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 By Stan Greene    News    December 11, 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...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    December 11, 2017 

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...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    December 11, 2017 

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. People call into the Santa Monica Fire Department as the restaurant on the tall hotel began to...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    December 11, 2017 

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...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    December 11, 2017 

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...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    December 11, 2017 

Lyft Honors Drivers on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Ridesharing company Lyft has erected a billboard on Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing just how cool its drivers are. "Thanks to the writers, the strivers the role models. We know you're more than...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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