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City of Malibu Free Photography Workshop



Whether you have a camera or a smartphone, you can learn the principles of composition, light, color, and texture at the free Photography Workshop on Wednesday, February 28 at Malibu Bluffs Park at 3:30 PM.

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UPDATE - PCH Mudslide Closure in Malibu



Pacific Coast Highway remains CLOSED from Latigo Cyn Rd to Corral Cyn Rd due to a large mudslide. CalTrans will be working overnight to dislodge loose boulders at the hilltop to make the area safe for clearing the roadway. When the work will be completed is currently unknown.



Mudslide Closes Malibu Canyon Road



Malibu Canyon Road is closed in both directions near Piuma Road due to a large mudslide.

LAFD has stated th road could be closed for several days.













Mudslide Shuts Down PCh in Malibu



State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is CLOSED in both directions between Corral Canyon Road and Latigo Canyon Road in Maliobu due to a mud slide.







Malibu's PCH Traffic Enforcement Update - 113 Tickets Given



Following Santa Monica Police Department's traffic Operation where 65 vehicles where stopped on PCH on Friday, the Malibu Task Force has announced they issued 113 citations between 2/12 - 2/18.

- 91 for speeding

- 10 for equipment violations

- 12 for violations like failing to stop at traffic signals & unsafe turns.

Dogtown Car Club Super Show Announced



The ORIGINAL Venice car show!! Save the date July 13 2024!!!

For more info, Click Here.

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Huge Rock Slide on PCH



Westbound lane closed at the 20700 block of Pacific Coast Highway (between Las Flores and Big Rock) due to a big rock slide.

Surfing Topanga with Taro Watanabe and More



Sunday at Topanga with Taro Watanabe and more...filmed by @kai.magalhaes

Police Detain Knife-Wielding Man at Santa Monica Pier



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In an incident at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, February 18, 2024, Santa Monica Police Officers were dispatched following reports of a man brandishing a knife. Upon arrival at the scene, officers swiftly located the individual, a shirtless man, and proceeded to detain him with handcuffs to ensure public safety while they conducted their investigation.

Notably, the investigation revealed that the knife in the man's possession was, in fact, a plastic imitation. Further checks on the individual uncovered an outstanding warrant from another state; however, the warrant did not include provisions for extradition.

After establishing the facts and deeming there was no immediate threat to the public, the officers escorted the man off the pier. They removed his handcuffs and allowed him to leave the area. This response by the Santa Monica Police highlights the officers' commitment to maintaining safety while also showing discernment in resolving a situation that could have escalated without their measured approach. "

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.

Body Glove Presidents Weekend Sale - 20% Off



Body Glove is having a Presidents' Weekend sale, 20% Off sitewide. Use code:PRES20

Update - Venice Healer Daisy's Tiny Homes for the Homeless



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Venice Healer Daisy alongside her friend Bruce, offered insights on recent developments at Venice Beach Boardwalk this Monday, February 12, 2024. In the wake of her fourth tiny home's removal, Daisy remains optimistic, detailing her encounters with local law enforcement and her plans for future projects.

She provided a glimpse into her personal life, mentioning strides in reconnecting with her children and humorously narrating her interactions with the police, whom she playfully refers to as "superheroes." Her conversations revealed an emphasis on creating a peaceful coexistence in Venice Beach, aligning with the officers' objectives.

Daisy also spoke about the constructive dialogues with Sergeant McAdams, pointing towards potential collaborations to find mutually beneficial solutions for the community, sanitation workers, the homeless, and local businesses."

Click Here for more Stories about Venice Healer Daisy

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.

SMPD's Traffic Enforcement Operation on PCH - 65 Stops





On Friday, the SMPD Motor Unit conducted an OTS grant-funded operation to impact driving violations on PCH in the city.

65 stops were conducted
64 citations were issued
13 citations were for speeding
51 citations were for other moving violations
2 vehicles were impounded


Santa Monica Place Roars into the Year of the Dragon



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Santa Monica Place was alive with the vibrancy of the Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 17, 2024, marking the advent of the Year of the Dragon. This free, family-friendly event, held from 2-5 PM, was bathed under the glow of traditional red and gold lanterns, offering attendees a rich tapestry of cultural performances and art.

The celebration was hosted by comedian Paul Kim, featuring an array of activities and performances designed to immerse guests in the spirit of the occasion. Highlights included Lion Dances by Bruce Wen and The Shaolin Entertainment Group, showcasing the dynamism and skill synonymous wit"

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.

