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Venice311 Founder Gets Restraining Order Against Boston Dawna

Dawna Chaet, a former Venice resident and self-proclaimed "vigilante," is ordered to have no contact with Alex Thompson for 18 months.

The founder of Venice311, a website devoted to real-time police scanner activity, was granted a restraining order Tuesday against a former Venice anti-crime activist.

A Superior Court judge handed out an 18-month restraining order against Dawna Chaet, better known as Boston Dawna, which will make it illegal for her to contact Venice311's Alex Thompson in any way.

Chaet, who moved to Boston more than a year ago, did not attend the hearing in which Thompson alleged that Chaet has been digitally harassing her, publishing personal information, including her home address. Chaet told people Thompson was "sleeping with cops, going into crime scenes and being a criminal," Thompson told the judge.

"This is a straightforward stalking case," Thompson's attorney, Benjamin Brin, said.

"I never wanted to be here," Thompson said after the hearing. "It's been awful." Thompson said her home was vandalized after Chaet posted her address, and she had to move.

Venice311, the website Thompson founded and runs, is best known for its Twitter feed, which rebroadcasts local messages from the LAPD scanner. The group behind the site also posts before and after images from graffiti cleanups, and video from alleged crimes in progress. Thompson was also instrumental in getting surveillance cameras on the boardwalk.

Venice311 launched this year and was both the recipient of an LA Weekly award for best police blog and the subject of an incendiary article in the publication, which highlighted some of the allegations against Thompson.

In a way, the site took over Chaet's role in the community as a citizen watchdog. "I think she's extremely jealous," Thompson said at the hearing.

For her part, Chaet alleges that Thompson is a con artist and a felon— an allegation the LA Weekly reporter found to be true.

In a May email, Chaet wrote, "Alex Thompson is using the police department and police scanner through Venice 311 to harass, stalk, threaten, terrorize, intimidate and procure privileged information to use against anyone who stands in her way."

The email, which went to an undisclosed list of recipients, ended, in part, "I am very upset and saddened to learn that a female career criminal was able to con her way into LAPD and the community. I was able to catch hundreds of criminals for 40 or so years. Now I am 3,000 miles away and still trying to protect my friends, community and LAPD."

Chaet did not immediately respond to a call for comment on the restraining order.

