Category Archives: Venice Beach

New Year’s Day water main break in Venice under investigation

A six-inch water main in Venice ruptured New Year’s Day and utility crews had to restore service to about 50 customers, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The cast iron main broke around 6:40 p.m. at Victoria and Superior avenues, said utility spokeswoman Gale Harris.

Crews shut off the water and said it would take up to eight hours to restore the service to LADWP who were affected, she said.

The break, which did not cause any damage to the street, was still under investigation, Harris said.

It’s unknown as of this time how much water was lost, she said.


New Year’s Day Tradition: Penguin Club Ocean Swim returns to Venice Beach

Give your New Year a cool fresh start with an ocean swim on Venice Beach this Thursday, Jan. 1!

Join the Penguin Club at 11 am to sign up for the free event; the swim begins at noon where Venice Blvd. meets the ocean.

Free snacks and hot drinks will be provided courtesy of the Sidewalk Café.

Commemorative t-shirts will be available for $10.

The Penguin Club hosts its annual Ocean Swim on New Year's Day in Venice. Photo Courtesy
The Penguin Club hosts its annual Ocean Swim on New Year’s Day in Venice. Photos Courtesy

Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ), a Masters swim club, now runs the event.

Cecelia Kilger, a Los Angeles transplant, began the tradition in 1952.

As a child, she swam in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan.

After getting caught in the surf off Playa del Rey, she got a tip to try the Venice Beach backwater area.

There, she found other swimmers, and they met up throughout the year.

One lifeguard suggested they start an informal club, and in 1960, the group became official.

Since then, the “Penguin Club” has kicked off the year with an ocean swim.

It is dedicated to Cecelia, who died at the age of 94 in 2002.

Participants can choose between courses: one for people who swim for fun, and another for those who want to compete.

Everyone will receive a certificate, but the fastest male and female swimmer in the competition course are crowned prince and princess.

Longtime event organizer Mary McGurk selects the king and queen from the amateur course.

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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.

Home invasion
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.