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  • Santa Monica Police Arrest Couple for Armed Purse Snatching at 25th Street and Alta Avenue

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 5, 2022

    Santa Monica Police say they arrested a 22 year old man and a 35 year old woman for a drive up armed robbery against a pedestrian and 25th and Alta. They stole a woman's purse early Thursday evening, but were arrested buying gas at a Chevron station shortly thereafter. SMPD says they made the arrest after a chase involving the SWAT team. SMPD chased the suspects after they used a black Glock replica handgun to steal a lady's purse, then stopped at Chevron. The SMPD press release reads: On March...

  • Attempted Suicide off Parking Structure Closes Second Street in Downtown Santa Monica

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 5, 2022

    6: Santa Monica Police and Fire Department Paramedics were operating on 2nd Street Wednesday afternoon, as an unidentified individual threatened to jump off of Parking Structure 2. They were seen deploying jump cushions in front of, and in alleyway behind the structure. Five black and white units blocked off the entry to the Fairmont Hotel at Ocean and Wilshire Blvd. "Santa Monica Police & Fire Dept Activity" SMPD tweeted at 6 pm. "2nd Street is Closed between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd...

  • After He Smashed a Store Window, This Homeless Man Ran to Hide in the Alley Where Police Found Him

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 29, 2022

    After a homeless dude named Austin Reed Turner-Crawford smashed a car window, the SMPD sent someone to find him in the alley behind the store. This on 17th Street and Pico Blvd, on Sunday March 20th. The police press release follows. It notes that Turner Crawford had an outstanding Burglary warrant. On March 20, 2022, at about 2:50 AM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers were dispatched to investigate a commercial burglary at 1709 Pico Blvd, Dr. T House. When SMPD officers arrived on...

  • California Incline in Santa Monica is Closed Due to Suicidal Person on Pedestrian Bridge

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2022

    11: At about 2 pm PST, the main road leading down from downtown Santa Monica onto Pacific Coast Highway was closed due to a potential "jumper," a person who threatens to kill himself. Police were attempting to talk him out of suicide, and the road was closed in both directions causing a backup. "Update: The Crisis Negotiations Team is on scene and attempting contact with a distraught individual resulting in the closure of the California Incline. We thank you for your patience and...

  • Elon Musk Predicts Manned Missions to Mars by 2029

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 20, 2022

    In a tweet early this afternoon, SpaceX founder Elon Musk predicted that human beings would land on the planet Mars by 2029. Space Hub tweeted, "What's your guess? Referring to a photo of Neil Armstrong on the moon, above a photo of Mars with men walking on the red planet. "2029" tweeted Musk in reply. Manned missions to Mars are much more difficult than trips to the moon. It is 100 times further from Earth, and would expose astronauts to cosmic radiation in potentially lethal doses. NASA has...

  • Ghost Gun Suspect Arrested After One Shooting at Pico and Lincoln, Another at Jack in the Box

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 9, 2022

    11: Santa Monica police announced today that they had arrested a suspect in a series of shootings at Lincoln and Pico, writes SMPD Public Information Officer Myesha Morrison. On March 2, 2022 at 1:00 PM, Officers were dispatched to area of the 800 block of Pico Blvd to investigate a report of gunshots. They found several spent handgun shell casings. Witnesses said that an unknown individual had fired multiple rounds into a garage door. No injuries have been linked to during this incident....

  • Reporter from Kyiv Posts Photo of Russian War Dead Sprawled On a Burning Tank

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 6, 2022

    Some of the finest war photography tweeted in the Russo-Ukraine war, is by a reporter for the Kyiv Independent named Illia Ponomarenko. He posted this photo of Russian soldiers sprawled out on the top of a tank, from a village outside of Kyiv. He also claims that Russian soldiers are keeping 40 civilians as hostages near the Kyiv airport. "In this residential compound in Hostomel, Russia's 31st Airborne Brigade troops are right now holding nearly 40 civilians hiding in the basement. No comms...

  • If Guns Kill People, Then Why Aren't the Police Allowed to Look for and Confiscate Illegal Guns?

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 6, 2022

    March 2, 2022 - Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted to curtail stops made by police officers on a technical pretext that is then used to search the vehicle for criminal activity. Below is the scathing response from the police union's Los Angeles Police Protective League: Los Angeles, CA-Today the Los Angeles Police Commission voted to significantly curtail the use of pre-text traffic stops by LAPD officers. These stops, deemed legal by the U.S. Supreme Court have led to the...

  • After gunshots were heard, Drug Dealers Arrested on 7th and Broadway

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 15, 2022

    2/7/22: At about 9:30 PM SMPD Officers responded to a call about gunshots fired in the area of the 1500 block of 7th Street. A witness told police that he saw a red truck fleeing the area at a high rate of speed, after the gunshots. SMPD officers found a Red Dodge pickup truck and initiated a traffic stop of that vehicle in the 300 block of Colorado Ave. The three men in the vehicle had suspiciously large amount of cash. Police identified the three men in the vehicle as Andres Avelar, 23, of...

  • FAA Declares No Flight Zone Around So Fi Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday, February 13, 2022

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 3, 2022

    The FAA has declared a no flight zone around Inglewood's SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday. The move is a precaution and was hardly unexpected, as such restrictions are typical for special events like the national football championship. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Wednesday, Jan. 26, that Temporary Flight Restrictions, or TFR, will be in effect from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 13, effective in a 30-mile circle around the stadium and stretching up to 8,000...

