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Surf Photos - Venice Breakwater - Sunday 3-31-2024

Here's surfing photos from Easter Sunday at the Venice Breakwater. This set of surf photos was shot by Six12 Media and brought to you by Jack's Surfboards.                                                                

Here's surfing photos from Easter Sunday at the Venice Breakwater.

This set of surf photos was shot by Six12 Media and brought to you by Jack's Surfboards.

These are just a few of the 200 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 galleries for this day, check them out, the links to the complete galleries are down below.

















You can find 170+ more photos from this session, all full size and in high-resolution, in these 2 photo galleries:

Venice Breakwater - Sunday 3-31-2024 - Gallery #1

Venice Breakwater - Sunday 3-31-2024 - Gallery #2


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.

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.

Find out about more upcoming local events, Click Here for the Event Calendar.

Art Mart at SM Pier Locals' Night



Join us on April 18th for the very first Art Mart at 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

Find out about more upcoming local events, Click Here for the Event Calendar.

28th Annual 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

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

Find out about more upcoming local events, Click Here for the Event Calendar.

Update on Fatal PCH Incident in Malibu





The Lost Hills Sheriff's Department confirmed the statements people have been posting online about the person who was hit by a truck on Pacific Coast Highway. “At this time in the investigation, all evidence leads us to believe this incident is a suicide and not an accidental traffic collision; however, the investigation is ongoing,” the Sheriff's press release said. The man has been identified as Dimitri Failla, 32 years old.

Several witnesses have also stated that person was a homeless man that just ran right out onto the highway.

Topangac Days is Back



Happening annually on Memorial Day weekend, Topanga Days is a 3-day music festival with artisans, food, beverages, a fun zone for kids and family games that raises funds for the Topanga Community Center, a 501c3 nonprofit.

This year’s musical lineup features Grammy award winning artist, Fantastic Negrito, on Saturday, May 25th at 5:30 p.m., the catchy, synth pop sounds and dynamic stage presence of 80s Rock icons, Missing Persons, on Sunday, May 26th at 5:30 p.m., and the genre defying psychedelic folk sounds of musical savant, Jonathan Wilson, on Monday, May 27th at 5:45 p.m. In addition to the headliners, the diverse, crowd-pleasing Main Stage outdoor lineup includes, Krooked Kings, Nosotros, Venice, Deb Ryder, The FBR, Will Worden, Kummerspeck, Wynchester, Tristan Lake Leabu, Low Coast, Electric Magic, and The Dirty Lowdown.



For more info, Click Here.

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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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Conscious Market for Earth Month on Third Street Promenade



Shop local small businesses and take free fitness classes in Downtown Santa Monica on Third Street Promenade!

Join us on April 6th from 9am-6pm to meet local designers, brands and new businesses.

Sign up for beach clean ups with Venice Community Clean Up and buy a coffee from locals in front of Patagonia
Learn about eco-friendly brands and city initiatives!
Shop small businesses to build our local economy
Free fitness classes in front of Adidas

SHOP SMALL BUSINESSES with CONSCIOUS MARKET

Beso del sol - Esther - Bone Bags - Yadama Shop - Farm Fresh To You - Jessie And Sky - Brownhaze Jewelry - Recyclicious - Vintage MENU ART - Verde Antequera - Blonde Peacock - F|R Jewelry - Kazmik Grace - Kodenko Denim - Angelina's Jewelry - VOL Co - Little Chimes - Lvly and Jane - Textured Planet - Made By Me Wendy C - NOHO Candle - Las No Paleras - Big Apple Society - Blurry Recreation

FITNESS SCHEDULE: Bring your yoga mat and wear sneakers for cardio workouts and classes with local studios and teachers!

9AM Workout with Erica Hood leading her signature class, HOOD FIT!

Dance & Tone with Hoodfit Get ready to move and groove with Hoodfit's signature Dance & Tone class! Join us for a heart-pumping 45 minute workout that will challenge and inspire you to new heights. Our fun and energetic dance cardio combos will have you breaking a sweat and feeling amazing, while our toning sequences will build your core strength and leave you feeling stronger than ever before. And with a killer playlist of EDM and hip hop music, you'll be jamming out while getting fit! Don't miss this epic class - sign up now!

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

Find out about more upcoming local events, Click Here for the Event Calendar.

The Carnival of Chaos



v.t__records presents The Carnival of Chaos April 6th 11am-6pm Live at Muscle Beach Amplitheater. Bands will include:

No Reaction

Neighborhood Watch

2Dust

X-COMM

The Psychedelic Flys

๐–‚ho ๐•ฎares

For more info, Click Here

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Daisy Venice Healer Standoff with Park Rangers



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Venice Beach Boardwalk cleanup encountered a hurdle as Venice Healer Daisy stood firm at her tiny home location. Despite requests from Los Angeles Park Rangers to move her belongings for the cleanup operation, Daisy chose not to comply. The Rangers, opting against using force, allowed Daisy and a few other individuals to remain, redirecting their cleanup efforts to other areas of the beach and boardwalk.

The cleanup, a routine operation carried out every Friday, is a collaboration between the Department of Public Works and Recreation and Parks, along with Action Cleanup Environmental Services. While Action Cleanup handles the sorting of hazardous materials like batteries and syringes, Public Works deals with non-hazardous waste, part of the city's broader homelessness strategy focusing on public health and safety.

Click Here for more Stories about Venice Healer Daisy

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.

