Week of April 11, 2024

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BREAKING NEWS: Lyft Driver Charged with Multiple Counts, Including Sexual Assault, During Drive to Santa Monica

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has started issuing press releases about criminals that he's charging with crimes. During the first 3 years of his tenure, he rarely boasted of putting criminals behind bars but more often issued releases about dirty cops and victim services. Below is his press release regarding an alleged sexual assault that occurred during a Lyft ride to Santa Monica. April 10, 2024 - Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón today announced felony...

BREAKING NEWS: O.J. Simpson Dead of Prostate Cancer, Age 76. More Famous For the Murders of his Ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994

David Ganezer, Observer Staff WRiter

OJ Simpson has died of prostate cancer at the age of 76. The football hero was more recently known as an actor, then a murder suspect in a double murder. The following is from Wikipedia: Orenthal James Simpson (July 9, 1947 – April 10, 2024), commonly referred to as O. J. Simpson or O. J., was an American football running back, actor, and broadcaster. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills, and is regarded as one of the greatest...

BREAKING NEWS: Gas Prices Rose Almost 20 Cents Per Gallon in Los Angeles Last Week

Gas Buddy

Average gasoline prices in Los Angeles have risen 19.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $5.28/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 2,135 stations in Los Angeles. Prices in Los Angeles are 34.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 40.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has increased 3.1 cents in the last week and stands at $4.02 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Los Angeles was...

BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit Against Anaheim and Riverside Over Canceled Right-Wing Rallies Proceeds; Newsom Deploys 500 Surveillance Cameras to Oakland; Hochman Ahead of Gascon by 21 Points in Poll;Monday Morning Memo

Association of Deputy District Attorneys

Courts, Rulings & Lawsuits Second Circuit revives suit from Connecticut veteran challenging state park handgun law Connecticut veteran David Nastri is allowed to challenge the constitutionality of handgun carry laws in state parks, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. Nastri sued Connecticut officials last year over a rule that bars the carrying of handguns in state parks for self-defense purposes but allows it for hunting and sport. Courthouse News Service Murder convictions...

BREAKING NEWS: Reports of Armed Suspect in the Bluffs Closes PCH in Santa Monica for Two Hours

Observer Staff

April 8, 2024 - The Pacific Coast Highway was closed for nearly two hours today around noon as police negotiated with an armed suspect. At 12:07, the Santa Monica Police Department sent out an alert that they were closing the Pacific Coast Highway from Entrada south to the I-10 Freeway 4th Street exit. As is typical, the alert gave no details about the "Police activity" that was taking place, but social media posts reported that a suspect may have assaulted individuals on the beach and then...

Star Trek Set Coming to Sci-Fi World Museum located in the Old Sears Building at 302 Colorado in Downtown Santa Monica

David Ganezer, Observer STaff Writer

The Sci-Fi World Musuem announced that it will host the iconic 10 Forward set from the Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The set will be hosted in the old Sears building on Colorado and 4th Street, and will be open to the public. You may have heard the news last week that after more then 10 years, the SCI-FI WORLD: The Experience, Is Finally coming to Los Angeles on May 27th. Located inside the historic former Sears building at 302 Colorado Avenue. "Star Trek set coming to Sci-Fi...

Solar Eclipse Monday; Pedestrian Dies Near Pier; Malibu School District Separation Efforts

David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer

Pedestrian Dies Near Pier A pedestrian was killed early in the morning of April 1 in an apparent automobile accident at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue. Police were called at approximately 5:30 am and sealed off the area for their investigation. The driver of the vehicle remained on-scene and cooperated with the police. The pedestrian victim was declared dead at the scene. The identity of this individual has not been provided by authorities. By 11:20 am, police had concluded their...

Beach Warnings for Los Angeles County April 11, 2024

LA Department of Public Health

April 11, 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: Ramirez Creek at Paradise Cove The entire swim area. Escondido Creek at Escondido State Beach The entire swim area. Marie Canyon Storm Drain at Puerco Beach The entire swim area. Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey The...

Charges that Assessment Money Wasted at Downtown Santa Monica Inc

Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff

April 5, 2024 - As 54 downtown businesses are in the process of legally withdrawing from the private non-profit organization, Downtown Santa Monica Inc, charges have been leveled that the city-controlled operation wastes the money they collect from assessments on business and property owners. Downtown Santa Monica Inc is not a Business Improvement District, in which the businesses themselves run and decide on improvements, additional security, and other matters. Instead, DTSM is controlled by...

Wrong Way Driver Causes Deadly Collision at Overland Entrance to the Santa Monica Freeway.

