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Articles from the February 2, 2024 edition

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  • Promenade Property Owner Says Crime and Homelessness Are Rising in Santa Monica. It's not a Bug. It's a Feature.

    John Alle, Local Property Owner|Feb 2, 2024

    Editor's note: John Alle owns and operates a building on the Third Street Promenade. The grandson of immigrants, he is also a survivor of a violent assault by a homeless man. Based on information received and observation of the situation, the Observer believes the City today actively encourages intolerable conditions in Downtown Santa Monica e.g. runaway homelessness in order to force local landowners to sell their land cheap. The city can then announce that "retail in Santa Monica's core...

  • U.S. Military Appears to be Preparing for a Bombing Campaign in the Middle East

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 2, 2024

    18: The United States Air Force has sent bombers and refueling planes to the middle east, from March AFB in California. This 4 days after a suicide drone strike in far North Easter Jordan killed 3 US servicemen and injured 25. In the past, the death of a US soldier anywhere in the world has been seen as a redline. The drone was reportedly launched by an Iranian proxy in Syria, at Tower 22, a US base intended to stop ISIS. "At least 6 U.S. Air Force KC-135 Aerial-Refueling Tankers, most...

  • Compton Courthouse Closed due to Flooding and Water Damage; Will Reopen Friday Feb. 2, 2024

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 2, 2024

    The Los Angeles Superior Court Compton Courthouse has been closed due to flooding, according to a press release from LASC. Los Angeles County is the nation’s largest county by population, with more than 10 million residents. LASC operates 25 or so courthouses. On February 1, 2024, the Superior Court announced that the Courthouse would reopen on Friday, February 2, 2024. The press release is below. The Compton Courthouse, located at 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, will close until further n...

  • Girls, Beware of Homeless Men When Walking on Barrington Avenue Between Santa Monica Blvd and Iowa in West LA

    Yuka Fujiu, Nextdoor|Feb 2, 2024

    Girls, beware when walking down Barrington between Iowa and Santa Monica Blvd!!! It happened to me on Barrington, right at the bus stop near the south east corner of Santa Monica Blvd. There was a huge pile of clothings blocking the pavement. When I somehow tried to pass the point, a homeless man over there looked at me and bumped into me. I instinctively moved to the side to avoid it and said "Hey". He then became confrontational and tried to follow me yelling "Hey what? Hey what?". Our...

  • Main Street in Santa Monica was Closed Due to a Structure Fire

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 2, 2024

    UPDATED 5:00 pm 1.31.24 The Santa Monica Fire Department says a structure fire was reported by multiple callers at 6:58 am on Wednesday morning. The fire was on the first floor of 2925 Main Street, a two-story commercial building. SMFD responded with a "full assignment," which consists of 4 engines, one truck company, and a battalion chief. Engine 2 arrives on the scene within 4 minutes. Firemen made a forced entry into the first floor business, "Free People Clothing Company," and extinguished...