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  • Who Is Marianne Williamson, the Kardashian Kandidate?

    04/12/2014 2:10:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/12 | Kat Stoeffel
    Followers of the Kardashian clan were introduced to an unlikely new character this week: Marianne Williamson, the independent candidate running for soon-to-retire Representative Henry Waxman’s seat in California’s 33rd district. “I went to hear @mariannewilliamson speak the other night w @kourtneykardash & @rachel_roy,” Kim reported on Instagram. “Very inspiring!” Also inspired by the 61-year-old author and spiritual adviser: Katy Perry and Nicole Richie, who attended a recent campaign event sporting new green and purple dye jobs respectively; Steven Tyler and Chaka Khan, who performed at a fund-raiser; and former Desperate Housewives Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross, who reunited at another...
  • Santa Monica Votes: "Sub-Par Obama" - There’s a 12 Step Program for That Now

    02/19/2014 7:46:15 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-19-2014 | MOTUS
    Is it just me? I’ve noticed a distinct slump in Team Obama morale lately: It seems that Santa Monica California, which is hosting a PGA tournament this week at the Riviera Country Club, has been photo-bombed with what can only be described as anti-Obama street art. In a simple one word message – “sub-par” – some ironic artiste papered the town with a very judgmental analysis of Big Guy’s performance to date. Granted, “sub par” in golf may be considered a good thing (that’s the ironic part, in case you’re not paying attention) butt in this context I don’t think...
  • Subpar: Anti-Obama Street Art Covers Santa Monica

    02/18/2014 2:34:51 PM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    An unknown artist is covering the streets of Santa Monica, Calif., with posters declaring President Obama to be “subpar.”
  • West L.A. Gangster Mocks Mother of Teen He Murdered

    01/12/2014 3:30:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Fri, Jan 10, 2014 | Dennis Romero
    A West Los Angeles gangster who killed two people and tried to murder 12 others was warned by a judge to "stop smiling" during sentencing yesterday, but that didn't stop him from smirking and chuckling as one of the victim's mothers deplored his crimes in court. See also: Jose Zapien, West L.A. Gangster, Convicted for Murdering 2 Santa Monica Youths. The dark side of a longstanding rivalry between West L.A. and Santa Monica gangs played out in the sentencing of 25-year-old Jose Zapien, who headed west from his Sawtelle neighborhood to kill a 15-year-old high school football player and a...
  • Fight Over Nativity Scene In Santa Monica Heads To Court

    11/18/2012 5:19:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    AP) ^ | November 18, 2012 10:59 AM
    The city of Santa Monica has allowed an elaborate nativity scene in its Palisades Park each Christmas for nearly 60 years, but officials are ending the tradition this year after an atheist set up his own non-religious display and caused an uproar. Now, the churches behind the nativity are suing in federal court and claim the city violated their freedom of speech by stopping the holiday tradition. A court hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles could decide the fate of the Christian tableau for the upcoming season.
  • Santa Monica Hit-and-Run Driver - ROP?

    08/04/2013 7:01:05 PM PDT · by bboop · 68 replies
    self | August 4, 2013 | self
    So - has anyone in So California heard ANYTHING more about the hit and run driver who drove along Venice Beach? No names released, no age, no color of skin - no nothing. Why does that make me think it was a jihadi end-of-Ramadan 'celebration of death.'???
  • Santa Monica College is a gun free school

    06/10/2013 7:30:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/10/2013 | Ethel C. Fenig
    I just don't understand how John Zawahari could have allegedly shot and killed all those people at Santa Monica College last Friday. After all, not only is murder against the law, the city of Santa Monica has strict gun control laws as does the state of California. And also, according to its website, Santa Monica College is a gun free school. Here's what it says in the website: ______________________________________ Weapons Prohibition on Campus Possessions of firearms or replicas, ammunition, explosives, knives/blades longer than 21/2 inches, other weapons, or fireworks are against the law in the College community or at College...
  • CA:Why hasn’t the left tried to exploit the Santa Monica shootings?

