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  • Santa Monica High School Boys of Summer hosted Highland High in a Non-league Baseball Game

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Mar 8, 2023

    IMG 1)Left Carter Wood from the Highland High school boys varsity baseball team fields the baseball that was thrown to him by a teammate as Kian Naini from Santa Monica High School sides into third base at Santa Monica High School on Wednesday February 22nd 2023 when Samohi boys hosted Highland in a non-league baseball game. The game was ended after 8 innings tied 2-2 which brings SAMOHI record to 2 wins 1 loss and 1 tie IMG 2)Left Erick Holman from the Highland High school boys varsity...

  • Obituary: Michael J. B. Allen, distinguished professor, engaging teacher, accomplished scholar, dynamic raconteur, avid hiker, and loving family man

    Benjamin Allen, Special to the Observer|Mar 5, 2023

    Michael J. B. Allen, distinguished professor, engaging teacher, accomplished scholar, dynamic raconteur, avid hiker, and loving family man, passed away peacefully of natural causes February 25, 2023 in his Santa Monica home. 81 years old at his death, he is survived by wife Elena, sons Ben and Will, sister Patricia, daughters-in-law Claudia and Melanie, grandchildren Paloma, Moses, and Ezra, and dog Wiglaf. Michael was born on April 1, 1941 in Lewes, East Sussex, England to Frederick "Jack" and...

  • DA George Gascon Accused of Giving Stars Preferential Treatment; CA Legislature Set to Legalize Magic Mushrooms; Woman Shot on 101 Freeway During Rush Hour

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jan 2, 2023

    Courts & Rulings Challenge to alleged corruption-tinged decisions untimely The Court of Appeal for this district held yesterday that even if projects approved by the City of Los Angeles were tainted by the corruption of former Council members Mitchell Englander and Jose Huizar, it's too late to bring a suit to block the affected real estate developments from going forward. Both of the discredited former city lawmakers were members of the Planning and Land Use Management ("PLUM") committee which...

  • Bivalent Booster Against Covid is A Major Failure According to LA County Health Department Data

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Dec 29, 2022

    December 21, 2022 - In September, health officials across the United States began administering and encouraging a "bivalent booster" shot for Covid-19 that was supposed to protect against both the older variants of the virus and also against the newer BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Omicron that had become prevalent over the summer. Anyone over age 12 who had not had a booster shot within two months was eligible to receive this new injection. Los Angeles County Health Department data showed that...

  • Gascon Recall Gets Court Help; Two California Prisons to Close Due to Budget Cuts; Mark Ridley-Thomas, Awaiting Trial, Gets Salary Reinstated and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Dec 16, 2022

    California Supreme Court tosses gang murder conspiracy case: The California Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the conspiracy-to-murder conviction of a gang member who used social media to applaud the killing of rivals during a San Diego gang war. "Being a cheerleader" isn't enough to show that Nicholas Hoskins conspired in the murders, the court said in an unusual and unanimous opinion. The court overturned Hoskins' sentence of 25 years to life and sent the case back to the appellate court tha...

  • Gas to be Highest Price Ever for Thanksgiving as Americans Hit the Road for Expensive Turkey Dinners

    GasBuddy|Nov 22, 2022

    BOSTON (November 15, 2022) -- As Americans prepare to hit the road for Thanksgiving, average gasoline prices will be at their highest seasonal level ever for the weekend according to GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform saving North American drivers the most money on gas. The national average is projected to stand at $3.68 on Thanksgiving Day – nearly 30¢ higher than last year, and over 20¢ higher than the previous record of $3.44 set in 2012. But that won't slow many down, with 20% more...

  • Reader Happy SMOBSERVED.COM Had the Courage to Report on Pelosi's "Corrupt Left Wing Regime"

    Rose Marie Stef, Ex Santa Monica Resident|Nov 7, 2022
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    Thanks so much for the story about Paul Pelosi's Gay Romp!! I am absolutely Shocked that anyone in Santa Monica would have the courage to stand up to the likes of Madame Pelosi and the Ruling Class of CA. I'm grateful that anyone in CA would tell the truth about NewScum's Aunt and Uncle. And He IS a Scum for how he has allowed CA to sink even Further into the pit of his Corrupt Left Wing Regime. I lived in Santa Monica most my life and watched as the City of LA and their Left Wing Racist...

  • Linell and Robert Shapiro Turn the Tragedy of their Son's Death, Into an Annual Fundraiser For Substance Abuse Prevention

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 9, 2022

    The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular Gala 2022 took place on Saturday evening, September 10, 2022, at the Beverly Hilton. Robert and Linell Shapiro created the Brent Shapiro Foundation following their son Brent's death in 2005, to honor his life and promote prevention and awareness of chemical dependence. The foundation's mission is to save lives through awareness and effective programs that incentivize kids to abstain from drugs and alcohol. This outstanding gala...

