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 By David Ganezer    News    August 16, 2018

Santa Monica City Council Approves Extensive Ban on Single-Use Plastics

8/14: Concerned about the effect on marine wild life, the Santa Monica City Council has tightened existing law banning plastic. The City will require restaurants and those selling food to go, to...

 

Armen Melkonians and Kate Bransfield Visit City Clerk to Petition for City Council Race

Santa Monica for Renters Rights have had a near lock on City council elections since the group was founded in 1979. Are local voters finally fed up enough by the non stop construction, traffic and...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 20, 2018

"We multi-screen, we engage, we plan. That's How a Brand Connects, Disrupts, and Gets Noticed."

14 years ago, Nicole Levings graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in business and marketing, and began her career in advertising. She has always worked with "creative agencies on...

 

Sports Writer Mitch Chortkoff, 78 Dies in Hospice. Memorial Services Monday

Update: Services will be held on Monday July 23, 2:00 pm at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles Sportswriter Mitch Chortkoff died Wednesday in...

 
 By David Ganezer    Events   

Main Street Hosts Annual Independence Day Parade for July 4th, 2018

This article is intended as a roundup of 4th of July events locally. The 12th annual Fourth of July Parade will kick off once again this year on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - at 9:30am. Starting off at...

 
 By David Ganezer    Business    July 2, 2018

"Our London, Munich, Paris and New York Offices are All in WeWork buildings"

Max Fronicke is a Sales Force recruitment executive with Lawrence Harvey. Lawrence Harvey is a "headhunter" for salesforce.com (stock symbol CRM), with offices in 4 countries and 5 cities. Last year...

 
 By David Ganezer    Business    July 2, 2018

"Growth Hacking" Will Disrupt Internet Advertising Says CEO of CoEfficient Labs

Excerpts of an interview with Sean Goldfaden, a Member at WeWork in Santa Monica, the CEO of CoEfficient Labs. CoEfficient Labs is a Growth Advertising Agency for Series-A Startups. It's based at We W...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 16, 2018

Santa Monica City Council Allows Scooters to Operate Until January 2020 as an Experiment

Beginning in September, the City will run a 16 month program to study the feasibility of allowing electric rental scooters on City sidewalks and streets. Bird and Lime companies created controversy...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 5, 2018

City May Allow Electric Scooters to be Parked on Sidewalks Lawfully

The City Council is considering amending the municipal code to allow scooters to be parked on City sidewalks. At its June 12th meeting, the Council will consider an amendment to the code. As part of...

 

Interview with Joseph Culp and Scott Ben-Yasher, the Men behind Welcome to the Men's Group

I sat down with the principals behind Welcome to the Men's Group, to ask them what the movie was about, other than a bunch of middle aged men taking their clothes off and discussing their feelings....

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 14, 2018

How Beating on Bongos and Flying Flags Perpetuates World Peace

When I'm bored I run on the beach. There's always something new in Santa Monica, and it's usually near the 105 year old Pleasure Pier. DrumDancepray.org had a colorful flag display flapping in the...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 13, 2018

Groups Seeking Term Limits Circulate Petition Among Santa Monica Voters

Santa Monicans for City Council Term Limits has begun actively circulating a petition to put a charter amendment before voters that would limit city councilmembers to three 4 year terms. "Since this...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 9, 2018

Santa Monicans for City Council Term Limits Seeks to Upend 20 year Terms

When you're elected to City Council, it's lifetime position. Herb Katz, Christine Reed, Ken Genser and had to be carried out practically. They all died on the Council. The latter 2 had parks named...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 2, 2018

City, SMC Build a Pre-School at Civic Center for Children of Staff and Friends

Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica will soon conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School. It will take place on Tuesday, March 13 from 10:30 a.m....

 
 By David Ganezer    News    February 6, 2018

Preschool Approved on Delaware Ave Over Neighborhood Objections

Over numerous resident objections, the Santa Monica City Council has turned down an appeal from a decision to allow a 20 student preschool at 2953 Delaware Avenue. They did add about 60 conditions to...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    January 5, 2018

Santa Monica Residents and Visitors Welcome the New Year

In contrast to the rest of the country, local weather was a balmy 53 degrees Farenheit in Santa Monica Sunday night as residents and visitors welcomed 2018. Santa Monica had a mostly quiet New Years...

 

Lyft Honors Drivers on Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame

Ridesharing company Lyft has erected a billboard on Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing just how cool its drivers are. "Thanks to the writers, the strivers the role models. We know you're more than...

 

Charles Schwab Closes Accounts of "Deplorable" Customers from OptionsXpress Brokerage

A merger dragged Optionsxpress Customers into Charles Schwab Bank last month. They had no choice in the matter, as one bank had purchased a smaller bank. Now, some of the customers dragged kicking...

 

Strike Averted: St John's Hospital and SEIU Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Update:This just in from the SEIU: "The strike vote scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica has been called off due to a tentative agreement on a new contract...

 

Hepatitis Epidemic Raises Concerns About City Hall Annex

At the same time that Homelessness has caused an epidemic in Hepatitis A and B among the County's homeless problem, the City of Santa Monica is about to spend $140 million to construct a City Hall...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    October 16, 2017

Mallory Everton Smashes Eggs on Purple Mattresses All Over Youtube. But Who Is She?

She is all over Youtube right now, this officious but mischievious looking gal in a Goldilocks outfit, cheerfully smashing eggs onto mattresses. Her name is Mallory Everton, and she is a career...

 

SMPD Evacuates Santa Monica Pier on 9/11 Due to Telephoned "Bomb Scare"

Update 7:15 pm PST: authorities announce that the Santa Monica pier is now open again to the public. They now term this event a "bomb scare" rather than a bomb threat. It is curious that the...

 

Man Arested After Stealing Concrete Truck, Parking it at St. Monica's Catholic School

A man who claims to be a St. Monica's Catholic school alumnus, stole a truck towing a concrete mixer on PCH, then drove it to St. Monica's where he was arrested. The incident happened on Saturday...

 

Former Santa Monica Observer Intern #StephenMillerSTheTypeOfGuy

Trash White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller if you must. I remember him as the kid who used to work for me. In 2001, a Santa Monica High School student named Stephen Miller walked into my...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    May 30, 2017

City of Santa Monica Proposes Spending 20% More Money Next Year than This Year, Calls it "Sustainable."

The City of Santa Monica just released it's proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget. I hope you're sitting down, because it's much bigger even than last year's $621 million budget. "The overall proposed...

 

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