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Lane Closures on PCH

There will be intermittent lane closures on southbound PCH at Las Flores Canyon Road starting September 25 until this winter for a Caltrans project to improve a left turn lane and traffic signal to enhance safety and traffic flow. Work hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM weekdays, with occasional work on Saturdays.

The work will include installing a protected left-turn lane on southbound PCH, upgrading traffic signal hardware, lighting and poles, upgrading a flashing beacon warning system, and installing a speed feedback device to alert motorists of their speed.

Access for businesses and residents will be maintained, and all businesses may keep their regular open hours. Signs will be posted. Proceed with caution and watch for vehicles and workers in the road. Traffic citation fines are doubled in construction zones under California law.

The Fans Strike Back - Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Art Museum is hosting The Fans Strike Back. An exhibition featuring more than 600 official items from the Star Wars Universe collected by fans and displayed for fans. Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away and see photos, posters, costumes, figures, and models of different types and sizes!

The Empire had its chance; this time, The Fans Strike Back! Get ready for the largest exhibition in the saga of fan-made Star Wars events. You’ll find photos, posters, costumes, figures, and models of different types and sizes—all official objects bought by Star Wars fans. There will also be a green chroma to take pictures in the Star Wars universe. It’s a perfect plan for the whole family, from the youngest Padawan to the wisest Jedi master!

Explore one of the largest private Star Wars collections made by fans, for fans, with: Hundreds of unique collectables and figurines Life-size figures and famous costumes More than 30 one-of-a-kind sculptures 40 years of passionate work Armor, lightsabers, blasters, helmets, masks, and more!

RELIVE YOUR FAVORITE SCENES FROM THE SAGA Plunge into the Star Wars Universe! Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities thanks to this exhibit’s amazing sets and decor. Take a selfie with the many life-size sculptures, a photo sitting on the Emperor’s throne or use the green screen to take pictures with selected Star Wars-themed backgrounds.

Showcasing hundreds of unique collectables, sculptures, life-size figures, lightsabers, blasters, and more, The Fans Strike Back® takes guests on a journey into both sides of the Force.

Starts October 5, 2023
Opening hours:
Final entry time is 1 hour before close.
Thursday & Friday 2:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Final entry time is 1 hour before close.

Duration: The visit will take approximately 1 hour
Location: Santa Monica Art Museum - 1219 3rd Street Promenade
Age requirement: All ages welcome! Free entry for children under 4

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Drunk Driver Hits Person on Venice Boardwalk, Resists Arrest

A drunk driver drove down the Venice Boardwalk on Monday, he hit a pedestrian who was walking his dog. The man flew onto the windsheild, with his back busting the windsheild.

After several people try to stop the car, LAPD finally shows up and tries to get him out of the car. After he refuses, several bystanders get invovled as the efforts of the officers was not appearing to be successful.

Video by Venice Gallerie

Venice Breakwater - Surfing LA's most popular Beach

A weekend of surfing at this popular Los Angeles surf spot with some of it's regulars.

Footage taken from our Instagram Stories.

Man brings fake Rifle to the Beach

A homeless man is spotted on the beach iin Santa Monica with what appears to be a rifle, he points it around, and starts marching, scaring some nearby beach-goers.

It ends up being a fake rifle made from pieces of wood. The homeless liaison personal had already been in contact with him earlier in the day and assured it was not a real gun.

Rafael - Surf Chats with Topanga Lou

Surf With Your Friends.

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Exploring the Abbot Kinney Festival

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In a vibrant spectacle, the Abbot Kinney Festival 2023 descended upon Venice Beach, delivering a day of art, music, food, and community engagement. This event, which took place on Sunday, September24, 2023, marked an unforgettable addition to the local calendar.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard underwent a stunning transformation, becoming a thriving hub of creativity and excitement for festival-goers. The festival invited people from all walks of life to join in this unique celebration of culture."

Santa Monica Close Up is a photo blog by Santa Monica based Photojournalist/Press photographer Fabian Lewkowicz. Fabian is the former staff photographer for the Santa Monica Daily Observer Press, Santa Monica Mirror, Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Corsair.

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Metro Train Hits Car in Santa Monica

"I’m just visiting and thought I’d take the metro out to Santa Monica and we hit (got hit by?) a car a few blocks from the station. Eventually someone popped a door open on my car and we all hopped down and out.

I had a great time walking to Venice and back still, and then on my train ride home some dude was smoking crack so I’d say it was a pretty solid outing overall."

