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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


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

"Today I visit the world famous Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, where it all started. Then I went to Venice, I sadly have to report that the gym is gone. Most of the outside activities are still closed down. I matched up pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger when he first came to Venice Beach. After this, I visit the famous Gold's Gym, and I also saw all the homeless encampments around Gol'ds Gym in Venice."

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
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.



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 crowds are back.

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




Santa Monica Pier's Pacific Park is now hiring for summer positions:

"As a team member of Pacific Park®, you’ll receive a competitive wage, free ride wristbands each month, discounts on Park food and merchandise, fun activities and parties. It’s an opportunity to make new friends and lifelong memories.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply. No experience necessary, company training provided. Part-time work – weekend and evenings available. Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) work available. Must be able to work weekends and holidays

If your background is a match for one of our open positions, your application will be forwarded on to our hiring team for review. We will contact you soon if the hiring team expresses an interest. We regret due to the high volume of telephone calls and resumes we receive we are not able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of an application that has been submitted.

Food and Beverage Attendants
Games Attendants
Grounds Attendants
Merchandise Attendants
Rides Attendants
Admissions Attendant
Revenue Control Clerks
Security Officers
Management Jobs

Apply Online

You are always welcome to complete an application in person.
380 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Administrative Office located behind the Long Range basketball game next to Whac-a-mole Tacos)
For direct inquiries, please message us at jobs@pacpark.com
Pacific Park® is a drug and alcohol free environment.
Pacific Park® is an equal opportunity employer."

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 www.earthhour.org 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 www.pacpark.com/live.


New Covid Beach Rules from LA Beaches & Harbors:

-Wear a mask at all times when out of the water
-Groups up to 15 people (max 3 households)
-Keep 6+ ft. apart from others outside your group
-NO events

But of course, it's not like these are being enforce or people are actually following them anyways.

For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE





Open drug needles in the bathrooms at a Santa Monica park, during little league event. These photos were shot by @theSRWs.



The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Alexander Cogco, a 19-year-old male, for his involvement in a shooting.

On November 3, 2020 at about 11:58 p.m., Santa Monica Police officers respondedto a shooting near the intersection of Bay Street and Ocean Front Walk. Officers discovered a victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the face. Officers were informed that the female victim and her boyfriend were walking to their parked vehicle when they came between two groups that were engaged in a heated argument. As the couple entered their car, they heard multiple gunshots. One of the rounds fired went through the victim’s vehicle and struck the female. The parties in both groups fled the area prior to police arrival. The victim survived, however later required surgery to remove bullet fragments from around her eye area.

Santa Monica Police Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) were able to identify Cogco as the shooter of this incident. Cogco was already in custody at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail on an unrelated case. On February 26, 2021 the Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office charged Cogco with one count of 245(b) P.C. – Assault with a semi-automatic firearm and one count of 243(d) P.C. – battery with serious bodily injury. Cogco remains in custody pending future court proceedings.



Santa Monica's Beach Maintenance and Pier Maintenance teams have been hard at work to replace the beach walk out at Ashland.




Some starfish spotted at low tide in Santa Monica. Photos by Guerilla Films.







On Friday night, Piper Pollard, a 21-year-old Pacific Palisades resident, who police state was drunk, slammed her BMW into the outdoor dining section of Urth Caffe in the 2300 block of Main Street in Santa Monica

The drunk's BMW knocked over the k-rail "sending tables and chairs flying as diners scrambled to safety." Several diners suffered minor injuries and one had to be transported to the hospital.

According one of the diners, the k-rail tipped over landing on the leg of another diner.

Pollard was booked for felony DUI.


The Pacific Wheel will once again light up for love this Valentine’s Day weekend with a special light program that features hearts and fun emojis.

There will be gusty winds and hazardous seas across much of the coastal waters this weekend. There will likely be Gale force gusts up to 40 kt and seas over 10 feet, mainly outer waters.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day can be traced back to year 496 in ancient Rome. The celebration then was to honor Saint Valentine of Rome, and it wasn’t until the 14th and 15th centuries that the holiday was associated with romance and courtship. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as “valentines”.

Walking the boardwalk of the Santa Monica Pier has been a local tradition for Angeleno couples for decades, and why wouldn’t it be? You can smell the salty ocean breeze, usually chilly on a February evening, giving a perfect chance to wrap your arms around each other. Many Pier shops sell sweet treats like decadent ice cream and freshly made funnel cakes that are perfect to share after a romantic seaside dinner. Although the iconic Ferris wheel will be closed to riders this Valentine’s Day weekend, the twinkling lights will still dazzle pier guests as they twinkle off the rolling waves.

