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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 27, 2022 

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,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 27, 2022 

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...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 27, 2022 

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...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 23, 2022

"Green" Santa Monica Wastes Reusable Furniture, Sends it to the Dump

May 18, 2022 - The city of Santa Monica prides itself on being environmentally sustainable. In fact, an entire division of the city is devoted to sustainability, where the government website states,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 23, 2022

Covid-19 Vaccines Have Declined in Relative Efficacy in Los Angeles County in Terms of Both Transmission and Death Rates Although Death Rates Themselves Have Declined

May 19, 2022 - Covid-19 vaccines were relatively more efficacious in preventing transmission and death seven months ago than they are today although they were never very effective at preventing...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 18, 2022

Santa Monica Homeless Count Shows More Homeless Unsheltered on the Street

May 12, 2022 - The 2022 Homeless Count was released by the City of Santa Monica on May 5, approximately two-and-a-half months after it was conducted on February 23. While the absolute number of...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 16, 2022

Covid-19 Cases May Be Increasing in Los Angeles County with BA2 Variant of Omicron, But Serious Illness is Not

May 11, 2022 - Covid-19 cases have slowly been increasing across Los Angeles County. Due to the number of home tests available and free, there are perhaps even more cases than public officials know....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    May 16, 2022

Under Santa Monica Transfer Tax Proposal, Renters May Face Their Home Converting to Affordable Housing

May 9, 2022 - Renters in Santa Monica may believe themselves exempt from the ramifications of a proposed ballot measure to increase the tax rate on the sale of certain buildings by 833%. After all,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 13, 2022

Santa Monica Councilmember Phil Brock Says it's Time to Dissolve DTSM Inc and Remove Safety Ambassadors to Get Real Safety and Security Downtown

May 2, 2022 - Santa Monica City Councilmember Phil Brock says he "got triggered" when he discovered that the dumpster rooms in downtown's public garages are left open at night for the homeless. They...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 13, 2022

Significant Inaccuracy in Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich's Literature Touting her Pet Transfer Tax Ballot Initiative

May 5, 2022 - Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich has printed a significant inaccuracy in her campaign handout literature regarding her proposed "Homelessness Prevention and Affordable Housing"...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 9, 2022

Push Poll Tries to Convince Santa Monica Voters to Vote for New Transfer Tax

April 28, 2022 - A push poll interview company is calling Santa Monica voters to gauge their response to Sue Himmelrich's ballot proposal to establish an increase over the current tax on sales of...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 6, 2022

Cool Tech Coming to Santa Monica Police Department, but Who Can They Actually Arrest?

May 3, 2022 - Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista met members of the public at an event sponsored by the Santa Monica Protective Association on Sunday and Monday evenings. The event, held at a...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 6, 2022

Vandal with Pipe Assaults Resident Who is Calling Police on Him, is Arrested

4.29.22: A man with a pipe broke a window in the alley between Lincoln and 7th Street at Arizona and then assaulted a resident who tried to stop him from breaking additional windows. Arthur Jeon,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 4, 2022

Nobody Likes Plans to Rebuild Roosevelt Elementary School in Santa Monica

April 27, 2022 - Carey Upton, Chief Operations Officer for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, held a community meeting yesterday afternoon to solicit input regarding proposed designs to...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 4, 2022

Armed Robbery at Ocean Avenue and Washington Avenue in Santa Monica

April 28, 2022 - A Nextdoor user posted this morning that his friend was robbed at gunpoint at Ocean Avenue and Washington Avenue in Santa Monica at approximately 1:00 am yesterday morning. According...

 

Calabasas Spurns Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon's Request to Meet

The City Council of Calabasas has published an open letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, spurning his requiest to meet and discuss his "vision" of law enforcement. Citing a sp...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    April 17, 2022

SMPD Identifies Suspect in Mail Carrier Assaults that Suspended Service on 14th Street in Santa Monica

4.12.22: The Santa Monica Police Department have identified a suspect responsible for the halting of mail carrier service in the 1300 block of 14th Street. Davon Ray Morgan, age undisclosed, is the su...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 17, 2022

Another Victim of Supply Chain Woes: Weather Balloons

April 12, 2022 - The National Weather Service says they have been forced to cut back on the number of their weather balloon launches because of global supply chain issues and an allegedly temporary...

 

Denials, Promises, and Bald-faced Lies Fly Fast and Furious as City Officials at All Levels in Santa Monica React to City's Poor Crime Ranking

April 12, 2022 - City officials at all levels are struggling to respond to the recent news reports ranking Santa Monica as one of the least safe cities in California. In an open letter, City Manager...

 

Vaccines are Safe, Say Los Angeles County Health Officials, But What Proof Do They Have for the Claim?

April 7, 2022 - The LA County Department of Public Health relies on data disseminated to them from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and direct voluntary reports from hospitals, care...

 

Adidas Store Robbed on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, Latest in Chain of Robberies, Fires and Harassments in the Area

April 6, 2022 - The Adidas store on the Third Street Promenade was robbed at around 2:30 am this morning by an individual who smashed the storefront window with a cinderblock, used a fire extinguisher...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Schools    April 9, 2022

California's 8th Graders Can Only Do Math at a 5th Grade Level According to Standardized Tests

April 6, 2022 - A new analysis of state standardized testing reveals that the 2021 math scores of California's eighth graders were on the level expected of fifth graders. According to the analysis by...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 9, 2022

Santa Monica City Worker Attacked By Homeless Man on Third Street Promenade

April 5, 2022 - This morning Santa Monica Police arrested and detained a homeless man who attacked a city maintenance worker on the Third Street Promenade. A witness says a homeless male confronted a...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 7, 2022

Los Angeles County's Barbara Ferrer Warns of Future Masks and Restrictions as Covid Cases Level Off and Deaths Plummet

April 1, 2022 - At a media briefing yesterday, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, grasped wildly for all available evidence she should maintain a...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    April 3, 2022

Santa Monica Police Department Catches a Burglar and DA Gascon Actually Files Charges Against Him

3.29.22: Thanks to a sharp-eyed neighbor, Santa Monica Police officers were able to apprehend a man who'd broken into a home and confronted the returning homeowner with a stick in his hand. On...

 

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