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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 30, 2021 

Santa Monica City Council to Consider a Resolution Demanding Lawful Action by LA County DA George Gascon

July 27, 2021 The City Council will discuss tonight a resolution asking Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon to follow state law regarding bail and sentencing of criminal defendants....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 20, 2021

Affordable Housing Makes More Sense than Parking Downtown Says Santa Monica City Council in 4-3 Vote

After hearing a brief history of the long journey to demolish Parking Structure 3 in downtown Santa Monica, the city council voted 4-3 to demolish the structure and replace it with affordable...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 18, 2021

Beaches Open Again After Hyperion Sewage Spill Says County Health Department

The Los Angeles County Health Department and the nonprofit environmental group, Heal the Bay, have slightly differing attitudes toward current water quality in the Santa Monica Bay after a sewage spil...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    July 16, 2021

Is it Compassion to Allow Vagrants to Take Over City Property or Something Else?

Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich thinks the key to saving the dying Third Street Promenade is to allow drug-using vagrants to use the business district's parking garages. Just kidding. What she...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    July 16, 2021

Unsafe Conditions at Santa Monica's Parking Garages Were Known Before Near-Deadly Carjacking, Murder, and Rape Attempt - And Still Nothing is Being Done to Address Them

For 19 months prior to the rape attempt, carjacking, and violent assault in Santa Monica's Parking Structure 8, property owner John Alle had been sounding the alarm to public officials and Downtown Sa...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 16, 2021

Catalina Island Wants You to Come to THIS Reopening for the Summer of 2021

Catalina Island, 26 miles off the California coast, is still struggling to attract visitors with yet another "reopening" announcement. The island shut down in March 2020 until mid-June of that year...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    July 6, 2021

Bonin Brags About Housing 19 Individuals From the Venice Boardwalk, Yes, Brags

There are an estimated 2,000 homeless people inhabiting the streets of Venice, California. News outlets reported 200 tents on the Ocean Front Boardwalk as of June 27. And on June 28, Los Angeles Counc...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    July 6, 2021

Suspect Smashed a Window to Enter Home, Arrested by SMPD for Burglary

June 30, 2021 - Around 4:20 am, a man smashed in a window at a residence on Urban Avenue and entered the home, terrorizing a woman and her juvenile daughter. Both mother and daughter locked...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 2, 2021

Quick, Someone Give Barbara Ferrer a Sedative: LA County Health Department Recommending Masks Indoors, Even for Vaccinated People

6/29: Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Health Department, headed by Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, changed their mind - yet again - about the efficacy of the various Covid-19 vaccines. Noting that...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 13, 2021

Protest Rally to Be Held to Save Samohi's History Building on Saturday morning, June 12

A group of parents, residents, and alumni are opposing the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board's decision to demolish the historic History building, circa 1930s, and use bond money to...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 13, 2021

City Manager Just Says No to Pickleball

At first the city simply wouldn't help the pickleball players set up their courts. Then they pushed them out of the courts they'd been setting up on their own. And now they won't let them even do...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    June 13, 2021

California Senate Says We Should Just Deal with Drug-Users Slugging Us in the Park, Passes Law to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs 21-16

Courtesy of the brainiac who is pushing to densify our neighborhoods, California State Senator Scott Wiener, Senate Bill 519 to legalize psychedelic drugs, including LSD, was approved by the state's u...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 9, 2021

Hate Your Coworker: New June 15 California Covid Regulations Turn Workers Against Each Other

While the number of Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County have continued to remain the lowest since the start of the pandemic, with a test positivity rate today of 0.4%, officials are clearly hesitant...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    June 4, 2021

Another Cowboy Felon with a Handgun in His Waistband; This One Arrested in Santa Monica on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day in the late afternoon, when family picnics were winding down and folks were heading home to watch the baseball game, an observant individual noticed a man roaming the area near the...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    June 4, 2021

Gelsons Will Make Everything All Better, says Hines Development Regarding Mega-Sized West Edge Project Under Construction On Olympic Near Bundy

There will be a Gelsons at the eventual megalith development that is replacing Martin's Cadillac on Olympic Boulevard near Bundy. Hines development company, who is constructing the eight-story...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 2, 2021

3.0 Earthquake 11 km South of Malibu at 7:03 am on Memorial Day

May 31, 2021 - A 3.0 earthquake gently rocked Santa Monica early in the morning of Memorial Day. The epicenter was located 11 kilometers south of Santa Monica, directly south of Pepperdine University...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Schools    May 24, 2021

Demolishing Historic WPA Building at Samohi Teaches Lesson: Never Vote for School Bond Measures

The Santa Monica-Malibu(for now) School District seeking to demolish the art moderne History building in the center of the Samohi campus teaches the public an important civics lesson. Never vote in...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 24, 2021

Fire in Pacific Palisades for Second Time This Month

UPDATE: From the Los Angeles Fire Department blog: CONTAINED: Firefighters have hand lines around the perimeter as helicopters continue to conduct water drops to assist with the efforts. The burn...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    May 22, 2021

California Hangs onto Mask Mandate Like a Baby with a Pacifier

May 18, 2021 After taking the weekend to mull the matter, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health decided that California would not be following the guidelines put forward May...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 22, 2021

Suspect in Palisades Brush Fire Identified as Ramon Santos Rodriguez, 48, a Homeless Man

May 18, 2021 Authorities today identified a suspect they had arrested on Sunday in connection with the Palisades wildfire that burned over the weekend and is only 32% contained as of this morning....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Health    May 22, 2021

Counterfeiting a Vaccination Card is a Crime: Be on the Lookout for Fakes, says CA Attorney General Rob Bonta

Although California officials have repeatedly said they have no plans to institute a "vaccine passport" system in the state, apparently a lively trade in counterfeit vaccination cards has presumed...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 21, 2021

Palisades Fire at 66% Containment; Arson Suspect Arrested and Identified as 48-Year-Old Homeless Man

May 20, 2021 - The Los Angeles Fire Department announced last night that the Palisades brush fire that began on Friday, May 14, is at 66% containment. "Firefighters have turned the corner on this...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 20, 2021

Man Openly Carrries a Gun into Market on Pico Boulevard and Gets Arrested

May 18, 2021 - In the early hours of the morning on Monday, a man who was openly carrying a handgun in his waistband walked into the AM PM market at 3rd and Pico together with a woman companion....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 20, 2021

Evacuation Orders Lifted for Palisades Fire; Arson Suspect Arrested and Identified as 48-Year-Old Homeless Man

May 19, 2021 The Los Angeles County Fire Department lifted evacuation orders for residents of Pacific Palisades at 1:00 pm Tuesday afternoon. Earlier that day, they lifted evacuation orders for...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 18, 2021

'Whacky' is a Kind Word to Describe Santa Monica Demolishing Parking Structure Number 3 Downtown

In a move that appears calculated to kill what little retail life is left in the Third Street Promenade and downtown, city officials are asking the California Coastal Commission to approve their...

 

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