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Articles from the March 15, 2021 edition

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  • Overnight Conjugal Prison Visits for Married Couples: "He's 50, I'm 37, let's see what happens!"

    Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Mar 15, 2021

    I already told you I recently met my love, Monty. We plan to get married! Did you know California life prisoners are allowed to have overnight visits with a legally married spouse? So, let your imagination run wild just like I am! He's 50, I'm 37, let's see what happens. I have not been touched in almost 17 years. So, there might be an earthquake! Thanks to the policies in place here in California, I can now have 3 nights with my husband every quarter! So you know I'm going to share all the...

  • City Council Okays Second Permit-Based Shared Mobility Pilot for Santa Monica

    City of Santa Monica Press Release|Mar 15, 2021

    The Santa Monica City Council has approved a second permit-based Shared Mobility Pilot Program in the city. At its last meeting, the Council directed staff to issue a Request for Applications ("RFA") seeking up to four shared mobility operators to operate in Santa Monica from July 1, 2021, through March 30, 2023, as part of its commitment to being a multi-modal city. The Council also removed the prohibition of Class I and II electric bicycles on Santa Monica's portion of the beach bike path, in...

  • California Changes Lockdown Guidelines Once Again, Giving Credit to Counties for Number of Vaccines Delivered to Poor Neighborhoods

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Mar 15, 2021

    UPDATE March 11, 2021 - The Los Angeles County Health Department announced the daily case rate has dropped to 5.2 cases per 100k people. They expect to be able to move to the red tier on March 17, almost exactly a year since lockdowns were first instituted. At this time, grades 7-12 will be allowed to return to school, assuming the schools follow the appropriate safety protocols and procedures. Of course, the teachers' unions will have to sign on. March 9, 2021 The Los Angeles County Health...

  • SM Man Who Orchestrated Romance Scam Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 15, 2021

    A Santa Monica man who orchestrated an online romance scam that conned four women, including "Black-ish" actress Jenifer Lewis, into investing in his sham companies was sentenced on Tuesday to 8 years in prison. Antonio Mariot Wilson, also known as "Dr. Tony Mariot" and "Brice Carrington," 58, was also ordered to pay $272,000 in restitution by a federal judge in Los Angeles, who described Wilson's behavior as "vicious," according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office. The judge also...

  • LASD Sheriff Recovers 250 Stolen Catalytic Converters, Valued at $750,000

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 15, 2021

    3/11: The Santa Clarita division of the LA County Sheriff's Department reports that it has recovered 250 stolen catalytic converters, and arrested 19 suspects. The smog mediation devices, which scrub automobile exhaust, are frequently stolen by thieves who sell them to scrap dealers. The converters are said to be worth $250 to $750 each. The entire lot of 250 catalytic converters is estimated to be worth $750,000 or so. The 19 arrested people men also had $100,000 in cash on them, at the time of...

  • Target Opens New Location at 5th Street and Broadway in Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Mar 15, 2021

    Some people pronounce the discount retailer as Tar-jay, as if it were French. But it any case, the discount retailer is opening a second store in Santa Monica. A new Target store has opened in place of the Fred Segal store on 5th Street and Broadway, in Downtown Santa Monica. The Target City store will offer an abbreviated version of the chains retail offerings, such as pharmaceuticals and clothing. It will join a newly opened Target at 16thStreet and Wilshire Blvd. Another Target on the...