Week of June 18, 2024

BREAKING NEWS: Overdose in Palisades Park Shortly After the Lunch Hour Today, June 12

Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff

June 12, 2024 - During the lunch hour today, John Alle, business and property owner, witnessed paramedics dealing with an overdose situation in popular Palisades Park in Santa Monica. As EMTs attempted to help the victim, two individuals, apparently homeless, harrassed them in their efforts. Palisades Park runs from the Santa Monica pier along Ocean Avenue all the way to the north end of Santa Monica. It is a major destination point for tourists with its clear views of the ocean and is used by...

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: 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...

BREAKING NEWS: 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: 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 not...

City Under Siege: Ride Along with Santa Monica Police Reveals True State of (Lack of) Safety on Our Streets

Arthur Jeon, Special to the Observer

May 31, 2024 - During the safety meeting last Thursday I asked the POA Chairman Cody Green, in front 5 sitting council-members, how many police we need in Santa Monica. Without caveats he said 300 (we now have around 225). I was reminded of the defense of Thermopylae, a narrow pass that was held by 300 Spartans for three days against a vast Persian army, because we too are a city under siege. I spent part of my Memorial Day weekend on a ride-along with one of our current Spartans desperately...

Beach Warnings for Los Angeles County June 14, 2024

LA Department of Public Health

June 14, 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...

Suspended Pro-Hamas Protestors at MIT Allowed to Graduate

Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude

May 29, 2024 - In an email to alumni, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hillel Rabbi, Michelle H. Fisher, politely expressed her concerns about ongoing anti-Israel protests at the university and expected disruptions at the upcoming graduation ceremony. A large pro-Hamas encampment had been installed in April, contrary to Institute policy, on the Kresge Oval, an expansive grassy area connecting the dorms to the student center and classrooms. Outside agitators contributed to the general...

BREAKING NEWS: Recording Artist Jennifer Alexis' new single 'I'm A Woman' a welcomed old school instant classic song

Christine Peake, Peake PR Group

From recording finance news in a TV studio in DC to recording with Grammy winners for her latest single: The two faces of success in one woman. Jennifer Schonberger, AKA Jennifer Alexis, is the new triple threat. Except this Washingtonian beauty brings a whole new meaning to the expression. To most people in the music industry this expression means sing/act/dance, Jennifer has uniquely redefined the phrase to sing/musician and finance! Jennifer has achieved massive success throughout her 17...

Here's Why Santa Monica Police Stopped Posting Daily Public Arrest Records

The Santa Monica Coalition

SANTA MONICA now surpasses 97% of California communities of any size in the number of violent and property crimes. CRIME has increased in SANTA MONICA for the 3rd consecutive year according to SMPD. Issuance of Daily Public Arrest Records were just discontinued. Why? SANTA MONICA Police made over 5,000 (reported) calls to the 3 main PARKS visited by TOURISTS and RESIDENTS in 2023. SM Police are underfunded by the Mayor and City Council. There has been a 1 to 1 increase in criminal transient...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Give a Zoo Animal to Dad for Father's Day

    Giraffe the best Father's Day this year by ADOPTing an Animal! Show your love with a gift that helps save endangered species and symbolically ADOPT an animal at the Los Angeles Zoo! All ADOPT packages include a personalized adoption certificate and a beautiful photo factsheet of your chosen animal. Plus, ADOPTions at $50 or higher will include a paper-framed 4x6 in. photograph of an adorable nuzzle between a giraffe dad and son! All our resident animals are available for ADOPTion, and all gifts...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - June 14, 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...