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Encyclopedia > Venice, Los Angeles, California
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

Venice is a district in west Los Angeles, California, United States. It is best known for its canals and beaches, but it also has a somewhat Bohemian residential area as well as a colorful boardwalk. Its area codes are 310 and a recently added 424 overlay. Its ZIP Code is 90291. Image File history File links File links The following pages link to this file: Venice, Los Angeles, California ... Image File history File links File links The following pages link to this file: Venice, Los Angeles, California ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The term bohemian was first used in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities. ... Photograph of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, USA, taken August 2003. ... A telephone numbering plan is a system that allows subscribers to make and receive telephone calls across long distances. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mr. ...

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History

Workers build and dig the canals, 1905.
Workers build and dig the canals, 1905.

Venice of America was founded by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a beach resort town, 14 miles west of Los Angeles. He and his partner Francis Ryan had bought two miles of ocean front property south of Santa Monica in 1891. They built a resort town called Ocean Park on the north end of the property, which was soon annexed to Santa Monica. After Ryan died, Kinney and his new partners continued building south of Navy Street in the unincorporated territory. After the partnership dissolved in 1904, Kinney built on the marshy land on the south end of the property. His intent was to create a seaside resort like its namesake in Italy. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Abbot Kinney (b. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ...


When Venice of America opened on July 4, 1905, Kinney had dug several miles of canals to drain the marshes for his residential area, built a 1200-foot-long pleasure pier with an auditorium, ship restaurant, and dance hall, constructed a hot salt-water plunge, and built a block-long arcaded business street with Venetian architecture. Tourists, mostly arriving on the "Red Cars" of the Pacific Electric Railway from Los Angeles and Santa Monica, then rode Venice's miniature railroad and gondolas to tour the town. But the biggest attraction was Venice's mile-long gently sloping beach. Cottages and housekeeping tents were available for rent. The Pacific Electric Railway (AAR reporting mark PE), also known as the Red Car system, was a mass transit system in Southern California using streetcars, light rail and buses. ...

A gondolier on the Venice Canals, 1909.
A gondolier on the Venice Canals, 1909.

The town grew in population, annexed adjacent housing tracts, and changed its official name from Ocean Park to Venice in 1911. The population (3119 residents in 1910) soon exceeded 10,000, and drew 50,000 to 150,000 tourists on weekends. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Attractions on the Kinney Pier became more amusement oriented by 1910, when a Venice Scenic Railway, Aquarium, Virginia Reel, Whip, Racing Derby and other rides and game booths were added. Since the business district was allotted only three, one-block-long streets, and the City Hall was more than a mile away, other competing business districts developed. Unfortunately this created a fracturious political climate. Kinney, however, governed with an iron hand and kept things in check. But when he died in November 1920, Venice became harder to politically govern. Then with the amusement pier burning six weeks later in December 1920, and Prohibition (which had begun the previous January), the town's tax revenue was severely affected.

Windward Ave. in 1913.
Windward Ave. in 1913.

The Kinney family rebuilt their amusement pier quickly in order to compete with Ocean Park's Pickering Pier, and the newly built Sunset Pier. When it opened it had two roller coasters, a new Racing Derby, a Noah's Ark, a Mill Chutes, and dozens of other rides. By 1925 with the addition of a third coaster, a tall Dragon Slide, Fun House, and Flying Circus aerial ride, it was the finest amusement pier on the West Coast. Several hundred thousand tourists visited on weekends and spent their hard-earned money on rides, restaurant food, and souvenirs. In 1923 Charles Lick built the Lick Pier at Navy Street in Venice, adjacent to the Ocean Park Pier at Pier Avenue in Ocean Park. Another pier was planned for Venice in 1925 at Leona Street (now Washington Street). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Canals with roller coaster in background, 1921.
Canals with roller coaster in background, 1921.

For the amusement of the public Kinney hired aviators to do aerial stunts over the beach. One of them, movie aviator and Venice airport owner B.H. DeLay, implemented the first lighted airport in the United States on DeLay Field (previously known as Ince Field). He also initiated the first aerial police in the nation, after a marine rescue attempt was thwarted. DeLay also performed many of the world's first aerial stunts for motion pictures in Venice. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... For other uses, see Aviator (disambiguation). ... Beverly Homer DeLay, known as B.H. DeLay, was an innovator and an aviator actor of French descent. ...


