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Smoke Turns Sun and Moon Red Over Santa Monica From Fires in N. and Central California

Smoke can travel hundreds of miles in the upper atmosphere, as it did this week. Smoke lingering in the air from Northern and Central California turned skies red all over Southern California on...

SM Business Executive Pleads Guilty in Conduit Campaign Contribution Case 

A Santa Monica business executive pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal charge of conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions during the U.S. presidential election...

Why is My Social Security Cost of Living Increase Different From Everyone Else's?

Ask Rusty – Is My COLA Increase Based on My Current SS Benefit? Dear Rusty: I started collecting SS when I turned 70 to maximize my income. One factor that is never mentioned is that the annual...

SM Council to Appoint Joseph Lawrence Interim City Attorney

Santa Monica will soon have a new interim City Attorney but a familiar face to local city government. The City Council is expected to appoint Joseph P. Lawrence as Interim City Attorney at its next...

Drone, Swat Team Used to Arrest Suspect in Shooting at Yorkshire and Kansas Ave. on Sept. 6th.

9/23: Santa Monica Police called on the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Team (Drone Team) to arrest Eliott Ferrando, 24 of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County...

The Paia Inn: Chic, Boutique, Beach Hotel, in Hip Maui Surf Town

The Paia Inn, a chic, boutique, beach hotel, is located in one of the hippest surf towns on Maui. This private oasis with North shore vibes will appeal to every traveler who wants to live like a...

Don't Bring Your Pet to a Shelter - Rehome with New County Website "Home to Home"

One of the toughest decisions a pet owner can face is no longer being able to keep their beloved pet. Pet owners have limited options when rehoming their pet - find a new home on their own, without...

Will Retiring Early from Work Affect my Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Retiring Early from Work Affect my Social Security? Dear Rusty: I stopped working at age 55, well before my full retirement age of 66 years and 10 months. I had over 35 years...

Mike Bonin Says Public Housing isn't Crime-Ridden and Filthy any More: Let's Put it Everywhere!

September 20, 2021 - In an email to constituents, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin suggested the city buy up motels and even office buildings to turn them into "housing with services." Bonin...

Beach-Going Sexual Predator Caught and Charged with Rape Attempt

9/21/21 - A registered sex offender who was preying on homeless women on the Santa Monica beach was charged yesterday with one count of Assault to commit rape and 1 count of Sexual Battery for two...

Man Sleeping in His Car Near the Beach Shot in the Face

September 23, 2021 - At approximately 3:00 am on Wednesday morning, Santa Monica police received multiple calls regarding the sound of shots fired. Shortly thereafter, the victim himself called...

Recall DA Gascon Campaign Gives Up For Now; Assembly Passes Law to Eliminate Gang Enhancement Sentencing; Armed Robberies are Increasing in LA and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Ninth Circuit denies bid by California DAs to challenge death penalty moratorium In a divided opinion, a Ninth Circuit panel upheld a lower court decision that prevented a group...

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