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 By Jack Simon    Crime    July 26, 2021 

Grigsby Named Criminal Division Chief of City Attorney's Office

Jenna Grigsby has been appointed as Chief of the Criminal Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office, civic officials announced this week. Grigsby has served for more than 10 years as a...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 26, 2021 

Gov. Newsom Signs Historic Homeless Hiring Tax Credit

Governor Newsom has signed AB 150 – a budget trailer bill – which includes the groundbreaking California Homeless Hiring Tax Credit. State officials said the tax credit "simultaneously confronts t...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    July 26, 2021 

Flush with cash, California launches largest free school lunch program in U.S.

Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will have the option to eat school meals for free in the upcoming school year, regardless of their family's income. Flush with an...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    July 24, 2021

3 Women Nabbed for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Contact Lenses

Three women were arrested in downtown Los Angeles this week on charges of selling counterfeits. Not fake leather products or art forgeries or faux designer watches. The counterfeited items were...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    July 22, 2021

Federal Court Rules FAA Violated Environmental Laws at LAX

In a victory for Los Angeles and Culver City, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the FAA violated key environmental laws when it changed flight patterns for aircraft coming into Los Angeles...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 20, 2021

City Clerk Approves Petition for Recall of L.A. Councilman Bonin

A petition for the recall of the controversial, Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin was approved for circulation, the City Clerk announced this week. Bonin, who represents many Westside neighborhoods,...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 20, 2021

State Hate Crime Bill Moves Forward, Sponsored by Assemblymember Bloom

Legislation to address the growing epidemic of hate crimes has just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, AB 1126, authored by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 20, 2021

City Okays Plan Prioritizing Housing for Historically Displaced Households

The Santa Monica City Council voted this week to establish a pilot program that will give priority on the city's affordable housing waitlist to the households who were displaced by the Civic...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    July 18, 2021

'Main Street is a perfect backdrop for summer block party to support local businesses,' says Santa Monica Mayor

A pilot program calling for the closure of a portion of Main Street during summer weekends will begin next weekend, July 24-25, city officials announced today. The "Sharing an Open Main Street"...

 
 By Jack Simon    Lifestyle    July 12, 2021

Owner of Match.com, Tinder, OkCupid Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit

The parent company of many online dating sites - including Tinder, Match.com, PlentyofFish and OkCupid - will pay $2 million to settle a civil lawsuit alleging customers were charged for automatic...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    July 12, 2021

State Hate Crime Bill Moves Forward

Legislation to address the growing epidemic of hate crimes has just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, AB 1126, authored by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    July 12, 2021

Santa Monica Sued by Black Lives Matters Over Demonstration Curfews

Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles has sued the City of Santa Monica and its police chief over the ordered curfews that allegedly violated demonstrators' constitutional and civil rights during last...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    July 12, 2021

Homeless Man Arrested On Deadly Weapons Charge

A 43-year-old homeless man was arrested this week after he allegedly chased another man through traffic along Lincoln Boulevard while brandishing two knives, local police said. The incident occurred...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    July 4, 2021

Santa Monica's Residential Eviction Moratorium Extended to September 30

Santa Monica has extended its residential eviction moratorium until September, city officials announced this week. Last week, the city adopted a 38th supplement to Santa Monica's local emergency for t...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 2, 2021

City Names Advisory Board of We Are Santa Monica Fund

The City of Santa Monica has announced the seven appointees to the newly-formed We Are Santa Monica Fund Board. They include business executives, a RAND analyst and a social services commissioner. The...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 30, 2021

L.A. Councilman to Offer Housing Options to Venice Beach Homeless

People living in homeless encampments on the Venice Beach boardwalk will be offered permanent housing and shelter starting next week, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has announced. Beginning...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 25, 2021

Man Charged with Attempt Murder Following Main Street Shooting

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed an attempted homicide charge this week against a 29-year-old man in connection with a shooting last Sunday on Main Street. Harold Dwayne Willis...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 25, 2021

SM City Council Adopts Balanced Biennial Budget

The City Council this week adopted a balanced 2021–2023 biennial budget which "positions Santa Monica to emerge from the COVID-19 restrictions and cultivate a revitalized local economy." The budget...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 24, 2021

Unoccupied Panga Boat Found Beached Near Malibu Pier, Apparently Abandoned by Mexican Smugglers

An empty panga boat washed ashore near the Malibu Pier area Monday morning, triggering an investigation by local and federal authorities. The boat was discovered about 8:45 a.m. near the 23200 block...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    June 22, 2021

City Council Tweaks, Approves SM Housing Element Update

The Santa Monica City Council this week reviewed and provided input to the draft Housing Element update, which "prioritizes 100% affordable housing in city-owned land" and "addresses historic...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    June 22, 2021

Santa Monica High Schooler Win Spot at GRAMMY Camp

A high school student from Santa Monica has been selected to participate in the 17th annual GRAMMY Camp program., operated by the GRAMMY Museum. Jaq Adelman will be among 81 talented high school...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 20, 2021

Man Convicted for Placing Firebomb at Entrance of Jewish Nursing Home 

A 37-year-old man was convicted by a federal jury yesterday in connection with placing a lit firebomb at the entrance of a Jewish senior health care facility in Massachusetts last year. Following a...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 17, 2021

Asian American Woman Attacked by White Man in Possible Hate Crime, Culver City Police Say

6/14: An Asian American woman walking to work on in the early hours of Monday reported that she was attacked by a white man in what Culver City police are calling a possible hate crime. The attack...

 
 By Jack Simon    Events   

Annenberg Community Beach House Announces it will Reopen Post Covid on June 15, 2021

Beachgoers, paddle-boarders and residents are invited to reopening of the beloved house of fun By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer Beachgoers, surfers, sun-worshipers, paddle boarders, fun-seekers...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 13, 2021

City Council Gives Green Light to Main Street Summer Closures Plan

A pilot program calling for the closure of portions of Main Street during summer weekends has received the green light from the Santa Monica City Council despite complaints from residents that it is...

 

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