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Interview with Joseph Culp and Scott Ben-Yasher, the Men behind Welcome to the Men's Group

I sat down with the principals behind Welcome to the Men's Group, to ask them what the movie was about, other than a bunch of middle aged men taking their clothes off and discussing their feelings....

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 14, 2018

How Beating on Bongos and Flying Flags Perpetuates World Peace

When I'm bored I run on the beach. There's always something new in Santa Monica, and it's usually near the 105 year old Pleasure Pier. DrumDancepray.org had a colorful flag display flapping in the...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 13, 2018

Groups Seeking Term Limits Circulate Petition Among Santa Monica Voters

Santa Monicans for City Council Term Limits has begun actively circulating a petition to put a charter amendment before voters that would limit city councilmembers to three 4 year terms. "Since this...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 9, 2018

Santa Monicans for City Council Term Limits Seeks to Upend 20 year Terms

When you're elected to City Council, it's lifetime position. Herb Katz, Christine Reed, Ken Genser and had to be carried out practically. They all died on the Council. The latter 2 had parks named...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 2, 2018

City, SMC Build a Pre-School at Civic Center for Children of Staff and Friends

Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica will soon conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School. It will take place on Tuesday, March 13 from 10:30 a.m....

 
 By David Ganezer    News    February 6, 2018

Preschool Approved on Delaware Ave Over Neighborhood Objections

Over numerous resident objections, the Santa Monica City Council has turned down an appeal from a decision to allow a 20 student preschool at 2953 Delaware Avenue. They did add about 60 conditions to...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 5, 2018

Santa Monica Residents and Visitors Welcome the New Year

In contrast to the rest of the country, local weather was a balmy 53 degrees Farenheit in Santa Monica Sunday night as residents and visitors welcomed 2018. Santa Monica had a mostly quiet New Years...

 

Lyft Honors Drivers on Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame

Ridesharing company Lyft has erected a billboard on Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing just how cool its drivers are. "Thanks to the writers, the strivers the role models. We know you're more than...

 

Charles Schwab Closes Accounts of "Deplorable" Customers from OptionsXpress Brokerage

A merger dragged Optionsxpress Customers into Charles Schwab Bank last month. They had no choice in the matter, as one bank had purchased a smaller bank. Now, some of the customers dragged kicking...

 

Strike Averted: St John's Hospital and SEIU Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Update:This just in from the SEIU: "The strike vote scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica has been called off due to a tentative agreement on a new contract...

 

Hepatitis Epidemic Raises Concerns About City Hall Annex

At the same time that Homelessness has caused an epidemic in Hepatitis A and B among the County's homeless problem, the City of Santa Monica is about to spend $140 million to construct a City Hall...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 16, 2017

Mallory Everton Smashes Eggs on Purple Mattresses All Over Youtube. But Who Is She?

She is all over Youtube right now, this officious but mischievious looking gal in a Goldilocks outfit, cheerfully smashing eggs onto mattresses. Her name is Mallory Everton, and she is a career...

 

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

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...

 

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