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Venice Homeless Encampment For Lease

Fire At Venice Canals Homeless Encampment

On Saturday, a fire broke out at the homeless encampment on Venice Blvd. next to the Venice Canals.

Venice Boardwalk Friday Homeless Clean Up



Mornings in Venice Beach 12/3/21 Friday. Video by Cop Watch Venice

"Sanitation and park rangers are back on the boardwalk after a long break. LAPD has been chasing people away in the middle of the night even though the city, state and US Supreme Court says it's not allowed without shelter available. Seems LAPD is trying to help our council member who's facing a recall look better for some strange reason. And now there's trash everywhere that sanitation is not allowed to touch, because there's no homeless people with it. Absolutely none of the city departments communicate and it always leads to more chaos and while they break rules and laws constantly to harm our community, for some reason if it means picking up trash, they act like it's a sin and there's no way they can touch it. The trash is then left to sit for weeks as seen in the Westchester Park videos. I decided to end the video in the Venice canals where it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Venice has also been getting more people returning from the homeless hotel housing programs because the city decided Christmas was a perfect time to close three locations at once. Now people are being shuffled around until they go into the neighborhood and in front of someone's house. Then they say it's allowed. I'm surprised all the homeowners support this instead of moving people indoors or at least in areas that aren't in use.

Remember the city of Los Angeles turned down federal funding to house every homeless person in LA during the pandemic and spends $1 million a day on sanitation, $3 million on LAPD and countless millions on outreach that only walks around, all while claiming to not have enough money to do any of their responsibilities. Not one person has to stay on the street, a large group of residents in Los Angeles allow it by begging for enforcement, rather than stopping politicians from misappropriating funding. Currently 4 people die per day while experiencing homelessness in LA because people support this."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal

King Tides This Weekend



Unusually high "King Tides" up to 7.3 feet will affect our beaches through Sunday, with the highest tides occurring between 0800-0930 each morning. Minor coastal overflow will be possible in some areas, along with a chance of minor beach erosion.

Jacks Surfboards 20% Off Holiday Sale




Get your holiday shopping done early this year with Jacks' Holiday Sale!

20% OFF store and sitewide at Jackssurfboards.com
Use Promo Code "SECRETSANTA" or show this flyer in stores to receive discount.⁠ ⁠

(This sale excluded Bikes, Wetsuits/booties, Surfboards, Bodyboards, Gopro, Rainbow, Snow Gear, Gift Cards, and already discounted items.)


Hydro Flask Holiday Sale



Hydro Flask is having a sale and is offering 25% Off Hydro Flask Products (prices will be marked down already).



Vehicle Break Ins Along PCH

Due to the huge increase in surfers' vehicles getting broken into along PCH, LAPD put out this flyer:



Our photographers have watched first hand these pieces of shit casing vehicles at surf spots such as Sunset, Topanga and the spots in Malibu. But unless caught in the act, police will do nothing. Hell, even if caught in the act, the scumbag city officials have told the police not to arrest anyone, so the city has made it more enticing for those a-holes to keep stealing from everyone.

So do not hide you keys on your tires or under the car. These pieces of trash sit in vehicles and watch. Some will slowly walk along the park cars looking for the keys.

Yeah, we seen a number of surfers hiding the keys under their vehicles all the time.

At least, get a good key lockbox to deter these assholes.

Very Foggy Day In Venice



Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach, and the nearby communities.

"Today was a very foggy day on Venice Beach, you could not see the ocean from the boardwalk. Almost no people on the beach. I had to wear my thick down jacket to keep warm. I rode my scooter to the Venice Pier to match up some movie locations from the movie Falling Down with Michael Douglas. I also went to the Venice canals to match up pictures from the famous group The Doors."

If you would like to support German in Venice with some gas money or you want to buy him a coffee, you are welcome to donate to his paypal account: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice

La Monica Ballroom 1924



"Constructed in 1924, the La Monica Ballroom was the largest ballroom on the westcoast. Its 15,000 square foot dance floor could accomodate 5000 dancers. The building's Spanish stucco exterior was crowned with a dozen towering minarets that were lit up at night."

Photo via the Fred Basten Collection

Venice Sign Holiday Lighting



Join the Venice Chamber of Commerce, special guests and your community for what has become a beloved tradition of changing the lights on the Venice Sign from white to red and green for the holidays!

