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Articles from the February 3, 2017 edition

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  • NV Energy Announces Solar Agreement with Apple, Inc.

    Zane|Feb 3, 2017

    NV Energy and Apple announced today they have reached an agreement to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will support Apple's renewable energy needs for its Reno data center. In the coming weeks, NV Energy will file an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar power plant. The project will bring NV Energy's total to more than 529 megawatts of new solar resources...

  • City Council Unanimously Approves Most Expensive Municipal Building Ever, Anywhere

    Tricia Crane|Feb 3, 2017

    This week – despite widespread resident opposition - City Council voted 7 to 0 to move the City Services Building project forward. They denied David Garden's appeal, which was supported by four neighborhood groups and dozens and dozens of emails citing substantive challenges to what has repeatedly been called "a trophy project." Residents presented ethical, rational and valid reasons why the project should be sent back to the drawing board. And David Garden made a strong case defending his A...

  • The Wende Museum Launches Cold War Culver City Website

    Zane|Feb 3, 2017

    In conjunction with Culver City's Centennial, The Wende Museum of the Cold War announces the launch of Cold War Culver City, a website exploring the social, political, and economic history of the Cold War in Culver City, California. Created in close collaboration with community partners, the website offers community stories from the Cold War era and an interactive map for self-guided tours of local "hidden in plain sight" sites that are significant in the history of the Cold War, including The...

  • FAA and City Council Agree to Close Santa Monica Airport In 2029

    David Ganezer, Observer Publisher|Feb 3, 2017

    Santa Monica Airport is the oldest airport in Los Angeles County and at 110 years old, the fifth oldest in the State of California. It would appear that this afternoon, the City Council has negotiated with the FAA for the authority to close the airport on New Year's Day, 2029. Closing the airport has become a popular cause in Santa Monica. Airport opponents point out that due to the airports unique history as the Douglas aircraft headquarters until 1972, nowhere in America is an airport runway s...

  • Secret Agreement Between City and FAA Over Santa Monica Airport Not Revealed. Why Not?

    Alan Levenson,|Feb 3, 2017

    History has a habit of repeating itself. Yesterday, on a Saturday morning, the city announced that an agreement has been reached with the FAA to close Santa Monica Airport on December 31, 2028. The City Council voted in closed session and came to a 4 to 3 SPLIT VOTE accepting the agreement. Our usually unanimous voting and often mistrusted city council could not agree that this is a good deal! We quote from the sketchy details released by the city yesterday in a whirlwind of surprise, "If the...

  • Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution Sets a High Standard of Excellence

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 3, 2017

    The Group Rep has a long and glorious history of presenting shows in the highest of theatrical quality proving time and again the truth which is it is the quality of the performance and not the size of the venue that matters most. The Group Rep consistently delivers but with its current offering of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution it has set an even higher standard of excellence. The story set in post-World War Two England begins in the Chambers of a notable Barrister Sir Wilfrid...

  • March of Dimes Celebrates President FDR's Birthday and New Leadership

    Zane|Feb 3, 2017

    On January 30, the March of Dimes honors the birth and accomplishments of its founder, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), as it welcomes the new leadership of Stacey D. Stewart, only the fifth person to lead the historic organization. "FDR created the March of Dimes and mobilized our country to fight epidemics of polio, the most dreaded disease of his time," says Ms. Stewart. "Today the March of Dimes is leading the nation in a new movement to fight for the health of moms and babies,...

  • Golden Globe Awards season in full swing in La La land this January.

    Preity Upala

    Los Angeles, CA. January 3rd, 2017-- DPA hosted its 13th Pre Awards luxury gifting lounge during the week of the Golden Globe® Awards. The gifting lounge was held at the penthouse terrace of the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills and offered nominees, presenter and other A list celebrities an array of beauty, jewelry and lifestyle products. Brands that were gifting this year include: Jacqueline Piotaz Cosmetics, Truth in hand, Lejay, Allaire Collection Privee, Biolux, Marchon Eyewear, S...

  • Spineless Animal Page on Wikipedia Includes Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

    Observer Staff|Feb 3, 2017

    House Speaker Paul Ryan did not stand up to President Donald Trump on his recent ban of immigrants from 7 majority Moslem countries. As an apparent consequence, he was listed on Wikipedia's Invertebrate page, as one of the world's spineless animals. The page has Ryan listed below Horseshoe Crabs, but above "jellyfish, echinoderms, sponges and other worms." Wikipedia has always been characterized by it's openness to...

  • City Approves $141,000,000 City Hall Annex,

    Observer Staff|Feb 3, 2017

    On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved a 50,000-square-foot project that will cost $141 million, including finance costs. The excuse given for the extremely high cost ($2820/square foot) is that the building will be "sustainable" and be a candidate to win Green awards. $100 to $200 a foot are common figures for construction estimators. According to Constance Farrell, City Public Information Officer, the building will pay for itself in 30 years and "dramatically save...