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Articles from the March 14, 2024 edition

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  • Cherokee of California: A Journey Through Time, Music, and Iconic Bohemian Style

    Gabrielle Hall, Media representative for Cherokee|Mar 14, 2024

    Cherokee, a prominent brand, achieved noteworthy sales of $500 million in the 1980s, ultimately surpassing a billion dollars in revenue. The intriguing chapter in Cherokee's history takes a compelling turn in 2022 as the brand's original proprietor, Jim Argyroplous, successfully reclaimed ownership. Now, after a hiatus of three decades, Cherokee is poised for a triumphant relaunch under Jim Argyroplous's and teams visionary leadership. Venice Beach, California – In 1972, against the vibrant back...

  • Local Briefs: Santa Monica Budget Tops $750,000,000; Beverly Hills Middle School Expels Students Who Portrayed Classmates as Nude Through AI

    Observer Staff|Mar 14, 2024

    SM Budget Tops $750,000,000 Santa Monica lawmakers grappled with a three quarters of a billion dollar annual budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. "On June 27, 2023, the City Council unanimously adopted a balanced biennial budget for FY 2023–25 focused on community priorities of a safe and clean Santa Monica, addressing homelessness, and an equitable and inclusive economic recovery," says the City's website. "Adoption of the Biennial Budget comes as Santa Monica emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic...

  • Sweet Lady Jane Bakery in Santa Monica Hits Permitting Glitch in Plans to Reopen

    Observer Staff|Mar 14, 2024

    March 8, 2024 - The Sweet Lady Jane bakery branches, all of which closed to near-universal sorrow in January, has been bought by a new owner and has reopened in Beverly Hills. However, the branch on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica closed down again. According to a sign posted on the door, the new owners, "Julie and Matt," ran into a permitting glitch with the City of Santa Monica. The previous owner reportedly failed to acquire necessary permits for some remodeling work. A notice posted next to...

  • Short Shrift for Veterans as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reports a 7.4% increase in Veteran Homelessness

    John Grimaldi, Association of Mature American Citizens|Mar 14, 2024

    WASHINGTON DC, March 8 -- Not long ago many of us greeted veterans and active-duty soldiers, sailors and marines with a heartfelt "thanks for your service." It made us feel good. But perhaps it should make us feel sad now that HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is reporting that there's been a 7.4% increase in veteran homelessness. According to the Epoch Times, it means that "nearly 13 percent of the homeless adult population are veterans." Yet, the newspaper notes,...

  • Heart Broken Anonymous, The Talk Circle You Didn't Know You Needed

    Selena Hughes, Guest Post|Mar 14, 2024

    Heartbreak!! We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. Maybe it was with that perfect someone that got away or you got fired from your dream job and if that wasn’t enough, a long-time friend calls it quits, unannounced. Life happens! While it is the norm to vent and cry to a friend, you can give them a break because there’s a new friend in town. This friend is in the form of a stranger who’s ready and willing to help you navigate your difficult time, all without judgment and all by just l...

  • Our Community Already Pays the Highest Taxes in the Nation. So Why is the School District Appealing for Funds?

    Houman David Hemmati M.D. Ph.D., and Ellen Goldstein|Mar 14, 2024

    Editor's note: This is a response to the SMMUSD's recent appeal for private donations, at Dear Dr. Shelton and Esteemed Members of the SMMUSD Board of Education, We hope this letter finds you well. We are writing to you not just as concerned parents within the SMMUSD but as active community members deeply invested in the quality and...

  • Academy Awards stars honored at Haute Couture boutique Anahit Ghazaryan in Beverly Hills

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2024

    Beverly hills- March 9th, 2024--The 2024 Academy Awards dazzled this year with the DPA Events, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company, honoring the 2024 Academy Nominees by hosting the DPA pre Oscars event at Fashion Drug by Anahit. The event was held on the March 7th to 9th of March at the boutique Anahit Ghazaryan in Beverly hills and this year the guests were treated to a lavish array of gifts and services. Nathalie Dubois the founder of DPA, who has in the past...