The OPEN Daily » Santa Monica Essential Guide to L.A. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:23:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The LA Girl’s Ultimate Guide to Santa Monica Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:35:36 +0000 Santa Monica, a neighborhood filled with organic cuisine, expensive shopping and overtly trendy Westsiders, might just be one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles. It isn’t just the raging bar scene or the endless sunshine that keeps me coming back. It’s the local shops, cliff side beach views, irresistible sunsets and the ultimate ‘California vibe’ that leaves me wishing I lived in this affluent and eclectic city. Read more about what Santa Monica has to offer in my ultimate guide to Santa Monica!  Restaurants & Bars Blue Plate Taco – It’s hard to tell which is best, the food or the view. Located right on Ocean Avenue in front of the bustling beach scene is some of the tastiest margaritas and the best soup I’ve had in a long time. The Misfit Restaurant + Bar – My favorite restaurant in Santa Monica is in the heart of the biggest tourist spot in Santa Monica. The Misfit it a New American restaurant with a 1920s speakeasy vibe with some of the best cocktails you’ll have along with their homemade chocolate chip, sea salted cookies. Tar & Roses – One of the most unique, delectable restaurant experiences you could have in Santa […]

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High Surf Advisory Issued for Southern California Coastal Areas Amid Continuing Storms Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:28:04 +0000
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The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a high surf advisory for Southern California coastal areas from Oxnard to Los Angeles effective until 10 p.m. Friday, as well as a high surf warning effective from 10 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Sunday.

Surf the reached 4 feet to 8 feet on Thursday was expected to build to 10 feet 16 feet by late Friday and Saturday, the agency said, before it slowly diminishes from Sunday through Tuesday while remaining above high-surf thresholds. Large and powerful surf with dangerous rip currents was expected, officials said.

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SMC Buys Out the YWCA on 14th Street in Santa Monica; $5M for One Acre Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:47:34 +0000 Below is the press release from SMC, which is buying out YWCA’s land grant on 14th Street. Bear in mind reading it, that a mere 4% of SMC students graduated from Santa Monica High School, and that the campus’ 33,000 students are mostly foreign students obtaining a certificate in English proficiency. Historically, "community colleges" were a place for local high school…

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LA Metro launches new hotline to reduce harassment on trains, buses Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:47:07 +0000 Counselors from Peace Over Violence will advise callers to the sexual harassment hotline how to safely handle confrontations. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Los Angeles Metro launched a 24/7 hotline Jan. 11 for passengers to report sexual harassment on its trains and buses.

Counselors from Peace Over Violence, a community advocacy nonprofit, manage the confidential hotline. The trained counselors give advice to help callers safely handle conflicts. The number for the hotline is 1-844-633-5464 and it is available in English and Spanish.

Metro board member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker presented the new initiative in a press conference at Union Station on Jan. 11. Dupont-Walker said Metro aims to protect their customers against sexual harassment.

Metro spokesperson Joni Goheen said the hotline will increase rider safety and security. He added the hotline is the first of its kind nationwide.

[Related: LA Metro to add more trains to Expo Line to settle increased demand]

The hotline is currently a one-year pilot program, and Metro will evaluate how it is used to make later improvements, Goheen said.

Martin Wachs, a professor emeritus of urban planning, said he thinks the hotline will make Metro riders feel safer. He added he thinks it is a step in the right direction to reduce attacks.

Alia Persad, a second-year international development studies student and frequent Metro rider, said she thinks the hotline is important because the Metro can feel dangerous and scary for women and girls at night. However, she added she will not necessarily feel any safer because she can call 911 if she experiences harassment.

Dalia Assoum, a fourth-year geography and environmental science student, said she thinks the hotline adds a level of safeness to riding the Metro, but she added she did not feel unsafe when she used it.

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LA Weekly Wonders What Might Have Been at Santa Monica’s Vegan Hit Erven Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:15:48 +0000

According to Besha Rodell’s review

This week, Besha Rodell reviews Erven, chef Nick Erven’s vegan restaurant in Santa Monica. The chef is most known for his time as the lead at Koreatown’s celebrated (albeit relatively short-lived) Saint Martha, where he “showcased [his] talent for inventive cooking that was fun but also elegant.” Erven’s work at his new vegan eatery, however, is met with more mixed reviews.

