Santa Monica Observer - Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

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What's With Those Happy Holiday Displays on 24th Street just North of Wilshire?

All of us know that the holidays will be different in 2020. Wear your masks, wash your hands, and don't travel anywhere. As for Santa, expect to converse with him through plexiglass, with him and his...

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Guard-a-Heart Offers Free Covid Antibody Testing to the Community at Calvary Baptist Church

Medical staff in the parking lot at the Calvary Baptist Church on 20th Street in Santa Monica, tested about 600 people for Coronavirus antibodies, during a free event from November 19-21....

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St. Monica's Catholic Church quietly Provides Thanksgiving Food and Supplies for All Comers

St Monica's Catholic Church couldn't provide its annual Thanksgiving dinner for those in need, due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic and the Los Angeles County Health shutdown. So instead,...

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Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel is Lit Up as a Turkey All Thanksgiving

The Pier is open, Pacific Park is closed. And the Ferris wheel is displaying a turkey design for Thanksgiving. "Pacific Park will be "Talkin' Turkey" on it 90-feet tall Ferris wheel while featuring...

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Motion Fails to Bring Back Outdoor Dining: Two County Supervisors Dispute Science Behind Banning Outdoor Dining

Two Los Angeles County Supervisors led a failed attempt to reverse the county Department of Public Health's decision to close outdoor dining at area restaurants. Supervisors Kathryn Barger and...

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Westside Ballet of Santa Monica presents two upcoming Nutcracker experiences

Keeping physical distancing and mask protocols in place, the Volunteer Guild's boutique committee will offer a delightful assortment of gifts for everyone on your list. Offerings include nutcrackers...

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Why is Santa Monica So Eager to Build 8,874 Units? Questions Raised During Webinar Have Not Yet Been Answered

It's been almost two weeks since the City's Planning Department hosted their first webinar about the Housing Element Update - the plan to zone for an additional 8,874 residential units as ordered by...

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Beware these Retailers on Black Friday: Amazon, eBay and Wish; Instead Purchase Directly from Companies like Kroger, Costco, Home Depot, Target, Lowes, Best Buy, etc.

Consumers love a good deal and will flock to the internet for Black Friday bargains. However, online-shopping may be risky, dangerous, and little, if any, actual value. A Red Points survey found that...

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COVID Spike is Not Our Fault, Restaurant Owners Plead, as LA County Shuts Down Again

The Independent Hospitality Coalition is extremely disappointed that the County of Los Angeles would take such drastic actions without consultation with members of the hospitality industry. Once...

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Comedy Greats Perform At Tiato In Santa Monica To Support The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Laughter was on the menu at Tiato restaurant in Santa Monica, which was the place to be this week when a slew of A-List comedians performed at the 'Shindig Stars Under The Stars' to raise funds for...

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UFO? Black Monolith Discovered in the Utah Desert. No, We're Not Making This Up.

In case you thought 2020 couldn't get any stranger, Reuters is reporting that workers discovered a black metal monolith in the Utah Red Rock Desert National Monument. There is no indication of who...

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Superbugs will kill millions -- unless Congress acts

We're in the midst of the worst health crisis of the 21st century -- and it's not COVID. The coronavirus is a terrible disease, of course. In just ten months, it has killed more than one million...

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California Prisons Are a Major Source of EDD fraud, Including Identity Theft, Writes a Women's Prisoner

What good would it be to have your own women's prison weekly columnist if I held back on some of the most interesting and least known elements of what goes on in this place? I've given this a lot of...

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When a Prisoner Goes to the parole board, She must have a 5 year plan. Days of My Life...Sentence

Most people here just float along, knowing their release is comming on a specific date. I don't get that luxury. I dare not imagine the undetermined, unknown day of my release. How old will I be?...

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