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Gang Member Found Guilty of Double Murder for 2011 Venice Park Shooting...

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch A 22-year-old gang member accused of killing two teenagers in a June 2011 shooting at Penmar Park in Venice was found guilty Wednesday of all charges. A jury returned guilty verdicts against Michael Anthony Mariscal, of Culver City, on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder along with the special circumstances of committing multiple murders and killing to benefit a street gang. Mariscal opened fire June 22, 2011, about 4 p.m. on a group of teens sitting in baseball diamond bleachers at Penmar Park and killed Venice High School sophomore Alan Mateo and Venice Skills Center sophomore Salvador Diaz Jr., both 18. Mariscal was found guilty following a week-long trial before Los Angeles County...

posted on: Nov 12, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Temporary Ice Rink Planned for Venice Beach Over Winter Holidays...

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin during a public meeting last week introduced plans for a temporary ice skating rink this winter on Venice Beach. Bonin during a March 18 visit to the Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting said more needed to be done to create a family-friendly environment in Venice Beach. He pointed to city success stories at MacArthur Park and Pershing Square as examples of positive programming that turned formerly rundown areas into family-friendly environments. Bonin said he was looking for an idea that would provide additional revenue to Venice Beach while providing a positive attraction. “I’ve often thought what could be more iconic, and nowhere else but in Los Angeles, could you ice skate down...

Temporary Ice Rink Planned for Venice Beach Over Winter Holidays
posted on: Mar 25, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Candidates Mixer Thursday for Upcoming Venice Neighborhood Council Election...

A candidate recruitment drive will be held Thursday at James Beach restaurant for the upcoming Venice Neighborhood Council election. The mixer will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 60 N. Venice Blvd. for all prospective candidates and anyone wishing to learn more about the local advisory councils that were created during the Los Angeles charter reform movement of the late 1990s. All of the seats on the Venice Neighborhood Council seat are up in the election, including the president and vice-president positions as well as the chair of the influential Land Use and Planning Committee. There will be 21 open seats up for election, including 13 at-large community officers. The members of the Venice Neighborhood Council...

Candidates Mixer Thursday for Upcoming Venice Neighborhood Council Election
posted on: Mar 5, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Google Hosting Meeting Saturday Over Venice Expansion Plans...

Google will host a public meeting at its Venice campus Saturday to discuss its expansion plans. The meeting will be held at Google’s offices in the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building at 340 Main Street from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Google has an interior remodel planned for the former Digital Domain space at 320 Hampton Drive. The Internet search giant applied in January for a permit from the city planning department for the project that also will require permission from the California Coastal Commission. The expansion project does not include the landmark Gold’s Gym, said Tom Williams, Google’s Los Angeles site director at the February 18 meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council. Google applied to add a 13,220-square-foot...

Google Hosting Meeting Saturday Over Venice Expansion Plans
posted on: Feb 25, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Venice Neighborhood Council Approves Hotel for Abbot Kinney Boulevard...

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch A developer’s plans for a three-story hotel across the street from Westminster Avenue Elementary School was narrowly approved Tuesday night by the Venice Neighborhood Council’s board despite vocal public opposition. The council’s board voted 9-7-1 in favor of the boutique hotel project on the western end of trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard in front of a sometimes unruly standing-room-only audience. The 67-room hotel was proposed by property owner Dan Abrams who addressed the crowd of about 300 people inside the Westminster Avenue Elementary School auditorium. “I am not a develolper, I am an entrepreneur and film producer,” said Abrams, who has lived in Venice for more than 10 years. The project’s architect David Hertz...

Venice Neighborhood Council Approves Hotel for Abbot Kinney Boulevard
posted on: Feb 19, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

Oakwood Rec Center Teen Club Holds Gift Wrapping Fundraiser on Saturday...

The Teen Club at Oakwood Recreation Center will wrap Christmas presents during a fundraiser this Saturday to help send eight club members to Washington, D.C. The fundraiser will take place at the Oakwood Recreation Center (map) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to send the teens in April to the nation’s capitol. All donations for the gift wrapping will go toward the trip. An online fundraiser also has been started with a goal of raising $16,000. The funds would pay for a four-day trip to Washington D.C., including hosting by Explore America Touring Company, hotel accommodations, airfare, meals and trips to national monuments. The teens will be accompanied by three full-time volunteer chaperones. The cost is $1,594 per...

Oakwood Rec Center Teen Club Holds Gift Wrapping Fundraiser on Saturday
posted on: Dec 19, 2013 | author: venicedispatch

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