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Venice Handball Courts Getting Cleaned Up Video

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

"Today, on April 15, the city of Los Angeles started cleaning up the handball courts homeless encampments in Venice Beach, California. They came with the big Caterpillar and cleaned out each handball court. Now they have to disinfect the handball court and then it will be repainted."

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Venice Beach Homeless Fights 2021 Part 2

"An early morning fight between homeless encampment residents on the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. Police did not respond, no arrests made."

Venice Hand Ball Courts Getting Cleaned Up

Earlier this month, the city put up notices that the homeless encampments will be cleaned out of the Venice Hand Ball Courts on April 15th. And these photos from @VeniceIntel taken today shows that the area is actually being cleaned up.

Man With Loaded Rifle And Guns Harasses Women At ZUma

On April 11, 2021, deputies assigned to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to Zuma Beach, Malibu, after receiving reports of a suspicious male harassing female patrons of the beach.

Upon their arrival the deputies were directed to an individual whom they identified as Mr. Kyle Kiddy, a resident of Riverside County, California. While speaking to Mr. Kiddy the deputies observed him to be armed with a rifle which was partially concealed by his long trench coat, a violation of California Penal Code section 25400, for which he was detained.

During the subsequent detention and investigation, the deputies discovered Mr. Kiddy was concealing an additional three firearms and associated ammunition on his person, as well as other items of evidence within his vehicle which was parked nearby.

All the guns he had on him were loaded. Lt. Jim Braden of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station estimated that Kiddy had between 1,200 and 1,500 rounds of ammunition in the car and on his body.

On April 13, 2021, the facts of the above incident were presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who filed multiple charges against Mr. Kiddy who remains in police custody.

Kyle Kiddy, 34, is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Santa Monica Gas Prices

Short-Term Surf Forecast

According to Surfline: SW swell tops out Thu-Fri as small new NW swell mixes in.

Thursday, April 15th: Fun 2-3’+ waves on average, 3-4’+ at summer magnets. Clean AM returns.
Improved morning conditions as new SW swell peaks, steep-angled NW swell mix continuing to blend in. Average breaks across the region are around waist-stomach high and serviceable on the small wave gear as summer focal points pull in occasional chest-shoulder high sets through the favored tides (early tide push for most spots). Variable to light offshore winds prevails early then wind gradually trends onshore through the morning ahead of light to moderate WNW wind in the afternoon.

Friday, April 16th: Fun 2-3’+ waves on average, 3-4’+ at summer magnets. Clean AM.
Clean morning conditions as SW swell holds, steep-angled NW swell mix blends in. Average breaks across the region are around waist-stomach high and serviceable on the small wave gear as summer focal points pull in occasional chest-shoulder high sets through the favored tides (AM tide push for most spots). Light/variable winds prevails early then wind gradually trends onshore through the morning ahead of light to moderate WNW wind in the afternoon.

Venice Heritage Museum

At 3.4 square miles, Venice, California is a small town with an impossibly large footprint on the world. For more than 100 years, Venice has been a multi-cultural mecca for creativity, diversity, and personal expression.

However, in this time of rapid change, the people, stories, and events that have made Venice, California a global destination are at risk of being forgotten.

The Venice Heritage Museum is an opportunity to preserve and celebrate over a century's worth of stories, collections, and archives from one of America’s most legendary cities—Venice, California.

Our museum campus will serve as a common ground and a town square for all of Venice's residents and the millions of tourists who visit each year, located in Venice-of-America Centennial Park just west of Abbot Kinney Blvd and adjacent to the Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library along the gateway to Venice.

Help bring the first-ever museum for Venice to life! Support our campaign to fund the first phase of the project by May 18, 2021:

Venice Beach Homeless Fights 2021 Part 1

"Homeless encampments have take over the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. Fights are an all day every day occurrence now. This once beautiful tourist destination is being rapidly destroyed by the failed policies of local politicians."

Dolphin Rescue Attempt In Santa Monica

On Wednesday , April 7th, Lifeguards in Santa Monica responded to assist a dolphin that was repeatedly beaching itself. After trying to assist it in the dolphin back into the water, Marine Animal Rescue made the decision to try to transport the sick dolphin to a local treatment facility. Unfortunately shortly after transport, the dolphin succumbed to its illness.

