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Articles from the February 2, 2020 edition

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  • Homeless Man Hit by Metro Train at Lincoln and Colorado Sunday, January 26, 2020

    Observer Staff|Feb 2, 2020

    A homeless man was struck and killed by an Expo line train in Santa Monica on Sunday. He may have been drinking at the time. Both the Santa Monica Fire Dept and Police Department, issued press releases describing the accident--unusual for both SMFD and SMPD to do. The SMFD release included photos, which are posted with this article. The SMFD press release by Fire Capt. Eric Himler, PIO reads as follows: On Sunday January 26, 2020, at 6:09 a.m., the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a...

  • Helicopter Pilot Apparently Recommended Landing at Burbank Airport, but Kobe Overruled Him

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 2, 2020

    A source who has been attending NTSB briefings for relatives of the Sunday, January 26, 2020 crash that took the lives of nine people, including basketball star Kobe Bryant, says that to a limited extent, the crash can be blamed on Kobe himself. This according to reports appearing in the LA Times. The source, who asked not to be named, says that air traffic voice recordings substantiate that Ara Zobayan, the pilot of the doomed helicopter was concerned about heavy fog over the Calabasas flight...

  • Politicobowl: Superbowl Features Commercials for Both President Trump and Challenger Mike Bloomberg

    Jeff Hunt|Feb 2, 2020

    It's an election year, and two very rich men both bought ads. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign features two ads during the game, according to CNET parent company CBS News. One, in which he brags wage growth and low unemployment, has been released in advance. The Super Bowl has frequently been the most-watched American television broadcast of the year; the seven most-watched broadcasts in American television history are Super Bowls. In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most-watched...

  • Only Someone Who's Crazy Would Vote for Rachel Rossi for LA County DA. Literally

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Feb 2, 2020

    Rachel Rossi, currently a criminal defense lawyer at Cohen Williams, a fancy downtown Los Angeles law firm, has announced her candidacy for Los Angeles County District Attorney. You read that right. A boutique defense lawyer wants to be chief law enforcement officer of the county. Her platform reads pretty much exactly as you'd expect from this information. She would like to transform the DA's office into one big powerful defense firm for criminals. Excuse me. Not criminals. Nobody's really a...

  • Vaxxed Bus Rolls Into Santa Monica It is hard to watch. But even harder to live through

    Janet McLaughlin|Feb 2, 2020

    The Vaxxed bus rolls into town. It parks outside of the Laemmle Theater, in downtown Santa Monica. On the outside of the bus, there are nearly 10,000 names. All painstakingly written by hand, a lot of hands. Inside are the echoes of their voices, their tears, their sorrow. Polly Tommey has heard them all. Day after day, week after week, she works from early in the morning, sometimes until midnight, to try and accommodate the crowds. Because, she says, they are desperate for someone to hear...

  • Measure R Connects Citizen Oversight of the Sheriff and Inmate Release

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Feb 2, 2020

    Ballot Measure R, also known as Reform LA Jails, will be on the ballot this March. Somewhat confusingly, the measure tackles two disparate issues. The first issue is assuring that the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission will have the power to subpoena documents from the county Sheriff's office without the Sheriff having the power to demur. The second issue the law tackles is to find "alternative options to arrest and incarceration for nonviolent crimes where mental health, substance abuse and...

  • Kobe Bryant, daughter, 4 friends and a pilot killed in helicopter crash in Calabassas

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 2, 2020

    Nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Malibu included basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, said Alex Villanueva, chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. Bryant's other daughters Capri, Natalia and wife Vanessa were not on board the doomed Sikorsky helicopter. LASD confirmed Kobe's daughter Gianna Maria Onore -- aka GiGi -- was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash. She was on the way to play a game. He said other victims of the crash could not be...