Now in its 10th year, Windward Avenue east of Pacific Avenue will be closed for the event to include live music, a poster contest, and activities for the whole family.

Date and Time
Saturday Dec 4, 2021
6:15 PM - 9:00 PM PST

6:15 pm - Festivities start at Windward Ave. (east of Pacific)
8:00 pm - Holiday Lighting of the Venice Sign

Location
At the VENICE Sign
Windward Avenue & Pacific Ave
Venice, CA

Dense Coastal Fog This Week



Areas of dense fog already impacting coastal areas from the Santa Barbara South Coast to the Ventura & LA Coasts. Visibilities are under 1/4 mile in some areas! Boaters use extra caution.

Malibu Power Outages Continue



PSPS power outages continue in some parts of Malibu, power is restored in some areas. Traffic signals are functioning. Red Flag fire conditions w/high wind, low humidity continue.

UPDATE 11/26/2021 – PSPS POWER OUTAGES IN MALIBU

City Public Works Crews maintained emergency generators overnight to keep traffic signals in operation. SCE has re-energized some circuits and is working to restore all other circuits currently deenergized in the Malibu area. All circuits are off PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoff) period of concern, subject to change.

Jacks Surfboards 20% Off Sale



Get your holiday shopping done early this year with Jacks' Pre-Black Friday Sale!

20% OFF store and sitewide at Jackssurfboards.com
Use Promo Code "PRESALE2021" or show this flyer in stores to receive discount.⁠ ⁠

(This sale excluded Bikes, Wetsuits/booties, Surfboards, Bodyboards, Gopro, Rainbow, Snow Gear, Gift Cards, and already discounted items.)

Thanksgiving Morning In Venice Beach



Mornings in Venice Beach 11/25/21 Thanksgiving day. Video by Cop Watch Venice

"Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This morning LAPD is out taking pictures of homeless people for some reason, the beach is a mess after a windy day and multiple encampments being broken up but not cleaned, and there's a Thanksgiving lunch for anyone in need on Rose ave. "

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal

Multiple Traffic Signals Out In Malibu



Multiple traffic signals are out in Malibu due to SCE Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) due to high winds & Red Flag fire conditions. Motorists should proceed with extreme caution - approach dark intersections as an all-way stop sign, beware debris.

Temporary generators are being deployed to get them operating due to the widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) implemented by Southern California Edison (SCE).

Crews are patrolling around Malibu and clearing debris from roadways and working on downed power lines in multiple locations. City Public Works crews are patrolling Malibu monitoring for road hazards, power lines, or any other hazards.

Overnight, a falling tree took down power lines and communications cables on PCH at Heathercliff, Point Dume approximately 1:30 AM. Wires down reported at 2:53 AM at Fernhill Dr, Point Dume; at 6:34 AM at PCH and Paradise Cove; at 8:11 AM at Cross Creek and Civic Center Way; at 8:37 AM at Sweetwater Mesa near Malibu Pier, at 8:40 AM at Big Rock.

Power Outages For Malibu



Southern California Edison has implemented a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), cutting off power proactively to the Cuthbert Circuit in western Malibu (Latigo Cyn Rd to Bonsall Dr, and from PCH approximately one mile inland) due to current Red Flag fire conditions.

SCE had notified the City and customers that it is considering a PSPS on the following circuits, covering most of western Malibu beginning at noon today through 9 a.m. on Friday (subject to change): Merlin, Galahad, and Maguire most of western Malibu.

Malibu residents should be prepared for potential fires, power outages, downed branches and power lines and other wind-related hazards during the current conditions. Under California law, motorists must approach any intersection with a non-functioning traffic signal as if it were an all-way stop sign.

PREPARATIONS UPDATE
City staff are making preparations for the Red Flag event and potential/anticipated/ongoing Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) activations over the following three days:

• City Public works has been coordinating Caltrans to ensure we have back-up power for traffic signals. They have checked the battery backup systems on all the traffic signals from Trancas to Paradise Cove. All are working.

• City Public Works’ street maintenance crews are on standby, ready to be dispatched, and have placed the changeable message signs in western Malibu, displaying information regarding the PSPS and that traffic signals may be out.

• SCE may deploy a mobile Community Crew Vehicle set up at Bluffs Park depending on duration of the shut-off.

• City EOC staff have been placed on alert.

• The Fire and Sheriff’s Department have increased staffing and Sheriff’s Department has increased patrols.

