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The newly built Marvin Braude Beach Bike Path collapsed in Tuesday's storm. The section is the north part of the bridge over the storm drain between Chautauqua Blvd. and Entrada Dr. at Will Rogers Beach.

From Santa Monica Close Up:

"On Wednesday, January 7, 2024, members of the Venice Safe Team were observed escorting an individual away from the Venice Beach Boardwalk in the direction of Santa Monica. The intervention came after reports emerged of the man engaging in lewd behavior in front of women at the boardwalk. The Venice Safe Team, a unit dedicated to maintaining peace and safety in the area, followed the man as he moved from Venice into Santa Monica.

The Venice Safe Team operates daily, with winter hours set from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and is instrumental in preserving order at Venice Beach. The team's duties are wide-ranging, covering routine patrols, engaging with the public, managing risks, and responding to various safety concerns and non-emergency incidents in cooperation with local police and emergency services. Their mandate extends to tackling issues such as trespassing, vandalism, public intoxication, and aggressive behavior, as well as ensuring adherence to local laws and policies designed to protect the well-being of both visitors and residents of Venice Beach."

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On Tuesday morning, February 6, 2024, at approximately 10:30AM, Santa Monica Police officers started an evacuation of the Santa Monica Pier. At first there was no reason given why this was happened. Word eventually leaked out that there was bomb threat made via an email.

By noon SMPD declared there was no bomb, "After a comprehensive search, we've found no threat and are preparing to reopen the Pier shortly. We're steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the safety of our community. Thank you for your understanding during the closure. As always, we encourage vigilance – if you see something say something."

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At approximately 2:58PM on Tuesday February 6, an Assualt With Deadly Weapon was reported on Sunset Ave near Lincoln Blvd. Suspects descibed as a group that was armed with handguns.

Report stated 4 total suspects (2 male black/2 female black), tried to make entry into the victimns home on Sunset, then fled in a white BMW.

LAPD caught them at the Fox Swap Meet/Smart & Final parking lot, the uspect count was reduced to 3 not 4.

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

"Today, I took the chance to walk around in LA’s storm. It rained for two days straight. The LA River and Ballona creek were full of water. I walked around Santa Monica and Venice Beach and the Venice Canals to show you what it’s like to be in an LA storm."

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One westbound lane of Pacific Coast Highway wasblocked by mud from Puerco Canyon to Corral Canyon in Malibu. And another section is blocked by downed tree east of Via Escondido. Caltrans is clearing lanes.

Surfing collaboration makes history!! Ben Gravy and Poopies go to the iconic point break "Malibu" and have the most fun out of every body!!

An Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory has been extended for all Los Angeles County beaches. The advisory will be in effect at least until 1:00 am, Wednesday, February 7, 2024. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.

Culver Blvd on Monday morning.