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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...

 

Local Briefs

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...

 

Federal Court Orders Calif. Company to Stop Selling 'Poly-MVA' Products

A federal court has ordered a California company and its owner to stop distributing unapproved and misbranded drugs and adulterated animal drugs which they "claimed could cure, treat and prevent...

 

Local Briefs

US, LGBTQ Flags Stolen from City Hall Someone has vandalized the flag in front of Santa Monica City Hall. Both the US Flag and the LGBTQ flag are missing. "The US flag and pride flag were raised in...

 

Love at First Sight

By Observer Staff LA County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) launched an enhanced adoption pro-gram called "Love at First Sight." "It's intended to improve the adoption experience for...

 

Ocean Water Use Warning for Contaminated Los Angeles County Beaches

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues cautioning residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing,...

 

Coyotes Kill Cat

By David Ganezer West LA residents report that they have seen newly dead house cats killed by coyotes. Brazen coyotes have been seen in busy intersections such as Olympic and Sepulveda, which carry...

 

Local Briefs

Jetpack Guy Seen Again at LAX "The jet man is back." an air traffic controller told a SkyWest flight after another possible jetpack sighting reported Wednesday evening near Los Angeles International...

 

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