The current weather outlook for Wednesday afternoon November 24:
• Red Flag remains in effect due to high winds and low humidity until 6:00 PM Friday
• Areas in and around Malibu currently meet Red Flag criteria or are very close
• The peaks winds for this event will be tonight (Wednesday) through Thursday afternoon with gusts of 40 to 60 mph
• Winds will decrease Thursday afternoon through Saturday
• Humidity will lower tonight then further lower Thursday and Friday into the 2 to 10 percent range, overnight recoveries will remain poor

10th Annual Venice Holiday Sign Lighting



Join the Venice Chamber of Commerce, special guests and your community for what has become a beloved tradition of changing the lights on the Venice Sign from white to red and green for the holidays!

Now in its 10th year, Windward Avenue east of Pacific Avenue will be closed for the event to include live music, a poster contest, and activities for the whole family.

Date and Time
Saturday Dec 4, 2021
6:15 PM - 9:00 PM PST

6:15 pm - Festivities start at Windward Ave. (east of Pacific)
8:00 pm - Holiday Lighting of the Venice Sign

Location
At the VENICE Sign
Windward Avenue & Pacific Ave
Venice, CA

Red Flag Warning For Malibu



National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Malibu Sunday, 11/21, 9AM - Monday, 11/22, 3PM. due to unseasonably warm temperatures, high winds, and low humidities.

Dangerous sea conditions in nearshore waters, mainly from Ventura to Santa Monica and across the San Pedro Channel, are also expected due to offshore winds.

Residents should be prepared for potential fires, evacuations, power and traffic signal outages, downed tree limbs and powerlines, hazardous driving conditions, debris in the road way. Residents should monitor emergency and weather updates on local AM and FM radio (which will work with handcrank, solar, battery-powered and car radios if the power is out). The City will send out emergency alerts as needed and post all emergency information on the website www.malibucity.org.

Trancas Canyon Park and Charmlee Wilderness Park will be closed during the Red Flag Warning period.

Santa Monica Tree Lighting Ceremony



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Claus lights the 24-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica on Friday, November 19, 2021.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony featured performances by Samohi Madrigals, Lincoln Middle School Madrigals, Santa Monica Youth Orchestra Mariachi Perla del Oeste, and Santa Monica Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) brings the holidays to the Third Street Promenade with the return of Winterlit, transforming the downtown district into an immersive, festive experience. Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garlands deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences."

Support Santa Monica Closeup/Fabian Lewkowicz with Venmo or PayPal to help earn money to make these videos:

https://venmo.com/u/santamonicacloseup

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fabianlewkowicz

Ocean Avenue Community Pop-Up Art Event



The Santa Monica community is invited to a one-day pop-up art event to experience Ocean Avenue and Palisades Park in a new way on Saturday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The temporary art installation component between Broadway and Colorado Avenue will remain on view through early 2022.

The pop-up event is hosted through the City of Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue Artists in Residence Program, part of the Ocean Avenue Project. The project aims to revitalize and enhance public use of the streetscape. The first phase of the Ocean Avenue Project focused on roadway enhancements including a protected bike lane and expansion of the eastern sidewalk for additional outdoor dining. For the next phase, Here LA, the interdisciplinary design firm selected as the Ocean Avenue Artists in Residence, will lead an arts-based community engagement process to gather feedback about how the street could be improved to better utilize its public spaces, support local businesses, and connect to adjacent corridors.

On Saturday, December 4, the interactive event will explore ways of improving the street for a more people-centered experience and will feature:

A temporary large-scale art installation mounted atop the park’s edge, between Broadway and Colorado Avenue. The installation features transparent wire letters that spell out the phrase, “WE ARE A DROP WE ARE THE OCEAN” (rendering pictured above), providing a moment of reflection as well as photo opportunities. The installation seeks to draw attention to the west side of the street and to create a unique visual that further complements the views. The installation will remain on view through early 2022.
Prototypes of large play furniture in various colors and shapes that invite climbing and interacting.
A colorful activity where participants show their feedback on how they think the street could be improved by throwing a powdered color ball on the ground in front of their favorite option. The activity will create a mural of color on the ground.

