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Santa Monica Reopens Palisades Park Thursday, May 13, 2020 Despite Covid19

The City of Santa Monica will remove the fences around Palisades park on Thursday, May 13. This according to City Council member Ted Winterer, speaking at the Ocean Park Association Meeting...

 

SMC Will Remain Closed in Fall 2020, With Classes Online Only Due to #Covid19

If you're planning to be a Freshman next year at SMC, you'll have to do it online. Santa Monica College has cancelled its fall semester due to Covid-19. "Can you believe this? It's not easy for many...

 
 By Janet McLaughlin    News    May 1, 2020

Naked Man Crashes Through Venice Roof Into Family Home on Rose Avenue

A naked homeless man crashed through the roof of a Venice apartment he was apparently trying to enter. This according to a neighbor, who posted the incident and a photo on social media. "40 minutes...

 

Before #CaliforniaLockdown Ends, We Must Answer Six Questions, Says Gov. Gavin Newsom

4/14/20. California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his daily press briefing Tuesday, looking forward to a day in the future when the nation's largest State begins to reopen. "When will we reopen? We...

 

Los Angeles County Covid Cases Exceed 10,000, With a Death Rate of 3.6%

4/14/20. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health, briefed listeners on the latest Coronavirus numbers. LA County experienced 40 new Coronavirus deaths--the highest...

 

Easter 2020 Was Painful to Watch, as the Resurrection of Jesus was Celebrated in Empty Churches.

Watching my church celebrate Palm Sunday this year was painful. Every year, a crowd gathers on the church steps, gathering palms. We wave them as we process into the church singing; in commemoration o...

 

Covid 19 Cases Increase Among California's Homeless Population, But not to Epidemic Levels

One mystery of the Coronavirus crisis is why more homeless people have not been diagnosed with the illness. 10 cases have been diagnosed so far among LA County's homeless population, reports Dr....

 

"Don't Go Shopping" Says LA County Dept of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer

4/7/2020. At today's daily update, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles Co. Director of Public Health, said that there were 22 new deaths in the County. This brings the Covid-19 death toll in Los Angeles...

 

Garcetti: Los Angeles Adds Homeless Shelters, Beds and Porta Potties to Help the Homeless

4/3/2020. The City of Los Angeles has opened 12 Covid-19 testing sites now, said LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We've tested 40,000 LA residents," Garcetti said, adding that we will see 30,000 tests next...

 
 By Janet McLaughlin    News    April 6, 2020

56 Covid-19 Cases Reported in Santa Monica, an Infection Rate of 59.96 per 100,000 residents

4/2/2020: Kathryn Barger, Chair, LA. Co. Board of Supervisors: Higher numbers in some areas are due to access to testing in affluent areas. Now we are getting tests into all areas, who may not have...

 
 By Janet McLaughlin    News    April 6, 2020

No Joke: School's Out for Summer Coronavirus Updates

Today is April 1, school is out for the rest of the year, and that's not an April fools day joke. Gov. Gavin Newsom gave his daily update at today's press conference. 8,155 people have tested positive...

 
 By Janet McLaughlin    News    April 3, 2020

Seven Sheriffs Deputies Test Positive for Covid-19, as number of LA County Covid cases passes 3000

3/31/20: Seven Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and staff have tested positive for Covid 19, reports LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. 49 are under medical quarantine, 102 are under personal...

 

LA Co. Public Health Investigates 14 long-term Care or Nursing Facilities with a positive case of Covid-19

From the LA Co. Health Dept daily briefing on 3/26: 421 new Covid-19 cases were reported, and nine new deaths, bringing the total to 21 deaths, and 1216 cases in LA Co. today. They removed the teen...

 

With More Than 4000 Covid-19 Patients, Gov. Newsom Says California Will Pass New York in One Week.

The number of Coronavirus cases in California is now 4,040. Governor Gavin Newsom says we will be at the numbers of NY in less than a week. Since 5 p.m. Wednesday, the state has confirmed an...

 

3 SMC Students Test Positive for Covid-19, Including One Previous Diagnosed with Coronavirus

Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced that two more students have tested positive for Coronavirus. The college had previously announced that one student had come down with Covid-19, so this brings...

 

SMC Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus; Student on Campus on March 12, 2020

3/19/20: Santa Monica College reported Thursday evening that one of its students has tested positive for Covid-19. All who had contact with him or her, are now advised to self quarantine. SMC draws...

 

Covid19: An #AppleStore Worker on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An Apple Store worker on the Santa Monica Promenade has Coronavirus. The unnamed employee, who has been on leave since March 2, tested positive late yesterday. In response, Apple said they deep...

 

All Catholic Schools to Close; All L.A. County schools shutting down due to #Coronavirus

Late today, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced that all Catholic schools will shut down in LA, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. The closures will remain in affect the rest of the...

 

Santa Monica College (#SMC) to Suspend All Classes Beginning Friday March 13 Due to Coronavirus

Santa Monica College has now joined the long list of schools shutting down to contain the spread of Covid-19, or Coronavirus. Early this evening, SMC announced that all classes are going to be...

 

SMMUSD Joins Private Schools in "Corona Closure" due to Covid-19 concerns

Late Thursday afternoon, SMMUSD announced that schools would be closed throughout the district, on Friday and Monday. Staff will be present at school. At least a dozen area private schools are...

 

In the Wake of Coronavirus Fears, at Least a Dozen Local Private Schools Have Closed Down

Coronavirus has caused the closure of a Santa Monica school, St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School on Colorado Blvd. The one day closure, a spokesman said, "was out of an abundance of caution, and...

 

SMC Cancels Live Classes; But No Confirmed cases of coronavirus at Santa Monica College.

Starting next Wednesday, classes will switch to online. All extra curriculars, travel, and clubs have also been cancelled Santa Monica College has now joined the long list of schools shutting down to...

 

First Coronavirus Case Reported in Venice Beach, California on Thursday

A Venice man was infected with Coronavirus while on a skiing trip in Italy last week, his nephew posted Thursday on social media. We have edited the post only to remove the man's identity. It is...

 

Vaxxed Bus Rolls Into Santa Monica It is hard to watch. But even harder to live through

The Vaxxed bus rolls into town. It parks outside of the Laemmle Theater, in downtown Santa Monica. On the outside of the bus, there are nearly 10,000 names. All painstakingly written by hand, a lot...

 

SMPD Arrests Transient Joseph Jean Gilbert, 30, in Assault of 87 year old Retired Doctor

Santa Monica Police have arrested 30-year-old transient Joseph Jean Gilbert, for assaulting an elderly man. Long-time Santa Monica resident Dr. R.L. Wong was buying coffee at the Coffee Bean on 9th...

 

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