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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 Samuel Alioto    News    July 21, 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 Michael Klein    News    July 21, 2017 

U.S., China Sign Historic Rice Protocol to Avoid Introduction of US Pests Into China

WASHINGTON, DC 7/20 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and China's Vice Premier Wang Yang have signed a long-stalled phytosanitary protocol that will permit the import of U.S. milled rice...

 
 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 Robert Butchko    News    July 15, 2017

Lawsuit Alleges Santa Monica's Elections System is Racist

Arguments are currently being heard in court with the aim of forcing Santa Monica to change its electoral system to elect council members by district, a miniature version of the US House of...

 
 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 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...

 
 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 Zane    News    July 3, 2017

Man Visits Disneyland 2000 Days in a Row

Huntington Beach resident Jeff Reitz, who has visited the parks of the Disneyland Resort every day since January 1, 2012, marked his 2,000th consecutive visit on Thursday, June 22. When Reitz, a...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 3, 2017
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North Korea Responsible for USS Fitzgerald Collision with ACX Freighter

The mystery surround the June 18th collision of a US Navy Destroyer and a cargo ship near Tokyo harbor has been solved. The North Koreans caused the advanced avoidance detection systems on both ships...

 
 By Zane    News    July 3, 2017

Beyoncé Partners With UNICEF to Bring Safe Water to Children in Remote Areas

Global entertainer and humanitarian, Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    June 26, 2017

Playa Vista Methane Storage Nightmare Isn't Over, Allege Local Activists

Activists believe Playa del Rey gas storage facility could be the next to have a massive methane leak, following Aliso Canyon. Environmental group, Food and Water Watch, in a promotional flyer, warns...

 
 By Zane    News    June 26, 2017

Vladimir Putin Gives Parenting Award to Members of "Extremist" Faith

On May 31, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of "Parental Glory" to Valeriy and Tatiana Novik, Jehovah's Witnesses from Karelia, who are raising eight children, during a ceremon...

 

*Updates* Placerita Fire Burns Near Santa Clarita at 850 Acres

At approximately 12:46 today, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to a traffic collision at the Northbound Highway 14 at Placerita Canyon. The traffic collision caused a tree to...

 
 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 Phil Brock    News    June 26, 2017

It's Time for the City to Honor its Commitment to Santa Monica High School, and Build an Athletic Field

Update 6/28: Last night, the City Council voted 7-0 to move forward with a temporary field at the Civic Center, at an estimated cost of $8.6 million, and work with the various constituents to address...

 
 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...

 
 By Susan Shelley    News    June 19, 2017

DWP settlement lets the Los Angeles ratepayer robbery continue

If you don't like illegal taxes, you can just fry in the dark. That seems to be the message from Los Angeles city officials to Department of Water and Power customers who are tired of being...

 
 By Zane    News    June 19, 2017

CA Court Allows Suit to Overturn Medical Aid-in-Dying Law to Go to Trial

A California superior court today ruled that a lawsuit to overturn the California End of Life Option Act will proceed to trial to determine the merits of the case (Ahn vs. Hestrin - Case RIC1607135)....

 

Otto Warmbier Has Died, His Family Announces, After Returning Last Week in a Coma from DPRK

CINCINNATI (AP) - Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week, died Monday afternoon. He was 22. The family announced his death in a statement...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    June 12, 2017

NYC Going to the Dogs--How To Take Your Dog On The Subway In a Bag

It is a good example of the law of unintended consequences. A New York City transit rule went into effect in October 2016 prohibiting animals on the subway. The law has an exception for service dogs...

 
 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,...

 
 By Grace Smith    News    June 12, 2017

SMC Launches Program to Train and Certify Preschool Teachers

Santa Monica College (SMC) is pleased to announce that the SMC Early Childhood/Education (ECE) Department has been approved to offer specialized teacher-preparation courses that address the specific...

 

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