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Unapologetically herself. This is Lizzie Armanto.

From the Cove in Santa Monica to the pages of Vogue, Lizzie continues to be one of the most influential and inspirational female skaters in the world. Mixing style and elegance - there's no one out here doing it like she is.

We're really witnesses of the greatness that is Lizzie.


Venice beach skatepark in the mornings is the best time to skate. All the morning locals are super nice and friendly.


This is what the ATMs at the Bank of America in Venice Beach looked like on Monday morning.


The schedule for this year's Queen of the Point has been published:

Opening Party! at Traveler Surf Cub in Malibu Village on Friday, June 28, 5p

Competition begins! at First Point Malibu on Saturday, June 29, 630a

Skate Sesh! with Concrete Queenz in the Bu lot on Saturday, June 29, 11a

Competition resumes! at First Point Malibu on Saturday, June 30, 7a

Surf Sesh! with El Barrio Athletic Club at First Point on Sunday, June 30, 12p

Art & Discussion on Sunday, June 30, 2p

Closing Ceremony! at Dreamland on Sunday, June 30, 6p

For more info Click Here.

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



Announcing the Last Thursday free summer concert series on Ocean Front Walk is this week!

The first event is June 27th and will feature the legendary Horny Toad at Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk until sunset

For more info, Click Here.

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



Santa Monica Police Department has released an official statement on the Homeless Man violently atacking women on the beach:



"The Santa Monica Police Department is actively investigating multiple assaults by an individual in the 1300 block of the beach. The suspect is in custody and facing several felony charges. Three victims, all unrelated, were provided medical attention at the scene, including an elderly female and a bystander who was injured after attempting to intervene. A 17-year-old was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. Additional information will be provided once the case has been presented to the District Attorney. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Watch Commander at 310-458-8427"

Meanwhile, the similar event in Venice where women were attack, raped, and murdered, the LAPD and Venice politicians have not release the mugshot or additional information about the suspect that was arrested.


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 the week of June 24, 2024.

“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.



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Los Angeles Police Officers (LAPD) responded to a call at Venice Beach on Sunday, June 23, 2024, involving a physical altercation between a homeless man and woman. Upon arrival, officers detained both individuals to investigate the incident.

After conducting their investigation, the officers arrested both individuals and transported them to jail. The incident underscores ongoing concerns about safety and conflict resolution among the homeless population in the Venice Beach area."

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:

"Santa Monica Police officers and Los Angeles County lifeguards responded to a call of a man attacking multiple people at Santa Monica Beach on Monday, June 24, 2024. The suspect, identified as a black man appearing to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was located on the shoreline and promptly arrested.

According to one of the victims, the incident began near Lifeguard Tower 13. "I was sitting on the beach and heard screaming coming from Lifeguard Tower 13," the victim recounted. "I approached the situation and saw a man attacking a young woman, trying to rob her. I pushed him off, but he punched me in the face and attacked her again. I tackled him, and he turned his attention towards me, attempting to strangle me and biting my ear."



The ordeal escalated when the attacker moved towards another woman, dragging her into the water and attempting to drown her. A lifeguard intervened, and the police arrived shortly after, arresting the suspect. Firefighter paramedics attended to the victims, while forensic specialists and detectives began their investigation. Potential charges may include kidnapping and assault. Updates will be provided by the Santa Monica Police Public Information Officer as the situation develops."

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.

Story via City News Service / Photo by OnSceneTV

A 16-year-old boy was fatally stabbed by another teen during a summer carnival in the Palms community of Los Angeles being held as a Los Angeles Police Department fundraiser, and authorities were still searching for the culprit Sunday.

The stabbing was reported around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 near the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Keystone Avenue, the LAPD reported. The boy had been in a fight with “multiple” juveniles prior to being stabbed by the suspect, who was described a male between 15 and 20 years of age, according to the LAPD’s Media Relations Division.

The suspect fled the scene on foot.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene, and police believe the attack was gang-related, an LAPD spokesperson told City News Service on Sunday.

The stabbing occurred on the second day of a three-day event advertised as the Palms Community Weekend and Summer Carnival, co-hosted by the Pacific Area Boosters Association, the Motor Avenue Association and City Council District 5, which is represented by Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky.

