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Tiffany Trump Set to Enroll at Harvard Law School in September

Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, toured Harvard Law School on Tuesday. A number of students at the country's largest, oldest and most prestigious law school...

 

Purple Line Between Wilshire/La Cienega and Century City Gets Funded

Metro will receive nearly $1.6 billion in Federal grants and loans to build the Purple Line Extension to Beverly Hills and Century City. The U.S. Department of Transportation is committing nearly...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    January 17, 2017 

Mudslide Closes Laurel Canyon Boulevard from Hollywood to Mulholland Drive

Adrian Copeland noticed a crack in his balcony on W. Colt Ave. above Laurel Canyon. He rents the home with his wife. The Copelands ran out of the house Wednesday afternoon after hearing a noise, then...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    January 17, 2017 

Ivanka Trump Moves to DC to Take a Quasi First Lady Role, Says CS Monitor

Donald Trump is not the only member of the Trump organization who starts a new job on Friday. Ivanka Trump has stepped down from her post at the Trump Organization, the Christian Science Monitor...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    January 17, 2017 

SMC Buys Out the YWCA on 14th Street in Santa Monica; $5M for One Acre

Below is the press release from SMC, which is buying out YWCA's land grant on 14th Street. Only 4% of SMC students graduated from Santa Monica High School. Historically, "community colleges" were a...

 

Sequioa Tree With Tunnel Through It Is Victim of California's Latest Storm

The iconic Pioneer Cabin Tree, also known as "The Tunnel Tree", fell during a rainstorm on January 7, 2017. Since it was first hollowed out in imitation of Yosemite's Wawona Tunnel Tree, thousands of...

 

Bobcat 332 Dies of Mange Brought on by Rat Poison, in Santa Monica Mountains

"We are sad to report that another wild cat has died in the Simi Valley area," said Zachary Behrens of the National Park Service, in a press release to the Santa Monica Observer Newspaper. "Bobcat...

 

Car Runs Red Light, Collides With Expo Line Train Late Sunday Morning

Some people just can't wait for the train to pass. 7th Street was closed to traffic at Colorado Blvd late Sunday morning, as a result of a train v. car collision. A Westbound Expo line train passing...

 

Martin Rubin Says "My Efforts to Organize Anti Airport Protest Have Been Hijacked."

Update: This e mail just in "Regarding the planned February 4th protest: As director of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, please understand that Jonathan Stein is attempting to hijack my...

 

Nat'l Weather Service Issues Flood, Debris Warning for Southern California

Noon Sunday 1/08/2016: Flash flooding and mud and debris flows possible for recent burn areas of southwestern California this evening through Monday morning. Locally, rain is expected to start around...

 

SMMUSD Embargoes Pizza Slices, Chicken Sandwiches and Burritos

As of the beginning of 2017, junk snacks are history at Santa Monica schools. SMMUSD will also ban Pizza slices, Chicken Sandwiches and Burritos, unless they are part of a lunch with several items....

 

Pokemon Ice Cream Truck Lures Creatures Inside With Promise of Charging Station

Apparently, Pokemon Go characters have more to worry about than just Poke balls. A Pokemon Go ice cream truck cruising the streets of SoCal lures the little guys with promises of ice cream (and a...

 
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Text of Meryl Streep's Speech at the Golden Globes; Trump's Response

Meryl Streep gave an intensely political speech tonight at the Golden Globe awards, where she received the Cecile B. Demille lifetime achievement award. Donald Trump dismissed her speech, noting that...

 

Ultimate Easter Egg Hunt: Shipwreck Results in German Beach Strewn With Plastic Easter Eggs

1/06/2017: It was a dark and stormy night. The Captain of the Maersk Alabama did not see the reef near Langeoog Island, before he was upon it. The good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed, when the...

 

Sugar Daddies and Serial Killers Make Odd Bedfellows

(Los Angeles, CA / January 12, 2016) -- Blanc/Biehn Productions (BBP), the powerhouse indie film studio founded by actors/filmmakers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, announces that principal...

 

China Problem: Amazon Third Party Sellers Cannot Be Trusted to Deliver Goods

Amazon has a "China Problem" and it is leaving many disappointed US children this holiday season, claims one writer. Amazon says they had their best Christmas sales season ever, and that sales are up...

 

Observer Picks Top 12 Santa Monica News Stories of 2016

Most of this years top stories had something to do with the extraordinary increase in the price of Westside real estate. 1. Measure LV defeated: It was a true grassroots effort, that started with...

 

SMPD: Photo of Woman Who Stabbed 7-11 Employee on 16th Street, Released

A store employee was stabbed Tuesday morning at the 7-11 convenience store, located on 16th Street and Santa Monica Blvd. The store was taped off with yellow police at work tape. This from the Santa...

 

UFO Crash Lands in Santa Monica Alley, After Being Sighted Over Devon, UK

A crashed UFO was found in a Santa Monica alley on New Years day, 2017. The object was lying near trash cans, it's alien occupant having fled the wreckage. But not before munching on discarded...

 

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Fetches $632,000 at Auction in Japanese Fish Market

A Japanese sushi chain owner bid a winning 74.2 million yen ($632,000) for a 212 kilogram (466 pound) bluefin tuna in the final auction at the current site of Tokyo's Tsukiji market, since the market...

 

Greta Van Susteren Moves from FOX to MSNBC--She's Playing For the Other Team!

Megyn Kelly is not the only Fox Anchor switching networks. Kelly starts at NBC next week. In September, Van Susteren left Fox in a Huff, possibly over the Bob Ailes sexual harassment scandal. Rather...

 

15 Year Old Girl Rescued from Pimp, Sentenced to 12 Years in State Prison

On January 4, 2017, Defendant Marcus Deshon Slaughter, MB/29, of Compton, pled guilty in Compton Superior Court to one count of felony pimping and sentenced to serve twelve years in state prison. The...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    January 5, 2017

Mariah Carey Blames Lip Syncing Debacle on Dick Clark Productions' Sound Guys

It was a cold, cold New Year's Eve in Times Square last night. Mariah Carey will probably be forgiven for lip-synced her way through her hits onstage. Finally, she threw in the towel, reports the New...

 

SMPD Combats Bike Accidents by Giving Out Tickets in Accident Prone Areas

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    January 5, 2017

Wreckage of helicopter and bodies of two men found in the sea off San Pedro

1/5/17: Two bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed off the coast of San Pedro, according to officials. The bodies were presumed to be that of photographer Michael Justice an...

 

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