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 By Samuel Alioto    News    February 22, 2018 

LA Outlaws Rave Houses: Massive Events with Cover Fees and Throngs"

Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance to reign in out-of-control party houses in Los Angeles. The ordinance, which began as a motion introduced by Councilmember Ryu on June...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    February 22, 2018 

Will Santa Monica High School Participate in the National Walkout to Protest Gun Violence?

In the wake of a Florida shooting, a high school protest movement appears to be snowballing. A 19 year old boy carrying an automatic weapon to the Parkland, Florida public high school, shot and...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    February 1, 2018

Local Resident Kim Watzman, 45, Dies in Chopper Crash

Kimberly Lynne Watzman, 45, of Santa Monica died in a Newport Beach helicopter crash on Tuesday, said the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's said the other 2 who died were 56-year-old...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 9, 2018

1939 Era Bridge to the Santa Monica Pier to be Replaced by Two Other Bridges

The Santa Monica Pier is the symbol of the City. However, the bridge we have all walked down to get to the 100 year old wooden structure from Ocean Avenue has been ruled seismically unsafe and is slat...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 9, 2018

88 Year Old Man Apparently Murdered in the 2300 Block of 34th Street, Santa Monica

The death of an 88 year old John Hautz at his home on 34th Street, is being investigated as a homicide. While the death of an 88 year old is not generally considered suspicious, this one is. "There...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    January 5, 2018

Attorney Major Langer Killed by Fired Law Partner John A. Mendoza in Long Beach

12/29: The Observer has learned the names of both the perpetrator and victims in what Long Beach Police called an act of workplace violence Friday. "Major Langer came to the office to fire a named...

 

What's Up With The US Post Office Lately? Mail Not Delivered, Odd USPS Behavior Seen

The Postman only rings twice. But sometimes, not at all. Some local residents complain of poor service and frankly odd behavior by the Postman lately. On social media, some residents note that...

 

15 Day Rule Lets You Avoid a year of California Taxes and Enjoy Yearlong Protection of an LLC

It has been called the Christmas gift for California businesses that keeps on giving. California has a little-known device for avoiding certain taxes when filing an LLC or corporation, that is only...

 

Santa Monica College Opens New Center for Media and Design

Santa Monica College announced that it will officially open its newest campus-housing The Center for Media and Design (CMD) and the KCRW Media Center-on December 2, 2017. We have repeatedly pointed...

 

Preschool "Start of Commercial Development in R1 Single Family Home Neighborhoods"

Correction, 12/4/17: Laila from Untitled Number One School, says that the number of children proposed for the preschool is 20, not 50. "Most importantly, our Planning Commission approval is based on...

 

Santa Monica Resident Arrested for VA Parking Fraud in a Plot Taken From TV's Ray Donovan

In Showtime's Ray Donovan, seedy characters regularly bribe LA officials to get contracts and hide the truth. But that's just television. Or is it. Chances are good you've parked your car in those...

 

Joni Mitchell Celebrates 74th Birthday in LA, Ranked Number 1 by NPR & SJWs

Singer Joni Mitchell is 74 years old today. The song writer of hits such as "Both Sides Now," "Big Yellow Taxi (They Paved Paradise)," and "Woodstock" (where she actually performed); famously gave up...

 

Santa Monica Police Fail to Release Name of Suspects in Pier Shooting

11/11/17: As of today, Police still have release no information about a suspect in the shooting of a young woman from a party bus on Ocean Avenue, near the Santa Monica Pier. This almost certainly...

 

Man With 365 Starbucks Cards and 365 birthdates, gets a free Coffee Every Day

There is an apocryphal story going around social media, that a man has figured out how to game the system so every day is his birthday, at Starbucks' corporation's expense. "My neighbor bought 365...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 9, 2017

No Way Out: A Modest Proposal to Lower Greenlandic Suicide Rate

By American standards, it is a big problem in a small country. Greenland has the world's highest suicide rate, 50 per year in a population of around 56,000. This yields a suicide rate of nearly 1 per...

 

Dove Soap Posts Provocative Ad on Facebook, Showing a Black Woman Becoming White.

Dove Soap, a division of Unilever, posted an ad on Twitter that many saw as racist. It shows a black woman removing a brown shirt to reveal a white woman. "I cannot conceive of how anyone at Dove...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 3, 2017

LV Shooters Father, Benjamin Paddock, was a Bank Robber Described as a "Psychopath."

Las Vegas Shooter Benjamin Paddock's father was also a "sociopath" and a killer, it turns out. He was at one time on the FBI's most wanted list, and was sentenced to a long prison term at the time of...

 

St. John, US Virgin Islands, Feel Abandoned in the wake of Category 5 Hurricane Irma

St. John in the US Virgin Islands was hit Friday by the most powerful Category 5 hurricane to ever come out of the Atlantic. Florida has taken all the press, attention from FEMA and the Coast Guard. M...

 

Amazon Web Service (AWS) Infected With Virus, Reports Flint Dot Com Merchant Processor

Merchant Processing company went.com reports that Amazon Web services has contracted a virus or bug, which caused them to be off line for 24 hours. The email from Flint reads as follows: "Dear Flint T...

 

LiveCams, WebCams from Key West Florida Suddenly Go Offline

Boston.com offers readers 6 free webcams they can watch from Key West Florida. Don't read too much into this, but the Live Webcam broadcasts from Key West Florida suddenly went offline. Liveweb cams...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 3, 2017

Protests as Dennis Prager to Conduct Santa Monica Symphony.

In yet another example of how polarized our country has become, an online petition calls on musicians to boycott a concert of the Santa Monica Symphony to be guest conducted next month by Dennis...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 15, 2017

Venice Blvd Narrowed To Two Lanes from Beethoven to Inglewood Blvd., Enraging Drivers

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin seems to have set himself up as the fall guy for the Los Angeles City Traffic Department's decision to narrow Venice Blvd from 3 lanes running East and West, to...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 10, 2017

5 AM Airport Takeoff on 4th of July Wakes Up and Infuriates Santa Monica Neighbors

A medical evacuation jet taking off from Santa Monica Airport at 4:55 a.m. on the 4th of July awakened thousands of residents and presumably saving one patients life. It also violated an airport...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 10, 2017

Playa Vista "Traffic Calming" Angers Commuters, Causes Delays on Lincoln Blvd to LAX

If you find yourself stuck in traffic on Lincoln Blvd as you drive to Los Angeles International Airport, there's a reason for it. The City of Los Angeles has begun re-striping traffic lanes in Playa...

 

Bitcoin Surges 10% Versus US Dollar in 24 Hours, as China Eases Capital Export Curbs

There are only 17 million of them. They started out their adoption as currency at a Papa Johns pizza parlor in 2008. Today, they are worth more than $2800 each. And if you have been living somewhere o...

 

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