As a reminder, sick marine mammals often come ashore to rest and it is best to give them space when they do so! Notify the nearest Lifeguard as they work closely with local marine animal experts that will be able to provide further assistance to these animals.

Story and Photos via LACoFD Lifeguard Division

Lifeguard Division Weekend Statistics April 9-11, 2021

Lifeguard Division Weekend Statistics April 9-11, 2021

New Wheelchair Beach Access Ramps Installed At Venice Beach

Venice Beach is accessible to ALL thanks to thenew access mat!

Wheelchair users & others with difficulty crossing the sand can now easily access the water’s edge (unless the city's most hated surf school, Kapowui, blocks off the handicap parking with thier vehicles and wavestorms like they do in Santa Monica).

The Department of Beaches and Harbors installed access mats at Venice Beach. These mats are made of a synthetic mesh that provides a firmer surface for those who need it to cross the sand, such as people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. No special equipment is required.

Country Music Malibu Surfer Video

Here's a country music surfer video shot in Malibu.

Major Weather Change This Week

The National Weather Service Los Angeles reports it will be much cooler this coming week with plenty of marine layer clouds and even some drizzle

Another RV Fire In Venice

Muscle Beach With German In Venice

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

"Today I visit the world famous Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, where it all started. Then I went to Venice, I sadly have to report that the gym is gone. Most of the outside activities are still closed down. I matched up pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger when he first came to Venice Beach. After this, I visit the famous Gold's Gym, and I also saw all the homeless encampments around Gol'ds Gym in Venice."

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Venice Pride Lifeguard Tower Gets A Face Lift

The Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard tower gets a fresh coat of paint and a bit of a facelift just in time for Pride Month.

The tower, located North of the skate park at the end of Brooks Ave was built and then unveiled on June 1st, 2017 by Venice Pride, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and painted by Venice Pride board members.

Over the years the once bright and vibrant lifeguard tower began to fade due to weather and lack of upkeep.

Thanks to the efforts of Richard Martinez and his crew from Beaches and Harbors Los Angeles County the tower has been restored to its original glory just in time for this years Pride Month in June.

This story by Timothy Michael, was originally posted on

German In Venice On The Cleaning Up Of The Homeless On Venice Beach

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

"City council member mike bonin has proposed a motion that would bring tempoary homeless sites to county beaches, including Dockweiler State Beach, Fishermans Village in Marina Del Rey, and Will Rogers State Beach. Cleaning of the homeless encampment in venice beach starts april 15."

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:

California Is Set To Fully Reopen On June 15

The California Department of Public Health just announce:

"With 20 million COVID-19 vaccines in arms, low & stable hospitalizations, CA is on track to fully reopen on June 15 with masking & vaccinations. Get ready to hug your loved ones, to have that dinner, to go to that movie...California’s future is bright."

Santa Monica Arm Robbery And Assault Suspects Arrested

On March 28, 2021 at about 10:53 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers were dispatched to the area of the 1700 block of Ocean Ave to investigate a report of an Armed Robbery. Officers met with a couple who explained that they were riding scooters on Ocean Ave., when they were accosted by three males. During their encounter, one of the males lifted his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. Two of the suspects began to physically assault the male victim and at one point one of the suspects snatched the cellphone from the female victim and threw it to the ground, preventing her from calling for help. Both suspects then fled the area.

SMPD officers shortly thereafter located Halfman and Johnson. They were both identified by the victims as the suspects who assaulted them. Officers recovered a handgun with a high capacity magazine (15 rounds) on suspect Johnson. Officers later discovered he had a no-bail warrant from Wisconsin. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident.

On March 30, 2021 the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed the following charges against two felony assault suspects:

Lavonn Shawn Johnson, a 21-year-old white male from Wisconsin - One count of 245(A)(4) PC – Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury, 136.1 PC – Preventing Someone from Reporting a Crime, and 25850(A) PC – Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

Treyton Thomas Halfman, a 21-year-old black male from Wisconsin - one count of 245(A)(4) PC – Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury.

Shark Prank In Marina Del Rey

A Youtuber pulls a shark prank on her friend while they paddleboard in the marina.

Will Rogers Beach Homeless Housing

Will Rogers State Beach parking lot is going to be taken over by a "temporary homeless housing village", that is if this proposal is approved.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin has proposed creating temporary homeless sites at the Will Rogers State Beach parking lot, Dockweiler Beach and Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey to address the ongoing homelessness issue in Los Angeles.

