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  • 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...

  • Mysteriously, MIT Thinks It Can Stop Campus Antisemitism Without Addressing Whether it's Wrong to Say "Intifada Revolution" and "From the River to the Sea"

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Nov 30, 2023
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    November 15, 2023 - The President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sally Kornbluth, released a public statement to the community, including parents of students and alumni, that attempted - and pathetically failed - to address recent events on campus that have made national headlines and TV and Internet news reports. In her cover email letter, she claimed she was going to include a written update that "clears up some false rumors and answers some common questions about what...

  • Enormous Pro-Hamas Protests that Violate Stated Policy Allowed to Continue by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 22, 2023

    November 14, 2023 - Tepid response by the administration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has encouraged an escalating level of protests by supporters of Hamas who call openly for the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel and accuse Israelis and Jews of genocide. Hamas is the ruling party in Gaza and labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. Shortly after the October 7 brutal and deadly invasion of Israel by Hamas, MIT President Sally Kornbluth admitted awareness of...

  • Carjacker Held Six Hostage for an Hour, Making Them Drive Him Around Santa Monica and Also Assaulting and Robbing Them - And Ends up Subdued By Them

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Nov 22, 2023

    November 16, 2023 - It took over a week, but the Santa Monica Police are now telling us about their arrest of a carjacking and kidnapping situation that occurred in Santa Monica on November 7. As it turns out, it was the six carjacked victims who subdued the suspect, Adrian Jose Dugas, 24 and homeless and then called the police at 10:30 pm to come pick up their tormentor. According to the victims, Dugas approached them as they were returning to their vehicle in Parking Structure 8 (Santa Monica...

  • Santa Monica Council Wants More Road Safety so You'll Likely Be Seeing More Stop Signs Soon

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 22, 2023

    November 17, 2023 - The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously this week to strengthen the City's Vision Zero safety commitment. This will include the following practical steps: - An engineering analysis regarding upgrading all present intersections to all-way stops - Upgrading non-signaled intersections to all-way stop-controlled intersections - Upgrading the portal for residents to report a dangerous intersection - Adopting signs at two-way stop-controlled intersections that warn about...

  • Serial Prowler and Sex Offender Arrested North of Montana by SMPD

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 13, 2023

    November 10, 2023 - A homeless man who is also a parolee at large and out-of-compliance sex offender has been arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department after getting caught by private security officers trying to gain entry to a home in the 200 block of 24th Street. At 3:27 am, SMPD responded to a call from two off-duty outside agency law enforcement officers who were providing security services for the homeowner. They had observed a prowler in the backyard trying to get into the house. The...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - October 26, 2023

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Oct 26, 2023

    Santa Monica's City Council thinks the city is just fine. One councilmember called the homeless residents and 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...

  • Car Versus Pedestrian Accident Closes Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Oct 5, 2023

    September 29, 2023 - A car driving north on Ocean Avenue hit a pedestrian jogger in the crosswalk at Marguerita and Ocean Avenue this morning. The city sent out an alert at 8:58 am warning of a street closure due to a "traffic collision." A witness said the driver apparently did not see the jogger run into Ocean Avenue. The struck man rolled off the hood of the car. A Santa Monica Police officer at the site told the witness that he thought the victim had a broken leg. There were reportedly some...

  • Apparent Suicide in Alley Behind Sephora Near Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica: Jumped from Parking Lot 2

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Oct 2, 2023

    September 27, 2023 - An individual apparently jumped from the top of Parking Lot 2 into the alley behind Sephora in the 1200 Block of the Third Street Promenade this afternoon. Photos taken by John Alle, local business owner and anti-crime activist, on his first day back at work after his own assault in Palisades Park last week, show a bloody sheet covering a body surrounded by police. A police officer indicated the roof of Parking Lot 2 as the suspected mode of death. An official comment from...

  • Anti-Hate Resolution Could be Added to Santa Monica Council Civility Policy

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Oct 2, 2023
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    September 26, 2023 - Tonight the Santa Monica City Council will consider whether to add a paragraph about "hate speech" to their existing Civility Policy. The existing policy exhorts those attending city council meetings to treat others "courteously," "listen "respectfully," and "exercise self-control" while embracing "respectful disagreement." No part of this policy has the force of law but is merely a resolution. Tonight, acting on a recommendation put forward in July 2022, the council will...

  • How Dangerous is Covid Now? Los Angeles County Health Department Claims They Don't Know

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Sep 21, 2023

    September 6, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Health Department claims they have no idea how deadly Covid-19 is any more. "We are unable to calculate the case fatality rate for COVID-19 using our disease surveillance data because many cases are not reported to Public Health," they wrote in response to a media query. Health officials say that, because of home testing kits, they have no idea how many people actually have had Covid and therefore do not have an accurate denominator to use in order to...