  • The Dr. J Rising Star Retreat on the beautiful island of Sint Maarten, in the Dutch Caribbean Offers Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

    I M Daniel Sr President, Dr. J Rising Star Retreat|Sep 30, 2022

    Enroll into a vacation style Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Retreat Program! The Dr. J Rising Star Retreat on the beautiful island of Sint Maarten, in the Dutch Caribbean; which runs from October 1st 2022 thru February 28th 2023 and beyond Call us on USA Number (786) 667-7250, Caribbean Number +! 721 553-7877 . . . or email us at retreat@drj-foundation for your consultation/ reservation and secure your spot for the 2 week, 3 week, 1 month 2 month or 3 month program, or simply have us arrange...

  • Police Break Up Another Fight at Santa Monica High School Monday Sept. 19. Student hospitalized as a result of injuries.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 23, 2022

    A fight on Monday September 19th apparently broke out among students at Santa Monica high school. Police were called, and a couple of fire engines were reportedly also present. After we posted this story, Public Information Officer Lt. Rudy Flores provided us with the following update. "On September 19, 2022 at about 3:40 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to a report of a Fight in the 1800 block of alley 7 involving a small group of male juveniles."] "Santa Monica...

  • Affordable Entertainment at Your Fingertips with Cheapfunthingstodo.com

    Cheapfunthingstodo.com|Sep 9, 2022

    (MONTREAL, QC) - As the cost of living worldwide continues to climb, Chaz Desousa and the team at Montreal-based cheapfunthingstodo.com are launching a new way for people across the globe to find fun, unique, and affordable activities near them. "We've been indexing fun things to do for the past ten years and have found some pretty interesting activities," said Co-founder Chaz Desousa. "Whether it's yoga with goats or fully immersive experiences, we keep our finger on the pulse of cool...

  • Air Conditioning Breaks Down in Unbelievably Expensive High Tech Building Just Completed at Santa Monica High School

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 9, 2022

    19: Students are back from summer vacation and the weather in Santa Monica is near 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This has been the hottest week of 2022 so far. Multiple reports from students are that the air conditioning in their brand spanking new $195,000,000 classroom building, doesn't work. The building was completed in 2021 and replaced older structures. The windows do open (unusual for modern construction); otherwise the structure would be unusable. An SMMUSD "Discovery Building Update"...

  • State Officials Sent Cell Phone Alerts To Protect Public Safety Amidst Ongoing Record Heat, Energy Grid Shortfalls

    Cal OES, Office of Emergency Services|Sep 9, 2022

    Editor's Note: This is an official press release from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Spanish language text omitted. SACRAMENTO – With extreme weather stretching California's energy grid and threatening public health and safety, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services issued an emergency alert at 5:45 pm, asking residents to conserve power. As a result of this action, the California Independent System Operation (CaISO) saw an immediate and significant drop in energy use, p...

  • 12 Candidate Vying for 3 Seats on Santa Monica City Council

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2022

    Councilmember Lana Negrete along with three Santa Monica commissioners and 8 other candidates have qualified for the City Council election ballot this November. All 12 candidates submitted their papers before last week's filing deadline and are now vying for three open seats on the Council that formulates policies for the city, election officials said. Negrete is the only incumbent seeking re-election. Mayor Sue Himmelrich and Mayor Pro-Tem Kristin McCowan announced over the summer they would...

  • Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón's Prohibition Against Sentencing Enhancements Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Drug Dealers

    Kathleen Cady, Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Sep 2, 2022

    In February 2021, 16-year-old, straight-A student Sammy Berman Chapman asked his dad for a cheeseburger. An hour later his mom, TV therapist Dr. Laura Berman, went into his room in their Santa Monica home to talk with him about a summer internship and Sammy was dead – poisoned from a single Xanax pill, illicitly manufactured and laced with fentanyl. Sammy had been feeling isolated throughout the pandemic and ordered the pill from a brightly colored menu of "prescription" drugs on Snapchat and h...

  • Study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish through National Security Language Initiative for Youth

    Observer Staff|Aug 31, 2022

    Alexander Levin of Santa Monica studied Chinese (Mandarin) for six weeks through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI‐Y) Virtual Summer Intensive scholarship. NSLI‐Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) that promotes the study of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish among American youth. The 2022 NSLI-Y Virtual Summer Intensive program was a virtual alt...

  • Kurt Gurdal Cuts the Cheese: Artisan Cheesemonger Announces Brick & Mortar "Canyon Grocer."

