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Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards Event



A business awards ceremony followed by a networking hour with sustainable business exhibitors, food & libations

Announcing the 28th Annual Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) Event! Join us on Wednesday, May 1st at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House for an evening celebrating business sustainability and excellence. Come network with like-minded individuals, enjoy delicious food, and applaud the winners of this prestigious award. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be inspired and connect with leaders in sustainable practices. Doors open 4:30 PM. Registration required below. See you there!

SQA Grand Prize

Patagonia Santa Monica

SQA Excellence Awards

Yoga-urt: Excellence in Economic Development & Stewardship of the Environment

Angeles Investment Advisors: Excellence in Economic Development

Physical Therapyworks: Excellence in Social Responsibility

AVOCADO GREEN MATTRESS: Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment

HGA: Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment

Wednesday, May 1 · 4:30 - 7pm

General Admission FREE - includes food and beverages

Annenberg Community Beach House 415 East Pacific Coast Highway Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Info on the Suspect Arrested for Brutally Attacking Women in Venice



Some info gathered from various sources on the person who brutally assault 2 women in the Venice Canals a week ago:

His full name is Anthony Francisco Jones, 29 years old and his last address is listed as Las Vegas, NV. It appears they are not willing to release his mugshot.







Booking info from LASD:




Here is the DA's statement:

Anthony Francisco Jones is charged with allegedly sexually assaulting two women in the Venice Canals neighborhood
"Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón today announced charges against Anthony Francisco Jones for allegedly sexually assaulting two women in the Venice Canals neighborhood on April 6.

“We are deeply outraged and appalled by these incomprehensible brutal sexual assaults committed against these two innocent survivors,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Such despicable acts have no place in our society and will not be tolerated. Our office is fully committed to prosecuting the individual accountable for these crimes with the utmost vigor and ensuring that justice is served for the victims.”

“Sexual assault and sex crimes in any form are abhorrent and intolerable, and I commend the swift and diligent efforts of the Los Angeles Police Department and District Attorney Gascon’s office in expeditiously investigating this matter and bringing forth charges,” said Lindsey P. Horvath, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “Our hearts go out to the survivors of these egregious acts, whose lives have been forever altered by the trauma they endured.”

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication to public safety displayed by the officers and specialized detectives involved in this case as well as the expedient filing by the District Attorney,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Dominic Choi. “I am also thankful for the Venice community and their participation in ridding our streets from this predator.”

Anthony Francisco Jones (dob 09/12/94) is charged with two counts of forcible rape, one count of sexual penetration by use of force, one count of mayhem, one count of torture, one count of attempted murder, and one count of sodomy by use of force.

It also is alleged that Jones committed the sexual assaults during the course of a kidnapping, against multiple victims, and that he inflicted great bodily injury on the victims.

Jones is scheduled to be arraigned today in Dept. 30 at the Airport Courthouse.

On April 6 between 10:30-11:30 p.m., Jones allegedly physically attacked and sexually assaulted two female victims, both in their mid-40s and mid-50s, as they each were alone outside in the Venice Canal neighborhood.

The People are recommending that Jones be held on no bail.

If convicted as charged, Jones will face life in prison.

The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department."


More info to be posted as it is discovered....

Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory issued for All Beaches



An Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory has been declared for all Los Angeles County beaches. The advisory will be in effect at least until 8:00 am, Monday, April 8, 2024. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.
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.


King Kong Takes Santa Monica



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"A giant inflatable ape made a surprise appearance on Ocean Avenue by Santa Monica Pier, adding a splash of whimsy to a rainy Sunday."

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.

The Marina del Rey Shooter



Some info gathered from various sources on the Marina del Rey rooftop Shooter that was in a standoff Saturday night with SWAT:

Eyewitnesses identified the shooter as Marina del Rey resident 41-year-old self-employed chef named Victory Nguyen, owner of Good Morning Vietnam, which specializes in “organic traditional Vietnamese cuisine.”

Victory was armed with numerous firearms, including two AR rifles and a pistol. He fired multiple rounds at people and at Los Angeles police. The shooting took place at the Pearl Apartments in the 4100 block of Via Marina.



One individual said, "My daughter lives at the apartment and has been talking to the sheriff department all week about this guy. They wouldn't do anything but "talk to him" It is sad that things have to get this bad for something to be done."

