Stay Safe for Super Bowl Weekend

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Authorities in Los Angeles and Orange counties today
reminded Southlanders that law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for people driving drunk on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail
will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game.

“Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Los Angeles County
sheriff’s Capt. Scott Johnson. “All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice, drink or drive, but never do both and please remember, if your decision is to drink, drink responsibly under any circumstance and designate a sober driver.”

In Orange County, the sheriff’s department’s will deploy roving DUI
saturation patrols throughout the weekend. “This is a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown, so drive sober or get pulled over,” said Orange County sheriff’s  Deputy Manuel Cruz.

From 7 p.m. today through 3 a.m. Saturday, DUI saturation patrols will be deployed in Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills and Aliso Viejo.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ‘Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk’ campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.

The California Office of Traffic Safety ‘Designated Driver VIP’ mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.

Launched last year, the app offers various features, including allowing designated drivers to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area, or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout the state.

People using the app will be offered free incentives at each bar “to
celebrate their life-saving role,” officials said. Also through the app, for those who want to drink but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb, all from one screen.

Operations such as these are funded through grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Woohoo! High Surf Advisory

Photo Courtesy: Steve Christensen Photo

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Surf’s up!

A high surf advisory is in effect until Saturday morning. A long period west-northwest swell which originated across the central Pacific Ocean is expected to bring high surf to portions of southwestern California.

A beach hazards statement remains in effect through Friday evening. Dangerous rip currents and waves are expected due to elevated surf. Waves 4 to 6-feet with local sets to 8-feet on west  facing beaches are expected.

Remember if caught in a rip current swim parallel to shore until you are free of the powerful current. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Always swim near a lifeguard and and never swim alone.

Man Charged with Marina del Rey Shooting Pleads Not Guilty

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Cameron Anthony Frazier was arrested on  Jan. 18 by members of the FBI Fugitive Task Force outside his residence in Vista. Yesterday afternoon the 21-year-old San Diego man pleaded not guilty to capital murder.

Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty against  Frazier, who has been charged with the the Jan. 6 shooting death of 17-year-old Kristine Carman in the parking lot of a Marina del Rey shopping center.

He also faces a special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery. Along with the murder count, Frazier is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree robbery.

The victim lived in Houston, Texas, and was saying in Marina del Rey, visiting relatives. She was shot to death during a robbery attempt while she sat in an SUV with two other people at the Villa Marina Marketplace mall, according to Deputy District Attorney Keri Modder.

Following the shooting, the person behind the wheel drove across the parking lot, stopping in a parking space outside a Panda Express, where Carman was ultimately found dead.

Police have repeatedly declined to comment on a CBS2 report that the shooting may have been prompted by an attempt by Kristine Carman’s sister, Lacey Carman’s, boyfriend to sell two pounds of marijuana.

Yo! Venice has heard Carman’s boyfriend may have linked up with Frazier using an App designed to sell medicinal marijuana.

Writing on Facebook Lacey Carman said she was the one driving the SUV and that, “my sister was just murdered in front of me in a robbery gone wrong.” She wrote that her sister was, “beautiful, smart, and undeserving” of the tragic death continuing to write, “I pray that God is real and holding my sisters hand right now. I pray that you never have to feel this pain or this self loathing.”

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Lacey Carman of Marina del Rey set up a gofundme.com campaign to turn her dead sister’s ashes into a gemstone

The day after her sister’s murder Carman set up a campaign on gofundme.com  hoping to raise enough money to turn her sister’s ashes into a  gem stone.

The campaign has since changed to raised funds to fly Kristine Carman’s body home to Texas and help cover funeral costs.

Her mother writing on the page, “Thank you all for your support and prayers for my daughter Kristine.If you all could say an extra prayer tonight that her murderer gets the death penalty and for justice to get served to him as she was innocent and taken from those who loved her and needed her.”

Frazier is being held without bail. He is due back at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles on March 2, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.

Kuehl Calls Out Coastal Commission

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Unhappy with recent decisions by the California Coastal Commission to limit public access at Broad Beach and sign off on a five- house compound proposed by U2 guitarist David ‘The Edge’ Evans, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl has added her voice to those accusing some commissioners of “drifting” from a commitment to uphold their mandate.

The Coastal Commission is considering dismissing Executive Director Charles Lester and has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Feb. 10 in Morro Bay.

Calling Lester a “strong environmental steward,” Kuehl questioned the motives of the commissioners. “This move is widely seen by those concerned with protecting California’s coastline as part of a larger attempt on the part of some members of the commission to weaken enforcement of the Coastal Act,”  Kuehl said in a motion for the Board of Supervisors. Saying the commission had increasingly allowed development out of conformance with its mandate, Kuehl urged her colleagues to send a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, state legislative leaders and each Coastal Commissioner asking them to retain Lester and to “recommit themselves to protecting California’s coastline and beaches for the public.”

The Coastal Commission is governed by 12 voting and three non-voting members, each appointed by either the governor, the speaker of the Assembly or the Senate Rules Committee.

Commissioner Chair Steve Kinsey, in comments to the The Point Reyes Light, said the move followed a performance review in December and was not motivated by development issues.

“There is understandable fear that this is being driven by developers wanting to undermine the Coastal Act, but the reality is more complicated,” Kinsey told the coastal community newspaper.

Several commissioners have complained about Lester’s leadership, citing projects that have been unnecessarily delayed and poor management, Capitol Weekly reported. A spokeswoman for the Coastal Commission said that as of today, roughly 14,000 pieces of correspondence had been received on the matter and two of them called for Lester’s dismissal.

– from CNS

Venice High School Celebrates Top Seniors – VIDEO

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Top students are recognized at the 31st Annual Academic Jackets of Excellence Awards and Luncheon

Venice High School celebrated their top seniors at a luncheon last Friday presenting each of the students with a special Jacket of Excellence at the 31st Annual Academic Jackets of Excellence Awards and Luncheon.

“Today is an exciting day for us, we’re here to honor our seniors who have outstanding academic accomplishments,” said Venice High School Principal Dr Oryla Wiedoeft.

Senior Class President and Jacket of Excellence recipient Simon Greiner said the 35 students were being honored for their “high GPA’s and class involvement throughout the school.”

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Venice High School celebrates top seniors

Sponsored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, the luncheon first took place in 1965. Over the years 1,200 jackets have been awarded to graduating seniors who have achieved high levels of excellence.

Venice Chamber of Commerce Executive Director  Donna Lasman says the Chamber proud to be able to support schools in the Venice community through work done by Joelle Dumas and the Education Committee.

“The Jacket of Excellence awards at Venice High School recognizes students who excel academically, and who are active in sports, clubs and the community. These students are on their way to becoming college graduates and future leaders. We are honored to be a part of this amazing event,” says Lasman.

Yo! Venice congratulates this year’s honorees…

Joshua Alaie

Hagar Hassan Ali

Mariam Aly

Daniel Anderson

Tanapat Apornprapha

Wendy Arce

Sara Smith Babakhyi 

Jeny Bannon

Catherine Barrie

Ashley Briones

Maina Cioni

John Covarrubias

Corynn Craig

Alexander de la Cruz

Ugyen Dorji

Simon Greiner

Iris Jacobs

Laura Johnson

Mellia Kanani 

Emily Kang

Emily Lui 

Benjamin Melechin

Merlyn Miano

Jocelyn Morales

Lauren Moy

Karina Orozco

Ine Richards

Miranda Robinson

Andrew j. Selvo

Anika Troeger

Graciela Trujillo

Blake Wakasa

Yesenia Vargas

Jennifer Vazquez

William Yi

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