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Brush Fire Breaks out Along PCH

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SANTA MONICA, CA: On Tuesday, June 13th, Santa Monica Firefighters responded to a reported brush fire in the bluffs above PCH, upon the first in engine 7's arrival, they observed heavy fire and smoke showing at the top of the bluffs and called for additional resources. Engines 1,2, & 3 alongside Battalion 1, Truck 1, and Rescue 1 responded to assist with knocking down the flames in the bluffs. Santa Monica Police Department was called out to block PCH as well as the California Incline to ensure that fire crews had enough space to operate and work with. Engines 2 & 7 worked from PCH while engines 1 & 3 worked on Ocean ave to get the fire out on the bluffs. A palm tree did catch on fire on Ocean Avenue, threatening multiple structures nearby. Firefighters at that time asked for Santa Monica PD to also close down Ocean while they worked on the fire down below on the bluffs as well as the fire that was in the Palm Tree. There were no evacuation orders issued to any residents in the area. The approximate size immediately given to the public is a 100 by 150 area on the bluffs, this is just an estimate and is not confirmed at this time. The fire was knockdown very quickly and crews were finished clearing up hotspots before reopening the road around 8:15 that evening. Traffic was reportedly backed up to East Los Angeles on the 10 due to PCH being shut down. There were no reported injuries or structures damaged from the fire.

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Man Arrested After Standoff With Police

Santa Monica, CA: On Thursday, April 8th approximately at 8:00 in the evening, multiple 911 callers reported hearing one single shot fired in the area of 12th st and Michigan Ave. upon the arrival of first responding police units, they began to investigate the area for the gunshot, the officers discovered that a male subject walked out of their apartment building and shot one gunshot into a neighboring apartment building before returning to their apartment and barricading inside with the gun and their dog. The Santa Monica Police Department located the subject’s residence after talking to several witnesses and attempted to get the subject out on their own, when the subject refused to come out, a swat call was initiated and the crisis negotiation team was called out to convince the subject to come out of the residence. At one point officers at the scene did indicate over the radio that a shot was fired, this is unconfirmed and there was no sound of a gunshot being fired near the residency. At 9:40 the suspect surrendered to officers, when being searched by officers the subject started to resist the officer that was searching him, when the subject was being placed into the back of a police vehicle, they also resisted prompting more officers to have to be on the subject. The subject was also heard screaming “boomba“ multiple times while being placed into the back of a patrol car, prompting officers to send in a bomb sniffing K-9 into the residency as a precaution while they cleared the residency.

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Motorcyclist Collides with Vehicle - Listed in Critical Condition

Santa Monica, CA: On Thursday, February 10th, a motorcyclist collided with a vehicle on 11th and Santa Monica Blvd. Upon the arrival of first responders, they noticed the motorcyclist in the middle of the intersection and another vehicle parked nearby the accident showing damage from a recent accident. The occupant(s) of that vehicle remained on the scene. According to witnesses that saw the accident, it appeared that either the SUV or motorcycle ran a red light. Witnesses also noted that neither vehicle appeared to be speeding but it looks like speed is a factor due to the damage that the motorcycle caused to the SUV that was involved. The motorcyclist was transported to a nearby area hospital and is listed in critical condition. The Santa Monica Police Department had to partially close parts of 11th st & Santa Monica Blvd causing a backup in the area. Santa Monica BLVD was closed to westbound traffic at 10th street, 11th street was closed and vehicles traveling north or south had to make a right turn onto Santa Monica Blvd. (Southbound could make left & right turns onto Santa Monica BLVD.) No one was able to continue onto 11th street causing adding to more driving time having to go around and reconnect with 11th street or taking an alternate route. Officers we spoke to stated that the backup wouldn't have occurred if the motorcycle wasn't in the middle of the intersection as they had to wait for a tow truck to pick up the motorcycle to remove it from the intersection and to reopen the intersection. At this time, there has been no cause of accident released from the Santa Monica Police Department.

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New Task Force Removing Unpermitted Vendors around Pier

Due to the recent increase of unpermitted vendors on and around the Santa Monica pier, a task force was recently created in removing and citing unpermitted vendors even sometimes confiscating food from them. This has been a growing problem over the years but it has been an even bigger problem recently as vendors return to the pier from the covid lockdown. The task force consists of police, fire, and county health officers. The police department has code enforcement and regular officers that work alongside two fire investigators to enforce open flame laws on the pier as well as the county health officers who enforce the food that the vendors are selling as well as sanitation of the carts that the vendors are selling the food from. With them being unpermitted and if they're in violation of health codes then that could be a huge fine which is a huge price to pay. Since June 1st, 2021 the police department, the fire department, and the Los Angeles County Health Department have tried to get unpermitted vendors off and out of the pier and surrounding areas. They started by giving them verbal warnings and escorting them off the pier, then it went to barricading and hiring private security at every entrance to keep them out. It was then gradually ramped up to citations, confiscation of food, and even sometimes arresting the vendors. This is what it has come to because the vendors simply just don't want to get a permit or to follow the laws that are in place to keep the pier safe due to its history.

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Water Main Break in Front of Santa Monica Pier

Early Friday afternoon, the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a broken water main break in the intersection of Colorado and Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. Fire officials had trouble shutting off the water due to no direct access to the pipe that was broken by ongoing construction in the area. Fire officials had to shut down the pipe near broadway about a block down. The water was eventually shut off and vehicle traffic is set to be shut down for approximately 8 hours while emergency repairs are underway, it's unknown how many businesses and residents are without water. An official statement from the SMFD stated that they cleared at 12:43 pm, 34 minutes after they initially responded to the 911 call. The Santa Monica Police Department also responded to assist the SMFD in shutting down traffic while fire crews worked in the middle of the road to turn off the water. As of now, the city is making emergency utility repairs to the pipe which will go on for approximately 8 hours from an official statement made on the City of Santa Monica's Twitter account. The cause of the pipe breaking appears to be from construction that was happening in the Southbound lanes on Ocean Ave, it was more towards the sidewalk and out of traffic. Vehicle traffic was backed up while fire officials were shutting off water to the pipe on Colorado and Ocean ave. Pedestrians were in amaze to see a sprout of water in front of the pier such an amazing sight to see.

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