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Articles from the January 19, 2018 edition

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  • LA County Coroner Releases Report on Death of Singer Tom Petty

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 19, 2018

    The Los Angeles County Coroner Friday afternoon released the toxicology report on the death of Tom Petty. It says the singer died from "Multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity (fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl)" Petty was found in his Malibu home, dead at age 66 of heart failure on October 3, 2017. The Singer was acclaimed for balads such as "I Won't Back Down," "American...

  • SM Place Lunar New Year Event Feb 17. Year of the Dog

    Observer Staff

    Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Dog with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 2 – 6 p.m. Hosted by Katherine Ho from The Voice on NBC, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese dragon dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year's Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy. Santa Monica Place's Lunar New Year ce...

  • SMMUSD School Board to Hear Conflict-of-Interest Findings

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 19, 2018

    An internal investigation into the possibility of conflicts of interest among members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board will be presented at their meeting on Thursday. After the Los Angeles Times broke a story in November, 2017, about potential conflicts of interest regarding School Board Member Maria Leon-Vazquez and her husband, Santa Monica Councilmember Tony Vazquez, the school board launched this internal investigation. The investigation ended up expanding to include...

  • Scooter Roto Rooter: Criminal complaint against Bird to be heard February 1

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 19, 2018

    The City of Santa Monica, ever vigilant to protect others from ripping them off, has filed a criminal complaint against Bird, the company providing phone-app electric scooters for rent. Bird provides the single-person electric scooters that can be found parked on sidewalks throughout the city. The devices can be unlocked with a phone-based app. To ride costs $1 per unlocking plus 15 cents per minute. When finished, the rider then relocks the device using the phone application. But Bird...

  • Jacaranda presents Pre-Concert Talk and the Concert "Indivisible: Music of Frederic Rzewski & Julius Eastman"

    Observer Staff

    Jacaranda presents Pre-Concert Talk and the Concert "Indivisible: Music of Frederic Rzewski & Julius Eastman" Saturday, January 20, Pre-Concert Conversation 7pm, Concert 8pm Renee Levine Packer, author of Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music (2015), will join Artistic Director Patrick Scott for a pre-concert discussion on protest music and revising history on Inauguration Day. The author will be available for book signings after the concert. The concert, INDIVISIBLE, will feature two...

  • Hacking Your Health in 2018 with Bulletproof Labs & a 20 Second Workout

    Omid Vojdani, Edible Skinny|Jan 19, 2018

    Hello, and happy health to you all! I was lucky enough to be invited to Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica, a 'fitness facility' dedicated to optimizing physical and cognitive performance through science. After spending four hours there, trying almost everything they had to offer, I realized that calling Bulletproof Labs a fitness facility is like calling Picasso a painter; technically it's accurate, but really only scratches the surface of the level of artistic precision they are able to deliver...

  • GBK ushers in the New Year with the 2018 Golden Globe Celebrity-Gifting Lounge

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 19, 2018

    Los Angeles- January 2018, The Golden Globes marks the beginning of the Award season, and this year is proving to be a remarkable, highly contested award season in the world of entertainment. GBK, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company honored the 2018 Golden Globe Nominees and Presenters by hosting its Annual Nominees and presents Luxury gifting lounge. Held at a luxurious 5- star hotel, The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, appropriately so. This year the guests were...