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  • CCSM Holds Groundbreaking On Berkeley Commons, 13 Units of Pre-fabricated, "Green" and Affordable Housing

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 28, 2024

    The City of Santa Monica and Community Corporation of Santa Monica broke ground on Berkeley Station, Santa Monica's newest affordable housing development. "The all-electric, LEED Gold building will offer 13 units of 100% affordable housing for low-income families and youth aged 18 to 24. It will offer residents a community garden, a rooftop deck, laundry facilities, a central courtyard and terrace garden, and a community room," wrote CCSM in a press release. What's envisioned on the property,...

  • Pro-Hamas, Pro Israel Protestors Clash at UCLA's Usually Tranquil Royce Quadrangle

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 28, 2024

    UCLA's grassy quadrangle in front of Royce Hall has been occupied by protestors calling for the elimination of Israel and it's replacement by a Palestinian State. The protestors are living in tents which they say echoes the conditions of Gazans since Hamas' October 7th attack on Israel which killed 1200 Israelis, mostly civilians. There are also pro-Israel and Jewish counter protestors. So far, the protests at UCLA have been peaceful. But there is the potential for them to get out of hand,...

  • SMPD Horse Patrol Conducts Equine Glam Photo Shoot in Front of Santa Monica City Hall

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 22, 2024
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    20 — Today, I was fortunate enough to run into 11 members of the Santa Monica Police Department equine patrol, participating in a first ever photo shoot involving officers and their horses. Officer Del-Cornejo, who prefers to be called Dell, was astride a topically light colored horse. Dell told a photographer that he felt fortunate to be able to come to work and ride. Officer Barajas rode a dark brown horse with a brown mane. She said that she has been with the department’s horse pat...

  • Brazilian Woman Wheels Dead Uncle Into Bank, Has the Corpse Co-sign to Guarantee a Loan for $3,250

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 22, 2024

    “I don’t think he’s well. He doesn’t look well at all,” remarked one distrustful employee as Vieira tried to get her elderly relative to guarantee a 17,000 reals ($3,250) loan. Paulo Roberto Braga, 68, had died at least two hours before, authorities said. Ten minutes after visiting the bank in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday afternoon with her dead uncle, local police arrested Vieira. She was charged with violating a corpse and attempted theft through fraud, according to the Rio newspaper O Dia. “She...

  • Woman Dies of Lead Poisoning After Using Vietnamese Hemorrhoid Ointment

    LA Department of Public Health|Apr 22, 2024

    April 18, 2024 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is warning residents not to use a Vietnamese herbal ointment called "Cao Bôi Trĩ Cây Thầu Dầu" (Castor Oil Hemorrhoid Extract) because it contains lead and can be fatal. A woman in Sacramento died in March after developing severe lead poisoning from using the Vietnamese herbal ointment, which has been promoted for treating hemorrhoids with a suggested intra-rectal application. The product was purchased on Facebook and mailed...

  • Rally Opposing Needle Distribution at Santa Monica Parks Draws Multiple News Outlets

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 22, 2024

    April 17, 2024 - Differing views were expressed by speakers at a hastily convened rally opposing the free needle distribution program at Reed Park yesterday, but everyone agreed on one thing: needles do not belong in public parks. Approximately 70 people attended the rally Tuesday morning, including Channel 7 News and several other public and private news outlets. The small attendance belies the true opposition to the county program. 22,000 signatures have been collected opposing the distributio...

  • Frontier Communications Website and Phone Customer Service Out of Commission

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 22, 2024

    April 17, 2024 - Since at least yesterday, the Frontier Communications website and phone payment system have been down. It is not possible to log in to pay bills nor to make payments at the self-service-only toll-free number. Technical Support has a recording that says, "We are experiencing a technical issue with our Internet support system platforms and are unable to take calls or chat. We are working quickly to resolve the issue and apologize for inconvenience. We hope to be up and running...

  • Suspects Arrested And Immediately Released Without Bail, After Looting Ulta Beauty on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 22, 2024

    Three suspects were booked and immediately released after using sledgehammers to break open displays at Ulta Beauty on Wilshire Blvd. They stole over 23,000 in merchandise, including high end perfumes and women's clothing accessories. \The LAPD and SMPD participated in the search, which resulted in arrests in South Los Angeles. There are three additional suspects for whom police are searching. The people who burglarized the store were wearing hoodies and face masks. The press release from the...