But by 1925, Venice politics became unmanageable. Its roads, water and sewage systems badly needed repair and expansion to keep up with its growing population. When it was proposed to be annexed to Los Angeles, the board of Trustees voted to hold an election. Those for annexation and those against were nearly evenly matched, but many Los Angeles residents, who moved to Venice to vote, turned the tide. Venice became part of Los Angeles in October 1925.


Los Angeles had annexed the Disneyland of its day, and proceeded to remake Venice in its own image. They felt the town needed more streets for automobiles, not canals, and paved the bulk of them in 1929 after a protracted three-year court battle led by canal residents. They wanted to close Venice's three amusement piers, but had to wait until the first of the tidelands' leases expired in 1946.


In 1929 oil was discovered south of Washington Street on the Venice Peninsula, which was a fashionable residential area where movie stars lived. Within two years 450 oil wells covered the area and drilling waste clogged the remaining waterways. It was a short-lived boom, that provided needed income to the community, which suffered during the Depression. The wells produced oil into the 1970s. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ...

The canals were modeled after those in Italy's Venice
The canals were modeled after those in Italy's Venice

The city of Los Angeles had neglected Venice so long that it had become the "Slum by the Sea" by the 1950s. With the exception of new police and fire stations in 1930, the city spent little on improvements since annexation. The city did not pave Trolleyway (Pacific Avenue) until 1954 when county and state funds became available. Cheap rents for run-down bungalow housing attracted predominantly European immigrants (including a substantial number of Jewish refugees from Hitler's death camps), and young counter-cultural artists, poets and writers. The Beat Generation hung out at the Gas House on Ocean Front Walk and at Venice West Cafe on Dudley where they held poetry readings and smoked marijuana. Police raids were frequent as they tried to rid the community of "undesirables." Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x807, 420 KB)Carol M. Highsmith Collection at the Library of Congress Carol M. Highsmith Rights and Restrictions Information Ms. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x807, 420 KB)Carol M. Highsmith Collection at the Library of Congress Carol M. Highsmith Rights and Restrictions Information Ms. ... “Beats” redirects here. ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ...

Alleys of Venice, near 17th Place. The painting of past-resident Jim Morrison is one of many murals in the area.
Alleys of Venice, near 17th Place. The painting of past-resident Jim Morrison is one of many murals in the area.

Venice and neighboring Santa Monica were hosts for a decade to the Pacific Ocean Park (POP), an amusement and pleasure-pier built atop the old Lick Pier and Ocean Park Pier by CBS and the Los Angeles Turf Club (Santa Anita). It opened in July 1958. They kept the pier's old roller coaster, huge airplane ride, and carousel, but converted its theaters and smaller pier buildings into sea-themed rides and space-themed attractions designed by Hollywood special-effects people. Visitors could travel in space on the Flight to Mars ride, tour the world in Around the World in 80 Turns, go beneath the sea in the Diving Bells or at Neptune's Kingdom, take a fantasy excursion into the Tales of the Arabian Nights on the Flying Carpet ride, visit a pirate world at Davy Jones' Locker, or visit a tropical paradise and its volcano by riding a train on Mystery Island. There were also thrill rides like the Whirlpool (rotor whose floor dropped out), the Flying Fish wild mouse coaster, an auto ride, gondola ride, double Ferris wheel, safari ride, and an area of children's rides called Fun Forset. Sea lion shows were performed at the Sea Circus. Download high resolution version (1173x762, 263 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1173x762, 263 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other uses, see Santa Monica (disambiguation). ... Vintage postcard circa 1959 showing the entrance plaza of Pacific Ocean Park Pacific Ocean Park was an twenty-eight acre (110,000 m²), nautical-themed amusement park built on a pier at Santa Monica, California which was intended to compete with Disneyland. ... Genera Eumetopias Zalophus Otaria Neophoca Phocarctos Hundreds of California Sea Lions sunbathing on Pier 39 in San Francisco. ...


