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SMPD Evacuates Santa Monica Pier on 9/11 Due to Telephoned "Bomb Scare"

Update 7:15 pm PST: authorities announce that the Santa Monica pier is now open again to the public. They now term this event a "bomb scare" rather than a bomb threat. It is curious that the...

 

Man Arested After Stealing Concrete Truck, Parking it at St. Monica's Catholic School

A man who claims to be a St. Monica's Catholic school alumnus, stole a truck towing a concrete mixer on PCH, then drove it to St. Monica's where he was arrested. The incident happened on Saturday...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    May 30, 2017

City of Santa Monica Proposes Spending 20% More Money Next Year than This Year, Calls it "Sustainable."

The City of Santa Monica just released it's proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget. I hope you're sitting down, because it's much bigger even than last year's $621 million budget. "The overall proposed...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 15, 2017

Power Vault Explosion Causes Structure Fire in New, High Density Santa Monica Apt. Building

After an underground electrical vault exploded and burned, 34 Santa Monica Police and firemen put out a structure fire at Broadway and Lincoln Blvd. on Monday night, May 8th. Two injured residents wer...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 10, 2017

"Flash Event" Injures Two Edison Employees and Darkens Santa Monica North of Wilshire

Update, Friday morning, 11:30: “I can confirm that there was a flash event last night,” said David Song, SCE’s public affairs officer. “It did not involve a transformer.” “First there was...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 8, 2017

Judge Won't Stay Corona Cemetery Lawsuit, Pending Criminal Investigation

5/1/17: Riverside County Superior Court Judge Sharon Waters denied the Corona Cemetery Association's motion to stay a civil, class action lawsuit against it pending the outcome of a criminal...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 8, 2017

Exit Polls: Emmanuel Macron Won French Presidential Election by 2:1 Margin

Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, 39, will be the next President of France. He is projected to get 66.1% of the French vote, Le Pen will receive 33.9% according to exit polls. Macron is in...

 
 By David Ganezer    Opinion    May 5, 2017

City Council Makes It Illegal to Pick Up Your Kid from Santa Monica High School

We have warned before that the Santa Monica City Council has declared all out war on the automobile. Specifically, they intend to remake Lincoln Blvd south of the 10 freeway, so it looks as much as...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 5, 2017

Prince Phillip to Retire from Public Duties, Buckingham Palace Announces

When the entire British royal family was been summoned to a meeting at Buckingham Palace, the initial response was someone must have died. No, tweeted the Royal Press Office. The Queen and Prince...

 

Author Peggy Clifford Dies at 87 at UCLA Hospital in Santa Monica in March, 2017

Peggy Clifford died on March 1, 2017, of congestive heart failure at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. The nationally known author of "To Aspen and Back" was 87. She had a hand in founding the Mirror...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 29, 2017

Riverside County Sheriff Executes Search Warrant On Corona Cemetery Association

The Riverside County District Attorney wants to know where the bodies are buried. Apparently seeking records to prove an allegation that bodies were improperly buried in the "Corona Sunnyslope Cemeter...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 21, 2017

Saint Monica's Catholic Church and other local Churches Celebrate Easter.

Monsignor Torgerson lead an over flow crow of parishoners in prayer at Saint Monica's Catholic Church North of Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica on Sunday morning, April 16th. The main church holds...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 18, 2017
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Residents Complain About Blade Helicopter Service to Coachella Music Festival

If you're affluent enough to pay $695 a seat, you can helicopter from Santa Monica Airport to the Coachella Music Festival this weekend. But some people will not be happy for you. Several local...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 3, 2017
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Police Called on Moms, as Exterminators Poison Termites at Roosevelt Elementary School

Exterminators executing a death contract against school termites, called the Santa Monica Police on a few school moms observing pesticide fumigation tenting proceed at a local elementary school. The...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 3, 2017

Council Approves Extensive Seismic Retrofitting, Zero New Energy Law

In the last election, City Councilmember Kevin McKeown said that if the public voted down a restrictive measure that would have required voters approve any new development, he would slow down the...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 1, 2017

Some Roosevelt Parents Object to Termite Spraying This Spring

Roosevelt Elementary school plans to tent school buildings this Saturday, April 1, 2017, and spray for termites. But some parents think the plan is for the birds, and dangerous to the birds, bees and...

 

City's Stupid Lincoln Blvd Plan Will Cut Off Main Southern Route Out of Santa Monica

In what may be the most ill conceived traffic plan ever created by civil employees paid more than $250,000 a year, the City of Santa Monica is pushing a plan to narrow Lincoln Blvd into one lane in...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 19, 2017

Venice Protestors: Delete Snapchat App, Don't Buy SNAP Stock

America's latest tech billionaire Evan Spiegel grew up surfing in LA. Then he went to Stanford, where he met Reggie Brown and Bobby Murphy. Together, they designed a social media app that allows users...

 

Santa Monica Staggering Public Pension Liability Only Ranks 12th in the State

It has long been known that Santa Monica gives it's employees stupendous wages and benefits. 112 City of Santa Monica employees make more than $250,000 per annum. SMPD Beat policemen make on average,...

 

Lightning Strikes, Tree Falls Unto Genesis Open Golf Tournament. Course closed for the day

The wind toppled a large eucalyptus tree onto a pathway at the golf course at the Genesis just before noon. The tree appears to have fallen on no one but startled onlookers. The annual tournament,...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    February 5, 2017

Trump Admin Sandbagged on Santa Monica Airport Closure; Will No Doubt Reverse It

It seems apparent that the Trump Whitehouse was not told in advance of Saturday's announced closure of the Santa Monica airport, as of 1/1/2029. That's because Donald Trump would never have agreed to...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    February 3, 2017

FAA and City Council Agree to Close Santa Monica Airport In 2029

Santa Monica Airport is the oldest airport in Los Angeles County and at 110 years old, the fifth oldest in the State of California. It would appear that this afternoon, the City Council has negotiated...

 

Coach Richard Kampmann Dies at Age 92; UniHi and Pepperdine Will Miss Him.

Update: Coach Kampmann's Memorial is set for Feb. 4, 2017 at 11 am at University High School's Stivelman Theater. 2/23, 2 pm PST: With deep sadness, this message is to inform you that Coach Dick...

 

Susan "Spooky" Schueler Moves From Teaching High School to Channeling The Afterlife

Susan "Spooky" Schueler, 51, taught high school English at Culver City High. But in 2015 she left the public education system in order to become a professional psychic medium. While a psychic...

 

Former Santa Monica Observer Intern Wrote Donald Trump's Inauguration Speech

In 2001, a Santa Monica High School student named Stephen Miller walked into my office at the Santa Monica Observer, and asked if he could write opinion pieces for the Santa Monica Observer. That kids...

 

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