His weapons:




About 2 hours before he started shooting his guns off in the apartment complex, he posted a photo to his public Instagram Story. The photo was of lady sitting at what appears to be a indoor resaurant. The photo had the caption "Date Night", along with a winking emoji. Many are speculating that the person may be him using a Snapchat gender swap filter.





He has a surfboard in the background of one of his selfie photos.





More info to be posted as it is discovered....

Malibu Canyon Road Closed due to New Rockslide



Malibu Canyon Road is closed in both directions from Piuma to Pacific Coast Highway due to rockslide on Sunday. The location of the rockslide is just north of the tunnel. No reports of any injuries or collisions. ETA to reopen is Monday, 4/15 at 3pm..


Public Health Confirms Measles Case at Santa Monica Pier & other LA Locations



A non-LA resident with a case of the measles visited the Santa Monica Pier, Marina del Rey, and several other tourist spots in Los Angeles.

Individuals who were at any of this places at the same time may be at risk of developing measles within 21 days from the exposure date.

Here is the announcement from LA Public Health:

Public Health Confirms Measles Case in Los Angeles County Health Officials Identify Locations for Possible Measles Exposure

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has been notified by the California Department of Public Health of one case of measles in a non-Los Angeles County resident who traveled throughout Los Angeles County from Saturday, March 30, 2024, to Monday, April 1, 2024.

Individuals who were at the following locations during the dates and times below may be at risk of developing measles within 21 days from the exposure date.

Saturday, 3/30/24

- Sheraton Gateway Hotel Gym — 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 (5:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.)
- Denny’s – 5535 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 (time undetermined)
- Universal Studios – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
- Buca Di Beppo – 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City, CA 91608 (appx. 12 p.m.)
- Cletus Chicken Shack in Universal Studies — 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (appx. 4 p.m.)
- Lard Lad Doughnuts and EC Food Truck in Universal Studios — 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (time not yet determined)
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream — 445 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (time not yet determined)
- Sheraton Gateway Hotel — 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Sunday, 3/31/24

- Sheraton Gateway Hotel Gym — 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 (5:30 a.m. -8 a.m.)
- Jack in the Box--1127 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301 (appx. 11:00 a.m.)
- Santa Monica Pier—Santa Monica, CA 90401
- Pier Gear — 380 Santa Monica Pier #1, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (time not yet determined)
- El Torito Mexican Restaurant — 13715 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 (6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
- Sheraton Gateway Hotel — 6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Monday, 4/1/24

- Sheraton Gateway Hotel — 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
- Denny’s – 5535 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (time not yet determined)

Additional locations where possible exposures may have occurred are being investigated.

People who were in the locations above should confirm if they have been vaccinated against measles. If they have not had measles in the past and have not yet obtained the measles vaccine, they are at risk of contracting measles if they have been exposed. Unimmunized persons or those with unknown immunization status who were at these sites during the date and times listed above are at risk of developing measles from 7 to 21 days after being exposed. Exposed individuals who have been free of symptoms for more than 21 days are no longer at risk.

“Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know you have it and can lead to severe disease,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “Measles is highly contagious for those who are not immune to it. Initially causing fever, cough, red, watery eyes, and followed by a rash, it can result in serious complications for young children and vulnerable adults.”

People who were in the locations above around the aforementioned times should:

· Review their immunization and medical records to determine if they are protected against measles. People who have not had measles infection or received the measles immunization previously may not be protected from the measles virus and should talk with a health care provider about receiving measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization.

· Contact and notify their health care provider as soon as possible about a potential exposure if they are pregnant, an infant, have a weakened immune system and/or are unimmunized regardless of vaccination history.

· Monitor themselves for illness with fever and/or an unexplained rash from 7 days to 21 days after their exposure (the time period when symptoms may develop)

· If symptoms develop, stay at home, and avoid school, work and any large gatherings. Call a healthcare provider immediately. Do not enter a health care facility before calling them and making them aware of your measles exposure and symptoms. Public Health can assist health care providers in appropriately diagnosing and managing your care.

Common symptoms for measles include:

- High fever (higher than 101° F)
- Cough
- Runny nose
- Red and watery eyes
- Tiny white spots that may appear inside the mouth 2-3 days after symptoms begin.
- Rash 3-5 days after other signs of illness. The “measles rash” typically starts at the face and then spreads down to the rest of the body.

