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 By David Ganezer    News    October 13, 2021

Southwest Airlines Flight Crews, Staff Begin Massive Sickout Over Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates

Over 1000 flights were cancelled Sunday as 1500 employees of Southwest Airlines, the nation's #5 carrier, began a sickout to protest mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. Passengers were reportedly...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 11, 2021

Monday is Columbus Day, and Los Angeles Courts Will Be Closed, While California State Offices Are Open

Monday October 11 2021 is Columbus Day. Los Angeles Superior Court's are closed, as are other County offices. US District Courts and all Federal offices will shutter too. But State offices, such as...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 11, 2021

New Push to Cover Up Historic Murals in Santa Monica City Hall

10/8/21: As Columbus Day becomes Indigenous People's Day: On the holiday formerly known as Columbus Day, new attempts to remove the murals from city hall are afoot. "On September 28th, City Council...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 8, 2021

Santa Monica Treated to Rare Thunder and Lightning Display

10/4 Santa Monica was treated to a rare thunder and lightning display on Monday afternoon around the 5 PM hour. Men walking dogs and women with baby strollers scrambled to get out of the sudden rain...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 4, 2021

US Coast Guard Responds to an Oil Spill Three Miles Off the Coast of Newport Beach

The US Coast Guard responded to an oil spill 4 miles off the coast of Newport Beach, the Federal Agency reported on Saturday. The event interrupted an airshow over Newport Beach. An oil slick just...

 

As Summer Fades, Beach Volleyball Continues On the Beach in Ocean Park

9/24: Last weekend, our photographer Mary Leipziger captured these photos of kids and adults playing beach volley ball on Santa Monica beach. The modern game originated on Santa Monica Beach. An...

 

Smoke Turns Sun and Moon Red Over Santa Monica From Fires in N. and Central California

Smoke can travel hundreds of miles in the upper atmosphere, as it did this week. Smoke lingering in the air from Northern and Central California turned skies red all over Southern California on...

 

Magnitude 4.3 Earthquake Centered in Carson Hits on Friday at 7:58 pm

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake centered in Carson shook the Westside on Friday evening just before 8 pm. It was felt as a low rolling motion, for about ten seconds. There were no immediate reports of...

 

A German Immigrant Musician Born in Ukraine, Lawrence Welk Built Santa Monica's Tallest Tower

A few of you in my generation may remember your parents watching a certain musical variety show back in the day. A musician, accordionist and bandleader, Welk hosted "The Lawrence Welk Show" from...

 

Mrs. Gavin Newsom Called Rose McGowan 6 Months Before She Blew Up Harvey Weinstein, Asking Her to Shut Up

Politics makes strange bedfellows. Rose McGowan just got into bed, politically speaking, with Larry Elder. This afternoon, the Me Too movement founder will hold a press conference with Larry Elder,...

 

LA Sheriff Succeeds in Removing Homeless Encampments From Venice Boardwalk

Authorities may claim success in removing homeless people from the Venice boardwalk, a task that seemed impossible at the beginning of the summer. In my Labor Day visit to the Boardwalk, I saw no...

 

Bears Take Over South Lake Tahoe as Resort City is Evacuated Due to Caldor Fire

Who's smarter than the average bear? South Lake Tahoe, a city of 22,000 people, has been evacuated due to the Caldor Fire. Caldor has burned 208,000 acres to the Southwest of Lake Tahoe, coming...

 

Local Synagogues Prepare For High Holiday Services Under Covid

For local Jews, the New Year is upon us. For the second year in a row, local temples and synagogues are preparing for High Holiday services during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Conservative...

 

Evacuation Order Rescinded for South Lake Tahoe after 50% containment of Caldor Fire

CalFire rescinded its evacuation order for the South Lake Tahoe area at 4 pm Sunday afternoon. The order came into effect after the town of 22,000 residents and several large casinos, was threatened...

 

Proud Boys vs. Antifa: Anti-Vax Rally by the Pier Fails to Produce a Portland Like Conflict Between Disparate Groups

About 400 to 500 demonstrators prayed by the Santa Monica Pier Sunday afternoon. Speakers of every race exhorted the genteel crowd to vote to recall Gavin Newsom and George Gascon. They also opposed...

 

Randy's Donuts Rolls Towards Opening in Santa Monica

Time to get excited people! Randy's donuts at 9th Street and Wilshire will be opening August 31, 2021, says Lawrence Carroll, their publicist. What makes Randy's Donuts different? "We only use the...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 31, 2021

California Parole Board Votes to Release Sirhan Sirhan, Who Shot and Killed Robert F. Kennedy in 1968

8/27: The California Parole Board has voted to release Sirhan Sirhan, the man who shot and killed RFK in 1968. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has decided not to oppose Sirhan's...

 

LA Times Characterizes a Black Dude From South Central LA As a White Supremacist as Elder Leads Polling into Recall

Gavin Newsom, a rich white guy from the Bay Area who is backed by some of the richest people in the State, faces a real challenge from the Recall Campaign. This has galvanized since June, when former...

 

Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies at 80, Says His Publicist in a Statement

Rolling Stones Guitarist Charlie Watts has died, said his publicist in a statement on Twitter. Watts, 80 joined the legendary rock band in 1963 at the beginning of their 58 year career. "He passed awa...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 25, 2021

Santa Monica City Council To Consider Mandatory Vaccinations

The Santa Monica City Council will consider at its August 24th meeting, whether City employees should be required to obtain vaccinations for Covid-19, prior to reporting for their jobs and as a...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 23, 2021

Fire Along the PCH Cliffs Sunday Morning, Just North of Channel Road in Pacific Palisades

Witnesses reported a small fire along the cliffs above Pacific Coast Highway. The blaze was just north of Channel Road in Pacific Palisades on Sunday Morning at about 9:00 am. The fire did not seem...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 15, 2021

Fatality Traffic Collision of Nine Vehicles, Closes Santa Monica Freeway for Five hours

A fatality collision at the East end of the McClure Tunnel closed the 10 freeway for a few hours Saturday afternoon, the Santa Monica Fire Department said in a press release. Four people were injured...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 13, 2021

SMPD Arrest Catalytic Convertor Thief

Santa Monica Police have caught a 28 year old Los Angeles man in the act of stealing a catalytic convertor from a pickup truck. "On August 12, 2021 at about 5:35 AM," Spokesman Lt. Rudy Flores...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 9, 2021

US Flag and LGBTQ Flag Stolen From Santa Monica City Hall, After Flagpole Vandalized

Someone has vandalized the flag in front of Santa Monica City Hall. Both the US Flag and the LGBTQ flag are missing. "The US flag and pride flag were raised in front of City Hall for the month of...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 7, 2021

Town of Greenville CA Lost to #Dixiefire Wednesday Afternoon

Once again, an entire California town has been lost to a wildfire. The town of Greenville has about 1150 residents, a fraction the size of Paradise California, which burned to the ground in 2018. But...

 

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