, identified as man killed in Inglewood shooting

The coroner’s office today released the name of the man fatally wounded in Inglewood by a gunman who fled the scene.

The victim was 26-year-old Walter Dorsey III of Venice, said coroner’s Investigator Kristy McCracken. An autopsy was scheduled for today.

Witnesses reporting hearing several gunshots in the area of Manchester and Crenshaw boulevards about 8:35 p.m. Thursday. They said they saw a person running away from the area.

The victim, now identified as Dorsey, was then seen running across the street and collapsing on the sidewalk, according to the Inglewood Police Department. Officers saw the victim lying on the sidewalk, unresponsive from an apparent gunshot wound.

The man died at a hospital about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

Inglewood police detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting attack to call them at (310) 412-5240.

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Venice Neighborhood Council Board To Meet Monday, Dec. 15

The December Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting is scheduled for this Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 pm at the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Note the change from the standing third Tuesday of the month meeting date.

The agenda includes Board request of a Cumulative Impact Study to update environmental analysis last initiated for the 2004 Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan, discussion on a City Short-Term Rental motion, several neighborhood improvement requests and residential Land Use permit applications.

Key Agenda Items:

–  Cumulative Impact Study (update environmental analysis last initiated for the 2004 Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan)

–  City Short-Term Rental motion

–  Creation of an Ocean Front Walk Free Expression Advisory Board Ad Hoc Committee

–  Neighborhood Improvement Projects including:

*      Windward Plaza Pavilion

*      Pagoda Beautification

*      Traffic Signal Box Art Program “The Power of Art”

*      Venice Beach Ice Rink

There is no charge to attend this meeting. It is open to the public. Public comments are encouraged.

A detailed agenda is available online at and at the Abbot Kinney Library, 501 Venice Way, and Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.

The VNC normally holds it regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month and may also call any additional meetings in accordance with its By-Laws and the Brown Act. Snacks and coffee will be provided at the meeting.

Westminster Elementary School Auditorium is located at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice CA 90291 (enter from Westminster).

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Venice rainbow brightens sky as rain record broken

Venice photographer Ray Rae Goldman snapped these photos of a rainbow on Friday after a drenching of rain.

Many daily maximum rain records were set across Los Angeles on Friday, including 1.47 inches of rain at LAX – breaking the old record of 0.65 inches set in 2011.

The rainbow seen from Venice Boulevard. Photos by Ray Rae Goldman/Venice Beach Photos
The rainbow seen from Venice Boulevard. Photos by Ray Rae Goldman/Venice Beach Photos

To see more of Goldman’s photos, visit

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Online petition launched: “Venice Needs More Cops!”

Venice resident Kevin Collins on Friday created a petition that’s headlined “Venice Needs More Cops!”

Collins said the petition will be delivered to eight officials, including LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and area L.A. councilman Mike Bonin.

Collins writes:

Many of our neighborhoods in Venice are under siege. Increasingly, we are becoming victims of crime in our own homes and on our sidewalks. We are imploring you to help.  Please support the request of our Councilman Mike Bonin, and grant us additional LAPD resources.  In the past several months, there have a rash of burglaries, assaults, and increasingly brazen home invasion robberies committed by criminals who hide among the increasing transient population in Venice.  Venice Beach is an open air drug market. Some of our residential streets are becoming toilets. We understand the City’s hands are ties by Lavan and Jones and Desertrain, but we need more police to strictly and aggressively enforce the rules they can enforce.  Venice needs more cops. Venice needs more police enforcement. Venice needs it now. And Venice needs it desperately.  Councilman Bonin has repeatedly requested more police, but LAPD has not listened.  There is no sign Venice has received additional resources. The problems seem to be getting worse in the neighborhoods near Venice Beach.  We implore you — WE NEED MORE COPS.  When similar problems happened downtown, LAPD assigned significantly more resources. When similar problems happened in Hollywood, LAPD assigned a permanent detail of dedicated officers. Venice deserves the same treatment.

Click here to sign the petition.