Local Briefs

Homeless Vet Killed in San Vicente Encampment

Here, local workers deliver aid to homeless veterans living on San Vicente.

A suspect has been arrested after fatally stabbing another man at the San Vicente homeless encampment in Brentwood.

Deputies responded to the 11600 block of San Vicente Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The victim, a Marine veteran, was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. His name has not yet been released.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend when the victim intervened and was stabbed, sheriff's officials said.

The girlfriend was not injured in the dispute. The suspect was detained at the scene by police and later taken to a hospital for medical clearance so he could be booked into jail, according to

the LASD.

The suspect was also identified as a veteran.

Just hours after the fatal stabbing, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, a candidate for mayor, held a press conference saying it's time for this encampment to go.

"It is time for there to be action. It is time for this encampment to end; for its residents to be housed, for the sidewalk to be clear," Feuer stated.

Humps Considered for Nielson Way

Santa Monica City Council Member Phil Brock has asked City staff to study whether humps or bumps would reduce speed and “calm traffic” on 2 major City streets. These are Pacific Avenue directly South of Neilson Way, and Barnard Way. The latter is the closest street to Santa Monica Beach, South of the Pier.

The request says that 150 local residents have asked the City to urgently study “any and all measures that will lead to a reduction in noise pollution, and an enhancement of pedestrian safety on both of these streets.”

The City of LA has added humps to Pacific Avenue in Venice.

Monday Morning Earthquake

9/13 - An abrupt shake hit Santa Monica at 7:59 am Monday morning. The center of the quake was located 5 kilometers North Northwest of Thousand Oaks, California. Depth of the quake was 1.8 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey.

At 8:30 AM, the LAFD tweeted: "This morning's preliminary M 3.6 #earthquake in #ThousandOaks (~ 14 miles west of #LosAngeles) was felt widely, but caused no reported damage or injury in @LACity. The @LAFD is in a normal operating mode.”

Park in OC is closed due to Mountain Lions

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park was temporarily closed Thursday until further notice due to multiple mountain lion sightings, officials announced.

The park was closed “out of an abundance of caution” after repeated sightings of multiple mountain lions by visitors and staff raised public safety concerns, Orange County Parks authorities said in an alert.

The park, along Glenn Ranch Road in Lake Forest, is often the site of mountain lion activity.

Just this past February, the park was closed when a family noticed that a mountain lion was following a child.

Orange County park officials told visitors to be alert, travel in groups, make noise while hiking to alert lions and hike during daytime hours when the animals are less active.

If encountering a mountain lion, visitors are advised not to run. Instead, they should hold their ground, wave their hands and shout.

If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones at it, do all you can to appear larger and pick up small children and place them on your shoulders if possible, O.C. Parks advised.

Mountain lion attacks remain incredibly rare in California, and there have been three reported at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, according to state records.

Magnitude 4.3 Earthquake in Carson 9/17

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake centered in Carson shook the Westside on Friday evening just before 8 pm. It was felt as a low rolling motion, for about ten seconds. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

It was the latest in a series of earthquakes in So. Cal. this week. This was the largest jolt, which some sources measured at 4.6 on the Richter scale. It lasted for about ten seconds. One in San Fernando was said to be shallow.

Epicenter was said to be below 223rd Street and Main Avenue, and 9 miles in depth.


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