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 By David Ganezer    News    September 28, 2020 

Local Synagogues Conduct Zoom High Holiday Services on Yom Kippur

Congregation Kehillat Ma'arav synagogue in Santa Monica conducted Yom Kippur services Sunday night, as it does every year on the Jewish day of Atonement. The holiest day of the Jewish Year began at...

 

SMPD Arrests Two Suspects for George Floyd Looting of REI Store

The Santa Monica Police Department has announced the arrest of two suspects in the looting of the REI store in downtown Santa Monica, following the George Floyd riots. SMPD was heavily criticized for...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    September 28, 2020 

Santa Monica Transparency Project Accuses Gleam Davis of Conflict of Interest

The Santa Monica Transparency Project has written an open letter accusing SM City Council member Gleam Davis of a conflict of interest regarding the proposed expansion of the Miramar Hotel, a project...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 28, 2020 

New York Times Drops a Bomb On the President. No One Cares

Two days before President Donald Trump is scheduled to debate Democratic Presidential candidate and former VP Joseph Biden; the New York Times dropped a "bombshell" report on Trump taxes. Claiming to...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    September 28, 2020 

"Anti-Semitic," Some Call an Advertisement Opposing Miramar Expansion Project and Depicting Michael Dell

Former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane has sent an email deploring a "Racist and Anti-semitic" ad that was distributed with the Santa Monica Daily Press. "Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights deplores...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    September 28, 2020 

Target on 16th and Wilshire set to open October 25th

According to a sign on the door the former location of Staple's office supplies, will soon reopen as a Target city store. This is also reflected on the Staples.com Upcoming Stores page. The store,...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 26, 2020

Baby Deer and Baby Bobcat Found Together in a House in the Hollywood Hills

"Baby deer & bobcat found after a forest fire put in room together & they were found like this! (Credit Lisa Mathiasen)" reads a Twitter post, together with this adorable photo. "This is a...

 

Suspect Fires On Officer at LAPD Harbor Station, Attempts to Flee Station in Pickup Truck

A suspect entered and opened fire at the harbor division police station in San Pedro Saturday night. A police officer was fired upon but not struck before the suspect fled in a car and was arrested. T...

 

Westbound Lanes Closed in the McClure Tunnel Just After 7 PM Sunday Night

Traffic during the Covid19 epoch is a mere shadow of its former self. But an occasional crash reminds us of what we're missing. An automobile crash Sunday night in the McClure tunnel, which links the...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 21, 2020

Magnitude 4.6 Temblor Strikes at 11:37 pm Friday. Earthquake Epicenter 2 Miles Southwest of El Monte, California

Residents of the westside were awakened 25 minutes before midnight Friday night, by a sharp temblor. Caltech's seismology lab said it measured 4.6 on the logarythmic Richter scale, making it one of...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 21, 2020

Car Fire Burns 200 Acres North of Palm Springs

A brush fire in the hills just North of Palm Springs burned 200 acres at 'critical' rate of spread, official said. The blaze was first reported as a "Car Fire," meaning a tail pipe or other part of a...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 21, 2020

Go Daddy Stops; Service Outage in 70% of United States; Hosts About Half of US Websites. Domains and Emails also Affected.

Update: We received the following email today at 11:36 am PST: "Santa Monica Observer Editorial Team, Earlier today you published the following article: https://www.smobserved.com/...

 

California Fires Burn into Third Week, as Cities Experience Smoke, Small Towns and Rural Areas Immolate

Fires continued to burn in California, into a third week. There were reportedly 30 active fires in California Sunday night. Fires are normal in the far Western US, though this season has been...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 14, 2020

Oregon Fires Make Skies Above the State Glow Red, as 476,000 acres burn

There are currently 20 large #wildfires burning 476,027 acres in Oregon & Washington. Extreme fire weather continues across the region. We all need to do everything we can to minimize every single...

 

Bobcat Warning Issued for Arcadia, Monrovia, Pasadena, Altadena Adjacent to the Bobcat Fire

Those of us who awoke Wednesday morning to reddish skies and orange sunlight, should not be surprised to learn that LA County Fire has issued an evacuation warning for the area. "The Unified Incident...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    September 13, 2020

Two LA County Sheriffs Deputies Ambushed and Shot in Compton

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are in critical condition and undergoing surgery after being ambushed Saturday night in their patrol car outside the Metro Blue Line station in Compton,...

 

Large Crowd for Labor Day on Santa Monica Beach. No Social Distancing, But They're Outside Anyway

Despite warnings that a typical Labor Day Weekend with Los Angeles area temperatures well above 100, would lead to a second wave of Covid-19, a pile-up on the beach was evident on Sunday, September 5...

 

Santa Monica City Council Bars Leases if Less than a Year: A Move to Preserve Tax Income While Allaying Renters' Fears

Declaring they were "building community," the Santa Monica City Council voted on additional rules to try forcing out Airbnb-type rentals. Under the new law, landlords could not offer a lease for less...

 

SMC Students Begin 2020 Classes at Home and Online, Due to Coronavirus

Santa Monica college has begun its Fall Semester with students at home. Classes are attended online, and yes, some instructors do take roll. America's 2500 colleges and universities have struggled...

 

Crowds Gather to Protest in Downtown Los Angeles, After LASD Deputies Shoot Black Suspect in South LA

Los Angeles was the scene of yet more protesting on Monday night, after an incident in which Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies shot a suspect in their custody Monday afternoon. The deceased...

 

SM Police Chief Tries to Assure Public After Rumors of Local Looting Appear on Social Media

Santa Monica's oft criticized police chief Cynthia Renaud has issued a press release designed to reassure the community. It is below in full. Numerous rumors on Facebook, Nextdoor and other social...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    August 30, 2020

SMMUSD In Dangerous Waters with "Social Justice Journey:" Lacks Any Critical Thinking about Race and School Achievement

Is it Social Justice or Antiracism at SMMUSD? The top administrators at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District presented their work on creating better student achievement and combating...

 

Body of Homeless Woman Found on Santa Monica freeway in Culver City

Officers from the California highway patrol found the body of a middle-aged woman near a homeless encampment on the side of the Santa Monica freeway, The CHP said. The body of was found near a...

 

Hurricane Laura makes landfall Near Cameron, Texas, blowing out windows in tall buildings miles away from Eye

Hurricane Laura damaged buildings throughout Southwest Louisiana and in adjoining parts of Texas. Before and after photos from Lake Charles, Louisiana revealed hundreds of missing windows from the...

 

Slate: Phil Brock, Oscar de la Torre, Mario Fonda-Bonardi, and Christine Parra Team Up In SM City Council Slate

If you are struggling to sort through the list of 21 candidates aiming for the four Santa Monica City Council seats up for grabs in November, the formation of alliances might help you out. A...

 

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