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 By David Ganezer    News    October 15, 2020

UCLA Seeks Los Angeles Area Volunteers for Covid-19 Studies on Treatment and Prevention of Coronavirus

"The researchers want to make sure older people who may have been exposed, essential workers, health care workers, home aides, and parents and caregivers of children who might be diagnosed as schools...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 15, 2020

Santa Monica Rents Decline 10.3% in 6 Months Since the Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown Began

Have you noticed more lawn signs than last year advertising apartments for rent? Well, you could be seeing a trend. Santa Monica rents have decreased over 10% since the Coronavirus lockdown began on...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 14, 2020

Unlawful Detainer Trials, Family Law Hearings and 2 day Trials Allowed to Proceed in Los Angeles Superior Courts

The Los Angeles County Superior Court will move forward with certain jury trials and non-jury trials, announced the presiding judge announced on Friday. Masks, social distancing and hand washing will...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 2, 2020

Dhun May - Candidate for School Board, Proposes More Whole Food, Fewer Vaccines

Dhun May immigrated to the US from India when she was nine years old. She is Zoroastrian, a minority religion in that country. She has an adult son who passed away named Daniel, and a daughter who is...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 2, 2020

Pres. Trump, Melania Test Positive for Coronavirus, White House Announces on Twitter

US President Donald J. Trump told reporters just after midnight Thursday night, that he has tested postive for Coronavirus. "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our...

 

Local Synagogues Conduct Zoom High Holiday Services on Yom Kippur

Congregation Kehillat Ma'arav synagogue in Santa Monica conducted Yom Kippur services Sunday night, as it does every year on the Jewish day of Atonement. The holiest day of the Jewish Year began at...

 

"Anti-Semitic," Some Call an Advertisement Opposing Miramar Expansion Project and Depicting Michael Dell

Former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane has sent an email deploring a "Racist and Anti-semitic" ad that was distributed with the Santa Monica Daily Press. "Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights deplores...

 

Smoke From Oregon & California Fires Darken Skies in Santa Monica

The smoke from 3 million acres of forest in Northern California and Oregon darkened the skies so much in Santa Monica, that by 4:30 pm some headlights were activated automatically. This is two full ho...

 

Why is Russia Trying to Provoke the US Military Into a Confrontation, with Near Collisions on Sea, Air and Land?

A dangerous vehicle collision between U.S and Russian soldiers in Northeastern Syria on August 24 injured 4 US soldiers. On August 28th, Russian Air Force Jets flew within 100 feet of a US F-35...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 14, 2020

Los Angeles Superior Court Continues Most Hearings Until After November 16th, under Terms of New Order

In case you were wondering whether or not you have to show up for jury duty during the pandemic, the answer right now is no. "The Los Angles County Department of Public Health has expressed concerns...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 9, 2020

Socially Distanced: Santa Monica Pier Reopens Every Day to Limited Hours, Limited Foot Traffic

The Santa Monica Pier reopened on Wednesday. The 111 year old iconic wooden structure had been closed due to Covid-19 since the lockdown began on March 19, 2020. Images on social media as well as the...

 
 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...

 

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