Two Cars Demolished In Accident At Lincoln & California

Northbound Lincoln Blvd was shut down during rush hour today after a major accident that demolished two cars. No word yet on the extent of injuries of either occupants.  Thanks to Lexy and Melany for the photos via Twitter!

       

Know This Puppy? Found At Westminster Dog Park. CUTIE!

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Reader found this puppy near Westminster Dog Park. Please call 818-470-8150

Support Jesse = Supporting Our Venice Skate Park Treasure. Please Pony Up Some $!

This is one of those situations where anything helps. ANYTHING helps. Please just dish up a $10 spot if you have it… here’s why…

I’m not going to bore you with politics… I am just going to tell you the straight reality. A core group from Venice, led by Jesse Martinez were critical in making our amazing world-class skateboard park. Although it is part of  The City of Los Angeles Recreation & Parks… there is NO BUDGET to maintain the skate park as it should be. Jesse Martinez and the V.S.A. have always gone above and beyond as caretakers of the park because it was so important to them, and they know what it means to our local kids and community – and skaters around the world that visit here every day.

After more budget cuts, recently the personal vehicle Jesse used to selflessly clean the skate park every day was stolen. You can read all about it on the donation site page… the bottom line is that OUR community, US, we need to PLEASE step up and help this effort. In case that didn’t sink in, Jesse has maintained the park out of his own blood, sweat, tears, effort and money… and the recent cuts from The City that barely helped to begin with have evaporated. The insult to that injury was the loss of the truck used by Jessee to do this work for free. Because he cares.

Spare yourself a $19 cold pressed juice or $15 farm-to-table quart of Almond milk and toss a few bucks towards this effort. There is a huge skate event tomorrow… and as someone who spent my Sundays for years cleaning graffiti on the boardwalk… it is constant, hard, expensive, thankless work. Jesse works hard to keep that park skateable for everyone. Please click here and help out!

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Westchester Burglar Clearly Caught on Camera. Know Him?

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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect responsible for at least two residential burglaries.

On May 18, 2015, around 2:55 p.m. officers assigned to Pacific Division responded to a radio call of an activated burglar alarm at a residence located in the 8500 block of Flight Avenue.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect smashed the bathroom window of the first home and stole hand guns and ammunition. The suspect left the first location and broke into another residence by kicking in the back door. The suspect removed property from the second home then left in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a male Black, between 30 to 35 years old. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

**To view video of the burglary suspect please go to www.lapdonline.org.**

Anyone with information about the suspect or the residential burglaries are asked to contact Pacific Area Detective Hogan at (310) 482-6357.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

 

Z-Flex Jay Boy Classic @ Venice Skate Park May 23rd

In April 2014, Z-Flex held the first ever Jay Boy Classic at Venice Beach Skate Park which saw over 25,000 spectators attend.

In 2015, we continue Jay’s legacy in skateboarding, with a bigger and better event format which includes and Unsponsored Bowl Jam, Legends Session and Invitational Cash Grab. Competitors will compete for their share in a $5,000 dollar prize purse.

Prize Purse

Unsponsored Bowl Jam : Over $2000 in product
Legends: $1000 cash
Invitational : $2000 cash

Details

Saturday, May 23rd at Venice Beach Skate Park, CA, don’t miss a minute of the day’s action.

9am – 10am : Competitor Registration
10am – 2pm : Unsponsored Bowl Jam
2:30 – 3pm : Legends Session
3:30 – 4:30pm: Invitational Cash Grab

Win a Trip For You and a Friend

You can win a trip for two to attend the 2015 Jay Boy Classic: to enter simply post your best skate clip and @zflexskateboards + #JBCgoldenticket for your chance to win. Prize includes: Return flights for 2 to L.A.X, connections to you hotel in Venice Beach, 2 nights’ accommodation, prize money and a JBC exclusive prize pack.

Winner will be selected May 11th at 12:00pm PST.

