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 By David Ganezer    News    January 19, 2022 

Largest Volcanic Eruption Of This Century Could Be Heard 6,500 Miles Away in Fairbanks, Alaska

January 14th's eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano, located on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, sent tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean. The audible report carried some 2,300...

 
 By David Ganezer    Crime    January 19, 2022 

LA Superior Court Extends Deadlines for Criminal Cases by Two Weeks Because of Omicron Variant of Covid-19

Citing the surge in Covid 19 infections caused by the kinder and gently Omicron variant, the LA Superior Court has extended criminal deadlines two weeks. Unlike Civil litigants, criminal defendants...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 19, 2022 

LAPD Names 31 year old homeless man as chief Suspect in Murder of Brianna Kupfer

The LAPD has named a homeless man as the prime suspect in the stabbing murder of Brianna Kupfer, 24. The murder has shocked Los Angeles and the rest of the United States. The 24 year old graduate...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 19, 2022 

Breaking: Arrest Made in Brianna Kupfer Murder Investigation

KTTV reports that an arrest has been made in the murder investigation surrounding the murder of Brianna Kupfer. Pasadena police arrested Shawn Lavall Smith, 31, on Fair Oaks Blvd. TMZ is reporting...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 16, 2022

Tsunami in Santa Cruz, CA Raises Sea Level by Three Feet.

Waves from an undersea eruption near the island nation of Tonga, came ashore Saturday morning in Santa Cruz, California. The waves reportedly raised water levels a full 3 feet in some areas. The...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 12, 2022

Developer Proposes 521 Unit Apartment Tower For the Corner of Lincoln and Ocean Park Blvd

The owner of the Lincoln Center has proposed replacing the 1980's era parking lot and stores, with 521 residential units. The building would be 5 stories in height--around 65 feet. It would also...

 
 By David Ganezer    Crime    January 9, 2022

Ghislaine Maxwell Very Likely to be Freed Due to Juror Misconduct, Failure to Disclose Personal Histories.

Not one, but two jurors have admitted that they failed to disclose a personal history of sexual abuse, when questioned by counsel in the Ghislaine Maxwell sex abuse trial. This is sufficient to win a...

 
 By David Ganezer    Crime    January 7, 2022

Los Angeles Superior Court Delays All Criminal Trials; Urges Counsel to Continue Civil Jury Trials

Citing a "holiday surge due to Covid", the Los Angeles Superior Court has announced that it will delay all criminal trials 2 weeks. The Court also urged counsel to meet and confer on civil jury...

 

Putin Hopes to Win Back All of Eastern Europe With his Ukraine Gambit--Poland, the Baltic States, Hungary and Bulgaria

Russia has 175,000 troops massed along the border with Eastern Ukraine. But he has placed calls to US President Joseph R. Biden, offering peace talks. What exactly does he have in mind? This is...

 

Overlooked Local Stories Include Lack of Homeless Services East of Lincoln, and The Addition of 9000 Housing Units

I'm not sure about "overlooked." But I believe underplayed in some quarters are the continued illegal and criminal activity with the hot dog/corn/fruit vendors at the Santa Monica Pier. And the...

 

LAX Pups: Therapy Dogs Greet Visitors at Nation's Second Busiest Airport

Therapy dogs dressed in Christmas outfits helped 200,000 passengers a day pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the holiday period. "Happy "Howl"idays from our @LAXPUPS," says a tweet...

 

Northbound PCH, Mulholland Highway Closed Thursday due to Mud and Rock Slides

12/30/21:Los Angeles County is experiencing its heaviest rainstorm since 2016. Over 6 inches of rain have fallen in some areas of the County in the last week. Several roads or highways have been...

 

Local Boy Scout Troop Runs a Christmas Tree Lot on Wilshire Blvd

Despite the fires and the drought, Christmas trees arrived in Santa Monica on time this year. Jerry's Liquor Store's parking lot has been transformed into an urban forest of Christmas trees. And for...

 

SM Bayside Business Owners Assn. Wins TRO Injunction Against Demolition of Parking Structure 3

The SMBOA Friday obtained a Superior Court temporary restraining order against the demolition of Parking Structure 3. The City of Santa Monica wanted to demolish the parking structure and replace it...

 

Elon Musk and Elizabeth Warren Take Shots at Each Other over Taxes on Twitter.

Plenty of snark on display Tuesday night as Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted about Tesla CEO Elon Musk. "Let's change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes...

 

Malibu Country Mart the Scene of an Organized Crowd Robbery

The Malibu Country Mart, was reportedly the scene of a "Smash and Grab" style robbery Thursday afternoon. This according to a post on NextDoor, which reads: "I was at the Malibu country mart, today ea...

 

Gale Warning In Effect for Santa Monica Bay, From Pt. Mugu down.... Winds up to 40 MPH

A wind advisory is in effect for coastal areas of Los Angeles County. The area is from Pt. Mugu to Pt. San Mateo, and west to the Anacapa Islands. Mariners are advised to avoid going to sea today,...

 

Six Vintage Planes Practice Skywriting Over Santa Monica Sunday Afternoon

The roar of six vintage planes practicing sky writing could be seen over Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon. We were lucky enough to capture them on video as they flew through the sky, occasionally...

 

Britons Will Work From Home Again, as Great Britain Moves to "Plan B"

12/9/21: At a press conference Thursday morning London time, British PM Boris Johnson said the country should move to Plan B. People should work from home once again, he said. Citing the danger of...

 

Woof! Dog PPL Opens Private Dog Park in Downtown Santa Monica

What do you do with 20,000 square feet of vacant parking lot in Santa Monica? You turn it into a private dog club, of course. The dogs pay $80 per month to frolic on the astroturf, play with other...

 

Dow Falls 905 Points On Fears of Covid "Omicron Variant"

11/26: The US Stock market sold off the day after Thanksgiving on fears that a new Variant of the Coronavirus would doom the recovery. The Who has named the new variant the "Omicron Variant." It...

 

Barbed Wire Rings Santa Monica Place to Prevent Smash and Grab Robberies on a Nervous Thanksgiving

Shoppers on Thanksgiving Day 2021 report barbed wire (or razor wire) surrounding Santa Monica's one modern shopping mall, Santa Monica Place. "I was surprised about the barbed wire, since the shops we...

 

Not Guilty on all counts! Rittenhouse Jury Reaches a Verdict in Kenosha Wisconsin Murder Trial

The 7 man, 5 woman jury in Kenosha Wisconsin has reached a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial. Rittenhouse is on trial for the death of two men and the wounding of a third, during the Blake...

 

Crypto.com Buys the Naming Rights for Staples Center From AEG Group, which Operates the Facility

Staples Center will be renamed the Crypto.com Arena on Christmas Eve. Crypto.com is a rival to Coinbase, a website where one can purchase and own bitcoin and other crypto currencies. The Staples...

 

Man Killed in Hit and Run Vehicle Accident on 10th Street and Pico Blvd in Santa Monica

11.13.21 Santa Monica police have confirmed that a pedestrian died after a hit and run accident on 10th street and Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. The unnamed man was in an unmarked intersection at 10th...

 

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