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Articles from the March 15, 2020 edition

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  • Hot Dog Vendor Cart Explodes in Massive Fireball on Santa Monica Pier Sunday

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 15, 2020

    Social media posts say that a hot dog cart exploded into a fireball ten feet high on the Santa Monica pier Sunday afternoon, outside of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant. One witness said that the hot dog vendor was badly burned in the apparent propane explosion. The Hot Dog On a Stick restaurant near the Pier was not involved in this incident. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. was not closed or affected directly by the incident. It is uncertain at this time what ignited the propane. We are attempting to...

  • In the Wake of Coronavirus Fears, at Least a Dozen Local Private Schools Have Closed Down

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 15, 2020

    Coronavirus has caused the closure of a Santa Monica school, St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School on Colorado Blvd. The one day closure, a spokesman said, "was out of an abundance of caution, and concern for the safety of our children." The school reopened Tuesday, "on the advice of the Archdiocese." One of the staff--not a teacher--believed she may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 and she decided to self-quarantine. St. Anne's School decided to close Monday...

  • All of Italy Now a "Red Zone," Quarantined Due to Coronavirus. What is life there really like?

    Amelia Fiore, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 15, 2020

    Update: all of Italy has now been declared a red zone, under quarantine due to the novel coronavirus. No public transportation, no going out at night, no work or school except from home. This from our source in Italy: Hi how are you? I am okay. It has been crazy here in Italy and Europe is starting to have lots of problems too, due to this outbreak. After a hammering and alarming Italian mass media cover that had its peak two weeks ago followed by a hysteria outbreak, (where people assaulted...

  • SMMUSD Hides Behind Federal and Local Agencies in Coronavirus Response

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Mar 15, 2020

    An email sent out Tuesday by Dr. Ben Drati, School Superintendent for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, seeks to explain the response of the district to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus outbreak and possibly to allay the fears of the community. UPDATE: SMMUSD sent an email out at 9:10 pm Wednesday night announcing the cancellation of the Stairway of the Stars rehearsals and concerts. They are also cancelling field trips, assemblies, performances, fundraising activities and...

  • Santa Monica and Coronavirus: No Plan for the Homeless and Covid-19

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Mar 15, 2020

    The city's Chief Resilience Officer and its Communication Officer reported on the state of the city's response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday. Other than presenting the same outlines you have already seen of the disease's presentation, contagiousness, and personal measures to help prevent infection, neither public official had much to add. Certainly, there was no plan presented to prevent the spread of the disease to the city and not really any plan...