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  • In Maine, 18 confirmed Dead, 50 Injured After Active Shooter Robert Card Strikes Multiple Locations

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 26, 2023

    Update 713 am PST 10.26: The massive search for 40-year-old Robert R. Card II of Bowdoin involves more than 350 police and continues into Thursday afternoon, after he was named the lone suspect in mass shootings in Lewiston that killed 18 people and injured 13 more.—Bangor Daily News 13 people have now been confirmed to be injured with 18 confirmed dead. Numbers are likely to rise as the suspect is still at large. The suspect, Robert Card, had been a National Guard gun instructor. This before h...

  • One of the best fall foliage spots to see autumn

    Best Fall Foliage Spots: Discovering Southern California's Autumnal Beauty

    Chanin Victor, Travel and Lifestyle Editor|Oct 18, 2023

    As the warm embrace of summer transforms into the crisp chill of fall, nature unveils its vibrant masterpiece: the spectacular display of autumn foliage. The transition from green to fiery reds, oranges, and yellows paints landscapes in an exquisite palette, enticing travelers to embark on a leaf-peeping adventure. If you're based in Southern California or seeking a nearby autumn escape, fret not, for the West Coast, too, boasts breathtaking spots for witnessing fall foliage. We'll also...

  • Los Angeles Metro Transit is a Public Hazard

    John Alle, Santa Monica Coalition|Oct 12, 2023

    John Alle of the Santa Monica Coalition investigated the LA Metro Exposition line at night over summer of 2022. Hear and see what he experienced....

  • How Dangerous is Covid Now? Los Angeles County Health Department Claims They Don't Know

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Sep 21, 2023

    September 6, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Health Department claims they have no idea how deadly Covid-19 is any more. "We are unable to calculate the case fatality rate for COVID-19 using our disease surveillance data because many cases are not reported to Public Health," they wrote in response to a media query. Health officials say that, because of home testing kits, they have no idea how many people actually have had Covid and therefore do not have an accurate denominator to use in order to...

  • Crime Wave Hits Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

    Houman Hemmati, Santa Monica Resident|Sep 18, 2023

    Dear Mayor Davis & Honorable members of the Santa Monica City Council, I hope you're having a pleasant Labor Day Weekend. In case you're unaware, I wanted to inform you of a major crime wave that's hit Montana Avenue businesses in Santa Monica this weekend. Last night, several businesses, including the restaurants Margot's and Bardonna and a Pinkberry franchise were broken into, vandalized and looted. And today, at least one other occurrence happened when a woman (shown in the photos below)...

  • Does the Los Angeles County Public Health Department Still Have Any Credibility?

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Health Department is telling us they "have been seeing a gradual and consistent rise in COVID-19 transmission" over the past few weeks. This alleged information, unsupported by any reliable data, is accompanied by various recommendations, including a plug for the latest iteration of the Covid vaccine. After three-and-a-half years of recommendations from the health department, headed by a non-doctor, non-epidemiologist - none of which stemmed or in any...

  • "Sandra, something happens to you that's completely different when you have a brush in your hand."

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 - Artist Sandra Frankel looks at California, and paints it, in her own, unique way, with bold colors and passionate brushstrokes. Raised in what she describes as a "rundown beach house" in Malibu, she believes art was something intrinsic to her soul. By age three, she'd already declared she would become an artist. Today, Frankel has an intaglio print, "Players in the Game," in the permanent collection of the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Other paintings of hers hang in...

  • Gascon Lets Off "Sniffer" From Having to Register as Sex Offender; Cancer-Patient Wig Store Robbed; CA Prison Data Does Not Support Effectiveness of Shortened Prison Sentences and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Sep 4, 2023

    California Barnes & Noble 'sniffer' won't be charged for failure to register as sex offender after arrest: DA A Los Angeles man who was released from jail again despite a history of sex crimes and other offenses will not face failure to register as a sex offender charges, according to the district attorney's office. Calese Carron Crowder, 37, was arrested on Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender and was released on Friday. Earlier this week, he pleaded no contest to peeping and...

  • 'Sutton's Dollhouse" make a splash in Beverly Hills

    Preity Upala, Special to the Observer|Aug 23, 2023

    West Hollywood, CA August 10, 2023 - Tinseltown was at it again as the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) star Sutton Stracke hosted an exclusive invite only in-person event at her West Hollywood boutique, SUTTON. Fittingly titled "Sutton's Dollhouse", in honor of the new Barbie movie out in theatres. Stracke held the event to showcase her new line to members of the media and clients alike. In edition to the Dollhouse collection, SUTTON also debuted its partnership with KimChi Chic...

