Venice is a district in western Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, which features performers, fortune-tellers and vendors. Canals are artificial channels for water There are two types of canals water conveyance canals which are used for the conveyance and delivery of water and Waterways A circus is most commonly a traveling company of performers that may include acrobats, Clowns trained animals trapeze acts Hoopers, tightrope walkers Fortune-telling is the practice of predicting the future usually of an individual through mystical or supernatural means and often for commercial gain  Throughout the summer months, the boardwalk is actively entertaining, and this tradition continues on weekends in the winter.  It is an important tourist attraction in Southern California,  and has retained its popularity in part because it is an attractive location for walking and bicycling. Southern California, or So Cal, is defined as the southern portion of the U . It was home to early Beat poets and artists in Los Angeles.  Its area codes are 310 and a recently added 424 overlay. A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating Telephone number ranges to countries regions areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Its ZIP Code is 90291. The ZIP code is the system of Postal codes used by the United States Postal Service (USPS
Venice of America was founded by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a beach resort town, 14 miles (23 km) west of Los Angeles. Abbot Kinney (b 1850 New Brunswick, New Jersey - d 1920 Santa Monica, California) was a developer and Conservationist. He and his partner Francis Ryan had bought two miles (3 km) of oceanfront property south of Santa Monica in 1891. The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand 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. Venice ( Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venesia or Venexia) is a city in Northern Italy, the capital of the Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest
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. Events 836 - Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples Year 1905 ( MCMV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting In Geography, a marsh, or morass, is a type of Wetland which is subject 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. The Pacific Electric Railway, also known as the Red Car system was a Mass transit system in Southern California using Streetcars, A Gondola is a traditional Venetian rowing Boat. Gondolas were for centuries the chief means of transportation within Venice and still have But the biggest attraction was Venice's mile-long gently sloping beach. Cottages and housekeeping tents were available for rent.
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.
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 fractious 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. 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.
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. 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).
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). Beverly Homer DeLay, known as BH DeLay, ( August 12, 1891 Alameda California - July 4, 1923 Venice Beach 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.
By 1925, Venice's 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 that Venice 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. Annexation ( Latin ad, to and nexus, joining is the legal incorporation of some territory into another geo-political entity (either adjacent or non-contiguous Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West 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. An oil is a substance that is in a viscous Liquid state ( "oily") at ambient temperatures or slightly warmer and is 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 Great Depression. The wells produced oil into the 1970s.
Los Angeles had neglected Venice so long that, by the 1950s, it had become the "Slum by the Sea. A slum, as defined by the United Nations agency UN-HABITAT, is a run-down area of a city characterized by substandard housing and squalor and lacking in tenure security " With the exception of new police and fire stations in 1930, the city spent little on improvements after 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 Holocaust refugees), and young counterculture artists, poets and writers. The Holocaust (from the Greek el ''ὁλόκαυστον'' (el-Latn holókauston holos, "completely" and kaustos, "burnt" also known as According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race Counterculture (also " counter-culture " is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a Cultural group, or The Beat Generation hung out at the Gas House on Ocean Front Walk and at Venice West Cafe on Dudley. Police raids were frequent during that era.
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). Pacific Ocean Park was a twenty-eight acre (110000 m² nautical-themed amusement park built on a pier at Santa Monica California which was intended to compete with It opened in July 1958. They kept the pier's old roller coaster, huge airplane ride and historic 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 Forest. Sea lion shows were performed at the Sea Circus. For other uses of the term "sea lion" see Sea lion (disambiguation.
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, it became difficult for patrons to reach the park. A high-rise is a tall Building or structure Normally the function of the building is added for example high-rise Apartment building or A condominium, or condo, is a form of Housing tenure and other Real property where a specified part of a piece of real estate (usually of an apartment It was forced 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. The Lawrence Welk Show is a musical Variety show hosted by former Big band leader Lawrence Welk. This article is about the band For their self-titled debut album see The Doors (album; for the Oliver Stone film see The Doors (film; for Doors in computing 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. DogTown is a National Geographic Channel series set at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a 33000 acre animal facility in southern Utah Skateboarding is the act of riding and performing tricks using a Skateboard. The Z-Boys were a group of skateboarders from Los Angeles in the 1970s who are credited with popularizing Skateboarding and essentially creating the punk Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001 is a documentary about the history of Skateboarding.
