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No Serious Teeth to Street Vending Legislation: Senator Ben Allen's Proposed Law Does not Allow Criminal Punishment of Unpermitted Street Vendors

May 27, 2022 - California State Senator Ben Allen's law, SB 1290, which he alleges addresses regulating street vendors, such as those who've spent time crowding the Santa Monica Pier, does not...

Izzy's Restaurant is Apparently Closed for Good on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica.

Oy gevalt. Izzy's restaurant, which used to sport optimistic signs saying, "See you again soon!" now has signs that say, "For Lease." It appears that the fifty year old restaurant has closed for...

First Case of Monkeypox Confirmed in California

May 26, 2022 - Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health, announced at her media briefing today that a first case of Monkeypox has been confirmed in the Sacramento area of...

City of Santa Monica Turns Off Lights in Downtown Alley During Demolition Process of Parking Structure Three and Chaos Ensues

May 26, 2022 - Property owners surrounding the former downtown Santa Monica parking structure 3 noticed that the lights attached to the building were permanently shut off on Tuesday evening, May 10,...

Three young women found unresponsive, in apparent fentanyl overdose in Santa Monica Tuesday night

5.25: Three young women found unresponsive in apparent fentanyl overdose in Santa Monica. A large number of police and fire fighters responded to the incident, near Santa Monica college late last...

Laguna Woods Shooter Allegedly Hated Taiwan; Gascon Will Allow Some Cash Bail; SF DA Chesa Boudin Secured Only 3 Drug Convictions Last Year; Angel Stadium Sale Held Up for FBI Probe and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Policy/Legal/Political A 'no party preference' prosecutor could shake up California attorney general's race As a prosecutor, Anne Marie Schubert has thrived on being able to pull off what seemed...

Two Men Charged With Stealing 10,000 Postal Money Orders Worth $5.1 Million

U.S. Postal Service employee Dewayne Morris Sr. and his son and namesake were charged in federal court with multiple felony counts of bank fraud and conspiracy in connection with the theft of $5...

When Must You Pay Income Tax on Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Must I Pay Income Tax on Social Security Benefits? Dear Rusty: I do not recall the rules on my income tax obligation for Social Security benefits. Can you please explain these rules to...

SAMO Softball Loss to Indio High School 7-4, Ends Samo Season with a Record of 15 wins and 10 losses

Left Senior Samantha Gonzalez from the Santa Monica High School girls varsity softball team steps on the edge of 3rd base while Victoria Huerta from Indio High School slide into the base in an...

Memorial Day: Take Time to Teach the Next Generation What the Day Means

WASHINGTON, DC, May 27 – Memorial Day is of great importance for those of us who lost friends and family members in armed conflicts. But it should also encompass the ranks of those who have even a...

Just Say No to Santa Monica's Transfer Tax, The Highest in the State of California

This is not a 'wealth tax' as the signature gatherers proclaim - it is a real estate transfer tax. They are completely different things. With this new transfer tax, if you buy and sell a house for...

To Save the US Post Office, Fire Louis de Joy, Bring Back Historic Post Offices and Restore the 25 Cent Stamps

To save, preserve and expand the United States Postal Service requires making the post office a national priority. Plus, first firing Louis de Joy. Now that the dysfunctional board which governs the...

Memorial Day Salute To Military Personnel at Pacific Park - Look at the Ferris Wheel this Weekend

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier's Ferris wheel will feature a high-flying 130-feet tall, animated waving American flag throughout Memorial Day weekend in special salute to military personnel...

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