Welcome aboard, and as others have said, thank you for your service.
I have good friends who live in Venice, my grandparents lived there on Superba Ave for many many years.
It seems to have become a bit of an enclave for the Hollywood set these days. While standing out in the street, Tim Robbins stopped in for a chat. (He is a very big dude!)
Anyway, LA county is one of the more challenging counties in our fair state. Good luck with your quest and let us know how any of us (especially those in LA County) may be able to assist you.
"I'm sorry, I forgot you were there..... You may go now" - Doc Holiday