Editor's note: A Santa Monica Police Department spokesman has walked back earlier statements that a man arrested with weapons, explosives in Los Angeles said he wanted 'to harm Gay Pride event,' according to KTLA reporter Jennifer Thang (@jenniferthang). Police said the man told officers he was going to the Pride parade, but did not say what he planned to do at the event. - Jillian
Release from Santa Monica, Calif., authorities says police found 5-gallon bucket of explosive material, 3 assault rifles and high-capacity magazines and ammunition during arrest of suspect en route to Los Angeles Pride Parade - @PattersonNBC
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is named after the Christian saint, Monica. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, Sawtelle on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736.
Partly because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. The Santa Monica Pier remains a popular and iconic destination.