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Articles from the May 15, 2021 edition

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  • Gun-Control California Schizophrenically Considers Removing Sentencing Enhancements for Use of a Firearm

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|May 15, 2021

    The California Assembly's Public Safety Committee recently passed for additional consideration a bill that would gut the state's sentencing enhancements for the use of a gun during the commission of a felony. Current state law provides sentencing enhancements of either 10, 20, or 25-years-to-life, depending on the nature of the gun use. 10 years are added for simply brandishing a gun during the commission of a felony, 20 years are added if the gun is discharged, and 25-to-life if great bodily...

  • SM Main Public Library Reopens for In-Person Service June 1

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 15, 2021

    The City of Santa Monica has announced that its Main Library will reopen for limited in-person service to the community on Tuesday, June 1. The Main Library, located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd., will offer the following services: in-person browsing of the first-floor collection, checking out items, holds pick-up, public computer use, printing and brief in-person interaction with staff. "The best way to make the most of your time at the Library is to plan your trip: wear a face mask, know the...

  • Suicide From 4th St. Overpass Snarls Freeway Traffic East and West for 2 Hours While SMPD Investigates

    Observer Staff Writer|May 15, 2021

    5/13: A homeless man jumped or fell from the 4th Street freeway overpass just before 2 pm on Thursday, police said. "The reporting party informed dispatch that they observed a male at the 4th Street overpass hugging the guardrail," writes SMPD's Lt. Rudy Flores. "The male then jumped over onto the westbound lanes, striking a vehicle as he landed. Santa Monica Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the male deceased." "All I-10 westbound lanes were closed off and traffic was...

  • Masks Are Over: President Biden, CDC Announce No Need to Wear Masks if you are Vaccinated.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 15, 2021

    5/13/21: We've all become used to covering our faces everywhere. But as announced Thursday morning by the head of the Centers for Disease Control, and echoed by US President Joseph Biden, there is no longer a need to wear a mask whether indoors or outdoors. President Biden credited an "all out effort" to vaccinate Americans. About half of the adult population is vaccinated. "The CDC is saying they have concluded that fully vaccinated people are at a very low risk of getting Covid...Please protec...

  • Yes, Police May Still Use Less Lethal Projectiles in Los Angeles Despite Headlines to the Contrary

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 15, 2021

    On Monday, May 10, a federal judge modified an earlier injunction restricting the Los Angeles Police Department's use of less lethal 40-millimeter and 37-millimeter projectile launchers as a means of crowd control. Headlines around the region proclaimed that U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall had granted Black Lives Matter LA's request for the injunction against this arsenal in the police's use of force. In reality, the judge expanded the circumstances already allowed under the original, A...

  • Make an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets in Advance of Wildfire Season

    LA County Department of Animal Care and Control|May 15, 2021

    With summer and warmer temperatures around the corner, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) reminds all pet owners to prepare for wildfire season. Preparing in advance and making an emergency plan can make all the difference when faced with evacuation during a wildfire incident. While DACC encourages all pet owners to prepare, DACC encourages guardians of livestock and horses to be mindful of the additional challenges and considerations these animals require. Ten...

  • HER Launches Grant Program to Support Women-Owned Restaurants in Los Angeles, Sponsored by Doordash

    May 15, 2021

    Following a groundbreaking collaborative event featuring women-owned restaurants across Los Angeles in January 2021 called 10 Days RE:Her, newly formed non-profit RE:Her today announced a Covid-19 relief grant program, sponsored by DoorDash. RE:Her will distribute 15 cash grants of $10,000 each to female-identifying food and beverage entrepreneurs in LA County, which recipients can use to bolster their business however they see fit. Grantees will also receive access to consulting and mentorship from specialists in restaurant finance (Elissa...

  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Re-Opens with Summer

    May 15, 2021

    @ The Wallis, Celebrating the Return of In-Person Audiences While Maintaining Commitment to Health and Safety of Staff, Artists, And Patrons, Opens with World Premiere Performance of Tevye in New York! Slated for Late June Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts re-opens this June with a pop-up outdoor performance space and Summer @ The Wallis featuring theater, dance, music, cinema, and special events. The outdoor space, with tiered seating and infrastructure to house lighting and sound, accommodates 100 socially distanced audience...

  • Art Exhibition at the Skirball AI WEIWEI: TRACE

    Skirball Cultural Centerreopens to the public with SoCal debut of large-scale installationAI WEIWEI: TRACE May 15–August 1,2021

    The Skirball Cultural Center announces that it will resume indoor museum operations this May with the Southern California debut of Ai Weiwei: Trace. Created by Ai Weiwei, one of China's most provocative and socially engaged living artists, the installation features portraits made up of thousands of plastic LEGO® bricks, each assembled by hand and laid out on the floor. These portraits depict individuals from around the world whom Ai and leading human-rights groups consider to be activists,...