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 By David Ganezer    News    July 18, 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...

 
 By David Ganezer    Opinion    July 6, 2019

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...

 

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:...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 18, 2019

Shake Shack In, Panera Bread, FedEx/Kinko's Out

East Coast burger-meisters Shake Shack will open a Santa Monica location in the former Panera Bread location at 5th Street and Wilshire Blvd, which is a sigh of relief. At least in this location,...

 
 By David Ganezer    Schools    June 10, 2019

Ann Whitley Receives Award for Excellence at Roosevelt Elementary School, as she retires after 31 years.

Ann Whitley taught at Roosevelt Elementary School starting 31 years ago, in 1988. This year, she retired. During that time, she team taught with several other teachers, including Angie Snow, Megan...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 10, 2019

Santa Monica Recycling Center Closes Due to National Recycling Crisis Caused by China's New Policy

The City of Santa Monica has announced that the Recycling Center located on Michigan Avenue, has closed. The announcement was made on the City's website. https://www.smgov.net/uplo...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 7, 2019

Super Expensive Proper Hotel to Open June 20th at 7th and Wilshire Blvd

The Santa Monica Proper Hotel says it will open June 20th. The new hotel wraps around the Santa Monica Professional Building at 710 Wilshire Boulevard. The landmark Professional Building built in...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 23, 2019

Roofer or Welder Starts Fire at Notre Dame de Paris, Building Seems Intact, but Heavily Damages

A fire linked to renovation work of the 870 year old Catholic cathedral, broke out after a welder applied a blowtorch to lead paneling sitting on dry wood. "Repairs to the lead roof required welding...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 20, 2019

Santa Monica High School Choir Performed at Notre Dame de Paris 3 Days Before Fire

4/15/2019: Santa Monica High School Choir performed at Notre Dame de Paris on Friday April 12, 2019, just 60 hours before a great fire that heavily damaged the cathedral. They may have been the last...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 15, 2019

Downed Power Lines After Transformer Sparks Out at 11th Street and Idaho Ave in Santa Monica

4/14/2019: Idaho Avenue was closed and high voltage power lines lay on the ground in one Santa Monica neighborhood. The explosion and power outage began just before 10 am PST. "I saw flames bouncing a...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 29, 2019

Over 15,000 runners complete the 2019 Los Angeles marathon

10,000 runners completed the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday morning March 24, 2019. Security was tight and spectators were not allowed within one block of the finish line, probably to avoid a repeat...

 
 By David Ganezer    Sports    March 21, 2019

LA Marathon Runs to the Sea Sunday Morning, March 24 2019

The LA Marathon will wend it's way to the finish line at Ocean Avenue and the California Incline Sunday morning, March 24th. The starting pistol is at 7 am, so runners should start cross the line abou...

 
 By David Ganezer    Schools    March 4, 2019

SamoHi Wins LA Regional Science Bowl, Defeating UniHi and Arcadia High at JPL

This Saturday February 23, 2019 Santa Monica High Schools Ocean Science Bowl Team won the 20th Annual Los Angeles Regional Competition at JPL in Pasadena. "Team members included Ireland Neville, Ryan...

 

Video: #Geyser on #PCH as Truck Shears Fire Hydrant Early Wednesday Morning in Santa Monica

Pacific coast highway was closed in both directions in Santa Monica on Wednesday morning. Traffic accident just south of the California incline and caused a 200 foot Kaiser to appear above Palisades...

 

Cal Fire Clears PG&E of Liability for Napa Fire, Blaming a Private Electrical Facility Instead

Sacramento - Cal Fire has essentially exonerated Pacific Gas & Electric from liability for the fire that destroyed parts of Napa, California. This xould mean that PG&E, the State's largest...

 

Gleam Davis Elected New Santa Monica Mayor

In an action about as surprising as 25 SM Paramedics and firemen rushing to rescue a homeless guy sleeping on the corner of 7th and Arizona, Gleam Davis was elected Santa Monica Mayor. The Harvard...

 

CSUDH Physicist Kenneth Ganezer, 65, Dead from Vascular Dementia in Los Angeles

Professor Kenneth Ganezer died Thursday of complications from Vascular Dementia. He was just 65. He was a kind and gentle man and teacher, who will be missed by his many friends and students. Ken was...

 

City Loses Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed by Pico Neighborhood Association, Tentatively

In a Superior Court lawsuit filed by the Pico Neighborhood Association against the City of Santa Monica, Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelas has issued a Tentative ruling against the City. She...

 

Fire Sale: Santa Monica Hotels fill with Malibu and Calabasas Refugees

Streets in Santa Monica were filled with refugees from Malibu and communities immediately north which were affected by the Woolsey and West Hills fires. The fires could be seen reflecting off the wate...

 

Entire City of Malibu Under Mandatory Evacuation, as Woolsey Fire Burns Toward the Pacific.

If you were thinking of driving to Ventura County today, think again. The entire city is under mandatory evacuation order fas the Woolsey Fire burns South toward the ocean. From the roof of our condo...

 

Observer Recommendations for Santa Monica Election Nov. 6th: Time for a Change

At the Santa Monica Observer, we received not one dollar in city funds for advertising the last two years. No candidate this year has placed even one ad with us yet. Trust me, we have no friends at...

 

SamoHi Key Club Fundraises for Cedars-Sinai Hospital Pediatric Trauma Center

"The Key Club is an international service organization," explained Phil Brock, from the Kiwanis Club. "The SamoHi Key Club was established over 100 years ago. Our overall purpose is to better the...

 

At 15, Stephen Miller was no longer Eating Glue. He Was Protesting Against Leftism at Samohi

I was Steve Miller's first boss. He wrote an anti-Freshman Seminar for me. This was long after he was in third grade, and apparently eating glue, according to a third grade teacher recently suspended...

 

Alt Car Expo to Rock the Socket! An interview with the woman behind the Alt Car Expo

Boasting the largest collection of hydrogen, electric and hybrid vehicles in the region, the 13th Annual City of Santa Monica AltCar Expo will return to Santa Monica on October 12-13, 2018 with brand...

 

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