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Articles from the July 1, 2024 edition

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  • Homeless, Insane Sex Offender Arrested for Attacking 3 Women on Santa Monica State Beach

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2024

    A homeless man attacked no less than three women in a rampage Monday morning June 24th on Santa Monica State Beach. The first victim was a 17 year old girl in a bathing suit. Garrett attacked her and tried to drown her in the surf. A second woman, a homeless woman named Gena Wilker, attempted to assist the younger female. Garrett attacked Wilker, biting her ear. In an interview with KTLA television, Wilker described Garrett. ”His eyes were devoid of humanity." The suspect, Jawann Garrett, 31, i...

  • Dangerous Madness: The New Face of Santa Monica

    Arthur Jeon, Special to the Observer|Jul 1, 2024

    June 25, 2024 Dear Council, Hate to hit you two days in a row, but this sociopath was arrested after attempting to rape a 17 year-old girl at the beach, strangling her until she lost consciousness and breaking her nose. He then attempted to rape and drown another woman, a homeless woman who is a hero that seems in real need of our services, who came to the girl's aid. Victim 3 was a 73 year-old tourist from Montreal who also intervened and was robbed of a necklace and dragged 40 feet in another...

  • Here's How to Find the Money to Hire More Police Officers in Santa Monica

    Arthur Jeon, Special to the Observer|Jul 1, 2024

    Dear Council, The city is broke! We are told the council must choose between paving our alleys or hiring more police, as crime, addiction, disorder, and mental illness has become our new brand. (Just in the last couple weeks, tourists have been stabbed, robbed, or had their windshield shattered as they entered the city-welcome!). This immigrant, whose dream was to graduate from a pushcart to a store in SM, in six months has been robbed twice on the 3rd street promenade. Watch the heartbreaking...

  • Phishing Attack at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Puts Sensitive Information of Over 200,000 People at Risk

    Observer Staff|Jul 1, 2024

    June 14, 2024 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, headed by Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, issued a release today admitting that the email credentials of dozens of employees had been obtained by unscrupulous parties resulting in the possible dissemination of DPH clients/employees/other individuals' first and last name, date of birth, diagnosis, prescription, medical record number/patient ID, Medicare/Med-Cal number, health insurance information, Social Security Number, and...

  • Welcome to Marelle: a Vibrant Ode to California Cuisine

    An edited press release|Jul 1, 2024

    (6.17.24) - editor's note: Marelle restaurant under Culinary Director Raphael Lunetta, is now open at 1740 Ocean Ave. Lunetta also did Santa Monica restaurants JiRaffe and Lunetta. The following is excerpted from their press release: Drawing from (Lunetta's) 35 years of culinary experience and inspirations from classic Coastal California cuisine, his travels from around the world, and the richness of farm-fresh local ingredients. Marelle, which means "Star of the Sea," offers more than just seaf...

  • Free Speech? Santa Monica City Council Wants to Decide What is "Harmful" for You

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jul 1, 2024

    UPDATE JUNE 24 2025: Emails provided us substantiate the claims made in the sign on the Promenade that Santa Monica City Manager David White co-wrote a Joint Statement regarding the needle program with the County Department of Public Health with the specific aim of addressing those who "want to dig in" and "take a step back in how this is framed." June 23, 2024 - An item on the agenda for the next meeting of the Santa Monica City Council requests the creation of a resolution expressing the...

  • Tour Bus Catches on Fire in Front of SMC, Santa Monica Fire Department Extinguishes the Blaze

    Matthew Gonzales, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2024

    Just before noon on Friday, Santa Monica Fire received multiple calls about a commercial tour bus on fire near the intersection of 18th and Pico Boulevard across the street from Santa Monica College. When firefighters arrived, they observed a fully involved bus possibly extending into the nearby Subway restaurant. The units on the scene requested additional resources as a precaution for structure protection. The fire did not extend into the Subway. All bus occupants had evacuated when...