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Articles from the February 14, 2020 edition

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  • High Speed Crash at Pico and 12th Street Pins Three People inside Wrecked Prius

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 14, 2020

    The Santa Monica Fire Dept says it rescued three victims from a car pinned against a brick wall at Pico and 12th Street. A Toyota Prius crashed agains parking meters, streetlights, trees, a fire hydrant and finally a building. The accident occurred before dawn on Sunday morning, Feb. 9th. It was the latest in a recent string of serious car crashes in Santa Monica. "The Santa Monica Police Department responded to the February 9th traffic collision in the area of 12th Street and Pico," writes Lt....

  • Accident Flips Car at 15th Street and Wilshire Blvd, Cutting Off Westbound Traffic

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 14, 2020

    Don't mess with a student driver. Wilshire Blvd was closed to Westbound traffic for about 3 hours Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8th, after two men were in a car accident that caused one vehicle to flip over. The vehicle that did not flip has "Primo Student Driver" painted on its side. The driver suffered neck and back injuries, and was brought to Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, directly across the street from the accident site. Yes, SMFD Paramedics loaded the injured man into an ambulance to...

  • New California Laws for 2020 Affect Private schools, Public agencies and Police departments

    Gary Wosk|Feb 14, 2020

    SB 230 (New Guidelines on the Use of Force and Deadly Force) "While AB 392 updated California's criminal law to match federal standards long in place, SB 230 puts policy and training requirements in place that will materially impact how police view their roles and interact with the public, and may actually have the most transformative effect on police practices," said Scott Tiedemann, Managing Partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, California's largest public sector and private education labor...

  • The Iran Conundrum: Geopolitical Ramifications of the Middle East Situation

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 14, 2020

    January 3rd saw the world go into a shock as Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, the grand architect of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) or Quds force as it is also known, was assassinated in Iraq where he was a guest of the Iraqi government. Just another day in the Middle East, one might be tempted to say? Not the case, sadly. This assassination will prove to be more consequential than even possibly Osama Bin Laden's killing. Even more interesting are the Geo-political...