Thunderstorm Warning over Ocean



Thunderstorms are forming now and are expected to expand in coverage through tonight. Some may become severe with damaging winds and/or hail.

Pedestrian killed on PCH in Malibu



A truck hit and killed a pedestrian on Friday morning. This happened on Pacific Coast Highway near Cross Creek Road in Malibu at around 6:35am.



PCH was closed for several hours as sheriffs conducted an investigation. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with law enforcement.

Malibu Canyon Closed for the Weekend



Malibu Canyon Rd. will be closed from Piuma Rd. to PCH starting Friday at 7 PM to monitor ground stability changes due to this weekend's rain. The planned reopening is Monday morning.

Dog stolen at Venice Beach



This was posted earlier today:

"Hi i was physically assaulted outside of the Sidewalk Cafe last Sunday, March 24th around 6:30pm. I was punched in the face randomly by a man and i have been told that while i was knocked out a lady named Sky who is local to Venice swooped up my Chihuahua and i havent seen him since. If you have ANY information about where he might be please contact Olivia at 971 777 6149 , thank you!"

109 Tickets given on PCH - UPdate on Malibu Traffic Enforcement



During the week of March 18 - 24, the Malibu Task Force issued 109 citations in Malibu, 88 for speeding. One motorist stopped for speeding was arrested for DUI. Year to date 712 citations. City signed a contract to bring CHP patrols back to Malibu for PCH safety effort.

Between March 11 and 17, the Malibu CPH Task Force issued 42 citations (36 for speeding, four for other moving violations, one was for distracted driving, and one for a seatbelt violation). Three verbal warnings for speed were also issued.

Skateside Skate Camp - Spring Break at The Cove Skatepark



The City of Santa Monica Community Recreation Division offers two action packed weeks at The Cove Skatepark.

Learn to skate The Cove Skatepark in this 3 hour and 50 minute half day skateboarding camp for beginner and intermediate skaters. This camps will consist mostly of group instruction with an opportunity to free skate and practice new skills. All protective gear (mask, helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards) are required to participate in the camp.



During non-camp hours all participants must have a Cove Skatepark Membership in order to use the skatepark. Cove Skatepark membership can be attained at the Memorial Park Gym office located next to the Cove Skatepark (1401 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, 90404). PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT TO SIGN COVE SKATEPARK WAIVER. For questions regarding membership and office hours please call (310) 458-8237.



Apr 1, 2024 - Apr 5, 2024

For more info, Click Here.

Find out about more upcoming local events, Click Here for the Event Calendar.

Santa Monica Serial Sexual Assault Suspect Sentenced to 8 years in State Prison



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Serial sex offender, Anthony Pittman, was recently sentenced to eight years in state prison after pleading no contest to a series of sexual assaults targeting homeless women in August and September of 2022.

In February, Anthony Pittman, currently homeless, pled no contest to a series of sexual assaults he committed between August and September 2022.

On September 27, 2022, at approximately 4:00am, a female experiencing homelessness was sleeping near the Santa Monica Library when she awoke to a male suspect attempting to remove her blankets. She attempted to run from the suspect but was tackled to the ground where he sexually assaulted her. A few hours after the incident, she walked to the Santa Monica Police Station and made an official report. Incident: 220098142



The other 2022 incidents occurred in LAPD’s Northeast and Wilshire Divisions. Pittman was linked to his victims, who were all homeless female adults, through DNA evidence.

Pittman, a previously convicted sex offender, was sentenced to eight years in state prison for Forced Sodomy and Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony.

We encourage anyone with information related to this individual to contact Detective Sergeant Goodwin at Chad.Goodwin@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

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While the 2022 case has been resolved, SMPD is actively investigating a separate sexual assault that occurred on March 1st, 2024, at approximately 8:15 PM near the 1700 block of Ocean Park Boulevard. A lone female victim was attacked while waiting for transportation. Investigators have obtained an image of the suspect from nearby security cameras. Click Here for more informatiuon on this case.

LA Beaches Ocean Water Use Warnings



March 27, 2024

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:

BEACH AREA WARNINGS:

· Santa Monica Canyon Creek at Will Rogers State Beach. Near Will Rogers Tower 18

100 yards up and down the coast from the creek.

· Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

100 yards up and down the coast from the pier.

· Pico-Kenter storm drain at Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica South Tower 20

100 yards up and down the coast from the storm drain.

· Escondido Creek at Escondido State Beach

The entire swim area.

· Marie Canyon Storm Drain at Puerco Beach

The entire swim area.

· Malibu Pier in Malibu

The entire swim area.

· Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey

The entire swim area.

These warnings have been issued due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested.

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.


Man carrying Dead Ducks at Venice Pier detained by LAPD



LAPD responds to reports of a man walking around the beach carrying two dead ducks. Witnesses at the Venice Pier stated the man was trying to sell them the dead ducks. The man, who only speaks Spanish, said the ducks were hit by a car. The two police offers were baffled, they do not know what to do in this situation, as a passerby tells them that this does not follow under their jurisdiction.

Free Outdoor Movies Return on Santa Monica 3rd St Promenade



Join us on 4/12 on the 1200 Block of Third Street Promenade to watch High School Musical 1 and relive this classic with the best sing-along of your life!

For more info, Click Here.

Find out about more upcoming local events, Click Here for the Event Calendar.

Interceptor 007



Interceptor 007, station in Ballona Creek, is nearing the end of its second rainy season in LA County.

This was one of the latest offloads of the Interceptor, bringing its total catch of garbage to 229,000 lbs to date.