  • Tear Up The Tracks: Santa Monica's Crime Train

    Jon Berg, Special to the Observer|Aug 20, 2023
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    For quite some time---maybe, even, years---I've been working out in my head a piece dealing with a curse that arrived in Santa Monica at 9:49 AM on May 20, 2016. At that moment---cheered on by people who had had a hand in its gestation and birth, including (now convicted felon) Mark Ridley-Thomas, the now conveniently exiled hapless Eric Garcetti, and last but not least, the now blessedly-disappeared Pam O'Connor, Sheila Kuehl, and Kevin McKeown---the first train from downtown L.A. pulled into t...

  • Postmaster Louis de Joy's Policies Have Been a Disaster for the US Post Office. It's Time to Remove Him From Office

    Chuck Levin, Lifelong postal patron|Aug 14, 2023
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    Under the current postmaster general the cost of stamps keeps going up, service keeps going down, the post office is drowning. Louis de Joy has, in 4 years, never missed an opportunity to perpetrate the dismantling of the United States Postal Service. Meanwhile, the critical federal government battle to contain inflation can not count on postmaster general de Joy's help in this national initiative to avoid recession. The soaring cost of living is not imagined, prices for everything from gas to...

  • Full Circle: From Ballet to Marketing and Back

    Jill Homes|Aug 14, 2023

    Perris McCracken has always loved dancing. She started her training at a young age, studying ballet, jazz, African, modern, and tap at various schools in Los Angeles. She performed with renowned companies and artists, such as Debbie Allen, City Ballet of Los Angeles, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University and worked as a dance instructor for many years. But life took her on a different path. She explored other careers, such as marketi...

  • Rabid Bats More Common During Summer and Fall

    Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health|Aug 3, 2023

    July 25, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) advises the public to never touch a bat with bare hands, and to report injured, sick, or dead bats. Summer and early-fall months are when rabid bats are most often found in Los Angeles County, especially during July, August, and September. Healthy bats, which are good for the environment, typically hide and sleep during the day and emerge at dusk to fly and eat insects. Only about 1% of bats in nature have...

  • Crimean Bridge Again Attacked and Disrupted, As Kharkiv Comes Under Assault

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 17, 2023

    There are reports Sunday evening (Monday morning in Ukraine), that the Kerch bridge connecting Crimea so Southern Russia has once again been attacked by Ukrainian missiles. "One span of the #Kerch #Bridge collapsed, another one came off its support. Bridge support damaged," read one such report. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian deputy defense minister said that East of Kharkiv, the "situation is difficult," with positions changing hands several times in one day. The news comes amidst a Ukrainian summer...

  • Motorists Avoid Fireworks at the Pump This July 4, Save $500 Million Daily Compared to a Year Ago

    Gas Buddy|Jul 1, 2023

    (June 27, DALLAS) – Good news for summer road trippers: the fireworks displays will be back this year, but the fireworks at the pump are behind us. Independence Day weekend this year will be much more affordable when it comes to fueling up, according to GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform saving North American drivers the most money on fuel. Gas prices this July 4 are projected to be over $1.30 per gallon less than they were in 2022, with the national average estimated to be $3.49 on t...

  • Seals, Sea Lions Suffering From Toxic Algae Bloom and Domoic Acid

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2023

    Algae blooms are at a record high this year, and they are causing a record high number of dead and dying aquatic mammals on California beaches. Experts are not sure why the bloom is thicker than it has been in fifty years; this years heavy rain and runoff of fertilizer is a good guess. But they are sure that 100's of marine mammals are beaching themselves. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine mammals once they are ready. Marine Mammal Care Center CEO John...

  • Resident Asks Santa Monica City Council to Explain "Water Shortage" After Year of Record Rainfall

    Houman Hemmati, Special to the Observer|Jun 28, 2023

    Dear Mayor Davis & Honorable Santa Monica City Councilmembers, I hope you're all having a good start to your summer. I never thought I would have to escape Southern CA to experience some warmth but just returned from 11 days in Florida. Upon returning, I was shocked to hear the news that Santa Monica is declaring a continued Level 2 Water Shortage. Despite the drought being declared long over due to obvious severe rainstorms that have forced us to dump fresh water into the ocean, for some...

