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Articles from the March 7, 2018 edition

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  • The History of Carnegie Libraries and the Ocean Park Branch

    Observer Staff

    Santa Monica, California – Santa Monica Public Library welcomes University of Southern California Architecture Professor Kenneth Breisch for a presentation on the History of Carnegie Libraries on Saturday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street. Professor Breisch speaks about the origins of, and philosophy behind, Andrew Carnegie's project to finance the construction of nearly 1,700 public libraries in the United States. His presentation includes a d...

  • Santa Monica Homeless Count Shows Four Percent Increase

    Observer Staff|Mar 7, 2018

    Note: This is a City Press Release by Constance Farrell, Public Information Officer, City of Santa Monica At tonight's City Council meeting, the results of the January 24, 2018 Homeless Count were released showing a 4% increase in homelessness, or an increase of 36 individuals over last year. This comes amidst a regional homeless crisis with 57,000 (2017 regional count numbers) living without permanent shelter countywide. Here's a look at top line numbers, which will be further informed by the...

  • Edible Skinnys Girls' Getaway Trip to America's Weirdest City: Portland

    Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny|Mar 7, 2018

    A few weeks ago, Edible Skinny was lucky enough to have The Thomas Gals do a "Girls Getaway Weekend" to Portland, Oregon and the Willamette Wine Valley (more on that next week!) The claims of Portlandia are true "The Dream of the 90's is Still Alive in Portland," as this city is full of eccentricity and weirdness (redundant I know, but this city definitely contains both!). Stumptown might be Oregon's largest city, but it has a small-town feel with a rainbow of sparkly beautiful people, places,...

  • On The Road Again with my wife of 34 years, I met myself

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 7, 2018

    My love of travel has been with me my entire life. As a youngster I traveled by car and train with one or both parents to America's west, Canada and New York City. In my teens I discovered America's south, Pittsburgh, Maine and more. But I wanted more, much more so at 17 when I learned that U.S. Marines served in Asia I jumped at the opportunity and got to visit, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and Singapore. Later I discovered travel writing and added Tahiti, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand,...

  • California, the Sanctuary State, Finally Gets Sued for Playing Politics with Immigration

    Samuel Alioto|Mar 7, 2018

    Trying to please potential Democratic voters, the State of California declared itself a Sanctuary State last year . The Justice Depart has now sued the Golden State, saying that it is interfering with Federal Agents in the performance of their duties The Federal constitution says that border control and immigration are the purview of the Federal government, not the states In modern times, the country's largest state has been dominated by Democrats politically speaking, but it was not always so...

  • Jumper at the SAG AFTRA Building in Mid Wilshire, leads to conflicting stories of outcome

    Observer Staff|Mar 7, 2018

    Update: At least one person claiming to be a witness wrote us to say: Your article about a man being talked down off a building ledge on Wiltshire Blvd is incorrect. The police were unable to talk him down and the man did jump off the building and was severly injured and was being attended to by fire and rescue. Three fire engines, an ambulance and 10 or so Los Angeles police department officers responded to the SAG-AFTRA building at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. early Wednesday afternoon. While the...

  • Armed Man Holed Up at Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles

    Observer Staff|Mar 7, 2018

    Neighbors report that the Los Angeles police department is conducting a major operation Tuesday night at the Westside Pavilion. Just before 10 PM, numerous police vehicles were seen in front of the West Los Angeles mall. Coincidently it was just announced this week that the 30-year-old shopping mall would be converted into offices. The Westside Pavilion is a shopping mall located in West Los Angeles. It is owned and operated by The Macerich Company. It is a three-story urban-style shopping mall...