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Showing posts with label Featured Stories. Show all posts


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

"Today I went to Venice Beach to do an update video about the homeless encampment in Venice Beach. Many people asked me how Venice Beach looks now. I went to the Venice Beach library, inside the park there is a big homeless encampment with lots of tents in it."

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: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice
Surfing’s history – from Africa to Polynesia to the Americas – is one that’s rich, diverse, and incredibly nuanced. So much so, that we are only beginning to scratch the surface and understand it. Voiced by Selema Masekela, the film explores the varied roots of surfing’s origin and its subsequent cultural evolution into what we recognise today.                                                  


An animated documentary for Red Bull Surfing’s mini series ‘In Plain Sight’.

Surfing’s history – from Africa to Polynesia to the Americas – is one that’s rich, diverse, and incredibly nuanced. So much so, that we are only beginning to scratch the surface and understand it. Voiced by Selema Masekela, the film explores the varied roots of surfing’s origin and its subsequent cultural evolution into what we recognise today.

In partnership with 1 Planet One People, a collective activation that supports climate action, racial and social equality.


Greetings from Santa Monica, the creative talent behind the Mason Brown's Surf Report, presents this informative video on the Santa Monica statue... and how Santa Monica got its name.



Video from Phil Kreis Scene.

"As the Great Grey Whale migration comes to an end. It is a rare gift to see mama and calf journey north right here at Malibu. Grey Whale Bliss. We might have a few more in the coming weeks. You might only see one or two a day. Go check it out."



We Gather: Black Life in Santa Monica told through Music, Visuals, and Narrative
is an exciting film collaboration between Orchestra Santa Monica and talented local partners. The project involves new music, artwork, narrative and video, portraying past to present-day experiences. “We Gather” will be freely available online to all with its official online release in spring 2022.



Watch the Facebook interview discussing this project, to learn about the music commission, art commission, and unique perspective on Santa Monica Black life, all culminating in the making of this film.

To help support this special production, please visit www.OrchestraSantaMonica.org/donate/.

This film is made possible in part by Art of Recovery, an initiative of the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs.


Noah Hill​'s new film, Casual Threat



A West Hills man was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison for starting a fire that caused substantial damage to a Santa Monica restaurant during the civil disturbances that erupted during the spring of 2020.

Micah Tillmon, 20, was sentenced by United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. A restitution hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

Tillmon pleaded guilty in September 2021 to one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.

On May 31, 2020, Tillmon entered Sake House by Hikari, a Japanese restaurant located in downtown Santa Monica, without authorization and while the business was closed because of the civil unrest occurring in the city at that time. While inside the restaurant, Tillmon possessed and used an incendiary device to ignite a fire that rapidly grew, enveloped the entire restaurant space and spread to other areas of the building adjacent to the restaurant.

According to court documents, security video from the restaurant shows Tillmon removing “a red tube-shaped object from his jacket, which he placed behind the reception desk area of the restaurant before walking away. Within seconds of that action, smoke and fire appeared from the area.”

The Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) responded to the fire and extinguished the flames using several fire trucks and numerous personnel. Due to safety concerns that accompanied the city’s civil unrest, SMFD prematurely abandoned the scene. As a result, SMFD needed to return to the scene several times throughout the night to extinguish additional flare-ups. The restaurant has since permanently closed.



Tillmon was identified by detectives with the Santa Monica Police Department, who reviewed numerous security videos and social media posts. Tillmon was also linked to the fire when investigators uncovered a video showing his white Ford Explorer parking next to the Sake House four minutes before the fire started and then reversing across the street soon after the fire started, according to court documents.

Tillmon possessed an incendiary device that had not been registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, the central federal registry for all items regulated under the National Firearms Act.

“[Tillmon’s] actions on May 31, 2020, were only possible because of a complete breakdown in social order,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “Riots like the ones that convulsed this district in the summer of 2020 are a stark reminder of the thin line that separates state control and anarchy.”



The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Santa Monica Police Department investigated this matter.

Assistant United States Attorney Shawn T. Andrews of the Violent and Organized Crime Section prosecuted this case.


Venice Beach, Thursday 3/24/22 filmed by Cop Watch Venice

"Arson attempt at the Beach house apartments on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Arson investigators found remains of a mortar style firework and have opened an investigation. The residents reported hearing a loud explosion and seeing a fire on a balcony after. The resident was able to put the fire out and suffered injuries to his hands."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice Beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal


DC hosted its first annual all women’s skate jam at Stoner Plaza in West LA yesterday, welcoming any and all ladies to come hang and battle it out for $1500 in cash. We held three separate jams on different obstacles, handing out $20s for individual tricks and $300 to the overall winners of each jam. Props to Skylar Chadwick, Isii Campos, and Amanda Castillo for taking the cake. And thanks to everyone who came out for a truly epic day at Stoner.


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

"Today, some of the Venice Beach neighborhood residence met up underneath the Venice Sign with flags and signs to support the Ukrainian people."

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: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice


Venice Beach, CA update 3/1/22 by Cop Watch Venice

"The beach is looking as bad as ever as LAPD has been chasing most people inland in the middle of the night. The older encampments, including the Venice library park are getting fuller because of it, and nothing is being done to help anyone, just the same waste and move along tactics. After decades of failure with the exact same treatment and the Supreme court rulings against it, you'd think they'd try something different, but the residents keep supporting this lunacy, leaving everyone in misery and destroying our community."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal


The Los Angeles Fire Department's Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section (ACTS) is seeking the public's help in locating this suspect in connection with recent arson fires in the Venice area. The suspect set a series of rubbish fires on February 26, 2022 on Flower Ct between 6th Ave and 7th Ave. The suspect continued westbound and set additional rubbish fires on Paloma Ct between Pacific Ave and Speedway.

LAFD Investigators are working closely with Patrol Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Community Police Station to canvass the area in the search for this suspect.

Given the quality of these images, it is believed the suspect should be easily identifiable to those who know him.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect should call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 222-8477.




SUSPECT DESCRIPTION
25-35 yo African American male
Approximately 6' tall, 185lbs
Thin build, thin mustache
Right side earring
Brown USS Iowa ball cap
White shirt with blue graphic design
Bluep pants and black Croc shoes
Variety of jewelry including shell necklace, ear stud, wrist bracelet and multiple rings on fingers


History is myth. Once upon a time, Venice Beach was a fairytale by the sea. And there are some spirits who still remember...

A Short film Written & Directed by ANSEL FARAJ










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

"My last homeless encampment video on venicebeach was five months ago this is an update video that shows you how to situation of the homeless community looks like at the current time In the Venice area more and more tens Accumulates around the beach area."

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: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice




From Santa Monica Close Up:

"City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works sanitation workers in white hazardous materials suits clean-up a homeless encampment at the 700 block of Flower in Venice on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority) was on site providing homeless outreach. Los Angeles Police Officers were on site to provide security."

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.

Support Santa Monica Closeup/Fabian Lewkowicz with Venmo or PayPal to help earn money to make these videos:

https://venmo.com/u/santamonicacloseup

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fabianlewkowicz




The City of Malibu Arts Commission’s winter public art exhibition in the Malibu City Hall Gallery, “Deliver Me,” featuring original works by world renowned fine artist Tom Fritz, is open to the public December 13 through January 20. The exhibition can be viewed Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. City Hall is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu, CA 90265. No appointment is needed. Facemasks are required inside for COVID-19 safety.

More info at malibuartscommission.org