    06/10/2013 5:36:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    americaswatchtower.com ^ | 9 June, 2013 | NA
    We see it time and time again: Every time some madman opens fire on innocent people the Democrats almost immediately use the tragedy to push for gun control laws and the all too willing media quickly jump on board to begin pushing the government’s propaganda. Where most of us see tragedy the left sees opportunity. We saw it with the Virginia Tech shooting, and we saw it when Gabby Giffords was shot, and we saw it when a madman opened fire in a Colorado movie theater. Most recently we saw it in the Newtown school shooting so I fully expected...
  • Police: As many as 6 [Update:4] dead in S. California shootings; gunman also killed

    06/07/2013 4:51:47 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 166 replies
    CNN news ^ | 7 June 2013 | By Chelsea J. Carter. Miguel Marquez and Phil Gast
    Of the six people killed during a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California, on Friday, all but two of the victims are believed to have been randomly targeted by a gunman, city Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told reporters. ...
  • SWAT-clad man uses assault rifle in chaotic Santa Monica shooting spree

    A semi-automatic assault rifle is again being tied to a US mass shooting, this one a chaotic series of events led by a body-armor-clad man who killed four and wounded five people before being shot and killed by police in a college library in the iconic beachside city of Santa Monica, Calif. The attack marked the first major mass shooting since a bipartisan gun control bill failed in the US Senate in April. The shooting may help efforts to revive the debate about gun control, as well as put focus on ongoing legislative action in some states around allowing students...
  • Gunman opens fire near California college injuring four; two found dead in nearby burned home

    06/07/2013 3:06:16 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 39 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/7/13 | FoxNews.com
    A gunman opened fire on a street corner near the campus of Santa Monica College, wounding at least four people, authorities said. Two people were later found dead in a burned home near the campus. It was not immediately clear if the two events were related. Police and witnesses said the gunfire began adjacent to the campus and about 3 miles from where President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising luncheon, just before noon. Police said a shooter was in custody and the campus was being searched for a possible second shooter. Jeff Furrows of the Santa Monica Fire Department...
  • Coastal Stench May By Byproduct Of Large Release Of Methane

    03/03/2013 3:21:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | March 3, 2013 12:54 PM
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a foul odor that spurred calls to fire departments throughout the city on Sunday is possibly the result of the large release of methane in the Santa Monica Bay. Santa Monica Fire said in a department statement that they believe the strong odor was caused by a naturally occurring methane leak below the ocean floor. “This morning there was a large release of natural ocean floor methane released in the Santa Monica Bay,” the statement said. “This methane is not toxic and dissipates quickly.” Sam Atwood, a spokesman for the Air Quality Management District...
  • Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest...

    11/18/2012 9:31:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 18, 2012
    Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest Against Town's Holiday Decorations 18 November 2012 A California town has been forced to axe its Christmas decorations after an atheist protester objected to a 14-piece religious display in the town centre and set up his own booths mocking Christianity and preventing church groups from celebrating the holidays. Officials in Santa Monica, California have snuffed the city's holiday tradition this year rather than intervening in the religious fight - prompting churches which have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama every year for decades to sue over freedom of speech...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 7:22:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/21/2012 | William J. Becker Jr.
    As TV networks began to call the race for President Obama in the 2012 general election earlier this month, Karl Rove fumbled with his white board insisting the race wasn't over and that the votes from vital Ohio counties had not yet been fully tallied. A glimmer of hope that Mitt Romney could snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat remained visible through the squinting lens of Rove's roseate stubbornness. As his recount was underway last weekend in Florida, Congressman Allen West basked in the glow of adulation conservatives attending an event at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 4:16:25 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 17 replies
    AT ^ | 11/21/2012 | By William J. Becker, Jr
    ...Conservatives are shell-shocked. The event in Palm Beach drew no consensus for the future of conservatism. After four years of economic, political and moral depredations, it becomes increasingly difficult to predict when the pendulum will swing back or if it will at all. We wander along a desolate path of stupefaction, adrift in our bumping and stammering hallucinations. Can a moribund culture ever be revived to resemble the best times in America's past? When Tuesday (11/19/2012), US District Court Judge Audrey B Collins delivered a 28-page ruling denying my client the right to continue a 59-year-old tradition of exhibiting Nativity...
  • Judge Rejects Nativity Displays in Santa Monica

    11/19/2012 8:01:59 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11.19.2012 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    <p>U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins rejected a motion from the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee to allow the religious display this season while their lawsuit plays out against the city.</p>
  • 2 Birds Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Santa Monica