  • Balthazar's Keith McNally Serves "Absolutely Revolting, Ugly and Fu*king Smug" Billionaire Jeff Bezos and fiancée Lauren Sanchez a Spicy Dish of Insults on Instagram

    Christine Peake, Special to the Observer|Apr 19, 2024
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    Renowned British born New York restaurateur, Keith McNally really doesn't give a crepe! McNally took to instagram Monday evening and decided to serve an extra dish of spicy and hot. Outspoken McNally posted eight photos of billionaire Jeff Bezos and his fiancé Lauren Sanchez wearing her usual revealing dresses, with her boobs brazenly on display for all to see. Her lack of classy and abundance of brassy (and not in the brassiere sense) has recently led to her style, or lack thereof, being...

  • Sheriff's Arrest One Man After He Live Streamed Himself Discharging a Firearm Into the Night in Marina del Rey 4.14.24

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 19, 2024

    Numerous law enforcement and other emergency personnel, along with additional agencies responded to an active shooter live-streaming from a rooftop in Marina Del Rey. Victory Nguyen, aged 41 owns numerous firearms including two AR rifles and a pistol on top of an apartment building, fired multiple rounds at people and at Los Angeles police. Multiple streets were been shut down, and LASD asked nearby residents to shelter in place and avoid the area. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept....

  • Lyft Driver Charged with Multiple Counts, Including Sexual Assault, During Drive to Santa Monica

    Apr 19, 2024

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has started issuing press releases about criminals that he's charging with crimes. During the first 3 years of his tenure, he rarely boasted of putting criminals behind bars but more often issued releases about dirty cops and victim services. Below is his press release regarding an alleged sexual assault that occurred during a Lyft ride to Santa Monica. April 10, 2024 - Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón today announced felony...

  • O.J. Simpson Dead of Prostate Cancer, Age 76. More Famous For the Murders of his Ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff WRiter|Apr 15, 2024

    OJ Simpson has died of prostate cancer at the age of 76. The football hero was more recently known as an actor, then a murder suspect in a double murder. The following is from Wikipedia: Orenthal James Simpson (July 9, 1947 – April 10, 2024), commonly referred to as O. J. Simpson or O. J., was an American football running back, actor, and broadcaster. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills, and is regarded as one of the greatest r...

  • Lawsuit Against Anaheim and Riverside Over Canceled Right-Wing Rallies Proceeds; Newsom Deploys 500 Surveillance Cameras to Oakland; Hochman Ahead of Gascon by 21 Points in Poll;Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Apr 15, 2024

    Courts, Rulings & Lawsuits Second Circuit revives suit from Connecticut veteran challenging state park handgun law Connecticut veteran David Nastri is allowed to challenge the constitutionality of handgun carry laws in state parks, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. Nastri sued Connecticut officials last year over a rule that bars the carrying of handguns in state parks for self-defense purposes but allows it for hunting and sport. Courthouse News Service Murder convictions...

  • Gas Prices Rose Almost 20 Cents Per Gallon in Los Angeles Last Week

    Gas Buddy|Apr 15, 2024

    Average gasoline prices in Los Angeles have risen 19.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $5.28/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 2,135 stations in Los Angeles. Prices in Los Angeles are 34.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 40.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has increased 3.1 cents in the last week and stands at $4.02 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Los Angeles was...

  • Reports of Armed Suspect in the Bluffs Closes PCH in Santa Monica for Two Hours

    Observer Staff|Apr 15, 2024

    April 8, 2024 - The Pacific Coast Highway was closed for nearly two hours today around noon as police negotiated with an armed suspect. At 12:07, the Santa Monica Police Department sent out an alert that they were closing the Pacific Coast Highway from Entrada south to the I-10 Freeway 4th Street exit. As is typical, the alert gave no details about the "Police activity" that was taking place, but social media posts reported that a suspect may have assaulted individuals on the beach and then...

  • Star Trek Set Coming to Sci-Fi World Museum located in the Old Sears Building at 302 Colorado in Downtown Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer STaff Writer|Apr 11, 2024

    The Sci-Fi World Musuem announced that it will host the iconic 10 Forward set from the Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The set will be hosted in the old Sears building on Colorado and 4th Street, and will be open to the public. You may have heard the news last week that after more then 10 years, the SCI-FI WORLD: The Experience, Is Finally coming to Los Angeles on May 27th. Located inside the historic former Sears building at 302 Colorado Avenue. "Star Trek set coming to Sci-Fi...

  • Solar Eclipse Monday; Pedestrian Dies Near Pier; Malibu School District Separation Efforts

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 11, 2024

    Pedestrian Dies Near Pier A pedestrian was killed early in the morning of April 1 in an apparent automobile accident at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue. Police were called at approximately 5:30 am and sealed off the area for their investigation. The driver of the vehicle remained on-scene and cooperated with the police. The pedestrian victim was declared dead at the scene. The identity of this individual has not been provided by authorities. By 11:20 am, police had concluded their...