There was a large police presence at the event, but LAPD Officer Christian Faulkner told the media “there are windows of opportunity, unfortunately, that suspects can find and we can only cover so much of an area.”


Expect one lane to be blocked on northbound or southbound Pacific Coast Highway by a moving closure between Sunset Blvd & Topanga Canyon Blvd for drainage upgrades Monday, June 24 - Friday June 28 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

For more news, updates and traffic conditions on PCH and other local beachside roads, Click Here.




Soleil Errico dances her surfboard along the California Pacific Coast Highway, showing her expert knowledge of style, power, and grace in this film from Trent Stevens :



From Santa Monica Close Up:

" a large gathering of athletes from IE Pole Sesh met at Santa Monica Muscle Beach for a day of pole dancing. The event saw six poles installed on the Muscle Beach green for enthusiasts to use, creating a lively and engaging atmosphere."

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:

"Los Angeles Park Rangers and LAPD officers were called to the Venice Beach Basketball Court following reports of a disruptive individual engaging in belligerent behavior and making racial slurs. Authorities intervened, advising the individual to cease his disruptive actions or face removal from the premises. The man opted to continue playing basketball, under the watchful eye of the officers who remained on-site to ensure that peace was maintained."

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:

"Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies, Los Angeles Police Officers, and Los Angeles Firefighters responded to a collision involving a motorist and a man riding an electronic scooter on Pacific Avenue. The incident occurred on Friday, prompting a swift response from emergency services.

The injured man was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. His condition remains unknown at this time. The cause of the collision and the determination of fault are currently under investigation."

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.


Venice Beach Football Club and Nike will be hosting a street football celebration & tournament at the world-famous EVenice Beach.

Who will unlock mad brilliance? Come watch the best footballers battle it out on the boardwalk.

EVENT OVERVIEW

This Sunday 6/23, Venice Beach Football Club and Nike will be hosting a street football celebration & tournament at the world-famous Venice Beach before Brazil kicks off their Copa America against Costa Rica at SoFi Stadium on Monday.

VBFC will be putting on a show for the neighborhood to enjoy the city’s finest footballing talents, Brazilian national team supporters groups, unveiling of the mural on the handball wall (Ronaldo/Vini Jr/Ronaldinho) done by Maxi Bagnasco.

The day will debut a 2v2 competition, live art and custom airbrushing by @lanice, futevolei and beach pickup games, along with Brazilian DJs, musicians, dancers, and more. Nike will be raffling tickets to Copa America games and giving away fresh gear throughout. The day will be capped off with a live samba concert as the champions are crowned Icons of the Estadio.



TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

4v4 teams are picked by captains pre-selected by VBFC to build their teams. 8 teams will compete in a 1hr 45min pickup qualifier, whereby at the end the top two teams with the most wins will advance to a Championship Final.



2v2 COMPETITION

A competition style made popular in South America that pits teams of two against each other. No goalies, first to two goals wins. A game fit for only the toughest and most technically skillful on the court that is guaranteed to draw attention and

LIVE SAMBA CONCERT & CELEBRATION

Throughout the 2v2 competition and the Championship Finals, a live samba band will be jamming out to create the perfect backdrop of sounds for the highlight of the day.

For more info, Click Here.

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



LA28 has finally announced the venue for the 2028 Olypmic Skateboarding events.

And to the dissappointment of the Venice Neighborhood Council, they did not pick the Venice Skatepark.

(No really, the VNC was going to try to rally to have the event at the Venice Skatepark, we listened in on one of the painfull meetings about it. You'd think some of the VNC "skateboard enthusiasts" in charge would know the skatepark is nowhere near the same thing as purposedly built and designed venues for large-scale skate events like X-Games, US Opens, etc...)

Skateboarding will be held out in the Valley. Home of the Ramp Locals.



LA28 is going to create an X-Games style event venue to host all the skate and BMX events. Here is the newly released rendering:



"In the updated venue plan, LA28 reaffirms its commitment to the San Fernando Valley, which was not included in either the 1932 or 1984 Games. The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area in the Valley will host the youthful, high-energy Olympic competitions for BMX Freestyle and BMX Racing along with Skateboarding Park and Street. The precision sport of Archery will also be in Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Santa Monica is set set to host all the beach volleyball events.