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 By Observer Staff    Business    May 26, 2017 
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Elon Musk: "Santa Monica to Westwood in Five Minutes."

Elon Musk, our century's version of Leonardo da Vinci, has posted on his Instagram page a video of his electronic underground sled to move automobiles. The Tesla founder and CEO has also begun to...

 
 By Observer Staff    Politics    May 26, 2017 

Sheila Kuehl opposes plan to expand Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

They have been called "the most powerful elected officials in the United States." Due to a County Charter left over from 1870, and the lack of political will among voters to expand the Board of...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    May 26, 2017 

Man Pleads to Stabbing Employee at Santa Monica Pier Burger

A homeless man has pleaded to stabbing a Santa Monica Pier restaurant employee multiple times, after demanding food last summer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today....

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    May 26, 2017 

Police Arrest Suspect in Murder of Juan Castillo in February in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Police Chief Seabrooks said after a lot of work and questioning people close to Virginia Park on the evening of Feb. 26th, that they have a suspect in the murder of Juan Castillo....

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    May 26, 2017 

SMPD Searches for Home Invasion Robbery Suspects North of Montana Avenue

Santa Monica Police say they are searching for two suspects in the severe beating of a resident during a possible home invasion robbery Monday North of Montana Avenue. The assault occurred in the 500...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 26, 2017 

Santa Monica Grandmother Awarded Doctor of Education at Cal State LA

When Berenice Onofre Vásquez walks across the stage to receive her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, it will mark a proud moment in a life-long journey for the 70-year-old Santa Monica...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 22, 2017

Manchester Bomber: Police Searching For Salman Abedi, The Man In This Photo

Manchester police are searching for Salman Abedi, 22, in connection with the bombing outside the area Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England last night. The photo shows a man with dark hair...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 18, 2017

SamoHi Cancels Drug Seminar After Discovering Scientology is Behind the "Foundation for a Drug Free World"

After discovering that Scientology is connected with the Foundation for a Drug Free World, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District is looking elsewhere for drug education District Superintendent B...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 10, 2017

Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Felt in Santa Monica and Across Westside

An earthquake was felt Monday evening in Santa Monica and across Western Los Angeles County. Residents felt a sharp jolt just after 10:28 pm. The US Geological Survey says that the minor quake registe...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 10, 2017

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks Announces September Retirement

5/5/17: In a press release as lavish with praise as her $434,000 a year paycheck, the City of Santa Monica announced that Santa Monica Police (SMPD) Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks is retiring. At 58, she...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 10, 2017

Possible Radiation Release at Hanford Nuclear Reactor in Eastern Washington State

Buried like nuclear waste in the desert is a story broke today more important than the non-stop Cable News about Trump's firing of FBI Dir. James Comey. The tunnels where tons of spent nuclear rods...

 
 By Observer Staff    Politics    May 3, 2017

President, Congress Reach Deal to Fund the Federal Government Through September

NBC News and the Washington Post are reporting that Congress has reached a deal to avert a U.S. Government shutdown. Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on a spending package to fund...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 29, 2017

Major traffic accident closes Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

An accident has effectively closed Topanga Canyon Boulevard to through traffic Saturday at noon. The collision, just south of Mulholland Drive, at Topanga Cyn Blvd and Woodland Crest, has traffic...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 23, 2017

Massive Power Outage in San Francisco Leaves 90,000 customers Without Power

Officials say that a circuit breaker failure at the Larkin Substation, caused the fire that left nearly 90,000 customers in San Francisco without electricity. Pacific Gas and Electric reports that...

 

Hundred Year Old Santa Monica Pier Seeks Volunteer Docents

Santa Monica, CA – Imagine how cool it would be walk along the historic Santa Monica Pier with someone who can tell you what happened where, who made it happen and what made the Pier so fascinating...

 

If Your SMMUSD Kids Have Norovirus, Please Keep Them Home, Says District

The Santa Monica Unified School District says it's hopeful they're past Norovirus. The school has sent home a letter to parents saying what measure's it's taken to get past the outbreak of the...

 

Doh! Airline Lands in Pyongyang, North Korea Instead of Pyeongchang, China by accident

It is at its heart, a tale of two cities. Eight Corporate sponsors of the 2017 Winter Olympics were flying to the South Korean city of PyeongChang. But the pilot put the plane down in North Korean cap...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 18, 2017

Pregnant Sea Lion Rescued From Overpass in Marina Del Rey, California

Drivers called 911 to report a sea lion on the Lincoln Blvd Bridge in Marina Del Rey Friday morning. This according to Los Angeles County Animal Control officers. Officers with the Marine Animal...

 

Austrian Hamlet of Fucking Considers Changing Its Unfortunate, but Famous, Name.

The Daily Mirror said it best: The village of Fucking, Austria, is especially popular with British tourists. As a local tour guide explained: "The Germans all want to see Mozart's house in Salzburg;...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 16, 2017

Second Drug Related Death in Three Weeks of a Santa Monica High School Student

Update, 5/10/17: Leslie Hernandez disenrolled in Santa Monica schools in March of 2015. She was a student at the time of her death, but she was not a student specifically at SamoHi or any SMMUSD...

 
 By Observer Staff    Events   

Julie, Liz, Sheila, Monica and Lian Dolan, the five fun-loving, real-life sisters from the popular "Satellite Sisters" podcast, discuss their new book

Santa Monica, California – Santa Monica Public Library presents The Satellite Sisters: A Celebration of Friendship on Saturday, April 22, at 2:00 pm in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr....

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 13, 2017
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If An Old Growth Redwood Tree Falls in Santa Monica, Does Anyone Hear It?

As Ecclesiastes said, there is a time for everything under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die. An old growth Redwood tree finally had to be taken down on 9th street. It had died during the...

 
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Rescue Dog Adoption Ad by Coldwell Banker Highest Rated Real Estate Ad Ever (video)

Ralph Waldo Emerson penned the notable phrase, "A house is made with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams." Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate...

 
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UFO Fleet Flies Past International Space Station (ISS) Tuesday in Video

The most spectacular UFO sighting in years was witnessed by thousands of people on earth on Tuesday, 2/17/17. A formation of 4 to 6 alien ships seem to sail past the International Space Station, rever...

 

Russia: Press 2 "to use the services of Russian hackers," 3 "to request election interference."

In an apparent April Fools Day joke, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a message offering interference in your next election. "To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, p...

 

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