  • Councilman Mike Bonin Decides Not To Run for Re-Election to Los Angeles City Council in 2022

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 29, 2022

    Citing his battle with clinical depression, Westside Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin released a video Wednesday night announcing that he will not seek re-election. The father of LA's uber tolerant attitude toward the homeless, who are allowed to encamp pretty much where ever they want; Bonin was the subject of a recent attempt to recall him from office. Bonin represents the 11th district. Bonin took office on July 1, 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he is considered politically...

  • LASD Seek 3 Suspects in Three 7/11 Robberies Monday Night Near Lakewood

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 24, 2022

    LA County Sheriff's are seeking 3 suspects in a series of armed robberies that occurred at convenience stores on Monday night, officials said. Suspects wearing the same clothing took place in all three robberies. One of the robberies was caught on video and all the robberies occurred at 7-Eleven stores, in Southeast LA. The first occurred at 9:10 p.m. at a 7-Eleven in the 5800 block of Bellflower Boulevard in Lakewood. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies received a call regarding a silent...

  • Across the Country, Grocery Store Shelves are Reportedly Empty, Or Missing Key Products

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 21, 2022

    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 Denver, so many grocery store workers are out on strike, or sick with Covid, that the stores are reportedly bare of food. In Boston, Massachusetts, customers find shelves bare of produce and fresh meat. Frozen fruits and vegetables are on the shelves, however, for the time being. In Los Angeles,...

  • FBI Agents Storming Ft. Worth Synagogue to Rescue Hostages Seen in Raw Video

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 18, 2022

    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 Team swarmed the building and moments later, four single gunshots ring out. The gunshots are followed shortly by a loud explosion. British Terrorist Malik Faisal Akram died in the rescue, which may be seen on the WFAA website at

  • LAPD Seeks Homeless Man Who Murdered Young Woman From Pacific Palisades as she Worked on La Brea Avenue

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 18, 2022

    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 Angeles crime statistics were still much better than they were in 50 years. 1/13/22: Los Angeles police are seeking a suspect who stabbed and killed a 24 year old woman from Pacific Palisades, as she worked alone in a furniture store on La Brea Avenue in LA's Fairfax Corridor. The murder took place...

  • Lacking Covid Treatments, New York State Prioritizes Black and Brown People Over Whites in Drug Apportionment

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 14, 2022

    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 enough Paxlovid or Monoclonal Antibody Treatment. Therefore, members of minority groups will be given priority over white people who are merely sick. Here's a link, no we're not making this up. It says in relevant part:...

  • #SMMUSD Parents Mostly Keep their Kids Home from School. Attendance is Light in Santa Monica due to Omicron

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 14, 2022

    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 numbers. Those who did send children to school noted that traffic was light, and the classrooms were sparsely populated with students. On social media, various parents compared their experiences. "My daughter went to school on Tuesday. 2 absent teachers, hardly any students. This in a week when no...

  • Game Changer: US Army has a vaccine that will prevent all forms of Covid, Even Omicron

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 10, 2022

    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 SARS, another dangerous coronavirus disease. The results of early human trials should be released this month, the Army said. This would of course, be a game changer. The original virus has spawned multiple variations and some of them seem to elude vaccine protection. Within weeks, scientists at the...

  • Space Telescope to Orbit LaGrange Point a Million Miles From Earth

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 4, 2022

    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 Earth's orbit, where it will hopefully not fall back to the sun or earth. At 46 feet wide by 66 feet long by 20 feet high, the James Webb Space Telescope is the size of a yacht. It will peer into the universe much further than the Hubble Space Telescope ever could. It will also be much farther from...

  • IRS Issues Rule That Income From Stealing Is Taxable, And Must Be Declared.

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 3, 2022

    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 taxpayers in a deadpane, IRS regulations, that the income is taxable. "Tax Season is around the corner," read the tweet from @litcapital. "Remember to report your income from illegal activities and stolen property to the IRS." The requirements can be found at amid other missives to report...

  • California's Public Golf Courses to be Converted to Public Housing in Latest Progressive Initiative

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 3, 2022

    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) also provides $50 million in state subsidies to developers to help redevelop the golf courses into affordable housing. Locally, Penmar Golf Course in Venice and Rancho Park Golf Course in West Los Angeles are municipal golf courses. The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades is privately owned,...

  • As SMPD Busts Non-Permitted Vendor on the Santa Monica Pier, Protestors Try to Stop Them

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 25, 2021

    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 pier. The vendors have previously been allowed to sell food without any sort of health department monitoring, to the consternation of restaurant owners who are of course, heavily taxed and regulated. Two or three young women tried to "interfere with an ongoing police investigation," snapping picture...

  • In Ballona Creek, Homeless Are Building Permanent Encampment Under Del Rey Bridge

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 25, 2021

    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 News, which covered the story in response calls from residents. "Kristine Lazar reports from Del Rey where a group of residents who live along Ballona Creek say something has to be done about a growing homeless encampment. In order to compel city and county officials to take action, they started...

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

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 15, 2021

    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. Tuesday Nov. 2, 2021, according to the LADWP spokesperson, when a six inch cast iron pipe sprung a leak. The water in that area was shut off around 3 a.m. At least 12 services in the area are impacted by the leak and resulting lack of water, including the administration building at a nearby school. A seco...

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

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 10, 2021

    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 arrived at PaliHi Monday morning at 8:00 am, they found LAPD officers waiting out front. Apparently, word of a rumored school shooter had reached authorities as to PaliHi as well. Students were sent home from PaliHi later that morning. The press of students all rushing to leave school ahead of the...

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