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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.

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