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 By Observer Staff    Events    

Rosh Hashanah: Chabad in Santa Monica Offers Shofar Factory for Kids Sept. 15, 2019

In preparation for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, Chabad in Santa Monica will be getting ready with a hands-on workshop.  Each participant will sand, saw, drill and polish their very own...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    September 14, 2019 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin Proposes Homeless Commission With Real Homeless Members

In an effort to improve City efforts to combat the homelessness crisis, Councilmember Mike Bonin today proposed the creation of a new advisory commission, composed entirely of people who are or have b...

 

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...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    September 14, 2019 

Report:Shooting Saturday Night at Third Street Promenade Restaurant

Report:Shooting Saturday Night at Third Street Promenade Restaurant...

 

Video: Hurricane Dorian Sitting North of the Bahamas, May Miss Florida Entirely

"In many ways #Dorian is an even worse hurricane today than yesterday. Forward motion 24 hours ago was 7 mph, now essentially zero. A stationary major hurricane over low-lying populations is the...

 

Santa Monica Residents Charles McIlvain, 44, and Marybeth Guiney, 51, Among Diving Boat Fire Deaths.

The Torrance Daily Breeze website reports that two Santa Monica residents are among the dead in the Labor Day fire on the diving boat off Santa Cruz Island. Colleagues and friends told the Torrance...

 

Spanish Singer Joana Sainz Garcia Killed on Stage by Fireworks

A Spanish pop performer was killed on stage on Sept. 2, 2019. Joana Sainz Garcia was dancing at one end of the stage, when fireworks went off as usual, but somehow struck her in the stomach. She was...

 
 By Observer Staff    Events   

Coast Festival to Close 2 Miles of Santa Monica Streets on September 15th 2019

The City Sponsored Coast event will be held on two miles of city streets closed to car traffic, including Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Colorado. City press release follows. Santa Monica's...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 29, 2019

4th Suicide in a Year from Parking Garages in Downtown Santa Monica

We're not really sure what it is about Santa Monica parking garages, but like the Golden Gate Bridge, they have become magnets for suicidal people recently. Maybe it's the fact that you can see the...

 

Score One for Santa Monica, As 9th Circuit Upholds City's Anti-AirBNB Ordinance

The digital economy has had the effect of concentrating more and more wealth in fewer and fewer hands. As far as housing goes, the AIRBNB app allows well heeled millennials to rent apartments in...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 25, 2019

SMPD Vice Squad Send Underage Looking Officers to Buy Liquor from Local Stores

As if it weren't difficult enough running a retail establishment in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Vice Squad send underage people younger than 20, in to local businesses to see if they could buy...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 25, 2019

End of Summer Comes Early, as SMMUSD Returns to School on Thursday August 22nd

All 16 public schools in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District begin classes on Thursday, August 22nd. Parents and kids will need to figure out where they are going to be dropped off. The...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 25, 2019

Ocean Avenue Remains Closed to Traffic For Two Weeks North of California Incline

One of America's most famous and beautiful streets, Ocean Avenue remains closed to traffic this week as workmen excavated a water main on an emergency basis to repair an underground water pipe....

 

Robbers Bearing Sledge Hammers Rob Jewelry store in the 1200 block of Montana Avenue

The owner of a jewelry in Santa Monica was hit with a sledgehammer while watching a robbery at his store Thursday, officials said. The robbery occurred about 2:35 PM at the store along the 1200 block...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 22, 2019

Satirical Video Focuses on LA's Skid Row While Imploring Tourists to Visit Los Angeles

A video newly posted on Youtube rolls video or homeless people living in tents on LA's infamous Skid Row, as a voice implores people to visit Los Angeles and engage in all the activities LA has to...

 

Jury Finds Serial Killer Guilty of 2 Murders over Last 18 Years, Including One in SM

A 43-year-old man was found guilty today of the brutal slayings of two women and trying to kill another woman over a seven-year period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced....

 

SMPD Detains Brinks Security Guard After He Fires 2 Shots at Fleeing Suspect on Third Street Promenade

Santa Monica Police were seen in a CBS News Video frisking and taking into custody a bald, middle aged Brinks security Guard. His gun was visible in his belt, underneath his shirt. He had fired two...

 

Girls Who Code Holds Graduation at Santa Monica Riot HQ

At the August 2, 2019 graduation the girls presented their final projects, heard from Riot Games' Head of Technology Mike Seavers and commemorated their achievements from the past few weeks. For the...

 
 By Observer Staff    Events   

The Experiment Stage on the Third Street Promenade Features Live Performances 8/11

Celebrate the last days of Summer with free salsa classes, outdoor comedy shows, live music or some quality time lounging in new outdoor seating options on Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa...

 

Wanted: That Old Clarinet, Violin, Guitar, Flute or other Instrument in your Closet

Scott Price and Janice Hou are hosting their second musical instrument drive from August 5th through August 16th. Scott and Janice say they have always been passionate about music and by its unique...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    August 9, 2019

Kids Reportedly Rob, Assault Other Kids on Expo Train in Culver City

An unverified post on Facebook reports that a gang of kids jumped another group of kids to steal from them, on the Exposition Train between Santa Monica and Culver City. The crime reportedly took plac...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    August 9, 2019

Man Who Barricaded Himself in Santa Monica Apartment in 2015 Sentenced for Murder

A 28-year-old man was sentenced today to 16 years to life in state prison for killing a man outside of a South Los Angeles hamburger restaurant in 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 5, 2019

Possession of Child Porn Leads to Charges Against Cedars Sinai Director of AI

A 59-year-old Santa Monica man has been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. Guido Germano, 59 was charged...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 2, 2019

Charges filed Against Rape Robbery Suspect on 17th Street and 18th Street Assaults

Authorities announced that they have filed charges on Fernando Venancio Jr., a 43-year-old male from Lynwood CA., for his involvement in a series of robberies and sexual assaults that occurred in Sant...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    July 29, 2019

3 Young People Killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, as Shooter Wounds Twelve

Three people were killed in a shooting in Gilroy's Christmas Hill Park late Sunday afternoon, 7/28. Police say the dead include a 6 year old boy, a 13 year old girl, and a young man in his 20's. The...

 

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