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From Santa Monica Close Up:

"On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, three members of the Orange County Model A Ford Club embarked on a unique journey, driving their vintage Model A cars from Orange County to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. This expedition was not just a display of automotive heritage but also a tribute to the historic Route 66, often referred to as the "Main Street of America."

Eric Engel, the editor of the club's newsletter, "The Distributor," shared insights into the significance of their trip and their affection for Route 66. "We are here today at the Santa Monica Pier just to specifically come to this location, Route 66, trails and sign," Engel explained. The choice of the Santa Monica Pier, known as the official end of Route 66, was intentional, reflecting the club members' desire to connect with a pivotal piece of American history."

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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The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Police Department identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Officers will be looking for violations committed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

These extra enforcement efforts will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

“We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car. Bicyclists and pedestrians have the same rights to the road but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another.”

Pedestrians

· Be predictable. Use crosswalks, when available.

· Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care.

· Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.

· Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night.

· Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.

Drivers

· Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.

· Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.

· Never drive impaired.

Bicyclists

· Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet.

· Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.

· Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.

· If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.

· Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections. 


A homeless man lit a fire under the Santa Monica Pier. SMPD was alerted and when they went under the pier to investigate, the man took off running. The officers put out the fire and gave chase. After running quite a distance south of the pier with officers on foot and in a police vehicle catching up to him, the man eventually stopped running and laid down in the sand to surrender.

As seen in the video, he had lit what appeared to be several items of clothing on fire under the old wooden pier.


Get ready for the ultimate showdown in competitive eating as the Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin' Eating Championship returns to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier on World Pistachio Day, February 26th, 2024. This year's event promises to be even more thrilling, with legendary Joey Chestnut set to return and face reigning champion Nick Wehry for a spectacular display of speed, skill, and pistachio-cracking prowess.

Last year's inaugural event set the bar high, but the 2024 championship is poised to surpass it with an incredible lineup of the world's best competitive eaters. These athletes will go head-to-head in a nail-biting, eight-minute battle to see who can consume the most Wonderful Pistachios, testing not just their eating speed but also their dexterity in cracking open these delicious nuts.

The Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin' Eating Championship is more than just a competition; it's a celebration of America’s #1 Nut®. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, the event offers a perfect blend of competitive spirit and family-friendly entertainment. Spectators can expect a day filled with excitement, energy, and, of course, plenty of pistachios.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness history in the making as they cheer on their favorite eaters in this one-of-a-kind event. Whether you're a die-hard fan of competitive eating or simply looking for an enjoyable way to spend your day, the Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin' Eating Championship is an event you won't want to miss.

Join us at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier for a day of high-energy competition, family fun, and a celebration of all things pistachio. It's sure to be a shell-crackin’ good time!

$10,000 TOTAL PRIZE PURSE! 1st $5,000 2nd $2,500 3rd $1,250 4th $600 5th $300 6th $200 7th $100 8th $50

The contest will take place at 11AM PST on Monday, February 26th, 2024, at the Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401!



For more info, Click Here.

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


From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In a concerted effort to enhance safety and cleanliness along Santa Monica Beach, the Santa Monica Police Department initiated "Operation Sunrise" on Thursday, February 22, 2024. The operation, which took place on the Ocean Front Walk, was spearheaded by the department's Downtown unit and involved a dedicated team of 8 officers and 2 supervisors. Running from 7 am to 12 pm, the initiative was a targeted approach aimed at engaging proactively with individuals found camping, creating disturbances, or in need of social services.

The operation led to the arrest of one individual on suspicion of narcotics possession and the issuance of a citation for smoking on the beach. Additionally, several advisals were issued to individuals found camping on the premises. "Operation Sunrise" was not only about enforcement but also focused on educating the public about local camping laws and connecting those in need with appropriate services.

Sergeant Sendejas, in charge of the Pier Task Force and Directed Action Response Team (DART), emphasized the importance of high visibility enforcement and addressing quality of life issues that have been a concern for the community and local businesses, especially those in the hotel industry. The presence of officers on patrol was aimed at ensuring the safety and security of the community, addressing municipal and county violations.

Vice Mayor Lana Negrete praised the operation's impact, noting the proactive engagement with the community and the positive response from residents, tourists, and the business community. The visible presence of law enforcement was reported to curtail unwanted activities and was met with widespread approval from passersby and businesses alike, who have long sought a safer, more accessible, and attractive beach path.

"Operation Sunrise" represents a direct response to the concerns raised by community members and businesses along Ocean Front Walk. The initiative's success in creating a cleaner, safer environment underscores the Santa Monica Police Department's commitment to addressing community needs and enhancing the quality of life for both residents and visitors."



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.


February 21, 2024

An Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory has been extended for all Los Angeles County beaches. The advisory will be in effect until 6:00 am, Saturday, February 24, 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.




From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In an incident at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, February 18, 2024, Santa Monica Police Officers were dispatched following reports of a man brandishing a knife. Upon arrival at the scene, officers swiftly located the individual, a shirtless man, and proceeded to detain him with handcuffs to ensure public safety while they conducted their investigation.

