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Articles from the May 10, 2019 edition

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  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church Celebrates 105 Years in Santa Monica

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|May 10, 2019

    Pilgrim Lutheran Church celebrated its 105 Anniversary on May 5, 2019 with a special sermon by Rev. Dr. Micheal Gibson, the president of the Pacific SW district of Lutheran Missouri Synod. A community luncheon followed the service. The original church built in 1919 was on 14th street and Arizona. The present building was rebuilt after the Northridge Earthquake at 1730 Wilshire Blvd, with many stained glass windows representing Biblical stories and themes. It the first church to be constructed...

  • Shore Hotel Retroactively Seeks Coastal Commission Approval to Open as a Hotel

    Observer Staff|May 10, 2019

    Somehow, the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica opened two years ago with a Coastal Commission permit. Wednesday, the hotel, which bills itself as sustainable and environmentally sensitive, will appear before the Commission and seek the necessary permits. Shore Hotel's PR person, Melendy Britt, sent us the following: We are pleased to share a statement from Shore Hotel before tomorrow's hearing at the California Coastal Commission. "The owners of Santa Monica's first LEED Gold-certified Shore Hotel,...

  • Netflix Resurrects Lucifer Wednesday May 8. The Devil Is In The Details

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|May 10, 2019

    5/8/19: It turns out there is life after death. At least for a certain Fox TV series about the Devil coming to Los Angeles and making friends at the LAPD. Netflix has brought back Lucifer for a 4th season of ten episodes. Fox TV cancelled Lucifer last year due to low ratings. The series received initially mixed reviews from critics during its first season, though the subsequent seasons drew more favorable acclaim. Many critics particularly praised Ellis' performance. Despite initially high...

  • Tailored Travel Workouts with Aktiv Virtual: Customizing the Gym Experience

    Omid Vojdani, Health and Wellness Editor Edible Skinny|May 10, 2019

    As a personal trainer, one of my biggest pet peeves was seeing how many people would come to the gym just to do 'cardio' on the ellipticals or treadmill, rather than head out to the weight room. At first, I thought it was fear of injury, then I thought it was just a lack of confidence with what to do with the heavy weights. Now, I realize the reality of the situation is simple: people don't want to have to think about exercise when they already have so many other things on their mind. That's...

  • New Strategies to Stress-out Russia by Playing to Putin's Vulnerabilities and Anxieties

    RAND|May 10, 2019

    RAND Suggests Nonviolent Ways to Exploit Russian Vulnerabilities Russia's use of information warfare and its conventional military arsenal make it a formidable opponent, but the state also has significant weaknesses that could be exploited, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation. The report examines a range of nonviolent measures the United States could take to stress Russia's military, its economy or the regime's political standing at home and abroad. The steps would be designed...

  • Community Corps to Build 94 Units Across 14th Street from Woodlawn Cemetery

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|May 10, 2019

    Community Corp. of Santa Monica (CCSM) will be holding a public hearing this month on their proposal to build 55 affordable housing units on 14th Street, across the street from Woodlawn Cemetery. The public input hearing will be held on May 21 at 6:30 at Virginia Avenue Park. The project will demolish an existing natural pet food store, a dog grooming facility, and an automotive repair business. It is a block from the Santa Monica Freeway overpass and three quarters of a mile from the nearest...

  • Southern California Housing Prices Fall 0.2%, Breaking a 7 Year Trend

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|May 10, 2019

    Housing prices and sales are falling in California, according to a report by the California Association of Realtors. Although the statewide median home price is up a tiny 0.2 percent, at $565,880, home prices are down in half of all California counties. And home sales across the state are down 6.3 percent. Hardest hit is Los Angeles County, where the median price of a house fell 0.7 percent from last year, to $525,520. Worse than this, though, are the number of house sales. Those are down 13...