Mickey Kaus reports at Kausfiles that he was told of a large gang fight on Halloween night at the corner of San Vicente and 26th Street on the border of Brentwood and Santa Monica. "Dozens of teenagers, some wielding bats and chains, from rival black and Hispanic outfits" rumbled in one of the most expensive neighborhoods on the West Coast.
Police were called to the scene in force. ... Did you learn about this incident in the Los Angeles Times? Of course not. Too interesting! Readers would just want to know more. What's the point?
So far it's not just the Times: no one I can find has reported such an incident, including any of the three main Santa Monica news outlets. More if I hear more. * A thought: Those upscale neighborhoods around San Vicente have always been popular "destination" trick-or-treat spots for kids who live in less safe (or candy-worthy) areas. Besides, you never know if a celeb might open the door. An emailer writes: "When I was in junior high the hot street to trick or treat on then was La Mesa, which runs from 26th, just north of San Vicente, over to about 19th street, where it lets out on San Vicente. It got pretty spirited back then, but then again, we were armed only with shaving cream in those days. I wouldn't be surprised if that story, if true, happened on La Mesa." 2:50 pm