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 By Sterling Roberts    News    August 18, 2019 

Artist Timothy Uriah Steele creates "an apology to the spirit" of Bombay Beach

Having grown up in both a cult and suburban Americana, artist Timothy Uriah Steele provides a unique and provocative journey with his work to showcase transcendence. When asked for his personal...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 18, 2019 

Five reasons why purchasing Greenland would actually be a really good idea

President Trump is a real estate guy. He recently tweeted that the US should consider buying Greenland and this was met with derision, as so many suggestions this president makes are. But upon closer...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 18, 2019 

Jury Finds Serial Killer Guilty of 2 Murders over Last 18 Years, Including One in SM

A 43-year-old man was found guilty today of the brutal slayings of two women and trying to kill another woman over a seven-year period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced....

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 18, 2019 

Robbers Bearing Sledge Hammers Rob Jewelry store in the 1200 block of Montana Avenue

The owner of a jewelry in Santa Monica was hit with a sledgehammer while watching a robbery at his store Thursday, officials said. The robbery occurred about 2:35 PM at the store along the 1200 block...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 18, 2019 

SMPD Detains Brinks Security Guard After He Fires 2 Shots at Fleeing Suspect on Third Street Promenade

Santa Monica Police were seen in a CBS News Video frisking and taking into custody a bald, middle aged Brinks security Guard. His gun was visible in his belt, underneath his shirt. He had fired two...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 18, 2019 

Protest at Santa Monica Pier Against Thirty Meter Telescope Planned for Mauna Kea

What participants described as a spontaneous protest against the University of Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope atop the worlds highest mountain, Mauna Kea, reached the Santa Monica Pier Sunday...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 15, 2019

Festival of the Chariots Brings South Asian Color to Main Street in SM/Venice

International Society for Krishna Consciousness sponsored the 43rd Annual Festival of Chariots, in Santa Monica and Venice last Sunday, August 4th. "The Festival of the Chariots is based on an...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 15, 2019

Ocean Avenue Remains Closed to Traffic For Two Weeks North of California Incline

One of America's most famous and beautiful streets, Ocean Avenue remains closed to traffic this week as workmen excavated a water main on an emergency basis to repair an underground water pipe....

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 5, 2019

Possession of Child Porn Leads to Charges Against Cedars Sinai Director of AI

A 59-year-old Santa Monica man has been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. Guido Germano, 59 was charged...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    August 5, 2019

Electrical Power Outage Friday Night In a Wide Swath of West Los Angeles. August 2, 2019

From Pico and Sawtelle to Bundy and Wilshire, the lights were out across a wide section of West Los Angeles Friday night. The blackout began around 7:39 pm PST. The power outage reportedly affected...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 2, 2019

Lenny's Deli on Westwood Blvd Closes Due to a Combination of Bugs, Rent and Delivery Apps

Even a fifty year old restaurant is not safe in the era of food delivery apps. Or maybe it was the cockroaches that did Lenny's in. Lenny's Deli has announced that they will not be opening their...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 2, 2019

Charges filed Against Rape Robbery Suspect on 17th Street and 18th Street Assaults

Authorities announced that they have filed charges on Fernando Venancio Jr., a 43-year-old male from Lynwood CA., for his involvement in a series of robberies and sexual assaults that occurred in Sant...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 24, 2019

Lightning strike on Marina Del Ray Beach causes closure of west side beaches

A lightning strike on a beach in Marina Del Rey closed local beaches for about an hour Tuesday morning. This according to alerts from the City of Santa Monica. SM Alert Lightning Advisory - An...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 22, 2019

As State Legislature Considers Ban on Rat Poison, LA City Council Struggles with Rats, Typhus.

While California's biggest city deploys rat poison, the California State Legislature simultaneously considers a ban on rat poison. As former US Vice President Dan Quayle said, irony is pretty ironic...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 22, 2019

Work Begins on City Yard Modernization, Some Wonder about Recycling Center Closure

After three years of preparation, construction began this month on the modernization of the 14.7-acre Santa Monica City Yards located adjacent to Bergamot Station on Michigan Avenue. The City Yards ho...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 22, 2019

Santa Monica's $39.5 billion in Assessed Real Estate Values Places in Third Among LA County Cities

According to the assessment roll from the LA County Assessor, Santa Monica's 25,000 or so assessor's parcels are collectively worth $39.5 billion. This places Santa Monica 3rd in the County of Los...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 22, 2019

SMPD Shoots Musician After he Rushes them in Alley Off Lincoln Blvd Sunday Morning

Early Sunday morning, Santa Monica Police were attacked by Wolfgang Mountford, 29, in an alley off Lincoln Blvd, near Grant Avenue. Police say the man rushed them, an officer pulled his sidearm and fi...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 16, 2019

Hollywood Feels Aftershock from Ridgecrest Earthquake on Tuesday

On Sunday afternoon at 12:40 pm PDT, many residents of Hollywood felt a small aftershock from the July 5th Earthquake. On July 4, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at 10:33 a.m. PDT in a low...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 14, 2019

Federal Agents and NYPD Cops Arrest R Kelly on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

Federal agents and New York Police Department Detectives said that they have arrested Grammy award winning singer R. Kelly, on sex crime and kidnapping charges. On July 11, 2019, Kelly was arrested...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    News    July 14, 2019

My Time with Portrait Artist Don Bachardy

According to Merriam-Webster, exceptional is defined as better than average or superior. To me, 85 year old Don Bachardy fits that definition to a T. He is well renowned and has his artwork in many...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 14, 2019

Hurricane Barry Moves North of New Orleans, as the City escapes Major flooding

Tropical Storm Barry did not cause major flooding in the Big Easy, and an alert for New Orleans has been cancelled. Mayor Cantrell held her last news conference on the storm, and the floodgates built...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    News    July 12, 2019

ShakeAlertLA Backlash After Strong Earthquakes in LA

In what I thought would be a privatized business, ShakeAlertLA, which has been heavily criticized in the last few days, was actually created by the city of Los Angeles and its Mayor, Eric Garcetti....

 
 By JP Grimaldi    News    July 12, 2019

FCC robocall ruling offers hope; in the meantime, just hang up on dodgy callers

WASHINGTON, DC, July 8 -- Seniors may get robocall relief if a new Federal Communications Commission [FCC] ruling prompts phone companies to implement technologies that automatically block them. Dan...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 10, 2019

Independence Day Earthquake Felt Throughout Westside, 6.4 preliminary measurement

An earthquake at 10:33 am PST on July 4 was felt from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and as far East as Las Vegas. The temblor went on for over a minute. It was felt throughout the Westside of Los...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 8, 2019

Main Street Independence Day Parade in Santa Monica Draws Crowds, quakes

Despite the earthquakes, Santa Monica conducted its annual parade on Thursday July 4, 2019. It lasted from 9:30 to 11 am. The 6.4 Richter scale temblor occurred at 10:19 am. The parade featured more...

 

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