Gangs Run Pier Food Carts
A Criminal Gang Controls Vendors on the Santa Monica Pier. Officials Act Helpless.
April 22, 2021
By Corva Corvax, Observer Staff Writer
A fight that broke out among pier vendors on Sunday afternoon highlights a persistent and dangerous problem at the Santa Monica landmark: criminal gang involvement in illegal street vending.
Several police officers were called after a fight began in the parking lot just north of the pier at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon. After the fight was stopped, with great difficulty, six individuals were eventually cited and released. According to a highly placed government official, all of the individuals involved in the fight were part of the Murcia family gang.