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Articles from the May 31, 2021 edition

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  • Multi-Agency Police Force Seizes $60 Million in Meth, Cocaine

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 31, 2021

    A drug-trafficking investigation, conducted by Culver City police along with detectives from other agencies, has netted 2,500 pounds of Methamphetamine and about 200 kilos of cocaine valued at $60 million, local authorities announced this week. "This drug seizure is believed to be one of the largest in Los Angeles County history," the Culver City Police Department said in a statement. The drug bust was conducted earlier this month by the by the multi-agency task force, CCPD said. The...

  • SM City Council Tackles 2021-23 Biennial Budget

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 31, 2021

    The City Council held two study sessions this week to review the proposed 2021-23 Biennial Budget which "positions Santa Monica to safely and responsibly emerge from the COVID-19 emergency orders and cultivate a revitalized local economy that reflects and services our diverse community." The budget – totaling $705.5 million in 2021-22 and $597.7 million in 2022-23 – includes expanded services to address homelessness, provide clean and safe public spaces and "facilitate an equitable and inc...

  • A Miracle for Santa Monica: Pro-Developer Council Member Kevin McKeown Resigns.

    Houman Hemmati, Santa Monica Resident|May 31, 2021

    A miracle just happened for the residents of Santa Monica that can save our city forever: Councilmember Kevin McKeown, who has served for decades in this role, just unexpectedly announced his resignation effective 2 weeks from now to a shocked Council and city. Why is this a miracle? Because Kevin had been leading the efforts to enrich wealthy developers by using "equity" and "anti-racism" as a BS excuse to upzone the entire city (including single family R1 zoned communities) for high density,...

  • What Will You Be Doing on Memorial Day? Here are Some Ways to Mark Its Solemn Message

    Rebecca Weber, Association of Mature American Citizens

    What will you be doing on Monday? Will you stop at 3:00 PM to observe the National Moment of Remembrance? Will you say a short prayer or, at least, stop what you are doing for a second to think about the men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives so that we could spend the holiday weekend at ease? It's not much to ask for in return. And, after all, it is also Memorial Day. No one will blame you for basking by the sea or by the pool. Nor will they criticize you for joining your...

  • Your Precious Pup or Kitty Could Become a Tasty Snack for a Coyote

    Denise Delyle, Special to the Observer|May 31, 2021

    "Covid this, Covid that... It wouldn't kill you to refill the bird feeder Karen," gripes the chubby squirrel in a meme from last year. But seriously, urban wildlife depends on humans in ways we're often unaware of. Sometimes it's good to cater to these animals (example: planting milkweed along Monarch butterfly migration routes.) Other times, it's a little iffy, or there is room for debate (for instance, it's technically illegal to have a bird feeder in California since it's considered an...

  • Bobcat Kittens Found in Oak Tree Cavity. Scientists Believe the Unusual Den Location Due to Woolsey Fire, says NPS

    Ana Cholo, National Park Service|May 31, 2021

    A bobcat captured and collared more than a year after the Woolsey Fire gave birth to three kittens recently - B-379, B-380, and B-381, according to the National Park Service. Using VHF radiotelemetry and GPS points from the mother's (B-370) collar, National Park Service biologists located the female bobcat in a cavity of a large oak tree on April 15, 2021. She was in an area that was intensely burned during the Woolsey Fire that swept through Calabasas and other areas in the Santa Monica...

  • Stream Forest Lawn's Memorial Day 2021 Remembrance Via Facebook Live

    Chanin Victor, Observer Events Author

    Forest Lawn will mark its 106th Memorial Day remembrance with a virtual event available via Facebook LIVE. On Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10AM, the celebration will honor the sacrifices and strength of the members of the United States military with a moving keynote address, presidential proclamation, invocation, color guard, patriotic music, and more. Patriotic prelude music will commence at 9:45 AM, with the event beginning at 10:00 AM and available following the event: (

  • North America’s biggest dinosaur adventure has dino-mite activities in store for fans everywhere with virtual events and dino storytime - Jurassic Quest, the nation’s largest and most realistic dinosaur experience, invites dinosaur fans everywhere to join the Jurassic Quest Great Big Dino Playdate in celebration of International Dinosaur Day on Tues., June 1, 2021. JUNE 1: Jurassic Quest Great Big Dino Playdate - Celebrate International Dinosaur Day with Jurassic Quest’s lovable team of dino babies and their train...

  • SMMUSD Students Can Keep Their Chromebooks for Summer Learning

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|May 31, 2021

    Students who were issued Chromebooks by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will not have to return their devices if they plan to continue with learning over the summer, school officials said this week. "We understand that many families are anxious to continue with student progress and learning over the summer," said Supt. Ben Drati. "We are planning to allow our students to keep their Chromebooks to support and facilitate summer learning." In a letter to parents, posted online on...

  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Will Require Reservations for Peak Travel Weekends This Summer

    May 31, 2021

    Reservations will be required on select weekends for Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® trains that travel between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Additional train cars are being added when possible to increase the number of available seats on select trains. However, the number of seats onboard each Pacific Surfliner train is limited. To safely manage capacity during periods when more travelers are anticipated, customers will need a...

  • Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum returns to live performances with outdoor 2021 Summer Season

    May 31, 2021

    Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum returns to live performances with outdoor 2021 Summer SeasonTheatricum Botanicum returns to live performance at its unique and stunning outdoor amphitheater in Topanga with a summer season of three plays July 10 through Nov. 7. Tickets to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum 2021 Repertory Season, sponsored by the S. Mark Taper Foundation, go on sale June 1 at Best known for presenting lively and engaging renditions of the works of William...