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

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...

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

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...

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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...

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

Traffic Accident Venice and Oakwood

Five car pile – up on eastbound Venice Boulevard at Oakwood Avenue. Related posts: Oakwood Rec Center Teen Club Holds Gift Wrapping Fundraiser on Saturday 7th Annual Venice Picnic and Barbecue on Saturday at Oakwood...

posted on: Mar 10, 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

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

posted on: Feb 19, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

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 outlined the reasons the project should be approved after mentioning that his great-grandfather lived in Venice and his first studio was on Washington Boulevard. “I love this community,” Hertz said. Abrams...

Oakwood Rec Center Teen Club Holds Gift Wrapping Fundraiser on Saturday

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

posted on: Dec 19, 2013 | author: venicedispatch

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 student and each family has been asked to contribute at least $200 to the trip. The eight teens chosen for the trip ranked the highest in points earned for daily attendance...

Mercedes Grille Donates Drink Proceeds and Holds Silent Auction Tonight for Slain Co-Worker

Mercedes Grille Donates Drink Proceeds and Holds Silent Auction Tonight for Slain Co-Worker...

posted on: Nov 25, 2013 | author: venicedispatch

Mercedes Grille is hosting a drink special this afternoon followed by a silent auction featuring items ranging from Lakers tickets to gift certificates from local restaurants to raise funds for the family of slain 24-year-old co-worker Guillermo Carmona-Perez. Proceeds from beer and $5 glasses of wine after 4 p.m. will be donated to his family, said restaurant manager Mark Niklas. Carmona-Perez, who worked as a cook at Mercedes Grille and also at nearby Baja Cantina, was fatally stabbed Nov. 18 about 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. The Venice resident was rushed to a nearby hospital, but later died from his injuries. He was the father to a 15-month-old son and left behind a partner, Miriam. Many local business owners contributed items for the silent auction that will start about 6 p.m. to help his family pay for funeral costs and living expenses. The...

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