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  • EXCLUSIVE: Vicente Fox Blames U.S. for Drug War; Violence ‘Is Produced Here’

    05/08/2016 8:37:39 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/08/2016 | by Alex Swoyer and Joel B. Pollak
    SANTA MONICA, California — Former Mexican president Vicente Fox suggested Wednesday that drug trafficking and violence at the border aren’t caused by Mexico, but by drug consumption in the United States. We don’t have a consumption problem. Then, the question, why the war? Why the killings? It’s because we are in between those that consume the drugs here in the north in United States and those who produce the drugs south, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia. “And here is Mexico in this war, why? We have accepted to collaborate with United States in trying to cut the drug trafficking, trying to...
  • Unions champion higher minimum wages but support loopholes that exempt their own union workers

    04/10/2016 7:28:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | April 10, 2016 | Mark J. Perry
    union hypocrisy and betrayal of its membership ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed. ... written into the fine print of wage ordinances in a dozen California cities at labor leaders’ urging. San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws. L.A. city officials are expected to indicate whether they will include such an exemption in their own $15 minimum wage at a hearing next week. ... Thanks to the “union waivers” agreed to by union leaders,...
  • Outrage after big labor crafts law paying their members less than non-union workers

    04/10/2016 11:50:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2016 | Peter Jamison
    ... Under an obscure provision of the city's wage hike, unionized hotels were granted an exemption allowing them to pay their employees less... ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed... San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws... At the Sheraton Universal Hotel, a longtime union property, bellhops, waiters and banquet servers make California's current minimum wage: $10 an hour... Those doing the same jobs at a non-union Hilton less than 500 feet away make at...
  • Obama: ‘Mr. Trump is not succeeding Me‘

    04/08/2016 12:47:47 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/08/16 | Nolan McCaskill
    President Barack Obama in his most emphatic terms yet disputed the idea that Donald Trump will win this presidential election. “I recognize that there is a deep obsession right now about Mr. Trump,” Obama told attendees of a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser Thursday evening in Santa Monica, California. “And one of you pulled me aside and squeezed me hard and said, ‘Tell me that Mr. Trump is not succeeding you.’ And I said, ‘Mr. Trump is not succeeding me.’” Obama credited Trump and his primary rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, for exposing “some of the nonsense that we’ve been...
  • Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer Dies

    03/11/2016 12:23:43 PM PST · by Borges · 112 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | 3/11/2016 | Nick DeRiso
    Keith Emerson, the outsized co-founding keyboardist in Emerson Lake and Palmer has died. Long-time bandmate Carl Palmer’s publicist has posted a message that confirms Emerson’s passing last night (March 10) in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 71. “Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come,” Palmer said. “He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.”
  • Keith Emerson, keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dead of apparent suicide

    03/11/2016 10:57:27 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 40 replies
    When I was in high school, none of us had ever heard anything like this music. It was life changing. I will never forget sitting in Bill Barret's trailer in Plainview TX listening to this album over and over. RIP Keith.
  • Keith Emerson Dead at 71

    03/12/2016 8:59:31 AM PST · by howlinhound · 18 replies
    Not sure if this has been posted here yet but Keith Emerson of the 70's band Emerson, Lake and Palmer has been found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71 and living in California.
  • ELP Star Keith Emerson 'Shot Himself Because He Could No Longer Perform For His Fans'

    03/13/2016 3:06:05 PM PDT · by LS · 75 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 3/13/2016 | Caroline Graham
    Rock star Keith Emerson killed himself because he feared he was no longer good enough as a musician, his girlfriend exclusively told The Mail on Sunday last night. The 71-year-old founder and keyboard player of Emerson, Lake and Palmer was 'tormented with worry' about upcoming concerts in Japan because nerve damage to a hand had affected his playing, said Mari Kawaguchi. She found Emerson's body when she returned to the apartment the couple shared in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, early on Friday morning. He had shot himself with a gun he kept for protection. 'Keith wasn't feeling well on Thursday...
  • FAA says Santa Monica Airport must stay open until 2023

    12/05/2015 1:22:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 4, 2015 | Dan Weikel
    The Federal Aviation Administration ruled Friday that Santa Monica Airport must stay open at least until 2023 -- a decision that could frustrate the city's efforts to reduce flight operations and then shut down the historic facility in the near future. Santa Monica elected officials and anti-airport activists insist that the airport can be closed well before 2023 because, they say, all obligations to the federal government already have expired. Some have even claimed it could have been shuttered earlier this year, ending what they contend are the airport's noise, pollution and safety hazards.
  • New Jeb Bush Chief Technology Officer Deleting Old Tweets About “Sluts” (Czahor resigned Tuesday)

    02/10/2015 7:10:24 PM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 10, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Ethan Czahor’s tweets began disappearing today after news broke Monday that he had been hired by Jeb Bush. Czahor resigned Tuesday. Time magazine reported on Monday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has hired Ethan Czahor, a Santa Monica-based techie who co-founded, to be chief technology officer for his political action committee, Right to Rise.
  • Obama Calls For Action Against Guns: "I Need You To Mobilize"

    06/19/2015 7:38:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 89 replies ^ | June 19,2015 | Charlie Spiering
    After delivering a frustrated speech about gun violence in Washington D.C., President Obama traveled to Santa Monica for a fundraiser with Hollywood star Tyler Perry. During the speech, he called for his supporters to mobilize against gun violence in order to change the current political environment that refused to act.
  • HuffPo Whitewashes Hillary Supporter Biography

    12/11/2007 6:23:54 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies · 54+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 11, 2007 | P.J. Gladnick
    A Huffington Post blog, "Hillary As An Agent of Change," authored by Derek Shearer was posted yesterday to reassure the "progressives" that Hillary Clinton is really one of their own. Despite the common view among the left that Hillary is a status quo type, Shearer lets us know that she is really quite liberal as you can see in these excerpts: ... Hillary would be a strong leader who manages change in the public interest-at home and abroad--in the manner of FDR or Harry Truman. She is, in fact, the true heir to the New Deal tradition of the Democratic Party,...
  • Dionne's Bad Advice for California GOP (Why would any one listen to a liberal?)

    05/02/2015 1:34:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | May 2, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    In his latest column, Washington Post commentator EJ Dionne advises National Republicans to learn from California's mistakes, or face declining voter support in election cycles to come.His first point of contact on this matter? The current Chairman of the California GOP, Jim Brulte:“California is the leading edge of the country’s demographic changes,” Brulte said in an interview. “Frankly, Republicans in California did not react quickly enough to them, and we have paid a horrible price.”That is true. Up to the early 1980s and the 1990s, California was a majority white state, Republicans did very well working the entire state. Other...
  • LA Marathoners see epic Obama scandal "mile markers"

    03/16/2015 7:57:40 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 18 replies
    IJ Review ^ | March 16, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    The Los Angeles Marathon was held Sunday, starting at Dodger Stadium, winding through downtown LA and Hollywood, and finishing in Santa Monica. Part of the uniqueness of the course is the entertainment and spectacle along the route. Guerrilla street artist Sabo, added a little something extra for this year’s participants: street_19 Each of the sixteen posters copied the style of the marketing materials for the race. Here’s the logo from the race organizers: Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 10.50.47 AM And here’s the slightly revised one that was on the bottom of each of the posters: Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 10.51.53...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 6/7/13 |
    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 ^ | March 3, 2013 12:54 PM
    SANTA MONICA ( — 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 ^ | August 23, 2012 9:27 AM | Pete Demetriou
    SANTA MONICA ( — 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, 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.