VENICE (CBSLA) — Cellphone video shows flames once again erupting on the Venice Boardwalk over the weekend from one of the hundreds of tents that line the iconic space.
Venice residents say they are sympathetic to their unhoused neighbors living on the boardwalk, but want something done about the recent uptick in violence and fires. (CBSLA)
“I worry about the people out there,” Geno Quaid, a resident, said. “I mean, those are people, they’re part of our community.”
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Quaid lives in a house that overlooks the boardwalk and the sprawling encampment. He said the fires happen all the time.
“There’s violence, I’d say, every night: screaming, yelling, people creating anarchy,” he said. “Used to be a beautiful place to have friends over. Now, no one wants to hang out on Venice Beach.”
This weekend’s fire was just one in a string of blazes and violent incidents reported in recent months. One blaze from January spread to nearby buildings, causing massive amounts of damage. The incidents have started to take a toll on residents.
“I’m worried,” Emma Kazarian, a resident, said. “Around here, it’s a very bad situation. Nobody cares about nobody. I mean, police officers just go, they don’t give any attention.”