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Guns N' Roses Sells More Than 1 Million Tickets In 24 Hours

The 2017 UK, European and Canadian legs of the Guns N' Roses already hugely successful 'Not In This Lifetime' tour went on sale on December 9th and has already sold more than a million tickets in 24...

Panasonic Backs Solar Acquisition Program Throughout North America by Coronal Energy

Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, has announced plans to substantially increase the number of solar PV projects it will acquire in 2017 and 2018. The ambitious program will support a rapidly...

Mercury Seven Astronaut John Glenn Dies at 95 in Columbus, Ohio

John Herschel Glenn Jr., 95 has died, reports the Washington Post. Cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but was rumored to be cancer. Glenn was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and ...

City Extends Night Closures of 10 Freeway, Traffic Redirected to Olympic Thru 12/16

Updated: Additional closure dates for the I-10 sign replacement project:Thursday, December 8; Friday, December 9; December 11 through Wednesday, December 14 It is likely that the closure will...

Obama Will Sign Executive Order Removing Marijuana From Schedule One

The outgoing president will sign an executive order reversing President Richard Nixon's 1970 order, listing Marijuana as a Schedule One Drug, forbidden at all times. This is said to have been a jab...

Real Estate Developer Nailed For Evidence Tampering by LA Superior Court Judge Bruguera

In a civil case involving NMS Family Living Trust, and Margot and Neil Shekhter, Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera found that NMS Properties and its owners, fabricated evidence, and destroyed or...

City to Review Agreements With Shekhter/NMS In Light of Superior Court Decision

Update, 12/2: Judge Bruguera today ordered NMS properties to cede control of its Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and West Hollywood "LUXE" properties, to AEW Capital Management. She also imposed...

Dakota Access Pipeline: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Issues Statement

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, issued an official statement regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. The statement may be viewed below. Commission Chair Martin R. Castro stated,...

Dehumidifier Recall Following 450 Fires and $19 Million in Property Damage

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using these recalled dehumidifiers. Manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances, of China, the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing...

Army Corps of Engineers Halts DAPL Project!

On Sunday afternoon, the Secretary of the Army contacted tribal leaders at the protest site to inform them that the Dakota Access Pipeline will NOT proceed according to its current plan. "We will not ...

SMCLC Demands City of SM Halt Processing of 18 Development Applications by NMS

In SMCLC's November 28, 2016 alert we informed you that the Los Angeles Superior Court had found that Santa Monica's most prolific downtown developer, NMS, and its founder and CEO Neil Shekhter, had...

We Are At War With the FAA Over SM Airport. Does The City Attorney Want to Win or Lose?

According to public court documents, FAA has proposed a "Standstill Agreement" to the City, which the FAA insists the City Council agree to upon threat to issue a Cease and Desist Order. Like some...

Political Correctness Caused the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire that Killed 36 Patrons

California has the toughest building and safety codes in the world. Why didn't authorities enforce them against the Ghost Ship's operators? This is the obvious question from the Oakland fire which...

'Tis the Season for Non-Stop Shopping! Holiday Gift Guide for World Domination

Love it or hate it the Holidays are here! It's time to lighten your wallets as you spread Christmas cheer! Here are some of the Observer's favorites for under the tree! They're the perfect gifts for ...

Is Barron Trump Autistic? Speculation Mounts that President Trump's Son Battles Autism

One day, he will be the first boy to live in the White House since JFK, Jr. He's fidgety, socially awkward, doesn't speak or shake hands, wobbles when he walks and engages in repetitive behaviors....

New Santa Monica Restaurant Pays Homage to Family & Local History

If you're out on Santa Monica's tree-lined Montana Avenue shopping for holiday gifts this season and looking for a bite to eat, the newly-opened Margo's may be just what's on your wish list. The...

Beachy Casualness: Escaping the Holidays with Hotel MdR

By Kat Thomas It's that time of year! For better or worse, the tidal wave known as the Holidays has crashed onto our shores. But for those looking to escape from the Ho Ho Ho hubbub perhaps a night...

Electric Car Charging Network Planned Across Europe

Several well-known motor companies are determined to make electric car use easier for consumers. BMW, Ford Motor Company, Daimler AG, and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche are among the...

Sick Leave for Santa Monica Workers Becomes Effective January 1

Editor's Note: This is an official City Press Release and has not been edited. Less than one month from today on January 1, 2017, Santa Monica's new paid sick leave provisions under the City's...

Solar Energy Centers Commissioned for Southern CA: NextEra Energy Resources

State and local leaders joined executives from NextEra Energy Resources and its partners to commission the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers, which created hundreds of construction jobs and will...

Chain Reaction Sculpture Undergoes Renovation in front of SM Courthouse

Chain Reaction is a peace monument and public art sculpture composed of a metal framework of stainless steel and fiberglass surrounded by concrete, depicting a mushroom cloud created by a nuclear...

Tiffany Trump Will Move Into White House, Fulfilling Some First Lady Duties

Unlike the First Lady Melania Trump and her ten year old son, Barron, Tiffany Trump will move into the White House with her father in January, reports the Kansas City Star. "It's always been my dream ...

Ivanka, Tiffany Trump Will Fulfill First Lady Duties, With Melania Trump Living in New York City

Ivanka Trump has denied that she wants any sort of post in her father's White House. She insists that she has no ambitions. "I just want to be a good daughter," but it's clear that she will be much...