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. Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) is a sculptor, best known for his Public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of Roger William Corman (born April 5 1926) sometimes nicknamed "King of the Bs" for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this as inaccurate This facility was torn down to build lofts.
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. Southern California, or So Cal, is defined as the southern portion of the U West Los Angeles (also known as West LA or the Westside) comprises the Los Angeles city communities of Bel Air, Beverly Crest The Venice Family Clinic is the largest free clinic in the country. A free clinic is a medical facility offering community Healthcare on a free or very low-cost basis in areas where there is no universal provision for healthcare
Many of Venice's houses 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 (3. 2 km) 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 (SR 90) into southern Venice. State Route 90 (SR 90 is a State highway in Southern California, United States. State Route 90 (SR 90 is a State highway in Southern California, United States.
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 handball courts, the paddle 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. A Foreshoreway is a public Right of way along the edge of a Waterbody. An Oceanway is a form of Foreshoreway that provides sustainable public access along an oceanfront area For the record label see Boardwalk Records. for the former Las Vegas hotel see Boardwalk Hotel and Casino. Muscle Beach refers to either Muscle Beach Venice, an area in Venice, California, United States, on Ocean Front Walk two blocks north of Handball (also known as team handball, European handball, or Olympic handball) is a Team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six Paddle tennis is a game adapted from Tennis and played for over a century Volleyball is an Olympic team sport in which two teams of 6 active players (5 normal players and one 'libero' are separated by a net that is usually four feet A business (also called firm or an enterprise) is a legally recognized organizational entity designed to provide goods and/or services to
Along the southern portion of the beach, at the end of Washington Boulevard, is the Venice Fishing Pier. Washington Boulevard is the longest continuous east-west Arterial road in Los Angeles California. A 1,310-foot (400 m) concrete structure, it first opened in 1964, but was closed in 1983 due to El Niño storm damage, only reopening in the mid-1990s. El Niño-Southern Oscillation ( ENSO; commonly referred to as simply El Niño) is a global coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon 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. Events 69 - The end of the Year of the four emperors: Following Galba, Otho and Vitellius, Vespasian Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
The pier remained closed until May 25, 2006, when it was reopened after an engineering study concluded the pier was structurally sound. Events 1085 - Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo Spain back from the Moors. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
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.
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.
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. The Hippie Subculture was originally a Youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world 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. Art Deco was a popular international design movement from 1925 until 1939 affecting the decorative arts such as Architecture, Interior design, and Industrial
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. African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa West Los Angeles Los Angeles California, a neighborhood of Los Angeles The Westside, a region of Los Angeles County, incorporating 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. A real 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 African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa After the construction of the 405 freeway passed through predominantly Mexican and immigrant communities, they moved further west and into Oakwood. The United Mexican States ( or commonly Mexico (ˈmɛksɪkoʊ () is a federal constitutional Republic in North America. Immigration refers to the movement of people among countries While the movement of people has existed throughout human history at various levels modern immigration implies long-term
The Venice Shoreline Crips and the Latino Venice 13 gang, which are under a shaky truce, continue to remain active in Venice. The Crips are a primarily but not exclusively African American gang founded in Los Angeles California in 1969 mainly by 16-year-old Raymond Venice 13 is a Mexican Street gang based in the Oakwood (aka "Ghost Town" neighborhood of Venice, a district of Los Angeles, 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. Gentrification, or urban gentrification, is the change in an Urban area associated with the movement of more affluent individuals into a lower-class According to a Los Angeles City Beat article, by 2003, many Los Angeles Westside gang members resettled in the city of Inglewood . Inglewood is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County California, southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
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 Los Angeles City Beat,  Xinachtli, a Latino student group from Venice High School and subset of MEChA, refers to Oakwood as one of last beachside communities of color in California. Word origin and usage The term "mecha" is derived from the Japanese abbreviation for the English word " mechanical " Chicanos and Latinos comprise over 50% of Venice High School's student body as of 2007. Chicano (feminine Chicana) is a politically-loaded word for a Mexican American (in the sense of native-born Americans of Mexican ancestry as opposed to Mexican Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
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. Mar Vista is a district on the West Side of Los Angeles California. 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. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (or BGCA) is a national organization whose mission is to “enable all young people especially those who need us most to reach their full potential The Venice United Methodist Church of Venice California, is a member of the of the California-Pacific Conference within the United Methodist Church 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.
