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 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...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 3, 2017

Council Approves Temporary Civic Center Athletic Field for Lacrosse and Soccer

6/27: At its Tuesday night meeting, the Santa Monica City Council reaffirmed a "temporary" soccer/lacrosse field will be built at the Civic Center. If all goes according to current plan, it would be i...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 26, 2017

Power Outage Reported in Woodland Hills, CA and Calabassas

Residents of Woodland Hills and Calabassas reported their electrical power failed just before 11 am Monday, June 26. This as heat rose past 100 degrees, and residents ran their power for air...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 26, 2017

SMPD Investigating Assault at 6th and Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica

6/29: Update 11:01 am: closure has been lifted The Santa Monica Police Department is currently working Broadway between 5th Street and 6th Street. An extensive police presence and police lines have...

 

Upset Hindus urge Los Angeles online retailer to withdraw Lord Ganesha socks

He is the Lord of Plenty, but apparently, that is not enough. Upset Hindus are urging Chatsworth online retailer "Hipster's Wonderland" for immediate withdrawal of socks carrying images of Hindu...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 12, 2017

They Live in Hotels, Tear Out the Walls; Landlords' Accountants Pay for It All

One month after an underground electrical fire, the 1447 Lincoln Building remains without electrical power. All the stores on the ground level of the building remain closed--including Starbucks,...

 

SMMUSD Continues free lunch program into summer

The City of Santa Monica is hosting the national free summer lunch for youth at three locations from June 12- August 4, 2017 This national service is sponsored by USDA and is for children 18 years...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 8, 2017

Union Protests Douglas Emmett Annual Shareholder's Meeting in Santa Monica

Members of Local Union of Engineers 501 protested low wages outside the headquarters of Real Estate Investment Trust Douglas Emmett Corporation on Thursday Morning. As they protested, shareholders...

 
 By Observer Staff    Schools    June 8, 2017

Santa Monica High School Commencement Exercises Set for June 8, 2017

This year's Santa Monica High School Graduation will take place at the Greek Amphitheater on the Samohi campus' Greek Amphitheatre on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Here are some statistics from...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 4, 2017

Did North Korean Operatives Infiltrate California by Zodiac on Memorial Day?

The Coast Guard responded to an unmanned and adrift dinghy near the coast of Montaña de Oro State Park on Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 1, 2017

Charges Filed Against Home Invasion Assault/Robbery in Santa Monica

Last Friday, 90402 was shocked to learn that Imtiaz Tarr, 60, and his teenage son were brutally attacked by two men who attacked them with hatchets, at their home just South of San Vicente Blvd on...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 1, 2017

115 Los Angeles County Firemen Contain Mandeville Canyon Fire

Update 10 pm: the fire is 70% contained. Though it came within 200 feet of homes, no structures burned and no injuries. 5 evacuated homes were allowed to be reoccupied. 50 acres burned, 70% now contai...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    June 1, 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    June 1, 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 30, 2017

Both Suspects in Custody After Friday Night Home Invasion Robbery

On May 26, 2017 at about 6:01 p.m. the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a radio call for service regarding a home invasion robbery which occurred in the 200 block of 19th Street....

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 30, 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 30, 2017

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Frazier Park Near Tejon Pass

An earthquake struck Frazier Park in Southern California's Tejon Pass at about 9:15 pm Monday evening. The temblor, which lasted for 5 to 10 seconds, caused pictures to fall off walls and broke a few...

 
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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...

 

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

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 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...

 

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