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 By Observer Staff    News    May 10, 2019

Shore Hotel Retroactively Seeks Coastal Commission Approval to Open as a Hotel

Somehow, the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica opened two years ago with a Coastal Commission permit. Wednesday, the hotel, which bills itself as sustainable and environmentally sensitive, will appear...

 

Armenians Rally In Front of Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles

World War 1 and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire ended 101 years ago. Yet the event is fresh in the minds of 200,000 Los Angeles County Armenians, For the 5th year in a row, they shut down Wilshire...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 1, 2019

Former Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts involved in Inglewood Car Crash

An LAPD motorcycle officer was thrown off his bike and into a fountain from a crash near USC. One of the vehicles that was involved appears to have been carrying the mayor of Inglewood. ABC News...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 25, 2019

SMFD Rescues Homeless Person Who Falls From Palisades Park at 1:30 am Tuesday

4/16/19: Santa Monica Fire Department says it rescued a homeless man who fell down the bluffs at 270 Palisades Beach Rd, and was trapped approximately 100 feet down the cliff. The SMFD had 4 engine co...

 

My Brother Dimitri C. Kemitch is missing. Have You Seen Him?

Hi Dear Editor, This is a recent picture of my brother, Dimitri C. Kemitch. His last known address was Orion St in Van Nuys. We last spoke on October 21,2018. We had a fight and he hung up on me. I...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 25, 2019

SMPD Officer Drowns While on Vacation in Kauai, Santa Monica Police Dept. Says

4/25 update: Alert from SM City Hall: SM Alert - Northbound 7th St. from Wilshire Blvd. to Washington Ave. and west/eastbound California Blvd. from Lincoln Blvd. to 6th Ct. will be closed today from...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 15, 2019

Suicidal Man Jumps From Santa Monica Parking Structure 5 in Third Such Suicide in 6 Months

4/11: Once again, a downtown Santa Monica parking structure has become the site of a suicide. Bystanders reported a hazmat team hosing blood from the street in front of Parking Structure 5 on 4th...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 9, 2019

Home Invasion Robbery Results in Charges Against 23 Year Old LA Resident

4/7/2019: Earlier today the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed charges on Brendan Bunnell, a 23-year old male, for a residential robbery. On April 2, 2019, at about 6:50AM SMPD...

 

Pali Senior Conducts Parenting Classes at Cornerstone Church for Girl Scout Gold Award Project

My daughter Natalie Schoemann, who is a Senior at Palisades Charter High School, recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. She put together a reading program to support parenting classes...

 

Local Girl Wins Title in Royal International Miss Pageant in Fullerton

2/17/19: On Sunday, Samantha Macklin competed in the Royal International Miss Pageant in Fullerton CA. She walked away with the title "Queen of RIM's Miss West Coast Jr. Teen." Samantha has been...

 

Fitdog Adoption Event Smooches 4 Pooches Results in Dog Adoptions and Fun

This past Saturday, 2/9, Fitdog hosted its fourth annual Smooches 4 Pooches event, benefitting Adopt & Shop and Operation Blankets of Love. Adopt & Shop brought dogs to be adopted, while Operation...

 

The Gaslamp to 'take a chance' on The ABBA Show on March 16, Tribute Bands and the Original

LONG BEACH, CA (02/04/19) Marie-Claire Follett was a teenager in London looking for a singing job when she auditioned for a spot in an ABBA tribute band. She got the gig all right, and something else...

 

Call for City's Social Services Commission to Resign over The People Concern scandal

At the Commission's 1/28/19 meeting multiple speakers expressed their frustration with the Commission's reluctance to act. Public comments by Olga Zurawska are below. The Santa Monica Social Services...

 

Pedestrian Dragged 3 Blocks In Horrific Fatal Expo Line Accident Tuesday Morning

The 17th Street Expo line station was the scene of a fatal accident on Tuesday. Police have not yet identified the victim. It was unclear whether the pedestrian was chasing after the train, or just...

 

Meet Me Under the Fig Tree at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

101 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA Date: Sunday, December 9 from 2pm - 5pm Website: https://www.fairmont.com/santa-monica/ Cost: Free Charity Partner/Donations: Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

 

L.A. County Enhances Interim Housing Standards for Homeless People

The County of LA adopted an inspection program to ensure that housing facilities for the homeless are clean and responsive to needs of residents. The official COLA press release follows below. We...

 

Alleged Gang Members Charged in LA Burglary Ring Targeting Celebrity Homes

A group of alleged gang members and associates has been charged in a multi-city burglary ring targeting celebrity homes and other properties, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office...

 

Man Charged with Fatally Shooting Boss at Alhambra Newspaper

An employee at a Chinese-language newspaper in Alhambra has been charged with fatally shooting his boss, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. Zhong Qi Chen, 59, of El...

 

LA County Sheriff's Dept Announces Repopulation of Malibu East of Las Virgenes Road

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced Sunday evening that it would allow the repopulation of most areas impacted by the #WoolseyFire - effective Monday, November 19, 2018 at 9:00 A.M....

 

Malibu Schools Closed Through Thanksgiving Weekend, Including Malibu High School, says SMMUSD

SMMUSD Schools in Malibu are closed to the end of Thanksgiving weekend due to the Fire. They will reopen on Monday, November 26th. Most of the City of Malibu is still under evacuation order, wrote...

 

San Quentin Investigating Two Apparent Suicides of Death Row Inmates

SAN QUENTIN – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials are investigating the deaths of two condemned inmates that occurred over the weekend. On Friday night at about 11:15...

 

SM Landmarks Commission to Consider Historic District for 11th Street Bungalows

On Monday, November 12th the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission will decide whether to designate a handful of Craftsman-style bungalows on 11th Street to become the City's fourth historic district....

 

Uber Driver Kidnaps 4 Passengers in Santa Monica, Police Pursuit to Montana Follows

The ghouls and goblins were not the only one's threatening Santa Monica revelers on Halloween. The Uber drivers were pretty bad, too. Wednesday at about 6:43 p.m. the SMPD responded to a radio call...

 

Prisoner Serving 5 Years for Armed Robbery, Escapes from California Men's Prison at SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for inmate David Gray Hall, who was found missing this morning during count from California...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    October 4, 2018

Another Homeless Man Murdered in Tongva Park Wednesday Evening: SMPD

A murder in Tongva Park last night, the third murder in Santa Monica this year, resulted in an arrest. Santa Monica Police did not release any information about the victim, including his name or...

 

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