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 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 27, 2021 

Suicide Note from Brian Laundrie Makes the Rounds on Tik Tok

Images of a purported suicide note from Brian Laundrie have been making the rounds on Tik Tok. In a video, the apparent suicide note is in handwriting and says in part: "I just wanted to say that I'm...

 

Explanation of How Alec Baldwin Fires Prop Gun on Set That Kills Female Cinematographer

10/21: Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a "prop" gun on the set of a film called "Rust", the Associated Press reported Thursday evening. The weapon discharged and killed Director of Photography...

 

"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government," Says the In N Out Burger in San Francisco

San Francisco's only In N Out Burger issued a statement decrying the City's vaccination mandate policy. The policy would require the luxury burger chain to check Covid-19 vaccination cards before...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 8, 2021

As California Eviction Moratorium Ends, Authorities Remind Tenants that they Still Have Rights

California's statewide eviction moratorium expired at the end of September. Nevertheless, Tenants who pay 25% of the back rent and are making payments over the next year on rent due, may be able to...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    October 8, 2021

After Second Brentwood Murder in a Month, Calls to Disperse Vets Living in Tents on San Vicente

After the second killing of one homeless man by another at a homeless encampment on San Vicente on September 14th, local officials said they would redouble efforts to house the veterans elsewhere. Nei...

 

Drone, Swat Team Used to Arrest Suspect in Shooting at Yorkshire and Kansas Ave. on Sept. 6th.

9/23: Santa Monica Police called on the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Team (Drone Team) to arrest Eliott Ferrando, 24 of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County...

 

Bill to Remove "Racist" Zoning Laws Targeting Republican Suburbs Approved by State Legislature

The California State Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 721 whose stated purpose is to "remove exclusionary and racist provisions in housing covenants." Actually, the bill cites "racism" to do...

 

Brawl Between Waffle House Employee and Customer Goes Viral in Video

A fight between a Waffle House cook in Atlanta Georgia, and a customer has gone viral on social media. "Waffle House on Buford Hwy was turnt Waffle" tweeted @atluncensored on 9/5/21, in the original...

 

LAPD Seeking Suspect in Sexual Assault near UCLA

Los Angeles police are looking for a sexual predator who broke into a Westwood apartment and groped a sleeping woman Friday morning. The assault occurred around 4 a.m. in the 11000 block of...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 31, 2021

Santa Monica Settles More Claims Alleging Sexual Abuse by Former City Employee

The City Council has resolved more pending claims and lawsuits against the City of Santa Monica arising out of allegations of sexual abuse by former city employee Eric Uller.  Tuesday night, the...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 31, 2021

Mountain Lion Shot and Killed After Attacking 5 Year Old Boy Near Calabasas, California

Cal. wildlife officers say they killed a non-collared mountain lion near Calabasas Thursday. They also captured a female lion known to them as P-54, a cougar mother who was part of a study. P-54 was...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 13, 2021

Man Shot and Killed in Broad Daylight on Melrose

We are trying to verify a story at 12:30 pm on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. Reports on Social media say that one man shot another, in a dispute over a giveaway at a shoe store. A woman is seen...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 11, 2021

California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Rigging Bids at Foreclosure Auctions

A California man has plead guilty to rigging bids at public foreclosure auctions, federal court officials announced this week. Yama Marifat was indicted for conspiring with other real estate...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 9, 2021

Santa Monica College Mandating Vaccines for Students, Staff on Campus this Fall

If you are planning to attend classes on campus at Santa Monica College this fall, you need to be vaccinated. So says the local college as it is gearing up for the fall semester which starts August...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    July 28, 2021

Santa Monica Police Use Taser to Subdue Stabbing Suspect

Santa Monica police deployed a Taser to subdue a homeless man who allegedly stabbed another man at the beach last Sunday, authorities said. The incident occurred at 6:35 p.m. on July 18 in the block...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    People    July 28, 2021

Santa Monica Library Director Patty Wong to Leave Post Sept. 4

By, Observer Staff Writer Patty Wong, Director of Santa Monica Public Library, announced on Wednesday that she will leave her post on September 4 to take on a similar role for the City of Santa...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 22, 2021

Some Doctors Question Los Angeles County's New Mask Mandate as Medically Unnecessary, Politically Driven

At church this morning I spoke to Dr. Hans Oppenheimer, a rheumatologist. He is 75-ish and has been practicing for 40+ years. I often ask him medical questions, because he is well read, thoughtful...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 12, 2021

Construction Worker Badly Injured After Large Pipe Fell on Him

7/6/21: A construction worker is on the mend after he was badly injured Tuesday afternoon at a site in the 11500 block of Wilshire Boulevard, authorities said. The man, whose name and age were not...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    July 8, 2021

Carjacking Results in Serious Injury Friday Morning in Parking Structure 8

Santa Monica police have confirmed a serious assault, carjacking and life threatening injury from downtown Santa Monica this holiday weekend. A young couple were confronted by a homeless man in Parkin...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 4, 2021

Landslide in Japan Produces Viral Video; 20 Residents of Atami Missing

Viral video of a landslide in Atami, Japan shows the damage inflicted on a picturesque mountainside town, as tons of mud and debris from recent rains crash down a mountain road. The town of 35,000 is...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Schools    June 9, 2021

Preschool Begins Enrollment Now Open for 2021-22 SMMUSD Preschool Programs

Enrollment has started for all 2021-22 preschool programs and Seaside neighborhood options at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The programs include fee-based, half-day and full-day cla...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 7, 2021

Interested in Serving on the Santa Monica City Council?

Are you interested in serving on the Santa Monica City Council without having to hassle with a long and costly campaign? Now is the best time for you. At the June 2 special meeting, the City Council...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    May 17, 2021

Palisades Fire is Visible from Santa Monica as it Burns Through Topanga State Park

Update 8:15 pm: Palisades brushfire doubled in size to 750 acres. It triggered the evacuation of some Topanga Canyon residents. Those live in east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Topanga community...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    May 10, 2021

OIR Group Issues Independent Report on George Floyd Riots of May 31, 2020 and its Effects in Santa Monica

The OIR Group of Playa Del Rey issued a 116 page report on the events connected to the civil unrest in Santa Monica, of May 31, 2020. The unrest, which followed the death of George Floyd, saw about 10...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Schools    May 1, 2021

SMMUSD Preparing to Sell $280 Million in Bonds to Fund Classroom Improvements

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is preparing to sell $280 million of bonds for both Measure M (for Malibu Schools) and Measure SMS (for Santa Monica Schools) in the coming months,...

 

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