Week of June 21, 2024

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BREAKING NEWS: Lincoln Boulevard to be Closed at Broadway-Olympic Monday to Tuesday afternoon

City of Santa Monica

Two lanes of southbound Lincoln Blvd. between Broadway and Olympic Blvd. will be closed Monday June 24th and Tuesday June 25th from 4 AM to 3 PM. Alternate route to I-10 East, use Santa Monica Blvd. to Cloverfield...

BREAKING NEWS: USC Stabbing Not Murder, Says DA Gascon

Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff

June 20, 2024 - The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has decided not to charge a 19-year-old USC student in the stabbing death of a man who was allegedly breaking into a car near the college fraternity houses. Ivan Gallegos, 19, fatally stabbed Xavier Cerf, 27, on Monday night around 8 pm in the 700 block of West 28th Street. Gallegos remained on the scene after the stabbing, cooperated with authorities, and was booked and held on $2 million bail. Cerf was found by police in a...

BREAKING NEWS: Heat Advisory this Weekend for the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Santa Clarita Valleys

LA County Dep of Public Health

une 20, 2024 Heat Advisory High Temperatures Forecast for Parts of Los Angeles County The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a heat advisory as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas: West San Fernando Valley: Saturday June 22, 2024 through Sunday June 23, 2024 until 8PM East San Fernando Valley: Saturday June 22, 2024 through Sunday June 23, 2024 until 8PM San Gabriel Valley: Saturday June 22, 2024 through Sunday June 23, 2024 until 8PM Santa Clarita Valley:...

BREAKING NEWS: Pro-Hamas Protestors Take Over Student Services Building at Cal State LA; University President Barricaded Inside

David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer

Update, 6/13: Protestors left the student services building at 1:15 am, as did the University president and 12 or so members of her staff who denied having. been detained in the building. Thousands of dollars in damages were left by pro-Hamas demonstrators, in the form of graffiti, broken windows and damaged equipment. Pro Hamas students and others numbering perhaps 30, took over a major building at Cal State University Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon and evening. They demanded the University...

BREAKING NEWS: California Weed Vapes Found to Contain Carcinogens, Pesticides, Fungicides, Insecticides

Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer

An LA Times article published 6/14/24, said that major marijuana brands were found to have poisons and carcinogens. Commercial weed contained Chlorfenapyr, an insecticide which causes difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, memory loss, and Trifloxystrobin, a fungicide that causes similar effects. "Here are major brands listed in article to have higher levels of pesticides. @purplelotusca in @CityofSanJose sells Stiiizy. Many dispensaries thought products were safe, but private testers proved...

BREAKING NEWS: With Pride Month Comes Monkeypox Cases - 10 New Cases in Past Two Weeks

Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude

June 17, 2024 - The Los County Department of Public Health announced today that 10 monkeypox (or mpox, as they prefer to call it) cases have been confirmed in the county in the past two weeks, an increase over less than two cases per week previously. Monkeypox arrived in this country two years ago, and the first case was seen in Los Angeles County in June of 2022. Previous to that year, it had been mostly confined to Africa. Symptoms include rash or unusual sores that look like pimples or...

BREAKING NEWS: Santa Monica Mayor and Vice-Mayor Remain Committed to Getting Needle Distribution Out of Public Parks After Accompanying Venice Family Clinic in Parks

Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff

June 17, 2024 - Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock said in a phone interview that he and Vice-mayor Lana Negrete did a walk-along with Venice Family Clinic (VFC)as part of an effort to move LA County Department of Public Health's "harm reduction" needle distribution program out of the city's parks. According to Brock, the experience did not change his mind about the need to move any drug-paraphernalia distribution programs out of public spaces. Brock said the walk-along was part of their response to...

Beach Warnings for Los Angeles County June 20, 2024

LA Department of Public Health

June 20, 2024 Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters: BEACH AREA WARNINGS: Santa Monica Canyon Creek at Will Rogers State beach. Near Will Rogers Tower 18 100 yards up and down the coast from the creek. Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu 100 yards up and down the coast from the lagoon. Sweetwater...

Santa Monica College Professors Accused of Creating Antisemitic Assignments

Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff

June 14, 2024 - Santa Monica College has received a legal complaint letter from nonpartisan education organization StandWithUS regarding two class assignments that they call bigoted, harassing, and ultimately illegal. StandWithUs supports Israel and fights antisemitism. The assignments involved are: (1) Professor Elias Serna's Ethnic Studies 1: Introduction to Ethnic Studies in which he asked, "What are your thoughts on the ongoing destruction and genocide by Israel in Palestine? What forms of...

Phishing Attack at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Puts Sensitive Information of Over 200,000 People at Risk

Observer Staff

June 14, 2024 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, headed by Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, issued a release today admitting that the email credentials of dozens of employees had been obtained by unscrupulous parties resulting in the possible dissemination of DPH clients/employees/other individuals' first and last name, date of birth, diagnosis, prescription, medical record number/patient ID, Medicare/Med-Cal number, health insurance information, Social Security Number, and...

BREAKING NEWS: Dating Demands: California Women Have Among the Highest Dating Standards, Survey Finds

Jamie Lawes, Datingnews.com

Survey of single women (18-35) to determine where dating standards are highest and lowest across the country. A great personality cited as the most attractive feature in a partner. Apparently, today’s dating scene demands men to come equipped with the trifecta: six feet tall, six-pack abs, and six-figure salaries. And if you’re packing an Ivy League degree, a trust fund, and a summer house, you might just be the Prince Charming ambitious single women are dreaming of. DatingNews.com surveyed...

BREAKING NEWS: Response to Santa Monica Mayor Brock and Vice-mayor Lana Negrete Accompanying Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia

John Alle, Santa Monica Coalition

Mayor Brock left Reed Park after 45 min. I watched from my car, and did not enter Reed Park. Brock approached me as I was sitting in my car, said he was hungry, and going to lunch. Brock's comments about the Venice Family Clinic in Tongva Park are hearsay, because he was not there. While in Reed Park, Vice Mayor Negrete and a Venice Family Clinic worker were startled by an addict close behind them who began screaming a 4-letter word and waving his hands. They quickly moved on. While in Tongva...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - June 21, 2024

    Santa Monica Coalition

    Santa Monica's City Council thinks the city is just fine. One councilmember called the homeless residents our neighbors, their wants and desires equivalent to those of people who pay rent and pay taxes. The 'freedom' of some, most of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness, to live in filth, disease and to commit crimes with impunity, is valued over the ability of the rest of society to live healthy lives in law and order. Watch the videos shot and distributed by the Santa Monica...

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