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Articles from the April 28, 2024 edition

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  • CCSM Holds Groundbreaking On Berkeley Commons, 13 Units of Pre-fabricated, "Green" and Affordable Housing

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 28, 2024

    The City of Santa Monica and Community Corporation of Santa Monica broke ground on Berkeley Station, Santa Monica's newest affordable housing development. "The all-electric, LEED Gold building will offer 13 units of 100% affordable housing for low-income families and youth aged 18 to 24. It will offer residents a community garden, a rooftop deck, laundry facilities, a central courtyard and terrace garden, and a community room," wrote CCSM in a press release. What's envisioned on the property,...

  • George Gascon's Handpicked Assistant District Attorney for Ethics and Integrity Charged with 11 Felony Counts and Is This a Pattern with George Gascon?

    Ryan Erlich, Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Apr 28, 2024

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Ms. Teran has already been scrubbed from the official District Attorney website, her position filled now by another individual.] Friends in High Places Teran Affair Raises Questions, Reveals Limited Standard of Accountability for Those in Gascon's Inner Circle Who Commit Bad Acts As you all know by now, the Attorney General of California has charged Diana Teran, George Gascón's handpicked Assistant District Attorney for Ethics and Integrity, with 11 felony violations of Penal...

  • The O Family of Kittens is Looking for a Home

    The Lange Foundation|Apr 28, 2024

    We rescued Odette, Oona, Otis, and Ozzie two weeks ago from the East Valley shelter. They are seven-weeks-old and couldn't be cuter. They are all extremely friendly, playful, and curious. They are almost ready for adoption and will be available in pairs since kittens do best growing up with a friend. If you're interested in giving a pair of wonderful kittens a forever home, please apply at They would love to meet you!...

  • Santa Monica's Newest Chic Rooftop Bar: The Coco Club

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 28, 2024

    Imagine stepping into a space that feels like a time capsule of old Hollywood glamour, yet with a modern, laid-back California vibe. That's exactly what The Coco Club in Santa Monica offers---a rooftop retreat where the spirit of iconic Los Angeles destinations from the past mingles with the breathtaking views of today. As you ascend to The Coco Club, you're greeted by a panoramic vista that stretches from Venice Beach to the Malibu Coastline. Look straight out to the left and see the iconic...

  • Meet Chief, an Adorable Frenchie Up for Adoption

    The Lange Foundation|Apr 28, 2024

    Chief is a five-year-old Frenchie we rescued from the South L.A. shelter in January. He had a necrotic leg that needed to be amputated. Now he is all healed up and is much more comfortable as a tripod. It doesn't hinder him at all - he loves going on walks. Whoever adopts this sweet boy is in for a lifetime of love and fun. Chief has some eye and skin issues that we are treating him for and he is doing well. He even likes getting his medication! Chief is very friendly and loves people. He does...

  • Fernanda Lavera I'm Not A Robot

    Selena Hughes, Guest Post|Apr 28, 2024

    Upon stepping onto the second floor, I was immediately enveloped in the rich tapestry of Fernanda Lavera's neo-expressionist world. Each stroke on her canvases resonates with a profound message, beckoning admirers into a dialogue with their souls. For Lavera, this exhibition is not merely a showcase of artistic prowess; it's a spiritual journey, an impassioned plea to embrace life's intricacies and resist the allure of mindless consumption. Her activism, particularly on issues of gender...

  • Pro-Hamas, Pro Israel Protestors Clash at UCLA's Usually Tranquil Royce Quadrangle

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 28, 2024

    UCLA's grassy quadrangle in front of Royce Hall has been occupied by protestors calling for the elimination of Israel and it's replacement by a Palestinian State. The protestors are living in tents which they say echoes the conditions of Gazans since Hamas' October 7th attack on Israel which killed 1200 Israelis, mostly civilians. There are also pro-Israel and Jewish counter protestors. So far, the protests at UCLA have been peaceful. But there is the potential for them to get out of hand,...