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Earlier this month, the city put up notices that the homeless encampments will be cleaned out of the Venice Hand Ball Courts on April 15th. And these photos from @VeniceIntel taken today shows that the area is actually being cleaned up.

On April 11, 2021, deputies assigned to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to Zuma Beach, Malibu, after receiving reports of a suspicious male harassing female patrons of the beach.

Upon their arrival the deputies were directed to an individual whom they identified as Mr. Kyle Kiddy, a resident of Riverside County, California. While speaking to Mr. Kiddy the deputies observed him to be armed with a rifle which was partially concealed by his long trench coat, a violation of California Penal Code section 25400, for which he was detained.

During the subsequent detention and investigation, the deputies discovered Mr. Kiddy was concealing an additional three firearms and associated ammunition on his person, as well as other items of evidence within his vehicle which was parked nearby.

All the guns he had on him were loaded. Lt. Jim Braden of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station estimated that Kiddy had between 1,200 and 1,500 rounds of ammunition in the car and on his body.

On April 13, 2021, the facts of the above incident were presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who filed multiple charges against Mr. Kiddy who remains in police custody.

Kyle Kiddy, 34, is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

According to Surfline: SW swell tops out Thu-Fri as small new NW swell mixes in.

Thursday, April 15th: Fun 2-3’+ waves on average, 3-4’+ at summer magnets. Clean AM returns.
Improved morning conditions as new SW swell peaks, steep-angled NW swell mix continuing to blend in. Average breaks across the region are around waist-stomach high and serviceable on the small wave gear as summer focal points pull in occasional chest-shoulder high sets through the favored tides (early tide push for most spots). Variable to light offshore winds prevails early then wind gradually trends onshore through the morning ahead of light to moderate WNW wind in the afternoon.

Friday, April 16th: Fun 2-3’+ waves on average, 3-4’+ at summer magnets. Clean AM.
Clean morning conditions as SW swell holds, steep-angled NW swell mix blends in. Average breaks across the region are around waist-stomach high and serviceable on the small wave gear as summer focal points pull in occasional chest-shoulder high sets through the favored tides (AM tide push for most spots). Light/variable winds prevails early then wind gradually trends onshore through the morning ahead of light to moderate WNW wind in the afternoon.

On Wednesday , April 7th, Lifeguards in Santa Monica responded to assist a dolphin that was repeatedly beaching itself. After trying to assist it in the dolphin back into the water, Marine Animal Rescue made the decision to try to transport the sick dolphin to a local treatment facility. Unfortunately shortly after transport, the dolphin succumbed to its illness.

As a reminder, sick marine mammals often come ashore to rest and it is best to give them space when they do so! Notify the nearest Lifeguard as they work closely with local marine animal experts that will be able to provide further assistance to these animals.

Story and Photos via LACoFD Lifeguard Division

Lifeguard Division Weekend Statistics April 9-11, 2021

Venice Beach is accessible to ALL thanks to thenew access mat!

Wheelchair users & others with difficulty crossing the sand can now easily access the water’s edge (unless the city's most hated surf school, Kapowui, blocks off the handicap parking with thier vehicles and wavestorms like they do in Santa Monica).

The Department of Beaches and Harbors installed access mats at Venice Beach. These mats are made of a synthetic mesh that provides a firmer surface for those who need it to cross the sand, such as people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. No special equipment is required.

The National Weather Service Los Angeles reports it will be much cooler this coming week with plenty of marine layer clouds and even some drizzle

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

"City council member mike bonin has proposed a motion that would bring tempoary homeless sites to county beaches, including Dockweiler State Beach, Fishermans Village in Marina Del Rey, and Will Rogers State Beach. Cleaning of the homeless encampment in venice beach starts april 15."

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:

The California Department of Public Health just announce:

"With 20 million COVID-19 vaccines in arms, low & stable hospitalizations, CA is on track to fully reopen on June 15 with masking & vaccinations. Get ready to hug your loved ones, to have that dinner, to go to that movie...California’s future is bright."

On March 28, 2021 at about 10:53 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers were dispatched to the area of the 1700 block of Ocean Ave to investigate a report of an Armed Robbery. Officers met with a couple who explained that they were riding scooters on Ocean Ave., when they were accosted by three males. During their encounter, one of the males lifted his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. Two of the suspects began to physically assault the male victim and at one point one of the suspects snatched the cellphone from the female victim and threw it to the ground, preventing her from calling for help. Both suspects then fled the area.

