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 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...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 24, 2017

Strip of Percolative Concrete in Centers of Alleys Shows Signs of Wear After One Year

One year ago, the City of Santa Monica launched a program to add a strip of concrete down the center of 75 alleys. This allows rainwater to percolate through the strip and into the groundwater, then...

 

University High/Pepperdine's Coach Richard Kampmann Said to be Near Death at 92

Update: Coach Kampmann's Memorial is set for Feb. 4, 2017 at 11 am at University High School's Stivelman Theater. Coach Richard Kampmann, University High School's beloved track and cross country...

 

Roadtrip to Niger - A journey with the Nomads in Niger Hosts Screening in Ojai

The Tuareg people inhabit the Sahara desert, in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. It is one of the world's most remote and little...

 

Women Performing Night Shift Work Have Higher Rates of Breast & Ovarian Cancer, Study Finds

Dr. Karen Belkic MD is a clinical scientist with a PhD in neuroscience and physician specialist in internal medicine. On Sunday, December 8th, 2017, she delivered the Gloria Freedman memorial lecture...

 

Acupuncture Saves Little Girl from Eczema

After all other forms of treatment had failed, Ricardo Miranda, L.Ac.cured a little girl of eczema.  She was cured primarily through the use of acupuncture, says Miranda. The three year old girl...

 

Global Green Goes Dumpster Diving in Westside Alleys, Seeking to Improve Trash

When I bring home something I find in the alley, everyone makes fun of me for dumpster diving. But when three highly educated recent college grads do it, apparently it's research. I ran into three...

 

After 47 Years, NORMS on Pico in West LA Closes Forever on Christmas Eve

NORMS Restaurant on Pico and Camden Avenue is closing after 47 years. Christmas Eve will be the last day. The large parking lots and one story googy structure will be replaced by "high end condos and...

 

Can Orphaned Mountain Lion Kittens Survive? Some Experts Say it's Possible

We wondered about the fate of Mountain Lion P-39's three cougar cubs. Their mother's death occurred on the 118 freeway east of the Rocky Peak exit on the evening of Saturday, December 3, but NPS...

 

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 attorneys...

 

Apple's "Share With Everyone" Frankenstein Commercial is a tear jerker

Can you feel left out even if you own the latest iPhone 7? You can if you're Frankenstein's monster. The computer giant has released a 2 minute commercial on their youtube page which shows Frankenstei...

 

105 City of Santa Monica Employees Are Paid Over $300,000 a Year

It's an open secret that Santa Monica Police officers and other City employees are the best paid in the world. TransparentCalifornia.com hopes to rip off the mask on why. In Newport Beach, a city...

 

Local Voters Return Incumbents to Power, Turn Down Measure LV

Proving that the Santa Monica electorate really, really likes intensive development; local voters returned all 4 incumbent City Council members to Santa Monica City Council. In voting for Terry O'Day,...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    November 8, 2016

How an Italian Environmental Activist Became a Measure LV Supporter

Maria Rita D'Orsogna is a theoretical physicist by training, who teaches mathematics at Cal State University Northridge. She is also a well known environmental activist in Italy. I ran into her in...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    November 8, 2016

Lines Wrap Around the Block At Polling Station in Reed Park in Santa Monica

Lines were around the block at Christine Emerson Reed park on Lincoln and Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. Young people who work in offices waited in lines, trying to register their votes before their...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    November 1, 2016

Update: Local Redwood Tree Gets a Reprieve

Update, 10/31: We received another appeal last week as well. The adoration of the neighbors and the charm of the tree, the urban forestry division has decided to leave the redwood standing at this...

 

Santa Monica Spending $325,000 to Study Whether Residents are Happy. No, Seriously.

At $350,000 per year, City Manager Rick Cole is the best paid City manager in the state, maybe the world. City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren earns $189,000 per year. 105 Santa Monica City employees ear...

 

"Electro Bike" Bicycle Store Broken Into on Main Street Sunday Night

$3000 in bicycles were stolen from the ElectroBike store last night, on the 2600 block of Main Street, Santa Monica. A brick was apparently thrown through a window, sometime around 2 AM. The thieves...

 

Why Bill Gates Visits the Remote East Coast of Greenland, and Other Greenland Stories

I must admit I'm fascinated with Greenland. Maybe it's the idea of man against the elements. Maybe it's the colorful towns and villages, painted pastel against an icy landscape. To this day, the...

 

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...

 

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