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Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach. His newest video is part 5 of his series on the homeless encampments that have taken over Venice Beach. In this video, he visits with Happy.

Santa Monica is honoring Día de los Muertos, highlighting the traditional Mexican cultural celebration of life and death, with a larger than the after-life art installation on Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Pier.

Sculptures of La Catrina, one of Día de los Muertos' most recognizable figures, by Los Angeles-based artist Ricardo Soltero will be viewable at nine locations throughout the Promenade and four locations on the Pier beginning Saturday, October 31 - Monday, November 2.

Soltero's iconic sculptures of La Catrina range up to 14 feet in height and welcome guests to the Promenade and Pier in brightly colored traditional Mexican attire inspired by Day of the Dead traditions and Mexican icons and embroidery. La Catrina was first born out of Mexican social satire and has become a well-known figure in celebration of the holiday.

Saturday, October 31 - Monday, November 2
Third Street Promenade sculptures to be on display from 10 am - 8 pm

La Catrina sculptures are viewable at nine locations on Third Street Promenade and four locations on the Santa Monica Pier.

Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged.

For more information, visit

About Ricardo Soltero
Mexican artist Ricardo Soltero is the director and stage-set designer behind the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the United States, which takes place annually at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Born in Nayarit, Mexico, Ricardo has introduced color and culture to exhibits and fundraisers throughout the country with papier-mâché, wood, fiberglass, recycled materials and most importantly, his heritage at the forefront of each piece.

Ricardo's current and ongoing creative project collaborations include: the annual Hollywood Forever Día de los Muertos celebration, Meet Me at the Metro, the 20-year running play of Frida Kahlo with the Synergy Theatre Group, 24th Street Theatre set design, Semblanza Latinoamericana, The Autry Museum, East L.A. Meets Napa, Denver Botanic Gardens, Santa Clarita Valley Festival for Day of the Dead, La Vista Memorial Park's annual Día de los Muertos celebration, UNICEF's Annual Gala, and the Metropolitan Fashion Show.
Heal The Bay has been the LA County coordinator for Coastal Cleanup Day for more than 30 years, and 2020 proved to be a completely different cleanup effort than years past.

The top 10 items found across Los Angeles County in the month of September were:

Coastal Cleanup Month was the first initiative of this scale to track the impact of the improper disposal of single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) in LA County. In the first year of tracking this item, PPE was one of the top 10 items found by Heal The Bay volunteers, surpassing common items like glass bottles.

Read more on the Heal The Bay Blog.

LA Graffiti Pioneer RISK talks to Pep Williams - Fine Art Photographer - 3rd Generation DogTown Skater - World Traveler. Risk and Pep talk about art, photography, Venice Beach and Graffiti.

Pep Williams is a self-taught African-American fine art and street photographer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former professional skateboarder who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, California. He has traveled globally creating material for his photography exhibitions, which often feature real life portraits of heavily tattooed individuals. He is one of the only photographers we has ever been granted access into the California State Prison System where he created a series of inmate portraits titled - Out Of Bounds.

Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach. His newest video, he checks out the lowrider meet on hipster paradise, Abbot Kinney Blvd.

"Today, I went to the car show. A lot of car lovers meet on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California to show their classic or lowrider cars. There were a lot of unique cars. I had a great time."

1f 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:

You are invited!!! Waves of Love, A Walk On Water's annual fundraiser is going VIRTUAL! Join host Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and special guests on October 24th at 4pm PST. It will stream LIVE on as well as on A Walk On Water's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Event is FREE to attend.⁠ ⁠

Auction opens October 17th! Please visit to register.⁠ ⁠

Keep an eye out for videos and shout outs revealing some of the special guests and highlighted auction items leading up to the event!⁠

Photo: LACoFireAirOps

Two Separate brush fires Saturday afternoon at the Malibu Bluff Park. Named the "Wave Fire", 24255 W Pacific Coast Highway, appproximately 1 acre each on the coast side. Lane closures East/Westbound Pacific Coast Highway.

Photo: Mary Stringini

Per LA County Fire, at 6:30PM, they have advised the fire in Malibu is out. All lane closures Pacific Coast Highway will still be in effect due to equipment and clean up in the area. Unknown ETA for when lanes will be reopened.

Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach. His newest video is part 4 of his series on the homeless encampments that have taken over Venice Beach. In this video, he visits with a long time friend.

"Today, I went to see my friend I known for a long time. His name is Gucci. He’s been homeless for years. I visit him at his location where he sleeps in a tent, even though he’s homeless and does not have much, his spirit is incredible. He’s very funny and he loves life. I had a great time talking to him."
Santa monica is cleaning up and reopening 12 playgrounds on Friday.

Airport Park Playground
Clover Park Playgrounds
Douglas Park Playground
Gandara Park Playground
Joslyn Park Playground
Marine Park Playground
Memorial Park Playground
North Beach Playground (slide closed)
Reed Park Playground
South Beach Universally Accessible Playground
Tongva Park Playground
Virginia Avenue Park Playground

The following playgrounds will remain closed until further notice:

Annenberg Community Beach House Playground
Euclid Park Playground
Ishihara Park Playground
Ocean Park Beach Playground
Ozone Park Playground

“We are excited to welcome families back to playgrounds across the City. We ask for everyone’s cooperation in following the guidelines and posted signage so that we can get outside and play safely,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg.

But city has let the meth zombie army takeover several parks, which will still make the unsafe for children and adults. That's something Interim City Manager Lane Dilg will refuse to address.