Articles written by Jon Berg

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 By Jon Berg    Opinion    September 28, 2023

Three Violent Incidents Against Tourists in One Evening in Santa Methica

I'm always thinking about the next topics to address in my periodic submissions to the Observer. Upcoming candidates include the insanity of the road diet, the hulking, creepy "The People Concern"...

 By Jon Berg    Opinion    August 20, 2023

Tear Up The Tracks: Santa Monica's Crime Train

For quite some time---maybe, even, years---I've been working out in my head a piece dealing with a curse that arrived in Santa Monica at 9:49 AM on May 20, 2016. At that moment---cheered on by people...

 By Jon Berg    Opinion    February 8, 2023

Santa Monica in ICU on Life Support

Back in September 2005 I was walking down the main drag of Auckland, New Zealand, when I spotted a travel agency's breathless window ad for a dream package trip to "glamorous" Los...

 By Jon Berg    Opinion    October 19, 2022

Santa Monica College Measure SMC bond issue: Too Much and Never Enough; and, JUST SAY NO on November 8

"Too Much and Never Enough"---Mary Trump, July 14, 2020 "Just Say NO"---Nancy Reagan, Sept. 14, 1986 October 14, 2022 - The above statements by Mary Trump and Nancy Reagan summarize perfectly my...

 By Jon Berg    Opinion    October 9, 2022

Citizens, Taxpayers, Book-lovers, Children, Sanity, 1; Mike Bonin, 0 - Mar Vista Library Update

A few weeks ago I submitted a story about the desperate situation in front of the Mar Vista Library at Venice Blvd. and Inglewood, complete with images of the depravity that no civilized society...

 By Jon Berg    Opinion    August 26, 2022

With Homeless Camping Allowed on Private Property, Santa Monica Has Become "Slum By the Sea"

If you shudder, as you pass the infamous, filthy, dangerous, druggie-filled "Boninville" camp under the freeway at Venice and Sepulveda, or the countless homeless vagrant encampments in Hollywood,...


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