LA's Pump Track has Officially Opened - Everything you need to know

After several months of beening unofficially ridden, on Sunday September 24th, the Inglewood Pumptrack has official opened to the public.

The openeing day ceremony was a bike only event, since this pump trac was actually built for bikes, not skateboards or scooters.

Fortunately, the city has decided to allow skateboards on the track on certain days. 3 days of the week have been designated as Bikes Only. The other for days will be bikes and skatebooards. Scooters are not allowed at all.

Here's everything you need to know about the pump track:

It is actually 2 different pump tracks, one designated for Beginner/Intermediate, and one for Intermediate/professional users.

Woodlands Track
Beginner / Intermediate

World Championship Track
Intermediate / Professional

Pumptrack Rules


- Inglewood Pumptrack was purpose-built for bikes, but we also love all things skate. Please be mindful of the days when bikes take priority and observe the community guidelines. Good Vibes Only!
- Monday: Bike & Skate
- Tuesday: Bike Priority
- Wednesday: Bike & Skate
- Thursday: Bike Priority
- Friday: Bike & Skate
- Saturday: Bike Priority
- Sunday: Bike & Skate

General Rules:

- Use: Bikes and skaters please use at appropriate times. No scooters, e-bikes, motorized vehicles or RC cars.
- Safety: RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Riding can be extremely hazardous! Helmets REQUIRED for people under 18 (California Vehicle Code §21212). Additional protective gear recommended. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t obstruct entries or the riding areas. Stay in control; be courteous and share the park.
- Hours: Open during park hours only.
- Care: No waxing, ramps, installations of any kind. No damaging or modifying features of the track. No throwing skateboards, bikes or objects.
- Prohibitions: No private events, food, music, pets, firearms, alcohol, smoking, vaping, or drugs. No camping, fires, fireworks, graffiti or tagging. Violation of these prohibitions may result in immediate removal from the premises and penalties imposed by the City of Inglewood.
- Environment: Keep the park clean and beautiful. Respect what was created for you to enjoy, including native vegetation and wildlife.
- Professional Filming: All professional filming requires advance City of Inglewood legal permit. Contact for details. Violation of permit prohibitions may result in immediate removal from the premises and penalties imposed by the City of Inglewood.
- In Case of Emergency: Dial 911.


- Ride in one community direction at all times.
- Do not block the track. Always move off the track when not in motion.
- Ride safely and within your ability. Start small, progress gradually.
- Ensure your equipment is in good working order.

Pedestrians & Spectators:

- No loitering in the riding area.
- Spectators are to stay outside the riding area unless aiding someone.
- Parents/guardians, supervise young children at all times.

Community Guidelines:

- Respect Each Other: Take turns and keep a safe distance. Be mindful of others, adjust your speed when the track is busy, and be courteous to everyone.
- Inclusivity: This Pumptrack is for bringing people together to build community and to share joy. Treat others with dignity and kindness, regardless of skill level or background.
- Belonging: This Pumptrack was built as a place of belonging. Help foster a sense of community by engaging positively with others and encouraging new riders. Share tips, offer assistance if wanted, and make connections.
- Stewardship: Participate in keeping the pumptrack clean and in good condition. If you see litter or damage, please address it if you can or report it to
- Teaching & Learning: Encourage safe riding by example. If you see someone struggling, be respectful and supportive. Be the friend you wish you had made when you started out.
- Communication: Keep the dialogue open and respectful.

The track is inside Edward Vincent Jr. Park at 700 Warren Ln, Inglewood, CA 90302

For directions to the park, Click Here

Dead Body Found at Venice Beach Graffiti Walls

From Name On Rice:

A dead body was discover next to the graffiti walls in Venice Beach on Friday, September 15th.

This is one of the many people that have been found dead in Venice recently, the following Friday, a man in a wheelchair was found dead on the Boardwalk at Rose Ave.

Stillwater Stories - Malibu

In 2018, the devastating Woolsey Fire swept through Malibu, destroying the home of residents Bruce and Carla Bates. This fire, the largest in Malibu's history, decimated over 97,000 acres and 600 structures. The Bates were among thousands who faced the monumental task of rebuilding from scratch. Unable to find a prefab home that met their criteria, the couple found the perfect solution in a prefab home by Stillwater Dwellings. They look forward to hosting friends and family in their new space, designed with gatherings in mind. With their new home set against the same beautiful Malibu backdrop, the couple has found a way to move forward while paying homage to what they lost.