    08/23/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 23, 2012 9:27 AM | Pete Demetriou
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Two birds found dead in Santa Monica in the last three months have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, officials said. The most recent bird, an American Crow, was found on July 23 in the area boundaried by Ocean Avenue, Montana Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard, KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou reports. Download: santa-monica-west-nile-warning-2.mp3 The first positive bird was reported on May 17, Santa Monica city officials said. Residents are being asked that if they see dead birds to call 1-877-WNV-BIRD to have them picked up for analysis. “Mosquitoes become infected when they first feed on birds...
  • Pakistani Owner of Swanky Santa Monica Hotel: "Get the [expletive] Jews out of my Pool"

    08/01/2012 9:00:36 AM PDT · by Milagros · 46 replies
    JewishPress ^ | July 31, 2012
    Pakistani Owner of Swanky Santa Monica Hotel: "Get the [expletive] Jews out of my Pool" By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus Published: July 30th, 2012 Latest update: July 31st, 2012 An upscale hotel on a Santa Monica, California, beach is an odd place to be singled out from a crowd and removed because you are Jewish, but that's what happened to 18 young professionals who are telling their story to a jury in a discrimination trial taking place in Santa Monica Superior Court this week. Ari Ryan is the grandson of a Ukranian Jew who lost most of his family in the...
  • Smoking Banned Inside Santa Monica, California, Residences

    07/12/2012 5:45:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | July 12, 2012 | Lolita Lopez and Samantha Tata
    Tuesday night the city council sought to expand that prohibition and voted 4-2 to ban smoking for all new tenants of apartments and condos inside their residences - with one exception. "I really don't think they should be telling people what to do if they are paying for the place they're living in," Jones said. Other cities have taken similar measures. Pasadena will make all apartments, condos and townhouses smoke-free by 2013 - a move Santa Monica is also looking into.
  • Officers Open Fire on Mountain Lion in Downtown Santa Monica

    05/22/2012 3:55:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jonathan Lloyd
    A mountain lion cornered in a downtown Santa Monica courtyard bolted after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, prompting authorities to use lethal force Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Fish and Game. "We were able to get a dart in the lion. At that point, the lion was making its way out into the street and then we really have to be concerned about public safety at that point," ... The male, 3-year-old mountain lion -- estimated to weigh 80 pounds -- apparently jumped over an eight-foot fence to enter the courtyard area
  • In Santa Monica, A Matter of Mangers [Brought To US by Courtesy of Despotic Judges!]

    12/18/2011 10:27:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011
    In Santa Monica, A Matter of Mangers It may be Christmas, but the holiday spirit has taken a beating in Santa Monica. December 17, 2011 Unto Santa Monica a Christmas controversy was born this year. Atheists objected to the long-standing tradition of re-creating the Nativity story in a row of life-size paintings that sprawl down the Ocean Avenue edge of Palisades Park. Arguing that this was a religious display in a public park, they applied for space to offer their own message. In an effort to be fair, the city turned to a lottery to assign 21 plots of display...
  • Merry Christmas, From Satan Claus

    12/16/2011 7:03:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 16, 2011 | MARK STEYN
    Christmas in America is a season of time-honored traditions: The sacred performance of the annual ACLU lawsuit over the presence of an insufficiently secular "holiday" tree. The ritual provocations of the atheist displays licensed by pitifully appeasing municipalities to sit between the menorah and the giant Frosty the Snowman. The familiar strains of every hack columnist's "war on Christmas" column rolling off the keyboard as easily as Richard Clayderman playing "Winter Wonderland" ... This year has been a choice year. A crucified skeleton Santa Claus was erected as part of the "holiday" display outside the Loudoun County courthouse in Virginia...
  • Santa Monica nativity scenes displaced by atheist messages

    12/10/2011 7:25:41 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 16 replies
    Santa Monica Daily Press ^ | 12/9/11 | Ashley Archibald
    OCEAN AVENUE — A coalition of 13 churches will open a truncated version of their annual holiday display Sunday with an impassioned plea to City Hall to restore 11 pieces of prize real estate that were snatched up by a group of activist atheists. An organization called Save Our Nativity Scenes, or SONS, requested that churches ring bells at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 to signal the start of a ceremony that will end in a flashlight vigil, urging city officials to reserve space specifically for the booths....
  • Any SoCal FReepers going to "The Undefeated" [Sarah Palin movie] and "after party" in ONTARIO?