About Measles

Measles spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, talks, coughs, or sneezes. The virus can stay in the air and on surfaces for many hours, even after the infected person has left. The infected person can spread the disease up to four days before a measles rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.

If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected.

Measles can be prevented with a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR or MMRV). The MMR vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps and rubella. The MMRV vaccine protects against four diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). They are administered in two doses and are highly effective: two doses are 97% effective against measles and one dose is 93% effective. The spread of measles can be prevented if 2-dose coverage of vaccine remains at 95% or above in the community. For more information on measles, visit: ph.lacounty.gov/measles.

Most health insurances cover the cost of the MMR and MMRV vaccine. Insured persons should check with their doctor or local pharmacy to see what vaccines are offered. Uninsured or underinsured children and adults can access free or low-cost vaccines at clinics enrolled in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Vaccines for Adults (VFA) program. For a list of clinics that offer free or low-cost immunizations for persons who are uninsured or underinsured, call 2-1-1 or visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ip/clinics.htm.

In in the United States, as of April 11, 2024, a total of 121 measles cases have been reported this year, which is more than double the number of cases reported in all of 2023. Furthermore, 56% of these cases required hospitalization for management of measles complications or isolation. Most of these cases have been unimmunized. There has been one other measles case in Los Angeles County in 2024.

Police/SWAT standoff with Gunman in Marina del Rey



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

"I heard on the police scanner that there was a police standoff in Marina del Rey. A suspect on top of the roof. I seen at least 30 police cars at the scene. Lots of news streamers were on the scene. It was an intense night at the end. Nobody got hurt, everything went well. I’m glad for the outcome."

Sheep Over Venice Pastures



Lena Adams is known as “Sheepish Skater” at the Venice Beach skate park she frequents, but she also demonstrates the grit, openness and curiosity of someone yearning to find community in a place that can be as unsupportive as Los Angeles. The film follows Lena as she describes surviving in transitional housing, living and working as a voice-over artist in her truck “studio,” and searching for somewhere that feels like home.

New Optical Speed Bars on PCH


Photos via The Dude

In case you were wonder what are those markings on the road in several sections of Pacific Coast Highway, they are optical speed bars. According to the California Department of Transportation, "Speed Reduction Markings (also known as Optical Speed Bars) are transverse pavement markings placed with progressively reduced spacing on both edges of the traveled way to create the perception of increased speed. This illusion encourages drivers to slow down as they pass by the markings."

The guidebook also states, "Speed reduction markings should be reserved for unexpected curves and should not be used on long tangent sections of roadway or in locations frequented mainly by local or familiar drivers. Speed reduction markings shall not be used in lanes that do not have a longitudinal line (center line, edge line, or lane line) on both sides of the lane."


Thousands of Jelly Fish-like Creatures wash up on Beach



Mason Brown's Surf Report reports that thousands of dried up creatures resembling jellyfish have washed ashore on the beach in Santa Monica.



There are called Velella velella or By-the-Wind Sailors. The By-the-Wind sailors are also known as colonial hydroids and are similar to Portuguese Man O'War, feeding on algae and zooplankton.

Velella velella are flat, oval-shaped hydroid polyps (cousins of the jellyfish) that live in the open ocean but are often seen washed up on beaches in the spring and early summer months when strong winds push them ashore.

This video (below) is about them washing up last year, on April 10th:



They have a firm and upright triangular sail attached to their body which causes them to be caught up by the wind and blown across the surface of the water, giving them their name “By-the-Wind Sailors.” Don't worry about those little blue tentacles that hang from their body! These tentacles don't sting humans but will gather up plenty of zooplankton or fish eggs for them to eat.

According to Point ReyesNational Seashore, Velella Velellas pose little threat to humans, but if you do decide to pick one up, be careful when touching your face and eyes afterward because they can cause slight irritation to your skin.

"You may come across a fresh wash-up of Velella, tinging the stretch of shoreline blue, but if they've been there a while, they will look like crinkly and dry ovals of cellophane."

April Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup to Celebrate Earth Month



Join Heal the Bay from 10 AM – 12 PM, April 20, 2024, at the Santa Monica Pier on Santa Monica Beach!

