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Articles from the January 13, 2021 edition

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  • City Appoints Public Works Director Susan Cline as New Acting Assistant City Manager

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    Public Works Director Susan Cline has been appointed Acting Assistant City Manager, the City said in a press release. The PUblic Works department is the City's largest department. The Acting Assistant City Manager position is slated for a six-month term beginning January 18, 2021, the city said. Interim City Manager Lane Dilg leaves the City this Spring, reportedly because her husband is taking a position in the Biden administration. So presumably when Dilg leaves, Cline will move into the top...

  • Winner on 1970s TV Dating Game Show was a Serial Killer, Rodney Alcala Connected to Murder of 8 Women - and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jan 13, 2021

    'Dating Game' serial killer connected to victims decades after their deaths Rodney Alcala was at the height of his murderous spree in the 1970s when he put himself in the spotlight of primetime television - winning a date with a woman on the hit TV show "The Dating Game." It was decades before authorities discovered he was a prolific serial killer. Alcala has been connected to the murders of at least eight women, according to authorities. He pleaded guilty to murdering two women in New York...

  • Open Letter to Santa Monica City Council Regarding Reselection of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem on January 12, 2021

    Olga Zurawska and Michael Louis|Jan 13, 2021

    The main purpose of this letter is to urge the City Council and Councilmember McCowan to reconsider Mr. Cardona's position as stated in his January 6, 2021 response to Olga Zurawska's Demand to Cure and Correct. Mr. Cardona's position invites a dangerous precedent for democracy by normalizing Brown Act violations In his letter, Mr. Cardona claims that the very fact that Councilmember McCowan had publicly disclosed her serial meetings with the Council majority prior to the selection of Mayor and...

  • Santa Monica Pier Closes Again Due to Covid-19 World Pandemic

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    For the remainder of January, the Santa Monica Pier will be closed on the following dates: January 16-18, January 23-24 and on January 30-31, 2021. A major draw for tourists, the Pier was closed from May 15, 2020 to the end of September, and also during the last 3 days of 2020, and first three days of 2021. Los Angeles County, which has over ten million residents and is the biggest county by population in the entire United States, has had 12,500 Covid-19 deaths. 950,000 local residents have...

  • THE MATRIX IV is being filmed in Downtown San Francisco. Stars include Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    Even during a pandemic, Hollywood must carry on. The film franchise considers the possibility that we are all living in a franchise. Video from the filming of the Matrix IV, has emerged on Twitter. It shows two men dangling on wires as they tussle over downtown San Francisco. The film industry has of course, been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Downtown SM Parking Structure The Site of Another Suicide

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    Police officers and firefighters responded to a call on the 1500 block of 4th Street at about 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning for a report of a person on the sidewalk. A man aged about 30 appeared to have fallen from the top of the nearby parking structure. They closed the intersection of 5th Street and Arizona for 3 hours Monday morning as police investigated the incident. Officers found the man in acute distress with obvious injuries. Police attempted to treat him, until paramedics arrived and...

  • Bitcoin Falls Back to $33,000, as Dollar Rises and Temperatures Fall From Last Weeks Capitol Riot

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    1/10/21: Bitcoin sank to a low of $32,500 per bitcoin, in a sudden 20% overnight decline. The world's first crypto-currency (symbol BTC), could fall all the way back to 23,000 which is where it started this week's rally. The crypto-currency may have risen as the US seemed in a near insurrection on January 6th. Bloomberg news reports that just 40 billionaire bitcoin holders, own 95% of the crypto-currency bitcoin. This could limit the damage on the downside, and may present a buying opportunity...

  • Jet Set Rent Hotel Rooms in Santa Monica That Used to be Rent Controlled Apartments. Waiting Out Covid-19 in Style

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    What do you do if you're say, Saudi Royal Family and you get stuck in LA's Covid Lockdowns? You check into the Oceana Hotel is on Ocean Avenue just south of Montana Ave, and stay for a couple months. A repurposed apartment building, Oceana Hotel has rooms that start at $1000 a night, and go up to a modest $4000 a night. It is about half occupied longer term, with the very wealthy. Many of them unable to travel due to Coronavirus. And now it is under new management. "LXR Hotels & Resorts,...

  • Gascon Asks for a Mere 15 Years for 2 Adults who Bludgeoned to Death Their Family Youth Counselor, David McKnight-Hillman

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Jan 13, 2021

    LA County District Attorney George Gascon announced today that he is charging two "young adults" with one count of murder each in the fatal beating of David McKnight-Hillman, a counselor at the Wayfinder Family Services facility. McKnight-Hillman was responsible for the care of the residents at the youth hall and was reportedly trying to break up a fight at the home when seven teenagers turned on him and beat him. McKnight-Hillman succumbed to his injuries later at the hospital to which he was t...

  • Scientists Detect FM Signal Coming From Monolith on Jupiter's Largest Moon, Ganymede

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    The Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter has detected an FM radio signal coming from the Jovian moon, Ganymede. This is the first of its kind discovered. Reports are that it originates from a monolith photographed on the surface of Jupiter's largest moon. What exactly was the content of the five second signal from the surface of Ganymede? NASA hasn't released that yet. Juno was traveling across the polar region of Jupiter, where magnetic field lines connect to Ganymede, and that’s when it crossed t...