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 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 3, 2020 

Face Masks Required in Santa Monica Businesses, Hallways, Elevators and Parking Lots

Santa Monica City Hall issued a new order again requiring that businesses and their customers wear face masks. It is the 20th Covid-19 related order; the City has gone back and forth on masks. This...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    July 3, 2020 

Indian Groom Dies 2 Days After His Wedding, Apparently From Coronavirus

Outlook India reports that a 30 year old software engineer from Patigang, died of mysterious causes 2 days after his wedding on June 15th. 80 to 100 of the hospital guests have since tested positive...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 3, 2020 

LAs' Indoor Bars and Restaurants Closed for Independence Day Weekend

Today Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all restaurants, museums, zoos, cardrooms, theaters, and wineries in LA County to stop indoor operations for at least 3 weeks, writes LA County Supervisor Janice...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 3, 2020 

Appeals Court Issues Tentative Ruling Favoring City-Wide Elections

Today the Second District Court of Appeal issued a tentative ruling in favor of the City of Santa Monica in the California Voting Rights Act case brought by the Pico Neighborhood Association. The...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 3, 2020 

Two Palm Springs Gay Nightclubs Closed After 2 Employees Contract Covid19

Two gay clubs in Palm Springs down again Saturday, because employees contracted covid 19. Hunters Streetbar said it would temporarily close on Saturday, so that other employees who were in contact...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 3, 2020 

Apple Closes Store on Third Street Promenade due to Covid-19 Rise in California

Apple has once again closed the Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade, among other stores. The iPhone purveyor Thursday closed US stores in states where COVID-19 cases numbers are rising amid a...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    July 3, 2020 

Even Orange County Beaches and LA Lifeguards Will Be Closed for Independence Day

LA County's ten million residents can look forward to a 4th of July with no fireworks, no bars, no public gatherings. But the marijuana dispensaries will be open, because after all that is an...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    July 1, 2020

State of California Orders Bars, Wineries, Nightclubs and Brewpubs Closed 7 Counties Due to Covid19

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered closed all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs closed in 7 counties. This is similar to an order issued on March 15, then mitigated on June 15 in a...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    July 1, 2020

As The Plaza is Tabled and a Seat is Vacated, Santa Monica City Council Shakeup Continues

Two months after Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole called it quits in the wake of the City's serious financial problems coming to light, another local official has stepped down. City Councilman...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 1, 2020

Voting Rights Act Lawsuit by Pico Neighborhood Association, Argued Before Cal. Court of Appeals

The City of Santa Monica appears to have successfully appealed Council election redistricting. Division Eight of the California Court of Appeal, issued a tentative ruling in favor of the City. A...

 

The Name Fort Bragg is Nothing To Brag About, Say Some in Cancel Culture

The Northern California town of Fort Bragg is in desperate need of a name change ASAP! Sure, there will be some relatively minor expenses for residents from the municipal name change, but the cost of...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 29, 2020

Breaking: Carjacking at San Vicente and 26th Street in Brentwood Monday Morning

According to a post on the Citizen App, a private automobile was hijacked Monday Morning around 9:00 am at San Vicente and 26th Street in Santa Monica. The perpetrators fled into Los Angeles, and...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 26, 2020

Bar Owner Will Be Charged by County DA but Curfew-Breakers, Looters Get Off Free

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has made sure to tell the press that she is charging the owner of a South Pasadena bar with a misdemeanor for opening his pub on Saint Patrick's Day in...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    June 26, 2020

Santa Monica Homeless Man Statue Torn Down to Protest White Supremacy

Over the weekend, protesters pulled down the much loved statue of the homeless meth addict outside the former bank building at 26th and Wilshire. Chanting "F**k the Police," a group of around twenty...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 26, 2020

Carjacking that began in Venice, Ends at the Farmers Market on Arizona in Downtown SM

A carjacking that began in Venice, ended after a police pursuit, at the farmers market in downtown Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles Police reportedly arrested the perpetrator in one of...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    June 26, 2020

Two Men Shot Dead in Parking Lot Outside Whole Foods Market at Lincoln Blvd and Rose in Venice

Two men were shot dead when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot next to Whole Foods Market in Venice Monday night at 9:20 pm. The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. Monday in the parking lot at...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    June 26, 2020

California DMV Reopens for Some Services, But Forget it if you need a Learners Permit

They will allow you to reinstate registration for an impounded vehicle, reinstate a suspended drivers license, and get a California ID Card. But forget about getting a learners permit. The California...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 24, 2020

Celebration of America Cancelled While Protests of America Proceed

The Ocean Park Association (OPA), which has run Santa Monica's Fourth of July parade for thirteen years, announced on Wednesday that they have cancelled this year's festivities. For over a decade,...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    June 22, 2020

Despite Resistance, Seattle Police Enter CHAZ to Recover Murder and Shooting Victims

Police body camera footage shows Seattle police doing what police all over America do on a daily basis: Protect the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Bodycam footage shows about six Seattle Police...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 15, 2020

Los Angeles County Declines to File Charges for Curfew Violations or Failure to Disperse

In a County wracked by looting, arson, and rioting during the end of May and beginning of June; LA County's chief law enforcement officer, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, declined to file charges for...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    June 15, 2020

Movement to Remove SM Police Chief Renaud Gains Inevitable Momentum

With people protesting worldwide against police violence, the most liberal city in the United States will likely be experiencing major changes over the coming months. What specific direction the movem...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    June 15, 2020

Wonders of the World Gallery and Museum at Lincoln and Broadway Closed due to Looters

Henry Runge, the cerebral and deeply inoffensive man who owns Wonders of the World Gallery and Museum at Lincoln and Broadway, reportedly is in the hospital recovering from injuries he suffered when...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    June 5, 2020

Using Legitimate George Floyd demonstration as cover, looters descend on DTSM

As one group of people chanted "Black Lives Matter!" another group of people looted Santa Monica place. " I live in Santa Monica & all the instigators are from out of town - one had Florida...

 

Letters to the Editor about the Santa Monica Lootings of May 31, 2020

I am woefully disappointed in what we saw yesterday..for hours our police force stood in stark formation confronting and protecting the mostly peaceful protesters on Ocean Ave and the Pier. This was...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    June 5, 2020

George Floyd Looters Come to Santa Monica as "Demonstrations" Continue

Sunday afternoon began positively in Santa Monica with a peaceful march protesting police violence that moved down Ocean Avenue from the Montana Avenue intersection to Colorado Avenue and back. But...

 

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