    07/21/2011 12:13:02 AM PDT · by RonDog · 19 replies
    From the PREVIOUS thread:Strong opening weekend fuels film’s expansion to Tucson, AZ, West Palm, FL, Milwaukee, WI, Charlotte, NC, and Ontario, CA-- snip --Santa Monica, Calif. (July 18, 2011) ⎯ ARC Entertainment today announced "The Undefeated," which chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence, will roll out to additional AMC Theatres (AMC) beginning on Friday, July 22nd. -- snip -- This coming Friday the film will play in the following AMC theatres:-- snip -- Ontario Mills 30 - - 4549 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA  91764 And from www.movietickets.com, the show times are:Friday, July 22 -- 11:10am, 1:55pm, 4:50pm,...
  • Famed crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger arrested in Santa Monica

    06/22/2011 9:35:14 PM PDT · by No One Special · 118 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | None Cited
    Legendary Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who has been on the run for more than a decade, was arrested Wednesday in Santa Monica, multiple law enforcement sources told The Times. Bulger, 81, has been the subject of several books and was the inspiration for "The Departed," a 2006 Martin Scorsese film staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. Bulger fled Boston in late 1994 as federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with 21 killings, racketeering and other crimes that spanned the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. He was arrested by the FBI inside a building...
  • FBI Nabs Boston Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger, Girlfriend in Calif[Howie Carr's "Hit Man"]

    06/22/2011 10:50:03 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 22, 2011 | Staff
    Fugitive on run for 16 years wanted in 19 murders, inspired film 'The Departed' LOS ANGELES — James "Whitey" Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders, has been captured near Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said Wednesday. The FBI tweeted his capture along with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, early Wednesday morning. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Rudy Flores said the agency informed him of the arrest. Bulger, 81, was the leader of the Winter Hill Gang when he fled in January 1995 after...
  • Coastal Commission rejects U2 guitarist's Malibu development plan ("earth-altering)

    06/17/2011 2:04:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 17, 2011 | Martha Groves and Tony Barboza,
    [snip] Before Thursday's vote, commission staff reports twice recommended the project be rejected, saying it would disturb sensitive habitat and scar a scenic hilltop visible from much of the Malibu coast. Staff members also had expressed concern that the 156-acre development, if approved, could have paved the way for other earth-altering housing projects throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. Evans' house is planned as a 12,785-square-foot contemporary abode, called "Leaves in the Wind," so named for the undulating green roof meant to emulate fluttering leaves. A website explains that the five houses were designed to meet the highest environmental standards by...
  • Nazi Legislation for a "Judenrein" (Jewfree) California: Banning Judaism

    06/03/2011 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/3/11 | Pamela Geller
    Last week I posted on a clearly antisemitic piece of legislation in San Francisco and Santa Monica banning the Jewish religious tradition of circumcision. Judenrein in Sunny Southern California: Banning Male Circumcision. America, this is getting very, very ugly. Male circumcision is significantly healthier with or without the important religious significance. The Islamic practice of female genital mutilation (cutting off the clitoris) is sick misogyny. To equate the two is officially legislating Jew-hatred. Any doubt this was motivated by hatred and racism? Zombie over at PJM: Proof that S.F.’s circumcision ban is anti-Semitic As you may have heard by now,...
  • Two flight schools at Santa Monica Airport denied by City Hall

    12/27/2010 12:03:54 PM PST · by pabianice · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Santa Monica Daily Press ^ | 12/24/10 | Taborekwrite
    SMO — City Manager Rod Gould has denied two applications for new flight schools at Santa Monica Airport, citing the "particularly intense environmental impacts" the schools would have had. The move went against a recommendation from Airport Director Bob Trimborn but was in keeping with guidance from the Airport Commission, which last month voted 3-1, with one abstention, to urge denial of the applications. The schools, the Flight Academy and Angel City Flyers, had sought to operate a maximum of three airplanes for flight instruction. The Flight Academy, which is based in Washington state, had applied to operate one plane,...
  • Santa Monica enforces new smoking ban law

