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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 24, 2020

Santa Monica at Risk for Power Blackouts Due to Power Plant Closings, Poor Reserves, and Over-Ambitious Green Goals

Over the weekend, the state's California Independent System Operator, the overseer of the state's power grid, instituted the first rolling blackout due to power shortage in 20 years. Three of the...

 

Santa Monica Fights Over Taxes and City Hall Hiring

Election season is heating up in Santa Monica. The ballot is nearly complete, minus the SMMUSD board race that needs to be finalized for technical reasons. The City Council field is crowded with 21...

 

City of Los Angeles, County of LA Each Give $100 million to Tenants through a Lottery

The City of Los Angeles recently distributed $100 million in rent money through a lottery style program. Now the County of Los Angeles has announced a similar program. As with the City of LA program,...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 16, 2020

President Trump's Younger Brother Robert Trump has Died at 71 of a Cerebral Hemorrhage

The president's younger brother Robert Trump has died at 71, after a fall and a cerebral hemorrhage. He also developed COVID-19 and complications of coronavirus while in the hospital. Update: Robert...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    August 16, 2020

Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter-LA Terrorizes Mike Bonin's Constituents in Virtual Town Hall on Reimagining Public Safety

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin's Town Hall on "Reimagining Public Safety" provided no workable answers but plenty of insults to his constituents on the Westside. The panelists suggested...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    News    August 15, 2020

Santa Monica Pier Reopened, Partially. What Does That Mean? We Sent Our Most Senior Photographer to Investigate

The Santa Monica Pier is opened- sort of. The usual entrance is off Ocean Ave and Colorado, on a steep incline. This has been closed and pedestrians are directed to Seaside, several blocks south. A...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 14, 2020

Los Angeles Superior Court Continues Most Hearings Until After November 16th, under Terms of New Order

In case you were wondering whether or not you have to show up for jury duty during the pandemic, the answer right now is no. "The Los Angles County Department of Public Health has expressed concerns...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 12, 2020

Leftist Tries to Prank Ben Shapiro by burying his name in the source code of a fake Antifa recruiting site.

Some dude on the left set up a fake Antifa recruiting website. He also buried the email address of famous Conservative podcaster, Ben Shapiro in the code. Shapiro is known as a legal and political...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    August 9, 2020

Socially Distanced: Santa Monica Pier Reopens Every Day to Limited Hours, Limited Foot Traffic

The Santa Monica Pier reopened on Wednesday. The 111 year old iconic wooden structure had been closed due to Covid-19 since the lockdown began on March 19, 2020. Images on social media as well as the...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 9, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Ended Saturday, With No Extension In Sight

The program that the US Congress set up to loan as much as 1.3 trillion to small businesses, appears to be ending on Saturday, August 8th. The end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has not...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 6, 2020

Before and After Photos of Beirut Port Reveal the Damage After Ammonium Nitrate Explosion Tuesday

8/5/20: Before and after photos of the blast, show the port of Beirut scorched and lifeless. The photos from Planet Lab, are visible at the bottom of this story. Lebanese sources report that the...

 

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 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...

 

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