Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

Articles written by Jonathan Berg

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  • SMPD Dispatcher Says Parkour Daredevil "Doesn't Fall" so He Can Climb the Side of a 6-Story Parking Garage

    Jonathan Berg|Jan 13, 2023

    I write tonight, an hour after observing more only-in-Santa Monica depravity. On New Years Night, I was near the end of a downtown walk. While approaching the McDonalds on Colorado, I heard something of a commotion. A packed-together crowd all had their cell phones out, looking in the same direction, up at the southwest corner of the parking garage across from McDonalds. When I looked up, I saw what was attracting all the attention: a bare-chested white man, muscular, with black sweat pants. He...

  • Mike Bonin's Mar Vista: Terrorized Walking Past a Library to the Thrift Store

    Jonathan Berg, Special to the Observer|Sep 13, 2022

    Like a lot of Americans today, I do a lot of "thrifting"---seeking bargains at thrifts around the L.A. area. One of my regular stops is the Council Thrift next to the large post office on Venice Blvd. Due to the always overbearing parking enforcement on Venice---and the awkward bike lane now between the parked cars and the sidewalk (thanks to the social engineers who decided THAT was a good idea)---I tend to like to park on the quiet side street, Inglewood Blvd., where I can dump the car for an...