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SMCLC Opposes The Plaza Development on Legal and Environmental Grounds

In June, the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) served the City with legal objections to proceeding with plans to privatize public land at 4th and Arizona for a massive commercial proje...

 
 News    August 4, 2020 

Lightning Strike Over Chinese Apartment Tower Creates Fireball, Viral Video

A huge fireball in Shenyang City, China, caused no injuries but produced a video that will be watched for decades. When lightning struck a high voltage powerline, it ignited the atmosphere around it....

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    August 4, 2020 

Child Trafficking Protest held at Santa Monica Place

The recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, former personal assistant to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has cast a light on child trafficking. One local mom organized a protest Thursday afternoon...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 4, 2020 

Splashdown: Dragon SpaceX Capsule Returns to Earth in Atlantic Ocean Off Florida

Two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, splashed down safely in the SpaceX Crew Dragon "Endeavour" in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. It is...

 

Phil Brock and 20 Other Residents Pull Papers for Santa Monica City Council Seats

We already know this year's presidential campaign is a wild one, but how about at the local level? It could be big too. Twenty-two people as of Wednesday have pulled papers for potential campaigns...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 26, 2020

Goodbye, California Zoning Laws, as Legislature Makes Authoritarian Grab for Land Control with 9 Proposals

Between the State Senate and the State Assembly, nine bills are under consideration that would drastically change the balance of power regarding land use and zoning in California. Each bill seeks to...

 
 By Christine Peake    News    July 26, 2020

Regis Philbin - American Iconic TV Host Has Died - aged 88

Another sad day in America today as the news of the sad passing of TV personality Regis Philbin broke. In an exclusive statement to People Magazine his family said "His family and friends are forever...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    July 26, 2020

Predictably, New Riots Break Out Following Renewed Lockdown

Social unrest is rearing its ugly head again in Southern California. A multi-hour protest in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night (chirpily advertised on local radio stations as if it were the best...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 24, 2020

Tsunami Warning Cancelled for Alaska After 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake

A 7.8 earthquake struck the coast south of the Aleutian islands at 12:12 am PST, 11:12 pm Tuesday evening local time. It caused the US Geological Service to issue a Tsunami warning for the Alaska...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    July 22, 2020

Kristen McCowan Appointed to Greg Morena's Seat on Santa Monica City Council

History was made on Tuesday when the majority of council members voted for Kristin McCowan to join them on the virtual dais. With that decision, McCowan became the first black Santa Monica council...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 22, 2020

#NakedAthena Protestor Spreads Her Legs at Police During Portland Protest. Now We've Seen Everything

So. "Naked Athena" a performance artist, appears in front of a police line and dares them to shot tear gas at her. At one point she sat down in the road, her legs splayed. She did wear a mask,...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 19, 2020

Justice Ginsburg Undergoing Chemotherapy for Cancer, Says Her Office

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has been undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer. In a statement that seeks to minimize speculation that she will soon retire from the Court, she claims...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 19, 2020

Gunman Dressed as Fedex Driver Kills Federal Judge's Son, Critically Wounding Her Husband

The son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas was shot and killed Sunday evening, by a gunman dressed as a FedEx driver. Her husband was also shot and is listed in critical condition. On the internet,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 14, 2020

Appeals Court Rules Santa Monica Can Keep City-Wide Elections in Voting Rights Act Case

Today the Second District Court of Appeal issued a ruling in favor of the City of Santa Monica in the California Voting Rights Act case brought by the Pico Neighborhood Association. The plaintiff had...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 10, 2020

County of LA Vows Crackdown on Price Gouging during the Covid-19 pandemic

The County of Los Angeles says it will crack down on price gouging during the Covid19 Pandemic. In late March, it was reported that prices for items such as face masks, hand sanitizer and toilet...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 10, 2020

Man Jumps to His Death from Pedestrian Bridge, Unto Pacific Coast Highway Saturday Morning

7/5/20: A man died early Saturday morning after jumping from a pedestrian bridge, onto the 10 Freeway just north of the McClure Tunnel. The Santa Monica Police Department says that officers receive a...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 8, 2020

Third California Death Row Inmate Dies From Covid-19, Within Ten Days in San Quentin Prison

Dewayne Michael Carey, 59, who died of COVID-19 on July 4, 2020, had been incarcerated at San Quentin since 1996. Carey was convicted of the murder of a Harbor City woman in 2003. Carey was actually...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 6, 2020

Dawit Kelete, 27, Arrested For Death of Transgender Woman on I-5 Freeway in Seattle

For the 19th straight night in a row, protestors had blocked the Interstate 5 freeway that runs through Seattle, in order to conduct their protest. A white Jaguar evaded several police vehicles...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 6, 2020

After Transgender Protestors Struck on Closed I-5 Freeway in Seattle, Twitter Reveals Culture Wars

Saturday night social justice warriors shut down I-5 in Seattle, the way they have shutdown freeways since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25th. They used their bod...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 6, 2020

Two Palm Springs Gay Nightclubs Closed After 2 Employees Contract Covid19

Two gay clubs in Palm Springs down again Saturday, because employees contracted covid 19. Hunters Streetbar said it would temporarily close on Saturday, so that other employees who were in contact...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 5, 2020

Even Orange County Beaches and LA Lifeguards Will Be Closed for Independence Day

LA County's ten million residents can look forward to a 4th of July with no fireworks, no bars, no public gatherings. But the marijuana dispensaries will be open, because after all that is an...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 5, 2020

Appeals Court Issues Tentative Ruling Favoring City-Wide Elections

Today the Second District Court of Appeal issued a tentative ruling in favor of the City of Santa Monica in the California Voting Rights Act case brought by the Pico Neighborhood Association. The...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 5, 2020

Indian Groom Dies 2 Days After His Wedding, Apparently From Coronavirus

Outlook India reports that a 30 year old software engineer from Patigang, died of mysterious causes 2 days after his wedding on June 15th. 80 to 100 of the hospital guests have since tested positive...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 3, 2020

LAs' Indoor Bars and Restaurants Closed for Independence Day Weekend

Today Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all restaurants, museums, zoos, cardrooms, theaters, and wineries in LA County to stop indoor operations for at least 3 weeks, writes LA County Supervisor Janice...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 1, 2020

State of California Orders Bars, Wineries, Nightclubs and Brewpubs Closed 7 Counties Due to Covid19

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered closed all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs closed in 7 counties. This is similar to an order issued on March 15, then mitigated on June 15 in a...

 

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