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 By Observer Staff    News    February 22, 2018 

Intelligence is Not Artificial at John Adams Middle School

The John Adams Middle School "RoboVikings" squad is among just a few Middle School robotics teams competing over the past year with students from 7th through 12th grade. For the second year in a row,...

 
 By LASD    News    February 22, 2018 

Man Charged with Biting Two LAPD Officers

A 23-year-old man was charged today with biting two Los Angeles Police Department officers responding to a theft call in Tarzana, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Jacob...

 
 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 Observer Staff    News    February 22, 2018 

SWAT Team Shoots Suspect at Broadway and 12th Street in Santa Monica

What began as a home invasion robbery at 3:30 am in the 1700 block of 5th Street, progressed to "a violent crime scene with multiple locations." The victim, a woman in her 20's, woke up to find a man...

 

Genesis Open: Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson Tee Off

Bubba Watson is moving to challenge for the lead in the morning tee times, reaching 5 under to join first round leader Tony Finau, Patrick cantlay, and Jamie lovemark Friday morning. The move of the...

 

VA West Los Angeles draft master plan at a Townhall

VA West Los Angeles held a town hall in Wadsworth Theatre regarding the Draft Master Plan to build 1,200 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans. VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare...

 

UC Berkeley, Evergreeen State College, Among The Most Restrictive of Free Speech

By Bradford Richardson, reposted because of its urgency. Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley are used to being ranked among America's top colleges, but a ranking issued by...

 
 By JoAnn Pine    News    February 16, 2018

Ten Years Later, Family of Venice Beach Murder Victim Seeks Justice in Unsolved Murder

In 2008, a 25 year old man was murdered on Venice Beach and partially buried in the sand. Earlier that evening, he had been approached by my friend, who also leads a drum circle in Southern CA. He...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    February 6, 2018

Pier Protest Against Offshore Drilling Includes Tongva Prayers and Bi-Partisan Objections

   This past Saturday, hundreds of protesters packed the Santa Monica Pier at the Protect the Pacific rally, to take a stand against Trump's plan to dramatically increase offshore drilling off the...

 

Ridley Thomas Introduces Motion to Decriminalize Minor Cannabis Convictions

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced a read-in motion calling on the Office of Cannabis Management, in collaboration with various Los Angeles County departments and community stakeholders, to...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    February 6, 2018

Preschool Approved on Delaware Ave Over Neighborhood Objections

Over numerous resident objections, the Santa Monica City Council has turned down an appeal from a decision to allow a 20 student preschool at 2953 Delaware Avenue. They did add about 60 conditions to...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    February 1, 2018

Half Pound of Marijuana Found in Car Driven by Rasual Butler the Night he and his Wife Died

Police sources say the Range Rover driven by Rasual Butler the night he died, contained over half a pound of high grade commercial marijuana, and that Butler had been smoking it when he drove his...

 

Genesis Open: Golf Champs Hope for Sunny Skies & a Swinging Follow Through

"Hit it straight, get it on the green, get it in the hole." Golf is that simple for Dustin Johnson, who returns to the Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open February 15-18. Johnson, who first...

 
 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...

 

Super Blue Blood Moon: An Extraordinary Lunar Trifecta Dazzles Stargazers Across North America

Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018, marked the first time in over 150 years that a "Super Blue Blood Moon" traversed North American skies. A "Super Blue Blood Moon" is an extremely rare celestial...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    January 27, 2018

Satellite Failure Causes Directv Outage in Los Angeles County

DirecTV Los Angeles County experienced a widespread outage Saturday night, reported subscribers. The failure of a satellite caused an outage for DirecTV customers in LA, at about 9:10 pm PST on Saturd...

 

City Attorney Settles Second Wage Enforcement Suit against Merchants Building Maintenance

The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office says that it has settled a wage enforcement case against Merchants Building Maintenance, LLC, a janitorial and security services company. Merchants was charged...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    January 27, 2018

LA March for Equal Rights For Women and Everyone Marginalized in the Trump Era

Saturday, January 21st, 2018, the day that marks the one year anniversary of Trump's inauguration approximately 500,000 people took to the streets of downtown Los Angles, to participate in the annual...

 

National Annual Homeless Counts Santa Monica, Westside Population

In a way, it is a contest no one wants to win. Wednesday night, the Cat of Santa Monica conducted its annual homeless count. The count is expected to show a growing population of homeless people are...

 

Car Crash at 18th and Wilshire Blvd Seriously Injures Driver

According to neighbors a "big accident" on Wilshire Blvd between 17th and 18th street occurred late Wednesday afternoon. The Santa Monica Police Dept closed Wilshire Blvd between 16th and 18th into...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    January 19, 2018

LA County Coroner Releases Report on Death of Singer Tom Petty

The Los Angeles County Coroner Friday afternoon released the toxicology report on the death of Tom Petty. It says the singer died from "Multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    January 19, 2018

Rock n Roll Suicide: Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies of Fentanyl Overdose in London

Lead Singer of the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan died of Fentanyl poisoning on January 15, said a source in the London Police. Authorities found counterfeit fentanyl near the 46 years old rocker's...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    January 19, 2018

SMMUSD School Board to Hear Conflict-of-Interest Findings

An internal investigation into the possibility of conflicts of interest among members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board will be presented at their meeting on Thursday. After...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    January 19, 2018

Scooter Roto Rooter: Criminal complaint against Bird to be heard February 1

The City of Santa Monica, ever vigilant to protect others from ripping them off, has filed a criminal complaint against Bird, the company providing phone-app electric scooters for rent. Bird provides...

 

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