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Bobcat 362 Gives Birth to a Litter of Four Kittens, and Boy are they Cute!

A young bobcat captured and collared a day before the Woolsey Fire started last November gave birth to four kittens recently - B-364, B-365. B-366 and B-367, said the National Park Service in...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 20, 2019 

Santa Monica High School Choir Performed at Notre Dame de Paris 3 Days Before Fire

4/15/2019: Santa Monica High School Choir performed at Notre Dame de Paris on Friday April 12, 2019, just 60 hours before a great fire that heavily damaged the cathedral. They may have been the last...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 20, 2019 

SMPD Officer Drowns While on Vacation in Kauai, Santa Monica Police Dept. Says

Santa Monica Police Officer Rashad Riley died on Friday, April 12 while swimming in the waters off the Hawaiian island of Kauai, writes Public Information Officer Lt. Rudy Flores. The release dated...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 20, 2019 

Venice Homeless Shelter Approved at MTA Bus Yard on Main Street and Sunset Avenue

A Venice neighborhood group has initiated a legal fight against plans by the City of Los Angeles to erect a 154-bed homeless shelter on a former Metro bus yard, a few blocks from the beach. The...

 
 By Lynn Watanabe    News    April 20, 2019 

SamoHi Places Second in the National Ocean Science Bowl Finals in Washington DC

On April 14, 2019 Santa Monica High School placed second in the 22nd Annual National Ocean Science Bowl Finals. The finals carried the theme "Observe the Ocean; Secure the Future" in Washington DC....

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 20, 2019 

SMFD Rescues Homeless Person Who Falls From Palisades Park at 1:30 am Tuesday

4/16/19: Santa Monica Fire Department says it rescued a homeless man who fell down the bluffs at 270 Palisades Beach Rd, and was trapped approximately 100 feet down the cliff. The SMFD had 4 engine co...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 20, 2019 

Roofer or Welder Starts Fire at Notre Dame de Paris, Building Seems Intact, but Heavily Damages

A fire linked to renovation work of the 870 year old Catholic cathedral, broke out after a welder applied a blowtorch to lead paneling sitting on dry wood. "Repairs to the lead roof required welding...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    April 15, 2019

Downed Power Lines After Transformer Sparks Out at 11th Street and Idaho Ave in Santa Monica

4/14/2019: Idaho Avenue was closed and high voltage power lines lay on the ground in one Santa Monica neighborhood. The explosion and power outage began just before 10 am PST. "I saw flames bouncing a...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 15, 2019

President Donald Trump Raises Money and Traffic on Westside Friday 4/5/19

President Donald Trump swept through Los Angeles last Friday after a trip to Calexico to discuss the situation at the border with Mexico. Multiple roads throughout West Los Angeles were closed at...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 15, 2019

Suicidal Man Jumps From Santa Monica Parking Structure 5 in Third Such Suicide in 6 Months

4/11: Once again, a downtown Santa Monica parking structure has become the site of a suicide. Bystanders reported a hazmat team hosing blood from the street in front of Parking Structure 5 on 4th...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    April 15, 2019

College Senior who fell from clock tower while taking selfie

Fox news reports that the young woman who fell off the bell tower, was attempting to take a selfie during a 4 am rite of passage. According to her social-media profiles, Monfries is studying...

 
 By Observer Staff    News    April 9, 2019

Home Invasion Robbery Results in Charges Against 23 Year Old LA Resident

4/7/2019: Earlier today the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed charges on Brendan Bunnell, a 23-year old male, for a residential robbery. On April 2, 2019, at about 6:50AM SMPD...

 
 By Patrick Nulty    News    April 9, 2019

SMFD Puts Out Fire at Coogies Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd

On Thursday evening, April 4th, 2019 at approximately 9:09 p.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a structure fire at the Coogies Café located at 2906 Santa Monica...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 9, 2019

Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the SamoHi Titanic with a $385 million "Discovery" Building

Ground broke on Tuesday for a new structure, dubbed the Discovery Building, at the Santa Monica High School campus. Its function is to replace the Science and Technology buildings which were...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    April 5, 2019

City Council Enacts Moratorium on Permits for Micro Apartments in Downtown Santa Monica

The City Council is concerned about the apparent proliferation of small apartments in downtown Santa Monica. At the 3/26 Meeting, the Council banned construction permits for more apartments less than...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 3, 2019

Los Angeles County Bans Monsanto's Roundup In the Wake of 2 Huge Jury Verdicts

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors banned the use of any glyphosate-type weed killer on county property pending more information about the chemical's potential health and environmental...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 29, 2019

Over 15,000 runners complete the 2019 Los Angeles marathon

10,000 runners completed the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday morning March 24, 2019. Security was tight and spectators were not allowed within one block of the finish line, probably to avoid a repeat...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 25, 2019

Current Santa Monica City Council Saved From Election by California Appeals Court (For now)

The California Court of Appeal offered temporary relief to Santa Monica's current City Councilmembers, who were facing a special election this summer. Justices Elizabeth Grimes, Maria Stratton, and...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    March 25, 2019

End Climate Change and Have Imperfect Produce Delivered to your Door

About 20% of produce is discarded at the farm because it is imperfect. A potato might grow lobsided, or the skin of a pear might be brown. Mother Nature doesn't insist on perfection, and a San...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 21, 2019

SMPD Fentanyl Arrest Nets 2 suspects, $50,000 in drugs and $12,000 cash

Fentanyl is a major public health problem in the United States. Chinese pharmaceutical producers (not so much the legit ones) put it in everything from Vicodin to Benadryl. 1000 times more potent...

 

Hailstorm Drops Ice in Long Beach, CA Backyards and Streets on First Day of Spring 2019

It may have been the firs day of spring; but Long Beach, California, was his with a hailstorm on Wednesday, March 20. The hail was so thick it looked like snow, but quickly evaporated in the So Cal...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 14, 2019

Poison Control: Roundup Continues to be Used by City of Santa Monica

The weedkiller Roundup, a product of Monsanto, continues to be used in Santa Monica's public spaces despite a recent $289 million dollar judgment against Monsanto for the terminal illness of school...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 14, 2019

'Homeless' Man Sets Fire to House, Closes Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica

On Monday around 1:00 pm, a small house fire in the 1300 block of the Pacific Coast Highway closed all southbound lanes and the number one northbound lane. Around the same time, police were called for...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    News    March 14, 2019

United Methodist Church Divided as Church in Ocean Park Aligns with Progressives on LGBTQ rights

Rev Janet Gollery McKeithen, the minister of the Church in Ocean Park (CIOP) was ordained in the United Methodist Church 35 years ago. She is the daughter of the late United Methodist minister...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 11, 2019

Current City Council Members Must Quit by August 15, Unless Court of Appeal Rescues Them

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled on Wednesday that the City of Santa Monica must hold special elections via districts by July 2. Current members of the Santa Monica City Council are...

 

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