Week of July 14, 2024

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman Abducts 4 Year Old Child From Restaurant in 1900 Block of Lincoln Blvd.

Observer Staff

Santa Monica Police recovered a 4 year old girl from a heavyset woman in her 30's who abducted the child from a resaurant in the 1900 block of Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica Police released the following press release: This afternoon at 12:11 PM, the Santa Monica Police Department received a frantic call for help from a grandmother whose 4-year-old granddaughter had been kidnapped from a restaurant in the 1900 block of Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica. The first officers were on the scene within...

BREAKING NEWS: Amazon Prime Day Shoppers Risk Counterfeits, Fraud, and Scams

The Counterfeit Report

July 10, 2024 - Los Angeles, CA – Amazon's highly anticipated Prime Days are just a week away on July 16th and 17th, and consumers should heed a critical warning: "Buyer beware." Despite Amazon's hefty $139 Prime membership, consumers should be alarmed that it offers no protection against counterfeit, fraudulent, and dangerous product listings, fake reviews, and deceptive endorsements. Amazon is a go-to for perceived deals, but the platform's unchecked monopoly has severe consequences. It...

BREAKING NEWS: With 376 Staff Members Making More than $200k, Santa Monica Cannot Find Money for More Police Officers

Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff

July 10, 2024 - Well over three hundred employees of the City of Santa Monica had salaries of $200,000 and over in 2022, according to data obtained from a public records request by John Alle and the Santa Monica Coalition. The breakdown obtained by the organization of residents, property, and business owners concerned with public safety is as follows: 24 city employees made between $450K-$600K 40 made between $400K-$450K 56 made between $300K-$400K 256 made between $200K-$300K This adds up to...

BREAKING NEWS: Expo Line Train Collides With Pickup Truck on Colorado and Lincoln; Driver Trapped Inside

Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer

Just before 1:30 this afternoon, Santa Monica Fire Engine 2 was en route to another unrelated call when they encountered an accident involving a pickup truck and a train at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and 11th Street. They reported that the driver was still inside and possibly trapped. Minutes after this report, first responders arrived on the scene and confirmed that the driver was still inside but did not need to be extricated from the vehicle. The driver was checked out by...

Beach Warnings for Los Angeles County July 11, 2024

LA Department of Public Health

July 11, 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: Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu 100 yards up and down the coast from the public restrooms. Las Flores Creek at Las Flores State Beach The entire swim area. Walnut Creek at Paradise Cove The entire swim area....

Sign on Third Street Promenade Condemning Santa Monica as Unsafe Deemed Unwanted by City Council

Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff

June 28, 2024 - The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to condemn a sign hung in a storefront on the Third Street Promenade that labels the city as unsafe and accuses City Manager David White of complicity in putting needles into the hands of drug addicts. The resolution has no legal impact and cannot force the store owner to take down the sign. The sign is sponsored by the Santa Monica Coalition, a group of residents and business and property owners. It says "Santa Methica is not...

BREAKING NEWS: Two Girls Grow Up Drawing Anime Comics Together Becomes a Kind of Autobiography for Tatsuki Fujimoto

Bunker King, Special to the Observer

On Saturday, July 6th, the animated film "Look Back" made its US premiere at Anime Expo. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Japanese author Tatsuki Fujimoto, released in 2022. The comic follows two girls, Fujino and Kyomoto, as they grow up together with a shared passion for drawing comics. They become a duo, writing and drawing the comics together As they approach their high school graduation, they've racked up many accolades, but a difference in ambition leads the two...

BREAKING NEWS: Santa Monica City Council Considers Bitcoin and Hemmati Says No Way

Houman David Hemmati MD PhD, Special to the Observer

Dear Mayor Brock and Members of the City Council, I am writing to you today as a concerned citizen of Santa Monica and a PhD scientist and MIT-trained chemical engineer. Last night's decision to establish a Bitcoin Office within our city deeply concerns me, and I feel compelled to share the significant risks and adverse impacts associated with this initiative. My primary concerns revolve around the financial instability of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as well as the severe environmental...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - July 12, 2024

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    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...

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