For more into visit http://zflex.com/jay-boy-classic-2015

JBC 2015

Fire Station 63 Pancake Breakfast Tomorrow 8 AM – Noon

The Annual Fire Station 63 Pancake breakfast is tomorrow from 8 a.m. To 12 noon. Brought to you by the Playa Vista Venice Sunrise Rotary Club.  There will be a DJ, the famous pancake breakfast, fire station tours, bouncy house, coloring table, and more! Get a T-Shirt while you are at it!

  

The Venice Town Hall – Low Expectations Lowered

Last nights Venice Town Hall intended as a forum for LAPD and local government leaders to address community concerns over the shooting death of Brendon Glen by an LAPD officer was nothing but a screamfest of people spewing questionable facts as a basis for making personal demands that ranged from having no cops and just mental health workers on our streets, to not acknowledging the plight of car wash workers enough. Mind you – there has never been ANY mention that Brendon Glen suffered any mental illness at all – only that he was an alcoholic.

It was clear at the first word that was spoken at the mic, that the crowd and our community was an angry selfish mess. No decorum. No respect. No acknowledgement of any desire for understanding… they just wanted to hurl anger and insults at the panel. It has been said before that the reason our community never makes any progress is because we fight over everything- there is no united voice other than one of dissatisfaction. Well, last nights “community meeting” was just that. I realize that here – emotion clouds any reason. ANY reason or reasonable expectations. One woman at the mic actually said if she had political power – she could solve homelessness in a week. Really? Really lady? An issue so complex it plagues cities in countries all over the world and you could wrap it up in a week? The panel sat stone faced and took the verbal abuse – as they had no choice. Had anyone at the mic been subject to the same scrutiny on their comments – they too would have been verbally skinned alive. It was hours of senseless, emotional, self-agendized blather that included several people giving ten minute dissertations on every time they have been written a ticket by a cop. Angry reasoning such as, ” Why are you writing smoking tickets in the boardwalk when homeless need housing”. What the FUCK does that have to do with ANYTHING let alone a young man being shot in Venice by LAPD?

A pinnacle moment was local angry douchebag touting The Constitution, yelling “I am the master, you are the servant!” to the panel. Way to go genius. Newsflash: you are nobody’s master you clown – and you never will be. A clear reflection that although you were proud that you could “read” the Constitution – your interpretation and lack of understanding is perhaps why you are so angry and miserable, and paced a hole in the floor because you have no control over anything let alone yourself.

At the end of the day, our community just experienced a tragic event. A young homeless man was killed by a police officer. We don’t burn people at the stake in a public square anymore. We are supposedly a more just, more civil, and more fair society giving everyone the right to due process. Wouldn’t have known that last night. Look, I get that people are angry. I’m angry. But if you mindlessly demonize everything and everyone – what do you really expect to happen? How about what has been happening for YEARS as a byproduct of the Venice community: nothing. Because screaming and fighting gets you nowhere…. Believe it or not.

You might not know this, but the gangsters that gunned down Oscar Duncan have just been sentenced after a long trial. There is a process – a process for the gangsters, a process for the officers involved in Brendon Glens shooting. It isn’t about YOU. It isn’t about what YOU want. Are you going to help Brendon’s 3 yr old kid? Are you going to donate to alcohol abuse programs? Are you going to do ANYTHING to solve a problem that is actually based in an achievable reality, or are you going to just scream and insult the people who decided to work to get into public officer or spend their JOBS serving the community?

Go ahead and scream. Talk over the people who stage a meeting immediately to listen to you and answer your questions. Insult them. What did that just get you? What does it get Venice? What does it get Brendon?

Nothing. 

#VenicePrideKicksAss!

  

Fire At Venice High School

a trash dumpster caught fire at Venice High Scool this morning , and per twitter feedback there was also a fire in a bathroom. Did not hear any reports of injuries. Thanks Tweeps for the live pix!