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  • BREAKING NEWS: DTSM Inc is a Corrupt Agency that is Contributing to the Ruination of Santa Monica's Downtown Area

    Alyssa Erdley|May 27, 2024

    May 29, 2024 - Downtown Santa Monica Inc, the nonprofit, quasi-governmental agency that is responsible for the cleanliness, security, and prosperity of that area, is being accused of conflict of interest among some of its board members, poor money management, and general dereliction of duty and incompetence. The borders over which DTSM assumes control are Ocean Avenue on the west, Lincoln Blvd., on the east, Wilshire Blvd. on the north, and the SM 10 Freeway on the south. A majority of its...

  • MIT President Gives Mealy-Mouthed Excuse for Finally Closing Down Pro-Gaza, Antisemitic Encampment that Violated Every Institute Rule

    Alyssa Erdley, Alumnus MIT and Observer Staff|May 27, 2024

    May 10, 2024 - Today we received a press release from Sally Kornbluth, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explaining why she had called police in early this morning to take down (finally) a provocative and disruptive pro-Gaza (pro-Hamas terror organization) encampment that had planted itself in the Kresge courtyard - a central point connecting the student dorms, the student center and cafeterias, and the classroom buildings. The encampment, she admits in her statement, was i...

  • While Crime and Homelessness Take Over the City, Elected Leaders Waste Time Discussing the Middle East

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|May 27, 2024
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    May 15, 2024 - Last night the Santa Monica City Council devoted slightly over three hours in a 9-⅓ hour meeting to the topic of the Gaza conflict in the Middle East. Freshman councilmember Jesse Zwick had brought forward a resolution calling for a "negotiated bilateral ceasefire" in the military actions Israel is conducting to root out the terrorist organization Hamas. Hamas broke the previous ceasefire on October 7, 2023, brutally raping, torturing, and murdering Israelis and other citizens, ki...

  • Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock Opposes Open-Air Needle Distribution

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 14, 2024

    May 10, 2024 - Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock released a statement today that he adamantly opposes the distribution of needles in public spaces and does not want any public money spent on activities that involve the distribution of needles outdoors anywhere in the city. "My position on the distribution of syringes in any of our city parks, around our schools, recreation areas, or business districts is simple. It must not occur under any circumstances. In addition, I am adamantly opposed to any...

  • In Midst of Virulently Antisemitic Student Protests, University of California Reconsiders Adding "Ethnic Studies" Requirement for Admission

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 14, 2024
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    May 8, 2024 - In the midst of a hurricane of "anti-Israel" protests on college campuses around the country, the University of California's Academic Senate Executive Council is once again reviewing the idea of requiring all students wishing to be admitted to take an "ethnic studies" course with curriculum designed by the UC Ethnic Studies Faculty Council. The ESFC has been known to despise Israel in the past, at least as far as it is inhabited by any Jews, but since October 7, they have been...

  • Santa Monica Gave Funds to Distribute Needles in its Own Parks, According to Santa Monica Coalition

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 7, 2024

    May 2, 2024 - The Santa Monica Coalition says they have discovered evidence that Santa Monica officials, including the City Manager, were aware that money given to the Venice Family Clinic was specifically designated for distributing clean needles to drug addicts in the city's parks. The Santa Monica Coalition is a group of business owners and residents who seek to restore safety to the city. They have filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer...

  • Rally Opposing Needle Distribution at Santa Monica Parks Draws Multiple News Outlets

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 22, 2024

    April 17, 2024 - Differing views were expressed by speakers at a hastily convened rally opposing the free needle distribution program at Reed Park yesterday, but everyone agreed on one thing: needles do not belong in public parks. Approximately 70 people attended the rally Tuesday morning, including Channel 7 News and several other public and private news outlets. The small attendance belies the true opposition to the county program. 22,000 signatures have been collected opposing the distributio...

  • Frontier Communications Website and Phone Customer Service Out of Commission

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 22, 2024

    April 17, 2024 - Since at least yesterday, the Frontier Communications website and phone payment system have been down. It is not possible to log in to pay bills nor to make payments at the self-service-only toll-free number. Technical Support has a recording that says, "We are experiencing a technical issue with our Internet support system platforms and are unable to take calls or chat. We are working quickly to resolve the issue and apologize for inconvenience. We hope to be up and running...

