Share with othersTweet LAOBSERVED Kevin Roderick • November 30 2011 11:05 AM The breakdown is 290 booked for failure to disperse, one for battery on a police officer and one for interfering with an officer, the L.A. Times reports. Bail for most was expected to be $5,000. Mayor Villaraigosa and Chief Beck have just held a presser where they effusively praised the efficiency, professionalism and calm of the 1,400 police who were on the scene, but some protesters are reporting... Read More

MoveOn Report: Congress vs. The Internet

Share with othersTweet As soon as this week, Congress will start debating whether to give the government the power to turn off parts of the Internet. If that sounds like a terrible recipe for abuse of power, that’s because it is. If enacted, a new law would make it so a simple allegation of copyright infringement—with no review process—could lead to the shutdown of sites from YouTube to Wikipedia to Any website, foreign or U.S.-based, could be wiped out... Read More


Share with othersTweet PALESTINE BLUES Courtesy of Cinema Libre Studio, FRIDAY, December 9, 2011 – 7:00 PM Home of Rachel and Jay, 601 9th Street, Santa Monica, one block east of Lincoln, one block north of Montana Southeast Corner, Easy Parking RSVP : or call 310-780-7363 (first 20) DINNER B4 FILM: Meet... Read More

MoveON: GOP Is 100% For 1%

Share with othersTweet Senate Democrats are proposing an extension of small but helpful tax cuts for the 99%—paid for by a surcharge on millionaires. But Republicans in the Senate are now lining up to oppose the same tax cuts they already supported. And that’s not the only example. With votes on unemployment benefits, Medicare payments, and a Wall Street tax likely before the end of the year, the lines have never been clearer. This final month of 2011 will force every... Read More

A Look at the School District’s Nutrition Program

Share with othersTweet By Hannah Heineman School nutrition programs not only provide nutrition for school children but can influence children’s eating habits for the rest of their lives. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s nutrition program provides a variety of options for students, including breakfast and lunch programs, salad bars and, with ingredients from Santa Monica’s Farmers’ Market, lunch options from outside vendors, snacks, vending machines, and... Read More


Share with othersTweet LA Observed: Kevin Roderick • November 29 2011 9:57 PM I’m downtown where the LAPD has begun closing down streets headed toward City Hall. Spring, Broadway, Los Angeles and Alameda have been blocked off at the 101 freeway, which seems like a huge perimeter. Earlier I was outside Dodger Stadium and saw the staging area being used by police. Protesters were given flyers earlier saying they had until 10:30 to vacate City Hall. Looks like the LAPD is... Read More


Share with othersTweet The deadline for the departure of OCCUPY LA from City Hall was 12:01 a.m. this morning. LAPD officers in full battle gear were at the ready, but they didn’t move. An official said later that they would move when they were “ready.” Last night, a group of veterans from all branches of the military descended on Occupy LA to protect civilians, preserve their rights and prevent police brutality. A spokesperson for the veterans said, “We will also... Read More

Action Alert: Mobilizing to Defend Occupy LA

Share with othersTweet Occupy LA is under attack. The mayor and city officials have pledged to evict Occupy LA from the encampment at City Hall lawn at 12:01, just after midnight, Sunday night. In a press conference yesterday, Mayor Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called the ongoing protest “unsustainable” and gave notice of their intention to have Occupy LA dismantled. We cannot let this happen. ANSWER Coalition is urging its members and supporters to be... Read More

NO DICE, A Santa Monica Murder Mystery, by Mar Preston

Share with othersTweet Last section posted November 11 Chapter Thirteen, 2nd section Spilliger touched Mason on the shoulder. Mason held the phone so intently, that he jumped. He was tight with worry for Ginger. “Jesus, you scared me.” “Sorry, sir. I just interviewed that guy Vittorio, Edwards’s alibi. The guy I been leaving messages for all over Europe. Some kind of buyer?” “Yeah?” Mason looked at him intently. Spilliger flushed. He had shaved his head and now... Read More

Belafonte and Robbins at Aero Monday

Share with othersTweet Harry Belafonte will engage in conversation about his life as an entertainer and his new memoir, “My Song,” with Tim Robbins on Monday night at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Live Talks Los Angeles is making pairs of tickets available to the first LA Observed readers to claim them. From LA Observed  Read More