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. Public housing is 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. It later came to house working class families. Working class is a term used in academic Sociology and in ordinary conversation to describe depending on context and speaker those employed in specific fields or types Lincoln Place is currently in the midst of an extensive legal battle between past and present tenants 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.
Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic. In the 1950s and 60s, Venice became a center for the Beat generation. There was an explosion of poetry and art. Major participants included Stuart Perkoff, John Thomas, Frank T. Rios, Tony Scibella, Lawrence Lipton, John Haag, Saul White, Robert Farrington and Philomene Long.
Prominent residents of Venice include actresses Julia Roberts, Kate Beckinsale, Lana Clarkson 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 and Mike Muir and most of his Suicidal Tendencies bandmates. Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28 1967 is an American - Academy Award winning Film actress and former Fashion model. Kathryn Bailey "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973 is an English actress, known for her roles in the films Pearl Harbor (2001 For information of the Canadian Supreme Court case involving another woman named Lana Clarkson see Clarkson v Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award - and Golden Globe Award -winning American actress and former Nicolas Cage (born Nicholas Kim Coppola; January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award -winning American actor Tim Meadows (born February 5 1961) is an American Actor and Comedian. Robert Hegyes (born May 7, 1951) is an American actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of Epstein in the 1970s television series Welcome Michael Terry Weiss (born February 2 1962 in Chicago Illinois Not to be confused with Pharrell Williams Perry Farrell (born Peretz Bernstein on March 29, 1959) is an American Joshua Kadison (born  February 8 1963 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American singer-songwriter pianist and writer John Joseph Lydon (born 31 January 1956 in London England also known as Johnny Rotten, is a British Rock musician best known as lead vocalist for the Punk John Anthony Frusciante (pronounced) (born March 5 1970 is an American Guitarist, singer songwriter and record producer Fiona Apple (born Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart on September 13, 1977) is a Grammy-winning American Singer-songwriter. Mike Muir (born March 14, 1964) is the singer for Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves. Suicidal Tendencies (also known as ST or Suicidal) is an American Hardcore punk and heavy metal band Filmmaker Tao Ruspoli and his wife, actress Olivia Wilde live in Venice. Tao Ruspoli (born November 7 1975 is an Italian-American Filmmaker, Photographer, and Musician. Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn March 10, 1984) is an American actress. 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. Frank Owen Gehry CC (born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize -winning Architect
Actor Robert Downey Jr. kept an apartment on the boardwalk during the 1990s. Robert John Downey Jr (born April 4 1965 is an American Harding Avenue is also where the Lennon Sisters of Lawrence Welk fame grew up. The Lennon Sisters were a singing group consisting of four siblings Dianne (born December 1, 1939) Peggy (born April 8, Jim Morrison lived in Venice for two years where he met Ray Manzarek to form the nucleus of The Doors. James Douglas Morrison (December 8 1943—July 3 1971 was an American Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Writer, and Film director Raymond Daniel Manzarek Jr or Manczarek (b 12 February 1939 Illinois) is an American Musician, Singer, producer This article is about the band For their self-titled debut album see The Doors (album; for the Oliver Stone film see The Doors (film; for Doors in computing 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. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger ( German ˌaɐnɔlt aloʏs ˈʃvaɐtsənɛɡɐ born July 30 1947 is an Austrian American Bodybuilder, Actor " Restaurateur 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. Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr (born October 20 1958 is a Golden Globe - and Academy Award -nominated Danish American Theater and movie Rutger Oelsen Hauer (rʏtxər ulsən hʌuər born January 23, 1944) is a Golden Globe -winning Dutch Film Actor. Bryan Christopher Callen (born January 26, 1967) is an American Actor and Comedian. Elijah Jordan Wood (born January 28 1981) is an American Actor. Henry Jaglom (born 26 January 1941, London, England) is a Film director who specializes in independently made dramas loosely based Paul Mazursky (born April 25, 1930) is an American Film director, Screenplay writer and Actor. For many years, pro wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Sting were announced as residing in Venice Beach as well. Terrance "Terry" Gene Bollea (born August 11 1953 better known by his Ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American Actor, and retired professional Standup comedians and street performers have proliferated in Venice, Wavy Gravy and Swami X being two of the more recent hippie busker alumni. Busking is the practice of performing in Public places for Tips and Gratuities. Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Nanton Romney on May 15, 1936) is a life-long activist for peace and personal empowerment best known for his Hippie Swami X (also known as Ex-Swami X or X Swami X) is the stage name of an anonymous Psychedelic Hippie Comedian who frequented The Hippie Subculture was originally a Youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world Busking is the practice of performing in Public places for Tips and Gratuities. Political contributions have been sent from homes in Venice from the actor Dennis Hopper and Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award -nominated American Actor and Film -maker Matthew Abram Groening (ˈɡreɪnɪŋ GRAY-ning) (born February 15 1954 is an American Cartoonist, television producer and writer from Portland South Park creator Matt Stone lives in Venice as well. South Park is an animated American television comedy series created and written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Comedy Central Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an Academy Award - nominated Emmy Award - winning American Animator  Harry Perry, the famous street entertainer, is one of the boardwalk's key performers. Harry Perry is a Venice Beach Boardwalk musician famous for playing an Electric guitar on Rollerblades while wearing a Photographer Helen K. Garber maintains a studio on Ocean Front Walk. 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, Graffiti/Street Artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in Venice in the 80's. Jean-Michel Basquiat ( December 22 1960 - August 12, 1988) was an American Artist. Immature, an R&B group from the 1990's, used to perform on the boardwalk prior to becoming famous. "Immature" redirects here For info on the general word see Wiktionary article Immature
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 preserving 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. 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 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. Christopher Kennedy Lawford (born March 29, 1955) is an American Actor. Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22 1958 is a two-time Golden Globe -winning BAFTA -winning and Emmy -nominated American Film Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English Golden Globe Award and Tony Award winning Actress Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE (born 31 December 1937 is a Welsh Film, stage and Television Actor.
Venice Beach is the headquarters of the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Division of the Fire Department. 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 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 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 Lifeguards safeguard 31 miles (50 km) of beach and 70 miles (110 km) 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, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky Island off the coast of the U
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.
The Los Angeles Fire Department operates Station 63, which serves Venice. The Los Angeles Fire Department ( LAFD) also known as the Los Angeles City Fire Department to distinguish it from the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Venice is served by many Los Angeles Unified School District schools. Venice High School is a public school located in western Los Angeles California within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Los Angeles Unified School District (" LAUSD " is the largest (in terms of number of students Public school system in California. The neighborhood is served by Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School and Westminster Avenue Elementary School. Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elem School is a public elementary school in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles California, with 443 students in grades K-5 Westminster Avenue School is a public elementary school in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, with about 600 students in grades K-5 Students go on to Mark Twain Middle School. High school students attend Venice High School, which is actually in the neighborhood of Mar Vista. Venice High School is a public school located in western Los Angeles California within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mar Vista is a district on the West Side of Los Angeles California.
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.
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Venice - Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch. This library serves the city of Los Angeles For the library serving the county, see County of Los Angeles Public Library.
Venice hosts numerous organizations including Venice Arts: In Neighborhoods which offers free art education to youth.
Dozens of movies and hundreds of television shows have used locations in Venice, including its beach, its pleasure piers, the canals and colonnades, the boardwalk, the high school, even a particular hamburger stand.  Various Venice venues are visible in this list of selected media: