Week of May 27, 2024

BREAKING NEWS: The 24th Annual Beverly Hills International Film Festival 2024 honors Hollywood's Esteemed and New Stars

Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer

The 24th Annual Beverly Hills International Film Festival ran May 1-5, 2024 at the TLC Chinese-6 Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood. There was a dazzling post party opening night at the Hollywood Rosevelt Hotel, Tropicana Pool/ Bar, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, .Hollywood. I was very impressed and amused with one of opening nights films 'My Divorce Party, directed by Heidi Weitzer. Five women, who have been best friends for a long time, travel to a remote desert location to celebrate a divorce...

BREAKING NEWS: IDF Strikes Target Northwest of Rafah, Kills Two Major Hamas Leaders

Stan Greene, Observer StaffWriter

The Israel Defense Forces struck a Hamas regional headquarters Sunday night northwest of Rafah. The strike, which followed a Hamas rocket strike on Tel Aviv, killed two major Hamas leaders as well as Palestinian civilians Hamas leaders were hiding behind. Eliminated in the precise airstrike in northwest Rafah: Hamas Chief of Staff in Judea and Samaria and an additional senior Hamas official. Terrorist #1: Yassin Rabia, had managed the entirety of Hamas' terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria,...

Beach Warnings for Los Angeles County May 23, 2024

LA Department of Public Health

May 23, 2024 Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health cautions residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters: BEACH AREA WARNINGS: Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro The entire swim area. Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach 100 yards up and down the coast from the public restrooms. Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey The entire swim area. Santa Monica Pier...

BREAKING NEWS: An After Hours Stroll Through the Zoo to Highlight The Beastly Ball At the Los Angeles Zoo

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) hosts its annual fundraising event, the Beastly Ball, on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Actor, comedian, and television host Joel McHale is back for the fifth time as emcee, lending his celebrity and signature humor in support of wildlife care and conservation. Guests enjoy an after-hours stroll through the Zoo, complete with special animal experiences; gourmet food and drinks provided by Momed, Granville, Yukami, Not Just Chef Jess, Taste of the Wild...

  • BREAKING NEWS: LA Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's spectacular Turandot from May 18 through June 8.

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer

    LA Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's spectacular Turandot, one of the grandest of all operas, from May 18 through June 8. Puccini's final opera showcasing the magnificent music of Italy's last great operatic composer created at the height of his maturity and technical mastery has continued to draw standing ovations over the last century. When Puccini's untimely death in 1924 left his final opera unfinished, composer Franco Alfano was commissioned to create the ending for its world premiere...

MIT President Gives Mealy-Mouthed Excuse for Finally Closing Down Pro-Gaza, Antisemitic Encampment that Violated Every Institute Rule

Alyssa Erdley, Alumnus MIT and Observer Staff

May 10, 2024 - Today we received a press release from Sally Kornbluth, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explaining why she had called police in early this morning to take down (finally) a provocative and disruptive pro-Gaza (pro-Hamas terror organization) encampment that had planted itself in the Kresge courtyard - a central point connecting the student dorms, the student center and cafeterias, and the classroom buildings. The encampment, she admits in her statement, was...

A Call on City Leaders to Clean Up this Mess: Crime, Homelessness, Overpriced "Affordable" Housing and More

Houman David Hemmati MD PhD, Special to the Observer

Dear Mayor Brock, City Manager White, City Attorney Sloan, and Esteemed Members of the City Council, I write to you as a deeply concerned and thoroughly fed-up resident of Santa Monica. Our city, once a beacon of beauty and safety, has descended into a state of lawlessness, neglect, and mismanagement. This letter serves as a wake-up call and a declaration of intent to reclaim our community from the brink of disaster. It is inspired by a profound sense of duty and love for our home, much like...

While Crime and Homelessness Take Over the City, Elected Leaders Waste Time Discussing the Middle East

Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude
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May 15, 2024 - Last night the Santa Monica City Council devoted slightly over three hours in a 9-⅓ hour meeting to the topic of the Gaza conflict in the Middle East. Freshman councilmember Jesse Zwick had brought forward a resolution calling for a "negotiated bilateral ceasefire" in the military actions Israel is conducting to root out the terrorist organization Hamas. Hamas broke the previous ceasefire on October 7, 2023, brutally raping, torturing, and murdering Israelis and other citizens,...

  • UPDATE: Whole Foods Worker Infected with Hepatitis A After Outbreak in Los Angles County Homeless Population

    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

    UPDATE: After initially reporting a number of Hepatitis A cases among LA County's large homeless population, a few days later, the health department now reports a case in a non-homeless individual, a worker at a Whole Foods market in Beverly Hills. This is an expected result of allowing health conditions to foster in a certain population that are strictly regulated in other populations. May 17, 2024 Public Health Investigating a Case of Reported Hepatitis A at an LA County Grocery Store The Los...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - May 27, 2024

    Santa Monica Coalition
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    Santa Monica's City Council thinks the city is just fine. One councilmember called the homeless residents our neighbors, their wants and desires equivalent to those of people who pay rent and pay taxes. The 'freedom' of some, most of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness, to live in filth, disease and to commit crimes with impunity, is valued over the ability of the rest of society to live healthy lives in law and order. Watch the videos shot and distributed by the Santa Monica...