    09/09/2010 1:59:15 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 18 replies · 1+ views
    abc7 ^ | Sept. 9, 2010 | Melissa MacBride
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) -- Santa Monica started enforcing its new smoking ban law, making it illegal for some residents to smoke on their own balconies or patios. Starting Thursday, residents who live in an apartment or condo can't light up out on their balcony, deck or patio if it is within 25 feet of a neighbor's windows, doors or vents. This new law expands Santa Monica's smoking ban. It's already against the law there to smoke in common areas, such as a walkway or a courtyard. The city wants to protect people living in multi-residential properties from second-hand smoke....
  • Main Street merchants want crack at market

    11/12/2009 10:38:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 331+ views
    Santa Monica Daily Press ^ | November 12, 2009 | Melody Hanatani
    A new policy dictating the selection of prepared food vendors at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market is drawing fire from Main Street merchants who are concerned that there won't be enough preference given to local restaurants.
  • Gnarly: from abuse victim, to prostitute, to surfer, to minister

    07/19/2009 4:53:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 974+ views
    Deacon's bench ^ | July 18, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    A former champion surfer, Mary Setterholm suffered sexual abuse and turned to prostitution before finding a new path. Next month, she’ll begin the master’s of divinity program at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary. Real life stories of redemption and healing don't get much better than this. How long until Lifetime turns it into a movie? From the Los Angeles Times: It's another beautiful day in paradise and I'm out on the ocean, riding waves with a former national surfing champion and onetime prostitute who's about to join a seminary. Go ahead, try to name one other state where I could...
  • Legal case clouding Panama /U.S. commerce

    06/06/2009 11:30:55 AM PDT · by A_Daultry · 9 replies · 586+ views
    La Voz Nueva ^ | 02-18-2009 | Staff
    Staff Half of Panama’s population of children under the age of five is in grave danger of death from malnutrition. The country’s staggering 40 percent poverty rate is one of the worst in Central America. The late Wilson Lucom reportedly left $50 million to a trust intended to aid these starving children according to a secret will revealed upon his death in 2006. Lucom’s Panamanian wife Hilda and her children from a previous marriage are contesting the will and over two years of legal haggling between the two parties has not resulted in the resolution of the case. So far...
  • Virgin Mary statue found without head

    04/14/2009 6:12:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 187 replies · 2,957+ views
    CALIFORNIA AVE. — Santa Monica Police are investigating an alleged hate crime after officials with St. Monica Catholic Church discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary beheaded shortly before Easter services commenced. A priest found the 55-year-old marble statue, which stands on the corner of Seventh Street and California Avenue, decapitated around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, spotting the head on the ground just a few feet away. The top of the statue was covered with a white plastic bag before service began. “Even though it was a sad event, it didn’t take away from the joy of Easter and celebrating...
  • Republican gets elected to Rent Control Board in Santa Monica.

    12/14/2008 12:03:27 AM PST · by eddiespaghetti · 15 replies · 860+ views
    Property owner Robert Kronovet is celebrating a late campaign victory after scoring a come-from-behind win in a tight [Santa Monica] Rent Control Board race. . . . The Republican and property manager becomes the first candidate to win a seat on the Rent Control Board without the political backing of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, an influential organization whose endorsees won every other race in the election. “We think we’re going to be able to work and reshape the Rent Control Board,” Kronovet, 51, said. “It’s going to be wonderful for this city to see a higher functioning Rent Control...
  • 9/19/08 McCain Blogette

    09/19/2008 4:30:53 PM PDT · by word_warrior_bob · 20 replies · 8,518+ views
    McCain Blogette ^ | 9/19/08 | Meghan McCain
    Yesterday we started the day bright and early with a stop at KIIS-FM in LA for an interview with Ryan Seacrest. It was so much fun to be on his radio show! I'll have more pics to post later on my interviews with Jay Leno and Carson Daly.
  • Progressive Picnic in Santa Monica Ca Sunday Aug 10

    08/01/2008 5:27:32 PM PDT · by airedale · 13 replies · 220+ views
    Change Links Calendar | August 2008
    I was at the Sherman Oaks Library yesterday and picked up a copy of the Change Links Calendar, the "Independent Progressive Newspaper and Community Calendar" with the other local throw away papers for kicks and to see what the left is up to. These people make the DemO-Rats in congress and the rest of the MSM look like conservatives. Now to the point: For those of you who are interested (I wouldn't suggest going alone) Sunday August 10 they are having a Progressive Picnic apparently open to all at Santa Monica Clover Park. Some of you might want to have...
  • Feds File for Restraining Order on Santa Monica Airport Jet Ban ( Arnold Schwarzenegger's airport )

