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Articles from the June 15, 2020 edition

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  • It is Premature to Recall Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud, Due to George Floyd Riots

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jun 15, 2020

    Close to 60,000 signatures have been gathered as of this writing asking for the recall of Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud. Most residents of the city are furious about the wide-scale looting that occurred during and after the "mostly peaceful" protest that paraded from Montana Avenue and down Ocean Avenue early in the afternoon. The City of Santa Monica has received 350 damage reports with 150 retail businesses claiming significant damage from the unrest on Sunday, May 31. At a town...

  • Stepping Out: Dance School Graduation in the Age of Coronavirus and Quarantines

    Jewels Solheim-Roe, Project Releve|Jun 15, 2020

    The Five Westside Ballet graduating Seniors look forward to an uncertain Freshman year at Universities and accept they leave the legacy ballet school with no final performance or cast party to say goodbye to their peers, teachers, and ballet community of over a decade. Westside Ballet's annual Spring Performance has for decades provided a final performance opportunity and send off to countless graduating high school seniors. Due to the coronavirus health emergency, their final Spring...

  • Los Angeles County Declines to File Charges for Curfew Violations or Failure to Disperse

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jun 15, 2020

    In a County wracked by looting, arson, and rioting during the end of May and beginning of June; LA County's chief law enforcement officer, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, declined to file charges for curfew violations or failure to disperse. Curfews were imposed for several days during this period, both county-wide and within cities. In Santa Monica, curfews were imposed as early as 1:30 pm on June 1 and 2:00 pm on June 2. Obviously, these curfews were a severe imposition on the liberty of...

  • Movement to Remove SM Police Chief Renaud Gains Inevitable Momentum

    Leonard Brophy, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2020

    With people protesting worldwide against police violence, the most liberal city in the United States will likely be experiencing major changes over the coming months. What specific direction the movement will take is unclear, but what is clear is that Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud will not be around for the final destination. Her days at the top of local law enforcement are numbered whether it be by her choice or the city manager's. The Observer has no special knowledge about an...

  • Wonders of the World Gallery and Museum at Lincoln and Broadway Closed due to Looters

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 15, 2020

    Henry Runge, the cerebral and deeply inoffensive man who owns Wonders of the World Gallery and Museum at Lincoln and Broadway, reportedly is in the hospital recovering from injuries he suffered when he was attacked by rioters and looters the evening of May 31, in his Santa Monica store. The store sells archaeological artifacts and dinosaur bones, and is one of the few places in the world where you can buy a triceratops skull, if you have an extra $10,000 or so to spend on it. Runge has been in...

  • Souplantation Liquidates Fixed Assets, Including Lots of Restaurant Equipment

    Observer Staff|Jun 15, 2020

    National: Garden Fresh one of the nation's largest restaurant chains operating as Souplantation and Fresh Tomato is liquidating all assets under a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The chain, which employed thousands, was a popular place to dine with self-service food bars, was not able to survive the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and permanently closed all 97 restaurants and 3 distribution centers nationwide in early May. It is to-date the largest restaurant bankruptcy and liquidation as a result of the...