Santa Monica Police Apprehend Violator of Stay Away Order in Palisades Park



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"In a proactive enforcement action on Friday, February 16, 2024, Santa Monica Police officers, patrolling on bicycles in Palisades Park, apprehended an individual known to them for having a Stay Away Order. The officers, upon identifying the man during their patrol, promptly detained him by placing him in handcuffs, in adherence to the conditions of the restraining order.

The situation necessitated the presence of additional police support for transportation purposes. Consequently, a squad car was summoned to the scene, arriving shortly thereafter to take the individual into custody. The man was then transported to the city jail for processing.

A Stay Away Order, a judicial mandate, prohibits an individual from coming within a specified proximity of another person or location. These orders are typically issued to protect victims of harassment or abuse, ensuring their safety by legally restricting the movements of the person named in the order."

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.

Storm Bringing High Surf this Weekend



A Pacific storm will bring heavy rain, gusty S-SE winds, building W-SW swell, high surf, and possible coastal flooding Saturday through Wednesday. Surf will be 15-20 ft on the Central Coast and 10-15 ft further south. Coastal areas should prepare for possible flooding Sunday through Tuesday AM!

Topanga Lagoon Restoration DEIR Public Review Meeting at Annenberg Beach House



Join partners & stakeholders of the Topanga Lagoon Restoration project to learn about the restoration itself and the Draft EIR!

This meeting will take place on Saturday, February 24th, 10 am-12 pm in-person at the Annenberg Community Beach House or online on Youtube

This in-person and live-streamed meeting gives the public a chance to learn about the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The meeting will consist of a presentation and Q&A session. The presentation will provide an overview of the project goals and alternatives, identify where the DEIR can be accessed for review and how the public can submit comments . There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

RSVPs are required for in-person or on-line attendance.

If you attend in-person, parking at this location is on a first come, first served basis and costs $8. The nearest bus lines include the 3 and 9 but they will drop you off in downtown Santa Monica after which you will have to walk roughly 25-30 minutes to get to the Annenberg Beach House.

For more info and to reserve a post, Click Here.

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Annual Dragon Boat Festival



Join the Los Angeles County Dragon Boat Club, in collaboration with the Department of Beaches and Harbors, for the Marina del Rey Dragon Boat Festival at Burton Chace Park! This free event will feature 40 local and out-of-state dragon boat teams and clubs competing to be the fastest team on the water. Enjoy arts and crafts, entertainment, and food truck fare. Paddlers between 12 – 80 years old will compete. Spectators are encouraged to cheer and watch the races from Burton Chace Park.

· Saturday, March 2, 2024
· Event Time: 7 AM – 2 PM
·Event Location: Burton Chace Park – 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

For more info, Click Here.

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Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches



February 14, 2024

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters:

BEACH AREAS CLOSURE:

The following site continues to remain closed due to a recent sewage discharge:

· Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro

The entire beach area

BEACH AREA WARNINGS:

· Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey

The entire swim area.

· Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach

100 yards up and down the coast from the public restrooms.

· Santa Monica Canyon Creek at Will Rogers State Beach. Near Will Rogers Tower 18

100 yards up and down the coast from the creek.

· Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

100 yards up and down the coast of the pier.

· Pico-Kenter storm drain at Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica South Tower 20

100 yards up and down the coast of the storm drain.

· Marie Canyon Storm Drain at Puerco Beach

The entire swim area.

· Malibu Pier in Malibu

100 yards up and down the coast of the pier.

These warnings have been issued due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested.

*Some ocean water quality testing results are not yet available following the rain advisory.

Use the map below to obtain the current water quality status of your favorite beach location. Use your mouse wheel to zoom into a particular location. Click on the marker to identify the sampling location. This map is updated as conditions change.


Venice Skatepark Power Edit



Another Round of Venice Skate Park Ripping! This edit features new and old footage of Asher Bradshaw, Kiko Francisco and Haden McKenna, plus many more.

2 Venice Boardwalk Shops Burglarized - Cash Registers Stolen



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"Los Angeles, February 13, 2024 – The Los Angeles Police Department is currently investigating a burglary incident that occurred in the early hours of Tuesday at two popular Venice eateries, Ggiata Delicatessen and PIZZA LOCAL VENICE, located on Windward Avenue.

According to surveillance footage from the scene captured two individuals forcibly entering both establishments around 2:30 AM by shattering the glass doors. Once inside, the perpetrators proceeded to remove the cash registers from each restaurant.

Following the incident, a member of the Venice Safe Team was promptly on-site, assisting with the cleanup efforts by sweeping up the broken glass, demonstrating community support in the wake of the crime.

