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 By Observer Staff    News    September 24, 2018 

Police Investigate Connection Between Homeless Slayings in LA and Homeless Man Found Dead Under SM Pier

9/20/2018: The Santa Monica Police have discovered a body underneath the 100 year old Santa Monica Pier. Thursday morning at about 6:40 a.m., SMPD responded to a radio call for service regarding a...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    September 24, 2018 

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings: As if On Cue, Mainstream Media Narrative Shifts to "It's Over."

There has been a subtle shift in the narrative from Mainstream news sources, on the Kavanaugh nomination. The guy who could soon be in a position to roll back Roe v. Wade, is about as clean as they...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    September 24, 2018 

Police Arrest Illegal Alien as Suspected Serial Killer of 4 Homeless Men, After Beating on 7th Street

An illegal alien from El Salvador who has been deported 3 times, was arrested by Santa Monica Police for the murder of at least 3 men, and possibly the deaths of his own brother and sister in Texas...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 24, 2018 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Retire from the US Supreme Court in January, 2019

While the Nation is preoccupied with the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, it appears there will soon be another vacancy on the US Supreme Court U.S. Supreme...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    September 24, 2018 

Incredibly Overpaid Santa Monica Police and Firemen Endorse City Council Incumbents

Santa Monica employs very well qualified police and fire personnel. It's an open secret that Santa Monica Police and Fire fighters are also the most overpaid first responders in the world. It's not un...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 24, 2018 

Lady Whose Nether Regions are Depicted in "The Origin of the World" identified

French historian Claude Schopp has solved one of the great mysteries of 19th century art. When Gustave Courbet's 1866 painting "The Origin of the World" was new, it caused riots in Paris. The...

 

Samohi Hall of Fame and Samohi Distinguished Alumni Inducted at Elks Club Brunch

Samohi inducted new members into the ranks of the Samohi Hall of Fame and Samohi Distinguished Alumni. A celebratory brunch was held at the Santa Monica Elks Lodge at 1040 Pico Blvd on Sunday,...

 

Who's that Brunette Sitting Behind Judge Kavanaugh During the Senate Confirmation Hearings?

The woman sitting behind Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a Twitter star. It is the question all of America is asking. Who is brunette bombshell sitting behind judge Kavanaugh? Zina Bash, 36 has been accused...

 

Brett Kavanaugh's Mom Was the Judge in Christine Blasey Ford's Mom's Foreclosure Case

Never before has a Supreme Court justice appointment caused so much division and drama in the Senate Judiciary Committee. After hours upon hours of Senate hearings, President Trump's Supreme Court...

 

New Santa Monica HR Director Hired for $216,000

"Gentles comes to Santa Monica with over 20 years of experience in strategic organizational transformation and employee empowerment, whatever that is, said the City in an effusive press release....

 
 By Allie Smith    News    September 6, 2018

Killed Kayaker ID'd as Chief of Staff, Dept. on Disability at City of Los Angeles, Nicole Willet

9/5 Sheriffs identified the woman who was hit and killed by a power boat while kayaking in Marina del Rey on Labor Day, as Nicole Willett, the chief of staff of the City of Los Angeles' Department on...

 
 By Allie Smith    News    September 6, 2018

Headless Body Found in Santa Monica Parking Garage, Apparent Suicide Victim

9/5: It was a grim reminder of how badly wrong things can go when they go badly wrong. A man attempting to kill himself by leaping from Parking Structure 4 near Arizona and 2nd St., somehow managed to...

 

Rent Control with Teeth: Prop 10 Means the End of Costa Hawkins in California

Prop 10: Major Expansion of Rent Control on Nov. Ballot Proposition 10, otherwise known as the Affordable Housing Act, will be on the California ballot on November 6, 2018. A vote yes, by repealing...

 

Actor Vince Vaughn Charged with DUI in Manhattan Beach Checkpoint

Actor Vince Vaughn has been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence after he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach earlier this summer, the Los Angeles County District...

 

Mac Miller Suddenly Dies; Had Spoken of his battle with Addiction to Drugs

Reports have surfaced that Mac Miller has died. Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper and singer. He was...

 

Small Earthquakes Shake Westside Tuesday Night

2 Small Earthquakes Centered near La Verne were felt across a wide area of southern California Tuesday night. The first occurred at 7:34 pm PST, and measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, according to...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 29, 2018

Angry Birds Selected by Santa Monica; Jump (Uber), Lime (Google) and Lyft also get the nod from City Hall

Despite Bird and Lime Scooter Company fears that they would be passed over in favor of Lyft and Uber, the City of Santa Monica announced the selection of Lime, Bird, Lyft and Jump as the four...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 29, 2018

SMPD Makes an Arrest in August 20th Shooting Incident on Santa Monica Pier.

Police Arrest Suspect in Pier Shooting Early Sunday morning of August 20, 2018, Santa Monica Police were called to a shooting on the Santa Monica Pier. A woman had been shot in the leg by a man...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    August 29, 2018

Fireside Cellars: Liquor License Suspended on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

A sign in the door informs customers that Fireside Cellars has had it's alcohol license suspended by the California State Depart of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). It is unknown why it was shut...

 

Santa Monica Pier Closed as One Woman is Shot; Police Search in Water for Gun

There has been a shooting on the Santa Monica Pier, the first in 2018. Police have tapped off the entire Santa Monica Pier, and removed several thousand people from it on a summer day. The SMPD...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    August 23, 2018

Conviction in Juan Castillo Murder from February: 18 year old who died outside SM UCLA Hospital

Local Briefs Juan Castillo, 18, was found dead on February 26, 2018 at 5 am, in the 1300 block of 16th Street in Santa Monica. He appeared to be on the way to Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center with a...

 

As New Year Begins, SMMUSD Adds "Restorative Justice Practice" to all Schools

Summer 2016 ends Thursday. SMMUSD School Year begins on August 23rd. It is often said that real estate is more valuable in Santa Monica because of our extra-ordinary schools. Well, this year they're...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 20, 2018

Rider Summons Both Uber & Lyft. Lyft Arrives First, so Uber Driver Shoots Him in the head

Experienced Lyft and Uber drivers know it's a common but frustrating practice. A passenger is in a hurry. Nothing prevents him from using the Uber & Lyft Apps on his phone simultaneously, to...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    August 20, 2018

Shawn Landres Appointed to Santa Monica Planning Commission

The City Council appointed Shawn Landres to the Planning Commission at its meeting on August 14th. Landres is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public affairs. He previously served on on...

 

Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap According to Rice University Study

HOUSTON – (Aug. 20, 2018) – Damage caused by natural disasters and recovery efforts launched in their aftermaths have increased wealth inequality between races in the United States, according to...

 

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