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Articles from the January 29, 2024 edition

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  • Driver of SUV Murdered in Shooting on 29th Street Near Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica. Female Suspect at Large

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 29, 2024

    A shooting in the 2600 block of 29th street on Thursday morning has killed one victim. The perpetrator shot at a black Ford Mustang SUV , which was later parked on 29th Street near the 2900 block of Ocean Park Blvd. At 3 pm, the SMPD tweeted that the victim had died from his injuries. A photo from the scene, posted here, shows the drivers window having been smashed by the bullet. KTLA reported blood could be seen on the driver's side on the street. Late Friday afternoon, Police announced the...

  • Swamp Monsters: AYSO Boys Under Ten Win Regional Title

    Steve Salko, Local Soccer Dad|Jan 29, 2024

    Santa Monica's AYSO Region 20 under 10 year old boys Fall Core Season champion Swamp Monsters were able to capture the Westside Region winners tournament January 13th and 14th. Competing against 7 other Fall Region Champs from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Feliz, West LA, South LA, and the Pacific Palisades, the Swamp Monsters advanced to the final of the tournament and won 4-1 vs a vaunted SLA squad. They next play in the AYSO Sectionals Tournament in Chino, beginning February...

  • Veo Scooter Company Pauses City of Los Angeles Operations Friday

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 29, 2024

    Veo scooter company has paused operations in Los Angeles as of January 27, 2024. Santa Monica is unaffected. “Heads up: Veo will pause operations in the City of LA for a month starting on 1/27. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will see you soon!” said the company in a text message sent to riders. "Veo experienced some operational challenges that delayed our required response time with 311 inquiries as outlined in our contract with the City of Los Angeles,” explained Paige Mille...

  • Gascon's Own Staff Disagrees with LA Times Recommendation to "Keep Gascon in Place"

    Ryan Erlich, Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jan 29, 2024

    On Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Times endorsed George Gascón in the District Attorney's race. Their justification? Voters should "reject the nonsense and keep Gascón on the job and criminal justice reform in place." The editorial board returned to that theme in their closing sentences. "Voters were right to pick him in 2020," they wrote. "They ought to keep him in place for another term." Notice that language: "Keep him in place." Their editorial was not what one would call a "positive" or ev...

  • Will Withdrawing from 401(k) Affect My Social Security?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jan 29, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Will Withdrawing from 401(k) Affect My Social Security? Dear Rusty: My full retirement age (FRA) is 66 and 8 months, which I'll reach in September 2024. I'm still working 3 days a week. I want to cash in my 401K and want to know if I have to wait until my FRA for IRS purposes or can cash it in anytime in 2024. I don't want to affect my Social Security or end up paying taxes on my benefits. Signed: Seeking to Avoid Taxes Dear Seeking: We're not experts on IRS matters here at the A...