Notably, the investigation revealed that the knife in the man's possession was, in fact, a plastic imitation. Further checks on the individual uncovered an outstanding warrant from another state; however, the warrant did not include provisions for extradition.

After establishing the facts and deeming there was no immediate threat to the public, the officers escorted the man off the pier. They removed his handcuffs and allowed him to leave the area. This response by the Santa Monica Police highlights the officers' commitment to maintaining safety while also showing discernment in resolving a situation that could have escalated without their measured approach. "

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.




On Friday, the SMPD Motor Unit conducted an OTS grant-funded operation to impact driving violations on PCH in the city.

65 stops were conducted
64 citations were issued
13 citations were for speeding
51 citations were for other moving violations
2 vehicles were impounded




From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Place was alive with the vibrancy of the Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 17, 2024, marking the advent of the Year of the Dragon. This free, family-friendly event, held from 2-5 PM, was bathed under the glow of traditional red and gold lanterns, offering attendees a rich tapestry of cultural performances and art.

The celebration was hosted by comedian Paul Kim, featuring an array of activities and performances designed to immerse guests in the spirit of the occasion. Highlights included Lion Dances by Bruce Wen and The Shaolin Entertainment Group, showcasing the dynamism and skill synonymous wit"

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.


From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In a proactive enforcement action on Friday, February 16, 2024, Santa Monica Police officers, patrolling on bicycles in Palisades Park, apprehended an individual known to them for having a Stay Away Order. The officers, upon identifying the man during their patrol, promptly detained him by placing him in handcuffs, in adherence to the conditions of the restraining order.

The situation necessitated the presence of additional police support for transportation purposes. Consequently, a squad car was summoned to the scene, arriving shortly thereafter to take the individual into custody. The man was then transported to the city jail for processing.

A Stay Away Order, a judicial mandate, prohibits an individual from coming within a specified proximity of another person or location. These orders are typically issued to protect victims of harassment or abuse, ensuring their safety by legally restricting the movements of the person named in the order."

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.


February 14, 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 AREAS CLOSURE:

The following site continues to remain closed due to a recent sewage discharge:

· Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro

The entire beach area

BEACH AREA WARNINGS:

· Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey

The entire swim area.

· Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach

100 yards up and down the coast from the public restrooms.

· 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 of the pier.

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

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

· Marie Canyon Storm Drain at Puerco Beach

The entire swim area.

· Malibu Pier in Malibu

100 yards up and down the coast of the pier.

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

*Some ocean water quality testing results are not yet available following the rain advisory.

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.




From Santa Monica Close Up:

"February 13, 2024, Santa Monica Police Department officers were dispatched to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant located on the Santa Monica Pier following a report of an assault. According to initial reports, a patron at the establishment allegedly assaulted an employee, prompting an immediate response from local law enforcement.

Upon arrival, several police officers intervened and subsequently took a man into custody in connection with the incident. Details regarding the nature of the assault or the circumstances leading up to the altercation have not been disclosed at this time.

Authorities are currently investigating the incident, and charges against the individual taken into custody have not been announced. The condition of the employee involved in the altercation has not been released, nor have any statements been made by representatives of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co."

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.


Locals' Night returns on February 15th, celebrating Black History Month with an epic lineup of live music and activities!

Inside the Merry-Go-Round building:

Activities for Kids -

📚 3:30 & 4:30pm
Books & Cookies brings their cherished children's storytime to the Pier! Dive into a world of reading, dancing, singing, and musical instrument jams for a night filled with joy. This family-friendly event is the perfect chance for kids to come together, explore, and create lasting memories.

6-9pm
Disco Renegade's Silent Disco is shaking up the dance scene, offering a unique party experience where you control the beats with wireless headphones. Born out of a love for music and a rebellion against the ordinary, this silent revolution lets you curate your own dance adventure. Join the movement, break free from the norm, and let the silent beats of Disco Renegade's Silent Disco be your guide to unforgettable nights!

On the Parking Deck & Main Stage:

Live music, classic car show, merch booths & more.

5:00-9:00pm
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.

5:00-5:45pm
SYREETA NEAL, a third-generation musician and songwriter, hails from a lineage of musical greatness. As the daughter of Grammy award-winning Blues musician Kenny Neal and the granddaughter of harmonica legend Raful Neal, she seamlessly carries on the rich tradition of her culture-bearing family.

Splitting her time between the vibrant musical landscapes of Louisiana and Los Angeles, Syreeta continues to carve her unique path in the world of music, blending the roots of her heritage with a contemporary musical vision. Syreeta’s album "Stand Tall" (available on all streaming platforms) stands as a testament to her artistry as she skillfully combines tradition and innovation in a harmonious blend of rock, blues and soul that has captivated audiences worldwide.

7:00-8:00pm
BLVK H3RO is one of Jamaica’s most exciting young artists, with a fervent following built on soulful solo tracks (“Feet Don’t Fail”, “It Nuh Easy”) and a collaboration with the likes of Skillibeng on “Young Boss” Remix. Rooted in reggae and dancehall, his infectious, genre-bending music draws from a boundless range of musical influences and experiences.

