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 By David Ganezer    News    November 19, 2018 

City Loses Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed by Pico Neighborhood Association, Tentatively

In a Superior Court lawsuit filed by the Pico Neighborhood Association against the City of Santa Monica, Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelas has issued a Tentative ruling against the City. She...

 

Fire Sale: Santa Monica Hotels fill with Malibu and Calabasas Refugees

Streets in Santa Monica were filled with refugees from Malibu and communities immediately north which were affected by the Woolsey and West Hills fires. The fires could be seen reflecting off the wate...

 

Entire City of Malibu Under Mandatory Evacuation, as Woolsey Fire Burns Toward the Pacific.

If you were thinking of driving to Ventura County today, think again. The entire city is under mandatory evacuation order fas the Woolsey Fire burns South toward the ocean. From the roof of our condo...

 

Observer Recommendations for Santa Monica Election Nov. 6th: Time for a Change

At the Santa Monica Observer, we received not one dollar in city funds for advertising the last two years. No candidate this year has placed even one ad with us yet. Trust me, we have no friends at...

 

SamoHi Key Club Fundraises for Cedars-Sinai Hospital Pediatric Trauma Center

"The Key Club is an international service organization," explained Phil Brock, from the Kiwanis Club. "The SamoHi Key Club was established over 100 years ago. Our overall purpose is to better the...

 

At 15, Stephen Miller was no longer Eating Glue. He Was Protesting Against Leftism at Samohi

I was Steve Miller's first boss. He wrote an anti-Freshman Seminar for me. This was long after he was in third grade, and apparently eating glue, according to a third grade teacher recently suspended...

 

Alt Car Expo to Rock the Socket! An interview with the woman behind the Alt Car Expo

Boasting the largest collection of hydrogen, electric and hybrid vehicles in the region, the 13th Annual City of Santa Monica AltCar Expo will return to Santa Monica on October 12-13, 2018 with brand...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 7, 2018

Why Won't Any of the Incumbents Talk About Crime? It's All Residents Talk About

It’s shaping up to be a weird and wild election season, despite the fact that the City Council incumbents will walk into their 40th terms as City Council members. Surprise! It may not count, as the...

 

Disrupting Snail Mail: What if Direct Mail Behaved Like a Digital Channel?

The digital age has rewritten the script for (some would call it disrupted) industries from newspapers to automobiles. What about direct mail, those advertisements on pieces of actual paper one sorts...

 

Seeking a Meditation Get Away? The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica Has an App for that. And a Garden

The Shore Hotel has launched a Meditation Garden, which sync's with an app called StopBreatheThink. We asked the hotel's General Manager Gerry Peck, why a first class hotel on bustling Ocean Avenue,...

 

Santa Monica Conservative KM Synagogue Honors Benefactor on his 100th Birthday

He has lived for 100 years and in that time, escaped the Nazis, started a successful textile business, and funded a synagogue in Santa Monica. Mostly, Jack Nomberg is thankful for everything. Nomberg...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 16, 2018

Santa Monica City Council Approves Extensive Ban on Single-Use Plastics

8/14: Concerned about the effect on marine wild life, the Santa Monica City Council has tightened existing law banning plastic. The City will require restaurants and those selling food to go, to...

 

Armen Melkonians and Kate Bransfield Visit City Clerk to Petition for City Council Race

Santa Monica for Renters Rights have had a near lock on City council elections since the group was founded in 1979. Are local voters finally fed up enough by the non stop construction, traffic and...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 20, 2018

"We multi-screen, we engage, we plan. That's How a Brand Connects, Disrupts, and Gets Noticed."

14 years ago, Nicole Levings graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in business and marketing, and began her career in advertising. She has always worked with "creative agencies on...

 

Sports Writer Mitch Chortkoff, 78 Dies in Hospice. Memorial Services Monday

Update: Services will be held on Monday July 23, 2:00 pm at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles Sportswriter Mitch Chortkoff died Wednesday in...

 
 By David Ganezer    Events   

Main Street Hosts Annual Independence Day Parade for July 4th, 2018

This article is intended as a roundup of 4th of July events locally. The 12th annual Fourth of July Parade will kick off once again this year on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - at 9:30am. Starting off at...

 
 By David Ganezer    Business    July 2, 2018

"Our London, Munich, Paris and New York Offices are All in WeWork buildings"

Max Fronicke is a Sales Force recruitment executive with Lawrence Harvey. Lawrence Harvey is a "headhunter" for salesforce.com (stock symbol CRM), with offices in 4 countries and 5 cities. Last year...

 
 By David Ganezer    Business    July 2, 2018

"Growth Hacking" Will Disrupt Internet Advertising Says CEO of CoEfficient Labs

Excerpts of an interview with Sean Goldfaden, a Member at WeWork in Santa Monica, the CEO of CoEfficient Labs. CoEfficient Labs is a Growth Advertising Agency for Series-A Startups. It's based at We W...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 16, 2018

Santa Monica City Council Allows Scooters to Operate Until January 2020 as an Experiment

Beginning in September, the City will run a 16 month program to study the feasibility of allowing electric rental scooters on City sidewalks and streets. Bird and Lime companies created controversy...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 5, 2018

City May Allow Electric Scooters to be Parked on Sidewalks Lawfully

The City Council is considering amending the municipal code to allow scooters to be parked on City sidewalks. At its June 12th meeting, the Council will consider an amendment to the code. As part of...

 

Interview with Joseph Culp and Scott Ben-Yasher, the Men behind Welcome to the Men's Group

I sat down with the principals behind Welcome to the Men's Group, to ask them what the movie was about, other than a bunch of middle aged men taking their clothes off and discussing their feelings....

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 14, 2018

How Beating on Bongos and Flying Flags Perpetuates World Peace

When I'm bored I run on the beach. There's always something new in Santa Monica, and it's usually near the 105 year old Pleasure Pier. DrumDancepray.org had a colorful flag display flapping in the...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 13, 2018

Groups Seeking Term Limits Circulate Petition Among Santa Monica Voters

Santa Monicans for City Council Term Limits has begun actively circulating a petition to put a charter amendment before voters that would limit city councilmembers to three 4 year terms. "Since this...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 9, 2018

Santa Monicans for City Council Term Limits Seeks to Upend 20 year Terms

When you're elected to City Council, it's lifetime position. Herb Katz, Christine Reed, Ken Genser and had to be carried out practically. They all died on the Council. The latter 2 had parks named...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 2, 2018

City, SMC Build a Pre-School at Civic Center for Children of Staff and Friends

Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica will soon conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School. It will take place on Tuesday, March 13 from 10:30 a.m....

 

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