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All SMMUSD Schools will be Closed 12/7 Due to Local Fires and High Winds

Santa Monica Malibu Unified SchoolDistrict Schools will once again be closed on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The following is the press release explaining the District's decision: Dear parents and...

 

Santa Monica City Council Approves Homeless Action Plan to Reduce Problem

At its meeting last night, November 28, 2017, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to approve a Homeless Strategic Goal Action Plan and a series of new investments included in the plan to...

 

Strike Averted: St John's Hospital and SEIU Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Update:This just in from the SEIU: "The strike vote scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica has been called off due to a tentative agreement on a new contract...

 

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....

 

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...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 24, 2017

History Textbooks Rejected by California Board of Education For Lack of LGBT Content

California's Board of Education has approved ten textbooks that it has deemed "inclusive enough," and rejected two others that were not. Banned books included one by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

LA Sheriffs Rescue Wailing Kitten Caught in Steel Jawed Trap

An overwhelming sense of sadness overcame a neighbor this Thanksgiving morning when she could not find the strength to leave her home and celebrate Thanksgiving after hearing a kitten's distant cry ov...

 

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...

 
 By Ron Irwin    News    November 20, 2017

Benazir Bhutto, Twice Prime Minister of Pakistan, Slain by an Assassin, Recalled by Author

In the afternoon of December 27th 2007 former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gave a speech at a Pakistan Peoples Party rally held in Rawalpindi's Liaquat National Bagh. After delivering her...

 

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...

 

#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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 5, 2017

Homeless Woman Dies at LA County Hospital, Was Not in Fact "Bobby's Girl" singer Marcie Blane

File this one under Life in LA, #WeGoofed. An elderly homeless woman named Mildred Goldman aka Mildred Maxwell died at USC--LA County Hospital on October 9th, 2017. During the last 30 or so years, she...

 

ICE Says US Deported Colombian Commander Who Murdered 5 Civilians

Deportation officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) on Tuesday removed a former Colombian national army battalion commander accused of h...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 3, 2017

No Zombie Parking: Santa Monica Enforces Parking Against the Undead on Halloween Night

It is an open secret that the City of Santa Monica will have to pay off its enormous debt to its overpaid and under-occupied staff, long past the lives of anyone now living. It apparently intends to...

 

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...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 3, 2017

Active Shooter America Under Fire Will Examine SMC Shooting on Friday, November 3

The gunman enters the college library wearing black fatigues. He left a suicide note, five dead people, and a lot of questions. An episode of Active Shooter: America Under Fire will feature the 2013...

 

Whole Foods Market, Pricey Condos Slated to Replace West Los Angeles Vons Market

You've probably been to the large parking lot at the Vons Market in West Los Angeles on the corner of Barrington and Santa Monica Blvd. The building owners have noticed that their expansive, 1970's...

 

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