Trump Election Prompts Values Resolution from San Francisco Board of Supervisors

The following resolution has been passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, introduced by Board President London Breed, in response to the election of Donald Trump: WHEREAS, On November 8,...

Trump's Latest Twitter Fib: Boeing Responds

In yet another unsupervised early morning tweet, Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the government was shelling out $4B for a new Air Force One from Boeing: "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air...

Report: Tiffany Trump to Attend Harvard Law School in September

Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, toured Harvard Law School on Tuesday. A number of students at the country's largest, oldest and most prestigious law school...

Cyanide in Fruit? Eat Poison Live Long

Eat Poison Live Long? Yes I know that sounds ridiculous but pay close attention because there is something important to learn about our food you just might not be aware of. Generally speaking when we ...

UFO Crashes Into Arctic Sea; Causes Mysterious Arctic Pinging, Siberian Snow Eggs

The villagers of Igloolik, Nunavut were asleep when a streak quickly crossed the sky and struck the ice with a bang. 200 villagers came out their doors, but there was nothing to see except black...

Space Station-bound Cargo Vessel Crashes Minutes After Launch

Just minutes after blast-off, the unmanned Progress 65 cargo ship crashed on December 1, along with the 700 pounds of supplies it carried. The communication was lost only 383 seconds after it had...

Enigmatic Illness Destroys Seastars ("Starfish") from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bering Sea

While the people of North America have been squabbling over truck routes and pipelines across the continent, there is a population that really could not care less. Their arms are falling off. And no ...

Barrage of Plastic Pollutants Entering Santa Monica Bay from Monday Rains Goes Viral

I bumped into local photographer, Fabian Lewkowicz, on the bike path next to the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain this past Monday morning at 7:30am. I was in a hurry to get to work, but took my ninth annual...

Mountain Lion P-45 Gets Apparent Reprieve From Death Sentence for Eating Alpacas, Llamas

Update 12/1: An attorney for the woman who has the permit to kill P 45 said at a public meeting, that she would be happy to have CDFW relocate him instead. Ideally, to a nature reserve far away. The...

Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Sun Valley Wednesday Afternoon

A honey oil lab exploded in Sun Valley on Wednesday afternoon. The Los Angeles Fire Dept. responded. The garage of a recently renovated home was blown off its foundation. The force of the explosion...

Teenage Girl Confesses to Stabbing Pregnant Mom at Windward and Pacific in Venice

A 17 year old girl has turned herself into the the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Division, for the stabbing murder of a young pregnant mother last month. 22 year old Jasmine Preciado was on ...

USC Student Charged With Killing Professor on Campus

A University of Southern California graduate student has been charged with fatally stabbing a professor on campus last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. David...

Bomb Squad Closes 210 Freeway After Pedestrian Tosses Suspicious Package onto the 210

Update: Sig alert cancelled at 10:45. All freeways have been reopened, the suspicious packet turned out not to be explosive or dangerous. The 210 Freeway near Pasadena was completely shut down...

SCIENCE

Barrage of Plastic Pollutants Entering Santa Monica Bay from Monday Rains Goes Viral

LIFESTYLE

Beachy Casualness: Escaping the Holidays with Hotel MdR

CRIME

Bomb Squad Closes 210 Freeway After Pedestrian Tosses Suspicious Package onto the 210

ARTS

Chain Reaction Sculpture Undergoes Renovation in front of SM Courthouse

NEWS

City Extends Night Closures of 10 Freeway, Traffic Redirected to Olympic Thru 12/16

NEWS

City to Review Agreements With Shekhter/NMS In Light of Superior Court Decision

HEALTH

Cyanide in Fruit? Eat Poison Live Long

NEWS

Dehumidifier Recall Following 450 Fires and $19 Million in Property Damage

SCIENCE

Enigmatic Illness Destroys Seastars ("Starfish") from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bering Sea

CRIME

Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Sun Valley Wednesday Afternoon

LIFESTYLE

Is Barron Trump Autistic? Speculation Mounts that President Trump's Son Battles Autism

POLITICS

Ivanka, Tiffany Trump Will Fulfill First Lady Duties, With Melania Trump Living in New York City

NEWS

Mercury Seven Astronaut John Glenn Dies at 95 in Columbus, Ohio

SCIENCE

Mountain Lion P-45 Gets Apparent Reprieve From Death Sentence for Eating Alpacas, Llamas

LIFESTYLE

New Santa Monica Restaurant Pays Homage to Family & Local History

NEWS

Obama Will Sign Executive Order Removing Marijuana From Schedule One

NEWS

Real Estate Developer Nailed For Evidence Tampering by LA Superior Court Judge Bruguera

PEOPLE

Report: Tiffany Trump to Attend Harvard Law School in September

BUSINESS

Solar Energy Centers Commissioned for Southern CA: NextEra Energy Resources

CRIME

Teenage Girl Confesses to Stabbing Pregnant Mom at Windward and Pacific in Venice

POLITICS

Tiffany Trump Will Move Into White House, Fulfilling Some First Lady Duties

POLITICS

Trump Election Prompts Values Resolution from San Francisco Board of Supervisors

POLITICS

Trump's Latest Twitter Fib: Boeing Responds

SCIENCE

UFO Crashes Into Arctic Sea; Causes Mysterious Arctic Pinging, Siberian Snow Eggs

CRIME

USC Student Charged With Killing Professor on Campus

OPINION

We Are At War With the FAA Over SM Airport. Does The City Attorney Want to Win or Lose?

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