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 By David Ganezer    News    August 4, 2020 

Splashdown: Dragon SpaceX Capsule Returns to Earth in Atlantic Ocean Off Florida

Two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, splashed down safely in the SpaceX Crew Dragon "Endeavour" in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. It is...

 

Santa Monica Bus Driver William Alvarenga Retires After 37 Years of Driving Passengers

7/13/20: Big Blue Bus bid farewell to William Alvarenga, its longest-tenured bus "Operator," or driver. Alvarenga had driven for the company for 37 years. "(Alvarenga) was an exceptional Operator. He...

 
 By David Ganezer    Business    July 8, 2020

Deal Reached for Uber Inc. to Acquire Postmates Food Delivery Service

In a marriage between 2 delivery and transportation rivals, Postmates announced today that a deal had been reached for Uber to acquire the food delivery service. This in an email sent to Postmates 2,0...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 5, 2020

Even Orange County Beaches and LA Lifeguards Will Be Closed for Independence Day

LA County's ten million residents can look forward to a 4th of July with no fireworks, no bars, no public gatherings. But the marijuana dispensaries will be open, because after all that is an...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 26, 2020

California DMV Reopens for Some Services, But Forget it if you need a Learners Permit

They will allow you to reinstate registration for an impounded vehicle, reinstate a suspended drivers license, and get a California ID Card. But forget about getting a learners permit. The California...

 

San Vicente View Apartments Reopens After Extensive Renovations. 28 Units for Rent

For just $3100 a month, you can be the lord and master (or goddess and mistress, as the case may be), of 670 square feet in 90402. To be fair, folks all over the world pay a premium to be close to...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    June 2, 2020

"No Justice, No Peace!" Chant Protestors as they walk from SMPD HQ to Venice in Los Angeles

Protesting the death of Minnesota security guard George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, about 100 protestors walked down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica from the Sa...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 2, 2020

High Command: Latest Lockdown Suggestions From City of Santa Monica are a Bit Better

In line with the County of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica has issued new guidance for Covid-19 social distancing. Churches and synagogues can reopen, with 25% as many congregants. Theaters and...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 31, 2020

Santa Monica Pier is Empty As Family Businesses There Live Through Covid Lockdown

The Pier has been a bit of a mystery since the Coronavirus lockdown began 9 weeks ago. It's closed, and the police won't allow you to walk down the ramp to see it for yourself. The 110 year old Santa...

 

Westside Ballet: Even With Social Distancing, the Show Must Go On

It's 2020, and all sorts of arts and educational programs are looking for ways to continue teaching, in a time of social distancing. Santa Monica's Westside Ballet has some brave and innovative contin...

 

Destiny Church donates lunches to Staff at Hospitals and Grocery Stores.

Destiny Church has a program to give "Care Bag" lunches during the pandemic, "Just to show the hospital staff we care about them." They also give out lunches to grocery stores. The Church gives out...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    May 14, 2020

"End the Lockdown Now!" Demand #OpenCalifornia Protestors at the Santa Monica Pier

5/9: As part of State-wide “Open California Now" demonstrations, about 80 protestors at the Santa Monica Pier demanded that California reopen immediately. Some wore masks and others did not, and...

 

Teenager Uses Three D Printer Technology to Craft Facial Shields for First Responders

14 year old Mikey Strauss found a way to use his three dimensional printer, in order to help first responders working in the Coronavirus age: Making plastic face shields for them. "My 14 year old has...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 12, 2020

Parade for First Responders around Providence St. Johns Hospital, and to UCLA hospital

A parade of cars wound around St. Johns early in the evening of Saturday May 2nd. It was intended to show support and say "Thank You" to the Frontline workers at hospitals of St. John's and UCLA. Part...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 29, 2020

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un is alive but not well, says US President Trump.

In Monday’s Covid-19 press conference, a reporter asked President Donald Trump where Kim Jong Un was, and what the North Korean dictator‘s state of health might be. The president was asked during...

 

Pop-up market at the Victorian Restaurant Sells Meat, Fish, Produce, Sanitizer, Gloves and oh yes Toilet Paper

if you're looking for some interesting shopping on a sunny day down on Main Street in Santa Monica, the Victorian is the place. Kelly Stromberg and Caitlin say that they are selling, fish, meat,...

 

A California woman who needs Hysterectomy on an Emergency Basis, Sent Home During Covid-19 Shutdown

A woman wrote us today that she is suffering from an acute medical problem of the female variety. She needs an obstetrician to perform a hysterectomy on her. It will not wait, she is in great...

 

The Plot Thickens: Lane Dilg Appointed as Interim City Manager in Virtual Meeting

In a weekend appointment that says they must have met in secret before meeting via Zoom, the Santa Monica City Council appointed one of their own as City Manager: City Attorney Lane Dilg. This leaves...

 

Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole Resigns Over Budget Cuts Amids Covid19 Emergency

City Manager Rick Cole has offered his resignation to the City Council. In recent meetings, dramatic budget cuts due to Covid-19 have been discussed, but never formalized. His letter is articulate,...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 22, 2020

Starbucks Begins to Close Westside Locations, Beginning With Store on 15th and Montana.

Starbucks coffee company has begun to close locations on the pricey Westside. A sign in the window at the 15th and Montana Avenue location says the store will not reopen after Covid-19 ends. The...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 20, 2020

Santa Monica Blocks Beach Bike Path With Sand Berms To Discourage Joggers and Bikers,

For the past month, the City and LA County have forbidden people to exercise in parks or on the beach. It's an open secret that people are going to the beach anyway, both jogging and bike riding down...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 18, 2020

Online Petition Seeks to Recall Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole

4/15: An online petition appeared on Thursday morning 4/9/2020, and seeks to fire Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole. This after a Tuesday night City Council meeting, where he and other discussed whe...

 

Jennifer Biagiotti Worried the Homeless Would Get Covid-19. So She Started Making Them Face Masks

How did an artist and her husband begin making Covid-19 masks for homeless people, nurses and others? "It all started with a friend of ours asking Jennifer to volunteer to make masks for the social...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 12, 2020

Christ is Risen, Indeed. But Local Churches Remain Padlocked, and St. Peters Square in Rome was Empty

No Easter egg hunts in the park, but honestly, have you been to one lately? Easter will be celebrated on Zoom and Skype this year, as we are all locked down due to Coronavirus. I'm sure you already kn...

 

How to Fix a Toothache in the Time of Covid-19

Coronavirus has changed the way we all do business, without a doubt. Most businesses are simply closed, and non essential medical procedures are being delayed. We wondered what to do if, during the na...

 

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