  • Charges that Assessment Money Wasted at Downtown Santa Monica Inc

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 11, 2024

    April 5, 2024 - As 54 downtown businesses are in the process of legally withdrawing from the private non-profit organization, Downtown Santa Monica Inc, charges have been leveled that the city-controlled operation wastes the money they collect from assessments on business and property owners. Downtown Santa Monica Inc is not a Business Improvement District, in which the businesses themselves run and decide on improvements, additional security, and other matters. Instead, DTSM is controlled by...

  • Pedestrian killed in automobile accident at Ocean and Colorado

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 8, 2024

    A pedestrian was killed early in the morning of April 1 in an apparent automobile accident at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue. Police were called at approximately 5:30 am and sealed off the area for their investigation. The driver of the vehicle remained on-scene and cooperated with the police. The pedestrian victim was declared dead at the scene. The identity of this individual has not been provided by authorities. By 11:20 am, police had concluded their investigation and reopened the area to...

  • Westside Los Angeles Journalist Filmmakers Put on Play about October 7 Using Only Verbatim Eyewitness Accounts

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 3, 2024

    March 28, 2024 - When a married couple of muckraking journalist filmmakers were visiting their home country of Ireland this fall, they were shocked at how quickly the public's attention turned from the horror of the October 7 attack on Israel to the plight of the Gazans losing electricity. "We just noticed that everyone wanted to move quickly away from Oct. 7 and start talking about Gaza and ceasefires," Phelim McAleer told the Daily Mail in an interview. "And we know there would be no Oct. 8...

  • 1100 Percent Increase Over Last Year in Anti-Zionist Activity by UC Faculty

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Mar 31, 2024

    March 21, 2024 - The Amcha Initiative, a nonprofit organization that combats antisemitism at institutes of higher education, warns Jewish students that the public University of California campuses "are not safe" for them. Amcha Initiative is not a pro-Israel advocacy group and does not take a position on anything that does not rise to the level of antisemitism as defined by IHRA and U.S. government criteria. A recent report by Amcha Initiative has discovered a whopping 1100 percent increase in...

  • Big Blue Bus Institutes Unarmed "Safety Officers"

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Mar 18, 2024

    March 1, 2024 - Big Blue Bus, the bus line that operates in Santa Monica, announced they will be deploying "safety officers" on high-traffic routes and selected bus stops. The "friendly, contracted officers" will be unarmed. Despite the lack of weapons, Big Blue Bus claims the officers will be able to "educate" riders about the bus company's code of conduct and "ensure adherence." The company says the introduction of the safety officers is one of several initiatives to help riders feel...

  • Reestablish a Lawful Community: Elect Jonathan Hatami for Los Angeles County District Attorney

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Mar 6, 2024

    February 1, 2024 - Can you imagine Santa Monica without drug addicts exposing themselves while you're waiting for a bus? Where vagrants are not allowed to take up residence in your garage? Where those who commit retail theft actually get charged and go to jail? Jonathan Hatami can imagine that. A veteran of the United States Armed Forces and a Los Angeles County prosecutor for the past seventeen years, Hatami is running for District Attorney, the job George Gascon has abdicated since taking the...

  • Polling Shows Jon Hatami is Likely Contender for Gascon's Seat as Los Angeles County District Attorney

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Feb 16, 2024
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    February 13, 2024 - A late January survey conducted by the California Elections and Policy Poll of USC shows Jon Hatami polling second among a field of numerous candidates for county district attorney. Only the incumbent, George Gascon, is polling better. Gascon is polling at 15% of the likely electorate. He would have needed more than 50% votes in order to win the primary outright. It is unlikely Gascon will win even the general election, however, since the same poll shows that over half of...

  • Wildlife Rescue in Santa Monica

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jan 8, 2024

    December 20, 2023 - Austin Muhs, a professional astrologer, musician, and filmmaker living in Santa Monica, has an unexpected sideline: rescuing injured and sick wildlife. He came by the side gig via working civilian rescue during natural disasters. "My teams were in hurricanes Harvey, Florence, and Maria," Muhs says. They became expert at pulling both human beings and animals out of bad situations. During the Paradise Fire disaster, Muhs says his group, 999 Rescue Team, rescued 500-600...

  • Santa Monica Voters React to Proposed Salary Increase for City Manager David White

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 25, 2023

    December 19, 2023 - In an email, John Alle of the Santa Monica Coalition, supplied comments from Santa Monica residents regarding the proposed ten percent increase in the salary of City Manager David White, and they are not in favor. The Santa Monica Coalition is a group of residents, property owners, and businesses that advocate restoration of safety, cleanliness, and prosperity to the city. The proposal to be considered at tonight's city council meeting is to raise White's salary from $ $365,9...

