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 By Stan Greene    News    April 8, 2021

City Launches New 311 Program for Non-Emergency City Services

Santa Monica launched yesterday a new 311 assistance program to improve customer service for all non-emergency City services.  Santa Monica 311, available in English and Spanish, is an integrated...

 

DoorDash Donates $1 Million in Gift Cards to 'Support Broader Vaccine Access in Underserved Communities'

Cal OES today announced that it has received a $1 million donation from technology company DoorDash through its Community Credits program to support broader vaccine access in underserved communities....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    April 8, 2021

Santa Monica Backing Spanish Language Translation Plan for City Info and Meetings

Maintaining that "10% of Santa Monica residents speak Spanish at home," the City Council has backed a motion calling for all city information be disseminated in Spanish as well as English "to ensure...

 

Three Small Earthquakes Shake LAX Starting at 4:40 am Monday Morning.

The Westside felt a series of earthquakes on Monday morning, April 5th 2021. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 4.0 magnitude quake hit at 4:40 am, just east of Los Angeles International...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 5, 2021

California Eviction Moratorium Extended to June 30, 2021

4/2/21 – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed legislation to extend the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. He said the law was intended to help "millions of Californians struggling as a result of...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 5, 2021

Santa Monica City Council 'Prioritizes Affordable Housing in City-Owned Land'

The Santa Monica City Council met this week to discuss affordable housing plans for its "Housing Element" update that "prioritizes 100% affordable housing in city-owned land" and "addresses historic...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 3, 2021

Two Assailants From Wisconsin Charged in Armed Robbery on Ocean Avenue

Two suspects apprehended by the Santa Monica Police Department on March 28 have been charged with assault by the LA District Attorney. The two men were among a group of three males who allegedly...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 3, 2021

Petition Drive Launched to Recall Four of Seven School Board Members

Apparently seeking an alternative to the drive to split Malibu from the SMMUSD, proponents of a recall petition are seeking to recall four members of the Santa Monica Malibu School Board. "Santa Monic...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 3, 2021

'Safety Ambassadors' to Begin Patrolling Downtown Santa Monica April 1

Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM) has announced it is expanding its Ambassador Program to include safety-related services in addition to the hospitality, custodial and homeless outreach efforts. Beginning...

 

Los Angeles to Receive More Vaccine Doses in Coming Weeks and Will Deliver More Vaccinations, says County Department of Public Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reports more than 4,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across Los Angeles County. Of those...

 

L.A. County Qualifies for Orange Tier Threshold, Relaxed Restrictions to Begin Monday

Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect on...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 31, 2021

Water Main Break in Pacific Palisades Sunday Night Floods Sunset Blvd North of El Medio

A water main break in Pacific Palisades Sunday night after 9 pm, flooded an apartment building's parking garage in Pacific Palisades. The breach on Sunset Blvd was centered across the street from Pali...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 31, 2021

Vaccine Eligibilty Expanded to People over 50 Starting April 1 in California; All Adults Starting April 15

Public Health is happy to see eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expanded by the State, starting April 1, for individuals age 50 and older, and starting April 15, for individuals age 16 and older....

 
 By Jack Simon    News    March 27, 2021

Santa Monica Extends Eviction Moratorium for Commercial Tenants in City-Owned Properties

The Santa Monica City Council spent more than three hours at its Monday night meeting discussing an extension of the Rent Deferment Program that covers commercial tenants in city-owned properties...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 27, 2021

Volcanic Eruption Visible From Icelandic Capital, Reykjavík, Draws Thousands of Excited Viewers

Earth averages two major volcanic eruptions each year. So far this year, the biggest one erupted just 20 miles away from the Icelandic capital city, Reykjavík. Iceland boasts only 364,000 residents....

 
 By Stan Greene    News    March 27, 2021

Malibu Wants to Divorce Santa Monica, and Santa Monica is OK With It.

Over the last 25 years, Malibu has repeatedly threatened to form its own school district and leave SMMUSD. At last week's City Council meeting, the Santa Monica City Council affirmed its support for...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    March 25, 2021

SMPD Arrests 3 Illegal Immigrants for Catalytic Converter Theft in LA Area

3/22: The Santa Monica Police have announced that they have arrested three suspected Catalytic Converter theives in Santa Monica. The men, LA Residents, were charged with crimes ranging from...

 

Inmate at California Women's Prison Infected with Covid After Receiving Both Vaccine Shots

That's right. Prisoner patient 0 of this current CIW prisoner outbreak involves a prisoner who was fully vaccinated!!! So, it's clear the vaccine sucks. I only got one vaccine. Essentially I am Anti-V...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 23, 2021

City, Chamber of Commerce Launch Grants Program to Support 1000 Businesses

The City of Santa Monica has joined forces with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce to launch a Small Business Recovery Grant Program to help local businesses stay afloat till the end of the...

 
 By Marcia Mayeda    News    March 23, 2021

What Will Happen to Pets Adopted During Loneliness of Covid as Lockdowns Ease? They'll be Fine!

We have now reached the one-year anniversary of the shutdown of society as we responded to the threat of COVID-19. However, the future is looking very bright. After a devastating holiday season with...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    March 21, 2021

Bloomingdale's Closing its Doors in Santa Monica Place This Sunday

Bloomingdale's, an anchor at Santa Monica Place for the past 10 years, is closing its doors this weekend. The department store at 315 Colorado Ave, fashioned after the New York City's Soho location, i...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    March 19, 2021

Manhattan Density Levels Arrive in Santa Monica, as City Prohibits Single-Family Dwellings in Commercial Districts

In an effort to "evaluate all available areas of the city for housing potential," the City Council has approved an interim zoning ordinance (IZO) banning non-residential developments in Santa Monica...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    March 19, 2021

Robbers Can Beat You Up says Berkeley Legislator, Proposes SB 82 to Turn Violent Robbery Into Misdemeanor

March 17, 2021 A bill to turn currently felonious robbery assaults into misdemeanors was heard for the second time in the California Senate yesterday. The proposal, SB 82, was authored by Senator...

 
 By Grace Smith    News    March 19, 2021

SMC Will Offer Some In-Person Classes in Fall 2021 Along with the Online Classes

SANTA MONICA, CA-Santa Monica College (SMC) will offer a flexible array of course offerings for the Fall 2021 semester, which begins Aug. 30. While most of the 2,900-plus classes will be online, a...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    March 19, 2021

Santa Monica Woman Goes Missing From 1700 Ocean Avenue on March 15th

Update, 3:30 pm March 18: "God is so good. Literally just received a text that Sharelle has been found-- safe and alive. I do not have any additional details right now but the heaviness that was on...

 

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