Since attendance at the seaside park was too low to operate during the winter, and there was competition from Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Marineland, it was sold after two seasons to a succession of owners, who let the park deteriorate. And since Santa Monica was redeveloping the surrounding area for high-rise apartments and condos, they made it difficult for patrons to reach the park. They forced it into bankruptcy in 1967. After the park suffered a series of arson fires beginning in 1970, its rotting structure was demolished by 1974. Another aging attraction in the 1960s was the Aragon Ballroom that had been the longtime home of The Lawrence Welk Show & the Spade Cooley Show, and later the Cheetah Club where rock bands like the Doors, Blue Cheer & many other top bands of the time, performed. It burned in the 1970 fire. The district around POP is known as Dogtown, which was home to pioneering skateboarders the Z-Boys, as profiled in the documentary film, Dogtown and Z-Boys. The Aragon Ballroom is the name of two historic ballrooms. ... The Lawrence Welk Show is a musical variety show hosted by former big band leader Lawrence Welk. ... This page is about the Rock band. ... Dogtown might refer to nickname for the beach area at the Santa Monica/Venice border in California, famed for its skateboarding and surfing culture, the setting of Dogtown and Z-Boys, a 2001 documentary film about skateboarding Lords of Dogtown, a film released in 2005 based on Dogtown and Z... The Dogbowl. The Z-Boys were a group of skateboarders from Santa Monica/Venice Beach area in the 1970s who are credited with popularizing skateboarding and essentially creating the punk/skater subculture that now exists. ... Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) is a documentary about the history of skateboarding. ...

Chiat/Day Building, Main Street. Frank Gehry, Architect. The binoculars, which house a conference room, were designed with help from Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Chiat/Day Building, Main Street. Frank Gehry, Architect. The binoculars, which house a conference room, were designed with help from Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Producer Roger Corman owned a production facility, the Concorde/New Horizons Studio, on Main Street for many years, in which a large number of his films were shot. This facility was torn down to build lofts. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 506 pixelsFull resolution (3016 × 1907 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 506 pixelsFull resolution (3016 × 1907 pixel, file size: 3. ... Frank Owen Gehry (born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize winning architect based in Los Angeles, California. ... Soft Bathtub (Model)—Ghost Version by Claes Oldenburg 1966, acryllic and pencil on foam-filled canvas with wood, cord, and plaster. ... Roger Corman. ...


Attractions and neighborhoods

Venice is today one of the most vibrant and eclectic areas of Southern California and it continues a tradition of progressive social change involving prominent Westsiders. The Venice Family Clinic is the largest free clinic in the country. For the urban complex straddling the United States-Mexico border, see Bajalta California. ... The Westside is generally considered to be the portion of Los Angeles, California and its suburbs that lies east of the Pacific Ocean including Brentwood, west of La Brea Avenue (varying definitions set the boundary at Fairfax Avenue or even the eastern border of Beverly Hills), south of the Santa...


Venice is an unusually pedestrian-oriented area for Los Angeles: many of its houses actually have their principal entries from pedestrian-only streets, and have house numbers on these footpaths. (Automobile access is by alleys in the rear.) However, like much of Los Angeles, Venice is also well-known for traffic congestion. It lies 2 miles away from the nearest freeway, and its unusually dense network of narrow streets was not planned for the demands of modern traffic. Mindful of the tourist nature of much of the district's vehicle traffic, though, its residents have successfully fought numerous attempts to extend the Marina Freeway (CA-90) into southern Venice. The Marina Freeway The Marina Freeway is a short freeway in southwestern Los Angeles, California and the nearby suburbs. ... California State Route 90, for most of its length better known as Imperial Highway and the Marina Freeway, is an east/west numbered highway running between Orange and Los Angeles counties. ...


Venice Beach

Streetballers at the Venice Beach basketball courts, USA.
Streetballers at the Venice Beach basketball courts, USA.