SMPD officers shortly thereafter located Halfman and Johnson. They were both identified by the victims as the suspects who assaulted them. Officers recovered a handgun with a high capacity magazine (15 rounds) on suspect Johnson. Officers later discovered he had a no-bail warrant from Wisconsin. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident.

On March 30, 2021 the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed the following charges against two felony assault suspects:

Lavonn Shawn Johnson, a 21-year-old white male from Wisconsin - One count of 245(A)(4) PC – Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury, 136.1 PC – Preventing Someone from Reporting a Crime, and 25850(A) PC – Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

Treyton Thomas Halfman, a 21-year-old black male from Wisconsin - one count of 245(A)(4) PC – Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury.

Will Rogers State Beach parking lot is going to be taken over by a "temporary homeless housing village", that is if this proposal is approved.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin has proposed creating temporary homeless sites at the Will Rogers State Beach parking lot, Dockweiler Beach and Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey to address the ongoing homelessness issue in Los Angeles.

"To end homelessness and sidewalk encampments, we need more housing, more shelter, and more services," Bonin said. "We need all kinds of solutions — and we need them everywhere we can put them."

A petition asking residents to say no to Bonin's proposal for the homeless site at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades had nearly 4,000 signatures by Monday morning.

Yesterday, we reported that huge Crowds Return To The Santa Monica Pier with a photo of a nearly filled parking lot. Now on Sunday the Santa Monica Police close down the pier because the crowds are so large.

The homeless encampments that are in the Venice Handball Courts are going to be cleaned out in two weeks.

The crowds are back.

This photo by Scott Perry shows an almost filled parking lot Saturday afternoon.

The Los Angeles County ​Lifeguards reported they made 111 Ocean Rescues and 141 Medical Aids this week.

"The mid-week heat wave did not disappoint. Summer-like weather conditions and crowds were experienced across all Los Angeles beaches making for 2 of the busiest lifeguarding days of the year. 111 Ocean Rescues and 141 Medical Aids have been tallied since monday. While temperatures are expected to cool this weekend, hazardous spring time Ocean Conditions are expected to continue."

This past Sunday, just after 6PM, a crowd of people on the Venice Boardwalk witnessed a man molesting a female child in broad daylight.

The child appeared to be 3 years old or possibly younger, according to the reports, which also state the man was mildly intoxicated, but knew what he was doing.

It took over a dozen calls to 911 and about 15 minutes before police arrived. Thankfully, some witnesses were able to follow the man as he was trying to flee with the child. And they were able to lead the police to him.

He was arrested, as many of the witnesses had video and photos to show the authorities of his disgusting sexual assault of a child.

Supposedly, he told the police he was her father, and that the mother lived elsewhere.

The child is now with other family members and did received medical care.

A more detailed report of this can be found at Reports of Child Assault on Venice Beach Boardwalk in Broad Daylight.

*No one from Shacked witnessed this event, this scumbag would have had to be transported in an ambulance, not a cop car if we did. We are reporting this from other sources, as linked above*

Photo from Allan Parsons this weekend show the homeless tents are on the sand again in Venice.

Another homeless encampment fire Friday morning. Right outside of Gold's Gym in Venice. This is the 4th homeless Encampment fire in Venice this week.

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit “lights off” except rim, 1 hr on Saturday, March 27 in recognition of Earth Hour.

On Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour, one of the largest global grassroots movements for the environment, will virtually bring together millions of people, businesses and leaders from around the world to raise awareness on the urgent need to address nature loss and climate change.

The iconic Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel in Los Angeles joins world-famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Great Wall of China, the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Greece, and Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, among others at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 27. The Pacific Wheel will “go dark” except for the wheel rim safety lighting.

Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries and territories to take tangible environmental action for over a decade. Historically, Earth Hour has focused on the climate crisis, but more recently, Earth Hour has strived to also bring the pressing issue of nature loss to the fore. The aim is to create an unstoppable movement for nature, as it did when the world came together to tackle climate change. The movement recognizes the role of individuals in creating solutions to the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges and harnesses the collective power of its millions of supporters to drive change.

Earth Hour participants can visit to know what’s happening in locations around the world and read individuals’ stories about what they are doing for the planet. Now is the time to secure a healthy, sustainable and climate-resilient future for all. Every voice, no matter how big or small, can help make a difference.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Saturday, March 27. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at