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 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 20, 2018 

Rider Summons Both Uber & Lyft. Lyft Arrives First, so Uber Driver Shoots Him in the head

Experienced Lyft and Uber drivers know it's a common but frustrating practice. A passenger is in a hurry. Nothing prevents him from using the Uber & Lyft Apps on his phone simultaneously, to...

 

Aretha Franklin Dies From Pancreatic Cancer, in Detroit at 76

Aretha Franklin has died of cancer in hospice at 76 years of age. The "Queen of Soul" was surrounded by family and friends as she passed quietly. She will be memorialized at a service on Friday....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 13, 2018

City Says Scooter Applications are Pending, Denies Any Item is on the Agenda for Tonight

8/14: In a press release, the City of Santa Monica denies that it has frozen Bird and Lime companies out of the process. It says scooter decisions will be made after August 30th, and not tonight at th...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Politics    July 7, 2018

WaPo: Trump Will Nominate Amy Coney Barrett for US Supreme Court on Monday

Since his election, president Donald J Trump has consistently selected courses of action that would be in the face of the liberal mainstream media. In the Supreme Court nomination that he will...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Business    July 4, 2018

Mel's Diner Opens On Lincoln and Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica

Mel's Diner has opened on Olympic and Lincoln. The building began as the Penguin in 1959. In 1990, it became Dr Beauchamp's Western Dental for 20 years, but is now once again a classic American...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 28, 2018

Long Wait at Calif. DMV? Blame Brown, the Democrats and Illegal Alien Licenses

As Jerry Brown finished his 4th term as California governor, he opened the prisons and the border. He also gave the people of California one more gift: Impossibly long lines at the DMV. In May 2016,...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 9, 2018

Primary Election Results: Both Red Elephants and Blue Donkeys Claim Victory

As FoxNews claimed the California's primary was a victory for the Republicans and MSNBC said the same about the Democrats, the truth is the results of California's primary were rather mixed. Republica...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 5, 2018

Company Denies Massive Data Breach Underway at Early Warning Credit Reporting Agency

Update, 6/8: The Observer received the following message from Early Warning: "To confirm, no “massive data breach” occurred, as your headline states. You received multiple emails due to an error...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 1, 2018

City of Santa Monica Study Session on City Budget Ignores Elephant in the Room

On Tuesday night, May 22, the Sant Monica City Council conducted a study session on the City's budget. Residents were invited to send in letters and share opinions in an open forum. The main problem...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    May 7, 2018

Hawaii's Kīlauea Volcano Sports a Happy Face, Says US Geological Survey

In a recent twitter post, the United States Geological Survey reported that Hawaii's Mt. Kīlauea Volcano now shows a happy face. We often see patterns in nature, but this one is especially ironic...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 13, 2018

Lincoln Middle School Field to Open Soon

The Lincoln Middle School field, which has been undergoing restoration for most of 2 years, will open soon. "We are close to opening Lincoln MS field," says SMMUSD Spokeswoman Gail Pinsker. "We are...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 3, 2018

Memo at L.A. City Hall Says Amazon has Already Picked Los Angeles for Second Headquarters

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in September that Amazon would construct a second headquarters in North America, the smart money was on Atlanta. The South's biggest City has land, a large and...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 3, 2018

Full House of the Faithful at Saint Monica's Catholic Church on Easter Sunday, 2018

A capacity crowd filed into Catholic Church Easter Sunday morning on April 1, 2018. People dressed in their Sunday best (mostly), had to be re-directed to the gymnasium and community center which...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 15, 2018

SamoHi Conducts Organized Walkout Against Gun Violence

The SMMUSD organized a walkout at 10 am Wednesday morning, to protest the recent shooting of 17 high school students in Parkland Florida. They called for more gun laws, and laws to address gun...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 7, 2018

California, the Sanctuary State, Finally Gets Sued for Playing Politics with Immigration

Trying to please potential Democratic voters, the State of California declared itself a Sanctuary State last year . The Justice Depart has now sued the Golden State, saying that it is interfering...

 

LA Outlaws Rave Houses: Massive Events with Cover Fees and Throngs"

Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance to reign in out-of-control party houses in Los Angeles. The ordinance, which began as a motion introduced by Councilmember Ryu on June...

 

Will Santa Monica High School Participate in the National Walkout to Protest Gun Violence?

In the wake of a Florida shooting, a high school protest movement appears to be snowballing. A 19 year old boy carrying an automatic weapon to the Parkland, Florida public high school, shot and...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    February 1, 2018

Local Resident Kim Watzman, 45, Dies in Chopper Crash

Kimberly Lynne Watzman, 45, of Santa Monica died in a Newport Beach helicopter crash on Tuesday, said the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's said the other 2 who died were 56-year-old...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 9, 2018

1939 Era Bridge to the Santa Monica Pier to be Replaced by Two Other Bridges

The Santa Monica Pier is the symbol of the City. However, the bridge we have all walked down to get to the 100 year old wooden structure from Ocean Avenue has been ruled seismically unsafe and is slat...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 9, 2018

88 Year Old Man Apparently Murdered in the 2300 Block of 34th Street, Santa Monica

The death of an 88 year old John Hautz at his home on 34th Street, is being investigated as a homicide. While the death of an 88 year old is not generally considered suspicious, this one is. "There...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    January 5, 2018

Attorney Major Langer Killed by Fired Law Partner John A. Mendoza in Long Beach

12/29: The Observer has learned the names of both the perpetrator and victims in what Long Beach Police called an act of workplace violence Friday. "Major Langer came to the office to fire a named...

 

What's Up With The US Post Office Lately? Mail Not Delivered, Odd USPS Behavior Seen

The Postman only rings twice. But sometimes, not at all. Some local residents complain of poor service and frankly odd behavior by the Postman lately. On social media, some residents note that...

 

15 Day Rule Lets You Avoid a year of California Taxes and Enjoy Yearlong Protection of an LLC

It has been called the Christmas gift for California businesses that keeps on giving. California has a little-known device for avoiding certain taxes when filing an LLC or corporation, that is only...

 

Santa Monica College Opens New Center for Media and Design

Santa Monica College announced that it will officially open its newest campus-housing The Center for Media and Design (CMD) and the KCRW Media Center-on December 2, 2017. We have repeatedly pointed...

 

Preschool "Start of Commercial Development in R1 Single Family Home Neighborhoods"

Correction, 12/4/17: Laila from Untitled Number One School, says that the number of children proposed for the preschool is 20, not 50. "Most importantly, our Planning Commission approval is based on...

 

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