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Wear your mask, it's time for jury duty During Covid

Los Angeles County Superior Court will attempt to process a backlog of 7000 criminal cases despite Coronavirus. In order to do so, and give criminal defendants their day in Court, the Court will have...

 

Large Crowd for Labor Day on Santa Monica Beach. No Social Distancing, But They're Outside Anyway

Despite warnings that a typical Labor Day Weekend with Los Angeles area temperatures well above 100, would lead to a second wave of Covid-19, a pile-up on the beach was evident on Sunday, September 5...

 

SMC Students Begin 2020 Classes at Home and Online, Due to Coronavirus

Santa Monica college has begun its Fall Semester with students at home. Classes are attended online, and yes, some instructors do take roll. America's 2500 colleges and universities have struggled...

 

Fact Check: Do Republicans Want to Sabotage the Post Office Before The Election? #USPSSabotage

The New York Times reports that the U.S. Postal service (USPS) will shut down prior to the November 3rd election. Trucks are rounding up mail boxes, says the New York Times, just before an election wh...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Crime    August 6, 2020

Child Trafficking Protest held at Santa Monica Place

The recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, former personal assistant to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has cast a light on child trafficking. One local mom organized a protest Thursday afternoon...

 

Facing Fewer Dating Prospects, Young People Turn to Guerrilla Tactics in the People Market

It's an open secret that the Coronavirus has really cut into young people's social lives. How exactly is a girl to meet boys, when she's home all the time? Never let a good crisis go to waste. And...

 

Video: Female Journalist Calls White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany a "Lying Bitch."

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not respond to a question from reporter Kimberly Halkett during a Tuesday press briefing. Halkett responded: "Okay, you don't want to engage. You...

 

Barbers Move Outdoors as Gov. Newsom Grudgingly Allows Haircuts During Covid

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order allowing barbershops to continue, as long as they operate outside. Coronaviruses are believed not to propagate outdoors. At Active Barbers on Wilshire and...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 22, 2020

#NakedAthena Protestor Spreads Her Legs at Police During Portland Protest. Now We've Seen Everything

So. "Naked Athena" a performance artist, appears in front of a police line and dares them to shot tear gas at her. At one point she sat down in the road, her legs splayed. She did wear a mask,...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Crime    July 14, 2020

Car Chase Ends at Euclid and Wilshire. Blond male suspect Apprehended After Foot Chase

7/9/20: The California Highway Patrol arrested a suspect who lead them on a freeway chase from Santa Ana, finally exiting the ten freeway in Santa Monica. According to the CHP, the pursuit began near...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 6, 2020

Dawit Kelete, 27, Arrested For Death of Transgender Woman on I-5 Freeway in Seattle

For the 19th straight night in a row, protestors had blocked the Interstate 5 freeway that runs through Seattle, in order to conduct their protest. A white Jaguar evaded several police vehicles...

 
 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,...

 

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