Observer Staff

A crash on the 10 Freeway that involved a wrong way driver killed one person and sent three others to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said. According to preliminary information, the three-car collision occurred just after 1:50 a.m. Sunday on the westbound span of the 10 near Overland Avenue in West L.A.'s Rancho Park neighborhood. The deceased was a 19 year old boy riding in the vehicle struck by the wrong way driver. The driver, a 51 year old woman, was arrested at the scene...

BREAKING NEWS: British Beauty Entrepreneur Melanie Marlo's Weekly Majestic Breakfast At Ye Olde King's Head.

Christine Peake, Peake PR Group

Ye Olde King's Head has a new weekly royal treat in store every Friday morning for anyone who loves everything British, particularly a world famous British Breakfast. British local beauty Melanie Marlo hosted her first of many future weekly gatherings, where guests mingled, networked and made new friends as they enjoyed a selection of delicious traditional British fare. The nostalgic Crown Room at Ye Olde King's Head was brimming with but not limited to just British guests, their motto is " all...

BREAKING NEWS: Antisemitism at the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department at University of California Santa Cruz

Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion

April 12, 2024 - Faculty groups supporting the rights of Palestine have proliferated on college campuses, with nine University of California campuses each having a chapter of Faculty for Justice in Palestine (FJP)and yet more chapters in nearly 100 other campuses across the country. These groups support the right of those called Palestinians with no regard for the rights of Israelis - and particularly of Jewish Israelis, who they call "colonists." More than 60 percent of the Critical Race and...

BREAKING NEWS: Why Won't Amazon Deliver Bear Spray to my Santa Monica Address When Addicts, Crime and Other Dangerous Things Are Delivered There?

Adnan Safadi, Special to the Observer

Amazon won't deliver bear spray to my Santa Monica address. Why not? LA County's Department Of Public Health and Santa Monica's City Manager are delivering drugs and needles to my Santa Monica address. Malibu and Beverly Hills and Skid Row and the Palisades are delivering drug addicts to my Santa Monica address. LA's District Attorney is delivering hardened criminals to my Santa Monica address. Santa Monica's Police Department and Santa Monica's City Government are delivering a public safety...

BREAKING NEWS: Watch the Video - I Dare You, Santa Monica City Council - Look at the True Effect of Free Needle Distribution in Our City

Arthur Jeon, Special to the Observer

Dear Council, After attending the Friday meeting with LA County Health officials, I was given this vague and unsubstantiated "joint statement" from LA County and Santa Monica regarding the needle distribution in our parks (attached). How disappointing to learn that Santa Monica has supported this deeply confused policy, against the wishes of its residents, all along. The following word salad paragraph in particular has NO connection to reality or science that I can see, (and to be clear I'm...

Does Santa Monica Require That Nonprofits Obtain City Business Licenses?

Olga Zurawska, Special to the Observer

Hello City Attorney Sloan and City Manager White, Since the City Council is about to discuss an update to the business license/tax ordinance, this is to request that the City clarify whether non-profit organizations are subject to the City business license requirement or not. Last year when I enquired about this issue with the City Attorney's Office, the following response was offered: "In general, a nonprofit is exempt from paying the City's business license tax, but is still required to apply...

LA Department of Public Health to Santa Monica residents: We Don't Care About YOUR Health

Arthur Jeon, Special to the Observer
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Open letter to the Santa Monica City Council and the City Manager Much has been made about the needle exchange program conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health in our city streets and parks. So I cleared my Friday morning to spend two hours listening to their abysmal defense of the program, which is really a needle distribution program, because, as even the mad doctor Gary Tsai acknowledged, only 60% of needles gets returned. (How he arrived at that figure nobody knows because...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Protest Against the Free Needle Distribution Program in Downtown Santa Monica on April 16

    The Santa Monica Coalition

    Please join The Santa Monica Coalition this Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30am in Reed Park for a Protest in Opposition to the Needle Distribution Program. The City of Santa Monica and the Los Angeles County along with Venice Family Clinic have been operating the only open-air, publicly funded, needle distribution program in the state. They make their distributions at Reed Park, Tongva and Palisades Park (along Ocean Avenue). This program is attracting substance abusers to settle in our parks, inject...

  • BREAKING NEWS: How to Prevent Dog Bites

    Department of Animal Care and Control

    The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is pleased to share advice this week in acknowledgment of Dog Bite Prevention Week. Dog Bite Prevention Week is here to raise awareness about the serious health risks posed by dog bites and to educate the public on how to prevent them. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, with over 800,000 requiring medical attention....

  • Get a Free Gun Safety Lock from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

    Gun Safety Locks are Available Now at Six LA County Medical Facilities – No Questions Asked To address the public health crisis of gun violence, the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention, housed in the Department of Public Health, has made 60,000 gun safety locks available to the public; free, no questions asked. Free gun safety locks will initially be available at six County medical facilities: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center High Desert Regional Health Center Los Angeles General...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - April 12, 2024

    Santa Monica Coalition
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    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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