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Articles from the January 12, 2020 edition

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  • Story Corps Oral History Project Records on SM's Promenade

    Mary Leipziger, Observer staff writer|Jan 12, 2020

    Slightly south of Wilshire Blvd on the Third Street Promenade sits a big silver van, with Story Corps scrawled in flowing red letters. A red metal desk sits near by. When I arrived yesterday Mia Raquel asked if she could help me. A graduate of Oberlin College, she did radio there for 4 years and joined Story Corp in 2003. Her responsibilities include taking care of the audio equipment in the van and making notes about the interviews for the archives. The van travels to 10 cites a year,...

  • AB-5: California's Gig Economy Law Reveals Who Brokers Power in Sacramento

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jan 12, 2020

    The short list of winners under California's gig economy law and the long list of exceptions to it act like a neon sign announcing who controls the power in this state. The winners are the government treasury, organized labor unions, and such a tiny number of workers that they are barely worth mentioning. The losers are everybody else, including employers (mostly of small businesses), consumers, and, most notably, the lion's share of workers currently operating as independent contractors. Most...

  • Calendar: Fairview Library Presents Music and Movement at the Library

    Observer Staff

    Join us for a musical story time that will have little ones singing and dancing along as they learn important early literacy concepts at the Fairview Library on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 3:30 pm. This free, 30-minute program is for children ages 18 months to 5 years old and will be held in the Community Room. The Fairview Library is located at 2101 Ocean Park Blvd. Fairview Branch Library presents Preschool Explorers: Ice Age Learn about life during the Ice Age and free a toy animal from the i...

  • Trump Administration Acts to Protect Jews at UCLA Using Title VI

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jan 12, 2020

    The Trump administration made it clear this week how they were going to act on the president's executive order that included Jews as a protected group under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into UCLA for two separate complaints regarding anti-Semitism. When President Trump initially signed the executive order, there was outcry from some who deliberately misunderstood the president's updated interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act....

  • Duty Free - Harry and Meghan Determined To Make A Royal Mint- A PR Disaster Bigger Than Prince Andrew's TV Appearance.

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 12, 2020

    Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle - The Duchess of Sussex, announced yesterday they are taking their own path, a road less travelled by a leading Royal since Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, and look how that turned out! The news has left a country and the world's leading monarchy in shock. Or has it? Was this the long term goal? Will the outcome be the one the ‘Royal’ pair seek out? In their statement which read, 'After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we hav...

  • The End of Stationary Retail: Staples to Exit Santa Monica February 7, 2020

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 12, 2020

    The Staples store located at 15th and Wilshire Blvd will close permanently on February 7th, an employee of the store told our reporter. “Apparently, corporate was in talks with the landlord to negotiate a new deal, but with the new rent they are asking, management decided to walk,” said another employee. “Word is they already pay $80,000 a month rent and the landlord now wants $100k or more,” he added. Santa Monica used to have several retail stationary outlets. Staples put them out of busines...

  • Sandmann Settles Litigation Against CNN for $750,000 in 2 Federal Defamation Actions

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 12, 2020

    CNN settled with Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky high school student who had sued the news outlet for defamation. A CNN spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the claims had been settled. CNN paid Sandmann and his lawyers $750,000, small money to the network, but enough to put the young man through college. Attorney's fees are not public, but are customarily around one third of the recovery in such cases. In any defamation action against a news organization, a defendant can argue that it has a First...

  • GBK Kicks off the Award Season with their Golden Globes Luxury suite

    Preity Uupala, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 12, 2020

    Los Angeles, January 5-This Award season, GBK, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company honored the 2020 Golden Globe Nominees and Presenters on January 3rd and 4th by hosting its Annual Nominees and presenters Luxury gifting lounge. Held at gorgeous Kimpton La Peer, nestled in West Hollywood, 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. Many familiar faces were...