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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    November 20, 2019 

Woke SMMUSD Schools Win Energy Awards but Can't Keep Their Restrooms Clean

Nine schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have won Energy Star Certification for 2018. To be certified, a building must earn an Energy Star score of 75 or higher. This indicates...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    November 20, 2019 

SMPD Arrests Rogelio Bobadilla, 28, for DUI for Striking and Killing a Pedestrian Sunday

On November 17, 2019 at approximately 12:50 am, a vehicle struck an elderly pedestrian in a marked crosswalk in the intersection of 5th and Arizona. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    November 20, 2019 

Santa Monica Pier Evacuated Due to Lightning

The City of Santa Monica issued the following alert through its electronic system at 9:30 am on Wednesday morning: An electrical storm with lightning has been reported in Santa Monica. Please...

 

Exactly Whose Well Being Did Santa Monica Summit, anyway?

The City of Santa Monica just held a one-day, quarter million dollar "Wellbeing Summit" to discuss how happy the city's residents are, which made many residents unhappy. I'm not sure the city...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 20, 2019 

Starbucks Sued After Employee Refuses to Serve 2 Israelis, Calling them "[email protected]*king Foreigners."

Ran Sikolsky and Jonathan Guttman were insulted and refused service due to their foreign ancestry at a Venice Starbucks, the two men allege in a complaint filed today at the Santa Monica courthouse....

 

As City Council Extends Scooter Rules, SMPD Gets Traffic Safety Grant

11/13: The Santa Monica City Council voted to extend Santa Monica’s Shared Mobility Pilot Program. You may recall that Bird started putting its scooters in Santa Monica without first obtaining any...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 15, 2019

Still no answer why 100 Needles Appeared on Venice Beach

There is still no answer why medical waste appeared on Venice Beach on 11/10/2019. More than 100 needles and other medical supplies washed ashore on Venice beach Sunday morning, lifeguards said. The...

 

Man Indicted for Murder of Camper in Malibu State Park, Trying to Kill Others

The homeless man who shot a father in front of his own children has been indicted, the LA County DA said. On June 22, 2019, Rauda shot and killed Tristan Beaudette, 35, while he was camping in a...

 

Yet Another Tower to Start Construction on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica

The canyon of construction that Lincoln Boulevard has become near the 10 Freeway onramp is going to receive a new addition to the mess this spring. The current surface parking lot between Santa...

 

SMPD Appeals to the public to help find a missing dementia patient.

The SMPD has appealed for assistance in locating Mr. Jerry Peels who was last seen on November 1, 2019. Jerry Peels, 62, is a resident of the Beachwood Homes located in the 1300 block of 15th Street...

 

Transient Sentenced to Life in Prison For 2016 Westlake Fire That Killed Five People

A 25-year-old transient was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing five people after he set fire to a vacant building in the Westlake District three years...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    November 7, 2019

Mechanical Failure Delays Start of Ice Skating in Downtown Santa Monica

The City Council is desperate to turn this parking lot into 14 stories of expensive apartments to fund the City's Union Employee lavish pensions. A recent equipment failure turned the annual ice...

 
 By Vince Muselli    News    November 1, 2019

Los Angeles Enacts "Emergency Moratorium" on No-Fault Evictions of Tenants

Fearing that mass evictions could follow after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed rent cap and stronger tenant protections into law, the Los Angeles City Council has approved an emergency moratorium on...

 

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's Replacement Terminated by US Troops, Tweets Trump

Being the apparent successor to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a lifetime appointment, but you might not live very long. Bagdadi's successor is also dead, President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. According...

 

Photo of a Wedding Rehearsal Near Sonoma Captures the Kincaide Fire

Karna Roa shot the photo of her career on Saturday at a rehearsal dinner in Sonoma County. Curtis and Katie Furland, a couple from Chicago were rehearsing for their wedding, wearing masks over their f...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    November 1, 2019

Multiple Victims in Long Beach Shooting near Nail Salon on 7th and Temple

Three men were shot dead and nine other people were injured in a shooting that took place at a home next to a Long Beach nail salon at Seventh Street and Temple Avenue. The shooting happened just...

 

Malibu Schools Closed on Halloween, but SM Schools Will be Open

What some authorities are calling the worst "Red Flag Alert" since 2009, has caused fires mostly in Ventura County. LA County has so far escaped the worst of it. Nevertheless, the SMMUSD will close Ma...

 

LA Fire Dept Announces Repopulation of Areas Impacted by Getty Fires

The Los Angeles Fire Department is announcing the repopulation of areas impacted by the Getty Fire. Effective October 30, 2019. http://tinyurl.com/y3ozamzm . #GettyFire #Repopulation; INC#0074;...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    November 1, 2019

A 2018 DoJ report says that violent crime was up in Santa Monica, 2018 over 2017.

An FBI report says that violent crime is up in Santa Monica. The report says that on a per capita basis, Santa Monica was the third most unsafe city in California, after San Francisco and Oakland....

 

Pair Pleads to Running High-End Automobile Sublease Scam

Two men have admitted to stealing nearly $4 million in cash and luxury vehicles in a high-end automobile sublease scam from 2017 to 2019 in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles County District...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    October 28, 2019

PCH Reopened from Temescal to Chautauqua. Traffic on Sunset in Palisades at a standstill

No one outside the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept is sure why. But authorities are routing traffic off Southbound PCH up the hill at Temescal canyon. As the area is being evacuated, sheriffs deputies are...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 28, 2019

All Santa Monica and Malibu Schools Closed 10/28 Due to #gettyfire

As a Mandatory evacuation expanded all the way to Temescal Canyon road, affecting the Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, some schools closed but others were open. UCLA finally decided to cancel classes...

 

DA Files Charges in Santa Monica Pier Party Bus Shooting Case from 2017

Prosecutors announced today that they have filed homicide charges against two men who killed a 28 year old woman on a party bus near the Santa Monica pier. The two men have been identified as Ron...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    October 28, 2019

500 Acre #GettyFire Causes Evacuations From 405 Freeway to Chautauqua in Pacific Palisades

A fire that broke out around 1:30 am on Monday Morning near the Getty Center, burned at least 500 acres of pricey Westside land, from the 405 Freeway West into Brentwood. The Los Angeles Fire...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    October 28, 2019

US Army Special Ops Kill ISIS Chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi in "Daring Raid" in Syria

US Army special operations forces have killed Isis leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. This in a raid that occurred Saturday, October 26, 2019 in north western Syria. The New York Times has confirmed the...

 

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