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 By Observer Staff    News    September 20, 2018 

A Serial Killer Preys On the Homeless in Los Angeles County, From Downtown to the Beach

9/20/2018: The Santa Monica Police have discovered a body underneath the 100 year old Santa Monica Pier. Thursday morning at about 6:40 a.m., SMPD responded to a radio call for service regarding a...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    September 20, 2018 

Samohi Hall of Fame and Samohi Distinguished Alumni Inducted at Elks Club Brunch

Samohi inducted new members into the ranks of the Samohi Hall of Fame and Samohi Distinguished Alumni. A celebratory brunch was held at the Santa Monica Elks Lodge at 1040 Pico Blvd on Sunday,...

 

SMC, Westside Ballet and 37,000 Pounds of Trash Collide on Los Angeles County Beaches

Heal the Bay conducted its 29th annual cleanup day on Saturday, September 15th. "Our final totals are in for our 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day," said the group in a press release. Some 13,342...

 

IFTA's Jean Prewitt and MPAA's Charles Rivkin at American Film Market in November

 9/12/18 The American Film Market (AFM) has announced today the expansive programming lineup for its Conferences, Roundtables, Workshops, and Spotlight Events which will feature international...

 

Actor Vince Vaughn Charged with DUI in Manhattan Beach Checkpoint

Actor Vince Vaughn has been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence after he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach earlier this summer, the Los Angeles County District...

 

Heal the Bay Launches Online Water Quality Forecasting System

Santa Monica, 8/22: With beach season in full swing, environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay today launched the Beach Report Card mobile application, which offers beach water-quality predictions each mor...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 20, 2018

Loews Hotel and it's Flower Shop Pony Up Minimum Wages to Pay Employees

They charge $800 a night for their smallest rooms, but the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica apparently wasn't paying all their illegal alien labor, the $15 or so an hour the law guarantees them. The Santa...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 20, 2018

Statue of the Virgin Mary Vandalized at Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Santa Monica

The statue of the Virgin Mary that stands at the corner of 7th Street and California Avenue was vandalized early Friday morning. Someone tagged the statute with yellow paint, possibly between 1 and 5...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 13, 2018

Over the Line: Bowling Alley Doomed by Developer, Last of its Kind on Westside

You were over the line, Smokey The bowling alley across Pico Blvd from the Santa Monica Civic Center will be bowled over by a wrecking ball next year, and replaced by a mixed-use apartment complex....

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 9, 2018

Los Angeles Launches Anti Aging Plan to Combat Prejudice Against the, Err, Elderly

What a drag it is, getting older. Well, you can ride the MTA busses for 35 cents (Santa Monica Busses are 50 cents after 55, still a major discount). Anyway, on August 6th, 2018, the County and City...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 9, 2018

Armen Melkonians and Kate Bransfield Decide Not to Run for City Council, Citing CVRA Lawsuit

Former City Council candidate and Facebook maven Armen Melkonians has decided not to run for City Council. His former slate mate, Kate Bransfield has made the same decision. They issued the following...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 3, 2018

Why I'm Running for SM Rent Control Board by Naomi Sultan/ Nicole Susan Phillis

Why I'm Running for Rent Control Board by Naomi Sultan Hello everyone - This is my first time running for public office and I would like to introduce myself and explain what I'm about. I am a...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 3, 2018

Fires Burn 560,000 Acres in California, Destroy Over 1800 Structures including homes

Whether it's global warming or just seasonal, this has been a particularly bad fire season in California. Sections of a major city, Redding, have burned. In Mendocino, life in another urban area has...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 29, 2018

British Snowboarder Ellie Soutter dies of apparent Suicide at 18

British Snowboarder Ellie Soutter has died of an apparent suicide. She was just 18 years old. "She was in great spirits and was really just the lovely Ellie that she is. You could never have...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 29, 2018

Santa Monica & Malibu Give Beachgoers Free Sunscreen From Kiosks. No, Seriously

7/25/18: A new program at Santa Monica and Malibu beaches this summer will give away sunscreen, UCLA announced today. Fifty free sunscreen kiosks will be installed this summer in the 2 beach cities, w...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 25, 2018

LAPD Now Admits They Shot & Killed Manager at Trader Joes, In an Accident

Trader Joe's store assistant manager Melyda Corado was unintentionally shot by guns Los Angeles police officers fired, during a chase and shootout with a suspect at a Trader Joes in Silver Lake Saturd...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 25, 2018

Demi Lovato Said to be in "Persistent Vegetative State" after Drug Overdose

Singer Demi Lovato is said to be in a persistent vegetative state, or coma, after a drug overdose. On the eve of a hotly anticipated string of tour dates, pop music superstar Demi Lovato has...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 18, 2018

Arrest in 2016 Home Invasion Roberries

Santa Monica police Wednesday identified a suspect in a 2016 attempted murder and three Southland home-invasion robberies, and said the man is expected to face extradition from Philadelphia, where he...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 14, 2018

AIRBNB Will Not Replace Tenants, Vows Santa Monica City Attorney After Court Win

Below is a city press release, wherein the City Attorney's office with some swagger announces the City's victory in court against the purveyors of online vacation rentals, such as AIRBNB. Santa...

 

Viral Video: Toad Eats Firefly, Glows In The Dark

Just one firefly contains enough poison to kill a toad. Nevertheless, in a viral video, we see a frog glowing the dark after consuming a firefly. Veterinarians say that the genus Photinus pose a...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 7, 2018

Elon Musk Offers Boring Company Drilling Equipment to Rescue Thai Cave Kids

Elon Musk has offered on Instagram, to use the Boring Company's equipment to help drill another entrance into the cave system in Northern Thailand. The boys are trapped 1000 meters underground and...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 7, 2018

Main Street Hosts Annual Independence Day Parade in Santa Monica

It is surprising that in liberal Santa Monica, a big Independence day parade is an annual tradition. This years event did not disappoint, and attracted 30,000 viewers and several meter maids giving...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 28, 2018

Man Who Killed Himself at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Identified as Daniel Callahan

The Santa Monica father who shot himself on the lawn of John Adams Middle School on Saturday has been identified by friends and associates as Daniel Callahan. His son's mother wrote to us to say: "He...

 

Bird Scooter Inc Valued at Over Two Billion Dollars, Reports Bloomberg News

Bird started in Santa Monica and annoyed residents to the point where they took to City Hall to get rid of it. IN other words, it had the same business plan as Uber. Which isn't too surprising given...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 22, 2018

Court Denies Pilot Group Petition to Save SM Airport

A court denied a pilots' group petition claiming the FAA exceeded its authority when it agreed to allow the city to shorten the airport's single runway last year. NBAA had petitioned the court to...

 

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