I checked our data logs for N668DB and I see at 00:00Z that we received a flight plan for an immediate departure of N668DB from SMO D-> OTN (5kft, 123kts, no ETE) and then a few minues later, we received the departure for SMO-OTN followed by three position updates (1000ft, 1900ft, 2600ft), and then finally an arrival notice three minutes later.
Perhaps they meant to type in OTP, which could be a special code that they use to indicate a climb to VFR On ToP? Although I understand that it’s all bogus, it looks like FlightAware “correctly” handled the situation as presented by ZLA.
Out of curiosity, why didn’t you file IFR to your destination? Would you have been unable to receive your preferred routing and you were going to break out the marine layer in the LA basin and be VFR at your destination? I happened to notice in “My FlightAware” earlier that SMO was reporting LIFR all morning.