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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...

 

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    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...

 

Water Main Breaches are Skyrocketing as Aging Infrastructure Gives In to Strain.

Three water main breaks last month were a reminder that Los Angeles County infrastructure is aging and often needs to be upgraded or repaired. The first break, in Venice, occurred around 2 a.m. Tuesda...

 

Word of a School Shooter at Santa Monica High School Causes Panic at Pacific Palisades High as well.

The word of a shooter at Santa Monica High School (there was no actual shooter), also caused an evacuation 3 miles up the road at Pacific Palisades High School (Palihi). When parents and students...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    December 5, 2021

As $BTC Bitcoin, Ethereum Lose 20% of their Value, #CryptoCrash Trending on Twitter and Theories Were Shared

Bitcoin, Ethereum and other major crypto currencies lost twenty percent of their value Friday afternoon into Saturday, December 4, 2021. Opinions of what happens next, naturally, varied a great deal...

 

Woman With Pony Tail Steals "Nature's Harvest" Bread Truck and Pursued by LA County Sheriff's into Long Beach, Compton.

11/25/21 Maybe she remembered she was supposed to bring the rolls and couldn't find an open store on Thanksgiving. A woman driving a Nature's Harvest bread truck lead police and sheriff's deputies on...

 

Yen Stablecoin $GYEN in a Standoff With Coinbase, Other Major Crypto Currency Exchanges

11/19: Beginning on Friday Los Angeles time, Coinbase froze the Yen based Stablecoin GYEN. This just three days after GYEN and also POWR began trading on Coinbase and other exchanges. Before they froz...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    November 8, 2021

Cal. Gov. Gavin Newsom Appears to be Suffering From a Bad Reaction to Covid 19 Booster (updated)

A week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has receded from public view to deal with unspecific "family obligations,"...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    November 3, 2021

Republican Glenn Youngkin Upsets Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Governor's Race

It appears that Republican Glenn Youngkin will pull off an upset victory over Democrat Incumbent Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In Virginia, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, is trailing Glenn...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 29, 2021

Suicide Note from Brian Laundrie Makes the Rounds on Tik Tok

Images of a purported suicide note from Brian Laundrie have been making the rounds on Tik Tok. In a video, the apparent suicide note is in handwriting and says in part: "I just wanted to say that I'm...

 

Explanation of How Alec Baldwin Fires Prop Gun on Set That Kills Female Cinematographer

10/21: Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a "prop" gun on the set of a film called "Rust", the Associated Press reported Thursday evening. The weapon discharged and killed Director of Photography...

 

"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government," Says the In N Out Burger in San Francisco

San Francisco's only In N Out Burger issued a statement decrying the City's vaccination mandate policy. The policy would require the luxury burger chain to check Covid-19 vaccination cards before...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 8, 2021

As California Eviction Moratorium Ends, Authorities Remind Tenants that they Still Have Rights

California's statewide eviction moratorium expired at the end of September. Nevertheless, Tenants who pay 25% of the back rent and are making payments over the next year on rent due, may be able to...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    October 8, 2021

After Second Brentwood Murder in a Month, Calls to Disperse Vets Living in Tents on San Vicente

After the second killing of one homeless man by another at a homeless encampment on San Vicente on September 14th, local officials said they would redouble efforts to house the veterans elsewhere. Nei...

 

Drone, Swat Team Used to Arrest Suspect in Shooting at Yorkshire and Kansas Ave. on Sept. 6th.

9/23: Santa Monica Police called on the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Team (Drone Team) to arrest Eliott Ferrando, 24 of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County...

 

Bill to Remove "Racist" Zoning Laws Targeting Republican Suburbs Approved by State Legislature

The California State Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 721 whose stated purpose is to "remove exclusionary and racist provisions in housing covenants." Actually, the bill cites "racism" to do...

 

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