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 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...

 

Santa Monica Fire Dept Rescues Dog from Burning Building at 1435 26th Street

On Monday January 8th at 6:53 a.m. The Santa Monica Fire Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a structure fire at 1435 26th Street in the City of Santa Monica. Firefighters arrived 5...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    January 9, 2018

Rain Expected to Bring Flash Flooding to Southern California Monday and Tuesday.

Rain began to fall in the Southern California region early Monday morning, the first significant rain since last December. Areas that burned just weeks ago were ordered evacuated. The National...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    January 9, 2018

Severe Mudflows in Montecito CA kill at least 13 People, Close 101 Freeway to Los Angeles

The death toll has been raised to 13, in the wake of severe mudflows in the affluent Santa Barbara town of Montecito. The town just 6 miles down the road from Santa Barbara toward Los Angeles, is the...

 
 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 David Ganezer    News    January 5, 2018

Santa Monica Residents and Visitors Welcome the New Year

In contrast to the rest of the country, local weather was a balmy 53 degrees Farenheit in Santa Monica Sunday night as residents and visitors welcomed 2018. Santa Monica had a mostly quiet New Years...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    January 2, 2018

Influenza Vaccine Seems Ineffective Against Current Strain of the Disease

Reports that this year's flu vaccine is not effective against the strain that's circulating most widely: Type A, subtype H3N2. H3N2 "tends to be the strain of virus that most impacts the elderly,...

 

Santa Monica in Transition: Top Ten Local News Stories of 2017

It has been a year for the record books! While a Santa Monica Observer Intern goes to Washington and writes speeches for a Republican president, 3 of 7 members of the SMMUSD Board end up under...

 

Elon Musk Plans to Launch His Tesla Roadster to Mars in January 2017

No, this isn't fake news. The CEO and founder of Hawthorne based SpaceX rocket company, plans to use the maiden voyage of the Falcon Heavy Lift rocket to take his Tesla Roadster to Mars. Elon Musk's...

 

Federal Court Dismisses Santa Monica Airport Lawsuit

The United States District Court, Central District of California has dismissed a case challenging the Consent Decree between the City of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for...

 

Rat Poison Found in Mountain Lion P-41's Body found in the Verdugo Mountains

12/19: Lab tests were unable to determine a cause of death for P-41, a mountain lion whose movements in the Verdugo Mountains were captured in beautiful photographs by citizen scientists, National...

 

Was it a UFO, an ICBM from North Korea, or Hawthorne based SpaceX Latest Rocket?

A SpaceX rocket taking off from Vandenburg AFB Friday evening caused millions of residents of the Southwest alll the way to Arizona, to wonder if they were seeing a UFO. Or a North Korean Rocket. I th...

 

IRS Targeting Settlement as Scary as the Scandal

Just the name of the case tells you we have a problem: Linchpins of Liberty, et al, v. United States of America. For anyone who thought the United States was on the side of liberty, not fighting...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    December 15, 2017

Bitcoin Futures Begin to Trade: No Immediate Effect on Cryptocurrencies Yet

As bitcoin futures began to trade Sunday at 6 pm EST, some predicted more stability in the volatile cryptocurrency. That theory appears to be correct an hour and a half into trading. As bitcoin...

 

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. Passers by phoned into the Santa Monica Fire Department as the restaurant on the tall hotel began...

 

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...

 

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...

 

SM City 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...

 

Movement to Recall Mike Bonin & Vision Zero Great Streets

Since last summer, divisiveness has grown in Mar Vista over  the  "road diets," that City Council member Mike Bonin implemented, as part of the Los Angeles' " Vision Zero Great Streets" initiative t...

 

Fire Breaks Out in Ocean Park Condominium

12/13 Firefighters responded to 425 Marine Street at 4:49 p.m. Firefighters arrived in 4 minutes and 23 seconds to find a 3 story town - home complex with an active fire on the 1st floor. The...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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