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Articles from the June 19, 2017 edition

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  • DWP settlement lets the Los Angeles ratepayer robbery continue

    Susan Shelley|Jun 19, 2017

    If you don't like illegal taxes, you can just fry in the dark. That seems to be the message from Los Angeles city officials to Department of Water and Power customers who are tired of being overcharged for the electricity that keeps the lights on and the air conditioners running. The city has reached a settlement in the lawsuit over the DWP's annual transfer of so-called "surplus" funds to the city treasury. If a judge can be persuaded to approve the settlement, the practice of overcharging DWP...

  • "Showsearch 2017" hosted by the Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department

    Grace Smith, SMC|Jun 19, 2017

    "SHOWSEARCH 2017" was hosted by the Santa Monica College (SMC) Theatre Arts Department in collaboration with the Foundation for New American Musicals (FNAM). The competition to find new short musicals created by students in high schools and colleges throughout Southern California was held Sunday, June 11, at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus. The musicals were judged by a panel that included Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) ‎Executive Director of Arts Education R...

  • LA Zoo Looking For a Few Good Men and Women. Docent Meeting on July 15, 2017

    Laura Stegman, LA Zoo|Jun 19, 2017

    Do you love animals? Working with children? Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Check out the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) Docent training program at an information meeting on Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10 am to noon, at the Los Angeles Zoo's Witherbee Auditorium. Docents serve as volunteer teachers, sharing their knowledge of the Zoo and its flora and fauna with adults and children through touring, educational activities, educational programs, classes and...

  • Upset Hindus urge Los Angeles online retailer to withdraw Lord Ganesha socks

    Observer Staff|Jun 19, 2017

    He is the Lord of Plenty, but apparently, that is not enough. Upset Hindus are urging Chatsworth online retailer "Hipster's Wonderland" for immediate withdrawal of socks carrying images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha; calling it highly inappropriate. Ganesh (also spelled Ganesa or Ganesha and known as Ganapati, Vinayaka and Pillaiyar) is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune and success. He is the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles of both material and spiritual...

  • CA Court Allows Suit to Overturn Medical Aid-in-Dying Law to Go to Trial

    Zane|Jun 19, 2017

    A California superior court today ruled that a lawsuit to overturn the California End of Life Option Act will proceed to trial to determine the merits of the case (Ahn vs. Hestrin - Case RIC1607135). For now, the one-year-old End of Life Option Act remains in effect because the court previously rejected the plaintiffs' motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The law gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or fewer to live the option to request...

  • Joshua Bell - The Classical Collection: Available August 18

    Zane|Jun 19, 2017

    Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award winning violinist has recorded for the label over the past twenty years. The collection is available worldwide on August 18th, 2017. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, beguiling sensitivity and sheer tonal beauty that has made Bell an icon for audiences of all ages and musical tastes t...

  • Wind, Solar Power Could Overpower Political Winds

    Zane|Jun 19, 2017

    Demand for renewable energy by consumers and businesses – along with a long-term commitment to cleaner portfolios from utilities – seems to be fundamentally shifting energy attitudes and decisions, independent of federal stances, according to Deloitte's annual "Resources 2017 Study – Energy Management: Sustainability & Progress." Technology advancements and cost declines have made renewables competitive with conventional energy, giving consumers and businesses more clean energy options and p...

  • I'm Too Fat For This Show: Kate Huffman rocks the Fringe Festival

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 19, 2017

    In what is by far the most entertaining one person show I have ever seen anywhere anytime Kate Huffman is knocking it out of the park with her one woman show I'm Too Fat For This Show wrapping up Sunday, June 25th at 4:00 p.m. She tells her story of her long time battle with her OCD eating disorder which, among other unpleasant things forces her to live entirely "by the numbers." Don't understand? Go see the show and you will. It took Kate over two years to develop this show to get it ready to...

  • Buy Booze for a Kid, Go to Jail. SMPD Minor Decoy Program

    Saul Rodriguez, SMPD PIO|Jun 19, 2017

    On June 9, 2017, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department's Vice Unit conducted a minor decoy operation targeting alcohol retail establishments within the Main Street corridor and downtown area. The Minor Decoy Program uses supervised individuals under the age of 20, who attempt to purchase alcohol at licensed premises. Any sale of alcohol to a minor decoy may result in criminal and administrative sanctions for the employee and the licensee. The team visited 8 alcohol retail...

  • Otto Warmbier Has Died, His Family Announces, After Returning Last Week in a Coma from DPRK

    Jun 19, 2017

    CINCINNATI (AP) - Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week, died Monday afternoon. He was 22. The family announced his death in a statement released by UC Health Systems, saying, "It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm." The family thanked the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treating him but said, "Unfortunately, the...