  • Charges that Assessment Money Wasted at Downtown Santa Monica Inc

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 11, 2024

    April 5, 2024 - As 54 downtown businesses are in the process of legally withdrawing from the private non-profit organization, Downtown Santa Monica Inc, charges have been leveled that the city-controlled operation wastes the money they collect from assessments on business and property owners. Downtown Santa Monica Inc is not a Business Improvement District, in which the businesses themselves run and decide on improvements, additional security, and other matters. Instead, DTSM is controlled by...

  • Wrong Way Driver Causes Deadly Collision at Overland Entrance to the Santa Monica Freeway.

    Observer Staff|Apr 11, 2024

    A crash on the 10 Freeway that involved a wrong way driver killed one person and sent three others to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said. According to preliminary information, the three-car collision occurred just after 1:50 a.m. Sunday on the westbound span of the 10 near Overland Avenue in West L.A.'s Rancho Park neighborhood. The deceased was a 19 year old boy riding in the vehicle struck by the wrong way driver. The driver, a 51 year old woman, was arrested at the scene...

  • Pedestrian killed in automobile accident at Ocean and Colorado

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 8, 2024

    A pedestrian was killed early in the morning of April 1 in an apparent automobile accident at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue. Police were called at approximately 5:30 am and sealed off the area for their investigation. The driver of the vehicle remained on-scene and cooperated with the police. The pedestrian victim was declared dead at the scene. The identity of this individual has not been provided by authorities. By 11:20 am, police had concluded their investigation and reopened the area to...

  • Date-Rape Kits to Be Required at Bars; Gascon's Staff Endorses Hochman for Next District Attorney; Violent Crime Up According to LAPD; LinkedIn Getting Sued; Chinese Hackers Attacking US Businesses; and other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Apr 3, 2024

    Courts, Rulings and Lawsuits Photographic lineup was not unduly suggestive The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held yesterday that a judge properly granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of a prosecutor who, the defendant claimed, approved an unreasonably suggestive photo lineup. A three-judge panel - comprised of Judge Morgan Christen and Senior Judges Sidney R. Thomas and M. Margaret McKeown - affirmed a summary judgment awarded to defendant Melissa Dooher who was an Alameda...

  • Freeway Closures Coming Up on the 101 - It's all in a Good Cause: To Save Wildlife

    SaveLACougars|Apr 3, 2024

    The #SaveLACougars campaign is preparing to celebrate an exciting and major construction milestone on the monumental effort to complete the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing in Los Angeles County. To date, more than 6,100 tons of concrete have been poured and over 426 tons of bar reinforcing steel have been placed to create the walls of the structure on either side of the freeway and the columns in the median on the 101 freeway. Next month, Caltrans construction crews are planning to begin the...

  • Cross Country Relay Starts Wednesday from the Santa Monica Pier to Raise Money to Combat MS

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 3, 2024

    An annual 3260 mile cross country relay will begin at the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, April 3rd. The relay finishes four months later in New York City. The purpose: Raising money to combat Multiple Sclerosis, aka MS. 21 runners each will cover 160 miles more or less over 6 days. The organization behind the event is called MS Run the US. "This year's first runner, Michael Azar, kicks off the event running 164 miles in 6 days; more than a marathon per day for 6 consecutive days." "MS Run the...

  • Teen, 15, Missing for Two Weeks from Yucca Valley, Believed to Have Traveled to Long Beach

    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children|Apr 3, 2024

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is seeking the public's assistance in locating missing teen, Gabriel Buerkens. Gabriel, 15, went missing from his home in Yucca Valley, California on March 16, 2024. He is described as 5'8" and weighs 140 lbs. and has brown eyes with brown hair. Gabriel hasn't been seen or heard in over two weeks, raising serious concerns for his safety. He is believed to have traveled to the Long Beach, California. Last week, Gabriel was featured on the...

  • Multiple Buildings Collapse In Taiwan After a Pair of Massive 7.4 Earthquakes Strikes Triggering Tsunami Warnings

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 3, 2024

    Update 9 pm PST: Tsunami warnings cancelled. Damage to the capital Taipei not considered excessive, though some buildings lost tiles and windows. Elsewhere in the nation of 22 million, at least 2 apartment buildings collapsed. It is the biggest earthquake to hit the island nation since 1999, when 2500 people died. There are undoubtedly casualties in this 7.4 magnitude temblor. Tsunami warning issued for Taiwan and the Japanese Okinawa Islands after a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Incoming...

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