  • Serial Vandal Charged in Absentia with Leaving Anti-Semitic Graphics all over Burbank and Glendale

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 21, 2023

    December 13, 2023 - Yesterday the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced charges against a serial vandal who has defaced numerous properties with iron crosses, swastikas and the letters "SS." Klinton Allister Dion, 32, has been charged with two counts of vandalism of religious property, a hate crime; and 10 counts of hate crime – displaying a Nazi symbol/etc., on public and private property. It is further alleged that the offense is a hate crime within the meaning of Penal Code S...

  • Attacker of Beverly Hills Jewish Couple Hit with Charges that Could Lead to a Life Sentence

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 21, 2023

    December 13, 2023 - Charges have been brought against a man accused of attacking an elderly Jewish couple on their way to synagogue in Beverly Hills. Jarris Jay Silagi, 44, of Los Angeles was charged yesterday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with one count of attempted second-degree robbery; one count of elder or dependent adult abuse, infliction of injury; one count of assault with a deadly weapon; and two counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury....

  • Chabad Menorah at 15th and Montana Avenue Vandalized

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 18, 2023

    December 15, 2023 - In an email yesterday, Rabbi Chaim Teleshevsky said that the Chabad organization's menorah outside the Whole Foods Market at 15th Street and Montana Avenue had been vandalized and that the police were treating it as a hate crime. "But our job is to spread light.So we are going to unite to light it again tonight brighter than ever!" He then invited all to come join in a menorah lighting for the eighth and final time at 8:00 pm to "declare Am Yisrael Chai." The latter three...

  • REI's Departure from Santa Monica Due to Crime According to Local Business Group

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 18, 2023
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    December 5, 2023 - REI announced last week that it is closing its location in downtown Santa Monica. The store replaced the previous tenant, Toys 'R Us, in 2006 at the two-story location at Santa Monica Boulevard and 4th Street. The Santa Monica REI location will close on February 29 of next year. Statements from the company about the reason for the store closure vaguely refer to "the positive impact of the store, our market presence, and external factors" as reasons for the departure. "The over...

  • Santa Monica College (SMC) is among Numerous Institutions Under Federal Investigation for Discrimination Against Jews on Campus

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 18, 2023

    December 15, 2023 - Dr. Sion Roy, the President of the Board of Trustees of Santa Monica College, announced in a Tweet that the institution was "among a number of schools being investigated by the US department of education for discrimination on campus." He claimed, "In our case this relates to SMC's Inter-Club Council's (ICC) action against Students Supporting Israel (SSI) in October." On October 19, the ICC, a student-run governing body, denied SSI, a pro-Israel group, the ability to register...

  • UC Berkeley Hit With Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Jews and Antisemitism

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 11, 2023
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    November 29, 2023 - A lawsuit against the University of Berkeley was filed on Tuesday by two Jewish organizations that alleges the college has failed to take action against and thus encouraged a culture of antisemitism in which violence is permitted against Jews. The 36-page lawsuit claims the university has allowed policies that violate the First Amendment's right to freedom of Religion, the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Although the campus...

  • Man Who Threw Pole onto PCH Actually Charged with a Felony by LA County DA

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 30, 2023

    November 24, 2023 - An apparently mentally ill or drug-influenced man was arrested by Santa Monica Police after climbing atop the pedestrian bridge over the Pacific Coast Highway on Friday, November 10 and hurling a metal pole onto the street below. No cars were hit or people injured. The man, Carlos Hernandez-Martinez, 29, is homeless and was charged with a felony the Los Angeles County District Attorney. The crime is "throwing an object at a vehicle with intent to cause great bodily injury."...

  • Shop Beautiful Antiques and Used Clothing at Lange Foundation Annual Sale - Help Rescue Animals

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 30, 2023

    November 19, 2023 - The Lange Foundation Annual Sale, taking place at 2512 Santa Monica Boulevard through January 14, is a great place to get a bargain on a vintage gown, full set of china, or some amazing costume jewelry. The two levels of retail space are tastefully filled with all sorts of interesting items donated to help the Lange Foundation animal rescue, care, and placement. A leaded crystal vase sits on a coffee table adjacent to an as-if-new sofa. Lamps, a globe, and all sorts of...

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