Venice Beach is understood to include the beach, the promenade that runs parallel to the beach ("Ocean Front Walk" or just "the boardwalk"), Muscle Beach, the tennis courts, Skate Dancing plaza, the numerous beach volleyball courts, the bike trail and the businesses and residences that have their addresses on Ocean Front Walk. It is a great magnet for tourists, even from other parts of Los Angeles, and is well-known for its eclectic, counter-culture atmosphere. Image File history File links VeniceBeachStreetballers. ... Image File history File links VeniceBeachStreetballers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Muscle Beach, Venice Muscle Beach, in the United States is an area in Venice, California on Ocean Front Walk two blocks north of Venice Boulevard, that is set up by the city as an outdoors weightlifting gym. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ... Wall Street, Manhattan is the location of the New York Stock Exchange and is often used as a symbol for the world of business. ...


Along the southern portion of the beach, at the end of Washington Boulevard, is the Venice Fishing Pier. A 1,310-foot concrete structure, it first opened in 1964, but was closed in 1983 due to El Niño storm damage, only reopening in the mid-1990s. On December 21, 2005, the pier again suffered damage when waves from an unusually big northern swell caused the part of the pier upon which the restrooms was located to fall into the ocean. The pier remained closed until May 25, 2006, when it was reopened after an engineering study concluded the pier was structurally sound. Washington Boulevard is the longest continuous east-west arterial road in Los Angeles, California. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Chart of ocean surface temperature anomaly [°C] during the last strong El Niño in December 1997 El Niño and La Niña (also written in English as El Nino and La Nina) are major temperature fluctuations in surface waters of the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...

Ballerina Clown by Jonathan Borofsky. The statue's right leg is mechanized and kicked slowly when first installed.

The Venice Breakwater is an acclaimed local surf spot in Venice, located north of the Venice Pier and Lifeguard Headquarters, and south of the Santa Monica Pier. This spot is sheltered on the north by an artificial barrier, the breakwater, consisting of an extending sand bar, piping, and large rocks at its end. Ballerina Clown by Jonathon Borofsky on the Renaissance Building at Main Street and Rose Ave in Venice, California. ... Ballerina Clown by Jonathon Borofsky on the Renaissance Building at Main Street and Rose Ave in Venice, California. ... Jonathan Borofsky (born 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American artist who lives and works in Maine. ...


This spot is comprised of differing breaks depending on swell intensity, swell direction, tide and time of the day. However, with intense swells such as those of the winter of 2005/2006, Breakwater boasts a clean right.


Downtown Venice

The areas along Abbot Kinney and Grand Boulevards and Main Street form the traditional downtown of Venice. During the 1920s and 1930s, the area's nightlife was quite active, with thousands of Angelenos arriving every night by streetcar. (Before he burst onto the national scene, Benny Goodman had a brief residence as a bandleader in Venice.) Nightlife boomed again in the late 1960s as the area became a center of hippie culture. Since the late 1990s, downtown Venice has been especially popular, with many bars, nightclubs, art galleries, and edgy apparel shops occupying both its older brick and Art Deco storefronts and hyper-modern glass facades. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Hippies (singular hippie or sometimes hippy) were members of the 1960s counterculture movement who adopted a communal or nomadic lifestyle, renounced corporate nationalism and the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Native American religious culture, and were otherwise at odds with traditional middle class Western values. ... Asheville City Hall. ...


Oakwood

The Oakwood neighborhood of Venice, also known as Ghost Town and the "Oakwood Pentagon," which lies inland a few blocks from the tourist areas, is one of the few historically African American areas of in West Los Angeles, although Latinos have comprised the overwhelming majority of the residents. During the age of restrictive covenants that enforced racial segregation, Oakwood was set aside as a settlement area for blacks, who came by the hundreds to Venice to work in the oil fields during the 1930s and 1940s. After the construction of the 405 freeway passed through predominantly Mexican American and immigrant communities, they moved further west and into Oakwood. Latino immigrants have and continue to, despite gentrification, settle in Oakwood not only because of the large Latino population, but the relatively better schools located nearby and slightly less dangerous environment than other low income neighborhoods. There were also third generation white families that had owned homes in Oakwood since before the Great Depression, with stories of collecting their nickels and dimes to pay the mortgage. A restrictive covenant is a legal obligation imposed in a deed by the seller upon the buyer of real estate to do or not to do something. ... The Rex Theatre for Colored People Racial segregation is characterized by separation of different races in daily life, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home[1]. Segregation... Interstate 405, colloquially referred to as The 405 (the four-oh-five), is one of the principal north-south highways in Southern California, and the major bypass of I-5 running through Southern California. ...