Police stop Dog Daddy Event on Beach

From Santa Monica Close Up:

" In a recent incident at Santa Monica Beach Park, Santa Monica Code Enforcement Officers accompanied by SMPD Police Officers and an Animal Control Officer responded to a gathering involving online influencer "The Dog Daddy," a popular figure on Instagram and YouTube, renowned for his dog training content. The event, which took place at 2400 Ocean Front Walk, was intended to provide free dog training advice and an opportunity for dog enthusiasts to engage in discussions about their beloved pets.

Notably, several individuals, accompanied by their canine companions, turned up to meet The Dog Daddy, keen to benefit from his expertise. However, during the event, Santa Monica Code Enforcement Officers concluded that a city license was necessary for such a gathering. They subsequently requested The Dog Daddy to cease the event. The influencer argued that he was not engaged in a business venture and did not charge a fee for the event, thus believing that a city license was unnecessary. Disagreeing with his standpoint, Code Enforcement Officers declared their intention to issue a citation, which would be sent by mail."

Santa Monica Close Up is a photo blog by Santa Monica based Photojournalist/Press photographer Fabian Lewkowicz. Fabian is the former staff photographer for the Santa Monica Daily Observer Press, Santa Monica Mirror, Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Corsair.

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Opera on the Santa Monica Pier

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In a splendid display of culture and community, the Los Angeles Opera transported its patrons to the enchanting world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni on a crisp evening at the Santa Monica Pier on September 23, 2023. This was the opening night of an exceptional event known as "Opera at the Beach," a free live outdoor broadcast of this timeless masterpiece."

Santa Monica Close Up is a photo blog by Santa Monica based Photojournalist/Press photographer Fabian Lewkowicz. Fabian is the former staff photographer for the Santa Monica Daily Observer Press, Santa Monica Mirror, Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Corsair.

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Santa MoniCARES 2nd Annual Volley-Ween Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser

Join us for a spooktacular day of volleyball and giving back at the Perry's Café & Beach Rentals in beautiful Santa Monica, CA, USA. Get ready to bump, set, and spike for a great cause! This in-person event promises a thrilling day of friendly competition and community spirit, complete with a Halloween costume contest, food, drinks, music, and prizes while raising money for local Santa Monica charities for the winter season.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual player, this tournament is open to all skill levels. Grab your friends and form a team of 2, 4, or 6 players; or sign up as an individual and we'll match you with a team. Costumes are highly encouraged, so get creative and show off your Halloween spirit!

Not a player? No problem! Come cheer on the teams, enjoy the Halloweeny beach vibes, and support a worthy cause. All proceeds from this event will go toward funding important local initiatives and programs that benefit our community.

Mark your calendar for this exciting event-- don't miss out on the chance to have a frightfully good time while making a positive impact!

Date: October 25, 2023
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Directions: Perry’s Beach Cafe, 2400 Ocean Front Walk

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Armed Bank Robbery in Santa Monica

The FBI and Santa Monica Police are trying to identify this suspect wanted for Friday's armed robbery at First Citizens Bank, 1630 Montana Ave, at approx 925 am.

After the robbery, the suspect fled in a black colored BMW X5 SUV.

Call FBILA at 3104776565 or SMPD at 3104588491 with tips.

Dead Man in Wheelchair found on Venice Beach

A dead man was discovered in his wheelchair on the boardwalk during the weekly Venice Beach Homeless Encampment Clean Up on Friday morning.

Paramedics were called and they tried to revive the homeless man, but were unable to do so.

LAFD spokesperson Nicholas Prange said dispatchers received a 911 call at about 8:08 a.m. from a person who said they discovered a dead man near East Rose Avenue. When authorities arrived, they located an approximately 60-year-old man who appeared to be "obviously dead."

Word from people on the scene is the "guy was an older black male named Deral. He was found dead in a wheelchair but they removed him to perform CPR."

Authorities have not released any official information on his identity or the cause of death.

Driver Attacks Cyclist at Santa Monica Pier and Police Arrest Wrong Person

Venice Boardwalk Homeless Man Assaulted

From Santa Monica Close Up:

" In a concerning incident that unfolded on the iconic Venice Beach Boardwalk today, Los Angeles Fire Fighters and Los Angeles Police Officers swiftly responded to an altercation that left a homeless man injured.

The incident occurred on Thursday, September 21, 2023, when a homeless individual was viciously assaulted, sustaining a head injury. The victim, who was identified as a homeless man, was reportedly struck during the altercation, prompting a prompt response from emergency services.

Upon arrival at the scene, LAFD Paramedics immediately sprang into action, providing crucial on-site medical treatment to the injured individual. Following initial stabilization efforts, the victim was carefully transported via ambulance to a local hospital for further evaluation and medical care.

