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Lacking Covid Treatments, New York State Prioritizes Black and Brown People Over Whites in Drug Apportionment

And we thought medical treatment should be passed out without regard to race! In a memo dated December 27, 2021 to health care providers, the New York State Department of Health warns they don't have...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 25, 2022

Woman Wanted for Robbery and Felony Hit and Run, Arrested for Catalytic Converter Theft in Santa Monica

Two men and two women were arrested for catalytic converter theft near Colorado Blvd and Harvard Avenue in Santa Monica. The four were booked for Grand Theft Conspiracy. The theft of catalytic...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 5, 2022

Court Takes Guilty Plea in Sexual Assault/ Wine Spiking Case in Santa Monica

Michael Hsu plead guilty to sexually assaulting a female victim, after spiking her wine glass at Fig Restaurant, Miramar Sheraton, with MDMA. This was apparently a woman Hsu was then dating....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 5, 2022

Santa Monica Police Arrest Couple for Armed Purse Snatching at 25th Street and Alta Avenue

Santa Monica Police say they arrested a 22 year old man and a 35 year old woman for a drive up armed robbery against a pedestrian and 25th and Alta. They stole a woman's purse early Thursday evening,...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 5, 2022

Attempted Suicide off Parking Structure Closes Second Street in Downtown Santa Monica

3.30: Santa Monica Police and Fire Department Paramedics were operating on 2nd Street Wednesday afternoon, as an unidentified individual threatened to jump off of Parking Structure 2. They were seen...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    March 29, 2022

After He Smashed a Store Window, This Homeless Man Ran to Hide in the Alley Where Police Found Him

After a homeless dude named Austin Reed Turner-Crawford smashed a car window, the SMPD sent someone to find him in the alley behind the store. This on 17th Street and Pico Blvd, on Sunday March 20th....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 25, 2022

California Incline in Santa Monica is Closed Due to Suicidal Person on Pedestrian Bridge

3.22.22: At about 2 pm PST, the main road leading down from downtown Santa Monica onto Pacific Coast Highway was closed due to a potential "jumper," a person who threatens to kill himself. Police...

 

Elon Musk Predicts Manned Missions to Mars by 2029

In a tweet early this afternoon, SpaceX founder Elon Musk predicted that human beings would land on the planet Mars by 2029. Space Hub tweeted, "What's your guess? Referring to a photo of Neil...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    March 9, 2022

Ghost Gun Suspect Arrested After One Shooting at Pico and Lincoln, Another at Jack in the Box

3.4.22: Santa Monica police announced today that they had arrested a suspect in a series of shootings at Lincoln and Pico, writes SMPD Public Information Officer Myesha Morrison. On March 2, 2022 at...

 

Reporter from Kyiv Posts Photo of Russian War Dead Sprawled On a Burning Tank

Some of the finest war photography tweeted in the Russo-Ukraine war, is by a reporter for the Kyiv Independent named Illia Ponomarenko. He posted this photo of Russian soldiers sprawled out on the...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Opinion    March 6, 2022

If Guns Kill People, Then Why Aren't the Police Allowed to Look for and Confiscate Illegal Guns?

March 2, 2022 - Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted to curtail stops made by police officers on a technical pretext that is then used to search the vehicle for criminal activity. Below...

 

After gunshots were heard, Drug Dealers Arrested on 7th and Broadway

2/7/22: At about 9:30 PM SMPD Officers responded to a call about gunshots fired in the area of the 1500 block of 7th Street. A witness told police that he saw a red truck fleeing the area at a high...

 

FAA Declares No Flight Zone Around So Fi Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday, February 13, 2022

The FAA has declared a no flight zone around Inglewood's SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday. The move is a precaution and was hardly unexpected, as such restrictions are typical for special events...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 29, 2022

Councilman Mike Bonin Decides Not To Run for Re-Election to Los Angeles City Council in 2022

Citing his battle with clinical depression, Westside Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin released a video Wednesday night announcing that he will not seek re-election. The father of LA's uber...

 

LASD Seek 3 Suspects in Three 7/11 Robberies Monday Night Near Lakewood

LA County Sheriff's are seeking 3 suspects in a series of armed robberies that occurred at convenience stores on Monday night, officials said. Suspects wearing the same clothing took place in all...

 

Across the Country, Grocery Store Shelves are Reportedly Empty, Or Missing Key Products

Supply chain shortages have left many grocery shelves bare in the United States. Many are pointing to the number of grocery store clerks who are sick with Covid, or in quarantine due to exposure. In...

 

FBI Agents Storming Ft. Worth Synagogue to Rescue Hostages Seen in Raw Video

Video released by a local TV news station shows FBI agents storming the Beth Israel synagogue to rescue the hostages Saturday night, 1/15/22. In it, four or more men from the FBI’s Hostage Rescue...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 18, 2022

LAPD Seeks Homeless Man Who Murdered Young Woman From Pacific Palisades as she Worked on La Brea Avenue

Update 1/14/22: The LAPD now describes the suspect as "homeless," adding that it is unlikely the victim and perpetrator knew each other. Separately, departing LA mayor Eric Garcetti asserted that Los...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 14, 2022

#SMMUSD Parents Mostly Keep their Kids Home from School. Attendance is Light in Santa Monica due to Omicron

SMMUSD schools began again on Monday and Tuesday, Jan 3 and 4th. But the majority of parents report sending their kids to just one or two days, then keeping them home in light of increasing covid...

 

Game Changer: US Army has a vaccine that will prevent all forms of Covid, Even Omicron

The US Army has developed a vaccine that will end the worldwide Coronavirus Pandemic. This according to the website Defense One, which says that The vaccine, named SpFN, also showed promise against...

 

Space Telescope to Orbit LaGrange Point a Million Miles From Earth

A joint project of the European Space Agency and NASA, on Christmas Day an Ariane Rocket will launch the most ambitious space telescope ever. It will be placed in orbit at a LaGrange point beyond...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 3, 2022

IRS Issues Rule That Income From Stealing Is Taxable, And Must Be Declared.

The IRS has determined that if US residents steal property, they must report it as income for purposes of Federal taxes. Or return it. Those provisions went viral Monday following a tweet informing...

 

California's Public Golf Courses to be Converted to Public Housing in Latest Progressive Initiative

A bill now pending in the California State legislature proposes to convert the State's municipal and public golf courses into affordable housing. AB 672, authored by Christina Garcia (D_Bell Gardens)...

 

As SMPD Busts Non-Permitted Vendor on the Santa Monica Pier, Protestors Try to Stop Them

Santa Monica Police have towed away a van assisting non-permitted vendors on the Santa Monica Pier. Any day, 10 vendors with rainbow colored umbrellas, can be seen in front of the 120 year old wooden...

 

In Ballona Creek, Homeless Are Building Permanent Encampment Under Del Rey Bridge

Residents of the 5200 block of Centinela Avenue, where a bridge crosses the Ballona Creek, report that round the clock construction has been going on underneath the bridge. This according to KCAL 9...

 

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