The event and activities were informed by conversations with local stakeholders and over 500 survey responses from the Santa Monica community. Here LA found that what people valued most about the street is its natural setting, the unique location of the street and park atop the bluff, and of course, the view. Competing with this natural beauty however is the street itself, which is a key gateway to nearby destinations. Much of the corridor’s physical space is dedicated to roadway and vehicles, which separates people from the park and views. To bridge this divide, Here LA is using urban planning and temporary artistic activations to explore ways of improving the street for a more pedestrian-friendly experience and to enliven the space and engage passersby.

For more information, visit SantaMonica.gov/Ocean-Avenue-Project.

Homeless Guy Drives His SUV In The Sand At Venice



Mornings in Venice Beach 11/19/21. Video by Cop Watch Venice

"The Friday boardwalk homeless clean up AKA sweep, is scheduled and LAPD and sanitation were already waiting to start at 3 am. After not wanting to be filmed doing something they were not supposed to be doing, they sat around for 8 hours, then left. Meanwhile a homeless guy who drove onto the sand and got stuck yesterday, has been camped out since without a complaint. Somebody finally called LAPD about it today, so they showed up and had police impound tow it.."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal

Weekend Surf Outlook



Saturday, November 20th: 2-3’ surf off combo of swells. Blend of easing SSW swell and refreshed NW swell will offer a decent little morning window. Average combo spots see waist high surf. Good spots of western North LA see sets to chest high. Light/variable morning wind stays down into the early afternoon with light onshore flow out of the W expected. Bit more onshore flow for some spots deeper into the afternoon.

Sunday, November 21st: 1-3’ surf off mix of swells. Top OC spots up to 3’+. Offshore wind, strong in some areas. Both the NW and SSW swells will be coming down and the surf will be small, falling under waist high for most. Top NW, SSW and combo spots are still waist high and a touch better on the morning tide push. Breezy offshore NE wind develop through most of the morning.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks To Venice Beach Homeless



Mornings in Venice Beach 11/18/21 Thursday. Video by Cop Watch Venice

"This Thursday I ran into a guy with his car stuck in the sand, a rooster riding a skateboard and Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to work out at gold's gym, and comes to the Hampton Ave homeless encampment clean up, where he has a conversation with LAPD and a local homeless woman."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal

Man With Replica Gun At Beach



On November 16, 2021, at about 2:30 PM, SMPD units responded to a “man with a gun” call at Chess Park (1652 Ocean Front Walk). Officers safely made contact with the individual and due to extensive training were able to quickly identify that the items in his bag were parts of an airsoft rifle and could not be fully assembled into a working device. An airsoft gun often resembles a traditional firearm but shoots nonlethal, plastic pellets. No other weapon or replica of a weapon was located. Contrary to rumor, there were no victims of criminal threats nor brandishing of this replica firearm. The male subject surrendered the parts of the airsoft to our officers.

We understand and share the concern from the community. The individual in possession of the replica rifle did not meet the criteria for an involuntary psychiatric hold. Per current law, officers collected as much personal information as possible and confiscated the airsoft parts. Penal Code 20170 is the California gun law that makes it a crime for a person to display an imitation firearm in public. A first offense violation is treated as an infraction and not punishable by imprisonment.

We thank the community members that reported the incident and remind you that we count on all residents to be an extension of SMPD. Your extra eyes and ears are an essential piece of the crime prevention and policing puzzle. Please continue to report criminal behavior by calling 9-1-1 or 310-458-8491 (non-emergency dispatch).

Santa Monica Robbery - Shooting



Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Detectives are investigating an armed robbery involving a shooting that occurred on November 15, 2021.

On Monday at about 2:00 PM the victim involved in this incident parked his vehicle in the 2600 block of 34th Street when a black sedan stopped in front of him. The front passenger of that vehicle walked to the victim’s vehicle, pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s cellphone and wallet. Fearing for his life, the victim gave him both.

The suspect returned to his vehicle and fled. The victim followed behind the suspects and while traveling eastbound on Pico Blvd the suspect leaned out the passenger side window and fired multiple rounds at the victim. The victim continued to follow until the suspects were last seen driving eastbound on the I10 freeway on-ramp at Centinela Ave.

Suspect Vehicle: Newer black Nissan Versa (or similar) 4 door sedan with dark tinted windows, black and chrome wheels

Suspect 1: Passenger - Male White or Hispanic, late twenties, straight shoulder-length brown hair, brown or grey eyes, wearing a hoodie and a black bandana that covered the lower half of his face

Suspect 2: Driver – Unknown

Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident, the suspect or vehicle involved, is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Tavera at 310-458-2256 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310- 458-8426.