Notably, the homeless man was in possession of two shopping carts filled with personal belongings at the time of the incident. In a display of community support, the victim managed to contact a friend who agreed to take custody of his possessions while he received the necessary medical attention.

However, the perpetrator responsible for the assault had already fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. As a result, no immediate arrests have been made in connection with the incident."

Santa Monica Close Up is a photo blog by Santa Monica based Photojournalist/Press photographer Fabian Lewkowicz. Fabian is the former staff photographer for the Santa Monica Daily Observer Press, Santa Monica Mirror, Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Corsair.

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Kale Brock Meet Up/Film Screening Event

Kale Brock is having a little meet up at Boardriders Malibu and will be showing a short film from Nicaragua, running through a Q&A and hanging out for a chat! Also going to give away some prizes! Free event! Saturday, September 23rd.

Boardriders Malibu
18820 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, Ca 80265
310 - 359 - 8274

Troubled Man Jumps Off Pier, Lifeguards & Police Respond

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In a dramatic incident on Thursday, September 21, 2023, Santa Monica Harbor Patrol Officers, Los Angeles County Lifeguards, and Santa Monica Police Officers sprang into action as they responded to a man who had leaped from the iconic Santa Monica Pier.

The situation became challenging when two Santa Monica Harbor Patrol Officers jumped into the ocean from the end of the Santa Monica Pier to assist the distressed man who had also entered the water. As the man grew tired from his swim, one of the Harbor Officers used his rescue board to gently guide the man towards the shoreline.

However, when they neared the shore, the man, displaying defiance, disembarked from the board and adamantly refused to come ashore. Santa Monica Police Officers stood by, ready to take action once the man reached the beach, whether through citation or arrest.

The individual in question opted to walk along the shoreline, remaining waist-deep in the water as he headed south towards Venice. In a show of vigilance, Los Angeles County Lifeguards followed the man in their Lifeguard truck to ensure his safety in case of any emergencies. Meanwhile, Santa Monica Police Officers maintained a cautious distance and monitored the situation from their Off Road Vehicle.

The man continued his shoreline trek, covering approximately half a mile in waist-deep water. Both law enforcement and lifeguards trailed at a safe distance, vigilant and prepared for any developments.

After approximately 30 minutes, the man eventually made his way to the shore, where he sat, visibly exhausted. Assessing that he was no longer in immediate danger, the police decided to deescalate the situation and departed the beach without approaching the man or issuing a citation.

It is important to note that leaping or diving from the Santa Monica Pier is explicitly prohibited under Municipal Code 10.08.620, constituting a misdemeanor offense. The municipal code clearly states that individuals should abstain from engaging in such activities from any part of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, except in cases of imminent danger requiring the preservation of life."

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New Ocean Water Use Warnings

September 21, 2023
Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters:

· Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey

The entire swim area.

· Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

100 yards up and down the coast from the pier.

· Sweetwater Canyon Storm Drain at Carbon Canyon Beach

The entire swim area.

· Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu

100 yards up and down the coast from the lagoon.

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

Use the map below to obtain the current water quality status of your favorite beach location. Use your mouse wheel to zoom into a particular location. Click on the marker to identify the sampling location. This map is updated as conditions change.

Homeless Man Attacks & Robs Elderly Man for Filming Him

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at about 3:30 pm, Santa Monica Police Department officers responded to a call of a battery that just occurred in Palisades Park near the intersection with Santa Monica Boulevard. Officers located the victim of the battery down on the ground and suffering from injuries to his face and head. A suspect description and direction of travel were broadcasted to other responding officers.

According to statements from the victim and witnesses, the victim was recording video of Palisades Park on his cell phone when he turned his camera on the suspect, who is currently experiencing homelessness, while the suspect was laying on the ground in the park. The suspect was angry he was being filmed and stood up to confront the victim, demanding he stop recording. The suspect then struck the victim at least one time in the face, knocking him to the ground. The suspect took the victim’s phone, which had fallen to the ground, and fled the scene.

Officers located the suspect, identified as Tyler Jordan Keating (DOB: 02-17-1989), and the victim’s phone nearby. Keating was arrested for felony battery, robbery, and elder abuse and booked into the Santa Monica Jail where he is being held. The case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Tyler Jordan Keating has a long history of arrests:

Car Chase Ends on Santa Monica Pier

On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at approximately 11:20 pm, Santa Monica Police officers observed a vehicle run a red light near the 700 block of Montana Avenue. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield to police officers and committed additional traffic violations while driving recklessly for several blocks before colliding with a vehicle at 7th and Wilshire Blvd. The driver failed to stop after the collision, continuing to drive without regard to public safety down the Pier ramp and into the Newcomb Lot. The vehicle pursuit terminated when the driver was boxed in near the Carousel building on the Pier.