  • DA Gascon Accused of Punishing Staff Who Disagree with Him; CA Prison Inmates Re-Offend Despite Reabilitation; New CA Law May Lead to Thousands of Police Suspensions Every Year; Starbucks Employees Fired for Arrests of Black Men win Big in Court and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jun 26, 2023

    Courts, Rulings & Lawsuits Lady Gaga seeks dismissal of dog $500,000 reward lawsuit, claiming conspiracy fraud Lady Gaga is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a woman previously arrested and charged in connection with stealing two of her three French bulldogs in 2021. Jennifer McBride returned Lady Gaga's dogs in February 2021, two days after the dogs were stolen, and then expected reward money. Gaga, whose real name is Stefani J. Germanotta, tweeted that she would pay $500,000 for the...

  • Santa Monica chapter of The Salvation Army Celebrates 130th year Anniversary 

    Observer Staff Writer

    Ubiquitous around the Christmas holidays with their bright Red Kettles and chiming bells, The Santa Monica chapter of The Salvation Army (TSA) is celebrating TSA's 130th year anniversary of local community service with a broad range of events in the coming months. These include an Open House at TSA's 4th St. Downtown Santa Monica location on May 17th from 10am -1pm, and in conjunction with the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), the opportunity to meet Special Guests,...

  • Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Evacuated, due to Suspicious Package

    Matthew Gonzalez|Jun 16, 2023

    Terminal 1 at LAX was evacuated by LAPD Friday night after work crews found a suspicious package. Home to Southwest Airlines, Terminal 1 was busy as we head into a three day weekend in early summer. This was breaking news on Friday night 6/16, at 10:30 pm PST. Details as they become available. KNX and Channel 7 have both reported that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is closed on the upper level, and traffic is barely moving through the lower level. Traffic is backed up for miles on the...

  • Warning Issued for Santa Monica Pier Beach

    Observer Staff|Jun 12, 2023

    June 14, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Health Department has issued a warning for the beach at the Santa Monica Pier along with other beaches. The warnings have been issued due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested. Other beaches that have been posted include: Ramirez Creek at Paradise Cove Escondido Creek at Escondido State Beach Malibu Pier in Malibu Las Flores Creek at Las Flores State Beach The Bel Air Bay Club at Will Rogers State Beach Santa Monica Pier in Santa...

  • Troop 2 BSA Santa Monica to Award Eagle Scout Rank to Seven Local Youth

    Martin L. Jacobs, Special to the Observer|Jun 8, 2023

    In June 2023, seven Santa Monica teenagers will be recognized with the highest rank one can earn in the Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America). The seven Scouts are Isaiah Armour, Jacques Winn Barnett, Oliver Berger, Jacob Grossman, Anthony Joseph (AJ) Matise, Isaac Rockwell, and Kyle Spiteri. Rockwell and Barnett are graduating from Santa Monica High School, Spiteri is a junior. Grossman is a sophomore in Santa Monica High’s Project-Based Learning (PBL) Pathway. Matise and Armour are g...

  • Over 80 Westside Ballet Pre-professional Dancers Share the Stage with Professional Alumni Memorial Weekend

    Jill Homes, Observer Staff Writer|May 24, 2023

    The cast of over 80 student dancers-including over 40 Santa Monica and Culver City residents and students-are preparing to perform in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's "Masters of Movement: Ballet through the Centuries," returning for the ninth year at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. On Friday, May 26, the five-decades-strong nonprofit performance company will host its annual Soirée special event, including cocktails, appetizers, awards, and...

  • Pacific Park To Feature High-Flying Waving American Flag On The 90-Feet Tall Ferris Wheel During Memorial Day Weekend

    Cameron Andrews, Pier Communications|May 24, 2023

    Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier's Ferris wheel will feature a high-flying 90-feet tall, animated waving American flag throughout Memorial Day weekend in special salute to military personnel who died in service. The patriotic light program will also have brilliant colors and patterns in red, white and blue. Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday each May in the United States as an opportunity to honor and mourn the military personnel who have died in the performance of their...

  • 'Macbeth' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' kick off Theatricum's magical 50th anniversary season

    Courtesy Theatricum Botanicum

    Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum opens its 50th Anniversary Summer Season with two of William Shakespeare's most mystical offerings: the thrilling supernatural tragedy, Macbeth, and that most magical of romantic comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream. There's no better place to commune with the spirits than Theatricum's spectacular outdoor amphitheater, carved into the rustic hillside and surrounded by the Topanga woods. Opening night for Macbeth is Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. Audiences are...

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