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  • BREAKING NEWS: Biden drops out of the Presidential Race, in a Foreseeable but Surprising Move. Amgibuously Endorses Kamala Harris

    David Ganezer, Observer|Jul 22, 2024

    In a move that cannot really be described as surprising, Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 US presidential race. He said it had been his honor to serve with Kamala Harris, but stopped short of endorsing her for the Democratic presidential nomination. Nancy Pelosi among others, had lead a campaign demanding that the President not seek the Democratic nomination, which he easily won in the primary months ago. "There's a lot of fury by those who feel Joe was forced out," "If Kamala Harris is...

  • BREAKING NEWS: UPDATED: Excessive Heat Warning and Heat Advisory: High Temperatures Forecast for Parts of Los Angeles County

    LA County Department of Public Health|Jul 22, 2024

    July 22, 2024 Excessive Heat Warning and Heat Advisory High Temperatures Forecast for Parts of Los Angeles County The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued an excessive heat warning as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas: Northwest LA County Mountains: Friday July 19, 2024, through Thursday July 25, 2024 Western San Gabriel Mountains/Hwy 14 Corridor: Friday July 19, 2024, through Thursday July 25, 2024 East San Gabriel Mountains: Friday July 19, 2024, through...

  • BREAKING NEWS: 'Get Loud Presents Cheeky Peakey's Comedy Show at Hotel Ziggy' Brought The Laughter With A Stellar Lineup

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|Jul 22, 2024

    The gifted lineup of comedians did not disappoint guests at the Hotel Ziggy at Cheeky Peakey's Comedy Show, comedian Christine Peake's regular red carpet show at the West Hollywood happening hotel. The event was sponsored by GET LOUD clothing company who were in attendance and kindly provided their terrific merchandise to the comics and guests. CEO and founder Cameron Akeredolu had flown in to enjoy the event. "This was a great night of laughter and GET LOUD are so proud to be here and meet so m...

  • BREAKING NEWS: 15,000 Gallons of Raw Sewage Spilled into Pacific Ocean and Closes Beaches for 1-Mile Radius Around Ballona Creek

    LA County Department of Public Health|Jul 22, 2024

    July 20, 2024 Ocean Water Closure Due to Sewage Release Avoid Water Contact and Wet Sand The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued an ocean water closure for the following area due to the release of approximately 15,000 gallons of untreated sewage: One mile north and one mile south of Ballona Creek. Public Health officials are advising residents or visitors planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to avoid contact with ocean water and wet sand in the areas noted above. Ac...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Rumors Circulate That U.S. President Biden, Out of Sight for a Week, is Dead or Dying

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2024

    Update, 7.23: Today Biden appeared in a video walking between airplanes after recovering from Covid. He said he would address the nation at 8 pm EST Wednesday, on his reasons for dropping out of the race. He appeared to be more or less alive, you know, for Joe Biden. 7.22: Rumors are flying that US President Joseph R. Biden, who dropped out of the 2024 presidential race last week, is in fact dead or dying. For one thing he looks like death warmed over, the last time he was seen in public. For...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Humpback Whale Upsets Boat Near Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2024

    Video has emerged on social media showing an Atlantic humpback whale, deliberately upending a 27 foot small boat in the ocean near Portsmouth NH on Tuesday, 7.23.24. Another boater, a young man in a small boat, watches, then turns the wheel to run. Video may be seen at: https://x.com/dom_lucre/status/1815817507879399892 The whale is described as "Pissed off;" the boater who posted it suggests that small boats avoid the area. It's uncertain if any humans (or whales) were injured in the incident....

  • BREAKING NEWS: Suspect in Beating of John Alle May Get Diversion Instead of Prison

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jul 22, 2024

    July 23, 2024 - On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman indicated he would like to recommend a diversion program for the suspect who reportedly attacked local business owner and community activist John Alle in Palisades Park last summer. Alle claims he was taking a short break from work by walking in the park along the ocean-side cliffs on Tuesday, September 19 at around 3 pm when the suspect, Tyler Jordan Keating, demanded his phone and his wallet and then sucker punched...

  • Suspect In Wild Car Chase With Baby in the Backseat, Was Previously Arrested For Home Invasion Robbery

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2024

    The suspect in a wild car chase Wednesday that started in Hawthorne, was arrested along with 3 other men for a home invasion robbery last September. Daiyaan Henderson, 22, livestreamed yesterday's incident, where he lead police on a chase across Los Angeles and Bevelry Hills, all the while with his Baby Mama, Alexis Sanchez, pleading with him to stop. "You're going to kill our baby!" she pleaded, as Daiyaan argued with her. Alexis Sanchez left some rather risque pregnancy photos on Facebook....

  • Beach Warnings for Los Angeles County July 22, 2024

    LA Department of Public Health|Jul 22, 2024

    July 22, 2024 Beach Closure and 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 AREAS CLOSED: The following sites continue to remain closed due to a recent sewage discharge: Dockweiler State Beach, one mile south from Ballona Creek Venice Beach, one mile north from Ballona Creek BEACH AREA...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - July 23, 2024

    Santa Monica Coalition|Jul 22, 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...

