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  • BREAKING NEWS: SMPD Horse Patrol Conducts Equine Glam Photo Shoot in Front of Santa Monica City Hall

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 22, 2024
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    20 — Today, I was fortunate enough to run into 11 members of the Santa Monica Police Department equine patrol, participating in a first ever photo shoot involving officers and their horses. Officer Del-Cornejo, who prefers to be called Dell, was astride a topically light colored horse. Dell told a photographer that he felt fortunate to be able to come to work and ride. Officer Barajas rode a dark brown horse with a brown mane. She said that she has been with the department’s horse pat...

  • Sheriff's Arrest One Man After He Live Streamed Himself Discharging a Firearm Into the Night in Marina del Rey 4.14.24

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 19, 2024

    Numerous law enforcement and other emergency personnel, along with additional agencies responded to an active shooter live-streaming from a rooftop in Marina Del Rey. Victory Nguyen, aged 41 owns numerous firearms including two AR rifles and a pistol on top of an apartment building, fired multiple rounds at people and at Los Angeles police. Multiple streets were been shut down, and LASD asked nearby residents to shelter in place and avoid the area. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept....

  • O.J. Simpson Dead of Prostate Cancer, Age 76. More Famous For the Murders of his Ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff WRiter|Apr 15, 2024

    OJ Simpson has died of prostate cancer at the age of 76. The football hero was more recently known as an actor, then a murder suspect in a double murder. The following is from Wikipedia: Orenthal James Simpson (July 9, 1947 – April 10, 2024), commonly referred to as O. J. Simpson or O. J., was an American football running back, actor, and broadcaster. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills, and is regarded as one of the greatest r...

  • Star Trek Set Coming to Sci-Fi World Museum located in the Old Sears Building at 302 Colorado in Downtown Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer STaff Writer|Apr 11, 2024

    The Sci-Fi World Musuem announced that it will host the iconic 10 Forward set from the Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The set will be hosted in the old Sears building on Colorado and 4th Street, and will be open to the public. You may have heard the news last week that after more then 10 years, the SCI-FI WORLD: The Experience, Is Finally coming to Los Angeles on May 27th. Located inside the historic former Sears building at 302 Colorado Avenue. "Star Trek set coming to Sci-Fi...

  • Solar Eclipse Monday; Pedestrian Dies Near Pier; Malibu School District Separation Efforts

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 11, 2024

    Pedestrian Dies Near Pier 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...

  • Cross Country Relay Starts Wednesday from the Santa Monica Pier to Raise Money to Combat MS

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 3, 2024

    An annual 3260 mile cross country relay will begin at the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, April 3rd. The relay finishes four months later in New York City. The purpose: Raising money to combat Multiple Sclerosis, aka MS. 21 runners each will cover 160 miles more or less over 6 days. The organization behind the event is called MS Run the US. "This year's first runner, Michael Azar, kicks off the event running 164 miles in 6 days; more than a marathon per day for 6 consecutive days." "MS Run the...

  • Multiple Buildings Collapse In Taiwan After a Pair of Massive 7.4 Earthquakes Strikes Triggering Tsunami Warnings

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 3, 2024

    Update 9 pm PST: Tsunami warnings cancelled. Damage to the capital Taipei not considered excessive, though some buildings lost tiles and windows. Elsewhere in the nation of 22 million, at least 2 apartment buildings collapsed. It is the biggest earthquake to hit the island nation since 1999, when 2500 people died. There are undoubtedly casualties in this 7.4 magnitude temblor. Tsunami warning issued for Taiwan and the Japanese Okinawa Islands after a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Incoming...

  • Sweet Lady Jane is Alive and Well And Welcoming Customers Back on Montana Avenue

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 31, 2024

    Specialty cake and pastry store Sweet Lady Jane is alive and doing well on Montana Avenue. The stores are now owned by a couple, Matthew and Julie, explained the counter gal we spoke to. Previously they had been owned by a couple in their 70's, who decided to close the chain abruptly ten weeks ago. "We're doing really well," she said. "It's very busy here at the Montana Avenue location. We are making a lot of sales." She added that they are using the same recipes to make pastries as before the...

  • Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison. There are Murderers in California Who Get Less Time

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 28, 2024

    Sam Bankman-Fried has just been sentenced to 25 years in prison for defrauding investors and customers. He ran FTX, a brokerage which also sponsored it's own proprietary crypto currency. The 27 year old was convicted of fraud for using depositor funds to back the currency. Alameda Research, ran by his girlfriend Caroline Ellison, developed the crypto currency. SBF was convicted on seven counts. Prosecutors had asked 50 years. His defense attorneys suggested 5 or 6. SBF's lawyers announced that...

