Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

Articles from the March 11, 2018 edition

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  • Homeless Count Justifies Misuse of Public Funds by OPCC

    Olga Zurawska|Mar 11, 2018

    The homeless count is a cause for celebration for homeless services providers because it gives them an idea of how much public funding they will be receiving to sustain themselves for another year. Every year the City counts its unhoused residents, and based on those numbers and other statistics disburses about $1.6M in taxpayer dollars to its main homeless services provider, OPCC. This is a great deal for OPCC because the public funding flows to them without any accountability measures built...

  • Elites Meet in Kuala Lumpur to Laud "Sustainable Development" & "Diverse Communities"

    Michael Greer|Mar 11, 2018

    The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 United Nations Habitat World Urban Forum #9 (WUF9) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia began with the raising of the UN flag and thunderous applause, costumes, dance, and singing as thousands of delegates and "high level persons" (representing 165 of the193 countries signed on to the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development) convened in the large Convention Center's main auditorium. In UN fashion, UN security guards welcomed high-level badge holders to participate...

  • What's Inside Your 2018 Awards Season Gift Bag?

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 11, 2018

    Award season has just ended and this year saw a very competitive award gifting suites. One of our favorites is of course the Annual Distinctive Assets Awards Season Gift Bag! As a leader in celebrity gifting since 2002, Distincve Assets have been independently producing hese bags for the past 15 years and this year they bring the standard to a whole new level. Lash Fary, the founder of Distinctive Assets states: "Our goal is not to increase the value every year. A great gift has nothing to do wi...

  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Send Your Kid to Summer Camp

    Brian Presley, What to Do With the Kids|Mar 11, 2018

    For most people, summer camp is just something they did for a couple of weeks as a kid but for many it was much more than that. As someone who has experienced summer camp as both a camper and a counselor, I can tell you that it will not only give the parents a rest but can also change a kid's life for the better. Summer camp gave me the confidence to be a stay-at-home dad and to self-publish a book based on the games and activities that filled my summers. A website was created to promote the...

  • 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards Celebrates 33 Years of The Best Independent Films and Filmmakers

    Daniel Margolis, and Lisa McGill|Mar 11, 2018

    On Saturday, March 3, 2018, in a large tent just steps from the Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood's most accomplished and up-and-coming independent filmmakers gathered together for the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards. Now in its thirty-third year, the Independent Spirit Awards annually recognizes the best low budget, artist-driven, independent films – films that embody an unfailing commitment to creativity, diversity, innovation, and a uniqueness of vision. Many films that were honored with an I...

  • Cabeza De Vaca Cultural Dance School performs at Farmers Market

    Mar 11, 2018

    The Cabeza De Vaca Cultural Dance School performed on Sunday, March 3 at the Main Street Farmers Market. We asked Cindy Morales about the group, and about the wonderful photos she shot of the performer in colorful dresses. "Photography is a hobby of mine and pretty much carry a camera with me all the time. As Gina mentioned, I was born and raised in Santa Monica. I am a descendent of the Rancho Boca de Santa Monica families....I have a lot of cousins! Here a few photos" "I was lucky enough to...