    05/01/2008 9:04:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 94+ views
    Fox Television ^ | 24 Apr 2008
    A city ordinance that went into effect on Thursday that bars some private jets from using Santa Monica Airport would be grounded under a temporary restraining order sought by federal officials. Citing "a clear possibility of irreparable harm," attorneys for the U.S. government filed an application for a temporary restraining order ... Concerned about safety and noise, the Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance in November that bars jets with approach speeds of greater than 136 mph, including aircraft popular among business executives. The FAA earlier served the city with a cease-and-desist order challenging the ordinance, contending the city...
  • Lindsay Lohan: "I Wasn't Driving, the Black Kid Was"

    07/26/2007 10:17:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 1,118+ views
    tmz.com ^ | July 27, 2007
    Excerpt - Just before Lindsay Lohan was arrested early Tuesday morning, she commandeered a car and took three men hostage -- this, according to the three men who were in the car with her. ~ snip ~ They say at one point, Lindsay boasted, "I can't get in trouble. I'm a celebrity. I can do whatever the f**k I want." ~ snip ~
  • Elderly Man Gets Probation for Deadly Santa Monica Market Crash

    11/20/2006 11:40:52 AM PST · by Wiggins · 126 replies · 2,428+ views
    Associated Press Via Fox News ^ | Monday, November 20, 2006
    LOS ANGELES — An elderly man who killed 10 people and injured more than 70 others when he drove through an outdoor farmers market was sentenced Monday to probation by a judge who said he believed the crime deserved imprisonment but the defendant was too ill.
  • Gear Up: World’s Largest Alternative Fuel Car and Transportation Show Coming Up

    11/02/2006 10:22:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies · 244+ views
    thesoydailyclub.com ^ | 9/21/2006 | Staff
    AltCar Expo Set for December 9-10 in Santa Monica Santa Monica, California, September 21, 2006 – The City of Santa Monica announced today it will sponsor and host the most comprehensive, technologically advanced exposition of alternative fuel and high MPG vehicles ever held. AltCar Expo, specifically designed for the public, will take place on December 9 and 10, 2006. Admission to the Expo, as well as a wide-ranging selection of seminars and advanced technology displays, will be free. The event will be held at Barker Hangar, located at the Santa Monica Air Center. Over 100 alternative fuel and high MPG...
  • Jurors Find Weller Guilty in Farmers' Market Crash (Grandpa going to the Big House)

    10/20/2006 11:53:34 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 27 replies · 1,150+ views
    LA TImes ^ | 10/20/06 | By John Spano, Times Staff Writer
    The elderly driver who ran down and killed 10 people in an open air market in Santa Monica was convicted today of all criminal charges, decisively denying defense pleas for mercy. The verdict leaves to a judge the task of deciding whether George Russell Weller, 89, goes to prison for as long as 18 years. Weller will appeal the decision, defense attorney Mark Overland said. By their unanimous verdict, jurors rejected arguments that the aged driver made a mistake and found him guilty on 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for killing 10 people. He injured 68 others...
  • `Not an oops,' prosecutor says of SoCal farmers market crash

    10/05/2006 12:56:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 264+ views
    AP ^ | 10/5/6 | ANDREW GLAZER
    Los Angeles -- The elderly man whose car roared through a farmers market in 2003 had multiple opportunities to stop or steer his car away from people and was indifferent after hitting more than 70 people and killing 10, a prosecutor said in closing arguments Thursday. Deputy District Attorney Ann Ambrose urged jurors not to accept George Russell Weller's claim that he mistook the car's accelerator for the break. As she showed photos of bloodied and mangled bodies, Ambrose derided the claim by saying "oops." "Those people's lives were not an `oops,'" Ambrose said. "They had a right to walk...
  • Apartment building developers sue Santa Monica over affordable housing provision