As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the burglary. The Los Angeles Police Department is actively conducting investigations to apprehend the individuals responsible for this crime. The department urges anyone with information related to the incident to come forward to assist in their inquiries.

The burglary has left the local community and business owners concerned, highlighting the need for increased security measures in the area. The Los Angeles Police Department remains committed to ensuring the safety of its residents and businesses and is working diligently to resolve the case.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story."

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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Assault at Santa Monica Pier



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"February 13, 2024, Santa Monica Police Department officers were dispatched to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant located on the Santa Monica Pier following a report of an assault. According to initial reports, a patron at the establishment allegedly assaulted an employee, prompting an immediate response from local law enforcement.

Upon arrival, several police officers intervened and subsequently took a man into custody in connection with the incident. Details regarding the nature of the assault or the circumstances leading up to the altercation have not been disclosed at this time.

Authorities are currently investigating the incident, and charges against the individual taken into custody have not been announced. The condition of the employee involved in the altercation has not been released, nor have any statements been made by representatives of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co."

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.

Another Major Car Crash Shuts Down PCH again



All lanes closed at the 34300 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu due to a 2-vehicle collision. This is at Nicholas Canyon at the western edge of City of Malibu.

Santa Monica Pier Locals Night



Locals' Night returns on February 15th, celebrating Black History Month with an epic lineup of live music and activities!

Inside the Merry-Go-Round building:

Activities for Kids -

📚 3:30 & 4:30pm
Books & Cookies brings their cherished children's storytime to the Pier! Dive into a world of reading, dancing, singing, and musical instrument jams for a night filled with joy. This family-friendly event is the perfect chance for kids to come together, explore, and create lasting memories.

6-9pm
Disco Renegade's Silent Disco is shaking up the dance scene, offering a unique party experience where you control the beats with wireless headphones. Born out of a love for music and a rebellion against the ordinary, this silent revolution lets you curate your own dance adventure. Join the movement, break free from the norm, and let the silent beats of Disco Renegade's Silent Disco be your guide to unforgettable nights!

On the Parking Deck & Main Stage:

Live music, classic car show, merch booths & more.

5:00-9:00pm
Prepare for a visual feast as several prominent Westside car clubs, including The WestSide Crew and the WestSide Volkswagen Club, make a triumphant return for Locals' Night. The Pier deck will transform into a showcase of automotive artistry as these enthusiasts bring their meticulously maintained and stunning vehicles to the event. From classic cruisers to customized Volkswagens, attendees will have the chance to gaze in awe at the diverse array of automobiles that these passionate clubs proudly present. It's not just a night of dancing and music; it's an opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into keeping these wheels rolling in style. So, gear up for a night of not only rhythm and beats but also the visual spectacle of Westside's finest automobiles.

5:00-5:45pm
SYREETA NEAL, a third-generation musician and songwriter, hails from a lineage of musical greatness. As the daughter of Grammy award-winning Blues musician Kenny Neal and the granddaughter of harmonica legend Raful Neal, she seamlessly carries on the rich tradition of her culture-bearing family.

Splitting her time between the vibrant musical landscapes of Louisiana and Los Angeles, Syreeta continues to carve her unique path in the world of music, blending the roots of her heritage with a contemporary musical vision. Syreeta’s album "Stand Tall" (available on all streaming platforms) stands as a testament to her artistry as she skillfully combines tradition and innovation in a harmonious blend of rock, blues and soul that has captivated audiences worldwide.

7:00-8:00pm
BLVK H3RO is one of Jamaica’s most exciting young artists, with a fervent following built on soulful solo tracks (“Feet Don’t Fail”, “It Nuh Easy”) and a collaboration with the likes of Skillibeng on “Young Boss” Remix. Rooted in reggae and dancehall, his infectious, genre-bending music draws from a boundless range of musical influences and experiences.

BLVK H3RO makes his loudest statement yet with his incoming sophomore album, dropping on Delicious Vinyl Island, the Caribbean music imprint of iconic L.A. label Delicious Vinyl. The followup to 2019’s The Immortal Steppa boasts collaborations with fellow rising stars Teejay, NationBoss and Iotosh, and a fresh batch of influences and sounds, from afrobeats to jazz. Leading the hype for the project is “It Nuh Easy”, a track that Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s prime minister, recently praised in a speech to the nation.

8:00-9:00pm
MIGHTY LOVE, featuring the renowned lead vocalist Starr Light, guides audiences on a captivating journey through the decades with performances of classic to contemporary Soul, RnB, Funk, and Dance Hits. The ensemble was founded by a group of friends who are enthusiastic music curators, boasting accomplishments as recording and touring artists, working actors, published writers, and music podcasters.

