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 By David Ganezer    News    April 18, 2021 

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....

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 15, 2021

LASD Sheriff Recovers 250 Stolen Catalytic Converters, Valued at $750,000

3/11: The Santa Clarita division of the LA County Sheriff's Department reports that it has recovered 250 stolen catalytic converters, and arrested 19 suspects. The smog mediation devices, which scrub...

 

Martian Video You May Have Shared is not Actually From the Mars Perseverance Rover

2.21.21: A highly convincing video with over 26 million views on Twitter and Facebook, appears to show the Mars Perseverance Rover on the Martian surface, with audio. While Perseverance will...

 

Tiger Woods Sustains Major Injuries in Rollover Car Crash at Genesis Invitational in Rancho Palos Verdes

Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured and taken to the hospital in a car crash near the Genesis Invitational Gold Tournament in Rancho Palos Verdes early Tuesday morninb. The accident...

 

Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested by Santa Monica PD, Some Parts Recovered

2/17: The theft of a car part called a catalytic converter is an ongoing problem in Los Angeles County. All cars sold in California after 1974 are required to have catalytic converters. When cars are...

 

I'm Not a Cat, Lawyer Argues to Texas Court in Hysterical, Must See Video

An attorney who appeared before the 394th Texas Judicial District had to argue that he was not, in fact, feline in nature. The judge assured him that it was some sort of filter, and that his...

 

Group Seeks Order to Stop the Ballona Restoration Project

A group called Protect Ballona Wetlands, has filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate with the LA Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks to restrain the Calif. Dept of Fish and Wildlife from approving a projec...

 

Seagulls In Santa Monica Practice Social Distancing During Covid-19

An atmospheric river passed through Santa Monica last night, dropping 3 inches of rain. LA County gets about 14 inches of rain in a typical year, so that's about a quarter of our annual rainfall in...

 

Why Pay Rent? Federal, State and Local Moratoriums Protect Tenants from Eviction for Non Payment of Rent

The City of Santa Monica has extended its emergency order preventing residential and commercial tenants from being evicted for nonpayment of rent, to March 31, 2021. Which begs the question, why pay...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 20, 2021

Vienna Bakery Closes After 67 Years on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica

Those of you who like me, are constantly searching for their fix of chocolate dipped cookies and Rugala, we will just have to find your daily pastry elsewhere. Vienna Bakery has closed its doors...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 13, 2021

City Appoints Public Works Director Susan Cline as New Acting Assistant City Manager

Public Works Director Susan Cline has been appointed Acting Assistant City Manager, the City said in a press release. The PUblic Works department is the City's largest department. The Acting...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 13, 2021

Santa Monica Pier Closes Again Due to Covid-19 World Pandemic

For the remainder of January, the Santa Monica Pier will be closed on the following dates: January 16-18, January 23-24 and on January 30-31, 2021. A major draw for tourists, the Pier was closed from...

 

Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Becomes the Latest Victim of the Chinese Communist Party's Resurgent Fascism

He was once lauded as the Chinese equivalent of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. From a humble background as a school teacher, Jack Ma founded Alibaba.COM, the largest online retailer in the world's most...

 

Mural Reflects Heroes in the Time of Pandemic

Does life reflect art, or should art reflect life? Art gives us a new perspective, shows us a new dimension and makes our understanding of life deeper, wrote Emmanuel Kant. Or perhaps it was Banksy. "...

 

SM Pier Closed for Six Days to Avoid Spread of Covid

In an announcement on the City's website, the City of Santa Monica said its 100 year old pier would close during the long new year's weekend. The Pier was closed from March 16th to October 14th, when...

 

Los Angeles County Reminds Everyone Not to Attend Church on Christmas

The County of Los Angeles has issued a statement reminding you not to go to Church, just in case you might forget. Because while a George Floyd rally is perfectly safe, being indoors worshipping God...

 

Suspect Identified in Nashville RV Explosion. Anthony Quinn Warner, 63 also Owned a House in Los Angeles

Update 12/27: The FBI identified a 63-year-old man as a person of interest in the investigation. Anthony Quinn Warner also owned a home near downtown LA, but recently quitclaimed it to an...

 

Oscar de la Torre Mic Muted at School Board Meeting, as Other Board Members Refuse to Allow him to be Seated

Fireworks erupted at a virtual SMMUSD meeting Thursday night, as other school board members insisted that Oscar de la Torre had legally resigned his position as school board member. De la Torre was re...

 

New City Council Votes to End Exclusive Negotiations With OMA, the Plaza Developer

In a move that shows elections have consequences, the Santa Monica City Council voted 4 to 3 Tuesday night to end exclusive negotiations with OMA, the developer of the Plaza Project. The move...

 

Former Santa Monica Mayor Bob Holbrook Dead at 79

Former Santa Monica City Council Member Robert "Bob" Holbrook has passed away. The former Mayor had been ill for sometime, reportedly with Lymphoma. Bob Holbrook was born in Santa Monica in 1941. He...

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Reportedly in Serious Cognitive Decline, Schumer Removes Her from Committee

Several staff members and other US Senate sources say that California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is 87 years of age, struggles to remember briefings just after they take place-and that her cognitiv...

 

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