Some of the dishes demonstrate “that same playfulness and bright creativity that made Saint Martha so appealing:”

You’d be wise to order the chickpea fritters, turned inky with the addition of activated charcoal and black garlic. The severely square snacks possess a subtle, roasty sweetness, which is offset by the zing of yuzu. Many of Erven’s best dishes rely on this kind of acidity, which seems to come from left field in the best possible way. Soft tofu arrives in a bowl under a flurry of almost-charred Brussels sprout leaves — a nice textural juxtaposition — but the real thrill is the puckery one-two punch of pickled garlic ponzu and lime-cured onion. [LAW]

Other dishes are far from creative:

For all of Erven’s creativity, there are dishes here that taste like what you might make if you threw everything from your farmers market box into a pot and hoped for the best. A farro and black-eyed pea hot pot, with braised greens and preserved tomato, was a little too much like the communal house vegan meals I had far too many of as the child of hippies.

Savory bread pudding, topped with mushroom chili, broccoli and spicy squash, was a little more texturally decadent. "This tastes like what they might serve at the best vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco, circa 1984," I said to my tablemates. I’m not sure what I meant, exactly, except that the dish could only be viewed generously with a number of caveats in place: The bread pudding was fine for vegetarian food; for vegan food; for pre-Ubuntu; for the pre–veggie worship era. For 2017, for Nick Erven? It’s just OK. [LAW]

The critic explains that after Saint Martha, she was hoping Erven would evolve into “a chef more fully formed and steady,” but the move to cook with vegan restrictions “seems clumsy in comparison with the weird elegance of Saint Martha.”

B. Rod concludes her two star review of the restaurant hoping to see more from the chef:

Limitations are certainly capable of spurring creativity. But sometimes they’re just limiting. Erven the restaurant is worthy on its own terms, particularly for those guests who actually are vegan. But I do hope to see a broader, caveat-free effort sometime soon from Erven the man. [LAW]

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Activewear brand Lorna Jane campaign tests new in-store experiences in Santa Monica Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:57:20 +0000 Australian activewear brand Lorna Jane launched a new campaign Friday that’s aimed at empowering its customer base as the company looks to test new experiences in store.

The company, with more than 200 stores of which 40 are in the U.S., is calling the campaign “She is You” with messaging centered…

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Healthcare advocates to rally in L.A. to protect Affordable Care Act Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:40:46 +0000
Hundreds of nurses, other healthcare workers and patients are expected to turn out at a noon rally to protest the national effort by Republican lawmakers to rescind the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who opposes the repeal, is scheduled to appear with healthcare…

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SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati: Santa Monica’s Ambassador to the Outside World Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:45:54 +0000 Dear Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students, staff, parents and communities: I am humbled and delighted to join you as your superintendent. I have great respect and appreciation for the trust you’ve bestowed on me to serve as steward over the most important job in the world, aside from parenting, and that is the education of our children. I want to thank the SMMUSD school board…

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Car Runs Red Light, Collides With Expo Line Train Late Sunday Morning Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:29:04 +0000
Some people just can’t wait for the train to pass. 

Seventh Street is closed to traffic at Colorado as of 12 noon Sunday morning. 

An expo line train at seventh Street and Colorado Boulevard in Santa Monica collided with the rear end of a passenger car, according to an MTA employee who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press. ” 

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City commissioner wants to cancel Santa Monica’s popular Twilight Concert Series Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:28:26 +0000

Arts Commissioner Phil Brock says the pier events “are now a security burden to our city”

Is it time for the popular Twilight Concert Series, held each summer at the Santa Monica Pier, to come to an end? Santa Monica Arts Commissioner Phil Brock says yes.

In an opinion piece, published last week in the Santa Monica Mirror, Brock, who has also served as a Recreation and Parks commissioner for the city, writes that “the Twilight Dance Concerts are now a security burden to our city.” He goes on to say that the outdoor concerts “must be canceled and reimagined” in the interest of ensuring the pier retains its “local flavor.”

The suggestion is part of a “wish list” for the city compiled by Brock on behalf of a group called Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow. Many of the items on the wish list pertain to curbing problems of overcrowding in the city, as well as limiting the scale of new development. But the most dramatic proposal is the elimination of the concert series—which has been a staple of the pier for decades.

The city has struggled in recent years to keep the scale of the concerts from growing too large, with the City Council deciding in 2014 to remove video screens that allowed spectators to view the shows from the beach.

A City Council report from May indicates the concerts bring in crowds of up to 30,000, and in August, City manager Rick Cole noted in a blog post that the concert series was drawing an unprecedented amount of vehicle and foot traffic to the Downtown area.

