Santa Monica Observer - Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

Roto-Rooter Plumber Heroically Saves Helpless Kitten Trapped in Drain

Friday September 23, started as any other evening for Roto-Rooter assistant manager Mike Jennings. He had just finished an estimate for a water heater repair in the Citrus Heights community of...

FAA Launches Investigation of Santa Monica's Treatment of Cloverfield Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it is investigating the City of Santa Monica's policy intended to "starve" the airport into leaving. It has asked the City to withdraw its 30...

The Business of Getting High: Exploring the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition

Thousands of suited up budtender businessman gathered Sept. 7-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition, and there was nary your classic Shaggy...

Patients to be Protected From Observation Status, under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

​A bill to protect hospital patients from the pitfalls of "observation" status was signed Tuesday by California Governor Jerry Brown. ​The bill, SB 1076, will require hospitals to provide...

Bedridden, Sick Hillary Clinton Sends Body Double to Debate Donald Trump

Unable to debate Donald Trump and unwilling to admit it publicly, Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to take the next best option. The Democratic Presidential nominee will send one of her famous body ...

Donald Sniffles His Way Through Fiery Presidential Debate with Hillary Clinton

Republican nominee Donald Trump seemed to be sniffling Monday night. This is ironic, as Trump asserted Hillary Clinton lacks the stamina to be President. Chuck Todd, political director of Meet the...

Fly Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba, on Alaska Airlines beginning Jan. 5

Alaska Airlines will launch an historic new flight to Havana, Cuba beginning Jan. 5, 2017. The daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles is among the first regularly scheduled commercial flights to the...

#callseanhannity is a Twitter hit!

Thanks to his good friend Trump, FOX television host Sean Hannity seems to have found a new job: verifying America's fibbery. "I once ate a bear while flying an F16 nude....

National Children's Chorus Hosting Auditions in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.

America's leading youth choral institution, the National Children's Chorus (NCC) is hosting three Fall 2016 auditions – Saturday, October 15th at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles; Thursday,...

NASA's Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations...

Santa Monica's Ruling Elite Opposes Measure LV, Which Would Curb Their Power

If you follow what goes on in Santa Monica City Hall, it's really been pretty much the same since 1982. The City grants massive development permits to favored developers. The City Staff grant...

SMC Grad Awarded Smart Scholarship by US Department of Defense

Santa Monica College (SMC) announced that SMC grad and Santa Monica native Jonathan Eady has been awarded a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service by...

SMMUSD Prepares for 100 degree weather, but some Classrooms Lack Air Conditioning

Santa Monica reached 100 degrees on Monday, September 26th. It is Indian Summer, the time after Summer when it becomes hotter in LA than it was in July. The School District issued the following press ...

How Do Videos Go Viral? SMC Lauches Media and Communications Series

Viral Videos, Barbershop Books, Film Screenings, & More! SMC presents a Communication & Media Series featuring a line-up of industry professionals who will talk about their work, share their...

LAUSD Extends Summer Vacation One Week, Shortens Christmas

Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to push back the start of school to a later date, unnamed LAUSD board members told Fox 11 News (KTTV). Parents complained that the school beginning on...

Beck on Vinyl: Odelay, Sea Change and Guero on October 28

Since introducing himself to the world in 1994 with his genre-defying, multi-platinum debut, Mellow Gold, Beck has blazed a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past....

Kings Under Parking Lots: Odd Habits of the British

Archeologists have found what may be the remains of King Henry I under a parking lot on the site of Reading prison. The discovery was made by a team exploring the location of the ruins of Reading...

Rihanna Appointed Global Ambassador To Champion Education

Rihanna is to join a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world's poorest countries can get a quality education. Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation today announced a multi-year partnership...

After Obesity Put Me In a Coma, I Had To Take The First Step: Admit I Had A Problem

On December 18th 2012 at about 5:30 in the afternoon I stopped breathing. As I dropped face first to the floor I had just enough left in me to dial 911 on my cell phone. Then the respiration stopped. ...

68,000 lb Meteorite Unearthed in Argentina

Over the weekend, a work crew used a crane to hoist a 30-ton meteorite out of the Campo del Cielo (Field of Heaven) about 670 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the border between the...

Chinese Space Station Falling to Earth in 2017

China's first space station, the Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace 1," is expected to fall back to Earth in 2017. The laboratory was launched in 2011 as part of China's ambitious plan to catch up with...

