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"Drunk guy lays on LAPD car, tells cops off & gives them the finger!"


From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Police Officers, Code Enforcement Officers, and Beach Maintenance Personel from the Safety Task Force clean-up a homeless encampment beneath the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, May 22, 2022. "

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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Beck Adler and Noah Hill grew up surfing Venice Beach, CA. It was there, that they mastered the art of 1-2' onshore beach breaks. After one last surf at the local pier, with a decent forecast, and high hopes, they hit the road in search of better waves. And well, lets just say... Every Dog Has Its Day.



From The Venice Wasteland:

At 9pm in Venice Centennial Park a young homeless man was slashed. It’s the same man who was kicked & beaten on May 15th. Thankfully he was okay. But he’s back in the park with his attackers.


Surf Chats with Topanga Lou Episode 2 with Blake

This entire episode is for beginner surfers.



Venice Beach, video by Venice Wasteland

In 5 months Centennial Park in Venice California has been transformed into a small park next to a library into a chaotic and terrifying homeless encampment filled with violence, drugs, and despair. Neighbors have been begging for help since the first tent arrived, but no one has intervened, allowing criminals and the worst of humanity to move in to terrorize the surrounding neighborhood.


From Santa Monica Close Up:

"To celebrate 20 years since first being FDA approved, BOTOX® Cosmetic unveiled its first-ever interactive Art Installation at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Guests are immersed in a highly visual, interactive experience tying into the brand’s larger mission of creating an open dialogue. Attendees are eligible for a special BOTOX® Cosmetic offer powered by Allē®, Allergan Aesthetics’ loyalty platform. The art installation runs through Sunday, May 22."

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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Taken around ~2am last night from Chautauqua/Channel road area


Everyday people doing extraordinary things outdoors. That’s the inspiration behind the Hydro Flask “Why We Go” series. These films from Hydro Flask showcase unique individuals chasing adventures that allow them to be their best selves.

Meet Mazel, an eight-year old skateboarder who knows the joy of landing new tricks.

A group of "live streamers" (Youtubers) got into a fight with some girls at the Venice Pier on Tuesday afternoon.

As it appears from the videos going somewhat viral, a group of dumb ass attention craving "streamers" were filming and harassing a group of girls next to the Venice Pier. They are doingit for their live stream. Their videos show them being complete douchebags (being themselves, basically).

The bikini-clad girls try telling them to stop filming them, and that they are 16 years old. The douchebags continue being themselves, and it leads to a physical fight. One of the douchetubers even dropkicks one of the girls.

One beach-goer comes over and punks one of the douchetubers for hitting a girl. The crybaby then starts crying for the cops.

During the brawl, the asshole Youtubers apparently call the police, and then when the police arrive and don't arrest the girlss, they try to irritate the officers for more footage for their Youtube live stream.

And after the police leave, these assholetubers then get into another argument with another person, whom they had triggered easrlier by claiming they took his chain. The man repeatedly asks them to stop filming him, while he asked them about his missing chain, to which they don't. So the guy punches one of them dropping him to the curb, while the other runs off like a coward.

Several of the videos are posted below (due to some being age restricted, they have to be viewed on Youtube) :













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Venice Beach, filmed by Cop Watch Venice

How did Venice's smallest park become it's largest encampment? 8 months at Venice Centennial Park.

"This is a video compilation of the past 8 months at Venice centennial park AKA Venice library park. I hadn't planned on making a video about it, but had lots of footage, so this is random on different dates labeled inorder laying out a timeline of how Venice's smallest park, became it's largest homeless encampment.

The Venice of America Centennial Park was built in 1993 and has had homeless people randomly sleeping there ever since. I even slept there as a kid many times. But it's never been like this.

The city and LAPD keeps going against the supreme court orders and chooses to chase homeless people around, criminalizing their existence, rather than help anyone, so the places for people to go are becoming harder to find. The Venice centennial park is one of the few places not entirely fenced in by the city. Mike Bonin has fenced in and closed off nearly every area an encampment was, and he's spent $650,000 on private security patrolling overnight this year alone, keeping people out of other areas. That doesn't include the 2 am sanitation and LAPD clean ups where they don't clean anything.

According to the city, the park is now the site of the next "encampments to homes program" where the city supposedly takes entire encampments into a hotel, then gets them permanent housing. Problem is, most of these people have already been through the program and we're kicked out with no permanent solution. This is just another part of the city's revolving door homelessness response, where if they pretend they can't fix it, then they can rely on voters to get fed up and say chase everyone off or leave them to die instead of spending the billions in Homelessness funding on what it's actually intended for. Real question is, where's all that money?"


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.

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150+ Local Brands, LA's best food trucks, 20 performing artists all at Venice Blvd's biggest street festival​.

The Venice Summer Fest Returns for the 4th time to the Mar Vista Arts District on June 25th, 2022, from 12pm to 8pm. Celebrating Southern California Culture!

Music, drinks, games and dancing fill the street with positive vibes creating the ultimate destination for your local weekend adventure!

The festival will take place on Venice Blvd. in the street, In-between Grand View & Centinela.

For more info, Click Here.


Venice Beach, 5/16/22, filmed by Cop Watch Venice

"Venice beach Homelessness and neighborhood update. There was another RV fire on Rose and Lincoln, the library park is growing and getting a lot of police attention lately, meanwhile the beach is looking as bad as ever while the city keeps taking funding to "clean"."

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


From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Police set up a perimeter Between Rose Avenue and Marine Street in Venice on Sunday, May 14, 2022. At 8:30 am SMPD Officers responded to area of 4th and Marine to investigate an attempted car-jacking. The suspect, a Black male, with a tattoo on his neck and wearing all black clothing used physical force (no weapon) in his attempt to take the victim’s car, before he fled on foot. SMPD officers quickly arrived on scene and set up a perimeter. Search teams comprised of SMPD Officers, K9s, UAS (Drone) team, and an LAPD airship searched the area. They concluded their search at about 11:45 AM. The outstanding suspect was not located."

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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UScension Volleyball Event benefiting the Veterans Housing Crisis at the Pier 360 Festival

Come be part of a HUGE Santa Monica event! Join thousands of beach and sea athletes at the PIER 360 Festival while supporting our efforts in the Veteran's Housing Crisis.

Play Volleyball, Dance and Meet High VIBE people that are making an impact in the world!

BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT at the PIER 360 Festival includes a Yoga Warm-Up followed by a Coed Beach Volleyball Tournament, or choose the Volleyball CLINIC & FUN Games for those new to the sport and a fiery DJ lineup that'll have you moving and grooving all day & taking you into a special sunset DJ set before you depart!

Date and time
Sun, Jun 26, 2022, 8:30 AM PDTT

Location
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

For more info and to register, Click Here


Come join Heal the Bay and the City of Santa Monica on Saturday, June 4 to learn about and clean up the Santa Monica beach dunes!

The City of Santa Monica is sponsoring a beach cleanup located at the Annenberg Community Beach House on Saturday June 4, 2022. The event will feature an organized cleanup event from Heal the Bay and a talk/tour of the Santa Monica Beach Dune Restoration Project from The Bay Foundation. Anyone is welcome to come show support for the beach dunes and participate in the beach cleanup for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Date and time
Sat, June 4, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Location
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402

For more info and to register, Click Here