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SMPD Reports Shots Fired in the Area of 23rd Street and Cloverfield Blvd

Santa Monica Police activity in the area of Cloverfield Blvd and Kansas Ave. Poiice are investigating reports of shots fired. Police are working a containment and are searching for outstanding...

 

Power Out Between 6th and 7th, Wilshire Boulevard to Montana Avenue

Three Santa Monica city blocks located between Wilshire Boulevard in Montana Avenue lost power at 8:30 Wednesday morning, when a transformer blew. The outage is unrelated to the trenching incident at...

 

Protest Photo Exhibit by Cindy Bendat: "Be The Change"

Los Angeles Protest Photographs 2003 -2017 by Cindy Bendat at the University Art Gallery at California State University Dominguez Hills runs from September 11, 2017 through October 10, 2017. The Openi...

 
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Apocalyptic Scene Across Florida Keys Revealed in Youtube Videos, Social Media

Hurricane Irma came ashore as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning. The eye of the storm passed over Cudjoe Key. The Florida Keys are a chain of islands connected by the Overseas H...

 

Disney World in Orlando will Reopen on Tuesday after Weekend Closure

The latest from Walt Disney World is that the park will reopen on Tuesday. Hurricane Irma forces only the 4th closure since Disney World opened in 1971. There may be modifications to some attractions...

 

Hit and Run Driver Kills Woman Crossing Wilshire Blvd at Federal Avenue in West LA

Los Angeles police detectives are searching for a suspect after a hit-and-run in West Los Angeles that left a local woman dead. It happened at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, August 30. The suspect was...

 

Magnitude 8 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City, Chiapas Thursday Night

The United States Geological Survey reports an extremely powerful Magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico City. A tsunami is possible. An 8 earthquake would make it the largest earthquake anywhere on the...

 

Former Obama Staffer Who Worked for Garcetti, Named Deputy City Manager and Director of Policy

Anuj Gupta's primary qualification seems to be that he worked for Democrat such as Gil Garcetti and Barack Obama. And as they usually do, the City of Santa Monica has awarded him with a quarter millio...

 

Missing Person: Amanda Allen Goes Missing in California, as Relatives Search for Her

Tonia Kitts Stephan last spoke to Amanda Allen on July 30th at 9:30 pm."That was the last I heard from her," says Stephans. "I tried to call her phone, but it goes straight to voicemail. "Since then...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 24, 2017

Homeless Man Dies After Wandering Into Traffic on PCH Wednesday

A pedestrian was killed at about 5 am Weenesday morning, when he wandered into traffic on Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Police said. The SSMPD "responded to a radio call for service regarding a...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 8, 2017

Coast Guard, local authorities respond to chemical spill in the Port of Long Beach

The Coast Guard, Long Beach Fire Department and Patriot Environmental Services are responding to a reported spill of propyl acetate from the commercial container ship, Harbour Bridge, at Pier G Berth...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 8, 2017

Google Employee Who Complained of Reverse Discrimination, Has Been Fired

James Damore, a Google engineer who wrote a now notorious memorandum, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” Google's...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 8, 2017

LAPD Shoots and Kills Man With Assault Rifle in Venice

It must be the August heat, or something. The LAPD Thursday night August 3rd, shot a Venice man after responding to a domestic violence call. LAPD spokesmen said he brandished an assault rifle when...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 8, 2017

Homeless Love Triangle Leads to Shooting near Main Street and Hollister Avenue

A homicide suspect was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Santa Monica Friday evening. Neighbors reported a shooting in the 2300 block of Main Street around 6:30 p.m. A man was found shot to...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 8, 2017

LAPD in Standoff in Pacific Palisades on Alta Murray Road

Update, 12:34 pm: Police found the suspect dead inside his home. A Pacific Palisades neighborhood was evacuated as LAPD officers barricaded a man who had fired on them. The home, at 1691 Alta Mura...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 8, 2017

LAPD Shoots Venice Man in Domestic Dispute; City Agrees to Limit Increases to Employees

Local Briefs LAPD Shoots Venice Man in Domestic Dispute The LAPD Thursday night August 3rd, shot a Venice man after responding to a domestic violence call. LAPD spokesmen said he brandished an assault...

 
 By Observer Staff    Events   

Krishna's Hold Annual Venice Parade "The Festival of the Chariots"

8/6/2017: The Festival of the Chariots included a parade which started at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and winded its way down to Venice. It also included free food, entertainment, exhibits and...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 3, 2017

The End of Taco Tuesday: Whole Foods Market at Wilshire and Fifth to Close Sunday

The Whole Foods Market at the corner of Fifth Street and Wilshire Blvd will close for good on Sunday, according to Pablo, a "team member" who works behind the oven. "It's sad," he said. A manager...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 3, 2017

Iceland: Massive Volcanic Eruption Said to be Imminent, Despite Reykjavik Slut Walk

Katla Volcano near Reykjavik, Iceland is showing such an increase in seismic activity, that some volcanologists are saying an eruption of enormous magnitude is imminent. 400 tremors or quakes have...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 3, 2017

Fishing Boat Runs Aground near Estero Bluffs State Park

A fishing boat named Point Estero ran aground July 31st at Point Estero in SLO county. Call it destiny in a name. The Coast Guard and other agencies became concerned that oil and other toxic...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 27, 2017

"Mango, Mango, Mango" Selling on the Beach, Leads to SMPD Citation and Online Fundraiser

One local resident started a go fund me page after a Santa Monica Police officer cited a fruit seller on Santa Monica beach. Writes Jenn Salcido on Gofundme.com: Have you ever heard the jangling bells...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 21, 2017

1447 Lincoln Blvd Building Electrical Power Restored, Business Reopen

The 1447 Lincoln Blvd Building is now reopened for business. Businesses downstairs, including Jersey Mike's, a Starbucks, Fresh Brothers Pizza and Chase Bank have now reopened. Tenants have been...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    July 21, 2017

Carjacked and Kidnapped While Waiting for His Wife at UCLA Hospital

A 43-year-old man pled not guilty Wednesday. A judge ordered Jason Levi Garza to stand trial for allegedly carjacking and kidnapping a man waiting for his wife outside of the UCLA Public Health...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 21, 2017

Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Kills Himself, TMZ Says

Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging. Bennington was found dead in his home Thursday, and his death is being investigated as a possible suicide,...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 15, 2017

As City Ponders Removing the Petangue Courts, Some Remember What Petangue Is

Editor's note: We received the Letter below in response to the City article at the bottom: Here's the full story about the Petangue Courts. It's probably before your time, but the City did not...

 

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