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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...

 
 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....

 

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