Private Security for Venice – Is it an Option?

Business owners along Washington Blvd met last night at Westside Global Awareness Magnet Elementary School.

While news crews lined Washington and Pacific the media was locked out. Only YoVenice! was able to gain access.

Business owners discussed ideas for future improvements that would benefit not only businesses but residents in the surrounding in the area.

The meeting had been planned weeks before but the timing coincided with the attack on Cows End owner Clabe Hartley.

Hartley, 72, was pulled to the ground by a homeless man, his fingertip bitten off. Hartley said over the years violence has been increasing in the area “I don’t want to confuse people like this, they call themselves travelers, do not confuse them with the truly needy homeless people” he said.

Kelly Ott, an ex stuntman for Chuck Norris, was at Cows End when the altercation went down. He was one of the patrons who rushed to help Hartley. He also agreed with Hartley that Venice has a problem with increasingly violent homeless “There are these radical, aggressive, professional vagrants. That’s how they make their living”

Hartley is interested in exploring the idea of employing private security to help deter violent vagrants from the area “It’s not the problem that the LAPD don’t try to do something about it but a lot of our laws restrict them, handcuff them, from being proactive.”

A spokesperson from United Guard Security said that the goal of a private security contractor is to “work to assist LAPD, not replace them.”

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Cow’s End Cafe owner has fingertip bitten off by transient

Clabe Hartley. Photo courtesy Venice Paparazzi
Clabe Hartley. Photo courtesy Venice Paparazzi

Jonathan Lemons has pleaded not guilty to biting off the fingertip of Cow’s End Cafe owner Clabe Hartley.

The  31 year old transient was arrested shortly after the attack about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the cafe at 34 W. Washington Blvd., said Lt. Joseph Sanchez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station.

Lemons was transported to the 77th Street Station after booking to be held at a station with a medical dispensary, Sanchez said.

Hartley, 72, said the suspect told him, “I’ll kill you,” when Hartley tried to stop him from harassing customers.

Hartley said the man, described as a transient, then came at him. Cafe patrons helped stop the attack.

Venice local Kelly Ott, who used to work as Chuck Norris’ stunt man said he grabbed the man from behind “He was clawing at Clabe’s eyes” said Ott “I got him in a hold from behind and then everyone, the man, Clabe, and I fell to the ground” This is when Ott noticed blood all over his arms, he looked up to see “blood spurting out of Clabe’s finger”

The suspect spit out the fingertip, which could not be reattached. He then tried to run but Ott chased after him, eventually holding him at knifepoint “He was crazy strong, I couldn’t hold him but when he saw the knife he calmed down and I was able to flag down a passing Police cruiser”

He was booked on suspicion of aggravated mayhem, a felony, police said.

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Saturday Night Grunion Run


The Venice Oceanarium will celebrate tonight’s Grunion Run with a beach party at the Venice Breakwater directly down from Windward Ave. The party will start at 11pm, a peak time to watch the Grunion, a small fish from the Spelt family, spawn.

The California Department of fish and wildlife say most people can’t believe their eyes when they witness their first Grunion Run.

A female fish will surf a wave into the shoreline and dig a nest in the wet sand with her tail, twisting her body until she is half buried with her head sticking up. She then deposits her eggs in the nest and male fish will wiggle around her, fertilizing the eggs.

Spawning only takes 30 seconds but some fish remain stranded on the beach for several minutes as they await a ride out on the next wave.


Grunion spawn for four consecutive nights following the full and new moons and while the season runs from March through August and occasionally February and September, April and May are it’s peak months.

To fish Grunion you will need a license and must be older than 16 to obtain this. You can only use your hands, not dig holes or use buckets and you are limited to taking only what you need.

Grunion Fishing season is closed throughout April and May.

Despite all the fish you may see tonight, the Grunion population is not abundant.

Jumper On Roof in Marina del Rey


Deputies and a high angle rescue team have prevented a man from jumping off a roof in Marina del Rey.

The man was standing on the roof of the Esprit apartment complex. A giant airbag was inflated on the ground below as a precaution but the rescue team was able to talk the man down.

Marquesas Way was blocked just after 4pm today and traffic diverted away from the area.

Silicon Beach Guides Venice Art Crawl


The Venice art community took over last night and a special addition of the Venice Boardwalk App played guide to the Venice Art Crawl.

Tina had trekked all the way from the valley to the event “It was worth the trip, it’s fun!” she said. She and her friend had downloaded the app and were following the map off her iPhone to the next exhibition.

Westminster was closed at Abbot Kinney for a street party and the revelry got loud thanks to a drum circle and live music.  Actors from iO West, Second City and Groundlings performed improv at the Canal Club and businesses along Abbot Kinney, turned pop-up art galleries, hosted a constant stream of ‘crawlers.

Built by locals, Evan White and Mason Lee,
after a Venice Neighborhood Council meeting with Tom Elliot (of the
Venice Ale House and Bank of Venice), the Venice Boardwalk App is now back to displaying its regular Venice attractions and special deals, including 10% off at Green Goddess. Hey, what would a Venice app be without a Kush discount!

Before you think it’s something just for tourists there are special deals locals won’t want to miss. South End at Abbot Kinney and Washington are offering 14% off and a free bottle of wine for groups of 5 or more, Venice Ale House has $5 beer specials and Menotti’s Coffee Stop at Windward Circle has a limited number of free drinks to give away.

Venice Boardwalk App

Get the free app for your iPhone or Android

Or text the word VENICE to 444-999.

…and then get to Menotti’s for that coffee before the deal runs out.

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