We are celebrating the transformative power of reusable alternatives to single-use plastics at our Beach Cleanup this Earth Month! Every gloved hand on the sand, every advocate trained, and every dollar raised brings us closer to a plastic-free future.

Whether you participate in a beach cleanup or contribute to our online fundraiser, you'll be directly helping to rid our beaches of harmful plastic pollution and advocate for impactful, lasting change for the Los Angeles community.

Join us on the sand, explore all the ways you can make a difference this month, and share this page with your loved ones! We're grateful for your support and excited to celebrate with you.

This event's onling registration is getting very full!

Walk-up volunteers may still join us in the sand even if our online reservations sell out.

10 AM - 12 PM @ Santa Monica Beach, Northside of the Pier

FREE ADMISSION TO THE HEAL THE BAY AQUARIUM

11 AM - 4 PM @ the HtB Aquarium Under the Pier

The Heal the Bay Aquarium, will be FREE to all cleanup volunteers and open for an extra hour.

This event is held rain or shine, barring lightning or beach closure.

For more info and register for the event, Click Here.

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Suspect Arrested for Violent Assaults at Venice Canals



On April 11, the LAPD apprehended the suspect, 29-year-old Anthony Jones, who had fled to the San Diego area. He was booked for two counts of attempted murder with bail set at $3,250,000 (booking number 6791008).

LAPD is not releasing any information on him other than his name Anthony Jones and that he is a 29 year old black man that is about 6'1" 200lbs. (see update below video for latest)

UPDATE Friday Night: Clearer screen shot of the suspect added.

UPDATE: LAPD did not mention in their big press event that Anthony Jones, 29, is a homeless man. Also did not mention if he had priors or where he is from.



UPDATE

Since the assault, detectives from Pacific Area, as well as investigators from Operations-West Bureau Special Assault Section, dedicated countless hours to identifying this perpetrator. Within hours after identifying the suspect, on April 11, 2024, the LAPD located and swiftly apprehended the suspect, who had fled to the San Diego area. The suspect, 29-year-old Anthony Jones, was arrested and booked into LAPD’s Metropolitan Detention Center on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder. Bail was set at $3,250,000 and his booking number is 6791008.

This investigation is still ongoing, and both victims are continuing to recover from the serious injuries they sustained. At this point in the case, investigators are not ruling out the likelihood that the women may have been sexually assaulted.

LAPD Chief Dominic Choi stated, “I am proud of the tireless work and dedication to public safety demonstrated by all involved in this case, especially our specialized detectives. I thank Councilwoman Park for her unwavering support, continually working together to ensure the safety of our communities. The people of Los Angeles are safer today because this predator is in custody.”

With the community’s help and the amazing work of the men and women with the LAPD, a dangerous and violent suspect has been taken off of the streets of Los Angeles.

Stolen E-Bikes recovered from Venice Theives


Person who had 3 of electrics bikes stolen out of his garage was able to recover them, with the unwilling help of LAPD. Here is his story he posted:

Three Bikes were stolen out of our garage last night on Strongs. "What follows is a crazy story and then a warning (see picture) to watch out for a RV encampment where we found two of the bikes.

Apparently for garages thieves now can use third party remotes to unlock your doors.

Fortunately, I had Airtags embedded in two of the bikes and using them was able to locate and recover ALL of them this morning.

One was in a garage in The Pearl, the other was at an RV at the corner of Canal and Grand Canal (off North Venice).

After sitting on hold with the non-emergency response for LAPD for an hour, was able to get a dispatch that came to the house. Filed a report and then showed the officers the locations of the bike on “Find My”.

They were very skeptical that they could do anything (they said the Airtags were inaccurate and if it located in an apartment they’d need a warrant which would take ‘three days’.) We urged them to go to the sites anyway.

They called 20 min later at one of the sites where they found one bike in an open garage, but locked up (with the lock and keys attached to my bike that the thief still had). Ran over with a spare key and unlocked my bike — was still in rideable condition. One down.

They drove by the second area and said they couldn’t find my bike, but my wife walked over and saw the tires of one bike under a tarp next to this RV (see picture). She stayed close to there while we got the police to come over to recover. This time they asked for my phone to “ping” the airtag to find the other bike, ID’d it, and we found the third bike under the tarp next to it. The police got those other two bikes.

