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Articles from the May 26, 2014 edition


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  • Observer Ballot Endorsements!

    May 26, 2014

    Another year, another election. But this likely low-turnout election has a ton of interesting races that will help to shape the future of our region for a long time. We will replace Henry Waxman in Congress, who has been there for forty years. We'll also pick the successor to Zev Yaroslavsky, who has served ably as County Supervisor for twenty years, as well as the folks who will replace scandal-ridden Sherriff Lee Baca and even-more-scandal-ridden Assessor John Noguez. Remember, the lower the...

  • Proposed Ballot Measure to Protect Airport Challenged

    May 26, 2014

    In another legal skirmish over the future of embattled Santa Monica Airport, a lawsuit was filed Friday challenging a proposed city ballot measure that would require voter approval to shut down the facility, alter its land use or restrict aviation activities. A group of Santa Monica citizens sued in Los Angeles County Superior Court in an attempt to derail a petition drive by airport supporters and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn. to qualify a pro-airport measure for a future election. If...

  • Missing Person, West Hollywood

    May 26, 2014

    Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Francisco Mazzola, a 79 year-old male White who was last seen at a residence located on the 8700 block of Shoreham Drive, West Hollywood, on Friday May 30th, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Mr. Mazzola is described as 5’ 06”, 130 lbs, brown hair, balding. He suffers from memory loss and becomes easily confused. He was last seen wearing a blue “New England Patriots” NFL football jacket, black shirt, and blue jean...

  • EARTHQUAKE SUNDAY JUNE 1

    May 26, 2014

    7:36 PM, a sharp earthquake lasting 5-7 seconds was felt in Santa Monica, and as far away as Oxnard. USGS says it was a 4.2 magnitude centered 3.3 miles NW of Westwood Village, which makes it similar to an earthquake in mid-April. A 4.2 is a moderate quake which can cause mild damage....

  • Earthquake Engineers Will Identify Older Buildings

    May 26, 2014

    Santa Monica on Tuesday took a significant step in boosting seismic safety by agreeing to hire a top earthquake engineering firm to help the city identify older buildings potentially at risk of collapse in a major temblor. The City Council authorized city officials to hire Degenkolb Engineers for a budget that will not exceed $91,524. Once the buildings have been surveyed and cataloged, owners would eventually be notified and given a chance to show their structure does not need seismic...

  • SANTA MONICA CRIME WATCH

    Antje Weser|May 26, 2014

    Hidden camera catches thief Santa Monica Police say officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of 12th St. on May 20 after a woman told them that she had set up a clandestine camera in her house after noticing that she had been missing clothing and lingerie from her residence over the past 5 years. Lawmen report after returning from a trip the victim reported looking at the video and noticing that on May 17 she checked her video and found that the camera recorded a man in her bedroom wit...

  • Hollywood Producer Cindy Cowan's Memorial Day Weekend Birthday Bash

    Christine Peake|May 26, 2014

    Renown Hollywood Film Producer and songwriter Cindy Cowan, opened her stunning Beverly Hills home up to 200 of her closest friends to celebrate her birthday as well as to pay respects to the Troops on Memorial Day Weekend. Lucky guests included award winning legendary actress Frances Fisher, Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis, Star Trek Into The Darkness actor Jon Lee Brody, stunning Deal or No Deal/Hellraiser model/actress Patricia Kara, Hollywood heavy weight UTA agent Rena Ronson, Shut Up And Move...

  • Capturing Pico Neighborhood Stories

    Santa Monica, California – Celebrate the Pico Neighborhood’s unique history by joining us at the brand new Pico Branch Library to share your photos, tell stories, and learn more about preserving your special family documents on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pico Branch Annex, 2201 Pico Blvd. Materials shared may be posted to SHARE Santa Monica, a local history sharing website hosted by the Santa Monica Public Library. The Pico Branch Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration (31...

  • Santa Monica Auctions Celebrate 30 Years

    Santa Monica Auctions is pleased to announce their 30 Year Anniversary Auction - an auction of modern and contemporary artwork of all mediums on Sunday June 8, 2014 beginning at 12PM at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA. This is a benchmark auction celebrating the 30 year anniversary of Santa Monica Auctions. Based in Santa Monica, Santa Monica Auctions is the longest running independently owned and operated boutique auction house in Los Angeles. Santa Monicaauctions began their auctions in 1984 in any public space that came...

