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Articles from the January 6, 2020 edition

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  • Celebrate the Kumquat in Style During Santa Monica Restaurant Week - Over 35 Restaurants Are Joining the 2020 Foodie Party

    Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny|Jan 6, 2020

    From January 6-12, 2020, Santa Monica Restaurant Week returns to Santa Monica for a DELICIOUS week-long celebration of this beachside city's award-wining dining scene. So let's celebrate California Restaurant Month in STYLE by experiencing Santa Monica's innovative culinary scene, one KUMQUAT-themed dish at a time! Back for its eighth go around, the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism's format is simple: every year the city of Santa Monica picks a fresh, local ingredients found at their four weekly...

  • From Earthquakes to Murders and elections, 2019 was one for the record books.

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer staff writer|Jan 6, 2020

    ​The news stories happening in Santa Monica this year ranged from the highly unusual to the highly typical. Here's our take on the year that was. The Unusual ​The Ridgecrest Earthquake ​A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the Southland at 10:33 in the morning on Independence Day. This was followed by a larger, magnitude 7.1 quake the next day. Both quakes were centered in the small community of Ridgecrest, which was hard hit by the largest earthquakes to occur in the region in 20 years. No damag...

  • Hide the Guns and Churn the Butter: New Year, New Laws for California

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 6, 2020

    12 new laws going into effect today include AB5, the anti rideshare amendment. The bill attempts to create stricter rules around independent contractors. The intent is for Uber and Lyft drivers to pay their drivers as employees. The rideshare companies say their drivers are still independent contractors, and they intend to spend $100 million or so to put the issue before voters in November. Several other new statutes will make it more safe and complex to drive. AB 1810 removes motorized scoote...

  • Federal Lawsuit Claims Amazon Knowingly Is The Direct Seller Of Counterfeits

    Craig Crosby, The Counterfeit Report|Jan 6, 2020

    A U.S. Federal Court lawsuit, Maglula, Ltd. v., names global-giant Amazon (AMZN) as the direct seller of its counterfeit products. Maglula's lawsuit alleges they repeatedly warned, then purchased counterfeits of their trademarked and patented products from Amazon as a direct seller through Amazon's platforms. Maglula found that Amazon even sold returned counterfeit Maglula merchandise to third-party liquidation-centers for resale. What is particularly concerning is that many...

  • City Council Sells Out Santa Monica to SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments)

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jan 6, 2020

    Radical changes are coming to the cityscape of Santa Monica within the next three months, according to comments made at the City Council meeting December 10. The council was struggling to react to an assessment made by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) that the city would have to zone to accommodate 9,118 units by 2029. Of those units, 69 percent would need to be affordable. The current population of Santa Monica is 93,556. 9,118 is the number of units SCAG believes will...

  • Shirley Caroline Skeels Svenson Memorial to be Held 1/24/2020

    Carolyn Lupe, Shirleys daughter|Jan 6, 2020

    Shirley Caroline Skeels Svenson, May 30, 1920 - December 11, 2019 Shirley, our beautiful Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, died gently at her home in Santa Monica, California on December 11 at age 99. She was born in Hastings, MN to parents Johannes and Marie Nord and raised in Preston, MN and Madison, WI. Shirley attended St. Olaf's College and graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she then worked and met Robert F. Skeels. Shirley and Bob were married on...

  • Songs of Fantasy at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer

    Songs of Fantasy at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, located at 1008 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403. The 37th season of the Verdi Chorus continues with the Fox Singers , presented by the Verdi Chorus and the Sahm Family Foundation, in Songs of Fantasy for one night only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on February 1, at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase at or by calling (800) 838-3006. 17 Border Crossings at The Broad Stage...

  • Secret Room Event Kicks off the Award Season with their Golden Globes Luxury suite

    Preity Uupala, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 6, 2020

    Los Angeles, January 4-This Award season, Secret Room, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company honored the 2019 Golden Globe Nominees and Presenters on January 3rd and 4th by hosting its Annual Nominees and presenters Luxury gifting lounge. Held at the luxurious At the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, appropriately so, this year the guests were treated to a lavish array of gifts and services. This Awards season saw luxury lifestyle brands being showcased. Secret Ro...