"To end homelessness and sidewalk encampments, we need more housing, more shelter, and more services," Bonin said. "We need all kinds of solutions — and we need them everywhere we can put them."

A petition asking residents to say no to Bonin's proposal for the homeless site at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades had nearly 4,000 signatures by Monday morning.

Santa Monica Pier Closed Due To Crowds

Yesterday, we reported that huge Crowds Return To The Santa Monica Pier with a photo of a nearly filled parking lot. Now on Sunday the Santa Monica Police close down the pier because the crowds are so large.

Venice Handball Courts Going To Be Cleared Out

The homeless encampments that are in the Venice Handball Courts are going to be cleaned out in two weeks.

Crowds Return To The Santa Monica Pier

The crowds are back.

This photo by Scott Perry shows an almost filled parking lot Saturday afternoon.

Mike Bonin Is Killing Venice Beach

New video released today about the state of Venice Beach.

111 Ocean Rescues and 141 Medical Aids This Week

The Los Angeles County ​Lifeguards reported they made 111 Ocean Rescues and 141 Medical Aids this week.

"The mid-week heat wave did not disappoint. Summer-like weather conditions and crowds were experienced across all Los Angeles beaches making for 2 of the busiest lifeguarding days of the year. 111 Ocean Rescues and 141 Medical Aids have been tallied since monday. While temperatures are expected to cool this weekend, hazardous spring time Ocean Conditions are expected to continue."

German In Venice Celebrates His 100,000 Youtube Subscribers

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

"Last week I finally got my 100,000 YouTube Subscribers Silver Play Button. I went to Venice Beach and unboxed the play button. It was an awesome feeling to finally hold the silver play button in my hand. I was so surprised how fast I got so many subscribers. Thank you very much everybody, without you this would not be possible. Thanks from German in Venice."

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Big Swell Hits Venice Breakwater

The Venice Breakwater is firing on this first day of April!

Pacific Park Now Hiring For Summer Jobs

Santa Monica Pier's Pacific Park is now hiring for summer positions:

"As a team member of Pacific Park®, you’ll receive a competitive wage, free ride wristbands each month, discounts on Park food and merchandise, fun activities and parties. It’s an opportunity to make new friends and lifelong memories.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply. No experience necessary, company training provided. Part-time work – weekend and evenings available. Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) work available. Must be able to work weekends and holidays

If your background is a match for one of our open positions, your application will be forwarded on to our hiring team for review. We will contact you soon if the hiring team expresses an interest. We regret due to the high volume of telephone calls and resumes we receive we are not able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of an application that has been submitted.

Food and Beverage Attendants
Games Attendants
Grounds Attendants
Merchandise Attendants
Rides Attendants
Admissions Attendant
Revenue Control Clerks
Security Officers
Management Jobs

Apply Online

You are always welcome to complete an application in person.
380 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Administrative Office located behind the Long Range basketball game next to Whac-a-mole Tacos)
For direct inquiries, please message us at
Pacific Park® is a drug and alcohol free environment.
Pacific Park® is an equal opportunity employer."

Child Molested On Venice Boardwalk

This past Sunday, just after 6PM, a crowd of people on the Venice Boardwalk witnessed a man molesting a female child in broad daylight.

The child appeared to be 3 years old or possibly younger, according to the reports, which also state the man was mildly intoxicated, but knew what he was doing.

It took over a dozen calls to 911 and about 15 minutes before police arrived. Thankfully, some witnesses were able to follow the man as he was trying to flee with the child. And they were able to lead the police to him.

He was arrested, as many of the witnesses had video and photos to show the authorities of his disgusting sexual assault of a child.

Supposedly, he told the police he was her father, and that the mother lived elsewhere.

The child is now with other family members and did received medical care.

A more detailed report of this can be found at Reports of Child Assault on Venice Beach Boardwalk in Broad Daylight.

*No one from Shacked witnessed this event, this scumbag would have had to be transported in an ambulance, not a cop car if we did. We are reporting this from other sources, as linked above*

Forbes Upset LA Lifeguards 'Earn UP To $392,000'

It looks like Forbes just did a hit piece on the LA Lifeguards:

From the Forbes "investigation":

"Being a lifeguard in California can be unbelievably lucrative. If we had only known, many of us would have packed our bags and headed west for a career on the California beach.

