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Allegedly Illegal Pot Dispensary "Grace" on Pico Blvd in West LA Subject to Raid, Arrests

The BCC, LAPD and Dept of Fish and Game and other agencies participated in the 2 pm Tuesday raid of a purportedly illegal marijuana clinic on Tuesday afternoon, December 10th. At least 20 officers...

SMPD Arrests Second Suspect in Trump Rally Pepper Spray Incident on Santa Monica Pier

On October 19 incident on the Santa Monica Pier resulted in pepper spray assaults all around. Pro and anti-trump demonstrators confronted each other. Santa Monica police announced a second arrest in...

Clean Your Closet For Charity & Support Flair Cleaners 17th Annual Flair Cares Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive

Donate gently used or new clothing and shoes to the Flair Cleaners 17th Annual Flair Cares Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive. Drop off items at Flair Cleaners in Santa Monica, 720 Montana Ave.,...

District Attorney George Gascon: Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

Although I spent my high school years in a suburb of Los Angeles, I've called San Francisco my home for the last 19 years. In 2001, I embarked on my career of public service, joining the California...

No room at the Inn? Blame the Ninth Circuit and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The annual display of nativity scenes will return to Santa Monica this December, but they will be located on church property, rather than in a public park. Personally, I blame the Flying Spaghetti...

Samohi Alumnus Questions Nancy Pelosi at Washington DC CNN Town Hall

In one of those moments that shortens the seven degrees of separation between Santa Monica residents and the power brokers in Washington, Samohi alumnus Dean Chien was chosen to ask Speaker of the...

City of Santa Monica Announces Settlement with AIRBNB

The City of Santa Monica just announced a settlement with AIRBNB. AIRBNB is a website and smart phone App that permits tenants to sublease their homes as temporary vacation rentals. Demand for...

SMPD Announces Arrest in Nov. 16th Assault on Elderly Woman on 7th Steet, South of Pico

"We had an attack on an elderly woman on November 16 when she was walking home from a local store," writes Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, SMPD. "Our detectives identified the suspect and made the arrest...

Bears, Coyotes Eat Homeless Man Sleeping in Griffith Park

Has Griffith Park's famous mountain lion, P-22, developed a taste for human flesh? Experts say probably not, but something ate a homeless man who died in LA's Griffith Park. A hiker in Griffith Park...

Bottlefish Restaurant: Empire Builders' Next Act after California Pizza Kitchen

Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax founded California Pizza Kitchen in 1985;  today it has over 270 locations in 30 states and 11 countries; along with a presence at major airports, college campuses,...

'Light My Way Home' Holiday concert Starring Vocalist Mandy Dickson

'Light My Way Home' is a holiday concert experience not to be missed! In its second year running, this magical multi-media show brings attendees back in time with classic holiday music from iconic...

Santa Monica City Yard Modernization is a Waste of Money

The City of Santa Monica is spending over $116 million to modernize (i.e., rebuild) their City Yards near Bergamot Station, but the project, on which construction began in July, is already exposing...

SMPD Arrests Transient Joseph Jean Gilbert, 30, in Assault of 87 year old Retired Doctor

Santa Monica Police have arrested 30-year-old transient Joseph Jean Gilbert, for assaulting an elderly man. Long-time Santa Monica resident Dr. R.L. Wong was buying coffee at the Coffee Bean on 9th...

Embarrassed City Council Halts Construction at the Santa Monica Airport

Following a unanimous resolution by the Santa Monica Airport Commission opposing construction of a 'temporary' facility for the city's Public Landscape Division (PLD) at the airport, and numerous...

Coffee with a Cop at the Holiday Substation on the Santa Monica Promenade

We had a nice chat with Lieutenant Bill Heric of the Santa Monica Police Department at the "Coffee with a Cop" event Tuesday morning held at the holiday pop-up substation on the Third Street...

Peggy Ann Martin-McIntyre, of Santa Monica, 82

Peggy Ann Martin-McIntyre, of Santa Monica peacefully passed away with loved ones by her side at the age of 82, Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 at NVM Comfort Homes in Granada Hills, CA She was born in Bell,...

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