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 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,...

 

SMMUSD Rejects Latest Proposal from Malibu; Separation Hearing Saturday

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education on Friday morning voted 5-2 to reject the latest City of Malibu counter proposal on "unification" or separation. This latest offer...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 13, 2021

Santa Monica Launches 'Right to Counsel' Program to Help Tenants Facing Evictions

The City of Santa Monica this week launched its pilot Right to Counsel project, an initiative to provide legal assistance and support for tenants facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The prog...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 8, 2021

Santa Monica Backing Spanish Language Translation Plan for City Info and Meetings

Maintaining that "10% of Santa Monica residents speak Spanish at home," the City Council has backed a motion calling for all city information be disseminated in Spanish as well as English "to ensure...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 3, 2021

Three More Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Police Department made an arrest of three burglary suspects discovered during a trespassing call on Friday night. On March 26, 2021 at about 11:30 PM the SMPD was dispatched to a...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 23, 2021

City, Chamber of Commerce Launch Grants Program to Support 1000 Businesses

The City of Santa Monica has joined forces with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce to launch a Small Business Recovery Grant Program to help local businesses stay afloat till the end of the...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    March 10, 2021

Robbery at Beverly Hills Restaurant Believed to be the latest in a String of Robberies by Three Suspects

3/4/21: It was the latest in a string of brazen robberies. This one occurred in daylight hours in the heart of Beverly Hills. The crime occurred at Il Pastaio Restaurant on North Canon Drive. Three...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 4, 2021

Arson Suspect Arrested for Setting Fire to Santa Monica Police Car, In Front of Police.

While the police were investigating a robbery near the Metro Train station, a 32 year old homeless dude jumped on top of a detectives unmarked police vehicle, poured gas on it, and set it on fire. Not...

 

DUI Suspect Hits Barriers at Urth Cafe on Main Street in Santa Monica Friday Night.

A suspected drunk driver hit the concrete barriers erected on Main Street outside Urth Cafe, to allow for outdoor dining in the Covid era, Santa Monica police and witnesses said. Police allege Piper...

 

Dr. Laura Berman's 16 Year Old Son Dies of Overdose, She Posts on Instagram

A 16 year old boy died of a drug overdose Sunday afternoon in the 1000 block of Yale Street, reports Lt. Rudy Flores of the Santa Monica Police Department. The boy was Dr. Laura Berman's son, Samuel....

 

Protest Over Russian Arrest of Alexei Navlny Comes to Santa Monica Pier

On Sunday, a crowd of about 30 demonstrators met at the Santa Monica Pier to protest the arrest of Alexei Navalny. He was sentenced today to two and a half years in Russian prison on a parole violatio...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 27, 2021

California Lifts Statewide Stay at Home Orders Due to Covid-19

The State of California announced Monday that the Statewide ban on outdoor dining has ended. Each California county may decide whether to allow diners to return to outdoor dining. “Together, we...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 25, 2021

Einstein Bros. Bagels Closes on Pico Blvd in West LA

Einstein Brothers Bagels on Pico Blvd in West Los Angeles has permanently closed, store employees have confirmed to The Observer. Opened in 2013, the store served bagel sandwiches, knishes,...

 

South Los Angeles is experiencing a murder epidemic, as Murder in the First 3 Weeks of 2021 Up 150 percent

Sunday night, 1/18, the Los Angeles Police Department sent two rather shocking tweets. Victims Shot in South LA are up 742% compared to last year, says the LAPD. And homicides are up 150% in the...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 13, 2021

Downtown SM Parking Structure The Site of Another Suicide

Police officers and firefighters responded to a call on the 1500 block of 4th Street at about 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning for a report of a person on the sidewalk. A man aged about 30 appeared to...

 

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