    Jewels Solheim Roe|Aug 26, 2022

    Beginning Labor Day Weekend, second-generation international cheese expert Kurt Gurdal is opening a small, carefully curated grocer at Canyon Square on Channel Road—just a stone's throw from where Gurdal has been sharing his cheese and speciality product knowledge with local foodie enthusiasts at his weekend outdoor pop-up. In a recent Instagram post, Gurdal shared the news about his new indoor space: “This cozy ‘lil brick & mortar will be packed with great yummy items from producers I love to r...

  • How Many People Have Actually Died from Covid-19 in Los Angeles County?

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Aug 26, 2022

    August 22, 2022 - The Los Angeles County Public Health Department claims that 31,291 residents have died of Covid-19 as of August 22 since the pandemic began in March, 2020. But have that many people actually died from the effects of becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus? Given the loose definition health officials use for a Covid death, it is not at all clear. "We don't categorize deaths as 'because of' Covid vs. 'with Covid,' health officals wrote us. "All Covid deaths reported by...

  • A grassy field with people on it in fromt of a stage at Campland On The Bay

    Labor Day Weekend at Campland On The Bay is Summertime Fun!

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor

    Campland On The Bay in Mission Bay will be full of family-friendly, pet-friendly activities and live entertainment all Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 2 to Monday, September 5, for resort guests. If you haven't already, book a campsite for a tent or bring your RV! Located on San Diego's Mission Bay, the nation's largest aquatic park, find 40 acres of RV resort with a secluded beach. If you've never visited Campland On The Bay before, you can read all about our experience here, Experience...

  • SMPD Breaks Up a Knife Fight at Santa Monica High School Resulting in One Student Sent to Hospital

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 22, 2022

    8/18: After one student knifed another, the SMPD were called to SamoHi. They arrested one student as a suspect, and transported one victim to Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. His injuries were no life threatening. Names were not released because the students involved were minors. School resumed after the Summer break, just 2 days prior. Police released the following statement, from Rudy Flores, SMPD Public Information Officer. On August 18, 2022, at approximately 12:43 pm, Santa Monica Police...

  • Free Ballet Workshop 'Dance to Dreams' Pilot Launched August 7, 2022

    Claire Lemoine, Westside Ballet|Aug 17, 2022

    An open day of dance classes for students to "comfortably and freely explore the art form of ballet" led by Westside Ballet Alumnus Adrian Blake Mitchell (formerly of Mikhailovsky Ballet Company) was launched on Sunday, August 7th at Westside School of Ballet, according to a new press release provided by spokesperson Jewels Solheim-Roe. The event was produced in collaboration with Mitchell's nonprofit Dance in Color and Westside Ballet's nonprofit arm's Community Outreach Committee, a...

  • Anne Heche's Family Declares Her Brain Dead, Disconnects Life Support

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 15, 2022

    Actress Anne Heche remains in a coma. She will never recover from her injuries one week ago, says a family spokesman. They have declared her legally dead. "We've lost a bright light, a kind and loving mother, and a loyal friend," said her family in a statement. Life support has been turned off. After her death, her organs will be donated per her wishes. Her two sons issued a statement that they hope she will find freedom and happiness in the afterlife. "Hopefully my mom is free from pain and...

  • Dog with sunglasses outside

    Sunburn on Dogs: Can They Get Them and When is it an Emergency?

    Courtesy of Veterinary Emergency Group|Aug 12, 2022

    Have you ever heard of sunburn on dogs? Some dogs are at a greater risk of sunburn than others, but it is possible for any dog to get a sunburn under the right conditions. Sunburn on dogs In the article below, we'll explain the risks of sunburn on dogs and how to recognize when a sunburn may be an emergency for your pet. We'll also explore signs and symptoms of sunburn to be on the lookout for. With this information, you should be ready to respond if your pet suffers from a sunburn this summer....

  • Singer Olivia Newton Dead of Breast Cancer at Age 73, Says Her Family

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 10, 2022

    You have to believe we are magic Nothin' can stand in our way You have to believe we are magic Don't let your aim ever stray. Magic, Olivia Newton John Multiple news outlets are reporting that Olivia Newton John has died at age 73. "Olivia Newton-John has died at 73 after a decades-long battle with breast cancer, according to a post from her Facebook page." Wikipedia: Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (26 September 1948 - 8 August 2022) was a British-born Australian-raised singer, songwriter,...

  • Monster Jam Megalodon truck flying through the air.

    Monster Jam Roars Back into LA This Summer with Action Packed Weekend of Family Fun

    Aug 10, 2022

    The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns to rev through Downtown LA this summer for an adrenaline-charged weekend at Crypto.com Arena from August 26–28, 2022. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Monster Jam features world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill. SoCal motorsports fans will witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Engineered to perfection,...

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