Santa Monica Next reviewed a financial analysis of the concert series and found that crowds more typically number between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees, but that security costs for the events have escalated rapidly in recent years. In 2013, the city spent just $50,000 on security for the event—compared to around $950,000 last year.

Still, as of right now, there aren’t any plans to call of the popular concerts. Jay Farrand, executive director of the Santa Monica Pier Corporation, which oversees the event, tells Santa Monica Next that there is “no threat to this 32-year community tradition.”

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Stay out of the water; rains bring runoff, health hazards Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:16:28 +0000 Photo courtesy of the city of Long Beach
Photo courtesy of the city of Long Beach

Photo courtesy of the city of Long Beach

Los Angeles County health officials Monday urged people to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers for the next several days.

During rainy weather, bacteria, “debris, trash and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters though these outlets,” according to a Department of Public Health statement.

“Discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprise a small portion of the beach,” the statement said. “Therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will still be able to enjoy their outing … (but) stay away from discharge sites.”

The health advisory will be in effect until at least 7 a.m. Thursday.

Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers are exempted from the advisory, which may be extended depending on further rainfall.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available on the county’s beach closure hotline — (800) 525-5662 — or via the website


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Santa Monica Tops Nation With Higher Average Rent Than New York Or San Francisco Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:16:24 +0000 Santa Monica Tops Nation With Higher Average Rent Than New York Or San Francisco
Even Venice is more expensive than San Francisco! [ more › ]

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Santa Monica might ban more exotic animals from its pier, beaches Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:56:43 +0000

No more rats, rabbits, or spiders on the beach…

No trip to a Los Angeles tourist trap would be quite complete without a quick sidestep to avoid a python-wrapped man offering photos with his boa constrictor for money. Santa Monica city leaders were so concerned about the exploitation of exotic animals in exchange for tourist dollars, they outlawed the practice.

In the spring of 2015, Santa Monica officially banned street performers from bringing reptiles, birds, and non-human primates into public spaces, such as the popular Santa Monica Pier and beach. That should be that, right?

Wrong. Enterprising street performers found loopholes by ditching the snakes, parrots, and monkeys in favor of animals that did not happen to fall into banned taxonomies.

Now Santa Monica wants to finish the job. The City Council plans to take up the issue January 10, when a vote is scheduled on a more comprehensive ban, reports the Santa Monica Lookout.

Animals in the crosshairs this time are:

  • arachnids
  • rodents
  • rabbits

If the new ban is passed, that killer bunny/tarantula unicycle act you’ve been working on could incur a penalty of up to $500 and/or six months in jail. For those street performers about to retire their prohibited pet, don’t worry. There’s still fish, amphibians, and several invertebrates that are perfectly legal.

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Beach House Brims With Activities Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:46:22 +0000 Start off the New Year exploring great opportunities at the Annenberg Community Beach House with a lineup that offers something for everyone. From a synchronized swim class to free events including guided beach walks, art talks, performances and a Gold Coast-era birthday celebration. Don’t miss the fun kicking off this Sunday.

Aqualillies Synchronized Swim Class

Sunday, January 8, 15 & 22

Haven’t you always wanted to take a synchronized swim class? With the Aqualillies, it’s a fun and creative way to feel great. Learn sculling techniques, back layouts, ballet legs, torpedoes and tuck turns, then set your new skills to music in a simple and graceful routine. The class includes complimentary hot chocolate. 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. $37 or $83 for all three classes.

Snowy Plover Beach Walk With The Audubon Society

Sunday, January 8

Your inner naturalist will revel in a guided walk exploring the habitat and life cycle of the small, white snowy plovers in their winter beach home. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your own. 8:30 – 10 a. m. (Free)

Family Field Trip Beach Walk With The Audubon Society

Sunday, January 8

You never know what you’ll find on this sandy field trip to the beach! Could it be grebes, beach hoppers, sand crabs or kelp? Ages 5+ with parent/guardian. Binoculars and field guides provided for extra fun. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Free)

Plectrum Violin/Guitar Duo Featuring
Mann-Wen Lo And Mark Grgic

Tuesday, January 10

These advocates of traditional and popular music present repertoire that’s both artistically challenging and enjoyable for a wide and diverse audience, taking listeners on a musical journey spanning centuries. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p. m. (Free)

Happy Birthday Marion!