The Venice Shoreline Crips and the Latino Venice 13 gang, which under a shaky truce, continue to remain active in Venice. The Venice White Boys, another gang, disappeared decades before the 2000s. By 2002, numbers of gang members in Oakwood were reduced due to gentrification and increased police presence. The blue bandanas worn by most Crip gangs. ... Venice 13 is a Latino street gang based in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice, California, with a substantial presence in East Venice as well as the Culver City/Venice border, especially around Washington Ave. ... The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Over the last 10 years, gentrification has greatly altered Oakwood. Although still a primarily Latino and African-American neighborhood, the neighborhood is in flux. According to LA City Beat [1] "In Venice, the transformation is....obvious. Homes are fetching sometimes more than $1 million, and homies are being displaced every day."


East Venice

East Venice is a racially and ethnically mixed, residential neighborhood of Venice that is separated from Oakwood and Milwood (the area south of Oakwood) by Lincoln Boulevard, extending east to the border with Mar Vista. near Venice High School. Aside from the commercial strip on Lincoln (including the Venice Boys and Girls Club and the Venice United Methodist Church), the area almost entirely consists of small homes and apartments as well as Penmar Park and (bordering Santa Monica) Penmar Golf Course. The existing population (primarily composed of non-Latino whites, Latinos, and Asians, with small numbers of other groups) is being supplemented by new arrivals who have moved in with gentrification. Church Sanctuary The Venice United Methodist Church of Venice, California, is a member of the of the California-Pacific Conference within the United Methodist Church. ...


A housing project, Lincoln Place, was built nearby by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles to accommodate GI's returning from the war and in need of affordable housing. It later came to house working class families. Lincoln Place is currently in the midst of an extensive legal battle between tenants (past and present), and the owner, AIMCO. The developer, which acquired the property in 2003, plans to demolish it and build a mixed-use condominium and retail structure on the site. Only 13 tenants remain, all of them elderly or disabled. Public housing describes a form of housing tenure in which the property is owned by a government authority, which may be central or local. ... The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is the public housing agency for Los Angeles, California. ...


