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SMMUSD to Present Environmental Impact Report for Malibu Middle and High School Project

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the findings of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Malibu Middle and High School (MMHS) specific plan project at a virtual and...

Black Female Prison Staffer Victim Of Racially Motivated Job Loss

As Dr. Phil says, "People with nothing to hide, HIDE NOTHING." I'm beside myself to share this story with you. It hit me hard. Like a ton of bricks. See, I'm currently enrolled in the prison's drug...

Dead Body Found Near Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

10.24.21: At approximately 6:20 am Sunday morning, a dead body was removed from the alley behind 1423 Third Street Promenade. Police set up yellow tape while two women from the Los Angeles County...

Kobe Bryant's Widow Ordered to Take Psychiatric Exam; CA Attorney General Destroys 1.2 M Marijuana Plants; 51% More Police Officers Murdered in 2021; Soros Spends $1 M to Keep Austin From Hiring Cops and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Qualified immunity: Supreme Court sides with police, overturns denial of immunity in two cases The Supreme Court sided Monday with police in two cases in which plaintiffs claimed...

NASA Releases Images of Kayaking On Saturn's Moon, Titan. No, Seriously.

Fun fact: Titan has only one third as much gravity as earth, but the atmosphere is 10 times thicker. Therefore, a man could theoretically strap on winds, and fly through the air like a bird. Of...

SMMUSD Board Delays Action on Vaccine Mandate

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is apparently waffling about a proposal to mandate vaccines for all eligible students. The SMMUSD Board of Education met last Thursday to discuss a...

Suicide Note from Brian Laundrie Makes the Rounds on Tik Tok

Images of a purported suicide note from Brian Laundrie have been making the rounds on Tik Tok. In a video, the apparent suicide note is in handwriting and says in part: "I just wanted to say that I'm...

How to Plan Your Social Security if You Have a Long Life Expectancy

Ask Rusty – Is Waiting until 70 Still the Best Plan to Maximize Social Security? Dear Rusty: My wife started her Social Security at 62 in March 2017 and I filed a Restricted Application to collect...

Health Department Gives Amusing "Covid-Safe" Suggestions for Halloween Celebrations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a tip sheet today on how to celebrate Halloween "Covid-safe." Suggestions include practical ideas like making your Covid-mask part of your...

PS1 Pluralistic School Celebrates 50 Years of Pluralism, Celebrating the Many, Building ONE!

Alumnus Farid Adibi credits his early education at PS1 Pluralistic School for his academic and professional ambitions, his leadership skills, and the formation of his media company...

Haleh Mashian Abstract Artist New Show Opens With A Great Turn Out.

Contemporary artist Haleh Mashian opened the final exhibition of the year with her newest series, SACRED WATERS at MASH Gallery in the Arts District, in downtown Los Angeles. This showstopper of a...

How Cats Came to Rule Ancient Egypt, And Learned to Shape Shift in the Process

This Spooktober, the Observer has been featuring articles about cats -- first the black cats that are the hallmark of the season, followed by their festive ginger counterparts. This week, we're...

Social Security Would Go Broke if They Didn't Tax Benefits

Ask Rusty – Is Taxing Social Security Fair? Dear Rusty: Taxing Social Security benefits isn't fair. It would benefit everyone if seniors could earn as much as possible without having their Social...

Lockdowns, Masks, Vaccine Mandates and Why All Women Don't Just Get Mastectomies

Covid-19 was a trailing third in causes of death in the United States in 2020 according to "The Leading Causes of Death in the US for 2020" by Farida Ahmad and Robert Anderson in the medical journal,...

Jamie Kennedy Set To Headline An All Star Line Up At Feinstein's At Vitello's.

Comedy has thankfully been keeping folks laughing throughout these uncertain covid times, whether it be outside or inside venues, with comedians constantly performing throughout the Los Angeles area....

City Council to Focus on Methane Gas Levels at Former Landfill

Is the former Santa Monica landfill underneath Gandara Park and the Municipal City Yards emitting high levels of methane gas? That's what the Santa Monica City Council will focus on next Tuesday...

Petition to Save Parking Structure 3 Gathers 5000 signatures.

Local Briefs A group of local residents and business people are trying to talk the City out of an ill considered plan to tear down a downtown Santa Monica parking structure, and replace it with...

After ATM Robbery, LAPD Apprehends Suspect on the 2200 Block of Midvale in West Los Angeles.

One local resident reported that a suspect had attacked four people in the parking lot at Chase Bank, corner of Olympic Blvd and Westwood. The suspect had fled to a backyard on Midvale. After a...

Gascon Uses Loophole in the Law to Resentence and Release Violent Felons

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón's focus is not on prosecuting crimes, but on resentencing defendants who were convicted, sentenced and had their appeals denied, sometimes decades ago....

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