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Articles from the April 15, 2019 edition


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  • Downed Power Lines After Transformer Sparks Out at 11th Street and Idaho Ave in Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2019

    4/14/2019: Idaho Avenue was closed and high voltage power lines lay on the ground in one Santa Monica neighborhood. The explosion and power outage began just before 10 am PST. "I saw flames bouncing around!" said one local resident. "I can see wires hanging down from the power poles. The white box near the tree has major sparks flying from it." Our witness counted two loud explosions and a large electrical wire came falling down with sparks flying. The Santa Monica Fire Department was on scene r...

  • President Donald Trump Raises Money and Traffic on Westside Friday 4/5/19

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Apr 15, 2019

    President Donald Trump swept through Los Angeles last Friday after a trip to Calexico to discuss the situation at the border with Mexico. Multiple roads throughout West Los Angeles were closed at various times during the afternoon and early evening - peak rush hour - causing delays and frustration for motorists. As other presidents, such as President Barack Obama, have done, Trump landed at Los Angeles International Airport, helicoptered to Santa Monica Airport, and from there took a motorcade...

  • Street Vendors Decriminalized, as Long as They're In the Right Place at the Right Time

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Apr 15, 2019

    On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council voted to institute an emergency ordinance that would require sidewalk vendors to acquire licenses and permits. They would also be barred from operating in certain high-traffic zones, including the Santa Monica Pier, the Third Street Promenade and Transit Mall, Santa Monica State Beach, and Palisades Park within 500 feet of the Pier. The council portrayed the law as humane and inclusive. It is largely in response to a new state law, SB 946, the Safe...

  • Suicidal Man Jumps From Santa Monica Parking Structure 5 in Third Such Suicide in 6 Months

    Observer Staff|Apr 15, 2019
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    4/11: Once again, a downtown Santa Monica parking structure has become the site of a suicide. Bystanders reported a hazmat team hosing blood from the street in front of Parking Structure 5 on 4th Street, after the 12:30 am jump Thursday morning. Santa Monica Police confirmed the suicide that afternoon. They closed 4th Street from Broadway to Colorado for a death investigation. Santa Monica parking structures have recently become popular as suicide jumping off points. The crowded downtown area...

  • Becca's Closet Needs Bridesmaid Gowns, Shoes, Costume Jewelry, small, dressy purses

    Phyllis Grabot, Corridor Comms|Apr 15, 2019

    Flair Cleaners Santa Monica will host the Flair Cares Prom Dress Collection April 1 to 30 to benefit Becca’s Closet, a nonprofit providing formal attire for local high school youth who cannot afford new dresses. Customers and community members may donate gently worn long and short formal dresses and accessories at 720 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 90403 - between 7th and Lincoln). Flair Cleaners will dry clean each item before giving it to the nonprofit. “We are fortunate to live in a city...

  • College Senior who fell from clock tower while taking selfie

    Stan Greene|Apr 15, 2019

    Fox news reports that the young woman who fell off the bell tower, was attempting to take a selfie during a 4 am rite of passage. According to her social-media profiles, Monfries is studying journalism, interned at InStyle magazine and is set to graduate in May. Fordham University student who climbed the campus' landmark bell tower Sunday to snap photos of the New York City skyline has died after she accidentally fell, the university said. Sydney Monfries, a 22-year-old senior, was taking part...