  • Culver-Palms Church's Annual Yard Sale

    Culver-Palms United Methodist Church’s annual yard sale will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 7. Choose from clothing, shoes and household items such as cookware, tableware, linens, decorative items, crafts, large and small appliances, gadgets and furniture. Additional items for sale include toys, books, CDs, DVDs, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, tools, luggage and more. If you need further information, please call the church office at (310) 390-7717. Culver-Palms United Methodist Church is located at 4464 Sepulveda B...

  • Pacific Art Guild Meeting

    The Pacific Art Guild will meet Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room, Westchester Civic Center, 7166 W. Manchester, Los Angeles. Guests are welcome. The guest demonstrator for June is Stacy Kamin, who graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and is a member of the California Art Club and Oil Painters of America. Kamins’ style appears delicate, uncluttered and austere despite her thick paint, wide strokes and richly textured canvas. For more information please contact Vickie Myers, President at (310)6...

  • Prevent A Stroke

    The Roxana Todd Hodges Stroke Foundation will present a free community education event in partnership with the Culver City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department. How you can prevent a stroke, including risk factors, warning signs, educational materials, free screenings and more! The event will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Avenue (corner of Culver Blvd. & Overland Ave.) Parking will be available at the Senior Center lot or across the street at Veterans Memorial...

  • Adopt & Shop Community Day

    Adopt & Shop will continue its “housewarming” to the neighborhood, with a fun-filled Community Day this Saturday, May 31from 11am – 2pm. Community Day will feature complimentary training, 50% off microchipping, and nail trimmings for pets, delicious cotton candy, popcorn and photo booths, face painting and more! www.adoptandshop.org Adopt & Shop s located at 4235 Sepulveda Blvd. near the corner of Culver Blvd. in Culver City...

  • Samohi Lady Vikings Win Again in Round 3 of CIF Playoffs!

    May 26, 2014
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    Samohi Lady Vikings win again in round 3 of CIF playoffs! In a game against Heritage, the Lady vikings were behind in the top of the 5th 2-0, then come alive in a 2 out rally scoring 3 runs. They held Heritage in the bottom of the 7th for the win. Simifinals will be in Golita on Tuesday....

  • Peninsula is Out, SM is In after Batting Practice Violation

    May 26, 2014

    Santa Monica will replace Peninsula in Friday's quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 3 baseball playoffs after prevailing in a protest that Peninsula engaged in illegal batting practice prior to its 7-2 victory over the Vikings on Tuesday, Santa Monica Coach Kurt Schwengel said on Wednesday. The Southern Section has already updated its brackets online. Schwengel said Peninsula was throwing overhand using a Wiffle ball prior to the game. A Santa Monica assistant coach used his...

  • "The Heat" Moves To Santa Monica

    Torsten Kunert|May 26, 2014

    Instead of maintaining the status of being a big fish in a small pond in a country that has produced a number of champions and great fighters, Chris Van Heerden has decided that a move to the United States (Santa Monica, California) is what is necessary for his career. Van Heerden, a tall southpaw nicknamed "The Heat", has lost one and drawn one of his 21 professional fights. Van Heerden, making his first USA debut against veteran Cosme Rivera in Hollywood, California, he beat Rivera in the...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: MALEFICENT

    debbie lynn elias|May 26, 2014

    Be she known as the "evil fairy" who casts a spell on the infant princess Aurora dooming her to die when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel in Charles Perrault's "La Belle au bois dormant" or in the Brothers Grimm " Dornröschen" (Little Briar Rose), or known as the mightiest and most beloved of all the Disney villains, MALEFICENT is a force to be reckoned with. And as beloved as Disney's 1959 animated classic "Sleeping Beauty" is, making MALEFICENT a household name for new generations and...

  • Beach Day Images

    May 26, 2014

    Memorial Day brought an estimated 250,000 visitors to Santa Monica Beach. Both directions of Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica were moving at 8-12 mph around midday, according to automated reports....

  • DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

    May 26, 2014

    The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on June 6, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m....

  • Ben Allen For State Senate

    Elias Saigali|May 26, 2014

    Many voters may question a candidate's actual ability to address critical state issues and truly advocate for his or her constituents. That is because political candidates often seem to spend their time addressing pet issues of powerful special interest groups that are of little concern to the general public and largely give lip service on the important issues. Ben Allen, who is running for the California State Senate to represent the 26th District (which encompasses parts of the South Bay,...