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Articles from the March 14, 2019 edition

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  • Poison Control: Roundup Continues to be Used by City of Santa Monica

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    The weedkiller Roundup, a product of Monsanto, continues to be used in Santa Monica's public spaces despite a recent $289 million dollar judgment against Monsanto for the terminal illness of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. In July, 2017, glyphosate was added to the State of California's Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. In an email, Dean Kubani, Assistant Director of Public...

  • 'Homeless' Man Sets Fire to House, Closes Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    On Monday around 1:00 pm, a small house fire in the 1300 block of the Pacific Coast Highway closed all southbound lanes and the number one northbound lane. Around the same time, police were called for a suspected house break-in. The suspect was seen fleeing to the roof of a building adjacent to the fire. The police managed to talk the suspect off the roof and take him into custody. Meanwhile, the Santa Monica Fire Department put out the fire, which is described as minimal. Saul Rodriguez of SMPD...

  • Irene Dunne Guild from Saint John's Health Center Foundation Planning May Women's Wellness Lunch

    Saint Johns, Health Center|ERROR

    "Think Pink" for Women's Wellness, an Irene Dunne Guild annual event, focuses on health education and awareness for women and their families. Held close to Mother's Day, it is a celebration of mothers, sisters, daughters, and dear friends. This year's event is Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, 8:30am-3:00pm at the Upper Bel Air Bay Club. Featuring morning break-out sessions with notable doctors and speakers, the event culminates with a wonderful luncheon and key note speaker presentation. Over the...

  • 2,000 Foodies Raised $1.3 million in Support of PPLA Food Fare

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    The highly anticipated annual culinary event PPLA Food Fare returned to Barker Hangar on Thursday, March 7 for its 40th anniversary. Over 150 of Southern California's best restaurants, caterers and libation purveyors were represented at the event's lunch and dinner sessions. Participating restaurants included Akasha, Angelini Ostena, AR Cucina, Ayara Thai Cuisine, Baltaire Restaurant, Beacon/ Echo Park, Blvd Kitchen, Boneyard Bistro, Border Grill, BuddyPops, Button Mash, Castle Southern &...

  • Emirates Airline flight from Dubai to Los Angeles Takes 17 hours. What Does a $8000 airline seat feel like?

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    At almost 17 hours, the Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to Los Angeles on Airbus A380 is one of the longest flights in the world today. So I wanted to take the liberty of reviewing this Premiuim Emirates flight from DXB to LAX. The flight was on time and as soon as I was escorted to my seat, I was offered a glass of Champagne which I graciously accepted even at 9.00 is in the morning! Its just one of those things you do when traveling in style. The cabin crew then proceeded to hand out our...

  • Jay Leno, Jon Voight, and Israeli Model Esti Ginzburg Raise Money for Medical and Ambulance Charity

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    Beverly Hills, CA- (March 1, 2019)- The stage was set. 1000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to mark the 1st Annual United Hatzalah of Israel Gala. A historic achievement indeed to have so many guests, many from Israel, to get together to celebrate an amazing organizations' contribution to saving human lives. United Hatzalah is the largest, free, volunteer-based emergency medical services organization based in Jerusalem, Israel. Its mission is to provide immediate medical intervention...

  • As Crime Increases 8.8% in Santa Monica, California Liberalizes Shoplifting Laws and Releases Felons

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    In a video address to citizens on Facebook on Wednesday, January 29, Police Chief Cynthia Renaud explained the 8.8 percent increase in Part 1 Crime in 2018. Part I crimes range from murder through aggravated assault to larceny-theft. Last year there was an increase of 450 more Part 1 crimes (also known as "serious crimes") than the previous year. Renaud pointed out this averages 1.23 more crimes per day. Between 2015 and 2018, there has been an increase of 29 percent in serious crimes in Santa...

  • United Methodist Church Divided as Church in Ocean Park Aligns with Progressives on LGBTQ rights

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Photographer|Mar 14, 2019

    Rev Janet Gollery McKeithen, the minister of the Church in Ocean Park (CIOP) was ordained in the United Methodist Church 35 years ago. She is the daughter of the late United Methodist minister Stanley Gollery and the wife of Floyd McKeithen, a United Methodist minister. She knew a previous minister Jim Conn, who helped re-form the church in the 1970's. She was assigned to the CIOP in 2005 and felt then and now it was what she was called to do. As part of the Santa Monica community she is a...

  • 5th Annual Chords2Cure Concert raises money to fight pediatric cancer

    Kris Ellenberg, Chords2Cure PR|Mar 14, 2019

    A total of 25 talented local teens lent their voices and instruments in support of the 5th Annual Chords2Cure: Curing Pediatric Cancer One Chord at a Time benefit concert which took place Sunday, March 10 at the The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. This milestone event, by and for kids with pediatric cancer, featured local celebrity presenters Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Helen Hunt, Danny Trejo, Milo Manheim and his Mom Camryn and members of popular bands...

  • Bonnie He at the Santa Monica Playhouse

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    Physical comedian Bonnie He takes the audience on an flirtatious journey from death to rebirth, opening a voyeuristic window into personal tragedy, triumph, and titillation, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, as part of the Crazy Woke Asians Solo Performance Festival, the first all Asian American festival at that venue. A Terrible Show for Terrible People received rave reviews in sold-out shows at the Hollywood Fringe Festival as a variety act featured in The Color Collective show. Dana Martin of...

  • It's a Life Explores Death: Artists and Playwrights Share their Deepest Emotions

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    Death is mysterious and unexplainable. Yet, throughout time, artists have strived to unravel and explain it in ways that bring comfort to the living. Five artists will share their explorations of life and death through different mediums in It's a Life, a new Gallery exhibit, opening March 9 at 6:30 p.m., at The Braid, Jewish Women's Theatre's (JWT) Performance & Art Space in Santa Monica. The new show features photographer Nancy Kaye, textile artist Smadar Knobler, mixed media artist...