As in years past, the Pacific Wheel will feature a special light program just for lovers full of beating red hearts, cute kissing emojis, and maybe even some fun messages that you can share with your special Valentine. If you are planning to spend Valentine’s Day in this year, we have you covered: The Pacific Wheel Valentines Light Program will also be live streamed at www.pacpark.com/live.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at www.pacpark.com/live.
Today at Bay Street:



No other info yet.


Sony TV is developing TV adaptation of the 2005 skateboarding film “Lords of Dogtown” , which was an adaption of the 2001 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys".



Described as a one-hour drama ensemble-drama, the Lords of Dogtown TV show is "set in the 1970's skateboarding scene in southern California and centers on a hell-raising teenage girl growing up in the foster care system. She falls in with a crowd of skaters who idolize the famed Zephyr Skateboard Team."

Going off that info from the press release, seems the story will not actually be about Zephyr skaters, it will be about some random skaters.

This show is being developed and written by some lady from Georgia, named Kat Candler, because who else would Hollywood get to write a TV show about California and skateboarding than a non-skater from Georgia who says she is a Texan.



Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the original movie in 2005, will slap her name on as an executive producer for the project, and the guy who made the The Shield will also be an executive producer. As of right now, seems none of the real Dogtown or Z-boys are invovle with this. And no one has been cast for any parts yet.

Seven Adams, son of Jay Adams, appears pissed off about this and is calling for a boycott of this show. Check out this screenshot from his most recent Instagram Story:



Seven's not having it.

The show is going to be for Amazon‘s free streaming service, IMDb TV. It's still in the early development stage, so there's not even a release date yet.





New Release from the City of Santa Monica about the Santa Monica Pier will now be closed on weekends till the end of January:

" Out of an abundance of caution and to contribute to regional efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica Pier will temporarily close today, Sunday, January 10 and remaining weekends in January. The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible and the closure is part of meeting this need.

The City’s Code Enforcement COVID-19 details, including Health Ambassadors brought on specifically to promote public health during COVID-19, reactive throughout Santa Monica to enforce unpermitted business operations, gatherings, and face masks. Please follow all Los Angeles County guidelines to promote community health."



For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE






Beginning the week of January 4, 2021, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin a project to upgrade the tunnel lighting system and install a queue warning system at the McClure Tunnel on Interstate 10 (I-10) and State Route 1 (SR-1). Overnight full closures of the McClure Tunnel and nearby ramps will occur during construction.

Anticipated roadway impacts: McClure Tunnel:

CLOSED in both directions - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I-10 lane closure for both directions:


One lane CLOSED from Lincoln Blvd. to McClure Tunnel – 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Ramp Closures – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

WB I-10

Lincoln Blvd./Olympic Blvd. On-Ramp

EB I-10

4th St. On-Ramp

Lincoln Blvd. Off-Ramp

SB 1

Ocean Ave. Off-Ramp


Beginning the week of January 4, 2021, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin a project to upgrade the tunnel lighting system and install a queue warning system at the McClure Tunnel on Interstate 10 (I-10) and State Route 1 (SR-1). Overnight full closures of the McClure Tunnel and nearby ramps will occur during construction.

Anticipated roadway impacts: McClure Tunnel:

CLOSED in both directions - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I-10 lane closure for both directions:


One lane CLOSED from Lincoln Blvd. to McClure Tunnel – 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Ramp Closures – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

WB I-10

Lincoln Blvd./Olympic Blvd. On-Ramp

EB I-10

4th St. On-Ramp

Lincoln Blvd. Off-Ramp

SB 1

Ocean Ave. Off-Ramp


New Release from the City of Santa Monica:

"In an effort to slow the rampant spread of COVID-19 throughout Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica Pier will temporarily close for the New Year’s holiday weekend. The closure will be effective at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30 through 6 a.m. on Monday, January 4. The closure aligns with public health officials’ plea with members of the public to stay home as much as possible and dissuade the public from gathering in crowds.

We are in the middle of the worst part of the public health crisis with hospitals stretched beyond their capacity as people continue to gather and infect friends and family. Right now, one county resident dies of COVID-19 every ten minutes. Be part of curbing this trend by not gathering and staying home.

The City’s Code Enforcement COVID-19 details will be active throughout the weekend to enforce unpermitted business operations, gatherings, and face masks. Please follow all Los Angeles County guidelines to promote community health."



For more of our coverage of the Coronavirus lockdown, closures, and how our local surf community and businesses are doing, CLICK HERE