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Really?? There exists an International Dental Spa Association? What's a Dental Spa anyway?

Yes.....that's right folks. No need to order new contact lenses or clean your eyeglasses. Local dentist and residents Lynn Watanabe and John Chien actually founded this amalgam (yes....pun intended)...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    August 5, 2019

Electrical Power Outage Friday Night In a Wide Swath of West Los Angeles. August 2, 2019

From Pico and Sawtelle to Bundy and Wilshire, the lights were out across a wide section of West Los Angeles Friday night. The blackout began around 7:39 pm PST. The power outage reportedly affected...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 4, 2019

Santa Monica Pier is Happy with a C Grade on the Heal the Bay Beach Report

According to Heal the Bay's annual Beach Report Card, the beach at Santa Monica Pier improved its water quality. For the first time since 2013, the Pier missed getting put on Heal the Bay's "Beach...

 

A Devout Muslim Advocates for Gender Equality, Freedom of Conscience and Expression. And People Hate Him

Normally, there is one security guard standing outside the door of Kehillat Ma'arav Synagogue in Santa Monica. For this Sunday morning lecture, however, there were two guards. The reason: the speaker...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    May 6, 2019

Starbucks Coffee Cup Finds it's Way Onto Game of Thrones Set

Apparently, A Man Needs caffeine to get through a dark and stormy night on Westeros. A Starbucks coffee cup was spotted in a scene of "Game of Thrones" on Sunday night. Many such errors have become fa...

 

SMPD Arrest in 2017 Party Bus Shooting of De'Ommie de la Cruz

Over a year after the fatal shooting of a young woman on a party bus and the shooting injuries of four others, the Santa Monica Police have arrested a man as a person of interest. Camron Aaron Lee,...

 

Fire Scorches Apartment Unit at the Santa Monica Shores So Tower

The greatest concentration of population anywhere in Santa Monica is the Santa Monica shores, at 2800 Nielson Way. Built in the 1970's the apartments start at around $5000 a month for two bedrooms....

 

Kamala Harris, the Harpy of Climate Change and Poster Child of By Any Means Necessary

In her first campaign speech as a presidential hopeful for the 2020 election, Kamala Harris, presently the junior Senator from California, roused the crowd with her progressive agenda and...

 

Do You Hate Football? Free Admission to LA Museums for Superbowl Weekend

I must confess nothing about the Superbowl is interesting to me, except the guys at football parties. Do you secretly feel like I do? If you don't want to watch the superbowl, the Los Angeles Area...

 

Jeff Bezos said: "Alexa: Get me a Victoria's Secret Model."

Now why would the richest man in world history leave his wife and 4 children? For a good friend's wife, that's why. Numerous sources report that Jeff Bezos had a long time affair with a married woman...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    January 4, 2019

New Year's Day Power Outage In Santa Monica East of 11th St, North of California Ave

Update 8pm: power has been restored to affected areas of Santa Monica. A morning transformer explosion dimmed lights in Santa Monica North of California Avenue and East of 11th Street, residents...

 

Venice Homeless Shelter Approved. 154 Beds for temp shelter

On Tuesday, 12/11/18, the Los Angeles City Council voted to construct a temporary homeless shelter on a former Metro bus yard located at Sunset and Pacific Avenues, blocks from the beach. Designated a...

 

City Water Sustainability Delayed 3 Years After A Decade of Non Stop Construction

It may come as a disappointment to city cheerleaders and cause an eye-roll to the rest of us that the city has announced their plan to become "self-sufficient" in water use has been delayed by three y...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    December 9, 2018

LAPD Arrests Big Blue Bus Transit Superintendent Jamieson on Child Pornography Charges

Less than two months after the arrest of Eric Uller, a systems analyst with the Information Services Department, for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, another city-related employee has been arres...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    December 3, 2018

Lawsuit over Party Bus Shooting Near SM Pier, Alleges Failure to Provide Security

An early-morning shooting between two party buses near the Santa Monica Pier last year resulted in the death of 28-year-old De'Ommie de la Cruz. Now her friends and relatives are suing the city and th...

 

Providence St. John nurses Call 12 Hour Strike for Tuesday, November 27

Providence St. John nurses will strike on Tuesday, November 27 from 8 AM to 8 PM, wrote Labor and Delivery Nurse Lizabeth Baker-Wade, in a post on Facebook. "Since the Providence take over things...

 

HPV Vaccines Prevent Only Some Strains, Cause 20 deaths

In a video posted on YouTube, women charge that Gardisil, a vaccine intended prevent infection with human papilloma virus, instead causes sterility, blindness, autoimmune disorder and death. The...

 

Over $13 Million Allegedly Lost in Santa Monica Based Ponzi Scheme by Now Dead Principal

Before Chris Trigg died of brain cancer on July 31, 2018, he and his partners ran an automobile title loan company on Santa Monica Blvd and 16th Street, and Santa Monica Check Cashing on Pico Blvd....

 

SMC Malibu Satellite Campus Begins Construction: Four years to Build 27,500 Square Feet

A project begun in the early 2000s to construct a satellite campus for Santa Monica College in Malibu finally won all the necessary approvals for construction, roughly 18 years later. The...

 

Tearful Brett Kavanaugh Denies Having Ever Met Christine Blasey Ford

"Among examples of sexual behavior includes grinding his genitals against someone else, and horseplay." Dr. Ford has stated that somewhere between 5 or 6 people were present at the gathering. You,...

 

SMRR Basically Endorses the Incumbents for Santa Monica City Council

​Santa Monica has more than its fair share of drama over local elections. The powerful and longtime influential group of Santa Monicans for Renter's Rights (SMRR) has recently noticed fierce (if...

 

Conversion to Office Space Breaks Ground for Sears in Santa Monica

The Sears building on 4th Street in Santa Monica will follow the trajectory of several Southland sites, moving from retail to office space. Owners Seritage Growth Properties and Invesco Real Estate an...

 

Two Million Visitors Worship the Graven Image of a Big Plastic Cow at the Minnesota State Fair, 2018

The Minnesota State Fair's slogan is "The Great Minnesota Get-Together." It is the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance. It is also the second-largest state fair in the...

 

Burt Reynolds Dies of Cardiac Arrest at 82. Star of Smokey & the Bandit, Deliverance, etc.

Actor Burt Reynolds has died of cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital on September 6, 2018. He had been suffering from heart problems for a number of years. "Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    August 29, 2018

Fireside Cellars: Liquor License Suspended on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

A sign in the door informs customers that Fireside Cellars has had it's alcohol license suspended by the California State Depart of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). It is unknown why it was shut...

 

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