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Articles from the May 27, 2020 edition

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  • 2 Elderly Men Shoot Homeless Trespasser at Dead Relatives House North of Montana Thursday Evening

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|May 27, 2020

    Two men, one in his 60's and one in his 70's, shot an intruder at their deceased relatives home, drawing a large SMPD response just after 8 pm Thursday. Santa Monica Police describe the man who was shot as a white male in his 30's. None of the men resided at the property. The shooters were executors of the Estate of the previous owner of the property. They had arrived at the house to prepare it for sale. The updated SMPD press release reads as follows: "On Thursday, May 21, 2020, at...

  • Westside Ballet: Even With Social Distancing, the Show Must Go On

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 27, 2020

    It's 2020, and all sorts of arts and educational programs are looking for ways to continue teaching, in a time of social distancing. Santa Monica's Westside Ballet has some brave and innovative continuation plans, in the face of Covid19. "We were to have a benefit performance honoring Patricia Neary 5/15, and then 5/16, our Spring Performance, two show times, at The Broad Stage," explains Jewels Solheim-Roe, press coordinator for WB. "Up until last week, Westside Ballet was still hoping for a de...

  • AllTogether LA: a Nonprofit Serving Seniors, Saving Lives, Building Community

    Sandra Coopersmith, Special to the Observer|May 27, 2020

    The good doctor could have describing Lorena Camarena, President and Executive Director of AllTogether LA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping seniors stay home and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic by facilitating grocery and medication deliveries. "Seniors can call our hotline, (323) 310-0411, leave a message, and we will connect them to background-checked neighbors whom we match by zip code within 24 hours," she said. The website is www.AllTogether.LA. The nonprofit started in Santa Monica in...

  • Medical Marijuana For School Students? It's Now Authorized in California

    Frances Rogers and Kate Im, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore|May 27, 2020

    Parents of school-aged children may be surprised to learn that their local school district is considering adopting a policy allowing medical marijuana on campus. Effective January 1, 2020, Senate Bill 223 (a.k.a. Jojo's Act), allows California school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education, to adopt a policy allowing a parent or guardian to dispense prescribed forms of cannabis to their student on school grounds. The law does not permit students to possess marijuana nor...

  • Los Angeles County Re-Opens the Beach Bike Paths from Covid-19 Lockdown

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|May 27, 2020

    Supervisor Janice Hahn announced on her Facebook page that effective Friday, May 22, LA County's beach bike paths will be and are, open. Rob Wakefield, owner of Santa Monica Beach Bicycle Rentals, said "This is a real Godsend. Just as the tourist season would ordinarily open, which is our big time of the year, the bike baths open too. What a blessing," he said. "People come from every corner of the planet to explore Venice Beach," he added. "When families walk through the door, it's important to...

  • Santa Monica Officials Can Give No Good Reason for the Outdoor Face Mask Requirement

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|May 27, 2020

    On May 14, the City sent out one of its dreaded "updates." This one required citizens to wear face masks when outdoors, even when exercising. Previously, masks had not been required while exercising. Before that, masks outdoors had only been advised and not required. We wondered if there was any science behind the new restriction, which had been instituted the same day by the City of Los Angeles. Both Los Angeles and Santa Monica point to a May 13 Los Angeles Department of Public Health order as...