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 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 21, 2019

SMPD Fentanyl Arrest Nets 2 suspects, $50,000 in drugs and $12,000 cash

Fentanyl is a major public health problem in the United States. Chinese pharmaceutical producers (not so much the legit ones) put it in everything from Vicodin to Benadryl. 1000 times more potent...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 1, 2019

Homeless Encampment Near Whole Foods Market in Venice, Lives On Legal Limbo

Directly to the West of the Whole Foods Market on Lincoln and Rose lies a strip of land that looks like a sidewalk. A rather wide sidewalk, crowded with a dozen or so tents pitched, and homeless peopl...

 

Widespread Direct TV Outage Affecting Los Angeles Users

TV Screens went dark Monday night, February 18 (President's day) throughout Los Angeles, during the 6 o'clock news programs. No information about the outage was available on the company's website as...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 29, 2019

Mudslide Closes California Ramp in Santa Monica Tuesday Morning

A small mudslide onto the California Ramp has closed the road to traffic on Tuesday morning. The City sent out the following general e mail at 7 am Tuesday morning: "The City of Santa Monica is...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 25, 2019

Tragic Stabbing in Sunset Park, say Santa Monica Police. Tranquil Neighborhood Stunned

Three members of one Santa Monica family were stabbed by another family member in their Sunset Park home on Thursday morning. Neighbors said the family's son had stabbed 3 other family members,...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    January 7, 2019

Man Hijacks MTA Bus from Westwood to Santa Monica Promenade on New Year's Eve

Update: The MTA has confirmed this story. Social media reports say an apparently homeless man hijacked a female MTA bus driver in Westwood, and forced her to drive him to Santa Monica Monday night or...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 1, 2019

Two Guatemalan Children Died in ICE Custody of Influenza, Medical Records Reveal

Two children have died in ICE custody in a month, after crossing the border illegally with a parent. It appears that both children, a 7 year old girl and an 8 year old boy, died of a particularly...

 

Video: Watch as a Tsunami wipes out a Concert Stage on an Indonesian Beach

As a local pop band concludes a set, a wave lifts them into the audience, killing most of the band members and 222 others. While the Tsunami was only 4 feet high at the beach, it was enough to drag...

 

Robert Reich from MoveOn, Explains Trump Russia Collusion Theory in Just One email

Perhaps you are like me, and you have become lost in the whole Russia Collusion narrative. You don't know precisely how or why Russia, a country of $176 million with no real stake in the US political...

 

Bitcoin Falls Below $3700, as US Dollar Rises, Bitcoin Cash Forks

As the US Dollar rose abroad, and another approaching fork for Bitcoin remains, Bitcoin fell below $4000 for the first time in 15 months. The fork in Bitcoin Cash, which forked off from Bitcoin...

 

Report: Santa Monica Police are No Longer Enforcing Petty Theft Laws

The Crime Vons." That's what locals have taken to calling the Vons grocery store located on Broadway and Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica. It is widely understood that the least how to stop...

 

Los Angeles Dodges A Bullet as Amazon Locates it's HQ2 New York City and Arlington VA

As it became clear that Amazon would split it's "HQ2" between Arlington, Virginia and Long Island City, Queens, it also became clear that overcrowded Los Angeles has dodged a bullet. Los Angeles is...

 

#conspiracytheory: Did Borderline Shooter Also Set the West Hills and Woolsey Fires?

It seems too coincidental, that just after the shooting in Thousand Oaks, the hills lit up in fire. Conspiracists are asking, are the two thousand Oaks tragedies linked insofar as the shooting...

 

Smokey Monica: Wind changes direction, blowing smoke into town and WLA

The wind changed direction and suddenly Santa Monica is filled with smoke. It is difficult to capture in Photos but here are a few which show the haze and the yellow sunlight. SMPD Alert: To...

 

SMRR City Council to Continue, but Pam O'Conner Finally Loses seat. Local Santa Monica Election Results: Measure TL, SMS, SM all approved.

Greg Morena will join incumbents Sue Himmelrich and Kevin McKeown on the Santa Monica City Council. Morena, a restaurant owner, won election to be the newcomer on the Council. Pam O'Conner, who has...

 

Election Day Finally Here, Both Sides Agree 2018 is a Referendum on President Donald J. Trump

At long last, America's Democratic Resistance has a chance to go to the polls and vote against President Donald J. Trump. Arguments about Russian Collusion have disappeared from the National...

 

Vigil at the Westwood Federal Building in Solidarity with Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti headlined a rally at the Federal Building in Westwood, to protest the violence that unfolded Saturday morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. And the perso...

 

Santa Monica Check Cashing Closed Following the Death of Owner, Chris Trigg, 47

He was a friend to the friendless and a banker to the unbanked. Christopher Trigg was also the married father of 2 young girls. Trigg, 47, died on July 17th of an aggressive form of brain cancer. He h...

 

80% of Americans Decry Political Correctness, Saying It Has Replaced Free Speech with #SJW Crap

"Participants made clear that they were concerned about their day-to-day ability to express themselves: They worry that a lack of familiarity with a topic, or an unthinking word choice, could lead to...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 15, 2018

Old White Dude Sleeps with Young NY Times Reporter. He gets 6 months in Jail, She Gets Promoted

Does this strike anyone else as unfair? James Wolfe pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his relationship with Ali Watkins, a young Washington journalist, Ali Watkins. At the time, she covered...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 7, 2018

Limo Driver, Passengers were Smoking Marijuana in New York Accident that Killed 20

The nation's largest transportation accident since 2009 was caused by a driver and passengers who were "hot-boxing" the limousine. In other words, they had the windows rolled up and were smoking...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 4, 2018

Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed as a US supreme court justice this Friday

Res Ipsa Loquitor: The thing defines itself. Lisa Mirkowski, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins are on board with confirming judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court Friday. The mere fact that Senate...

 

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings: As if On Cue, Mainstream Media Narrative Shifts to "It's Over."

There has been a subtle shift in the narrative from Mainstream news sources, on the Kavanaugh nomination. The guy who could soon be in a position to roll back Roe v. Wade, is about as clean as they...

 

Incredibly Overpaid Santa Monica Police and Firemen Endorse City Council Incumbents

Santa Monica employs very well qualified police and fire personnel. It's an open secret that Santa Monica Police and Fire fighters are also the most overpaid first responders in the world. It's not...

 

#KavanaughHearings: Did the Nominee Redeem Himself from a Credible Ford?

Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell is scoring a lot of points on Christine Blasey Ford. Like the fact that she claimed she could not fly, but scuba dives all over the world—Tahiti, Hawaii. And ultimately...

 

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