Category Archives: Venice Beach

Coastal Clean Up Day

Volunteer at Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, Sept. 20

Local environmental group Heal the Bay is asking residents to join the world’s biggest single-day volunteer event — the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day — this Saturday, Sept. 20.

As part of a global effort, tens of thousands of concerned citizens in Los Angeles County will link to remove harmful and unsightly trash and debris from more than 50 coastal and inland sites, an area that spans close to 100 square miles.

Since 1990, Heal the Bay has coordinated the county’s Coastal Cleanup Day, mobilizing an army of volunteers from 9 am-noon to canvass beaches, parks, creeks, lakes, highways and alleys to remove ocean-bound trash and beautify neighborhoods.

Last year, more than 11,000 volunteers collected nearly 24,000 pounds of debris in Los Angeles County. Worldwide, 684,000 volunteers in 92 nations amassed nearly 12.3 million pound of debris in a single day.

Cigarette butts, food wrappers and bottle caps remain the three most common items found by Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers.

Among the unusual items found in the sand by Heal the Bay volunteers at last year’s event: a beekeeper’s comb box, a 35-pound car battery and 120 pounds of rolled-up carpeting.

Heal the Bay seeks volunteers of all ages and physical abilities; no experience necessary. Site captains will organize a diverse mix of individuals, families, neighborhoods, community groups, schools, faith-based groups, sports teams and businesses.

No special training or equipment is necessary. But in a bid to reduce waste even further, Heal the Bay encourages volunteers to “BYO” — bring their own buckets, reusable bags and gloves to pick up trash.

To sign up, visit

Traffic Officer at Washington and Pacific up for Venice Neighborhood Council Vote

A motion to install a Traffic Officer at  the Intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue will be voted on in Tuesday night’s Venice Neighborhood Council meeting after the Neighborhood Committee voted for the move 12-0-1, Aug. 28.

The intersection is is the gateway to the Venice Pier (to the west), the Marina del Rey and Venice Beaches (to the south and north), the major parking lot south of the Venice Pier, the Venice boardwalk and bike path, as well as being the exit point for all of these attractions.

Marc Saltzberg, on behalf of Neighborhood Committee, is putting forward the motion, “whereas there are scores of restaurants, bars and retail establishments immediately east and west of the Intersection, all of which attract traffic.

“The Intersection is a prime chokepoint for automobile, bicycle, skateboard and pedestrian traffic into and departing from the Venice – Marina del Rey beachfront and environs; and traffic has become unmanageable during busy periods leading to gridlock, congestion, flaring tempers, jaywalking and a host of other traffic violations, significant exhaust emission, fender benders, road rage and general urban distress.

“The Intersection necessarily receives much of the traffic in the area because of the limited number of north and south through streets and no westbound egress because of the “edge of the continent.”

“The combined traffic and resulting bottlenecks greatly restrict access of emergency vehicles and personnel responding to a natural or manmade disaster or other fire/police /medical/infrastructure emergency, thus constituting a clear and present danger to the community.

“The recent tragic lightning-strike fatality and injuries and the vehicular homicide on the Venice Boardwalk along with other common and/or statistically unusual but likely scenarios point out the need for substantially improved ability to evacuate the beach area, while control and regulation of the density of traffic of all kinds in the vicinity of the Intersection are critical for smooth traffic flow.”

The Venice Neighborhood Council Board recommends that the City of Los Angeles station a traffic control officer at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue during summer weekends and Holidays to direct and divert traffic.



High Surf

High surf, dangerous rip currents along coast as high surf advisory issued

A moderate southerly swell will begin generating high surf and dangerous rip currents along Southern California’s coast today — threats that will persist through Monday, forecasters said.

Minor coastal flooding is also possible and may occur during evening high tides between Saturday and Monday, the National Weather Service forecasters said.

A high surf advisory will be in effect in Los Angeles County until 6 p.m. Monday. A less severe beaches hazard statement will be in force in Orange County until Monday night.

“There is a high risk of rip currents on all area beaches today and tonight,” an NWS statement said, adding that the risk will recur Sunday and Monday. It added that breakers of 4 to 7 feet are likely this weekend.

“While this upcoming surf event will not be nearly as powerful as the one produced by former Hurricane Marie, it will bring a high risk of rip currents, sneaker waves and has the potential to cause additional beach erosion,” the NWS said.

In Los Angeles County, the most heavily affected stretch of coast will involve beaches from Long Beach through the Palos Verdes Peninsula, including Cabrillo Beach and Point Fermin, as well as Malibu and Zuma beaches.

“The large surf and strong rip currents will create dangerous swimming and surfing conditions,” warned an NWS statement. “Sneaker waves can bring unexpectedly large waves across rocks and jetties and suddenly inundate beaches.”


Captain arrested after sailboat runs ashore at Venice Beach

The captain of a sailboat was arrested after his craft ran aground and began to capsize at Venice Beach early this morning, authorities said.

The sailboat ran aground between the Venice and Santa Monica piers around midnight, said Sgt. G. Montoya of the sheriff’s Marina del Rey Station.

Los Angeles police officers arrived first and helped four people get from the boat to shore, said Lt. Marco Munoz of the LAPD’s Pacific Station.

“The captain of the boat was possibly under the influence so we notified the sheriff’s Marina del Rey Station,” Munoz said.

Montoya confirmed the captain was arrested on suspicion of driving a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The sailboat was left along the surf line until the captain could make arrangements to have it removed, she said.

Jay Adams pictured in Malibu in June 3013. Courtesy of

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).