Our auditors at found that lifeguards make a fortune in Los Angeles County. Seven lifeguards made more than $300,000 and 82 lifeguards had total earnings that exceed $200,000 in 2019, the latest year available.

Fernando Boiteux was the most highly paid and earned $391,971. As the “acting chief lifeguard,” he out-earned 1,000 of his peers: salary ($205,619), perks ($60,452), and benefits ($125,900)."

The full story can be read on the Forbes website..

Venice Homeless Encampments Have Now Moved Onto The Beach

Photo from Allan Parsons this weekend show the homeless tents are on the sand again in Venice.

Another Homeless Encampment Fire In Venice

Another homeless encampment fire Friday morning. Right outside of Gold's Gym in Venice. This is the 4th homeless Encampment fire in Venice this week.

Earth Hour Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel Lighting

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit “lights off” except rim, 1 hr on Saturday, March 27 in recognition of Earth Hour.

On Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour, one of the largest global grassroots movements for the environment, will virtually bring together millions of people, businesses and leaders from around the world to raise awareness on the urgent need to address nature loss and climate change.

The iconic Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel in Los Angeles joins world-famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Great Wall of China, the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Greece, and Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, among others at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 27. The Pacific Wheel will “go dark” except for the wheel rim safety lighting.

Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries and territories to take tangible environmental action for over a decade. Historically, Earth Hour has focused on the climate crisis, but more recently, Earth Hour has strived to also bring the pressing issue of nature loss to the fore. The aim is to create an unstoppable movement for nature, as it did when the world came together to tackle climate change. The movement recognizes the role of individuals in creating solutions to the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges and harnesses the collective power of its millions of supporters to drive change.

Earth Hour participants can visit to know what’s happening in locations around the world and read individuals’ stories about what they are doing for the planet. Now is the time to secure a healthy, sustainable and climate-resilient future for all. Every voice, no matter how big or small, can help make a difference.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Saturday, March 27. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at

Tsunamis: Be Prepared and Stay Safe!

Since it is California's Tsunami Preparedness Week, here is this fast draw video from NOAA explains how to prepare for and respond to a tsunami. If you live, work, or play on the coast, be prepared and stay safe!

Long beach's Pride Lifegaurd Tower Set On Fire

Last night, Long Beach's PRIDE lifeguard station (similar to the one in Venice) that was painted by LGBTQ+ lifeguards, burned down.

Long Beach's Mayor Robert Garcia added, "I spoke with our Marine Safety Chief. There’s no power or gas at this station. They don’t remember a lifeguard station buring down since at least the 1950’s. So the one arson incident at a lifeguard station in 70+ years is the once that was recently painted to support LGBTQ+ people."

"And let’s be crystal clear: The one lifeguard station that burns in decades is the one recently painted in PRIDE colors. This station has no power and no outlets. As a gay man, I have little doubt this wasn’t targeted."

Drunk Truck Driver Crashes Cars In Malibu

A drunk behind the wheel of a truck ruins the Sunday of a lot of people on PCH in Malibu before crashing into a ditch.
Malibu PCH crash

News from the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station:

Yesterday at approximately 5:30pm, we received a call for service of a possible drunk driver. Deputies spotted the vehicle driving erratically and endangering the safety of the public. Deputies initiated a short pursuit of the box truck on PCH at Webb Way, in the City of Malibu.

The suspect continued driving northbound on PCH into Ventura County where he was pursued by California Highway Patrol (CHP). During the pursuit by CHP, the suspect collided with a vehicle which caused him to lose control and crash into a ditch.

Lost Hills Sheriff’s deputies arrested the suspect for several charges including Driving Under the Influence and Hit and Run. The suspect was transported to Los Robles Hospital due to injuries he sustained during the collision.

It was later alleged that the suspect hit several vehicles on PCH prior to the pursuit. If you have any information on this incident, please contact the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at (818) 878-1808 or

Updated Covid Beach Rules From LA Beaches & Harbors

New Covid Beach Rules from LA Beaches & Harbors:

-Wear a mask at all times when out of the water
-Groups up to 15 people (max 3 households)
-Keep 6+ ft. apart from others outside your group
-NO events

But of course, it's not like these are being enforce or people are actually following them anyways.

For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE