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 By David Ganezer    Politics    July 26, 2021 

Larry Elder Wins Fight to Be on September 14th Recall Ballot

Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder has won his fight to be on the September 14th recall ballot. The son of a restaurant owner, Elder has electrified Republicans with the possibility that...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    July 26, 2021 

David White Appointed Santa Monica's Next City Manage. Specialized in "Reimagining Public Safety at Berkeley."

The Santa Monica City Council announced on Thursday that it has selected David White to serve as Santa Monica’s next city manager. White’s employment contract – including an October 11 start...

 

Forbidden Fruit No More: Salad Bars Return to Local Markets, In Yet Another Sign the Pandemic is Ending

As suddenly as they disappeared 16 months ago, salad bars and hot food bars have returned to local markets this month. According to one source at a market, who asked not to be named, LA County Public...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 14, 2021

LA Times Roasts Mayor Eric Garcetti, for Accepting Appointment as US Ambassador to India

The Los Angeles Times has posted an editorial criticizing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, for his willingness to resign as Mayor of Los Angeles and accept the Biden Administration's nomination to be...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    July 6, 2021

Santa Monica Business Center Owner Lana Negrete appointed to City Council.

In a 4 to 2 vote, the Santa Monica City Council appointed Lana Negrete to take Kevin McKeown's seat on the 7 member Santa Monica City Council. The Council selected Negrete from 34 eligible candidates...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 28, 2021

Big Blue Bus Won't Accept Money As Payment For Rides

Bus riders will no longer be able to pay for their rides in cash. Starting Monday July 12, the Big Blue Bus Co. has announced that it will no longer accept cash from riders. Customers must pay with...

 

Britney Spears Accuses Conservatorship of Not Letting "Me Take Out my IUD So I Can Have Another Baby."

Britney Spears has committed no crime, she says. She alleges that her father and his conservatorship are blocking her from living her life, and becoming a mom again. The mother of two is of course one...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 24, 2021

Rebel with a Cause: Parents, Alums in Last Minute Fight to Save Historic History Building at Santa Monica High School

James Dean walked down the hallways of the History Building at Santa Monica High School in Rebel Without a Cause. Protestors at SamoHi last Saturday tried a last minute effort to save the building....

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 24, 2021

Baffling Decision: Mailboxes Disappear From Sidewalks In Front of Santa Monica Post Offices

Before you take a walk to the mailbox, you should know that it's not there. And former US President Donald J. Trump had nothing to do with it. Local residents woke up Saturday morning to find...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 15, 2021

Despite Covid Restriction, Millions of Passengers will Pass Through LAX this Summer

Unlike last summer where the entire country was stuck at home, millions of Americans are expected to travel during the summer of 2021. Many will be expected to travel to Los Angeles, where the Santa...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 15, 2021

LA County Sheriff Villanueva In a War of Words With LA City Councilman Mike Bonin

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva declared Monday that the LASD would clear the large homeless encampments from Venice Beach by July 4, over the objections of City Council member Mike Bonin....

 

Montebello City Manager Rene Bobadilla Declines Santa Monica City Job Offer

When in the Course of Human Events, a guy who grew up in San Gabriel Valley applies for the top job in Santa Monica, and gets offered it along with $440,000 a year, health care for himself and his...

 

New City Manager René Bobadilla Appointed by Six Member Santa Monica City Council

Let's face it, being appointed Santa Monica City manager is kind of a $430,000 a year booby prize. The City's progressive residents demand contradictory things of its government. Embrace all and be...

 

As Pandemic Retreats, Disneyland Advances with Avengers Theme Park

As Covid retreats, Disney is advancing with the world's very first Avenger's theme park. The Avengers Campus will open on June 4 at Disney California Adventure Park. "In just a few days, you'll be...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 28, 2021

Shocker: Kevin McKeown Announces His Retirement as Santa Monica City Councilman, Effective June 11

At tonight's Santa Monica City Council meeting, longtime City Council member Kevin McKeown announced that he would retire as of June 11, 2021. He cited his advancing age. "I know I don't look it, but...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 24, 2021

Venice Boardwalk Becomes One Big Homeless Encampment, and the World Begins to Notice

Venice residents are tired of seeing the once famous, though eclectic, boardwalk turned into one large homeless encampment. And they're talking to the media this week. For example, the UK Daily Mail...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 18, 2021

Palisades Fire Grows to 1350 Acres; Threat to Homes; 100's of Homes Evacuated in Topanga and Pacific Palisades

The fire began Friday night at Michael Lane and Palisades Court. As the fire spread, people on social media wondered: Did some homeless guy (or gal) start the fire? Police are searching for an arson...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 15, 2021

Masks Are Over: President Biden, CDC Announce No Need to Wear Masks if you are Vaccinated.

5/13/21: We've all become used to covering our faces everywhere. But as announced Thursday morning by the head of the Centers for Disease Control, and echoed by US President Joseph Biden, there is no...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 5, 2021

Major Gas Leak at Lipton and Berkeley; At Least 8 Square Blocks of Santa Monica Without Power, Gas

4/30: A major natural gas leak near the intersection of Lipton Avenue and Berkeley Street, has caused an eight-block area of Santa Monica to lose electrical power and natural gas. Residents as far wes...

 

How M.J. George Became a Body Double for Will Smith in Men In Black II. And What That Was Like

Have you ever wished that you could be recruited by the Men in Black? This story is about a guy who actually was. One day in 2001, Mansour Jabbaar (M.J.) George was strolling through the Topanga...

 

Krispy Kreme Retreats, Randy's Donuts Advances to Santa Monica as the Donut Wars Take an Unexpected turn

Forget that silly stuff about Meghan and Harry. Here's a story that actually affects you: On Sunday, April 18th Krispy Kreme Donuts will close its Santa Monica location at Euclid (13th Street) and...

 

History's Most Famous Cats Include Morris the Cat, Unsinkable Sam, And Viking Cats who Discovered the World

Cats have shared campfires with humans for the last 10,000 years. At one time it was thought that ancient Egyptian priests domesticated the house cat from African wildcats. But when archaeologists...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 3, 2021

Petition Drive Launched to Recall Four of Seven School Board Members

Apparently seeking an alternative to the drive to split Malibu from the SMMUSD, proponents of a recall petition are seeking to recall four members of the Santa Monica Malibu School Board. "Santa Monic...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 31, 2021

Water Main Break in Pacific Palisades Sunday Night Floods Sunset Blvd North of El Medio

A water main break in Pacific Palisades Sunday night after 9 pm, flooded an apartment building's parking garage in Pacific Palisades. The breach on Sunset Blvd was centered across the street from Pali...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 27, 2021

Volcanic Eruption Visible From Icelandic Capital, Reykjavík, Draws Thousands of Excited Viewers

Earth averages two major volcanic eruptions each year. So far this year, the biggest one erupted just 20 miles away from the Icelandic capital city, Reykjavík. Iceland boasts only 364,000 residents....

 

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