I asked if they were going to at least knock on the door of the RV to ask questions and they were resistant — basically like “what do you want us to do”? — and given this was a felony (all the stolen bikes were over $1k) I was like “this is felony property theft aren’t you going to at least question the person?”

Anyway long story they finally knocked on the RV where the guy denied everything and that was that. At least we have our bikes back (sans chargers, the thief’s were smart enough to take them).

see the RV where the bikes were recovered, on corner of Canal and Grand Canal. again no “proof” this guy stole my bikes (I mean they could have been placed at his RV under tarps without his knowledge lol) but occam’s razor. Pics of the police recovering these bikes.

Recommendation to put Airtags on your bikes! and secure your garages. Our camera didn’t catch the thief but we just put in another camera this morning as well as enabling a remote sensor to alert if it is opened. We’re obviously on edge after the attacks and rapes in the Canals last weekend.

Stay safe and smart. Crime is out of control. I’m generally on the side of compassion but things have gotten out of balance here. But feeling grateful to have recovered these bikes (my main form of transportation)."

GoFundMe for Venice Canal Violent Assault Victim



One of the victims of the Venice Canals Assaults on Women is a 54 year old resident of Venice. Her fiend has set up a GoFundMe for her:

"Dear Friends, Family & Community, I’m a dear friend of one of the two victims of a violent attack on the Venice, CA canals on Saturday, April 6th as she was doing her evening walk after work to get in her daily 10,000 steps. She is a 54 yr old single mother, having lived in Venice for years and serves as a full time caregiver to an elderly woman with ALS. Unfortunately, her healthcare insurance (medi-cal) dropped her March 31st and she was in the midst of getting California Coverage but hasn’t heard from them.

During the attack she received at least 8 fractures to her jaw, large laceration to the back of her head, several teeth are bashed out and multiple contusions on her face & neck. She will require many surgeries and is currently getting her jaw wired shut for at least a month. Not to mention she will, in time, need mental health support and guidance along with PT.

All of these funds will go directly to the victim and her medical bills as well as long term physical and mental care.



It’s doubtful she will be able to return to work for at least 6-8 weeks and she’s so worried about losing her small rental in Venice where she and her cat have resided for years. Many may know her for the wonderful sand art she builds in Venice for all the events. No amount is too small and every note is important for her to read support and love from everyone."

To donate, please Click Here

Venice Healer Daisy's Solar Eclipse Trash Can Performance Art



Venice Healer Daisy preforms on top of some trash cans during the Solar Eclipse on the Venice Boardwalk.



Click Here for more Stories about Venice Healer Daisy

New Traffic Light on PCH at Tuna Canyon



Temporary signals now operating at Tuna Canyon Road and SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) for left turns onto sothbound PCH. This is an alternate route to avoid the closure on Route 27 (Topanga Canyon) from Grand View Dr to PCH due to the still-active landslide.




Art Mart at Santa Monica Pier Locals Night



Join us on April 18th for the very first Art Mart at Santa Monica Pier Locals' Night!

Experience the magic as over 20 incredible artists unveil their homemade goods, reworked fashion, and stunning art. It's a night filled with creativity and community - don't miss out! See you there! ⁠

For more info, Click Here

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Venice Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival



Come out and Join us at the Historical Venice Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival on Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 10AM to 6PM at Oakwood Park.


Parade begins at 10AM on California Ave and Lincoln Blvd. Spectators are asked to post along Lincoln Blvd from California Ave (going North) to Rose Ave. The parade will go down Lincoln Blvd (north) then will turn left on Rose Ave (west) to 7th Ave and will turn left (south) on 7th Ave towards Oakwood Park. The parade will end on 7th Ave and California Ave.

A street festival will proceed with Aztec Dancers, Grupo La Rosa Folklorico Dancers, Charro (Mexican Dancing Horses), Venice High School Band, Santa Monica Cheerleaders. Classic Cars/Lowriders, Clown, Piñata, Authentic Mexican Food Trucks, Live Entertainment by Rythym Band playing Old School Funk Music, D.J. Mango, Baby Dog Rapper Straight out of Venice, Informational Booths and Vendors.

Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument, AmVets Post 2, Venice Family Clinic, Santa Monica College, Kaiser, Venice Kush, Venice Paparazzi, Venice Family Community Housing, Councilmember Traci Parks, Lupitas Tacos, Tacos de Valiii, Oaxacana Taco Truck, Growin up in Venice Brand, and much more. This is a friendly family free community event.



For more info, Click Here.

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Another Dead Body found on the beach in Venice



No information yet, just this post from Thursday morning via @SaveVenice1

SMPD arrest Louis Vuitton Store Robbery Suspect



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, an individual suspected of committing a robbery at the Louis Vuitton store in Santa Monica Place was apprehended by Santa Monica Police Officers along Ocean Avenue. The suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, matched the description of the person involved in the theft.

In the course of the operation, the police conducted an investigation, leading to the suspect's arrest on suspicion of grand theft. Before the arrest, Santa Monica Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene to evaluate the suspect's health as a safety measure. Following a medical clearance, the individual was formally arrested.

The suspect faces potential charges under California Penal Code [CPC] §§487(a) – (d) for Grand Theft, which is applicable when property or services valued over $950 are stolen. Additionally, the individual may be charged with Estes Robbery, as defined by 211 PC, which involves the felonious acquisition of personal property through force or intimidation."

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.

Santa Monica Pier Locals Night



Locals' Night returns on April 18. The Santa Monica 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.

Prepare for a visual feast as several prominent Westside car clubs, including The WestSide Crew and the WestSide Volkswagen Club, make a triumphant return for Locals' Night. The Pier deck will transform into a showcase of automotive artistry as these enthusiasts bring their meticulously maintained and stunning vehicles to the event. From classic cruisers to customized Volkswagens, attendees will have the chance to gaze in awe at the diverse array of automobiles that these passionate clubs proudly present. It's not just a night of dancing and music; it's an opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into keeping these wheels rolling in style. So, gear up for a night of not only rhythm and beats but also the visual spectacle of Westside's finest automobiles.

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

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They reached out to all of us who had their trips cancelled earlier for early booking, but 99% of it is midweek, unlike when we first booked. I dunno, starting to feel more Coachella hangout than surf anomaly... They also raised the prices by $50. Guess they, I mean WE, have to pay for repairs.

Fire Hydrant Eruption at Bay Street from Car Crash



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) personnel were dispatched to the scene of an incident where a fire hydrant had been struck by a vehicle on Bay Street, resulting in water jetting high into the air. The team, demonstrating prompt and efficient action, successfully located and closed the valve, halting the uncontrolled flow of water.

The driver involved in the incident remained on-site, awaiting the arrival of law enforcement officers to document the occurrence. Captain Johnny Maccini of the SMFD provided insights into the event, noting the swift response of the firefighters in managing to isolate and shut down the water main. Captain Maccini expressed optimism for a quick repair of the damaged infrastructure by city services, highlighting the effective coordination between emergency responders and municipal agencies in addressing such unforeseen disruptions."

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.

Video of the Venice Canals Assault Suspect



This is the video currently being posted on various online sites that people believe to be the suspect who assaulted women in the Venice canals.

Lyft Driver Arrested for Sexually Assaultt on SM Woman



A Lyft driver was assrested last week and charged for sexual assault on a Santa Monica resident back in September.


On September 7, 2023, Santa Monica police responded to the 2900 block of Pennsylvania Ave regarding a sexual assault. A woman reported that a Lyft driver picked her up from a restaurant in West Hollywood and sexually assaulted her during the ride home.

The victim, a Santa Monica resident, fell asleep in the car and woke up to inappropriate touching. The suspect then offered to walk her to her door, which she refused. Once home, she realized several hours had passed since she was picked up.

Santa Monica detectives investigated and identified the driver as Fernando Macias Morales, a 34-year-old Los Angeles resident. They arrested him on April 5, 2024, in the San Fernando Valley.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Morales with felony counts of:

Kidnapping to commit a sexual act (California Penal Code 209(b)(1))
Sexual penetration of a person intoxicated or under sedation (California Penal Code 289(e))
Oral copulation of a person intoxicated person or under sedation (California Penal Code 287(i))

His bail is set at $500,000.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Stephanie Davis at 310-458-2201 x4400, Sgt. Chad Goodwin at 310-458-8931, or the Watch Commander desk 24 hours a day at 310-458-8427.