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Articles from the March 19, 2017 edition

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  • Coast Guard warns of illegal charter boats in LA-LB area

    Observer Staff|Mar 19, 2017

    The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach is warning vessel operators and the general public of illegal charter boats in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area. In an effort to ensure public safety on local waterways, the Captain of the Port issued several "Captain of the Port Orders" to specific vessel operators to cease operations as commercial vessels carrying more than six passengers, including one passenger for hire, and in some cases to cease operations carrying any passengers...

  • Water Main Break Closed Colorado Ave at 22nd Street Tuesday

    Observer Staff|Mar 19, 2017

    3/15/17--A water main broke on Colorado between 20th St. and Cloverfield Blvd. Tuesday night, said the city manager's office in a press release. The break caused a loss of water and other services to several commercial buildings near the intersection. "Since 5 a.m. Public Works crews have been on site to excavate the area and patch the pipe to resume water to water customers in the surrounding area. Once excavated, it became clear that a Los Angeles County storm drain pipe was also damaged and...

  • Refinery Merger threatens Wilmington Residents Health and Safety

    Nancy Kaufman|Mar 19, 2017

    On April 29th, 2017, a local Wilmington group called PCM, (People's Climate March), will march in the community for environmental justice. The focus for this march is the current Tesoro(formerly known as Texaco) refinery merger project which plans to merge two refineries together, one in Wilmington, the other in Carson, rendering it the largest refinery on the West Coast. This merger threatens the community with serious climate change and health implications for the residents. The organization,...

  • SMMUSD: Why Hasn't Stairway to the Stars been Cancelled due to Norovirus?

    Observer Staff|Mar 19, 2017

    Last night was the first of three Stairway of the Stars concerts, this one featuring Orchestra. Nearly 1,000 students from all schools in Malibu and Santa Monica participate combined. The Guest Conductor and Stairway Award Recipient for Orchestra was Mark Barnard. Most other SMMUSD extracurricular events have been cancelled due to Norovirus, which first appeared in John Adams middle school over Christmas break. The district has been struggling with Norovirus ever since. Why did Stairway...

  • Woman Hit by Sports Car at Wilshire and 5th Street

    Observer Staff|Mar 19, 2017

    A woman was hit by a sports car on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica today around 10:30 AM. This accident took place on Wilshire between fifth and fourth Street. The pedestrian was not seriously injured and was transported to a local hospital....

  • Legal Maneuvers Over Santa Monica Airport Cloud 2028 Closing Date, Runway Shortening

    Observer Staff|Mar 19, 2017

    Just after the appointment of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, but before she could be confirmed, the Federal Aviation Administration decided to sell out the airport and give the City of Santa Monica what it wanted. And the City Council wanted a shutdown desperately; they've promised it to their constituents, who, like FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, are pretty much all Democrats. As we have wrote in January, Huerta, an Obama Appointee, basically double crossed his new boss: It seems...

  • Unmanned Test of Orion Spacecraft Landing System Goes Off Without a Hitch

    Observer Staff|Mar 19, 2017

    At the U.S. Army Yuma Proving ground in Arizona, a test of the Orion space capsule's parachute system helped NASA taken another step toward flying Orion with people on board. But some are wondering, why is it taking the US over a decade to develop a new space vehicle? The time between the last flight of the space shuttle in 2011, and the first flight of a manned Orion spaceship, is sometimes referred to as the Space Gap. It is fair to point out that this is the first time in fifty years, that...

  • Venice Protestors: Delete Snapchat App, Don't Buy SNAP Stock

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 19, 2017

    America's latest tech billionaire Evan Spiegel grew up surfing in LA. Then he went to Stanford, where he met Reggie Brown and Bobby Murphy. Together, they designed a social media app that allows users to share images and videos, which will then vanish. Snapchat has 30 million monthly active users, and Wall Street just rewarded Snap with an IPO that made them rich beyond their wildest dreams. What exactly is wrong with Spiegel, Murphy and Brown living their American dream? We asked one of the lon...

  • $23 Million Award Against Attorney, Contractor Upheld by Cal. Court of Appeal

    Observer Staff|Mar 19, 2017

    This month California's Second Appellate District, Division Two, Court of Appeal upheld an award of $21 million in punitive damages and $2.2 million in compensatory damages against building contractor Noam Bouzaglou, his corporation, Ness Adam, Inc. and attorney Andrew J. Stern. Defendants allegedly perpetrated a fraud against Kathleen and Tim McGinty, in order to obtain their modest family home in Santa Monica. Kathleen is autistic. Her brother suffered throughout his life from bipolar...

  • Jackson Browne To Perform Two Special Benefit Concerts For The Actors' Gang Theatre On March 22 & 29, 2017

    Zane|Mar 19, 2017

    Singer songwriter Jackson Browne announces two special benefit concerts for The Actors' Gang Theatre on March 22 and 29, 2017. The theatre located in Culver City, CA will be selling a limited number of 90 seats per show. Tickets are available online now at "The Actors Gang Theater is a jewel in the middle of LA - a world-class repertory company under the direction of actor and director Tim Robbins. They have staged their innovative productions here for years and taken them...

  • 25,000 runners Finish the Los Angeles Marathon

    Constance Farrell|Mar 19, 2017

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is this Sunday, March 19. Santa Monica will welcome runners and spectators to the finish line. Here's what you need to know to be prepared for race day: 1. Get the map: The official Santa Monica finish line map for the LA Marathon is available here and all Santa Monica race day information is at 2. Plan ahead: Street closures will begin between 5 and 6 a.m. We will work to reopen streets as soon as is saf...