Sunday, January 15

Hosted by the Santa Monica Conservancy, it’s a slice of Gold Coast history come to life. Celebrate Marion Davies; silent film actress, famed party hostess, mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst and original Beach House resident. Cut a rug to music from the classic American song book by LA Love Band, enjoy magician Tom Frank, catch Marion and

W.R. Hearst in snippets from European vacation home movies, and Marion in her 1928 silent film Show People. Film producer Elaina Archer and Davies’ biographer Lara Fowler will be on hand to share insights into Marion’s life and times. Festivities take place at Marion’s 1928 Julia Morgan designed Guest House. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Free)

Beach Walk & Sketch With The Audubon Society

Sunday, January 22

Bring your sense of wonder and take to the sands to sketch nature’s offerings on our beautiful stretch of Santa Monica State Beach! Binoculars, drawing boards, pencils and newsprint will be provided, or bring your own easy-to-carry sketching tools. 9 a.m. – 11 a. m. (Free)

Artist Talk On Los Angeles: Detailed

Saturday, January 28

Join the photographers featured in the current gallery exhibition, as each reflects on their individual work, moderated by educator, blogger, curator, writer, and fellow artist Aline Smithson. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Free)

Poetry & The Art Of Listening, A Reading And Discussion With Billy Burgos, Teresa Mei Chuc And Daniel Romo, Moderated By Dinah Berland

Tuesday, January 31

Join Beach House writer-in-residence Berland and guests on the theme of “how poetry can spark empathy across difference.” 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Free)


For more information on all the Beach House has to offer, visit or call 310.458.4904. Space is limited for all events. RSVP and registration for all free events is requested. You can register online by clicking on “classes” or “community events.” The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. Parking is $3 per hour or $8 per day.





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Santa Monica May Be Banning Street Performers With Spiders, Rats And Rabbits Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:23:50 +0000 Santa Monica May Be Banning Street Performers With Spiders, Rats And Rabbits
Snakes, birds, reptiles, and non-human primates are already banned under a 2015 law. [ more › ]

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Santa Monica May Be Banning Street Performers With Spiders, Rats And Rabbits Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:22:09 +0000 Santa Monica May Be Banning Street Performers With Spiders, Rats And Rabbits
Snakes, birds, reptiles, and non-human primates are already banned under a 2015 law. [ more › ]

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Snapchat’s parent company is expanding into 300,000 square feet of Santa Monica office space Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:05:21 +0000 The company behind popular mobile chat app Snapchat has decided to take a large amount of office space near Santa Monica Airport as it continues to expand rapidly.

Snap Inc. has leased about 300,000 square feet at Santa Monica Business Park, according to Westside real estate experts who know about…

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 6: Faraday Future Claims Electric Car Has More Than 64,000 Reservations Sat, 07 Jan 2017 02:44:47 +0000 Faraday Future claims electric car has more than 64,000 reservations, Honest Co. draws boycott for support of Trump’s ‘Apprentice,’ SpaceX wins several manned space-flight contracts from NASA, and more.

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Tobey Maguire’s artsy Santa Monica compound sells for $330,000 over asking Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:19:48 +0000 Actor-producer Tobey Maguire has sold his home in Santa Monica for $3.325 million, roughly 11% over the asking price, the Multiple Listing Service shows.

Sited on slightly more than 8,000 square feet, the property includes a reimagined 1920s bungalow, a separate studio and a detached garage previously…

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A new report says Santa Monica has the nation’s highest rental prices Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:37:26 +0000

Venice isn’t far behind

When it comes to pricey rental markets, the greater Los Angeles area is certainly up there, but renters in other metro regions such as New York and San Francisco have reliably paid significantly higher rates compared to LA.

But a new report from rental website Apartment Guide suggests the very highest prices in the nation can be found right here in sunny Southern California.

Specifically, Santa Monica is leading all other rental markets with median monthly prices of $4,799 for a one-bedroom unit. That’s significantly higher than prices in second-place New York, where median rents run $4,562 per month. Venice, which the report treats as a separate market from Los Angeles (even though it’s not its own city—yet), is fifth on the list, with median rents of $3,922.

An Apartment Guide spokesperson tells Curbed that to get rental figures, the site compiled active November listing prices from their site and Those prices seem a bit high when compared to other rental reports we’ve seen recently. For instance, a survey of LA-area neighborhoods released by Zumper in November listed the median price of a two-bedroom unit in Santa Monica as $4,330.