  • Ukraine Sinks Two Ropucha Class Landing Craft And Bombs Sevastopol Communications Center for the Russian Black Sea Fleet

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2024

    Ukrainian missiles destroyed two Ropucha class landing ships anchored at Sevastapol Saturday night. The attack coincided with an attack on the communications center of the black sea fleet. The 350 foot long ships were among the largest remaining ships in Russia's diminished Black Sea Fleet. Russia shut down the Kerch bridge into Crimea, another sign that Russian control over the Azov is slipping. An invasion of Odesa seems less likely. This from Andrea Gorashenko on Twitter: In Sevastopol, the...

  • UCLA Medical School Now Segregates Black and White Students on a Weekly Basis, to Discuss Racism

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2024

    According to a post on Reddit, UCLA Medical school, once one of the nation's top medical schools, is now lowering it's admissions standards, then requiring students to attend weekly mandatory race discussions based on the race of the student. The poster writes as follows: "Apparently, UCLA Medical School (school was named in the comments by other posters) requires students to have a mandatory meeting once a week, where they are seperated by race ("white folks"/"black folks"/"non-black people of...

  • Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster Have New Owners as Pacific Park is sold

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2024

    In a press release, the operator of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, has announced that they have sold the park to an investment firm called SC Holdings. The firms website is at www.sc.holdings. The two managing partners are identified as Jason Stein and Daniel Haimovic. It is unclear what the new operators intend to do with Pacific Park. The Pier of course is owned by a public corporation controlled by the City of Santa Monica. The Pier itself was not sold. The press release follows:...

  • The Last Margarita: El Torito Restaurant Suddenly Informs Staff That it is Closing on 3/10/24

    David Ganezer, Observer STaff Writer|Mar 21, 2024
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    It looks like the staff at El Torito have poured their final Margarita. The manager of the El Torito Restaurant at 3360 Ocean Park Blvd told a customer that the restaurant will close permanently on Sunday, March 10, 2024. He did not give a reason for the closure, but said the staff had been informed by corporate that the location was closing permanently. He said that they were shocked and saddened. "El Torito is a Mexican chain featuring burritos, fajitas and classic cocktails in an informal...

  • Liftoff: Space X successfully Launches Starship Heavy Rocket at 6:25 am PST in Successful Test of Super Heavy Booster

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 18, 2024

    Space X has successfully launched the Starship Heavy rocket on a suborbital flight, which will one day take colonists to Mars in Elon Musk's vision. They held it to the 8:25 Central Time launch time. Third Stage separation was acheived a few minutes later, followed by a de-orbit burn. Less than an hour later, Starship landed in a field of Plasma. The third test flight of Starship Heavy is historic, since the first two blew up shortly after launch. If they get it off the ground, Musk Tweeted, Sta...

  • Sudden Squall, Flash Flood Warning Surprises Westside on Thursday

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 11, 2024

    Sudden storms brought Thunder, lightning and even hail to the Westside on Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a severe thunderstorm warning and also a flash flood alert for Western Los Angeles County. This at 4:33 pm PST on March 6, 2024. The alert reads as follows: "Flash Flood Warning in effect for Western Los Angeles County until 10:00PM. Dangerous street flooding is possible. Avoid non-essential travel. DO NOT walk, swim or drive your vehicle through flood...

  • Steve Garvey, Adam Schiff in Senate Runoff: Election Results from 2024 Will Be Pending Throughout March

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 11, 2024

    In what the progressive LA Times called "a referendum on a more rehabilitative, less punitive approach to criminal justice," George Gascon won the primary election for Los Angeles County DA. However, he appears to have received only 24% of the vote, a record low for an incumbent D.A. He will face Republican Nathan Hochman in November, who received about 17% of the vote in the field of 11 candidates. Newcomer Jonathan Hatami finished third with around 14% of the vote, vowing to run for public...

  • California Voters Prepare to Dump Progressive Voter Reform Initiative called Proposition 47

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 6, 2024
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    A proposed ballot initiative that would reverse California's Prop. 47, has gathered 400,000 signatures, about 2/3rds of the number needed to put it on the ballot. "Proposition 47, was passed by tragically misinformed voters in 2014, and flagrantly titled "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" by then Attorney General Kamala Harris," say the measures proponents. "It reduced a host of serious felonies to misdemeanors, including drug crimes, date rape, and all thefts under $950, even for repeat...

