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Articles from the May 12, 2020 edition

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  • Coronavirus: LA County Judges to Wear Face Masks by Order of the Presiding Judge

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2020

    It may appear like a scene out of a movie. But for the foreseeable future, Los Angeles County Superior Court judges will be wearing face masks, to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This by order of the presiding judge, Kevin C. Brazile. The good news is the Courts are preparing to reopen. They have been closed to the public since March 15th, 2020. “The Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of the public, attorneys, justice partners, judicial officers and employees,” Presiding Jud...

  • "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!" Santa Monica Residents Lose Patience With Irrational Continuing Shutdowns

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|May 12, 2020

    Following the example of the state and county, Santa Monica is allowing certain types of businesses to reopen today in a limited fashion. The city began closing businesses during the third week of March, ending with a complete shutdown of all but "essential" businesses March 19. Ever since, restaurants, retail outlets, and business offices have all been off-limits. But today, our wiser and more knowledgeable overlords are allowing certain, very select businesses to open their doors , albeit for...

  • Local Man Celebrates his 100th Birthday With Drive-by Neighborhood Block Party

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2020

    Sam Marquez turned 100 on Tuesday, and his family, friends and neighbors didn't want to let a little thing like Covid-19 get in the way of a celebration. So they threw him a drive-by 100th birthday party to maintain social distancing. The centenarian has been a Santa Monica resident for over 90 years and his lived in Los Angeles County all of his life. He has lived on Hill St. for over 55 years, reports his grandson Steven Marquez "In the keeping with the social distancing rules, we...

  • What would happen if an Octopus took an Uber, and didn't like the Music on the Radio?

    Sabine Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2020

    Delilah Demilo is a frustrated songwriter, a college dropout, and a venemous blue-ringed octopus. In The Benthophonicks, my debut comic, she sets off on a journey to find herself as an artist, but ends up finding a bunch of randos on the way – randos who turn into unwanted bandmates... who ruin her plans... and turn into true friends! In last week's installment, Xander the Jewish Christmas Tree Worm refused the bald octopus's request for a pixie cut and received an ominous comeback: he can't p...

  • Teenager Uses Three D Printer Technology to Craft Facial Shields for First Responders

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2020

    5 year old Mikey Strauss found a way to use his three dimensional printer, in order to help first responders working in the Coronavirus age: Making plastic face shields for them. "My 14 year old has a 3-D printer, and weeks ago he was one of the first to start making these facial shields," said Krista Strauss, Mikey's Mom. "Mikey delivered over 100 to St. Johns and 50 to 3 other hospitals in Louisiana, and in St. Louis. In doing so, he became an inspiration to me." "He just started printing the...

  • A New Santa Monica : Deep Budget Cuts are Inevitable, And Not Just Because of Covid-19

    Brian Presley, Local Resident|May 12, 2020

    No matter what you think about how the City Council acted Tuesday night to address a potential $224 million deficit over the next two years, you have to feel pain. Not even pain for anybody in particular, just in general. Because what a City press released called "what may be remembered as the hardest City Council meeting in the City's history" was confirmation we are a community in pain. Deep cuts like these are happening or will soon happen all over the world. But these particular deep cuts ar...

  • Parade for First Responders around Providence St. Johns Hospital, and to UCLA hospital

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2020

    A parade of cars wound around St. Johns early in the evening of Saturday May 2nd. It was intended to show support and say "Thank You" to the Frontline workers at hospitals of St. John's and UCLA. Participants met at McKinley Elementary School parking lot on Chelsea Avenue. Supporters stayed in cars but were invited to "cheer, honk, have noisemakers, signs, flags, decorate their cars to show appreciation for the nurses and doctors," said a message to potential participants. "The parade will be le...