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Articles from the May 19, 2023 edition

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  • Video Shows Antifa Clash with Pro Life Protesters, Santa Monica Police Near the Pier Saturday.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 19, 2023

    News2Share covered a confrontation Saturday May 13th, between protesters identified as "Antifa," others identified as pro-life, and members of the Santa Monica Police Dept. Some of the SMPD officers were mounted on horses. The confrontation took place just East of the 100 year old Santa Monica Pier, in Palisades Park. "#Antifa members violently clashed with law enforcement as they gathered to try to attack participants of a "Baby Lives Matter" rally in Santa Monica, Calif. on May 13." tweeted...

  • Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself in the 800 Block of Second Street, Santa Monica

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 19, 2023

    A 15 year old boy was taken to a hospital Monday in stable condition after accidentally shooting himself in Santa Monica, the SMPD said. The Santa Monica Police Department responded to the 800 block of Second Street about 2:20 p.m. to a report about a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and located a boy, whose age was not disclosed, with an apparently self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound to his hand, wrote Myesha Morrison, SMPD PIO. It’s unclear how the boy obtained the firearm, but police s...

  • Roosevelt Elementary Mom, 34 and Facing Paralysis, Receives Support from School Community

    Observer Staff|May 19, 2023

    May 4, 2023 - We received an email today from Darcy O'Brien-Holt: "I'm a Santa Monica resident and mom of a Roosevelt Elementary 1st grader. In late January, I found out that one of my son's kindergarten classmates was experiencing a medical emergency in the family: his mom, Tereza, had suffered a massive hemorrhage due to a condition I'd never heard of called AVM." "I learned she was in the ICU fighting for her life at only 34, unable to take care of her amazing boys, ages 7 and 13. Since...

  • Yadigâr "memento" Fundraising Event Benefitted The Artisans of Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey

    May 19, 2023

    A special fundraising exhibition Yadigâr "memento" - The Textiles and Handicrafts of Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey, took place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. The daylong public exhibit featured vintage textile arts and handicrafts from Southeastern Anatolia, the area of Turkey recently devastated by the earthquake. A special opening reception was held on the evening of May 5. Guests joining Event Organizers Vega Sankur, Nalan Kumlali...

  • The 23rd Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival 2023 featuring Opening Night Gala Premiere of "Mercy"

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|May 19, 2023

    On Wednesday, April 19, 2023 The 23RD Annual International Film Festival (BHFF) featured 15 film premieres including the Red Capet Gala event at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood. Its 2023 line-up of 140 competition films includes five days of red carpet premieres, networking events, panel discussions, after-parties and ending with the annual Awards Gala held at the Hollywood Rosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, on April 23, 2023. The world Premiere of "Mercy", directed...

  • Owners of 33 Apartments in Ocean Towers Indicted For Allegedly Embezzling Funds From Ocean Towers HOA

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|May 19, 2023

    15: John Spahi, 70 and his son, Omar Spahi, have been arrested after a grand jury indicted them for converting HOA funds to their personal use. Ocean Towers is the only Cooperative apartment building in Santa Monica. For years, residents have alleged that the Spahis dominated the board of Directors of the HOA, and improperly used HOA funds for personal uses. Also indicted were Joe and Dorothy Orlando, who managed the building. The complaint alleges that the Spahis owned or controlled 33 of t...