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 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...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 16, 2018

Korean Expats Hold Summit Party in Mid Wilshire to Watch Trump Meet Kim

A group of expatriate Korean Americans held a summit watching party Monday night, as President Donald Trump met DPRK leader Kim Jong Eun in Singapore. Due to the time shift, much of the activity was...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 13, 2018

Woman Hangs Over the Edge from a Parking Garage on 4th Street After collision

Vehicle Collision at Santa Monica Parking Garage On Monday at 10:30 a.m. Santa Monica Firefighters responded to City Parking Structure # 5 located at 1440 4th Street for a report of a vehicle hanging...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 5, 2018

Trader Joe's to Open at 23rd and Wilshire Blvd, Across from Whole Foods Market in Santa Monica

Just when you thought it was safe to drive down Wilshire Blvd, Trader Joes is eyeing a sight directly across the street from Whole Foods Market. Actually, our sources say a lease has been signed, and...

 
 By Observer Staff    Schools    June 5, 2018

SMC Will Award First Bachelors Degrees in June 12, 2018 Ceremony

Santa Monica College's 88th commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at Corsair Field, said the school in a press release. About 675 of the more than 4,500 students who...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 5, 2018

Drinking and Depressed, Kate Spade Hangs Herself With a Red Kate Spade Branded Scarf

Fashion designer Kate Spade hung herself with a Kate Spade scarf. First Responders found the fashion maven hanging from a doorknob and a scarf in her Manhattan apartment. She was 55 years old and...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 1, 2018

Latina Woman Racially Insulted for Being White in Santa Monica Parking Lot

Gina Fuentes, a longtime resident of Santa Monica and a person active in the local Latin community, says that she was verbally assaulted at Extra Space Storage on 3250 Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica....

 
 By Observer Staff    Schools    May 17, 2018

Culver City High School Student Completes 12 years of Dance at Westside School of Ballet

Toscana Finke is a graduating senior from Culver City High School who has been dancing at Westside School of Ballet for over 12 years, three of those at the most advanced level (Level 7). She is one...

 

What About Men's Feelings Anyway? "Welcome to the Men's Group" Opens May 18

"Welcome to the Men's Group" takes us inside the intimate dynamic of an all- male support group when they gather one morning for a ritual breakfast and their unique form of male bonding. One Sunday a...

 

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