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 By Sarah Storkin    Politics    July 5, 2020 

Face Masks Required in Santa Monica Businesses, Hallways, Elevators and Parking Lots

Santa Monica City Hall issued a new order again requiring that businesses and their customers wear face masks. It is the 20th Covid-19 related order; the City has gone back and forth on masks. This...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 5, 2020 

Indian Groom Dies 2 Days After His Wedding, Apparently From Coronavirus

Outlook India reports that a 30 year old software engineer from Patigang, died of mysterious causes 2 days after his wedding on June 15th. 80 to 100 of the hospital guests have since tested positive...

 

Where to Take a Date in Semi Open, Covid-19 Era Santa Monica

There's no doubt about it: Restaurants are beginning to serve diners again, albeit with outdoor seating and waitresses in masks. As always, some place are cooler than others. Where to take that high...

 

Payoneer Customer Mastercards are Blocked, After Wirecard Bank Declared Insolent in UK

Update, 6/30/20: Tuesday morning, Payoneer sent the following email: ... "the FCA has completed its audit and lifted the freeze on your Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard® card. We know that this period...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    May 29, 2020

153 Farmer John Employees in LA County Test Positive for Covid 19, Shutting Meat Packing Plant

The County of Los Angeles says it is investigating large coronavirus outbreaks at nine industrial facilities in the City of Vernon, including 3 meat packing plants. The Smithfield facility in Vernon i...

 

Blue Waves at Night Draw Beach Crowds Despite Closed Beaches Last weekend

Crowds of people defied LA County lockdown orders to watch Dinoflagellates turn waves blue on Santa Monica beach this week. The annual event was more visible this year, due to a major red tide that...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Schools    May 16, 2020

No, SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati didn't call you and ask you to buy him a gift card

SMMUSD spokes woman Gail Pinsker sent an e mail on Tuesday afternoon, warning local families that they may receive phone calls from scanners urging them to purchase gift cards for local schools. Appar...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    May 14, 2020

92% of LA County Covid-19 Deaths Had Underlying Health Problems Before Covid

According to the Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health (LACDPH), a total of 1530 people in LA County have died of Coronavirus had underlying health conditions. These frequently include morbid...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    May 1, 2020

"Resist:" Temporary Closure Signs at Palisades Park Tagged as people are clearly tired of the shutdown.

We are now in our sixth week of Coronavirus shutdown and here in Santa Monica, residents are clearly developing cabin fever. People are traveling to Orange County on the weekends to go to beaches...

 

CNBC's Melissa Lee Returns to Host Fast Money, After Giving Birth To Twins

Harvard educated Melissa Lee returned to host CNBC's Fast Money on Monday night, 4/20/20. Each of the shows personalities, such as Karen Finerman and Guy Adame, welcomed her back and said how glad...

 

Leading Santa Monica Publicist Christine Peake of PeakPRgroup Talks PR During Covid.

With many of us losing all forms of income during these uncertain times, one of the hardest hit is the public relations sector dealing with events which invariable can have up to 100 - 1000 guests in...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    April 16, 2020

Lime Scooters Out, But Bird and Lyft Scooters Reappear in Coronavirus Age Santa Monica

Update 4/16/20: " Lyft’s scooters are always available in Santa Monica. Lyft is also expanding their LyftUp response to COVID-19 to include scooters – launching a critical workforce program to pro...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    April 1, 2020

Gelson's Market in Pacific Palisades is Closed after Store Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Gelson's market in Pacific Palisades has closed, after an employee of the market there tested positive for Coronavirus. The market will be sterilized thoroughly and re-opened. Gelsons issued a press...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    March 28, 2020

Hermosa Beach follows Santa Monica's Lead in Closing Beach and Strand to the Public

Hermosa Beach announced that it will follow the lead of cities such as Los Angeles and Santa Monica, and close beaches and beach parking lots to the public. Like other West Coast urban areas,...

 

Senior Hour at Costco: I Almost Got Hit Over the Head With a Walker, While Police Watched

Today was the first day for the senior hours at Costco, and boy did it get crazy. Knowing that it would most likely be chaotic I called the day before and asked where the senior line would start. The...

 

Haunting Nighttime Images of Las Vegas Streets emptied by Coronavirus Posted on Social Media

No doubt you've seen the photos from your own City or Town. Main Street or the strip, usually bustling with people, are now lit up at night. But aside from the occasional SUV or Sedan, nothing is...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Health    March 21, 2020

Coronavirus Case Diagnosed at Yahoo Center, 2500 Colorado Ave in Santa Monica

Los Angeles County Health on Monday confirmed the first diagnosis of Wuhan Coronavirus in the city of Santa Monica, which concerned an employee of a company at the Yahoo Center, 2500 Colorado Ave. It...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Schools    March 5, 2020

SamoHi Theatre Knocks Em Dead with "The Addams Family Musical"

The ghoulish Addams family is visiting the graveyard for an annual gathering of all family members (living, dead, and undecided) to celebrate what it is to be an Addams ("When You're an Addams")....

 

The End of Stationary Retail: Staples to Exit Santa Monica February 7, 2020

The Staples store located at 15th and Wilshire Blvd will close permanently on February 7th, an employee of the store told our reporter. “Apparently, corporate was in talks with the landlord to...

 

StoryCorps Wants You: Comes to Promenade to Record Gramma and Grandpa's Stories

Ever wanted to get that story from Grandma and Gramps recorded before they fade into History? Storycorps will record interviews on the Third Street Promenade from Jan. 5 – Feb. 7, 2020 as part of...

 

Samohi Alumnus Questions Nancy Pelosi at Washington DC CNN Town Hall

In one of those moments that shortens the seven degrees of separation between Santa Monica residents and the power brokers in Washington, Samohi alumnus Dean Chien was chosen to ask Speaker of the...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    December 1, 2019

Winter Storm drops rain and snow on Southern California as Thanksgiving Approaches

Winter Storm in Santa Monica By Samuel Alioto 11/27: A storm from the Gulf of Alaska dropped rain on Southern California Wednesday. Snow in the mountains, and cold winds were expected through...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Events   

Events: Military Family Documentary this Saturday at Santa Monica Bay Women's Club Set for Saturday, November 9th 2019

A free screening of "A Military Family Documentary - While Time Stands Still" will be presented by the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, this Saturday Nov. 9 in Santa Monica. The documentary follows...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    November 1, 2019

Multiple Victims in Long Beach Shooting near Nail Salon on 7th and Temple

Three men were shot dead and nine other people were injured in a shooting that took place at a home next to a Long Beach nail salon at Seventh Street and Temple Avenue. The shooting happened just...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    October 25, 2019

SMMUSD Malibu Schools Closed Friday, October 25th 2019

The fire emergency in Southern California has caused the SMMUSD to close all schools on Friday, the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District announced at 8 pm on Thursday night. The largest fire,...

 

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