BLVK H3RO makes his loudest statement yet with his incoming sophomore album, dropping on Delicious Vinyl Island, the Caribbean music imprint of iconic L.A. label Delicious Vinyl. The followup to 2019’s The Immortal Steppa boasts collaborations with fellow rising stars Teejay, NationBoss and Iotosh, and a fresh batch of influences and sounds, from afrobeats to jazz. Leading the hype for the project is “It Nuh Easy”, a track that Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s prime minister, recently praised in a speech to the nation.

8:00-9:00pm
MIGHTY LOVE, featuring the renowned lead vocalist Starr Light, guides audiences on a captivating journey through the decades with performances of classic to contemporary Soul, RnB, Funk, and Dance Hits. The ensemble was founded by a group of friends who are enthusiastic music curators, boasting accomplishments as recording and touring artists, working actors, published writers, and music podcasters.

Audiences will be captivated by the band's innovative mashups, reminiscent of a DJ seamlessly controlling the ensemble. Their performance exudes a vibrant vibe and infectious energy, captivating crowds as they share their profound knowledge of songs and their passionate appreciation for music.

January 18 | 3:30-10PM



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


On Feb. 17 and 18, Burger King is celebrating "Million Dollar Whopper World" at the Santa Monica Pier – an immersive pop-up experience that will allow guest to sample a California-inspired Whopper sandwich, or create their own Million Dollar Whopper Contest inspired sandwich, using a number of ingredients that can't be found in restaurant, snag exclusive merch and more.

Dubbed Million Dollar Whopper World, the pop-up will allow visitors the opportunity to top a flame-grilled all-beef or Impossible Whopper patty with an array of premium ingredients not available in restaurants – including candied jalapenos, pickled red onion, smashed avocado, caramelized onion, various cheeses, special sauces like chili crisp aioli and candied bacon jam, and more.

Visitors can also choose to try a special California-inspired Santa Monica Whopper that will be exclusively available at the pop-up, featuring a flame-grilled all-beef or Impossible® patty topped with Monterey Jack cheese, birria, citrus aioli, pickled roasted fresno chili slices, heirloom tomatoes, red leaf lettuce and smashed avocado on a sesame seed bun.

In addition to the culinary features, Million Dollar Whopper work will offer one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, interactive games, free prizes (while supplies last), music and special entertainment. Visitors can also get their Million Dollar Whopper artificial intelligence (AI) creation printed on a free t-shirt.

Saturday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 - 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

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


5 straight days of dumping rain in Southern California creating disgusting sewage spills into the ocean with storm drains overflowing and wild winds. On the contrary the storm also brought us some pretty unique swell direction, which created some fun waves in places (like Santa Monica) that usually doesn't get great waves. For about 30 minutes this stretch of beach turned on for pro surfers Yadin Nicol, Luke Davis, Hunter Jones and Jacob Atwood. Shot/Cut by Chris Papaleo



The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Police Department identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Officers will be looking for violations committed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

These extra enforcement efforts will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2024 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

“We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car. Bicyclists and pedestrians have the same rights to the road but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another.”

Pedestrians

· Be predictable. Use crosswalks, when available.

· Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care.

· Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.

· Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night.

· Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.

Drivers

· Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.

· Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.

· Never drive impaired.

Bicyclists

· Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet.

· Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.

· Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.

· If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.

· Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections. 


On Tuesday morning, February 6, 2024, at approximately 10:30AM, Santa Monica Police officers started an evacuation of the Santa Monica Pier. At first there was no reason given why this was happened. Word eventually leaked out that there was bomb threat made via an email.

By noon SMPD declared there was no bomb, "After a comprehensive search, we've found no threat and are preparing to reopen the Pier shortly. We're steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the safety of our community. Thank you for your understanding during the closure. As always, we encourage vigilance – if you see something say something."


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

"Today, I took the chance to walk around in LA’s storm. It rained for two days straight. The LA River and Ballona creek were full of water. I walked around Santa Monica and Venice Beach and the Venice Canals to show you what it’s like to be in an LA storm."

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


An Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory has been extended for all Los Angeles County beaches. The advisory will be in effect at least until 1:00 am, Wednesday, February 7, 2024. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.


Project Save Our Surf returns to Tower 26 to clean the beach. Buckets, gloves and light snacks will be provided.

Come join Project Save Our Surf for a fun afternoon of music and refreshments cleaning the beach. Buckets and gloves will also be provided for the cleanup. Connect with others in Los Angeles working to support our environment.

We have also partnered with Project Pop Drop to collect items for the homeless that we will be delivering to a homeless shelter on the last Saturday of the month (each month is a different shelter and details will be available at the cleanup for those who want to attend that event as well). We are collecting non- perishable foods and new toiletries, new socks, new underwear, new clothing etc.

Saturday, February 10 · 11am - 1pm
Santa Monica Beach Tower 26

For more info and to register, Click Here

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