  • Should You Retire at 65 or 67? Social Security Advice

    Russel Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jul 22, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Should I Retire at 65 or 67? And What About Earnings & Taxes? Dear Rusty: I'm just trying to figure out how to determine whether to retire at 65 or 67 and, if I retire, approximately how much could I make outside of my Social Security without being overly taxed. Signed: Thinking About Retiring Dear Thinking: Deciding when to retire is serious business, because it affects your future and what your retirement income will be going forward. Thus, it's good you are taking the time to full...

  • Santa Monica Pier Hosts Rebecca Ekman, Soulful Singer From Stockholm Specializing in Covers of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey & Beyonce

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2024

    Can a redheaded Swedish singer find fame in Santa Monica, performing covers of songs made famous by Mariah, Whitney and Beyonce? Rebecca Ekman intends to prove that it's possible. Ekman grew up in Forsmark, then in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. But she spends every other year in Los Angeles, "to live love and laugh. And move forward with my singing," she says. As a child, Ekman attended music school, computer and music school. She sang most of the time, and learned to play a little piano....

  • Coco Becomes a Witch's Apprentice in the Anime Film, Witch Hat Atelier

    Bunker King, Special to the Observer|Jul 22, 2024

    On Thursday, July 4th, BUG FILMS released a promotional video for their upcoming series Witch Hat Atelier during their panel at the 2024 Anime Expo. Witch Hat Atelier is a critically acclaimed manga series by author and artist Kamome Shirahama. Her series has been running since 2016, and sold 4.5 million copies worldwide by October 2022. In 2020, Witch Hat Atelier won both a Harvey Award and an Eisner Award, for Best Manga and Best U.S. Edition of International Material, respectively. The story...

  • Amazon Prime Day Shoppers Risk Counterfeits, Fraud, and Scams

    The Counterfeit Report|Jul 22, 2024

    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 bulldo...

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

    Bunker King, Special to the Observer|Jul 22, 2024

    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...

  • Woman Abducts 4 Year Old Child From Restaurant in 1900 Block of Lincoln Blvd.

    Observer Staff|Jul 19, 2024

    7/12/24: 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...

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

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jul 19, 2024

    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 37...

  • Expo Line Train Collides With Pickup Truck on Colorado and Lincoln; Driver Trapped Inside

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2024

    Just before 1:30 Friday 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...

  • GBK hosts the most luxurious Gifting event in honor of the ESPY Awards

    Preity Upala|Jul 19, 2024

    July 10th, Beverly Hills-GBK, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company honored the 2024 ESPY Award Nominees and Presenters by hosting the 'GBK Brand Bar Pre ESPY Luxury Lounge Presented by MEND, on July 10th at the Ten Thousand Luxury Residences, LA's iconic luxury residences. The luxury event this year saw some of the most celebrated sporting stars attending including Jaydin Blackwell, Olympic Gold Medalists Greg Louganis, Gil Roberts, Al Joyner, & Willie Gault, Clippers...

  • Anime Expo- a cultural collaboration between the US and Japan.

    Robert Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2024

    When a foreign culture enters the general American experience, it often carries as a standard bearer some iconic, reductive representation that creates an easy association. Italian culture is in some ways defined by the foods Italian immigrants brought to the USA, Irish culture by St. Patrick's day celebrations, Swedish culture by Ikea and meatballs. In recent times, Korea burst onto the American landscape through K-Pop, making defunct any previous association with poverty and the Korean war....

  • Santa Monica City Council Considers Bitcoin and Hemmati Says No Way

    Houman David Hemmati MD PhD, Special to the Observer|Jul 14, 2024
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    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...

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

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jul 14, 2024

    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...

  • When to Apply for Social Security Benefits

    Russsel Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jul 14, 2024

    Ask Rusty – We Want to Claim SS at 62. When Should we Apply? Dear Rusty: My wife and I are going to be taking Social Security at 62. She will be 62 on April 15, 2025. I will be 62 August 7, 2025. When should we apply for Social Security? Signed: Ready to file Dear Ready: Social Security recommends you apply for benefits about 2 – 3 months prior to when you want your benefits to start (to get them time to process your application). You will specify on your application when you wish your ben...

  • 2 Killed, One Injured in Failed Assassination Attempt on Former President Trump at a Pennsylvania Rally

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2024

    In an event likely to shake up the US election yet again, an assassin fired two or more shots at President Donald J. Trump, as he was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania. "Staged" was trending on Twitter, because the photo of Trump at the rally was too good to be true. "i wonder what the shooters pronouns are?" tweeted one person. "She, her – as in Hillary." How did a shooter get into a rally, and close enough to kill Trump? The answer is apparently he was not actually in the stadium in B...

  • One Spectator Dead in the Stands at the Rally Behind President Trump. Two more injured in Secret Service Failure

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2024

    We are waiting for the identity of the deceased shooter. However, blood in the stands behind where President Trump was shot in the head, marks the spot where the deceased spectator sat. One spectator killed, two more were seriously injured in the stands behind President Trump. Aftermath of assassination attempt in Butler PA on 7/13/24. Picture of the police snipers as they are taking out the Trump shooter. Clearly the shooter was an excellent shot with high tech equi[ment. He was at a distance...

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