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 By David Ganezer    News    March 28, 2020 

The Final Indignity: Santa Monica Closes Palisades Park due to Coronavirus Emergency

Santa Monica's most distinctive feature, Palisades Park, looks out over the ocean from Cliffs up to 400 feet above the Pacific Coast Highway. To prevent crowds from spreading the Coronavirus, the...

 
 By David Ganezer    Lifestyle    March 28, 2020 

Covid 19 Emergency Evolves as Entire World Reacts to the Novel Coronavirus

The worldwide coronavirus emergency which came upon us so quickly continues to evolve. Many people take walks or exercise in Palisades Park, politely maintaining 6 feet distance from each other when...

 

Kindness and Sharing Rules in Quiet, Coronavirus Prepared Santa Monica

I want to list all the nice things people did for me today in Santa Monica. But first, an important message: "The emergency department at Providence St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica desperately...

 

"What Would You Say to Americans Who Are Scared?" Draws Angry Response from US President

At the Coronavirus Task Force briefing from the White House, a daily briefing from the White House, US President Donald J. Trump was asked by Peter Alexander, an NBC reporter, what he would say to...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 23, 2020

Gov. Newsom Orders the Entire State of California to Stay Home

Proving that he is in fact, a badass governor, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all of the States 40 million residents to stay at home. He is hoping to delay "the inevitable:" his prediction...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 19, 2020

Mail In Documents Only: Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder Closes Facilities

In an email, the Los Angeles County Recorder has announced that their facilities and buildings are closed to the public. However, documents may be mailed in for filing. The LA County Registrar...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 19, 2020

All Los Angeles County Court and Public Buildings Now Closed to the Public due to Coronavirus

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has closed all public buildings effective immediately. The County of LA has the largest population of any American county at 10,000,000. This denies them ac...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 7, 2020

Mayor Eric Garcetti Declares Local State of Emergency over Coronavirus in City of Los Angeles

This could be much better than we expect, or much worse that we expect. We simply do not know. But we need to be much more educated on what to tell people who come to a library, We're working with...

 

President Trump Blames California Homeless Crisis on Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom at Bakersfield Rally

At a rally Wednesday 2/19/20 in Bakersfield Airport's JACO hanger, President Donald J Trump signed a new Department of the Interior policy effectively diverting water from the San Joaquin River Delta...

 

Crowds of Enthusiastic Indians Greet Trump as Air Force One Touches Down in Ahmedabad

Air Force One carrying US President Donald J. Trump has landed in Ahmedabad, India, to cheering onlookers. On his way to a summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, US President...

 

February 10th Deadline for SMMUSD Claim Forms to be Submitted

A lawsuit against the school district has resulted in the disbursement of funds to certain parents. Parents will be reimbursed if they paid for after school activities, field trips, binders, books...

 

Malibu Half Marathon and 5K runs across Zuma Beach Sunday

The eighth annual Malibu Half Marathon ran through Zuma Beach on Sunday, Nov. 6. A 5,000 meter fun run also had a few hundred entrants. About 2,500 runners ran the annual event, which organizers...

 

Why Are We On The Street? And What Would It Take to Change Us from Homeless to Housed

Are all of the homeless drug addicts, unwilling to work, and psychotic? This is some people's view of them. And who can blame local residents with losing patience--the homeless dominate public parks...

 

Channeling the Big Lebowski: A Visit to the Sheats-Goldstein Residence.

The Sheats-Goldstein Residence was built long ago but remains ahead of its time. Designed by noted architect John Lautner, it commands a view of the Los Angeles Skyline that it shares with other...

 

Jury Convicts Joseph Ramirez Perez, 21, of Second Degree Murder in Tongva Park

Update, 3/12/20: we received the following comment by email: "You should check your facts when you're writing an article otherwise you're a gossiper not a journalist. I am the sister of the deceased a...

 

Third Street Promenade Reopens After Pressure Cooker Determined to be No Threat

9/16/2019: Santa Monica Police evacuated the Third Street Promenade Monday night, after a witness said that an indigent person had left a pressure cooker in or near a trash can. The SMPD called in...

 

Man Escapes Nazis, Soviets, Comes to California, Sells Shmatas, Endows a Synagogue, Lives a Century

Editor's Note: Jack Nomberg died on September 5, 2019 at 101 years of age. We are reposting this story in his honor. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 9, at 2:00 pm at Hillside Memori...

 

Why did we take down our original story about the death of a ballplayer?

Those who know me, know that I am feeling my own mortality these days. It isn't just the wad of cotton that's taped to my face, as a result of my second surgery to remove a cancerous growth behind my...

 

Channeling Amelia Earhart: 99's Re-enact Powder Puff Derby, Flying from Santa Monica Airport

Twenty women pilots and others re-enacted a 1929 air race that began at the Santa Monica airport. In the original air-race, 20 female pilots took off from Santa Monica on August 18, 1929. The...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 25, 2019

Ambassadors of Reed Park Vow to Clean Up the Park and the Restrooms

Santa Monica Downtown Ambassadors vow that they will clean up Santa Monica's parks, one by one. They are already present by the bathrooms in Reed Park and Tongva Park. We spoke to George Caragea, the...

 

Local Starbucks Remodels Seem Aimed at Efficiency More than Comfort. Why is that?

Is Starbucks deliberately remodeling its local coffee bars to make them less friendly to homeless people? Some on social media think so. They have noticed that the doorways to Starbucks new doublewide...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 18, 2019

Protest at Santa Monica Pier Against Thirty Meter Telescope Planned for Mauna Kea

What participants described as a spontaneous protest against the University of Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope atop the worlds highest mountain, Mauna Kea, reached the Santa Monica Pier Sunday...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 22, 2019

Santa Monica's $39.5 billion in Assessed Real Estate Values Places in Third Among LA County Cities

According to the assessment roll from the LA County Assessor, Santa Monica's 25,000 or so assessor's parcels are collectively worth $39.5 billion. This places Santa Monica 3rd in the County of Los...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 10, 2019

Independence Day Earthquake Felt Throughout Westside, 6.4 preliminary measurement

An earthquake at 10:33 am PST on July 4 was felt from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and as far East as Las Vegas. The temblor went on for over a minute. It was felt throughout the Westside of Los...

 

DoorDash, Postmates and Uber Eats Have Emptied Local Restaurants, some staff say

Yogi Berra reportedly once said about a particular New York restaurant, "no one goes there anymore. You can never get a seat it's so crowded." The opposite is apparently true at some local eateries:...

 

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