  • "Sandra, something happens to you that's completely different when you have a brush in your hand."

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 - Artist Sandra Frankel looks at California, and paints it, in her own, unique way, with bold colors and passionate brushstrokes. Raised in what she describes as a "rundown beach house" in Malibu, she believes art was something intrinsic to her soul. By age three, she'd already declared she would become an artist. Today, Frankel has an intaglio print, "Players in the Game," in the permanent collection of the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Other paintings of hers hang in...

  • Do You Want Yet Another Covid Booster Shot? Los Angeles County Health Department Advocates Masks and Boosters, at Least for the Elderly

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Sep 11, 2023
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    August 18, 2023 - The County Health Department, which oversees the distribution of free needles to the homeless drug-addicted, has advice regarding an apparent increase in transmission of the Covid-19 virus, including a recommendation to get the new Covid-19 booster that is to be considered for approval next month. The health department admits that hospitalizations due to Covid are at near-record lows but cautions that individuals over the age of 80 are five times more likely to be hospitalized...

  • Santa Methica is Not Safe Reads New Sign on the Santa Monica Promenade

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Aug 23, 2023
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    August 10, 2023 - A new sign warning tourists and shoppers on the Santa Monica Promenade was erected today by the Santa Monica Coalition, a group of property and business owners dedicated to restoring law and order to the troubled city. "Santa Methica is Not Safe," reads the sign, pointing out the dominant drug of choice among the near-thousand homeless individuals who inhabit the public and some private spaces in the city. "Our city manager Supports the Needle & Meth Pipe Distribution Program...

  • Celebrity Gets Harshest Possible Sentencing for Shooting Celebrity in Gascon's "Justice Reform" World: Ten Year Prison Sentence for Tory Lanez Shooting Megan Thee Stallion

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Aug 20, 2023

    August 9, 2023 - "Justice Reform" Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon announced yesterday a ten-year prison sentence for rap artist Tory Lanez for shooting another musical artist, Megan Thee Stallion in a 2020 incident in the Hollywood Hills. Tory Lanez's legal name is Daystar Peterson and Megan Thee Stallion's legal name is Megan Pete. Gascon has advanced a soft-on-criminal approach since taking office in December 2020. His theory is that long prison sentences do not stop...

  • Just Keep Taking Those Drugs, Says Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Aug 17, 2023

    August 9, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health appears to have given up on getting addicted residents off of drugs. In a recent press release warning of the potential presence of the veterinary anesthetic xylazine in illicit drugs, the Department included one sentence in a 700-word press release that advised people not to use illicit drugs. The next six paragraphs described ways to "minimize the risk." Nowhere in the press release did the Department list phone numbers, websi...

  • Suspect in Beach Bathroom Murder, Has Long History of Arrests

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 7, 2023
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    The man accused of stabbing to death another man outside a Santa Monica beach public restroom has a long history of arrests beginning about two years ago. Juan Evarastico Bahena, 48, identified by the Santa Monica Police Department as homeless, is accused of stabbing and killing a 27-year-old male in the breezeway next to the men's restrooms shortly after 2 pm on Monday in the 2000 block of the beach. According the the SMPD presse release, "Witnesses told officers that they heard an argument...

  • Man Beaten in Palisades Park by Scooter Riders

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jul 31, 2023

    July 25, 2023 - The Santa Monica Police Department has confirmed the details of an email circulating regarding a 66-year-old man getting beaten by a group of six people on scooters in Palisades Park. According to Myesha Morrison of the SMPD, officers were called to the 800 block of Palisades Park on Friday night around 9:20 pm. A large group of people on scooters drove by a 66-year-old man who was approaching his vehicle. When one of the scooters rode over the man's foot, he reportedly pushed...

  • LA County is also Handing out Crack Pipes to Drug Addicts

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jun 14, 2023
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    June 2, 2023 - According to Fox News, a report shows that Los Angeles County is handing out free pipes that can be used to smoke crack cocaine, methamphetamine and other opioids. Included in the kit with the pipes are also clean needs and "supplies" to avoid or reverse a drug overdose. Between 2020 and 2021, there were 1,500 homeless individuals who died of drug overdoses. More than half of them tested positive for having fentanyl in their systems. In recent years, the county has grown their...

  • County-Contracted Workers Offer Synthetic Meth to Whoever is in the Public Park, Do Not Offer Drug Counseling or Housing Services as Required by Los Angeles County Health Department Policy

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jun 14, 2023
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    June 6, 2023 - On Friday afternoon, three members of the Santa Monica Coalition and one journalist observed Los Angeles County-contracted workers hand out hypodermic needles, synthetic meth, and other alleged health aids to whoever was in the public park, including offering the kits to non-drug users who happened to be sitting in Reed Park. The Santa Monica Coalition, a group of local business owners and leaders who are concerned about humanitarian, public safety, and crime issues, decided on...

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