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 By Observer Staff    News    May 31, 2020 

City of Santa Monica Imposes Curfew Intended to Prevent George Floyd Looting

Tonight, we follow the City of Los Angeles in imposing a City-wide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to ensure public safety across our region. Emergency responders are exempt, as are those traveling...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 31, 2020 

Santa Monica Pier is Empty As Family Businesses There Live Through Covid Lockdown

The Pier has been a bit of a mystery since the Coronavirus lockdown began 9 weeks ago. It's closed, and the police won't allow you to walk down the ramp to see it for yourself. The 110 year old Santa...

 
 By Kristin Peach    News    May 31, 2020 

Minneapolis PD Officer Derek Chauvin Taken Into Custody as Volunteers Clean Debris

Minneapolis, 5/29: As volunteers cleared debris and helped board up burned out buildings in South Minneapolis, Minnesota Gov. Walz announced that the police officer at the center of the George Floyd...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    May 31, 2020 

Police abandon building as Looters, Rioters Set Fire to Police Station in Minneapolis over #GeorgeFloyd

Angry at the police, protestors have set fire to the Third Precinct Police Station just before 11 pm local time in Minneapolis, MN. In life he was a security guard, and his surviving girlfriend...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    May 31, 2020 

Santa Monica Unemployment Rate Mega Jumps From Covid-19

Santa Monica is doing better than the county as a whole but worse than the state in unemployment, according to the latest statistics from the California Employment Development Department. The EDD...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 31, 2020 

"No Justice, No Peace!" Chant Protestors as they walk from SMPD HQ to Venice in Los Angeles

Protesting the death of Minnesota security guard George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, about 100 protestors walked down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica from the Sa...

 
 By Rachel Ganz    News    May 31, 2020 

Chasing after the Phenomenal Blue Bioluminescent Waves in Southern California

When the California beaches reopened this past weekend, after being closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I had an insatiable desire to see the remarkable blue bioluminescent waves before they...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 31, 2020 

High Command: Latest Lockdown Suggestions From City of Santa Monica are a Bit Better

In line with the County of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica has issued new guidance for Covid-19 social distancing. Churches and synagogues can reopen, with 25% as many congregants. Theaters and...

 
 By Kristin Peach    News    May 31, 2020 

How Minneapolis Tamped Down George Floyd Riots on Day 3

It's about math. They didn't have enough police/guards to carry out a city-wide effort until today. All they could do before was scramble around trying to put out fires. Literally. Guard was...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    May 29, 2020

153 Farmer John Employees in LA County Test Positive for Covid 19, Shutting Meat Packing Plant

The County of Los Angeles says it is investigating large coronavirus outbreaks at nine industrial facilities in the City of Vernon, including 3 meat packing plants. The Smithfield facility in Vernon i...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    May 29, 2020

Looting Breaks Out in South Minneapolis Over Killing of George Floyd. Arson Burns Grocery Store

Upset at the killing in custody of George Floyd Tuesday by a white police officer, African-American looters emptied the Target store in South Minneapolis. They wore masks, and took TV sets and other...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    May 29, 2020

Scrubbed: SpaceX Delays Launch 2 Astronauts on Mission to the International Space Station

Americans are locked down, but Americans are returning to space. However, at 1:15 pm PST, NASA announced that weather has delayed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket. With lightning reported up and...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    May 27, 2020

2 Elderly Men Shoot Homeless Trespasser at Dead Relatives House North of Montana Thursday Evening

Two men, one in his 60's and one in his 70's, shot an intruder at their deceased relatives home, drawing a large SMPD response just after 8 pm Thursday. Santa Monica Police describe the man who was...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    May 27, 2020

Los Angeles County Re-Opens the Beach Bike Paths from Covid-19 Lockdown

Supervisor Janice Hahn announced on her Facebook page that effective Friday, May 22, LA County's beach bike paths will be and are, open. Rob Wakefield, owner of Santa Monica Beach Bicycle Rentals, sai...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 27, 2020

Santa Monica Officials Can Give No Good Reason for the Outdoor Face Mask Requirement

On May 14, the City sent out one of its dreaded "updates." This one required citizens to wear face masks when outdoors, even when exercising. Previously, masks had not been required while exercising....

 
 By Stan Greene    News    May 25, 2020

NYC Nurse Claims She Was Reassigned For Discouraging the Use of Ventilators in Coronavirus Cases

90% of Covid19 patients who are placed on ventilators die anyway. This is a statistical fact. Erin Marie says that she is Registered Nurse in Queens, and also a former E5 Sargeant in the US Army. She...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    May 25, 2020

Good News Unless You're a Landlord: Forced Rent Freeze Could Be Coming

Never a stranger to trying to do things they have no legal authority to do, the Santa Monica Rent Control Board is thinking about instituting a rent freeze in Santa Monica. Board Chair Nicolle...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 22, 2020

Local Officials are Overdosing the Public with Their Stream of Irrational and Unsubstantiated Orders: e.g., Masks Outdoors

Every day, the city of Santa Monica sends out at least one "Covid-19 Update." The word 'update' is a euphemism for a new commandment. In fact, there is often more than one 'update' per day. These...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    May 18, 2020

"Honey Oil" Explosion in Downtown LA Burns 4 Buildings on Fire; 11 Firemen Injured

A butane “honey oil“ factory exploded in downtown Los Angeles this evening and is now considered a crime scene. 11 firefighters were injured, three of them seriously. All are expected to recover....

 
 By Stan Greene    News    May 14, 2020

Surfer Killed by Shark in Santa Cruz County Identified as Ben Kelly

The 26 year old Santa Cruz county man killed by a shark Friday afternoon has been identified as Ben Kelly. The founder of Ben Kelly Surfboards was described as an ethical person, who was passionate ab...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    May 14, 2020

92% of LA County Covid-19 Deaths Had Underlying Health Problems Before Covid

According to the Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health (LACDPH), a total of 1530 people in LA County have died of Coronavirus had underlying health conditions. These frequently include morbid...

 
 By Brian Presley    News    May 12, 2020

A New Santa Monica : Deep Budget Cuts are Inevitable, And Not Just Because of Covid-19

No matter what you think about how the City Council acted Tuesday night to address a potential $224 million deficit over the next two years, you have to feel pain. Not even pain for anybody in particu...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 12, 2020

Parade for First Responders around Providence St. Johns Hospital, and to UCLA hospital

A parade of cars wound around St. Johns early in the evening of Saturday May 2nd. It was intended to show support and say "Thank You" to the Frontline workers at hospitals of St. John's and UCLA. Part...

 
 By Amanda Ball    News    May 6, 2020

Student hacks into Santa Monica school district email system

A student has hacked into the Gmail system used by SMMUSD to inform teachers, parents and students of events, changes in the schools planning, etc. This according to an email sent by school district s...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    May 4, 2020

Gov. Newsom Closes All California Beaches and State Parks to Promote Social Distancing

In the next few days, inside sources say, California Gov. Gavin Newsom will close all California State Beaches, due to Covid-19. This according to a source with access to the Governor's office, by...

 

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