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Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man...

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch The owner of a Venice Beach hotel was charged with murder Tuesday for the shooting death early Sunday of a 26-year-old homeless man, authorities said. Sris Sinnathamby, 54, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon at the LAX Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney John McKinney of the Major Crimes Division. Prosecutors were seeking bail to be set at $5 million. Sinnathamby, who owns the Cadillac Hotel on Dudley Avenue, has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Jascent Warren, who was known to...

Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man
posted on: Sep 1, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

City Closes More than 500 Medical Marijuana Shops, Including 9 in Venice...

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday that his office has closed more than 500 medical marijuana dispensaries, including nine in Venice. “Today I’m proud to announce that in just the last twenty months, we’ve closed more than five hundred illegal medical marijuana businesses in Los Angeles.  Many were close to schools, child care centers and other sensitive sites.  Others were disrupting the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Feuer said in a statement. “Our office has an extremely effective partnership with law enforcement and neighborhood stakeholders, and we’ve gotten momentum in our effort aggressively to enforce the will of the voters who enacted Proposition D,” he added. City voters in 2013 passed Proposition D that limited...

posted on: Apr 9, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Sues Venice Property Owner in Public Nuisance Abatement Lawsuit...

A narcotics and public nuisance abatement lawsuit has been filed against a Venice property owner, officials said Monday. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the lawsuit as part of a continued crackdown on properties that have become crime magnets. The city attorney’s office filed a lawsuit against Alberta Lynch who owns a single-family home at 923 Sunset Avenue, as well as her adult son James Lynch, according to a press release from the city attorney’s office. The property is located within a half-mile radius of Growing Place Childcare and School, Broadway Elementary School, Penmar Park and the Oakwood Recreation Center. Police have received several complaints from neighbors about repeated drugs and nuisance activity at the property, the press...

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Sues Venice Property Owner in Public Nuisance Abatement Lawsuit
posted on: Mar 10, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

Pineapple Express Storm Causes Power Outages in Venice...

More than 500 homes in Venice lost electricity early Friday morning as the Pineapple Express storm system knocked out power throughout the region. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in a statement said crews since 3 a.m. have restored power to more than 12,500 customers. About 17,000 customers remained without power about 11 a.m. out of the utility’s 1.4 million electric customers. There were 532 customers without power in Venice with the hardest hit neighborhood in the city being Los Feliz/Griffith Park with 4,852 customers without power. Smaller outages of less than 500 customers also were reported throughout the city including nearby Del Rey. There were 23,134 customers without power in Los Angles County due to...

posted on: Dec 12, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

LAPD Apologizes for Recent Deployment in Oakwood...

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch A high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department officer apologized for a recent deployment to Oakwood Park during a community memorial service. Capt. Brian Johnson, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Pacific Division, addressed the matter Tuesday during the Venice Neighborhood Council meeting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School. Board member Tommy Walker broached the subject and relayed that a repass, or community memorial service, was held recently at the park following the funeral for a community member. Walker, who is from the historically African-American neighborhood, said there was a heavy police presence at the park and he was informed that police were expecting 400 gang members at the repass. Mourners who arrived from the funeral found...

posted on: Nov 20, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Bonin Seeking Increase in Developers’ Parking Fees in Venice...

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has put forth a motion addressing the parking squeeze in Venice. Bonin in his November 12 motion asked for an increase in the “in-lieu fees” that developers have the option to pay instead of meeting parking requirements for real estate projects. The in-lieu fees were set in the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan development guidelines in 1999 at $18,000 per parking space and have not increased over the past 15 years as the area has experienced a real estate boom. “We need to get real about providing meaningful parking solutions in Venice so residents, customers, and tourists are able to park near their homes, businesses, and the boardwalk,” Bonin said Tuesday in...

posted on: Nov 18, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

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