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Tuesday Night through Wednesday looks windy, with the potential for widespread Gale Force winds and hazardous seas over the waters. Here are the probabilities / chances of gale force winds (35+ mph / kts).


Jump into spring with Surfrider at a beach cleanup from 10am-12pm on the northside of the Venice Pier, collecting trash off of our coasts and engaging in a morning of community and connection with fellow volunteers like you.

Opolis x Cake x SFLA Venice Pier Public Beach Cleanup
Sun, Mar 18, 2023
10:00AM-12:00PM

For more info and to register, Click Here

Beach Water Use Advisory for all Los Angeles County beaches is extended until Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.

Beach users are cautioned to avoid water contact for at least 72 hours after significant rainfall. This advisory may be extended depending upon further rainfall.

Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory
A rain advisory is issued when there is significant rainfall that may cause bacteria levels in ocean waters to increase. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms, as contaminants within the runoff enters the ocean. Bacteria levels may remain elevated up to 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of runoff. Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly. The Department of Public Health recommends that beach users avoid contact with ocean water for a period of 3 days after significant rainfall, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers.



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, in collaboration with Clean Harbors Environmental Inc., carried out a cleanup operation of homeless encampments at Westminster Dog Park in Venice on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Sanitation workers were donned in white hazardous materials suits as part of the safety protocol for the cleanup."

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’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID), in conjunction with the Special Operations Division, has identified and arrested a suspect involved in a felony assault that occurred yesterday morning.

On March 15, 2023, at approximately 8:15 AM, patrol officers responded to a 911 call from a Downtown Ambassador who reported a subject down in Palisades Park near the Camera Obscura. Arriving officers located a City of Santa Monica employee who had been stabbed in the upper torso when he attempted to rouse an individual sleeping in the area. The suspect fled the area prior to officers’ arrival. The victim was transported by the Santa Monica Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

This morning, CID detectives were able to identify a possible suspect and at approximately 1100 hours officers located and arrested him. In custody for aggravated assault:

Barna, Allen Cranford DOB: 10/6/1982



Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or person involved is strongly encouraged to contact SMPD Detective Pollnow at 310-458-8455 or steven.pollnow@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

This happens just a couple of days after another Homeless Man Arrested for Attempted Murder and Hate Crime on the beach in Sata Monica.


In 2017 photographer Pep Williams had the opportunity to photograph inmates at the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California. In his photographs, Mr. Williams portrays these men’s lives with dignity and humanity, even in a harsh setting and in the shadow of difficult pasts, and discovered a functioning social world and individual wisdom from men he met in prison.

Mr. Williams is a fine art photographer, video director, and third-generation DogTown skateboarder from South Central Los Angeles. He has traveled globally, creating materials for his photographic exhibitions, and has photographed spreads for magazines worldwide. The series, “Behind Bars,” is on permanent display at The Autry Museum.



The Opening Reception includes live music by A Call 2Peace and local artists from the Malibu Arts Association displaying their work. Light refreshments will also be served. The event is free to attend and an RSVP is not required.

Date:
March 26, 2023
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:
Malibu City Gallery at Malibu City Hall
Address:
23825 Stuart Ranch Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

"Behind Bars" is on display from March 27 to May 5, 2023 at the Malibu City Gallery (23825 Stuart Ranch Rd). Free admission and open to the public Monday - Friday, from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

For more info, Click Here



The Venice Love Fest πŸ’— on Saturday, March 18th, 2023. 11am - 7pm in downtown Mar Vista, on Venice Blvd. Billed as the "ultimate weekend adventure".

Stroll the fest grounds as you enjoy a day filled with musical performances, activities for the entire family, Shop local artists & designers, musical performances, food trucks, beer gardens, Vintage Car Show, and so much more! ☮️🫢🏽🎢

The Fest will be located in between Centinela & Inglewood Blvd. The city has closed Venice Blvd. for this event. The event will be held in the street.

Date and time
Sun, March 18, 2023,
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT

Location
12257 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066

For more info, Click Here


Venice Healer Daisy went over to the Parks & Rec Office on Venice Beach to yell at them about her "community garden" being removed again and LAPD gets called on her.

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An Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory has been extended for all Los Angeles County beaches. The advisory will be in effect at least until 10:00 am, Friday, March 17,2023.

Beach users are cautioned to avoid water contact for at least 72 hours after significant rainfall. This advisory may be extended depending upon further rainfall.

Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory
A rain advisory is issued when there is significant rainfall that may cause bacteria levels in ocean waters to increase. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms, as contaminants within the runoff enters the ocean. Bacteria levels may remain elevated up to 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of runoff. Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly. The Department of Public Health recommends that beach users avoid contact with ocean water for a period of 3 days after significant rainfall, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers.