While I typically don’t chime in on these issues, this particular project has prompted an unprecedented amount of emails regarding how the developer is fast-tracking the project and bypassing community input. I don’t know much about it, but there is an online petition from a handful of locals that would like your help in making sure the project goes through proper neighborly due-diligence. You can find it here! http://www.change.org/petitions/lupc-stop-full-license-restaurant-bar-with-take-out-beer-wine-sales-at-320-sunset-avenue-venice
More Opposition To Venice Hyper-Development. Fast-Track Project On Sunset Whizzing Through Process w/o Community Outreach
Marina Del Rey Sheriff’s Station Wants to Invite the Community to a SAFESHRED Fundraising Event
DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 8am – 1pm
Ladera Shopping Center, 5315 West Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles 90045
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and SAFESHRED invite you to bring your bags and boxes of personal documents for document disposal. Mobile shredding trucks will shred and dispose of documents on site. Law enforcement representatives will be there to offer tips on how you can protect yourself against identity theft.
* Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station polices the unincorporated communities of Ladera Heights, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica Bay, View Park and Windsor Hills:
Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
13851 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Community Relations: www.MDRRelCom@lasd.org
Our friend Ian Imes was hit by a car while riding his skateboard in Santa Monica. He is currently paralyzed in hospital.
Ian Imes has been a huge part of the skateboarding community in Santa Monica, Venice, and Boston. He is an extremely respectful and friendly young man and it is very sad and unfortunate that such a tragic event took place in our neighborhood. He has eight siblings and incredibly loving parents. The family unfortunately does not have insurance and the hospital bills are going to be an astronomical burden on them. Let’s work together to help pay for his hospital bills and pray for his speedy and full recovery.
As important as any financial help, identifying the hit-and-run driver is critical! Please review the details below and if you recognize the vehicle please report it! It will have front end damage!
If you live in Venice, chances are someone is going to poop on your property. Yes, human poo. You may see the indistinguishable marks on walls throughout alleys and streets. The naive may think it is mud, but oh no… it is poo. And it is your problem.
If it is on your property… you must clean it. Yes, it is gross. Yes, it is poo. Yes, it is not your poo… but alas, it is YOUR problem and financial responsibility to clean. Yes, someone trespassed on your property to do it. If you want it to stop, build a fence, install bushes, add a bit of barb wire. There isn’t much you can do but deter people from your property. It is NOT a police issue, unless you SEE and/or DETAIN the person taking the poo and make a citizens arrest, which means YOU charge them (since the poo did not happen in the presence of the police) – and you go to court as the victim. See folks, that is the other way things work – the police just don’t arrest people because you say so, and you are done. YOU have to go to court. God Bless America.
If the poo is NOT on your property, call the Bureau of Sanitation Watershed Protection Division. Telephone # is (323)342-1529. Leave a message, and an ADDRESS, Cross Street and be as specific as possible.
Non-Benefits Of Having A Drug Dealer, Pimp, Pistol Whipper, Kidnapper, Hooker & Faux V13 Gang Member As A “Neighbor”
This is Gilbert Courtey. He’s been a Venice resident for a long time, minus the time he has spent in jail – which is apparently a lot. Last week at 4 a.m. he went on a rampage in my apt building. I called the police several times. I asked him to leave, which resulted in him threatening to slit my throat, hurling bricks at me, breaking all the front windows in the building and slashing 2 tires on every car around the entire perimeter of our building. I actually managed to get him out of the building, but mentioning the police were coming sent him into a rage. He became violent and came at me. I was able to defend myself when his fist was about 6 inches away from me but it wasn’t enough to deter a guy who was at some moments calm and at others out of his mind violent.
The next day after the windows were boarded, I wanted a taco. I walked across to Windward and Pacific and there he was. iPad in one hand, fluffy dog in the other with a young Asian female at his side. He starts filming me going “Hey don’t you remember me?” I say no and I keep walking. There was a drunk man down on the street, literally with his balls hanging out. Kids were jumping him with their skateboards and everyone was taking photos. I walked over and called an ambulance for him. While I was doing that, the Asian chick with Courtey comes up an pepper sprays me in the face. They got one eye pretty bad, but I was able to turn around, snap a photo and chase them both. I don’t move fast and my eyes and nose were pouring fluid from the pepper spray, but I got all the way to Danny’s when she booked down Speedway, and I yelled and told people to stop Courtey when he headed into the underground garage at the Erwin. I wasn’t going to go into a dark garage with that guy, and I was exhausted anyway from effects of the pepper spray so I waited for cops and paramedics. When I got home I posted the photo of him, and he was instantly ID’d by neighbors as a long-time criminal that is so bad at being one, he always gets caught. He is known for selling drugs, trafficking girls and being a general low-life.
