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Amazon Studios, Other Creative Departments, Leaving the Water Gardens for Culver Studios

Just as the Pen Factory added more space to the office parks on Olympic Blvd near 26th Street, Amazon's expanding studio division announced Monday that it is relocating from Santa Monica to Culver...

 

Terrorist Sayfullo Saipov Entered the US After Winning Lottery Under the Diversity Visa Program

Update 2:President Donald Trump says that he will ask Congress to end the Diversity Visa Program, saying that Saipov should never have been allowed to use it to enter the United States. Update: Ridesh...

 

Gas Leak in Venice Causes Evacuation of 50 homes, Loss of Gas Service to 60 homes

LA Firemen responded about 1:35 p.m. Monday, to a report of a natural gas leak in the area before the containers were found at 2013 S. Walgrove Ave., near Palms Boulevard, said Margaret Stewart of...

 

NICU Babies Dress Up for Halloween in Costumes Inspired by Famous Children's Book Characters  

NICU Babies Dress Up for Halloween To earn her Girl Scout Silver Award, Santa Monica resident Emma Crawford and a friend, Ella Rose, have made tiny Halloween costumes for babies in Cedars-Sinai's Neon...

 

Rent Control May Expand Through Vacancy Decontrol Ballot Initiative

A bill before the State Legislature could reverse the Costa Hawkins Law. This 1995 law allows a landlord to get out from under rent control by declaring a kind of bankruptcy, and going out of...

 

Gay Marriage, Teen Smoking Slowdown, Have Effect on Population Growth, Says Study

Analysis examines role of emergent class of intermediary that galvanizes efforts of organizations and movements to create a new normal BOSTON, October 26, 2017-In much the same way that Adam Smith's...

 

Bomb threat closes Santa Monica high school, pico Blvd west of Lincoln

A bomb threat closed Santa Monica high school early this afternoon. Students were sent home just after lunch and Pico Boulevard was closed west of Lincoln Boulevard for two hours. All available Santa...

 

No Questions Asked at SMPD Drug Disposal Saturday, October 27 2017

No Questions Asked Drug Disposal Got Drugs? On Saturday October 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can get rid of them easily and anonymously. The Santa Monica Police Department and the Drug...

 

Federal Judge Dies After Giving Speech to California State Bar Function

Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell was appointed Federal Judge in 2013. She died Sunday October 8th, 3 weeks after she mysteriously collapsed while speaking to a California State Bar section. The press...

 

Jogger finds dead woman's body at Venice Beach on Thursday morning

10/12: The body of a woman washed ashore on Venice Beach Thursday morning. She was identified Friday as Yvette Mills, 48. Police said the body, which was still clothed, did not exhibit any obvious...

 

US District Court Blocks Shortening of Santa Monica Airport Runway

The Santa Monica Airport Runway shortening project has been halted by a TRO issued by Federal Court. The 100 year old airport is not popular among its neighbors, who say they did not signup for the...

 

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Locate Missing Woman With Dementia

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Missing Person's Detail investigators have learned that Sook J. Velasco was found. Ms. Velasco had been reported missing Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:20...

 

Bicycle Rider Dies in Traffic Collision on Pacific Coast Highway Sunday Night

A traffic collision on PCH near Entrada killed a man on a bicycle Sunday, Santa Monica police reported. The unidentified man died at the scene. The driver initially fled, then returned. It was night...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    October 9, 2017

Sept. 20th Shooting Results in Charges Filed against Hector Jehova Bonilla

On September 20, 2017 at about 3:14 p.m., residents reported a shooting near 20th Street and Pico Blvd. Witnesses said Hector Jehova Bonilla exited an SUV, and got involved in a verbal confrontation...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    October 9, 2017

Air France Flight from Paris to Los Angeles Suffers Engine Failure Over Greenland

An AirFrance Airbus 380 flight from Paris to LAX suffered a major engine problem over Greenland on September 30th, but was able to land safely in Canada. On 30 September, Air France flight 66 en...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    October 3, 2017

Tom Petty is Dead At 66, after a Heart Attack and Final Day in Santa Monica UCLA Hospital

Update: Tom Petty did pass away Monday night at 8:40 pm. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/arts/music/tom-petty-dead.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    October 3, 2017

@StephenPaddock of England Predicted to Have a Rough Day on Twitter

England's Stephen Paddock carries a baby on his back in his profile photo. He loves football, lives in Lichfield, and owns no automatic weapons, and had nothing to do with the October 2, 2017...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    October 3, 2017

Santa Monica Burglary of a House Near San Vicente Blvd, Ends in Arrest

Update, 9/29: Lt. Saul Rodriguez issued the following statement: On September 27, 2017 at about 12:08 p.m. officers responded to a radio call for service of a possible burglary in the 200 block of...

 

Store Closing Sales Launch Saturday at all Giggle Stores Opening Discounts up to 50%

BOSTON, MA (9/22/17) – giggle, inc. – a retailer offering the best in high-end baby products will be closing its store locations within the next several weeks. The company has 4 locations, one of...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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