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 By Observer Staff    News    May 3, 2021

SoCal Gas Distributes Letter to Lipton and Stanford Area Residents About Gas Leak, Power Outage

SoCal Gas Company has distributed a letter to local residents around the area of the gas line disruption, informing them of when their electricity and power might be restored. Without committing, it...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 3, 2021

City Council Ponders Plan to Close Main Street on Summer Weekends

The City Council this week gave serious consideration to a pilot program calling for the closure of portions of Main Street during the summer weekends and it also entertained a proposal for...

 
 By Craig Crosby    News    May 1, 2021

Amazon Held Liable for Dangerous Products by California Appellate Court

April 29, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Amazon has long skirted liability for third-party sales of dangerous, fake, and fraudulent products, leaving injured consumers without recourse or compensation....

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 1, 2021

SM Council Approves Making Boards and Commissions More Woke

The City Council this week approved notable changes to Santa Monica's boards, commissions and task forces to "increase their effectiveness, attract diverse representation from the community and align...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 1, 2021

LA County May Enter Less Restrictive Yellow Tier by May 5

April 27, 2021 The Los Angeles County Health Department announced today that the area is enjoying case numbers and test positivity rates that set it on course to move from the orange to the less restr...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 29, 2021

Californians Narrowly Miss Getting Single-Payer Health Plan When Bill to Create It is Shelved - for Now - in the Legislature

A bill to create a single financial fund for all health care in the state was shelved in the California State Legislature last week. AB 1400 did not make it out of the Assembly Rules Committee in...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 27, 2021

SMMUSD Forgoes State-Mandated Assessments, Will Use Local Tests

Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District won't be required to take the federal and state-mandated assessment tests this school year. But they will have to take local standardized...

 
 By Marcia Mayeda    News    April 25, 2021

National Lost Pet Awareness Day

Sometimes the unthinkable happens and no matter how secure your home, how mindful you are, and how careful of a pet parent you are, your beloved pet may get out and get lost. Each year, thousands of a...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 25, 2021

New Fire Training Center, Street Closures in Summer to Highlight Next Council Meeting

A proposed new Fire Training Center, renovations in Tongva and Palisades parks and temporary closures of Main Street during summer weekends will top the agenda at the April 27 meeting of the Santa...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 21, 2021

SMMUSD Tells Panel Separation Petition Would Cause 'Irreparable Harm' to Kids

Representatives from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the local community argued at Saturday's hearing on the City of Malibu's separation petition that splitting the district would...

 

Murderer Kills Again One Week After Parole Lifted; People Injured by Police Eligible for Victim Compensation; County Homicide Rate up 200% and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

You're Invited Crime Survivors Resource Center is proud to partner with organizations and individuals united together for National Crime Victims' Rights Week for the Los Angeles County Crime Victims'...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 21, 2021

SMPD Says to Prepare for a Riot Even Though No Specific Information Any Will Occur

As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins to draw to an end with the jury beginning its deliberations this week regarding the death of George Floyd, Santa Monica's Police Chief, Jacqueline Seabrook, delive...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    April 21, 2021

The Verdict: Derek Chauvin found guilty on All Three Charges.

4/20 The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial reached a guilty verdict after about 16 hours of deliberations. The judge read their verdict just after 5 PM in Minneapolis. Unintentional second degree...

 

Clean Up Your Neighborhood and Win a $100 Gift Card to a Santa Monica Business

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (April 16, 2021) – Residents and visitors are urged to help Santa Monica Shine leading up to Earth Day and beyond by joining the "Santa Monica Shines Clean Campaign" for...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    April 19, 2021

Criminal Gang Controls Vendors on Santa Monica Pier as City Officials Do Nothing to Protect Pier Businesses or the Public

A fight that broke out among pier vendors on Sunday afternoon highlights a persistent and dangerous problem at the Santa Monica landmark: criminal gang involvement in illegal street vending. Several...

 

Los Angeles County Pauses Use of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Following FDA and CDC Recommendation

Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles County is following the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pause the use...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 18, 2021

Firearm in Possession of a Felon Discovered During Marijuana Arrest by Santa Monica Police Department

Santa Monica Police arrested two suspects on Thursday, April 8th, near 7 pm for possession of marijuana for sale. One of the suspects was found to have a 9mm handgun with a high-capacity 9 mm...

 

Prison Bride Says She Was "Dumped In Text Message By A Coward"

I've been telling you about my former fiancé over these past 2 months. We met on my birthday, Feb.18th. It was a whirlwind romance. We both felt instant connection to each other, blah, blah, blah and...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 16, 2021

School Board Rejects Malibu's 'Best and Final Offer' Ahead of April 17 'Breakup' Hearing

Like any messy divorce in California, the splitting of Santa Monica and Malibu into two separate independent school districts will come down to money, specifically "alimony" for SMMUSD. Last...

 

Pet Licensing Amnesty and Free Microchips for Your Pet In LA County

Because of the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, some pet owners may have delayed purchasing their annual pet licenses and are now subject to late penalty fees. To provide...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 13, 2021

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Reopens April 2, Albeit in Limited Fashion

After more than a year of forced closure, the Pacific Park amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier has reopened. With the county entering the red, and then the orange tiers of public health...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 13, 2021

Santa Monica Launches 'Right to Counsel' Program to Help Tenants Facing Evictions

The City of Santa Monica this week launched its pilot Right to Counsel project, an initiative to provide legal assistance and support for tenants facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The prog...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 13, 2021

SM City Council to Ponder Ban of Items That Can be 'Weaponized' at Protests

The Santa Monica City Council will consider at its April 13 meeting an emergency ordinance which would ban certain items that "can be weaponized" at public assemblies and community events. "There is...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 13, 2021

Travelers to the County No Longer Have to Quarantine Upon Arrival if They are Fully Vaccinated

As Los Angeles County moved into the Orange Tier on Monday and following the latest CDC directives, public health officials issued new guidelines regarding travel. Now travelers who are fully...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 11, 2021

Santa Monica Ranked Among Top 5 Beach Towns in the U.S.

Santa Monica may not be as renowned as Hollywood and Beverly Hills but a report from Stacker has revealed the home to Third Street Promenade, the Pier and a sun-drenched coastline was one of the top...

 

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