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Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Culver City's Hero Pay Ordinance

A United States District Court has rejected a lawsuit by Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCHCC) challenging the city’s hero pay for hospital workers ordinance. On January 19, the court issued an order dismissing the First Amended...

 

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Grammy’s Move Out of LA The 64th edition of the Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on April 3, the Recording Academy has announced. Harvey Mason Jr, CEO of the Recording Academy, shared the update in a statement on Grammy's...

 

Calif. Drought Not As Severe

California’s drought is showing signs of improvement, after last week’s rains dropped 7 inches on the region. The US Drought Monitor says, as of Tuesday, roughly 17-percent of the state is in the Extreme or Exceptional Drought categories. This...

 

New California Laws Taking Effect New Year's Day

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 770 bills into law in 2021; many of them impacting people’s daily lives will take effect as soon as New Year’s Day. A handful of laws, such as a ban on the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers and lawnmowers and a requirement...

 

Golf Courses to Become Housing

By Observer Staff A bill now pending in the California State legislature proposes to convert the State's municipal and public golf courses into affordable housing. AB 672, authored by Christina...

 

Local Briefs

LA County Expands Testing Sites The L.A. County Department of Health Services announced that it is moving to deliver an "urgent expansion" of the county's free testing services. This as long lines hav...

 

Bear Necessities

A screaming 7-Eleven clerk in Olympic Valley, California got a closer wildlife encounter than she desired after a black bear strolled into the store and "used" the hand sanitizer station. A clip of...

 

California Establishes Commission To Monitor, Track Hate Crimes

California has approved new legislation to address the growing epidemic of hate crimes and incidents in the state. The new bill, AB 1126, establishes the first statewide commission to monitor and track hate crimes and recommend policy to the state...

 

L.A. Controller Galperin Suspends Ridley-Thomas's City Pay

Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin is terminating Mark Ridley-Thomas's City pay following today's City Council vote to suspend him: "After today's City Council vote, Mark Ridley-Thomas is no...

 

New State Law Will Free 'Blood Slave' Donor Dogs

California has passed a new law that will phase out the inhumane practice of keeping "blood slave" donor dogs in captivity. Over the weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law, AB1282, which lets...

 

Recycling Makes a Comeback

By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer Californians will soon see the return of glass beverage bottles to their supermarkets. Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed a bill, AB 962, which paves the way for reusable glass bottles to flow through the stat...

 

Reusable Glass Bottles to Make Comeback in California

Californians will soon see the return of glass beverage bottles to their supermarkets. Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed a bill, AB 962, which paves the way for reusable glass bottles to flow thr...

 

Cal. Eviction Moratorium Ends

Samuel Alioto California’s statewide eviction moratorium expired at the end of September. Nevertheless, Tenants who pay 25% of the back rent and are making payments over the next year on rent due, may be able to keep their homes. Los Angeles...

 

Local Briefs

2.7 Earthquake in Carson A magnitude 2.7 earthquake was reported Thursday at 7:58 p.m. in Carson, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Carson was the center of a 3.7 earthquake last week, so this is an after shock. The earthquake occurred less...

 

More Density Approved

By Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer Just off his landslide win in the California recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill which "will ensure cities and counties are adequately re-zoning...

 

Local Briefs

Homeless Vet Killed in San Vicente Encampment Here, local workers deliver aid to homeless veterans living on San Vicente. A suspect has been arrested after fatally stabbing another man at the San Vicente homeless encampment in Brentwood. Deputies...

 

State Legislature Passes Bill to Ensure Cities 'Adequately Rezone' for their Housing Needs

The California State Legislature has approved a bill which “will ensure cities and counties are adequately re-zoning to meet their housing needs.” AB 1398 – approved by the legislature last week – requires local agencies that fail to adopt a...

 

Local Briefs

Suspect Still at Large in Santa Monica Carjacking One suspect is in custody after armed robbery carjacking outside La Condesa Restaurant September 10, 2021 - Shortly after midnight this morning, a victim was held up at gunpoint outside La Condesa...

 

Bill to Remove Racist Housing Deeds Approved by State Legislature

The California State Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 721 which removes exclusionary and racist provisions in housing covenants. "AB 721 is a crucial step in remedying California's painful...

 

Local Briefs

LA Teachers Unions Wants Mandatory Vax for Kids A Los Angeles teachers union wants more stringent coronavirus guidelines for the nation’s second-largest school district. The Los Angeles Times reports, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) “is...

 

LAPD Seeking Suspect in Sexual Assault near UCLA

By Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer Los Angeles police are looking for a sexual predator who broke into a Westwood apartment and groped a sleeping woman Friday morning. The assault occurred around 4 a.m. in the 11000 block of Strathmore Drive,...

 

Local Briefs

New Polls: Newsom in Trouble Earlier this month, results from a SurveyUSA poll showed that 51% of likely voters in California’s upcoming recall election would vote to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. It was the first poll to show a majority...

 

Local Briefs

Council To Consider Mandatory Vaccinations The Santa Monica City Council will consider at its August 24th meeting, whether City employees should be required to obtain vaccinations for Covid-19, prior to reporting for their jobs and as a condition of...

 

BBB Adds Express Service on Pico.

Big Blue Bus (BBB) is launching a new express service – Express 7 – that will provide limited stop service to major destinations, including Downtown Santa Monica and Santa Monica College, and connect to Metro Rail’s E Line and D Line. Express...

 

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LA Times Endorses Kevin Falconer for Gov. The Los Angeles Times has endorsed former San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer for governor, in the Sept. 14th recall election. The paper first tells people to...

 

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