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 By Observer Staff    News    November 15, 2019 

As City Council Extends Scooter Rules, SMPD Gets Traffic Safety Grant

11/13: The Santa Monica City Council voted to extend Santa Monica’s Shared Mobility Pilot Program. You may recall that Bird started putting its scooters in Santa Monica without first obtaining any...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    November 15, 2019 

Homeless Man Arrested For Stabbing Another Homeless Man in DTSM on 11/06/19

A homeless man named Jalen Perrot, 27, was arrested for stabbing a second homeless man in the 700 block of Santa Monica. The stabbing took place around 6 pm November 6, 2019. Perrot was arrested the...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    November 15, 2019 

District Attorney Jackie Lacey Files First Investigative Genetic Genealogy Case in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that a 64-year-old man has been charged with the murders of two women using investigative genetic genealogy to help solve the...

 

Transient Sentenced to Life in Prison For 2016 Westlake Fire That Killed Five People

A 25-year-old transient was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing five people after he set fire to a vacant building in the Westlake District three years...

 

Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Ribbon Cutting

SM Homeopathic Pharmacy celebrated its 75th anniversary with a Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, October 29th 2019. In 1944, Norman and Mary Litvak felt it was "their patriotic duty to serve people by...

 

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's Replacement Terminated by US Troops, Tweets Trump

Being the apparent successor to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a lifetime appointment, but you might not live very long. Bagdadi's successor is also dead, President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. According...

 

Photo of a Wedding Rehearsal Near Sonoma Captures the Kincaide Fire

Karna Roa shot the photo of her career on Saturday at a rehearsal dinner in Sonoma County. Curtis and Katie Furland, a couple from Chicago were rehearsing for their wedding, wearing masks over their f...

 

Malibu Schools Closed on Halloween, but SM Schools Will be Open

What some authorities are calling the worst "Red Flag Alert" since 2009, has caused fires mostly in Ventura County. LA County has so far escaped the worst of it. Nevertheless, the SMMUSD will close Ma...

 

LA Fire Dept Announces Repopulation of Areas Impacted by Getty Fires

The Los Angeles Fire Department is announcing the repopulation of areas impacted by the Getty Fire. Effective October 30, 2019. http://tinyurl.com/y3ozamzm . #GettyFire #Repopulation; INC#0074;...

 

Pair Pleads to Running High-End Automobile Sublease Scam

Two men have admitted to stealing nearly $4 million in cash and luxury vehicles in a high-end automobile sublease scam from 2017 to 2019 in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles County District...

 

DA Files Charges in Santa Monica Pier Party Bus Shooting Case from 2017

Prosecutors announced today that they have filed homicide charges against two men who killed a 28 year old woman on a party bus near the Santa Monica pier. The two men have been identified as Ron...

 

Reaction of Fur Industry to California Gov. Newsom's Signing of Fur-Ban Bill

The following comments were made by Keith Kaplan of the Fur Information Council of America, after Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 44 into law, which bans the sale and manufacturing of fur...

 

SMMUSD Struggles With Painting John Muir School Building To One Named for the Obamas

In order to change the name of a building to Michelle and Barack Obama Center for Inquiry and Exploration, the SMMUSD will have to paint over a mural of Muir Woods. Not everyone was happy that Muir...

 

Police Seek Suspect After Shooting at Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot

Police Seek Suspect After Shooting at Santa Monica Pier Parking LotAn argument over a parking space resulted in one man shooting another in the parking lot immediately north of the Santa Monica pier...

 

Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Santa Monica Man Who Murdered Two Women

A jury today recommended the death penalty for a 43-year-old man who killed two women and tried to murder a female neighbor over a seven-year period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office...

 

SMPD Identifies Suspect in Pepper Spray Scuffle on Santa Monica Pier Saturday, 10/18/19

It's unclear who started it or why. But a scuffle on the Santa Monica Pier Saturday afternoon resulted in several people being pepper sprayed and one arrest. Santa Monica Police on Monday Morning,...

 

LA Firefighters Battle Thirty Acre Brushfire Threatening Homes in Pacific Palisades

The fire is now largely contained, as of 345 pm PST. Firefighters will stay on scene for 48 hours at least, they said in a press conference. People were being escorted home in the fire areas. 2...

 

Rent Control Board to Consider Whether a Rental Unit May be Removed from Rent Control

At its Thursday night meeting, the Santa Monica Rent Control Board will consider the removal of a rent controlled unit from the rental market. A recent California Court of Appeal decision seems to say...

 

100,000 Evacuated from Porter Ranch area due to #Saddleridge Fire return home

Update 6pm Saturday: Fire continues to burn. Red Flag warning expires. All evacuated persons allowed to return home. The particulate matter in the air in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, has returned to...

 

CVS Pharmacy Will Move Into Building at 5th and Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica

CVS pharmacy will move into a building at the Southeast corner of 5th Street and Wilshire Blvd in downtown Santa Monica, according to signs posted at the site. The building was previously occupied by...

 

SamoHi Swimming Pool Incident Leads to Government Tort Claim Against SMMUSD

A high school student suffered "severe and debilitating lung injuries" after swimming in the Santa Monica High School pool according to a government claim filed this month against the SMMUSD. "(name...

 

Police Cancel Suspicious Package Alert on Santa Monica Blvd Near Third Street Promenade

On Sunday September 22, 2019, the Santa Monica Police issued another alert for the Third Street Promenade. The alert from the Santa Monica Police said "Santa Monica Police activity in the 400 block...

 

SMPD Arrests Man with Rifle at 18th St. and Santa Monica Blvd

On September 20, 2019 at approximately 1:30am, officers were dispatched to the area of 1800 block of Santa Monica for a loud disturbance being caused by a male yelling and screaming. Upon arrival,...

 

FedEx Duplicates Itself at 11th and Wilshire, Closes at 6th and Wilshire

For 24 years, it has been open 24 hours allowing students to coffee Project late at night and businessman to send overnight packages at all hours. But on Tuesday, September 17 at 5 PM, the Federal...

 

Rideshare Driver Charged with Kidnap, Rape of Female Passenger

A 38-year old Lyft driver has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of a Los Angeles woman last October, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. The assault allegedly...

 

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