  • Flash Flood Warning Issued for Western Los Angeles County, Including Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 6, 2024

    The National has issued a flash flood alert for Western Los Angeles County. This at 5:53 pm PST on March 6, 2024. The alert reads as follows: "Flash Flood Warning in effect for Western Los Angeles County until 10:00PM. Dangerous street flooding is possible. Avoid non-essential travel. DO NOT walk, swim or drive your vehicle through flood waters." Over an inch of rain fell Wednesday....

  • Santa Monica City Councilmember Lana Negrete Announces that She Has Breast Cancer

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 26, 2024

    City Councilmember Lana Negrete has announced that she has breast cancer. “I was diagnosed with cancer 14 days ago.... it's Estrogen positive HER2 Negative breast cancer in my right breast and in 2 of my lymph nodes in that breast,” she wrote. Negrete, one of 7 City Councilmembers, was appointed to the council in 2021 and elected to a 4 year term in 2022. She also runs a music store in Santa Monica, and is married with children. She is also Mayor Pro Tem. Her Facebook post reads as follows: I h...

  • Obscure Corporation Seeks to Replace Sculpture at Windward and Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 26, 2024

    An old rusting sculpture on Venice Beach has a Notice of Pending Demolition Permit on it. The Notice was issued by the Cal. Coastal Commission, which wants to replace the artwork with other art. Some would probably prefer open space at the intersection of Windward and Ocean Front Walk in Venice. The applicant for the permit is "LA Louver," which is a closed corporation. So no one is sure who's actually behind the move or what would follow it. According to the California Secretary of State, the...

  • First Photo of Sam Bankman Fried in Jail Released; Convicted Crypto Fraudster

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2024

    A photo of Sam Bankman Fried in jail, with other inmates has surfaced on Social Media. The photo was released not by the New York Men's Department of Corrections, but my social media influencer Tiffany Fong who is on Twitter as @tiffanyfong_ . SBF basically used client deposits to back his company's own proprietary crypto currency, FTX. It is interesting to note that due to the increase in the value of crypto currencies such as FTX and Bitcoin, SBF's "victims" may recover all their lost money...

  • Couple Opens Magical Vegan Deli on Montana Avenue, Just in Time for Valentine's Day

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 12, 2024

    By David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer You may have noticed the new vegan Deli in the 900 block of Montana Avenue. By opening the Deli, Brittany and Terrence Caldwell are completing their heroes' journey, and beginning where they started. "The hero's journey is to end up where you started," says Caldwell. "I never thought I would come back to this, but at the same time, I thought opening a small restaurant was what I was meant to do." B&T's Deli offers vegetarian sandwiches and other fares to...

  • Powerful Earthquake Shakes Santa Monica Friday Afternoon

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 12, 2024

    17: The most powerful earthquake in years hit the Westside on Friday afternoon. Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, 7 miles from Thousand Oaks, in the sea off of Malibu ·hit at 1:47 PM. In some homes dishes fell off the shelves. The ground was still shaking a minute later. Cats and dogs ran to hide under beds. By coincidence, the quake fell on the 53rd anniversary of the 1971 Northridge earthquake....

  • Santa Monica Rides Out LA's "Atmospheric River" Storm Monday Mostly Intact; 6.63 Inches of Rain Falls in Two Days, a Record

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 8, 2024

    The City of Santa Monica appears to have incurred little damage from 6.63 inches of rain in an event weathermen are calling “an atmospheric river.” The 6.63 inch total is the highest two day total in the City of Santa Monica’s 150 year history. "We are experiencing minor issues but nothing of consequence,” wrote Mayor Phil Brock early Monday afternoon. "Our emergency management center is activated, and we continue to monitor weather developments constantly.” On Wilshire Blvd and Montana A...

  • Despite Heavy Rain and Travel Advisory Santa Monica Schools Expected to be Open Monday February 5 2024

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 8, 2024

    On Sunday evening February 4th 2024, the following e mail went to SMMUSD, affirming that school will not be cancelled despite heavy rain. **Email on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Antonio Shelton** Santa Monica schools expected to be open Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 Dear Santa Monica Staff and Families, We are monitoring weather conditions in the area and at this time we are planning for all Santa Monica schools to be in session tomorrow, Mon, Feb. 5. If this plan changes, we will notify you by 6:30...

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