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 By Samuel Alioto    Schools    April 22, 2021 

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...

 

Bitcoin Falls Back to $33,000, as Dollar Rises and Temperatures Fall From Last Weeks Capitol Riot

1/10/21: Bitcoin sank to a low of $32,500 per bitcoin, in a sudden 20% overnight decline. The world's first crypto-currency (symbol BTC), could fall all the way back to 23,000 which is where it...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 10, 2021

Local Hospitals At 90% of ICU Capacity Due to Covid-19, Says City of Santa Monica in a Tweet

Four local hospitals experienced over 90 percent Intensive Care Unit capacity in late December, tweeted the City's official account on Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2021. "Our hospitals continue to be...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    January 2, 2021

Police Arrest Car Thief in Santa Monica Alley, Recover Stolen Vehicle in Ten Minutes

"Get out of the car and put your hands on your head!" shouted one of six uniformed SMPD officers to a young female driver in a stolen white Prius C. They had been trailing the Prius for ten minutes,...

 

Police Pursuit Ends at Pico and 11th Street; SMPD Searching for 2 Suspects

A police pursuit ended at 11th Street and Pico Blvd Saturday night 12/26/20, at about 9:30 PM. The Santa Monica Police and Highway Patrol were searching for 2 suspects who fled the cash of their...

 

APT Hack Was "An 11 on a 1-10 Scale, a Nagasaki/Hiroshima Type Event," says Cyber Security Expert

December's hack of Federal and other government agencies by, was a major event and Americans should be alarmed by its depth and scale. "We're talking about compromises in every major area that one cou...

 

Dan Crenshaw Jumps Out of an Airplane and Unto Hood of Antifa Sedan in New Video

In new video posted by the New America PAC, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (Rep. TX), jumps out of an airplane landing on the hood of a car. Two hooded figures, whom we associate with Antifa, scream as they see...

 

Santa Monica Physical Trainer Maurice Taylor Charged with Decapitating Two Children, Abuse of Two More

A Lancaster father of four has been charged with decapitating his teenage son and daughter and abusing his other two boys last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Taylor...

 

Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street in Santa Monica Robbed

Police captured a bank robber who used a shotgun to rob the Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street in Santa Monica Tuesday morning. Aaron Koehler-Marsh, 27, from Bend, Indiana, had used a shotgun to obtain...

 

Corona Bros Debate Social Libertarians. "Is This Really Necessary?" As California Locks Down Again,

"Los Angeles's new COVID lockdown bans most walking, driving and use of public transport. Yes, walking" tweeted . "93% who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions in Los Angeles and yet...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    December 6, 2020

Woman Shot, Killed On Venice Boardwalk in Front of Her Husband and Others. LAPD Searching For Suspects

12/1/20: Late Tuesday afternoon in Venice suspects shot a wife in front of her husband, sources on social media said. The shooting was said to be “gang related.” City News Service reports the...

 

Trump Administration Begins Transition Process to Democratic Biden Administration, in what is the closest thing yet to a concession

President Donald Trump tweeted today that he will begin the transition process to a Joe Biden presidency. General Services Administration (GSA) head Emily Murphy on Monday told President-elect Joe...

 

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