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L.A. County Meets Yellow Tier Threshold, Indoor Operations for Bars and Higher Capacity Limits with Safety Measures Set for Thursday

5/5/21 : Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the least restrictive yellow tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Today, the State released updated blueprint tier numbers; L.A....

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 10, 2021

21 Year Old With A Gun Tries to Pick Up Women on Main Street

5/2: Santa Monica Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Bay Street to investigate an assault with a gun. \When officers arrived on scene at 1:30 AM, they met with two women...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    May 7, 2021

"Vendors With No Permits Are still cooking hotdogs with fire from butane tanks on the wooden Santa Monica Pier. You can see the flames..."

May 5, 2021 After public outcry regarding illegal food vendors on the Santa Monica Pier, apparently run by the Murcia criminal family gang, authorities cracked down on the activity. The vendors had...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 7, 2021

Vehicle Kills Disoriented Woman at Cloverfield On-Ramp Sunday Night, May 2nd

An apparently disoriented woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday night as she walked down a 10 Freeway on-ramp in Santa Monica, local authorities said. The incident occurred at 10:33 p.m. on...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 7, 2021

Santa Monica High and Malibu High Get Top Rankings in Best Schools Report

Santa Monica and Malibu high schools are now among the top 150 high schools in California. Santa Monica was ranked 98 while Malibu placed 146 among more than 2600 public high schools in the Golden...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    May 5, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates Announce that they are getting Divorced, after 27 years of Marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates jointly announced Monday that they will end their 27 year marriage. In a tweet from Bill Gates' account signed by the couple, the Gateses said that the decision came after a...

 

San Diego DA Frees Street Gangs to Roam; California State Bar Fails in its Job; Federal Judge Bans a New California Gun Control Law and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Suit over disclosing officer’s personnel file not a SLAPP An anti-SLAPP motion does not lie where a suit was brought based on conduct in prior litigation, the Court of Appeal for...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 5, 2021

Major Gas Leak at Lipton and Berkeley; At Least 8 Square Blocks of Santa Monica Without Power, Gas

4/30: A major natural gas leak near the intersection of Lipton Avenue and Berkeley Street, has caused an eight-block area of Santa Monica to lose electrical power and natural gas. Residents as far wes...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 5, 2021

Former LAX Police Chief, Ex-Councilman Named to New SM Oversight Commission

Eleven local residents – including one former councilmember, a retired Los Angeles Airport Police Chief, two current city commissioners and two young adults – have been appointed to serve on...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    May 5, 2021

We Don't Need Everyone Vaccinated in Order to Reopen

In his latest newsletter, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin wrote, "The sooner people get vaccinated, the sooner we can more completely reopen businesses." His implication is that only once a...

 
 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...

 

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