    09/15/2006 9:43:18 AM PDT · by freedomdefender · 82 replies · 1,681+ views
    Associated Press -- Riverside Press ^ | 15 September, 2006 | Associated Press
    SANTA MONICA -- Apartment building developers sued the city, seeking to overturn an ordinance that requires them to provide affordable housing. The lawsuit, filed Monday, in Superior Court claims the provision violates clauses of the state and federal constitutions, which prohibit the government from taking private property without providing compensation. The ordinance requires developers with four or more residential units to also build some affordable housing sold at below-market prices, according to the Sacramento- based Pacific Legal Foundation. Money that builders lose constructing below-market homes would be passed along in higher prices for new housing that is not price-controlled, said...
  • Trial Focuses on Elderly Driver's Swath of Death

    09/13/2006 8:17:52 AM PDT · by Smogger · 12 replies · 933+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/13/2006 | John Spano
    George Russell Weller sat in a wheelchair Tuesday, wearing a loosely knotted tie, and looked up at a huge projection of his car after he had driven through an open-air market three years ago, killing 10 people and injuring more than 60. One dead man was draped across the hood while another victim lay under the front wheels. ... But Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Ambrose said witnesses reported that Weller appeared intent and drove his car through the crowded weekly market along Arizona Avenue at speeds in excess of 60 mph. Ambrose said the case is much more than an...
  • Judge: Santa Monica Not Liable For Market Crash

    07/06/2006 2:01:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies · 753+ views
    (AP) SANTA MONICA, Calif. A judge has ruled that the city of Santa Monica is not liable for a fatal vehicle accident three years ago in which an elderly motorist plowed into a crowded farmer's market. About 50 victims and relatives allege in a civil lawsuit that the city failed to protect them from the accident that killed ten shoppers and injured 63 others. Federal transportation regulators faulted the city for using inadequate safety precautions and an outdated traffic plan that didn't comply with government guidelines. But a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the city is...
  • Mistreated and Making a Difference

    04/19/2006 12:06:31 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 9 replies · 849+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 19, 2006 | Julia A. Seymour
    The movement for academic freedom has been spurred on by students who have seen bias in the classroom or experienced political discrimination, stood up against it and become activists for their cause. A handful of these students were in Washington, D.C. to publicly share their stories at the recent Academic Freedom Conference held by Students for Academic Freedom on April 6-7. Student Mason Harrison, of University of California-Davis, encountered a political rant on the first day of a women’s studies class he’d enrolled in on a wager. “My professor began the class, not by introducing herself, but by chanting: ‘No...
  • Surveillance Cameras To Monitor Santa Monica Promenade, Pier

    02/15/2006 7:46:36 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 393+ views
    NBC ^ | Feb. 15, 2006 | NBC news
    Tuesday night the Santa Monica City Council has given the green light for a new video surveillance system at the 3rd Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier. City officials say they decided on the plan after suspicious people took pictures of some of the facilities there. "Some men were videotaping in a manner that was inconsistent with tourist photography. They were photographing access roads and security structures," said Chief James Butts with the Santa Monica Police Department. The system will go online as soon as the cameras and recording system are installed.
  • California City (Santa Monica) Opts To Gas Park's Squirrels

    02/10/2006 4:35:31 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 49 replies · 824+ views
    CBS ^ | Feb. 10, 2006 | CBS
    The city of Santa Monica, Calif., is in trouble with environmentalists for the way they eradicated their squirrel population: An unannounced, weekend fumigation of the animals' burrows under Palisades Park. City officials had debated the rodent overpopulation issue for more than a year, trying to find a solution which involved neither poison nor pain, reports KCBS-TV's Jennifer Sabih.
  • LA radio host arrested on suspicion of kidnapping

    01/15/2006 10:07:11 PM PST · by SmithL · 40 replies · 1,353+ views
    AP ^ | 1/15/6
    Santa Monica - A radio host and Hollywood music consultant was released on $1 million bail after being arrested at a nightclub for investigation of drugging and attempting to kidnap a 14-year-old girl, police said Sunday. Chris Douridas, a KCRW-FM disk jockey, was arrested Jan. 6 outside a Santa Monica nightclub after witnesses reportedly saw him put a substance in the unidentified girl's drink and carry her out of the club, said Santa Monica police Sergeant Jay Trisler. The girl became ill and was treated at a local hospital before being released, Trisler said. It was unclear why she was...