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Articles from the June 2, 2020 edition


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  • Police abandon building as Looters, Rioters Set Fire to Police Station in Minneapolis over #GeorgeFloyd

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 2, 2020

    Angry at the police, protestors have set fire to the Third Precinct Police Station just before 11 pm local time in Minneapolis, MN. In life he was a security guard, and his surviving girlfriend begged people not to commit crimes in his name. But the police station is reportedly on fire Thursday night. Minnesota Governor calls in the National Guard. 500 troops are heading to Minneapolis-St. Paul, as local authorities completely lose control over South Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis tweeted...

  • Last Remaining Cast Member From "Gone With The Wind," turns 104 Years Old

    Kristin Peach, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 2, 2020

    Olivia de Haviland will celebrate her 104th birthday on July 1, 2020. A birthday event is being organized by Spring de Haviland, who is "related to Olivia, but no one is entirely sure how." And no one is entirely sure how people will celebrate it at this time of social distancing. But it's an achievement nonetheless. The guest of honor will not be present herself at the event, because she is on the way to a private family celebration in Paris, France, where she has resided since 1956. Partygoers...

  • "No Justice, No Peace!" Chant Protestors as they walk from SMPD HQ to Venice in Los Angeles

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 2, 2020

    Protesting the death of Minnesota security guard George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, about 100 protestors walked down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica from the Santa Monica Police headquarters, to Windward and Pacific. The protestors chanted "I can't Breathe," and ironically were escorted by police officers. The SMPD Equine Patrol provided 2 officers on horseback; about a dozen were in SMPD vehicles as well. Both sides kept their distance from each other (no...

  • Santa Monica Place Looted; Vans Shoe Store Looted at Santa Monica Third Street Promenade

    Stan Greene, Observer staff writer|Jun 2, 2020
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    Mayor Pro Tempore Terry O’Day told KTLA that businesses should board up their windows given the damage already left so far. “I’m not sure how the rest of the evening is going to go,” O’Day told KTLA. “Hopefully, we can get this place cleared out," referring to Santa Monica Place. On Wilshire Blvd, looters broke into Big 5 Sporting Goods, again using George Floyd protestors to run cover for them. They have faith that the Police will not shoot them, and so far casualties among looters...

  • High Command: Latest Lockdown Suggestions From City of Santa Monica are a Bit Better

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 2, 2020

    In line with the County of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica has issued new guidance for Covid-19 social distancing. Churches and synagogues can reopen, with 25% as many congregants. Theaters and swap meets can even resume. But you are encouraged not to drive to work, still. The following activities are now permitted:  Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building's capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is...

  • How Minneapolis Tamped Down George Floyd Riots on Day 3

    Kristin Peach, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 2, 2020

    It's about math. They didn't have enough police/guards to carry out a city-wide effort until today. All they could do before was scramble around trying to put out fires. Literally. Guard was requested on Wednesday, but it takes a while to scramble together all of those barbers and farmers and teachers spread throughout a big state. They waited until about 20 minutes after curfew, then they came in from all sides on any large group. The largest group we're walking along a street. The LEOs cut in...

  • Chasing after the Phenomenal Blue Bioluminescent Waves in Southern California

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 2, 2020

    When the California beaches reopened this past weekend, after being closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I had an insatiable desire to see the remarkable blue bioluminescent waves before they vanished. They were illuminating the beaches from Baja California to Santa Cruse for over a month. On Friday eve May 22, 2020 I drove to the Santa Monica beach by the Pier and anxiously waited for a few hours past sunset, but no blue waves were to be seen. After speaking with a nice couple by the Pier,...

  • George Floyd Was a Peace and Love Man Says Close Friend Christopher Harris, Who Preached Non-Violence

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 2, 2020

    After speaking with several of George Floyd's family members and close friend Christopher Harris I cried. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I heard the countless stories of how everyone who was lucky enough to know George adored him for his kindness, unconditional love and generosity to all mankind. Harris says Floyd wanted this world to be a melting pot of the light of G-ds goodwill for all people. George Floyd, who was 6ft6 240 lbs., 46 years old, a former high school football and basketball...