Category Archives: Venice Beach


Venice storage facility fire extinguished after 14 hours

Eight firefighters were injured battling an intense, 14-hour-plus fire at a storage facility Venice that was finally put out just before 10 a.m. today.

The fire was declared out at 9:56 a.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters remained there, pumping out water, looking for hot spots and removing belongings and merchandise stored in the building, a few blocks east of Venice Beach.

The blaze was reported at 7:37 p.m. Saturday at Extra Space Storage, 658 Venice Blvd. Arriving firefighters found black smoke billowing from the two-story facility, Humphrey said. The bulk of active flame was controlled within six hours.

One firefighter suffered a back injury and heat blisters, and two were slightly burned. The other injuries were heat exhaustion, as the confined spaces, concrete walls, steel doors and metal ceilings confronted firefighters with blast oven-like heat in contained spaces.

Belongings locked behind steel doors in hundreds of upper-floor storage units were igniting due to the heat, forcing firefighters to use diamond-tipped rotary saws to open dozens of locked metal doors, firefighters said.

“Firefighters battled until they were low on air and had to exit to get new air bottles, then rejoined the fight,” Scott said. “Continual waves of additional firefighters were repeatedly ordered.”

As the fire fight continued, Venice Boulevard remained closed to traffic between Abbott Kinney and Lincoln boulevards.

The building’s metal roof hampered vertical ventilation efforts and caused the fire to burn extremely hot. Firefighters used diamond-tipped rotary saw blades to cut through the structure’s walls amid dark and smoky conditions, Scott said.

Late Saturday, firefighters took up a defensive posture, pouring water on the flames from outside the building, Scott said. More than 300 firefighters were battling the blaze.

“We do not anticipate that business patrons will be able to safely access their private storage units until Monday,” Humphrey said.

Burglary Warning

LAPD issues Hot Prowl Burglary Warning for Venice

LAPD Pacific Area continues to see Hot Prowl (victim is in home) Burglaries. Most occur when residents leave windows or doors open/unlocked. Stolen items include smartphones, laptops, jewelry, car keys, and a garage clicker.

They have issued a directive:
2. Don’t leave valuables unattended near open windows.
3. Install and use an alarm (wireless systems sold online do not require permanent installation).

Four bicycles were reported stolen. Two were left unlocked in a underground parking garage.

1. Lock your bicycles, underground garages are not safe.
2. Lock your bicycle in an area where you can keep an eye on it, thieves continue to bypass some locks.
3. Keep your bicycle’s info (serial #)/picture to give police. Without this info it is difficult to recover stolen property.

#PredictivePolicing locations
Ocean Front Walk/Rose
Windward/Park Row

High Surf

Tropical Storm Simon pumps up surf along beaches

Tropical Storm Simon is pumping up the surf in Southern California, with waves rolling in at 6-8 feet.

A high surf advisory issued by the National Weather Service will be in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The swell is out of the south, and water temperatures are 66-72 degrees.

With the big waves come increased risks of rip currents.

Some coastal flooding is possible in low-lying areas, such as Long Beach and Seal Beach.

Orange County surf will be slightly smaller, 4-6 feet with sets up to 10 feet. The biggest waves are expected north of Carlsbad.

Sen. Ted Lieu

“Meet Ted Lieu Luncheon” in Venice registration

Venice Chamber of Commerce has opened registration for their “Meet Ted Lieu Luncheon,” Wednesday Oct., 15.

Organized for Chamber members, the event promises to  be “an informative lunch meeting” with State Senator Ted Lieu to find out the “latest information on topics that affect businesses at the state level.”

There will also be an opportunity to voice concerns during a question and answer period.

Venice Chamber of Commerce is inviting attendees to share their thoughts on how the State of California can further support people who operate businesses in the Venice area.

The luncheon will be held at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Avenue.

Tickets are $25 for Chamber members.

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Doccupy Film Series Sunday: Police State USA

Doccupy kicks off its 2014 schedule with, “Police Militarization and Surveillance,” Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 pm.
“Given how the recent events in Ferguson MO have transfixed the nation we couldn’t think of a better way to start our 4th season,” organizers said.
John Ralphling, National Lawyers Guild
Teka-Lark Fleming, The Blk Grrrl Show
Dan Factor, LA Defense Attn.
“We will explore national and local ramifications with solutions and strategies provided as always. “

“We are once again graced with a VNC grant to help finance these gatherings of concerned citizens.”

A quality free meal will be provided to the community before the event.

The event will be help at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Lodge Ave, Venice.

“Come early and meet your neighbors over some healthy grub.”