Since the report compares specific LA neighborhoods to cities like New York and San Francisco, the price figures don’t totally reflect the greater Los Angeles market.

Still, the data accentuates the fact that Westside locations are quickly becoming some of the priciest rental markets in the nation. Playa Vista and Marina del Rey placed 17 and 18 on the list, with median rents of $3,327 and $3,320, respectively.

Overall, more than half of the top 50 rental markets are in California. Other pricey LA-area neighborhoods include West Hollywood ($3,180), Culver City ($3,161), and Hollywood ($3,110).

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Santa Monica Public Library to Present Pop-Up Library at Main Street Farmer’s Market Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:30:05 +0000 Santa Monica Public Library presents their latest pop-up library at the Main Street Farmers Market from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.  On the fourth Sunday of each month through March, select library books will be available for checkout with a valid SMPL library card.  Don’t have a card?  You can sign up for a SMPL library card at the pop-up library as well.  Various children’s activities and crafts will be offered, making this a fun event for all.  Santa Monica Public Library will be at the Main Street Farmers Market on Sunday, January 22, February 26, and March 26.  The Santa Monica Main Street Farmers Market is located in Heritage Square at 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

This program is free and open to the public.  The Farmers Market is served by Big Blue Bus Lines #1 and 8.  The Farmers Market is wheelchair accessible.  Ride your bike. Free Bike Valet services are available at the Sunday Farmers Market. For more information about this and other Library programs, or call the Montana Branch Library at (310) 458-8682.

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No Outbreak of Antibiotic-Resistant Virus in Venice, Health Officials Say Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:55:28 +0000 "There is no increased risk of MRSA infection in the Venice community," according to a statement from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

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Snapchat showed investors false user statistics, ex-employee alleges in lawsuit Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:00:14 +0000 A former Snapchat employee alleged in a lawsuit Wednesday that the company misrepresented its financial state while recruiting him and then pressured him to spill secrets about his time at Facebook.

Anthony Pompliano worked in Snapchat’s business operations department for three weeks before his…

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Snapchat sued in LA by ex-employee who alleges investors were misled Thu, 05 Jan 2017 04:58:38 +0000 The advertising of Snapchat's "ghost" logo at Times Square in New York City in April 2016. Photo: Marco Verch/Wikimedia Commons
The advertising of Snapchat's "ghost" logo at Times Square in New York City in April 2016. Photo: Marco Verch/Wikimedia Commons

The advertising of Snapchat’s “ghost” logo at Times Square in New York City in April 2016. Photo: Marco Verch/Wikimedia Commons

Snapchat was sued Wednesday in Los Angeles by an ex-employee who alleges he was fired after resisting attempts to falsely represent its value in advance of plans to take the company through a multibillion-dollar initial public offering.

Anthony Pompliano alleges his refusal to “participate in Snapchat’s institutional pandemic” of misleading investors and trading partners resulted in the loss of his job three weeks after he was hired away from Facebook to run Snapchat’s new-user growth and engagement team.

A Snapchat representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit.

Pompliano seeks an injunction directing Snapchat to refrain from making misrepresentations about his firing pending the outcome of arbitration proceedings in which he seeks damages.

The suit — many paragraphs are partially or completely blacked out — alleges Pompliano was “fraudulently induced” to leave Facebook, described in the complaint as “a spurned suitor turned fierce competitor” of Snapchat.

“Snapchat’s leadership saw Mr. Pompliano as an impediment to their planned IPO because he refused to turn a blind eye to Snapchat’s misrepresentations,” the suit alleges.

“Indeed, Snapchat accurately perceived that Mr. Pompliano would blow the whistle” should the company continue to make misrepresentations to the public, private investors and advertisers in connection with its planned IPO, the complaint alleges.

The suit also alleges Snapchat executives hired Pompliano to obtain confidential data from Facebook and pressured him to reveal such information even though he warned them that he had signed confidentiality agreements with his former employer.

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon at 7-11 This Morning Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:14:19 +0000  


On January 3, 2016 at 6:03 am , Santa Monica PD received a radio call for service of an assault with a deadly weapon at the 7-11 at 1600 Santa Monica Blvd.  Officers determined the incident involved a knife.  The suspect entered the store and attempted to steal items.  The suspect stabbed an employee in the chest with a knife before fleeing the scene.   The suspect was described as a female white in her twenties; possibly homeless.

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.   This investigation is still active.


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