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 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 8, 2020 

City of Santa Monica Fences Palisades Park, To Enforce Social Distancing During Covid-19

The City of Santa Monica has closed the crown jewel of Santa Monica parks, Palisades Park. The views from the park are inspiring and memorable, and the park was just too much of a magnet for folks...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 6, 2020

CBS News Closes its New York HQ "as a precaution," after 2 employees test positive for Covid-19

CBS News has announced through their website, www.cbsnews.com, that they have closed their New York City headquarters after 2 employees tested positive for Coronavirus. "Our temporary headquarters is...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 6, 2020

Life As We Know It Ends, City of Santa Monica Continues to Give Parking Tickets

If an asteroid were about to strike Earth, the City of Santa Monica would continue to give out parking citations. The beaches are closed, the parks are closed (except Reed Park, which has 50 or so...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 3, 2020

As California DMV Closes, Feds Put Off Real ID Enforcement at Airports For a Year

As California closed all DMV locations due to the Coronavirus, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would extend enforcement of travel ban on passengers without Real ID, one full year....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: LA Police Are Forcing the Homeless to Move From Parks and Encampments, to Hotels and Shelters

If you live on the Westside of Los Angeles or in Santa Monica, you are well aware that many thousands of homeless people live in parks. Some residents have long complained that their homeless...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 28, 2020

Beaches Were Deserted Anyway. Then Los Angeles County Closed Them Due to Coronavirus

You probably got the alert on your phone. "Danger! Beaches are closed to the public until further notice, due to Covid-19. Oh, and the Hiking Trails too." Avoid crowds, somehow get exercise, be safe....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 28, 2020

Boy Who Died of Coronavirus Was the Son of An Uber Driver, Who Brought Coronavirus Home, says Lancaster Mayor

Update, Wednesday night 3/25/2020: LA County Health Dept. officially removed the boy who is the subject of of this article, from the official LA County list of Coronavirus deaths. It was reported...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 27, 2020

Santa Monica Shuts Beach Parking Lots, In Order to Limit Crowds

Today was a great beach day in Santa Monica, and thousands of people came to the beach. This is behavior the city of Santa Monica wants to discourage. "This will last for weeks," said city manager...

 

Vice President Pence to LA Hoarders of N-95 Masks: "We Will Find You."

At a white house press briefing Sunday, Vice President Pence threatened an online broker who claimed to have 10,000,000 masks in a Los Angeles area warehouse. He said that if the broker didn't sell...

 

CVS Announces it will Hire 50,000 Drivers, Deliverymen, Counterhelp, Pharmacist Assistants

CVS Health has announced that it will fill 50,000 positions. Demand for CVS Counter services has greatly expanded due to the Coronavirus emergency. There are 3 CVS Health locations in Santa Monica....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    March 24, 2020

Sylmar Superior Courthouse Closed After Public Defender Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Sylmar Superior Courthouse is closed for three days after a public defender there tested positive for Covid-19, the Superior Court announced Sunday. Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile's office said...

 

Even Some Doctors Are Starting to Wonder If the US Response to Coronavirus is an Overreaction

The worldwide attempt to control the recent worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 is an overreaction and a "fiasco in the making.” Scientist John Ioannidis. In most of the disaster movies we grew up with...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 23, 2020

Vons Corporate Decides Grocery Shoppers Should Line Up, So They Can Social Distance Once Inside

Does this make any sense to you? Vons grocery company has decided that its shoppers must line up outside the store, so that only 10 or 50 are shopping inside at any one time. Trouble is, they are clos...

 

Chinese Coronavirus: "Don't say we didn't warn you". Was it a reference to Covid-19?

What if the Chinese Communist Party Politburo wanted to drop a bomb on the US, as retribution for its tariffs, economic retribution on China, and other offenses, real and imagined? Releasing Novel...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 19, 2020

LA County Fire Dept Paramedics in Isolation, After Treating a Coronavirus Patient Who Later Died

LA County Fire Department paramedics treated a patient in cardiac arrest Thursday. The patient died, and was later confirmed to have had Coronavirus. Fire Dept. personnel were thereby exposed to the...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Sports    March 11, 2020

Person Working the BNP Paribas Tennis Open Contracts CoronaVirus. Possibly a Tennis Pro Player

Sunday night, the first case of Coronavirus was diagnosed in Riverside County. The media said the patient was being treated at the Eisenhower med center in Rancho Mirage. However one local TV station...

 

Buttigieg, Steyer, Klobachar Out of 2020 Presidential Race in Close Succession

South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has suspended his presidential aspirations. He will announce tonight that he is dropping out of the race. He will deliver a speech on the importance of "Unity"...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 5, 2020

Long Lines of Young (#berniesanders) Voters, Glitches Reported in California Super Tuesday Primary

California voters had an entire week to make it to the polls in the State's Super Tuesday primary. But many voters waited until the last day, Super Tuesday, to vote. And good for them, because many...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 3, 2020

LA County Polls to Remain Open After 8 pm, For Voters Who Arrive Before Closing Time

"The poll workers are wonderful. But everyone is voting on these machines, for the first time. So there's a learning curve." Polly Lui, a voter at UCLA. One of our readers reports that he waited 4...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 1, 2020

President Trump Addresses Corona Virus Fears Wednesday Night, Names Pence Epidemic Tzar.

President Donald Trump is also scheduled to hold a news conference at 6:30 p.m. to address coronavirus concerns in the U.S. Because we closed our borders to China earlier, the risk to us is very very...

 

#Jeep Plunges Off the Top of Parking Structure at Colorado and 2nd Street in Downtown Santa Monica

The Santa Monica police say that a young man in a Jeep SUV, possibly high or drunk, drove his SUV off the top of the parking structure at 2nd Street and Colorado in Downtown Santa Monica. The...

 

High Speed Crash at Pico and 12th Street Pins Three People inside Wrecked Prius

The Santa Monica Fire Dept says it rescued three victims from a car pinned against a brick wall at Pico and 12th Street. A Toyota Prius crashed agains parking meters, streetlights, trees, a fire...

 

Ripping up #SOTU Speech, Nancy Pelosi and the squad are all wearing white at the State of the Union

At a time when women fill universities and 72% of new jobs, When life has never been better for women or men in the United States of America, 30 or so congress women are seen wearing white in the...

 

02/02/2020: Welcome to international Palindrome Day, first in almost 1000 years

Sunday isn't simply the Superbowl and Groundhog day. It is International Palindrome Day, a day when the date reads the same backwards and forwards. The last Palindrome day was 909 years ago on...

 

Kobe Bryant, daughter, 4 friends and a pilot killed in helicopter crash in Calabassas

Nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Malibu included basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, said Alex Villanueva, chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. Bryant's other...

 

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