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Articles from the January 3, 2017 edition

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  • The 2016 Holiday Season Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau

    Zane|Jan 3, 2017

    To commemorate this festive season, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics. Rush to the Stores $23.8 billion - The estimated retail sales by the nation's department stores (including leased departments) in December 2015. A decrease of $0.4 billion in retail sales from December of the previous year. 14.3% - The estimated percentage of total 2015 sales for department stores (including leased departments) in December. For...

  • Global Green Goes Dumpster Diving in Westside Alleys, Seeking to Improve Trash

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 3, 2017

    When I bring home something I find in the alley, everyone makes fun of me for dumpster diving. But when three highly educated recent college grads do it, apparently it's research. I ran into three such women in an alley in the heart of Santa Monica's swank North of Wilshire neighborhood, where pretty much everyone drives a Prius. The three women are inspired and employed by Global Green USA to dig through trash in order to save the Planet. The Santa Monica Non-profit pays college grads to sift...

  • It all started with Thanksgiving, a day that shall forever live in gluttony.

    Ron Irwin|Jan 3, 2017

    It all started with Thanksgiving, a day that shall forever live in gluttony. Then it was a string of Christmas parties, at work perhaps, or with some friends or neighbors but we partied on right up until Christmas day when we indulged even more. So as we see the beginning of a New Year most of us will make solemn declarations we call our "New Year's Resolutions" which we will typically violate very soon in the New Year. These are always great and important promises yet it is almost a sure bet...

  • HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2017 Now Open For Entries

    Zane|Jan 3, 2017

    With contest entry continuing through 5 p.m. ET Friday, February 17, 2017, viewers can dream about moving into the HGTV® Dream Home on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Fans can enter twice a day by visiting for a chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.7 million. Eligible U.S. residents can log on to for full details and official rules. In addition to the approximately 3,200-square-foot residence and all its furnishings, the grand prize winner...

  • China Will Close Domestic Ivory Markets in 2017

    Zane|Jan 3, 2017

    After decades of advocating by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for shutting down domestic ivory markets, the Chinese Government has delivered on their pledge to close domestic ivory markets in 2017. "This is a tremendous victory for elephants and we applaud China for showing such decisive action and leadership on this issue," said Azzedine Downes IFAW President and CEO. The announcement stipulates a phased schedule to revoke some licenses by March 2017 and to eventually stop all...

  • Santa Monica Police Target Drunk Driving Over the Holidays With a New App.

    Observer Staff|Jan 3, 2017

    Even a Senior at SamoHi knows, you can't drink and drive. Well especially said Senior, since they pretty much all drink. But the Police Dept. nevertheless released their annual warning to drivers. Here it is: This holiday season, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will be out looking for drunk and drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. "Beginning December 16 and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up...

  • Rose Parade Festivities Kicked Off with California Grown Certification Ceremony


    Miracle-Gro®, Cal Poly Universities, FTD and Real California Milk will demonstrate continued support of California Grown flowers at the Tournament of Roses® Parade through an official California Grown certification ceremony on January 1 in Pasadena. California Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross will officiate the special certification ceremonies that are spearheaded by the Buy California Marketing Agreement (BCMA) and the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC). T...