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Home Invasion Robbery During Back to School Night Disrupts Ozzie and Harriet Neighborhood

It was dinnertime last night on Pine Street, in what has been dubbed the "Ozzie and Harriet" neighborhood of Santa Monica. A resident arrived home, to find an armed burglar in his house. As the robber...

 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin Proposes Homeless Commission With Real Homeless Members

In an effort to improve City efforts to combat the homelessness crisis, Councilmember Mike Bonin today proposed the creation of a new advisory commission, composed entirely of people who are or have b...

 

Second cyclist in One Week Seriously Injured on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Breaking: a second cyclist has died in separate traffic incidents in Santa Monica. Thas is breaking news we await official confirmation of social media reports. On 9/12/19, @santamonicapd tweeted:...

 

Man Escapes Nazis, Soviets, Comes to California, Sells Shmatas, Endows a Synagogue, Lives a Century

Editor's Note: Jack Nomberg died on September 5, 2019 at 101 years of age. We are reposting this story in his honor. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 9, at 2:00 pm at Hillside Memori...

 

Unspeakable Truth: Hundreds Have Apparently Drowned or Been Swept to Sea in the Bahamas

I don't mean to panic anyone, but the truth is the truth. Hundreds of people are dead from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The death toll could even be in the thousands. It's a question of simple...

 

Paradise Fire Victims Get Reprieve, as California Enacts Exemption to Solar Panels Requirement

Survivors of the Campfire in Paradise, CA and other catastrophic fires, gained an exemption to California's requirement that all new homes have solar panels, starting in 2020. The exemption is...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 10, 2019

School On Lockdown as Santa Monica Police Search for Armed Bank Robber

Update 3:50 pm: The shelter in place order has been lifted. The suspect was NOT located. We understand this has been very stressful on the community and appreciate your patience and understanding. We...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 6, 2019

34 Dead in Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island, Oxnard. Fire Started 3 am Labor Day

Update, 9/3/19: Twenty victims have been recovered, including 11 females and 9 males, authorities told a press conference Tuesday. Of those victims, 16 had been recovered Monday. Approximately four...

 

Video: Hurricane Dorian Sitting North of the Bahamas, May Miss Florida Entirely

"In many ways #Dorian is an even worse hurricane today than yesterday. Forward motion 24 hours ago was 7 mph, now essentially zero. A stationary major hurricane over low-lying populations is the...

 

Santa Monica Residents Charles McIlvain, 44, and Marybeth Guiney, 51, Among Diving Boat Fire Deaths.

The Torrance Daily Breeze website reports that two Santa Monica residents are among the dead in the Labor Day fire on the diving boat off Santa Cruz Island. Colleagues and friends told the Torrance...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 6, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries Blamed in 'Conception' Dive Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island

A catastrophic fire aboard the California dive boat Conception killing 34 may have been caused by Li-ion batteries or their charger says the boats designer, Roy Hauser. "This had to have been, in my...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 4, 2019

Video: Runway at Grand Bahama International Airport is Under Six Feet of Churning Sea Water

A member of parliament in the Bahamas has released a video from the passenger airport at Grand Bahama International Airport. It shows the runway under six or so feet of churning sea water, as...

 

Spanish Singer Joana Sainz Garcia Killed on Stage by Fireworks

A Spanish pop performer was killed on stage on Sept. 2, 2019. Joana Sainz Garcia was dancing at one end of the stage, when fireworks went off as usual, but somehow struck her in the stomach. She was...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 4, 2019

Tyler Skaggs Cause of Death: Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Booze, and Choking on his own Vomit

The Toxicology Report from Tyler Skaggs autopsy has been released. Sadly, everything I wrote in the days immediately following his death turn out to have been true. A number of other newspapers...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 29, 2019

Brother Kills Younger Brother in the 900 Block of Lincoln Over Family Dispute

Chris Mondev graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2017. His friends regarded him as a troublemaker, a risk taker, but never imagined that he would take his younger brother Charlie's life. That...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 29, 2019

4th Suicide in a Year from Parking Garages in Downtown Santa Monica

We're not really sure what it is about Santa Monica parking garages, but like the Golden Gate Bridge, they have become magnets for suicidal people recently. Maybe it's the fact that you can see the...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 25, 2019

SMPD Vice Squad Send Underage Looking Officers to Buy Liquor from Local Stores

As if it weren't difficult enough running a retail establishment in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Vice Squad send underage people younger than 20, in to local businesses to see if they could buy...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 25, 2019

End of Summer Comes Early, as SMMUSD Returns to School on Thursday August 22nd

All 16 public schools in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District begin classes on Thursday, August 22nd. Parents and kids will need to figure out where they are going to be dropped off. The...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 25, 2019

Ambassadors of Reed Park Vow to Clean Up the Park and the Restrooms

Santa Monica Downtown Ambassadors vow that they will clean up Santa Monica's parks, one by one. They are already present by the bathrooms in Reed Park and Tongva Park. We spoke to George Caragea, the...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    August 25, 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 22, 2019

Satirical Video Focuses on LA's Skid Row While Imploring Tourists to Visit Los Angeles

A video newly posted on Youtube rolls video or homeless people living in tents on LA's infamous Skid Row, as a voice implores people to visit Los Angeles and engage in all the activities LA has to...

 

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 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 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...

 

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