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Articles from the February 20, 2024 edition

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  • Expo Line Train Collides With a Car in Santa Monica Saturday, Sending Train Operator to the Hospital

    Matthew Gonzalez|Feb 20, 2024

    10: An Exposition line train collided with a private automobile near the intersection of 7th Street and Colorado Blvd on Saturday. The train operator was slightly injured slightly. The SMPD issued the following press release on Twitter: Santa Monica Police and Fire and Metro Rail Supervisors responded to a train vs vehicle collision scene at the intersection of 7th and Colorado. The Expo Train bound for East Los Angeles struck the vehicle as it was headed Eastbound on the tracks alongside...

  • Tiger Woods Withdraws from Genesis Invitational Friday, After Hitting His Tee Shot on the Seventh Hole

    Chris Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2024

    The tables finally turned on Riviera Country Club, and a player delivered a devastating gut punch to the tournament. Unfortunately, it was not a golf shot that laid the course low, and the playing dealing the unexpected damage was Tiger Woods, who withdrew from the tournament Friday afternoon after hitting his tee shot on the seventh hole. Play continued, and Long Beach's Patrick Cantlay, who learned Riviera as a player on UCLA's golf team, stretched his lead. Much like Joaquin Niemann, now-depa...

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    Camerata Pacifica Presents West Coast Recital Debut of Berlin Philharmonic Solo Flute Sébastian Jacot in Compelling Program of Solo and Duet Works with Pianist Irina Zahharenkova February 11-16, 2024

    Camerata Pacifica presents the highly anticipated West Coast recital debut of Berlin Philharmonic Solo Flute Sébastian Jacot, hailed as a "rockstar" flutist, on a diverse and compelling program of solo and duet works with award-winning Camerata Pacifica Principal Pianist Irina Zahharenkova, noted for her "breathtaking technique" (France's La Revue du Spectacle). They perform Sunday, February 11, 3 p.m., at Janet and Ray Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks; Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 p.m., at The...

  • Santa Monica's Utterly Useless Gas Stations

    Jon Berg, Special to the Observer|Feb 20, 2024

    The photos you see here were taken on the same day, Sunday January 21, a mere 40 minutes and about 25 miles apart. The $5.79 "high water mark" was the Chevron on Cloverfield; the low water mark, my favorite Sinclair station in North Long Beach. My absolute fave station, it even offers same price, cash or credit; and, no, I don't make a special trip down there to buy gas. But when I'm passing through on the way back from points south, I take a very short detour and fill up. A fill up of my...

  • Santa Monica City Council Unanimously Votes to Send Two (Wealthy) Members to Vienna, Austria at Taxpayer Expense

    Sid Baker, Letter to the Editor|Feb 20, 2024

    To the Residents of Santa Monica: Remember the names of our City Council members: Gleam Davis Lana Negrete Phil Brock Christine Parra Jesse Zwick Caroline Torosis Oscar de la Torre The City of Santa Monica has many problems. Ample and affordable housing. Public safety. Commerce. Education. Traffic. The homeless. Infrastructure. Taxes. A limited budget. There are many ways to learn about housing and other planning issues and solutions. We have many world class universities in this state a...

  • Should I Claim Social Security at 68, or Wait Until I'm 70?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Feb 20, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Social Security at 68, or Wait Until I'm 70? Dear Rusty: I have a question regarding my SS benefits. I turned 68 this month and work part time. I earned $28,000 last year but will probably gross $36,000 to $38,000 this year. My husband collects his SS, and he earned $25,000 last year. I was told by a financial planner that I should apply for my benefits now, instead of waiting until I'm 70. I would collect $1700/month at 68 and $1944/month if I wait. Which is the s...

  • Eviction Protection: Santa Monica City Council to Consider a Solution in Search of a Problem

    Edith Karmes, Special to the Observer|Feb 20, 2024

    I am writing in opposition to Item 5G ("Discussion of Potential Resolution for Charter Amendments for Additional Tenant Protections") on the Agenda for the February 13 meeting of the Santa Monica City Council, l and any proposal to adopt by Initiative, Ordinance or otherwise any proposal to condition eviction for nonpayment of rent on the nonpayment of any more than the rent that is past due, which in the case of a month-to-month tenancy would ordinarily be one month's rent. This proposal is unc...

  • First Photo of Sam Bankman Fried in Jail Released; Convicted Crypto Fraudster

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2024

    A photo of Sam Bankman Fried in jail, with other inmates has surfaced on Social Media. The photo was released not by the New York Men's Department of Corrections, but my social media influencer Tiffany Fong who is on Twitter as @tiffanyfong_ . SBF basically used client deposits to back his company's own proprietary crypto currency, FTX. It is interesting to note that due to the increase in the value of crypto currencies such as FTX and Bitcoin, SBF's "victims" may recover all their lost money...