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Venice Beach Homeless Camp Zone 2 Clean Up



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

"Since mayor Eric Garcetti agreed that it is illegal to camp on Venice Beach, today was the final cleanup of zone number two on Venice BeachBoardwalk. I was there all day to record it. Shout out to former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, today is his birthday.Happy birthday, Arnold."

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Police Enforce New No Camping Laws In Venice Beach



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Los Angeles Police Officers (L.A.P.D.) were enforcing the no-camp laws at Venice Beach, Fri6, July 30 2021."

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Another Venice Homeless Fight Video



Beach Water Use Warning

LA Public Health continues cautioning residents who are planning to visit several county beaches, including beaches near Hyperion, to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.

Recent special ocean water sampling conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Wednesday July 28th determined that an additional beach area near Hyperion exceeded state standards for bacteria in water.

Note that no untreated sewage is currently being discharged into the ocean and ocean waters bacterial levels often fluctuate from day to day and can be impacted by recent rain events.

Lifeguards have been notified to post yellow advisory signs and the Public Health Beach Water Quality webpage has been updated.

Affected beach areas still exceeding state standards include:

El Segundo Beach

Grand Avenue storm drain (Near Dockweiler Tower 60)

Dockweiler State Beach

Ballona Creek (Near Dockweiler Tower 40)

Culver Blvd storm drain

Hyperion Plant outfall

Imperial Highway storm drain (Dockweiler Tower 56)

Westchester storm drain

World Way extension

Additional beach areas near Hyperion include: Topsail Street extension (Venice)

Public Health team members continue conducting door-to-door outreach to the community impacted by the plants odors and will continue this activity through tomorrow.

Other beaches under advisory also include the below beach areas. These advisories are very likely due to day-to-day fluctuations in ocean water bacteria levels. At this time, there is no reason to suspect these increases in beach water bacteria are due to the recent sewage discharge at Hyperion.

Avalon Beach at Catalina Island (50 feet east of the pier)

28th Street Extension (Manhattan Beach)

Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu

The following beach areas sample results identified water quality levels within State standards and yesterday’s warnings have been lifted: Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

Montana Ave. storm drain at Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica North Tower 8)

Wilshire Bl. storm drain at Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica North Tower 12)

Temescal Canyon storm drain at Will Rogers State Beach



Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24- hours a day on the County's beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. Contact the County's beach advisory hotline: 1-800-525-5662 where recorded information on beach conditions is available 24-hours a day.

UPDATE Venice Homeless Encampment Clean Up



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

"This Is an update video about the homeless encampment cleanup in Venice Beach, California. Today, they are cleaning up zone number three from Sunset Street all the way to Navy."

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The Strand, Venice Beach - 1926



The Strand, Venice Beach - 1926

Venice drive-By Shooter Dies In Crash



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

"Today, I went to Venice Beach and I heard that there was a drive-by shooting with a fatal outcome. I try to get some footage and try to find out what really happened. I gather all the information from different people, everything in this video is just my theory and I hope I was right."

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Drive-By Shooting In Venice



On Tuesday there was a drive-by shooting in broad daylight at Brooks and Pacific in Venice. Initial reports state there were five shots from one vehicle towards another vehicle (the BMW in the photos) and no injuries from the gunfire. The shooter drove off and then wrecked his vehicle into the nearby the Westminster Senior Center. The 25-year-old man was killed in the high speed crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

From Boardwalk To Beach



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Most of the homeless encampment has been cleared from the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Many of the homeless have moved their tents from the Venice Beach Boardwalk to the beach.

"Welcome to the new Skid Row," can be heard from a man walking by.

Filmed on Monday, July 26, 2021.."

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Homeless Tent Fire On Venice Boardwalk



Naked Homeless Pervert On Venice Bike Path



Homeless Man Pulls Gun At Venice Homeless Encampment



A homeless man who moved to the beach two days ago pulled a gun on a homeless woman who was trying to steal his friend’s bike. Massive LAPD response during the middle of a busy Sunday, but no one is arrested.




More than a dozen Los Angeles Police Officers (L.A.P.D) detained a group of homeless young adults in handcuffs at a Venice Beach Homeless Encampment, Sunday, July 25, 2021. An 18 year old homeless man pulled a BB gun on a woman who may have been attempting to steal a bike. There was no ammunition in the BB gun. The BB gun was being used as a decoy. No one was arrested.




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Missing Swimmer At The Santa Monica Pier



SUNDAY: Search underway for a missing person in the water near the Santa Monica Pier.

MONDAY UPDATE: The search has been suspended pending further information. Land based Lifeguard Units and Lifeguard Rescue Boats will continue periodic patrols.

Topanga - Sunday 7-25-2021

Here's surfing photos from Sunday, July 25th at Topanga.

This set of surf photos was shot by Six12 Media and brought to you by Xcel Wetsuits. Get 10% off Xcel Ventx Apparel and Boardshorts right now with code SUMMER10. Shop now at xcelwetsuits.com and also get free shipping with orders over $99. Coupon Code: SUMMER10 .

These are just a few of the 400+ photos from this session. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots, probably multiple photos, they will be in the complete photo gallery for this day, check them out, the link to the complete gallery is down below.


















You can find about 400 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in these 4 photo galleries:

Topanga - Sunday 7-25-2021 - Gallery #1
Topanga - Sunday 7-25-2021 - Gallery #2
Topanga - Sunday 7-25-2021 - Gallery #3
Topanga - Sunday 7-25-2021 - Gallery #4


If you were out there, we probably got some cool surfing shots of you, go check them out!

Wanna see photos from previous days at this and other local surf spots from this photographer?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.

2AM Venice Beach Homeless Encampment Clean Up



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

"This Morning at 2:30 AM, I went to Venice Beach to see how the city cleans up the homeless encampments on the Boardwalk."

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Malibu Resident Billy Wilson, 63, Dies at Surfrider Parking Lot



Malibu's longtime musician and surfer Billy Wilson was found dead in his truck on Saturday, July 24. His truck was parked in the lot at Surfrider.

Topanga - Saturday 7-24-2021

Here's surfing photos from Saturday, July 24th at Topanga.

This set of surf photos was shot by Six12 Media and brought to you by Body Glove.

These are just a few of the 50+ photos from this session. If you were out there, you probably got some surfing shots, probably multiple photos, they will be in the complete photo gallery for this day, check them out, the link to the complete gallery is down below.
















You can find about 50 more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in these 4 photo galleries:

Topanga - Saturday 7-24-2021 Gallery


If you were out there, we probably got some cool surfing shots of you, go check them out!

Wanna see photos from previous days at this and other local surf spots from this photographer?
Click Surf Spot Galleries and look for the spot and then the date.