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 By David Ganezer    News    August 16, 2018 

Santa Monica City Council Approves Extensive Ban on Single-Use Plastics

8/14: Concerned about the effect on marine wild life, the Santa Monica City Council has tightened existing law banning plastic. The City will require restaurants and those selling food to go, to...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 16, 2018 

Aretha Franklin Dies From Pancreatic Cancer, in Detroit at 76

Aretha Franklin has died of cancer in hospice at 76 years of age. The "Queen of Soul" was surrounded by family and friends as she passed quietly. She will be memorialized at a service on Friday....

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 16, 2018 

Shawn Landres Appointed to Santa Monica Planning Commission

The City Council appointed Shawn Landres to the Planning Commission at its meeting on August 14th. Landres is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public affairs. He previously served on on...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 13, 2018

Over the Line: Bowling Alley Doomed by Developer, Last of its Kind on Westside

You were over the line, Smokey The bowling alley across Pico Blvd from the Santa Monica Civic Center will be bowled over by a wrecking ball next year, and replaced by a mixed-use apartment complex....

 

Firefighters Contain Monterey County "Gulch Fire," Carr Fire 59% Contained

8/12: Yesterday, firefighters quickly contained a new fire, the Gulch Fire in Monterey County, to 650 acres, as well as reaching full containment on the Nelson Fire. Almost 13,200 firefighters are on...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 13, 2018

City Says Scooter Applications are Pending, Denies Any Item is on the Agenda for Tonight

8/14: In a press release, the City of Santa Monica denies that it has frozen Bird and Lime companies out of the process. It says scooter decisions will be made after August 30th, and not tonight at th...

 
 By Dale Hallock    News    August 13, 2018

City Issues Update on the Shared Mobility Pilot Program in Santa Monica

On Friday, August 10, the City of Santa Monica released recommendations for its Shared Mobility Pilot Program set to start on September 17, 2018. These recommendations are not final. The City's...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    August 9, 2018

From Bartender to Rising Political Star: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Visits Los Angeles on August 2018

From bartender to rising political star, Alexandria Ocasio -Cortez, Bronx born congressional candidate, whirled through Los Angeles last week during her campaign fundraising tour. Running on a message...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 9, 2018

Los Angeles Launches Anti Aging Plan to Combat Prejudice Against the, Err, Elderly

What a drag it is, getting older. Well, you can ride the MTA busses for 35 cents (Santa Monica Busses are 50 cents after 55, still a major discount). Anyway, on August 6th, 2018, the County and City...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 9, 2018

Armen Melkonians and Kate Bransfield Decide Not to Run for City Council, Citing CVRA Lawsuit

Former City Council candidate and Facebook maven Armen Melkonians has decided not to run for City Council. His former slate mate, Kate Bransfield has made the same decision. They issued the following...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 9, 2018

Alien Spacecraft Explodes Over Greenland Releasing 2.1 kilotons of Explosive Force

The pilot hoped to avoid encounters with savage earthlings. Or perhaps he came from a planet which, like Saturn's enormous moon Titan, is cooler than 200 degrees fahrenheit. We may never know for...

 

Gollum LIke Canadian Creature Stalks Moose in Viral Video from Quebec

It is time to ask an inevitable question: Is it possible that Bigfoot is not only real, but speaks French? The ‘Gollum' figure seen stalking moose in creepy video as a 6 foot tall, humanoid creature...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 6, 2018

NY Times Stands By Decision to Employ Apparent Racist Editor Sarah Jeong

The hiring of a reporter with apparent racist tweets is stirring up the Deplorables on social media. Sarah Jeong replied by posting some rather astonishing commentary about white people, which would d...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 3, 2018

Why I'm Running for SM Rent Control Board by Naomi Sultan/ Nicole Susan Phillis

Why I'm Running for Rent Control Board by Naomi Sultan Hello everyone - This is my first time running for public office and I would like to introduce myself and explain what I'm about. I am a...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 3, 2018

Fires Burn 560,000 Acres in California, Destroy Over 1800 Structures including homes

Whether it's global warming or just seasonal, this has been a particularly bad fire season in California. Sections of a major city, Redding, have burned. In Mendocino, life in another urban area has...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 29, 2018

British Snowboarder Ellie Soutter dies of apparent Suicide at 18

British Snowboarder Ellie Soutter has died of an apparent suicide. She was just 18 years old. "She was in great spirits and was really just the lovely Ellie that she is. You could never have...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    News    July 29, 2018

No Clean Water: Asylum Seekers Hunger Strike at the Adelanto detention in San Bernardino

  When conditions are such that there is no access to clean, safe drinking water, or edible food, the only way to be heard is to go on a hunger strike. This is exactly what a group of eight asylum se...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 29, 2018

Santa Monica & Malibu Give Beachgoers Free Sunscreen From Kiosks. No, Seriously

7/25/18: A new program at Santa Monica and Malibu beaches this summer will give away sunscreen, UCLA announced today. Fifty free sunscreen kiosks will be installed this summer in the 2 beach cities, w...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 29, 2018

Actor Isaac Kappy Accuses Director Steven Spielberg, Others of Pedophilia In Rambling Video,

In a rambling video posted Thursday night on Youtube, Isaac Kappy accuses Steven Spielberg of being a pedophile. "At the top level, these people are just sick and psycho!" he says, mentioning the...

 

Nationwide #Spectrum Outage Affects Data, TV. @Dodgers Baseball interrupted

7/29: A widespread outage of spectrum data Internet and television was recorded in California, Philadelphia, and New York. Monday night was hot in the south west, and this may have strained the power...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 25, 2018

Ghost in the Machine: Spontaneous Phone Call From "Demon" Goes Viral

Is emergent AI consciousness breaking through to call us on cellphones? Is that AI consciousness responsible for the mysterious cellphone calls and messages? Have we summoned the demon somehow, and ho...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 25, 2018

LAPD Now Admits They Shot & Killed Manager at Trader Joes, In an Accident

Trader Joe's store assistant manager Melyda Corado was unintentionally shot by guns Los Angeles police officers fired, during a chase and shootout with a suspect at a Trader Joes in Silver Lake Saturd...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    July 25, 2018

Demi Lovato Said to be in "Persistent Vegetative State" after Drug Overdose

Singer Demi Lovato is said to be in a persistent vegetative state, or coma, after a drug overdose. On the eve of a hotly anticipated string of tour dates, pop music superstar Demi Lovato has...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 20, 2018

"We multi-screen, we engage, we plan. That's How a Brand Connects, Disrupts, and Gets Noticed."

14 years ago, Nicole Levings graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in business and marketing, and began her career in advertising. She has always worked with "creative agencies on...

 

Sudden Rainstorm Brings Thunder, Lightning to Beaches

A sudden rainstorm moved through the Westside on Wednesday just before noon. It brought thunder and lightning, and for a few minutes, heavy rain. The sidewalks dried very quickly after the monsoonal...

 

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