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Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition

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  • One Woman Critically Injured After Car hits Pedestrian at 4th and Washington on December 23rd

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    An ambulance took one victim away from a car crash after one car failed to stop at the intersection of 4th and Washington, colliding with a pedestrian in the crosswalk. On Sunday, December 23, at approximately 8 pm, the Santa Monica Police and Fire Department responded to reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision at the intersection of 4th and Washington. Upon the arrival of police and fire, the patient was unconscious and was actively vomiting. The patient was being treated...

  • Christmas Eve Stabbing on Santa Monica Blvd and 14th Street Involves Two Tenants Who Knew Each Other.

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    On Sunday, December 24, around 11:40 pm, Santa Monica Police and Fire responded to reports of an assault on the 1300 block of 14th Street. When the first officer arrived, they reported that a person was stabbed and relayed that information to the fire department. It is believed that the victims knew the suspect as it occurred in a unit at an apartment complex. There is no known motive for the stabbing at this time, and the suspect is believed to have been under the influence of a substance when...

  • LAPD Keeps Pro Hamas Protestors Away From Beverly Center in Protest at 3d and La Cienega.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    13: According to a tweet from the Los Angeles Police Department, propalestine protestors were deflected from the Beverly Center and confined to the intersection of Third Street and La Cienega Saturday evening. In contrast to Palestine demonstrations over a month ago which drew thousands of people, recent LA Hamas marches have drawn fewer than 1000. This one drew 425. The statement form the LAPD reads: Earlier this evening approximately 425 protesters who began in Beverly Hills marched...

  • Christmas Brunch and Dinner at The Georgian in Santa Monica

    A California Christmas is best enjoyed by the beach. Views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier can be taken in from the Restaurant at The Georgian. On Christmas Day, prepared and curated by Executive Chef David Almany, The Georgian will feature brunch service from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM and dinner from 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Learn more about The Georgian Hotel restaurants and their new treasure "Spaghetti Sundays" HERE:

  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys Board Endorses Eric Siddall for District Attorney

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Dec 28, 2023

    The Board of Directors of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys ("ADDA") has adopted the recommendation of its Endorsement Committee to endorse Eric Siddall to be the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County. This endorsement is the product of an exhaustive, months-long, fact-based analysis of District Attorney candidates by the ADDA's Endorsement Committee, a process outlined in the Association's Endorsement Protocol. The Committee, which was composed of Deputy volunteers, received a...

  • Police Union Opposes BLM Lawsuit to End Traffic Stops on Suspected Stolen Vehicles

    Board of Directors, Los Angeles Police Protective League|Dec 28, 2023

    Los Angeles (CA) –Today, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and other activist groups filed a lawsuit against the LAPD attempting to prohibit car stops of suspected stolen vehicles. The Los Angeles Police Protective League issued this statement in response: "If successful, the latest legal stunt by the police abolitionist group BLM-LA will serve no other purpose than to allow car thieves to get away with stealing more cars and place police officers in further danger as they attempt to investigate c...

  • Repealing Costa-Hawkins Vacancy Decontrol Will Hurt Renters - and Almost Everyone

    Jay Johnson, Special to the Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    The repeal of existing law (Costa Hawkins Act) and rent freeze effort by the Aids Foundation has been defeated twice before. Polling shows it will be defeated again. This initiative to freeze rents on vacant units is on the November '24 ballot. It is bad for RENTERS, bad for our city, bad for homeowners, bad for condo owners, bad for prospective tenants, bad for new construction, and bad for our apartment supply . Since vacancy decontrol/recontrol was fully implemented in 1999, 24 years ago,...

  • The Grave Dangers of Counterfeit Christmas Gifts

    The Counterfeit Report|Dec 28, 2023

    December 21, 2023, Los Angeles, CA – 'Tis the season of giving, a time when the warmth of joy and generosity fills the air. However, lurking beneath the glittering paper and festive ribbons lies a menace that threatens to cast a shadow over the holiday spirit – counterfeit Christmas gifts. While the allure of a bargain from online giants, including Amazon, Walmart, and eBay may be irresistible, the dangers associated with fake presents are far-reaching and can wreak havoc on both your loved one...

  • Councilmember Gleam Davis Proposes Building Housing On the Santa Monica Airport After it Closes in 2028

    Tricia Crane, Chair, Northeast Neighbors|Dec 28, 2023

    Dear Northeast Neighbors and friends: Last night sparks flew as the City Council discussed the proposal of internationally renowned public park design firm Sasaki Associates to design a Great Park at Santa Monica Airport. City Staff presented and recommended a six-point Action plan for the agreement with Sasaki. Councilmember de la Torre was absent, but a discussion and vote ensued. Sasaki made an impressive presentation of its past projects converting airports to parks. Then Gleam Davis made a...

  • Photos Emerge of Destroyed Russian Landing Ship, the Novocherkassk, in Crimean Harbor

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    Update 12.27: On December 26, 2023, Novocherkask was struck by Ukrainian cruise missiles and damaged while it was in a naval base in the city of Feodosia in occupied Crimea. Videos posted to social media reportedly show very large explosions seen at the Feodosia port after the attack. Russian officials confirm the attack, during which one person was killed and two injured, and described the ship as 'damaged'. Russian officials also claimed that two Ukrainian Su-24s were shot down by...