The driver, later identified as 21- year-old Nehemias Rivera-Menjivar (DOB: 9-21-2001) from Wilmington, CA, exited the stopped vehicle, and attempted to flee on foot. An officer deployed a taser which had no effect on Rivera-Menjivar. After continued demands, Riveria-Menjivar was finally taken into custody without further incident.

During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that the vehicle driven by Rivera-Menjivar had been stolen from an address in Long Beach, CA. The driver admitted to using marijuana.

Riveria-Menjivar was booked for multiple violations including: 20001(a) CVC - Felony Hit and Run; 23104(a) CVC - Reckless Driving; 2800.2(a) CVC - Felony Evading Police; 23153 (f) CVC- Felony DUI (Marijuana); and 148(a)(1) PC - Resisting and Obstructing Arrest

Art of Time in Santa Monica

Art projection on iconic clock tower lights up the Promenade

Beginning Saturday, September 23, 2023, visitors to the Third Street Promenade will see a unique projection on one of Santa Monica’s most iconic buildings. In a week-long project titled Art of Time, artist Drasko V will use his artistic vision to integrate real-time environmental data from Santa Monica, including wind patterns and noise levels, and utilize AI for variations and remixes to create visuals that will illuminate the east side of the iconic Clock Tower Building from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

Spectators can interact with the art by scanning a QR code located on a-frames along the Promenade, which will allow them to create designs by swiping their fingers, which will then be used to shape the art piece in real-time.

The projection will be on the east-facing wall of the Clock Tower Building located at 225 Santa Monica Blvd. It’s best viewed from the Third Street Promenade, between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave.

Drasko V’s art portfolio is a rich tapestry of music, sound design, visuals and technology. His work takes various forms, from interactive installations in public spaces to digital experiences and generative art. As a creative director and sound designer, he has collaborated with brands like Google, IBM, National Geographic, and the City of Santa Monica.

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Surfing LA's Angriest Surf Spot - TopAngry

A couple of crowded morning sessions at what some call the angriest spot in Los Angeles.

Surfing Malibu 1st Point Crowds

Video by Noshington Wells

Northern La Boardriders Surf Series

October 28.29, the Northern La Boardriders (NLAB) Surf Series season kicks off at Leo Carillo with the 1st of 3 surf series events. Registration is open. We are looking forward to seeing our community come together soon.

For more info and to register, Click Here

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Westside Volkswagen Club Monthly Meet

The monthly Westside Volkswagen Club VW Coffee Meet just north of the Santa Monica Pier along Pacific Coast Highway.

Santa Monica Pier Locals' Night

Join us every THIRD THURSDAY of the month as the Pier will be rolling out the red carpet for Santa Monicans for a curated series for locals, by locals. Gather your friends and family and head down to the Pier for amazing entertainment including youth activities, a car show, local DJs and live music from local bands, art exhibits, and so much more! You really won’t want to miss this incredible and unique outdoor setting to unwind, all while celebrating Santa Monica.

September 21 | 3:30-10PM

Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico
Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico, a vibrant and captivating dance group, will take the stage. With their exceptional talent and dedication to preserving the rich cultural heritage, this troupe promises to mesmerize the audience with their authentic folkloric performances. Through intricate choreography, colorful costumes, and lively music, Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico brings to life the traditional dances of various Mexican regions, celebrating the country's diverse cultural tapestry.


Westside Crew
Get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Westside Crew, the Latin sensation hailing from Santa Monica! Mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening of music, energy, and pure Latin vibes. Westside Crew, with its unique fusion of salsa, reggaeton, and cumbia, will transport you to a world of dance and celebration.

Salsa on the Pier
Get ready to groove Salsa Way brings you the ultimate salsa experience! DJ Andy Lorenzo will kick off the evening with infectious beats from 5pm to 6pm, setting the mood just right. Then, from 6pm to 7pm, join the dynamic duo, Cesar Romero and Courtney Parisi, for a sizzling salsa lesson that's perfect for both beginners and seasoned dancers. But the excitement doesn't stop there; at 7pm, they’ll be turning up the heat with live salsa music by Trombor, ensuring an unforgettable night of rhythm and passion.


And much, much, more..... Click Here