Notable residents and businesses

Palm trees along the Venice Boardwalk
Palm trees along the Venice Boardwalk

Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic. Prominent residents of Venice include actresses Julia Roberts, Kate Beckinsale and Anjelica Huston, actors Nicolas Cage, Tim Meadows, Robert Hegyes, Michael T. Weiss, and musicians Perry Farrell, Joshua Kadison, John Lydon (who owns a sizeable amount of rental property in Venice), John Frusciante, Fiona Apple, Jimmie Spheeris and Jim Morrison of The Doors. Actor Robert Downey Jr. kept an apartment on the boardwalk during the 1990s. Architect Frank Gehry is a longtime resident who has bought a huge vacant lot on Harding Avenue in Venice where he plans to build his new personal residence. Harding Avenue is also where the Lennon Sisters of Lawrence Welk fame grew up. Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting career began after becoming a regular bodybuilder at Venice's famous Gold's Gym, whose present facility claims to be "The Mecca of Bodybuilding." Restauranteur Wolfgang Puck has owned and operated noted eateries in the area since the 1990s. Other notables include actors Viggo Mortensen, Rutger Hauer, Bryan Callen, and Elijah Wood, and film directors Henry Jaglom and Paul Mazursky. For many years, pro wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Sting were announced as residing in Venice Beach as well. Standup comedians and street performers have proliferated in Venice, Wavy Gravy and Swami X being two of the more recent hippie busker alumni. Political contributions have been sent from homes in Venice from the actor Dennis Hopper and Simpsons' creator Matt Groening. South Park creator Matt Stone lives in Venice as well.[1] Harry Perry, the famous street entertainer, is one of the boardwalk's key performers. Photographer Helen K. Garber maintains a studio on Ocean Front Walk. Graffiti/Street Artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in Venice in the 80's. Immature, an R&B group from the 90's used to perform on the boardwalk prior to becoming famous. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Kathryn Bailey Kate Beckinsale (born July 26, 1973 in London) is an English actress. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Tim Meadows (born February 5, 1961 in Highland Park, Michigan) is an American actor. ... Robert Hegyes (born 7 May 1951) in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. ... Michael Terry Weiss (born February 2, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Perry Farrell (born Peretz Bernstein in New York City on March 29, 1959) is a musician who, as the frontman of Janes Addiction, was one of the pioneers of alternative rock. ... Joshua Kadison (born February 8, 1965 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and writer. ... John Joseph Lydon (born January 31, 1956), also known as Johnny Rotten, is an English rock musician. ... John Anthony Frusciante (IPA pronunciation: ) (born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and musician. ... Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is a Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter. ... Jimmie Spheeris (November 5, 1949 - July 4, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter and musician who released several albums in the 1970s. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Robert John Downey Jr. ... 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Venice is today a vibrant area of Southern California and it continues a tradition of progressive social change involving prominent Westsiders. The Venice Family Clinic is the largest free clinic in the country. The Venice Community Housing Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to perserving the economic, racial and social diversity of Venice and the surrounding area, provides affordable housing, economic and community development opportunities and needed social services to low income residents. Women in Recovery, Inc., a non-profit organization offering a live-in, 12-step program of rehabilitation for women in need, was founded by a longtime resident of Venice, Sister Ada Geraghty. Geraghty and her organization on Coeur D' Alene Avenue annually honor those who've made a difference in helping women overcome substance abuse problems. The 2006 honoree for Women in Recovery was Christopher Lawford; past honorees have included Jamie Lee Curtis, Angela Lansbury, and Anthony Hopkins. // The Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) was formed in 1988 by a group of grassroots activists who were interested in preserving affordable housing in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. ... (Redirected from 12-step program) A twelve-step program is a self-help group whose members attempt recovery from various addictions and compulsions through the use of a plan referred to as the twelve steps. Characteristics All twelve-step programs follow some version of the twelve steps. ... Christopher Lawford (born March 29, 1955), a nephew of John F. Kennedy, cousin-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger (appearing in two of his films, including Terminator 3), son of Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy Lawford, is a Hollywood actor. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is a two time Golden Globe-winning, and Emmy Award-nominated American film actress and a successful writer of books for children. ... Angela Lansbury CBE (born October 16, 1925) is a four-time Tony-winning, six-time Golden Globe-winning, three-time Oscar-nominated, and eighteen-time Emmy-nominated English actress, best-known for playing mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. ... Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE (IPA: ) (born 31 December 1937) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning film, stage and television actor. ...

The canals of Venice
The canals of Venice

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1271x600, 252 KB) Summary A panorama of one of the canals of Venice Beach; photo by Roger Howard <[email protected] ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1271x600, 252 KB) Summary A panorama of one of the canals of Venice Beach; photo by Roger Howard <[email protected] ...

Los Angeles County Lifeguards

Venice Beach is the headquarters of the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Division of the Fire Department. It is located at 2300 Ocean Front Walk. It is the nation's largest ocean lifeguard organizations with over 100 full-time and 600 part-time or seasonal lifeguards. The headquarter building used to be the City of Los Angeles Lifeguard Headquarters until they were merged into the County System in 1975. The department is commonly referred to by Angelenos as Baywatch Lifeguards. The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), serves unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as 58 cities and towns that choose to have the county provide fire and EMS services, including the City of La Habra, in Orange County. ... The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), serves unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as 58 cities and towns that choose to have the county provide fire and EMS services, including the City of La Habra, in Orange County. ...


The Los Angeles County Lifeguards safeguard 31 miles of beach and 70 miles of coastline, from San Pedro in the south, to Malibu in the north. Lifeguards also provide Paramedic and rescue boat services to Catalina Island, with operations out of Avalon and the Isthmus. Santa Catalina Island, location relative to the coast of Southern California Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California. ...