Audiences will be captivated by the band's innovative mashups, reminiscent of a DJ seamlessly controlling the ensemble. Their performance exudes a vibrant vibe and infectious energy, captivating crowds as they share their profound knowledge of songs and their passionate appreciation for music.

January 18 | 3:30-10PM



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Discussing Topangry with Topanga Lou



Frank has been surfing Topanga for over 50 years. Topanga Lou Surf Videos asks him what he thinks about a local radio station's "investigative report" claiming Topanga is a "hostile, racist" surf spot.

Visit Topanga Lou Surf Videos for Topanga surfing videos.

Big Winter Storm Dirty Waves Surfing at Venice Beach



Massive winter storm brings large waves and dirty storm drain water to the Venice Breakwater.

Million Dollar Whopper World at the Santa Monica Pier



On Feb. 17 and 18, Burger King is celebrating "Million Dollar Whopper World" at the Santa Monica Pier – an immersive pop-up experience that will allow guest to sample a California-inspired Whopper sandwich, or create their own Million Dollar Whopper Contest inspired sandwich, using a number of ingredients that can't be found in restaurant, snag exclusive merch and more.

Dubbed Million Dollar Whopper World, the pop-up will allow visitors the opportunity to top a flame-grilled all-beef or Impossible Whopper patty with an array of premium ingredients not available in restaurants – including candied jalapenos, pickled red onion, smashed avocado, caramelized onion, various cheeses, special sauces like chili crisp aioli and candied bacon jam, and more.

Visitors can also choose to try a special California-inspired Santa Monica Whopper that will be exclusively available at the pop-up, featuring a flame-grilled all-beef or Impossible® patty topped with Monterey Jack cheese, birria, citrus aioli, pickled roasted fresno chili slices, heirloom tomatoes, red leaf lettuce and smashed avocado on a sesame seed bun.

In addition to the culinary features, Million Dollar Whopper work will offer one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, interactive games, free prizes (while supplies last), music and special entertainment. Visitors can also get their Million Dollar Whopper artificial intelligence (AI) creation printed on a free t-shirt.

Saturday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 - 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

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

Venice Beach - You never know whats going to happen



Mike, aka German in Venice, vlogs about daily life in Venice Beach, and the nearby communities.

"It’s super bowl weekend. I went to Venice Beach. You never really know what to expect, right when I got there, firefighters were putting out a fire. Venice Beach is one of the craziest attractions in Los Angeles. You never know what’s gonna happen, there’s always something to see."

If 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: https://paypal.me/germaninvenice

Venice Beach Protester refuses to move for LAPD and cleaning crew



She is protesting for her right to not be forced to move for the weekly beach cleaning. Los Angeles Police officers are just asking for her to move all her items so the cleaning crew can clean up and do some maintenance work on the fencing behind her. She refuses and protests against it.

Santa Monica Sewage Session



5 straight days of dumping rain in Southern California creating disgusting sewage spills into the ocean with storm drains overflowing and wild winds. On the contrary the storm also brought us some pretty unique swell direction, which created some fun waves in places (like Santa Monica) that usually doesn't get great waves. For about 30 minutes this stretch of beach turned on for pro surfers Yadin Nicol, Luke Davis, Hunter Jones and Jacob Atwood. Shot/Cut by Chris Papaleo

LAFD responses to possible Fire on Venice Boardwalk





LAFD responded to a possible fire/smoke on the Venice Boardwalk Saturday afternoon around 3:50 pm.



Venice Safe Team Takes Action Against Disruptive Individual on Boardwalk



From Santa Monica Close Up:

"On Friday, January 9, 2024, members of the Venice Safe Team took action on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, escorting an individual towards Santa Monica after weeks of reported disturbances. The intervention followed a series of complaints regarding the man's disruptive actions along the popular beachfront area, including harassment of boardwalk visitors.

The Venice Safe Team, committed to ensuring a peaceful and secure environment, tracked the individual as he traversed the boundary from Venice into Santa Monica. This response is part of the team's broader effort to maintain order and safety on Venice Beach, a destination known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse community.

Operating daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the winter months, the Venice Safe Team plays a crucial role in the community. Their responsibilities include conducting routine patrols, engaging with the public, managing risks, and responding to a variety of safety concerns and non-emergency situations. Working in collaboration with local law enforcement and emergency services, the team addresses issues such as trespassing, vandalism, public intoxication, aggressive behavior, and compliance with city regulations, all aimed at safeguarding the interests of both visitors and residents of Venice Beach."

Click Here for more Stories about the Venice Safe Team

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