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Articles from the May 20, 2021 edition

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  • Lyft, Veo, Spin Selected for Pilot Mobility Program in Santa Monica

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 20, 2021

    Santa Monica this week selected Lyft, Spin and Veo to participate in its second Shared Mobility Pilot Program, slated to begin on July 1. The 21-month pilot program, approved by City Council in March, will feature 2000 electric bikes and scooters. It was designed to promote the health and wellbeing of Santa Monica residents and will include new technologies that can improve public safety and different device types to meet the needs of users, said city officials. Francie Stefan, Santa Monica's...

  • Stolen French Bulldog Reunited with Owner; Suspect Nabbed by CC Police

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 20, 2021

    Culver City police arrested on Saturday a man who allegedly stole at gunpoint a 10-month-old French bulldog in Fox Hills earlier this week. "The French bulldog was located (unharmed) and returned to its rightful owner," Culver City Police Department said in a press release. The dog snatcher reportedly responded to an advertisement listing the dog for sale. On Wednesday, May 12, the bulldog's owner agreed to meet the man on the 6000 block of Canterbury Drive around 7 p.m. to make the exchange, ac...

  • Science Debunks Gascon's "Science" Claims Regarding Light Sentencing; Parolee Shoots Officer Dead; Bar Owner Sells Fake Vaccination Cards and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|May 20, 2021

    Courts & Rulings Ninth Circuit overturns drug conviction because search for weapon surpassed frisking Police conducting a "stop-and-frisk" can pat someone down for guns or other weapons if they have reason to believe they're in danger. But inside the pockets is out of bounds, and any evidence the officers find there is inadmissible, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. San Francisco Chronicle Warrantless search of motel room of parolee was justified - court A parolee's assent to a...

  • Man Openly Carrries a Gun into Market on Pico Boulevard and Gets Arrested

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 20, 2021

    May 18, 2021 - In the early hours of the morning on Monday, a man who was openly carrying a handgun in his waistband walked into the AM PM market at 3rd and Pico together with a woman companion. Police were alerted and arrived to detain the man as he exited the store. They successfully disarmed him and discovered he was a convicted felon. For most people, it is illegal to carry a firearm in California. It is an additional crime to carry a gun if you are an ex-felon. The woman was questioned and...

  • City of Santa Monica Reaches Settlement Agreement with Landlords Accused of 'Wrongful Eviction'

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 20, 2021

    Santa Monica has resolved another tenant-landlord dispute and banked $15,000. The City reached a settlement with Marshall Reddick Real Estate and Balthazar Investment Group – landlords of a five-unit apartment building at 820 Bay Street – "to resolve allegations of tenant harassment and wrongful eviction," Santa Monica officials announced on Monday. Under the settlement agreement, the landlords will provide the tenants with more than $7,500 in rental credits, pay Santa Monica $15,000, and att...

  • Evacuation Orders Lifted for Palisades Fire; Arson Suspect Arrested and Identified as 48-Year-Old Homeless Man

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 20, 2021

    May 19, 2021 The Los Angeles County Fire Department lifted evacuation orders for residents of Pacific Palisades at 1:00 pm Tuesday afternoon. Earlier that day, they lifted evacuation orders for residents of Topanga Canyon as an air assault on the brush fire appeared to gain them control over it. On Sunday, a suspect was arrested in connection with the fire that burned over the weekend and through Tuesday. His identity was withheld until Tuesday. Ramon Santos Rodriguez, 48, a homeless...

  • Amazon Gets Fact-Checked on its Claims of Fighting Fraud

    The Counterfeit Report|May 20, 2021

    May 19, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Amazon's global empire is in a crisis. The invasive, manipulative superpower which controls over 50% of online sales is flooded with fakes, scams, phony reviews, and fraud. The e-commerce sales explosion made it easy for criminals to exploit consumers through online counterfeit sales, but Amazon's reaction is too little, too late.. A study funded by the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies found an entire underground economy devoted to creating every possible c...