Venice Sand Berms Are Back



The sand berms are back in Venice Beach for the winter storms. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Santa Monica Winterlit Holiday Festival

Winterlit returns to Downtown Santa Monica to brighten up the holiday season as Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) transforms the world-class Third Street Promenade into an immersive one stop holiday experience.



Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) brings the holidays to the Third Street Promenade with the return of Winterlit, transforming the downtown district into an immersive, festive experience. Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences.

Santa comes to the Promenade on Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m. for the annual lighting of the official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall holiday tree. Performances by Samohi Madrigals, Lincoln Middle School Madrigals, Santa Monica Youth Orchestra Mariachi Perla del Oeste, and Santa Monica Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.



Nightly menorah lightings will celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season from Sunday, November 28 through Monday, December 6. The lighting of the menorah will begin at sundown and take place on the 1400 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway).



For a one-stop holiday shopping destination, the Conscious Night Market will be on the Promenade, Saturday, December 4 from 4 – 9 p.m. hosted by Fit Girl Club LA. The pop-up artisan market features unique goods from over 40 local vendors, elevated and sustainable brands in addition to live music and free kombucha. The SoCal Etsy Guild comes to downtown for two dates: Saturday, November 20 and Saturday, December 18 from 2 – 9 p.m., featuring local Southern California-based artists, crafters and designers. Shoppers can support local businesses while finding something for everyone on their gift list.

Steps from the Promenade, Santa Monica Place will offer an array of festive activities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season. Santa Clause will be in town and available for photos November 19 through December 24. Visitors and shoppers can also catch special performances by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles, and the 14-foot larger-than-life Snow Globe. Bring your furry friend to a special pet night and "sit" for a photo with Santa on December 15 and 16. Visit SantaMonicaPlace.com for more information.

Brush Fire Near Topanga Beach



Fire fighters put out a small brush fire on the ocean side of PCH east of Topanga Canyon today. It's that area were near Topanga where all those RVs have taken up residency. The "cause of the fire is under investigation".

Dense Fog Returns



Dense fog is quickly developing, and should push into coastal sections this afternoon and evening. Visibilities well below 1 mile are expected

Mighty Under Dogs - A Conversation



Live conversation with Tim from the Mighty Under Dogs

The Mighty Under Dogs is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to the recreational rehabilitation of participants by exposing them to adaptive surfing taught by world-class instructors.

Board Thief Caught



Video by Venice Gallerie

"This guy thought he'd skate away with the skateboard he stole, but two guys chased him down and got the board back."

Weekend Surf Forecast



Saturday, November 13th: 2-3’+ surf off combo of swells. Better summer/combo spots 4’+. Holding SSW swell as NW swell mix gradually creeps up through the day. Decent combo spots should see playful waist-stomach high surf for the small wave gear with focal points up to chest high at times. Light to locally moderate offshore wind early trends onshore through the morning, ahead of light westerly wind in the afternoon.

Sunday, November 14th: 3-4’ surf off combo of swells. Better summer/combo spots 4-5’+. Continued Southern Hemisphere energy (old SSW swell lingers as long period energy of a new SSW creeps in) and gradually rising NW swell mix. Decent combo spots should see playful waist-chest high surf with focal points up to shoulder high at times. Light to locally moderate offshore wind early trends onshore through the morning, ahead of light+ westerly wind in the afternoon.

Into The Labyrinth



The Annenberg Community Beach House has commissioned artist Lars Howlett to create two temporary site-specific walkable labyrinths in the sand and one on hardscape for Out-of-the-Blue, a program of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. Labyrinths cultivate peace and bring the community together by providing a container for a reflective experience in a focused and sacred space. Join us at the Beach House on November 13 and 14 to experience the potential of labyrinths to create and hold space for stress reduction, healing, reflection, and community building through art.

Into the Labyrinth at the Annenberg Community Beach House November 13 and 14, 2021

Reservations are not required to walk the three labyrinths. However, facilitators will be available to answer questions about labyrinths, walking meditation, and mindfulness on:

Saturday, November 13: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, November 14: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Two manual beach wheelchairs will be available for the sand labyrinths.
For more info: Click Here.

Large Wooden Board Floats Through Topanga Surf

A large wooded board floated in from the ocean and through the surf at Topanga on Saturday. Photos by Six12 Media.





Comprehensive Cleaning Of Venice Beach Returns