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Barnes & Noble To Be Replaced By Yet More Tech Companies. Latest Casualty of High Rents

The Barnes and Noble on Third and Wilshire is closing, reports several sources. In January 2017, it will be replaced by four tenants, one on each floor of the historic building that used to house a de...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    December 11, 2017 

Guests Evacuated as Fire Erupts at Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

A fire broke out Saturday afternoon at the tall Huntley Hotel just above the Third Street Promenade. People call into the Santa Monica Fire Department as the restaurant on the tall hotel began to...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    December 11, 2017 

Candy Cane Express: Santa Monica Police Dept, Fire Fighters & Santa Claus Visit Local Parks

Every year Santa Monica policemen, Fire fighters and paramedics give out candy canes and allow kids to have their photos taken with Santa. The official press release reads in part as follows: Santa...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    December 11, 2017 

The World's Most Expensive Scorched Real Estate Along the #405Fire in Bel Air

It's not shocking to those used to Chaparral fires in So Cal, but blackened hillsides are visible during the drive through the Sepulveda pass on the 405 freeway in West Los Angeles. This is an area wh...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    December 11, 2017 

Council Moves 2018 Pier #TwilightConcert Series to After Labor Day

Really, you can blame Khalid for this one. After 60,000 people came to see Khalid perform on June 22, 2017, the rapper tweeted: "Around 60,000 people came out to Santa Monica to see me last night at...

 

Malibu, 300 LAUSD and Calabasas Schools Remain Closed due to #Creekfire

Latest on #CreekFire: -Fire is 10% contained-15 buildings destroyed, 15 damaged-Some evac orders will be cleared. Updates here: http://emergency.lacity.org/creek-fire -LAUSD schools remain closed,...

 

Bubba Gump: Life is Like a Drunken Fight, Attempted Murder

Santa Monica Police broke up the fight on the pier at 1:18 Sunday morning. Two groups of guys had an “altercation. Neither party was desirous of prosecution, and that both groups went their...

 

Local Briefs: Apartment Fire Displaces 12 Tenants--Airport Provides Firefighting Support

Twelve residents were displaced after a fire erupted early Thursday morning November 30, at a three-story apartment building in Ocean Park, SMFD officials said. The blaze was reported at 2:05 a.m....

 

#SMMUSD Schools Closed Wednesday 12/6, Due to Local Fires. 50 #LAUSD Schools Shut

At 6:30 am on Wednesday, 12/6/17, the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District announced that "ALL SMMUSD SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY (12/6) DUE TO NEW FIRE DEVELOPMENTS." Update: The Los Angeles...

 

#405Fire Across 405 From Getty Center Closes 405 Freeway North of the 10

Update: As of 2 PM Wednesday, two lanes only are closed in the northbound direction between Getty center and Mulholland Drive. The Southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway are now open through the...

 

Schools Close Early Due to Smoke & Ash from #ThomasFire, #CreekFire. #SMMUSD

Santa Monica residents awoke Tuesday morning to the smell of smoke. A reddish haze covered the rising sun. 31,000 acres are on fire in Ventura County, 30 miles away as the crow flies, and the smoke...

 

Christmastime Phone Scammers Claim to be SCE, Threaten to Disconnect Power

Imagine answering your phone and hearing a caller say they were from Southern California Edison and you must pay $500 by noon or your power would be disconnected. What would you do? Phone scammers...

 

Palm Desert Woman buys Chicken of the Sea Tuna with Glass Shards

A woman in Palm Desert, California claims to have purchased Chicken of the Sea White Albacore Tuna in water, containing glass shards. We have reached out to the company for comment. The unnamed...

 

LASD Pursuit Ends in Fiery Malibu Crash Wednesday Morning

11/29: Pacific Coast Highway was closed in both directions at Latigo Canyon Road Wednesday morning, after a police pursuit ended in a crash. The person who died was apparently another driver....

 

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle at 9th Street & Montana Avenue

As a result of a car versus pedestrian accident around 7:25 pm Tuesday evening a pedestrian was on the ground at 9th Street and Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Paramedics were treating him. Enough...

 

Fatality Car vs. Pedestrian Collision Closes PCH Tuesday Morning

A young man crossing PCH at 5:30 am was hit and killed by a 70 year old male driver in a Honda Civic, the Santa Monica Observer has learned. The collision closed traffic in both directions on PCH. It...

 

Former SM Mayor Mike Feinstein Makes a Run for California Secretary of State

Mike Feinstein has informally announced through Facebook that he is running for California Secretary of State. Feinstein is considered a founding member of the Green Partylocally. Feinstein has been...

 

Charles Manson, America's Most Famous Serial Killer, Dies

Charlies Manson died tonight, in prison. He was most famous as the instigator of the Tate-Labianca murders, in which the Manson Family killed the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. By doing...

 

#LASD SEB SWAT operation in the city of Hawthorne concluded.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department SWAT team dealt with an emergency situation this morning, by taking an armed suspect into custody. The quiet area of homes on Menlo St had to be barricaded, as...

 

67 Year Old Cyclist on a Charity Bicycle Quest to Honor Young Leukemia Victim

Glenn Hirsch is on a 10,000 mile bicycle ride around the US, ending at the Santa Monica Pier. He rides to honor the memory of his nephew Ian Besner, who died of Leukemia in 2006, and to raise money...

 

Spaces Santa Monica Offers Coffee & Creative Quarters on Arizona & Lincoln Blvd

It has been over fifty years since circus performer and attorney Paul Fegen invented the concept of renting a floor and subdividing it into offices for different companies, with a central reception...

 

Expo Line Kills Pedestrian Sunday Night Near 17th Street Station

In the third serious collision involving an Expo Line train in Santa Monica this year, an Expo Line Train collided with a pedestrian near the 17th Street Station Sunday night. The man died before the...

 

A SamoHi Grad Takes Command of the International Space Station

It's not every day that astronauts circling the globe in theInternational Space Station (ISS) take time out from space walks and science missions to talk to elementary, middle school, high school,...

 

Bus to Bus Shooting Kills Woman in Front of Santa Monica Pier--Suspects at Large

A bus to bus shooting just before 1 am Saturday, killed one woman right in front of the Santa Monica Pier Arch. Two people were hospitalized. The area remained closed to traffic at 9 am Sunday, as...

 

Police Photo of Suspect in Stabbing on 4th Street Near REI Store on Santa Monica Blvd

SMPD Seeks Assistance in Identifying Stabbing Suspect. Considered armed and dangerous. Santa Monica Police Seeks Community Assistance in Stabbing On November 3, 2017 at about 11:25 AM, Santa Monica...

 

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