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 By Jack Simon    News    March 4, 2021 

Inoculation Rates in Santa Monica, Brentwood Much Higher than in Poorer Communities

Santa Monica and other wealthy communities in the Westside have some of the highest Covid-19 inoculation rates in Los Angeles County even though their residents were less affected by the coronavirus,...

 By Jack Simon    News    March 4, 2021 

Personal Items of Dead Covid-19 Patient Taken from his ICU Room in Santa Monica

The family of a man who died from Covid-19 in a Santa Monica hospital has filed a police report stating his personal belongings were stolen from his intensive care room. "Instead of writing the...


Santa Monica City Council Still Struggling to Develop Strategies to Curb Homelessness

Most cities in California have struggled to come up with solutions to curb homelessness in their municipalities and it was no different for the Santa Monica City Council last night. At its annual...

 By Jack Simon    Crime    February 26, 2021

Santa Monica Ex-Con Indicted on Multiple Firearms Charges He Allegedly Shot Multiple Times into Neighbor's Backyard During Get-together

A 32-year-old, convicted felon from Santa Monica was indicted last Friday on gun-related charges after he allegedly shot into his neighbor's backyard during a family gathering, according to the...

 By Jack Simon    News    February 22, 2021

City Attorney Sues SM Landlord Who Allegedly Tried to Evict Long-term Tenants During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Santa Monica is taking a tougher stance against landlords who have ignored the eviction moratorium and aggressively tried to force out long-term tenants during the pandemic. The SM City Attorney's...

 By Jack Simon    News    February 17, 2021

SMMUSD Chief 'Committed to In-Person Instruction' This Fall

The Santa Monica-Malibu School District has announced that it is "committed to in-person instruction as our priority for the fall" as the Center for Disease Control just released its guidance for...

 By Jack Simon    News    February 15, 2021

Santa Monica City Council Discusses   Future of Third Street Promenade

The Third Street Promenade, the three-block, open-air retail and entertainment district, may be getting a facelift this year.  At its meeting Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council...

 By Jack Simon    Crime    February 12, 2021

Santa Monica Landlords Charged With Price Gouging During Pandemic

Santa Monica has just signaled it will not tolerate rent gouging during a state of emergency. Last Friday, the SM City Attorney's Office announced it filed a criminal complaint charging the owners of...

 By Jack Simon    News    February 8, 2021

Santa Monica Still Facing Budget Deficits, But City Officials Hoping for 'Federal Stimulus" to Fill Gaps

With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to batter the US economy, the Santa Monica City Council received this week an update on the city's finances and its projected budget deficits over the coming...

 By Jack Simon    News    January 31, 2021

LA Man Receives Life Sentence For Santa Monica Home Invasion, Attempted Rape

A28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for breaking into a Santa Monica woman's apartment, slashing her repeatedly and attempting to rape her two years ago. Rashad Devon Harris, of Los...

 By Jack Simon    News    January 24, 2021

Why Didn't Santa Monica Make the Safest Cities List?

Though Santa Monica is prime destination for tourists, celebrities and international jet set, it is not as safe as its neighbors, according to MoneyGeek's safest cities study. Out of more than 30 Cali...


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