Lifeguard Division employs 120 full-time and 600 seasonal lifeguards, operating out of three Sectional Headquarters, located in Hermosa, Santa Monica, and Zuma beach. Each of these headquarters staffs a 24-hour EMT-D response unit, and are part of the 911 system. In addition to providing for beach safety, Los Angeles County Lifeguards have specialized training for Baywatch rescue boat operations, underwater rescue and recovery, swiftwater rescue, cliff rescue, marine mammal rescue and marine firefighting.


Emergency services

Fire service

The Los Angeles Fire Department operates Station 63, which serves Venice. It has been suggested that Warner Lawrence be merged into this article or section. ...


Police service

Los Angeles Police Department operates the Pacific Community Police Station at 12312 Culver Boulevard, 90066, serving the neighborhood [2]. “LAPD” redirects here. ...


Education

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Venice is served by many Los Angeles Unified School District schools. The neighborhood is served by Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School and Westminster Avenue Elementary School. Students go on to Mark Twain Middle School. High school students attend Venice High School, which is actually in the neighborhood of Mar Vista. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (500x621, 129 KB) Summary I took this image on 15 September 2005. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (500x621, 129 KB) Summary I took this image on 15 September 2005. ... Venice Senior High School and Venice Foreign Language Magnet Venice High School is a public school located in Los Angeles, California within the Los Angeles Unified School District. ... The Los Angeles Unified School District (the LAUSD) is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. ... Coeur dAlene Avenue Elem. ... Westminster Avenue School is a public elementary school in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, with about 600 students in grades K-5. ... Venice Senior High School and Venice Foreign Language Magnet Venice High School is a public school located in Los Angeles, California within the Los Angeles Unified School District. ... Mar Vista is a large district on the West Side of Los Angeles, California. ...


Private schools

Saint Mark Elementary School is a private school in the area. Saint Mark Elementary School of is a Catholic elementary school on the Venice neighborhood westside of Los Angeles, California. ...


Public libraries

Los Angeles Public Library operates the Venice - Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch. The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) system serves the residents of Los Angeles, California. ...


Educational organizations

Venice hosts numerous organizations including Venice Arts: In Neighborhoods which offers free art education to youth.


Venice in the media

Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

Dozens of movies and hundreds of television shows have used locations in Venice, including its beach, its pleasure piers, the canals and colonades, the boardwalk, the high school, even a particular hamburger stand. For a complete list of movies shot in Venice, see: Venice California History Site - Movie Making in Venice. Various Venice venues are visible in this list of selected media: By [email protected] ... By [email protected] ...


Venice on Film

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Television

  • CHiPs
  • The L Word
  • MADtv (for Lorraine visits the beach)
  • Simon and Simon
  • Baywatch (shot at various beaches around Los Angeles)
  • Pacific Blue
  • The A-Team
  • Huff
  • Freakazoid (An episode with Vorn the Unspeakable featured Venice Beach as a haven for weirdos, and many jokes were made about the residents' strangeness)
  • Three's Company (The opening titles for the first three seasons of the show were taped here.)
  • Gilmore Girls Jess comes to live with his father. His father owns a hotdog stand there.
  • Just Legal was based in Venice and starred Don Johnson as a lawyer.
  • Rob & Big In one episode, Rob Dyrdek and Big Black visit the crowded Venice Beach for "Go Skateboarding Day" where they meet a skateboarding dog and his owner.
  • One On One (Season 5 only)
  • 24 Season 6
  • Alias It is revealed in the fifth season that Sydney Bristow resides in Venice.
  • X-Files Season 7 - Episode 151 - X-COPS: The city name used was 'Willow Park' but this entire episode was filmed in Venice, CA, primarily on the avenues of Sunset, Rose, 4th and Electric.
  • Yo MTV Raps!!!(1989)-The whole episode is shot in Venice co-hosted by N.W.A.
  • South Park 2007 episode "Night of the Living Homeless" ends with shots of Venice and a parody song with lyrics, "…city of Venice; Right by Matt's house, you can chill if you're homeless."