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stevn jones September 07, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Way to go Alex. That Boston Dawna is a real head case. She is one Crazy B.....
carolyn rios September 07, 2011 at 06:42 AM
311@lacity.org this will get you directly to city, and I have found response to be very fast. they will take reports and questions on anything from zoning to crime to trash to whatever. No need to go through either Alex or Dawna
madeleine gallay September 07, 2011 at 02:43 PM
so relieved ... the meanness was horrifying, cannot imagine what it's like to be stalked thank you Alex and bravo for everything you do and thanks for letting us depend on you
Steve September 07, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Such viciousness from the city of love.
Diane September 07, 2011 at 05:12 PM
There was never any reason to go through you and the Neighborhood Council either Carolyn. At least the above mentioned aren't a waste of our tax dollars like the VNC.
betty lora September 08, 2011 at 04:45 PM
So happy those crazy Bs are hassling each other and not the neighborhood . GO GIRLS !
Linda Lucks September 09, 2011 at 06:37 AM
Thanks Carolyn for providing the City's direct contact information for those who wish direct contact. If anyone wants to organize a Neighborhood Watch, you can contact LAPD directly for a Senior Lead officer to attend your block meeting or contact the chair of the VNC Public Safety Committee, Nick Hippisley-Coxe, Publicsafety@Venicenc.org, also THE resident expert on Disaster Preparedness and a member of the Community Police Advisory Council (CPAB). Graffiti cleanup is provided by the City free within 24 hours by contacting:graffiti@www.pgs.net . There is plenty of good works for all of us in Venice to do by being positive and adult in word and deed.
Linda Lucks September 09, 2011 at 06:41 AM
I am picking up a can of graffiti removal for my block tomorrow! Why wait at all?
Todd von Hoffmann September 13, 2011 at 06:17 PM
To Marva King, Please go get a nice massage or an ice cream. Whatever your differences with VNC officers Linda Lucks & Carolyn Rios they are terrific citizens who work tirelessly for Venice. They're also great fun to hang out with. Join us at the next VNC Oakwood BBQ and we'll feed you and give you a kazoo - anything to occupy your mouth more positively.
Venice Residents September 16, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Venice311 has done more for the community in one week than that Boston Dawna has done in her years with her arm chair police scanner. Alex, it's time to take out the trash.
catman September 16, 2011 at 09:39 PM
This restraining order is just another example of the intimidation tactics being used by Alex Thompson and her fellow travelers to silence anybody that exposes them as the bunch of hypocrites and criminals they all are. And by the way Ms. Thompson its illegal to ride a bicycle on the boardwalk, even electric ones. But I guess the "law is the law" doesn't apply to you does it ?
Kendra September 18, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Catman your post is almost word for word exactly the same as an email sent around by Boston Dawna. Exactly. Silencing people. Hypocrites. Intimidation tactics. How is being granted a restraining order an intimidation tactic? Dawna just cant seem to accept that 40 years of cussing people out and getting nothing but a sadsack sendoff staged at the police station is it. The end. She is gone. She cant take that Alex got an award in just a few months or attention or has thousands of twitter followers that benefit from what she does. Dawna is jealous and is a sad bitter emotionally embattled woman. She always was. The community has happily moved on from your foul terror Dawna and friends. The same few people keep playing this out of tune violin. Alex provides a great service and was out again today with a team picking up trash and painting over tagging. What do you do besides complain? Really. What do you do "catman" besides post Dawnas emails almost word for word.
Samantha Page September 23, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Since you only joined Patch to add this one comment, it seems misleading that you would use the name "Alex." Let's refrain from these games, OK? Thanks, Samantha
Venice Bob October 01, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Thank God, Boston Dawna is a real jerk. Spreading lies around the community. Venice 311 is a god sent to Venice.
Venice Fan October 01, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Boston Dawna when you mess with the bull, you get the horns.......
Venice Fan October 01, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Hey Dawna WINK WINK
Venice Fan October 01, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Boston Dawna this takes the cake........
Amie Thompson October 01, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Dawna who is chasing who????
Oprah October 05, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Fact - Alex Thompson of Venice 311 is a proven liar and con artist.
Dr. OZ October 06, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Fact-Boston Dawna is a fake
Geraldo October 06, 2011 at 06:36 AM
Who cares about someone in Boston! Fact - Alex Thompson of Venice 311 is a proven liar and con artist. Opinion- Alex Thompson has Weasel teeth so she never smiles.
Weasel Teeth October 09, 2011 at 09:54 AM
Geraldo those weasel teeth have taken a big bite out of crime in Venice. I would like to see those weasel teeth take a bite out of your ass.
Boston Phony October 18, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Boston Dawana did an about face on Alex and Venice 311. If Alex was guilty of any crimes, why did BD form alliances with her in the first place. Boston Dawana you really turned out to be a phony. Stop fooling the Venice community with all your twisted nonsence.
tony vera March 03, 2012 at 09:00 PM
You got me real good i am suing her now i was told not to deal with her lets see what the court ill do about my site she took off line i paid her good to do the tonyvera site jokes on me
Billy Dunwoody March 03, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Hey, i operate and founded culvercity311.org and culvercity311 on twitter, and this boston dawna is ridiculous. She constantly harasses Alex, and now is starting to harass me. Alex ftom venice311 has done everything for me, designing the website and helped me get followers. The victim is Alex.
digiblizzo March 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Boston Dawna and Venice311 are all in the same boat for constantly painting Venice as a dangerous, drug-depraved hippie haven! Tell the TRUTH and maybe respect will follow...
Rose Ave March 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM
LAPD needs to explain how Alex Thompson of Venice 311, a convicted felon, is in possession of a police scanner and uses it to alert other criminals of LAPD officers whereabouts in real time which is aiding and abetting the criminals and putting officers at risk. Ex-cons are not legally allowed to be in possession of police scanners and it is an additional crime to share the information heard on the scanner with others. What sort of deal did Captain Peters make to sell out our community? LAPD has had Venice311 as paid sponsor at their local events. I am disgusted to say, but it appears that LAPD bends laws and supports these hate mongers at Venice311 for their donation money. Maybe some cops should be arrested.
Max May 18, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I have had a real experience with Alex Thompson. To be straight forward. She is not only a prejudice person, but she is also a biased one. She twists the truth on her blogs to certain favors that fits her interests. I have read some of her blogs that transpired in Venice; Moreover, those blogs were stripped from any merits. Indeed, she should be stripped from this responsibility. As a resident, I do not feel proud to have a person trying to watch and observe with bias in our community. Venice Local.

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