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Articles from the February 13, 2022 edition

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  • Santa Monica City Councilmember Gleam Davis Leaves the Reservation, Goes Out Hunting For Bear

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 13, 2022

    In what City Councilmember Phil Brock called a "Partisan Witch Hunt" Gleam Davis said she was prepared to go to the DA and swear out a warrant to seal leaks to the press. She's seemingly furious that 4 freshmen City council members were able to select David White as the new City Manager, and divert contracts from real estate developers Davis and Sue Himmelrich favor. Kristin McCowan will generally vote with Davis and Himmelrich. Davis sponsored and the City Council adopted a resolution to...

  • Federal Legislation Threatens Pet Owners, Zoos and Aquariums, and Biomedical Research

    Art Parola, National Animal Interest Alliance|Feb 13, 2022

    A last-minute amendment to the COMPETES Act, H.R. 4521, was slipped in, presumably to avoid attention and pushback from the millions of Americans who will be affected, and to bypass congressional hearings. The language creates a major change to the provisions of the Lacey Act that regulate species deemed by US Fish & Wildlife Service to be injurious. While promoted under the guise of protecting the country from invasive species, the true goal of the legislative change is to ban as much of th...

  • Dog's Life: K-9 Jack Keeps Santa Monica Safe From Explosives.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 13, 2022

    K-9 Jack is an explosives expert at moving and static explosives; a fine distinction we'll explain in a moment. We met the yellow Labrador and his trainer, Officer Elaina Hassan, playing catch on the lawn in front of the Santa Monica Courthouse. "We got him on a federal grant," explained Hassan, Jack's full time trainer. "He's already found two guns on the Promenade, and one gun on the Santa Monica Pier. Not to mention numerous suspicious packages," she said. The packages were either at the SM...

  • Adidas Posts 20 Pictures of Women's Breasts, Says Their New Sports Bras Fit All Types of Boobs

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 13, 2022

    In an uplifting attempt at woke style, Adidas tweeted a panel of 20 women's chests, and then urged ladies to buy their sports bras. We believe women's breasts in all shapes and sizes deserve support and comfort. Which is why our new sports bra range contains 43 styles, so everyone can find the right fit for them. "All bodies should be celebrated, without shame or exception," says the sports wear company. Needless to say, the Internet was jiggling with reaction. "Love the variety in different boo...

  • Trafficking and The Super Bowl: As the super bowl draws near, anti-trafficking strivings are proliferating in reach and effort in the Los Angeles area

    Alita Arose, Eternally Mused Academy|Feb 13, 2022

    Due to an increase in both traffic and demand during the super bowl, anti-trafficking organizations are working double time to increase city wide awareness and efforts to combat the supply of there being underage girls and boys for sale. Republican and Democratic conventions, along with car trade shows are also events which inspire increased momentum from these human rights organizations. Theresa Flores, founder of SOAP (standing for Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) has implemented a...