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 By Stan Greene    Business    January 20, 2020 

Largest Private Lot in Santa Monica On Sale for $20,000,000. 1.223 acre home could be yours!

It's not exactly affordable housing. If you want the two story 5,000 square foot home on like, 50K square feet of land; it'll only cost you about as much as an F-135 Raptor. The press release from...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    January 12, 2020

Sandmann Settles Litigation Against CNN for $750,000 in 2 Federal Defamation Actions

CNN settled with Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky high school student who had sued the news outlet for defamation. A CNN spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the claims had been settled. CNN paid Sandmann and...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    January 6, 2020

Hide the Guns and Churn the Butter: New Year, New Laws for California

2019 new laws going into effect today include AB5, the anti rideshare amendment. The bill attempts to create stricter rules around independent contractors. The intent is for Uber and Lyft drivers to p...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    December 22, 2019

Online Petition Demands Accountability in City Annual Assessments of Social Service Agencies

Santa Monica residents are circulating an online petition at Change.org, demanding that the City of Santa Monica perform annual assessments of its funding for social service agencies and programs....

 

No room at the Inn? Blame the Ninth Circuit and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The annual display of nativity scenes will return to Santa Monica this December, but they will be located on church property, rather than in a public park. Personally, I blame the Flying Spaghetti...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    December 16, 2019

Allegedly Illegal Pot Dispensary "Grace" on Pico Blvd in West LA Subject to Raid, Arrests

The BCC, LAPD and Dept of Fish and Game and other agencies participated in the 2 pm Tuesday raid of a purportedly illegal marijuana clinic on Tuesday afternoon, December 10th. At least 20 officers...

 

Bears, Coyotes Eat Homeless Man Sleeping in Griffith Park

Has Griffith Park's famous mountain lion, P-22, developed a taste for human flesh? Experts say probably not, but something ate a homeless man who died in LA's Griffith Park. A hiker in Griffith Park...

 

Democrats Consider Dropping Impeachment Altogether, As Trump's 2020 Star Rises

That which doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.--Friedrich Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols (1888). The impeachment hearings are in trouble, and that is now obvious to the world. The Democrats are...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    December 1, 2019

Starbucks Sued After Employee Refuses to Serve 2 Israelis, Calling them "[email protected]*king Foreigners."

Ran Sikolsky and Jonathan Guttman were insulted and refused service due to their foreign ancestry at a Venice Starbucks, the two men allege in a complaint filed today at the Santa Monica courthouse....

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 15, 2019

Still no answer why 100 Needles Appeared on Venice Beach

There is still no answer why medical waste appeared on Venice Beach on 11/10/2019. More than 100 needles and other medical supplies washed ashore on Venice beach Sunday morning, lifeguards said. The...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 7, 2019

Mechanical Failure Delays Start of Ice Skating in Downtown Santa Monica

The City Council is desperate to turn this parking lot into 14 stories of expensive apartments to fund the City's Union Employee lavish pensions. A recent equipment failure turned the annual ice...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    October 28, 2019

PCH Reopened from Temescal to Chautauqua. Traffic on Sunset in Palisades at a standstill

No one outside the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept is sure why. But authorities are routing traffic off Southbound PCH up the hill at Temescal canyon. As the area is being evacuated, sheriffs deputies are...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    October 28, 2019

500 Acre #GettyFire Causes Evacuations From 405 Freeway to Chautauqua in Pacific Palisades

A fire that broke out around 1:30 am on Monday Morning near the Getty Center, burned at least 500 acres of pricey Westside land, from the 405 Freeway West into Brentwood. The Los Angeles Fire...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    October 20, 2019

Report: Tyler Skaggs Purchased the Drugs that Killed Him, From an Angel's PR Team Member

I was the first one to break the story that Tyler Skaggs secret opioid addiction, is what killed him in a Texas hotel room early in the morning of July 1, 2019. The Angel's denied that the star pitche...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    October 12, 2019

Smoke On The Water: Santa Monica, Westside Air Quality Unhealthful Due to Fires

There was a whole lot of smoke in the air Friday evening, after the Saddleridge Fire filled the air with smoke. This text alert from the city of Santa Monica Saturday morning: “SM Alert - Regional...

 

Day of the Dead Bank Robber Charged With Cultural Appropriation After Santa Monica Robbery

If the cops can't find him, the Twitter Mob will. A man wearing a Day of the Dead Halloween mask, held up the Wells Fargo Bank on 9th Street and Montana Avenue at 9:45 am on Tuesday. Santa Monica...

 

MIT Investigates Who Was Smart Enough to Work for MIT, but Also Dumb Enough to Accept Money from Convicted Child Molester Jeff Epstein.

No people on earth excel in self flagellation better than American academics, as proven this week by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The prestigious ivy league college issued a press...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 10, 2019

School On Lockdown as Santa Monica Police Search for Armed Bank Robber

Update 3:50 pm: The shelter in place order has been lifted. The suspect was NOT located. We understand this has been very stressful on the community and appreciate your patience and understanding. We...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 6, 2019

34 Dead in Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island, Oxnard. Fire Started 3 am Labor Day

Update, 9/3/19: Twenty victims have been recovered, including 11 females and 9 males, authorities told a press conference Tuesday. Of those victims, 16 had been recovered Monday. Approximately four...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 6, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries Blamed in 'Conception' Dive Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island

A catastrophic fire aboard the California dive boat Conception killing 34 may have been caused by Li-ion batteries or their charger says the boats designer, Roy Hauser. "This had to have been, in my...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 4, 2019

Video: Runway at Grand Bahama International Airport is Under Six Feet of Churning Sea Water

A member of parliament in the Bahamas has released a video from the passenger airport at Grand Bahama International Airport. It shows the runway under six or so feet of churning sea water, as...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 4, 2019

Tyler Skaggs Cause of Death: Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Booze, and Choking on his own Vomit

The Toxicology Report from Tyler Skaggs autopsy has been released. Sadly, everything I wrote in the days immediately following his death turn out to have been true. A number of other newspapers...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 29, 2019

Brother Kills Younger Brother in the 900 Block of Lincoln Over Family Dispute

Chris Mondev graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2017. His friends regarded him as a troublemaker, a risk taker, but never imagined that he would take his younger brother Charlie's life. That...

 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Office Announces She Has Pancreatic Cancer. US Supreme Court Fight Looms

Update: Stricken with Pancreatic cancer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg seems set to retire from the Supreme Court. Editor's Note; We first posted this story in September, 2018. Sadly we were correct, as...

 
 By Stan Greene    Opinion    August 18, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein Becomes the 27th Associate of the Clintons to Die Mysteriously

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Federal prison cell on Saturday morning, the US Bureau of Prisons has confirmed. In death, Epstein becomes the latest associate of William and Hillary Clinton to...

 

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