Failed Republican Governor Cancels Quarterly Economic Report

When Governor Sam Brownback began his great tea party tax experiment in Kansas, he championed a quarterly economic review as an accountability test of his vision. Now that his vision has failed...

Santa Monica City attorney Marsha Moutrie to retire at end of 2016

Santa Monica city attorney Marsha Moutrie publicly announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Her 20 year reign has not been without controversy, so some are glad, some are not. But...

Huma Abedin to be Clinton's Secretary of State, Say Wiki-leaked Emails

As President, Hillary Clinton will appoint Huma Abedin as Secretary of State. This according to leaked e mails between Abedin, Mrs. Clinton, and Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills. Abedin,...

Tiffany Trump is the Jan Brady of the Trump Clan; Destined to be Overlooked

You may have wondered why you haven't heard much about Tiffany Trump, the only child of Donald Trump with actress Marla Maples. Well, as always, there's an internet meme that explains it. It went all ...

SCIENCE

68,000 lb Meteorite Unearthed in Argentina

Over the weekend, a work crew used a crane to hoist a 30-ton meteorite out of the Campo del Cielo (Field of Heaven) about 670 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the border between the...

HEALTH

After Obesity Put Me In a Coma, I Had To Take The First Step: Admit I Had A Problem

On December 18th 2012 at about 5:30 in the afternoon I stopped breathing. As I dropped face first to the floor I had just enough left in me to dial 911 on my cell phone. Then the respiration stopped....

ENTERTAINMENT

Beck on Vinyl: Odelay, Sea Change and Guero on October 28

Since introducing himself to the world in 1994 with his genre-defying, multi-platinum debut, Mellow Gold, Beck has blazed a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past....

NEWS

Bedridden, Sick Hillary Clinton Sends Body Double to Debate Donald Trump

Unable to debate Donald Trump and unwilling to admit it publicly, Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to take the next best option. The Democratic Presidential nominee will send one of her famous body...

SCIENCE

Chinese Space Station Falling to Earth in 2017

China's first space station, the Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace 1," is expected to fall back to Earth in 2017. The laboratory was launched in 2011 as part of China's ambitious plan to catch up with...

NEWS

Donald Sniffles His Way Through Fiery Presidential Debate with Hillary Clinton

Republican nominee Donald Trump seemed to be sniffling Monday night. This is ironic, as Trump asserted Hillary Clinton lacks the stamina to be President. Chuck Todd, political director of Meet the...

POLITICS

Failed Republican Governor Cancels Quarterly Economic Report

When Governor Sam Brownback began his great tea party tax experiment in Kansas, he championed a quarterly economic review as an accountability test of his vision. Now that his vision has failed...

TRAVEL

Kings Under Parking Lots: Odd Habits of the British

Archeologists have found what may be the remains of King Henry I under a parking lot on the site of Reading prison. The discovery was made by a team exploring the location of the ruins of Reading...

SCHOOLS

LAUSD Extends Summer Vacation One Week, Shortens Christmas

Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to push back the start of school to a later date, unnamed LAUSD board members told Fox 11 News (KTTV). Parents complained that the school beginning on...

NEWS

Patients to be Protected From Observation Status, under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

​A bill to protect hospital patients from the pitfalls of "observation" status was signed Tuesday by California Governor Jerry Brown. ​The bill, SB 1076, will require hospitals to provide...

POLITICS

Santa Monica City attorney Marsha Moutrie to retire at end of 2016

Santa Monica city attorney Marsha Moutrie publicly announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Her 20 year reign has not been without controversy, so some are glad, some are not. But...

OPINION

Santa Monica's Ruling Elite Opposes Measure LV, Which Would Curb Their Power

If you follow what goes on in Santa Monica City Hall, it's really been pretty much the same since 1982. The City grants massive development permits to favored developers. The City Staff grant...

SCHOOLS

SMC Grad Awarded Smart Scholarship by US Department of Defense

Santa Monica College (SMC) announced that SMC grad and Santa Monica native Jonathan Eady has been awarded a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service by the...

SCHOOLS

SMMUSD Prepares for 100 degree weather, but some Classrooms Lack Air Conditioning

Santa Monica reached 100 degrees on Monday, September 26th. It is Indian Summer, the time after Summer when it becomes hotter in LA than it was in July. The School District issued the following press...

POLITICS

Tiffany Trump is the Jan Brady of the Trump Clan; Destined to be Overlooked

You may have wondered why you haven't heard much about Tiffany Trump, the only child of Donald Trump with actress Marla Maples. Well, as always, there's an internet meme that explains it. It went all...

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