CHiPs was an American television series produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios that aired on NBC from September 15, 1977 to July 17, 1983. ... The L Word is a television drama series that portrays the lives, loves and learnings of a group of lesbians and bisexual women and their friends, family and lovers in Los Angeles. ... MADtv is an American sketch comedy television series based on the humor magazine, Mad. ... Simon & Simon was the name of a detective series starring Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker. ... Baywatch was a popular American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ... Pacific Blue was a one-hour television drama about a team of police officers who patrolled the beaches of Santa Monica, California on bicycle. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Huff was a Showtime television series about a successful psychiatrist whose life changes abruptly when a 15-year-old client commits suicide in his office after rejection from exposing his homosexuality to his parents. ... Freakazoid! (or Freakazoid) is an animated television show created by Warner Brothers that aired for two seasons in 1995-1997. ... For the Entourage episode, see Threes Company (Entourage). ... Gilmore Girls is an hour-long American television drama/comedy that began on October 5, 2000 and aired its final episode on May 15, 2007. ... Just Legal was a short-lived television courtroom drama that premiered on The WB on September 19, 2005. ... Donald Wayne Don Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor well known for his film and television appearances. ... Rob & Big is a reality comedy series, produced by Ruben Fleischer, that premiered on November 2, 2006 on MTV. It follows the lives of professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his best friend Christopher Big Black Boykin. ... One on One is an American sitcom originally based in Baltimore and later based in Los Angeles. ... 24 is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and produced by Imagine Television. ... Alias is an American Spy-fi television series created by J. J. Abrams which was broadcast on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006, spanning five seasons. ... Sydney Anne Bristow (born 17 April 1975), played by Jennifer Garner, is the main character on the television series Alias. ... X-Files intro from first 8 seasons The X-Files was a popular 1990s American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. ... This article is about the animated television series. ... Night of the Living Homeless is episode 1107 of Comedy Centrals South Park. ... Matthew Richard Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an Emmy-winning American animator, film director, screenwriter, actor and voice actor. ...

Books

  • Bradbury, Ray. Death is a Lonely Business Knopf 1985, ISBN 0-394-54702-0 . Hard boiled detective mystery taking place in Venice circa 1949.
  • Garber, Helen K.. Venice Beach, California Carnivale, Xlibris 2005, ISBN 1-4134-9108-1 . Photographs of the surreal life on Ocean Front Walk. Official Commemorative Book of the Venice Centennial (1905 - 2005).
  • Stanton, Jeffrey. 'Venice California: Coney Island of the Pacific' Donahue Publishing 2005, ISBN 0-9619849-3-7 . Comprehensive history of the beach town and its amusement piers including Pacific Ocean Park with 367 historic photographs. (Available from Venice History Site - see below)

Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... // Helen Kolikow Garber Helen K. Garber (born 1954) is an American photographer known mostly for her black and white urban landscapes of cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Paris and Amsterdam. ...

Video games

Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 is the second skateboarding game in the Tony Hawks Series. ... Tony Hawks Underground, also called THUG, is a skateboarding video game available for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Xbox platforms released in 2003. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... True Crime: Streets of LA Categories: Computer and video game stubs | 2003 computer and video games | PlayStation 2 games | Xbox games | GameCube games | Activision games | Windows games ... NBA Street is a successful basketball game created by EA Sports BIG in 2001, and released on the PlayStation 2 that same year. ... Street Hoops is a video game of the sports genre released in 2002 by Black Ops. ... L.A. Rush is a video game to be released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. ...

Music

  • The Doors wrote a song called Peace Frog which contains the lyric: "...blood in the streets in the city of Venice."
  • In Going Back 2 Cali the Notorious B.I.G. raps "Spent about a week in Venice Beach/Sippin Crist-o, with some freaks from Frisco"

This page is about the Rock band. ... Peace Frog is a 1970 song by The Doors which appears their album, Morrison Hotel. ... Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972 - March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (after a stylish gangster in the 1975 comedy, Lets Do it Again), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G. (Business Instead of Game). ...

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