Venice balks at beach blockades: Locals oppose barriers and surveillance cameras planned after driver’s Aug. 6 boardwalk attack
By Gary Walker, The Argonaut
Traffic barriers and other safety measures planned for Venice Beach after a driver plowed through boardwalk crowds in August got an icy reception from seaside residents during a Tuesday community forum on public safety.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin proposed installing short, vertical posts known as bollards to block vehicles from entering Ocean Front Walk immediately following the tragedy.
On Aug. 6, 38-year-old Nathan Louis Campbell of Colorado allegedly drove onto the boardwalk and, according to witnesses, intentionally targeted pedestrians, killing 32-year-old Italian tourist Alice Gruppioni and injuring 16 others.
In addition to traffic bollards, city officials have also proposed lighting upgrades as well as a network of Los Angeles Police Dept.-monitored surveillance cameras and public address speakers along the boardwalk.
A few of the more than 100 people who gathered for the town hall at Westminster Avenue Elementary School spoke in favor of better lighting or a stronger in-person police presence, but a vast majority of speakers railed against setting up barriers and installing police cameras.
Surveillance, roadblocks — “this is not what Venice is about,” said Lisa Acock, a Venice artist.
Ira Koslow, a public school teacher and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council, was skeptical traffic bollards would be an effective deterrent. Witnesses claim Campbell drove around barriers off Dudley Avenue to enter the boardwalk, according to reports.
“If someone wants to drive onto Ocean Front Walk, they’re going to do it,” Koslow said. “None of those things are going to work.”
neighborhood council has yet to vote on the proposals. More
ON THE BOARDWALK
preliminary hearing for the man who drove a car on the Venice Boardwalk
in August, killing one and injuring 16, was set for mid-November,
according to an article on KGFO.
Louis Campbell, 38, is accused of murder, assault with a deadly weapon
and 17 counts of felony hit-and-run for the Aug. 3rd incident in which
32-year-old Italian tourist Alice Gruppioni was killed. He was in court
in Los Angeles Tuesday.
Campbell's attorney, Phillip Dube told reporters Campbell did not
intend to hurt anyone and said his car may have had mechanical
problems. Dube said there's "much more to this story," and addressed
his client's mental competency and whether or not drugs or alcohol
played a role. More
The Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival
a project of the Venice Neighborhood Council and the City of
Los Angeles, kicked off on November 1, 2013. The Venice Neighborhood Council (“VNC”) will collect new, unwrapped,
non-violent toys at various locations in Venice from
November 1, 2013 through December 5, 2013.
Saturday December 7, 2013 - 10 am - 2 pm
VNC will give the toys away to local kids during a
fun-filled day at Oakwood Recreation Center
Toys can be dropped off through December 5, 2013 at: (1) Abbot's Habit, 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; (2) Bank of Venice, 80 Windward Ave.; (3) Oscar’s Cerveteca, 523 Rose Ave.; (4) The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd.; (5) the VNC booth at the Venice Farmers’ Market (Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), intersection of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way; and (6) the VNC Board meeting on November 19, 2013, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
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