So, now LAPD knows who this guy is and they are actively looking for him. On Sunday I leave to go have my eyes checked out from the pepper spray incident. I walk out my apt and exit through the back and there he is, hovering over me. He says “Hi Alex”, and is towering over me with a backpack… and right then my friend pulls up and honks. He sees my friend, and runs. I get into my friends car and call 911… when the Asian female exits my apartment building!!! She had been inside waiting, watching I assume to alert him to what door I was exiting from. She also had a knife and handcuffs. At this point I don’t know why they were going to bookend me leaving my building, but clearly they were waiting for me and based on their actions so far, I didn’t want to know what their plans were.
If this wasn’t crazy enough already… the guy is also emailing me and messaging me on Facebook. And not just messaging me, but he’s telling me that he is a Venice 13 gang member, a pimp and a drug dealer… and he’s surprised he didn’t know me from the boardwalk but that I should know not to “F” with him. He posts photos of money, and the girls he is pimping on Ocean Front Walk & Craigslist…. but most worrysome, photos of my building, apartment and little shout-outs letting me know he is lurking around and watching me.
Monday morning at 6 a.m. Gilbert was at Main & Brooks and assaulted someone with a handgun. He’s not supposed to have a handgun, but he’s a criminal so that concept doesn’t really seem to stick well with him. The victim calls the cops and he & his girlfriend/prostitute/accomplice are arrested. My 4 day reign of terror was over. He was charged with 10 felonies:
- 5 counts of felony vandalism
- 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon for pistol whipping 2 victims
- 1 count of kidnapping ( he waited and apparently forced someone back into their apartment and beat them…sound familiar?)
- 1 count of criminal threats
- 1 count of intimidating a witness
The female was charged with an assault with the pepper spray, which was knocked down from a felony to a misdemeanor and she was released. She is ordered to stay 250 yards away from me.
So while the main details of this story unfortunately involve me, the story also involves you. This man, and he is not the only one…deals drugs, lures and traffics young girls and executes a pretty violent life right in our hood. As a matter of fact, our neighborhood and its profile as a busy tourist destination benefit his business. If you see something, SAY SOMETHING. You can do it anonymously. Just give locations and descriptions and get it on the radar. This guy operated out of two Section 8 apartments in Oakwood.
While he picked the wrong apartment building to have a meth-binge in after committing more crimes earlier in the evening… his approach was typical: strike fear in your victim and intimidate them into backing down. I’m not going to play that game.
All I can say is if you have a neighbor that you see selling drugs. Doing drugs. If you suspect they are turning out girls or soliciting them… PLEASE just make an anonymous tip to LAPD. These two were connected to so many other crimes… and more keep popping up. When you turn a blind eye… it grows and spreads in our neighborhood and breeds more issues. So please… see something? SAY SOMETHING! There are many ways to report a crime… and different types of crimes. LAPD can’t be everywhere and see everything and the neighborhood needs your help. It is people like this that attract 20 more people just like them. Hopefully this guy will spend some time in jail but at his age, I think he is past the ability of knowing how to do anything but be a criminal…. and not a very skilled one at that. I’m sure Venice 13 will enjoy learning about his self appointed membership in their organization. Should win him a few friends in prison. Not.
Video & photos sent by a local resident/victim ( seem like those words are interchangeable these days ).
A team of at least two has stolen bikes and other property from our secure garage by breaking and entering They are equipped with the tools to enter the locked gates and cut heavy duty bike locks. There has been three different guys caught on camera over the past week. Two of which worked together as seen on camera and a third male that may or may not be associated with the the two.
Thefts occurred April 6th & 7th and approximately one week prior. On three occasion the video feed had been cut by the thieves. Police reports have been filed.
Drugged Out Maniac Near Westminster School Dives Through Window – Does Major Damage To Home & Himself
At 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning, a man suspected as being high on narcotics dove through the window of a residence near Westminster school and began tearing up the inside of the house. The residents were home sleeping at the time when they heard the glass break, and the man apparently screaming that someone was chasing him with a gun. He proceeded to go into a room in the house and rip fixtures out of the wall. Sleeping residents fled the home, LAPD was called and an airship flew overhead. Officers could hear the man screaming inside the house. When LAPD identified that all residents were out of the home safely, they made entry and found the man bleeding profusely from cuts suffered while hurtling himself through the window. He was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown. He will be charged with trespassing and felony vandalism.
So yes, you could be sleeping soundly in your own home in Venice, and have a drugged out maniac careen through your window at 4 a.m. , jack up your house and bleed all over the floor. They don’t make a Swiffer product for that.
Another Moron March At The Drum Circle Today – Expect A Lot Of Police & Even More Uninformed Lawbreakers
The genius brigade at Occupy LA is rearing their uninformed heads again, staging what they are called “Solidarity With The Drum Circle” today. I guess they think jamming the word “solidarity” into their bloodthirsty and misguided desperate need for a “cause” makes them feel like they are doing something noble. As previously reported, yes you can access the beach BUT you cannot violate the noise ordinance and when any member of your group violates the law or incites violating that law, which they always do because they have no self control in the first place, the police can order unlawful assembly and force the dispersal.
OccupyLA: it isn’t all about you, ok? The people who live in all those houses don’t care if you are at the beach after sunset, just stop drumming and keep the noise down. All you are doing is begging for a confrontation so you can get video snippets that demonize law enforcement. Just like your occupation of City Hall, all you are doing is costing the rest of us a lot of money. You are violating your own rights. You are wrong, and many in Venice Beach aren’t interested in you using our neighborhood to provoke the cops for your already flawed attempt at civic valor. Good thing the 733 runs through midnight so you all can GO HOME afterwards where you will probably enjoy not having a drum circle in your neighborhood. Link to the stupidity is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/226955717505341/
For The Billionth, Illionth, Jillionth Time, Lock Your Friggin’ Doors And Windows – Srsly: Advisory: Increase in Palms area burglaries
Hi. This is not your parents telling you to eat brussel sprouts. You are not being encouraged to make your bed every day before you leave the house. This is a simple piece of advice that will allow you to keep the belongings that you get up and work hard for every day. The problem here is that YOU aren’t locking your doors and windows. Then you get burglarized and call the police upset and violated…wanting the bad guys who did this horrible invasive thing to you. You want your stuff back. Yes, home burglary is a crime. Yes, you are the victim. Yes, you are partly to BLAME for your situation because you ignored simple precautions that police harp on again and again. WHY do they do this? Because what they do for a living, which includes watching your sad forlorn face as you recount all the valuable items that were stolen from your home, also includes knowing that thieves take the easy route in, if you give it to them. And you ARE giving it to them. If the window is open and it doesn’t look like you are home…BAM they are in. In five minutes they can target and swipe the big ticket items and leave. Doesn’t matter if it is a bathroom. Doesn’t matter if there is a screen. Doesn’t matter if it is on the 2nd floor. DOESN’T MATTER THEY WILL STEAL FROM YOU.
So, and I am trying to be nice about this but clearly the message isn’t penetrating…. LOCK UP YOUR HOME. LOCK IT. CLOSE THE WINDOWS. LOCK THEM. If you need another way of looking at it, to it to save a tree that generates the 4 carbon page police report that gets filed when you get burglarized.
This is how the cops say it:
Advisory: Increase in Palms area burglaries
LAPD Pacific Division has noticed an increase in burglaries in the Palms area, specifically with burglars who are entering apartments through first floor bathroom windows. This is occurring during the hours of 8am to 3pm in the area between Venice and Palms Boulevard and Overland and Hughes Avenue. Most locations have open or unlocked windows.
Please close and LOCK ALL WINDOWS. ALL WINDOWS!!
Be on the lookout for small or slender suspects acting suspiciously, they may use trash cans or bins to gain entry into small bathroom windows, and report suspicious activity to police immediately.
Recognize This Venice Local? Wanted For Felony Assault, Vandalism & Criminal Threats – Call LAPD If Seen
Recognize this man? He is reportedly often seen around Windward & Pacific and LAPD is looking for him. He is wanted for trespassing, felony vandalism, assault and criminal threats ( which is a felony ). He also slashed the tires on 17 cars the other evening…. all at a building covered with video cameras. If you recognize him, can identify him or have any information on him please contact LAPD Pacific Division at 310-482-6334 and press “0″ for the front desk. You can also email your info to us anonymously below. Thanks!