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Articles from the June 22, 2020 edition

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  • Father's Day Letter to My Husband, My Hero, My Best Friend From Tracy Ryan to Josh Ryan

    Christine Peake, Special to the Observer|Jun 22, 2020

    Tracy first met Josh on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA in 2007 through mutual friends. They knew immediately they wanted to be together and rarely spent a day apart until they married 5 years later in Beverly Hills, CA at the famed Greystone Mansion. The couple knew they wanted kids immediately, and on October 12th, 2012 Sophie Isabella Ryan was born at a whopping 9lbs 7.04 oz. She was the picture of health until her brain tumor diagnosis when she was only 8 1/2 months old. Within weeks of So...

  • San Vicente View Apartments Reopens After Extensive Renovations. 28 Units for Rent

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2020

    For just $3100 a month, you can be the lord and master (or goddess and mistress, as the case may be), of 670 square feet in 90402. To be fair, folks all over the world pay a premium to be close to the ocean. San Vicente View Apartments occupy the very Northwest corner of Santa Monica. This is a choice property in one of the priciest zip codes in the entire US. Fun fact: Up until 1961, railroad tracks ran down San Vicente's center divider. SVV Apartments is located right where San Vicente curves...

  • Virginia Tokunaga's 90th Birthday Party at Silvercrest Underlines Stop Senior Scams

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2020

    A party with her friends from the community and fellow residents at Silvercrest Senior Apartments was planned but it did not happen. Instead there was a birthday parade to celebrate Virginia Tokunaga 90th birthday on 5th street in Santa Monica. Two cement mixers across the street did not drown out a happy birthday chorus on this special occasion. There were balloons, presents, decorated cars, a fire truck, a police car and musical noise makers. Virginia was born and raised on a farm in...

  • Santa Monica Looting, Protesting and Other Events of May 31, 2020 Cry Out for a Truly Independent Investigation

    Stan Epstein, Local Resident|Jun 22, 2020

    Aside from budget problems and services cuts, one of the most important issues bothering Santa Monica citizens is the unfolding of events on Sunday, May 31, the intelligence the day before and statements by senior staff and Council members after. This past Tuesday, Sue Himmelrich introduced Item 13C, intended to bring about an independent investigation of the May 31 related matters. She stated that her rushed language was unfortunate and all the Councilmembers present (Ted was on Zoom for his...

  • Restauranteur Greg Morena Resigns from Santa Monica City Council

    Observer Staff|Jun 22, 2020

    According to a post at the City's official website for news and information,, a City Councilmember appointed just two years ago has suddenly resigned. Restauranteur Greg Morena said he has to focus on his own business, in the wake of Covid19. Morena's term ends in 2022, so the Council will appoint someone to fill out his term over the next thirty days. The official press release is below. Today, Santa Monica Councilmember Greg Morena announced that he will resign from his...

  • Despite Resistance, Seattle Police Enter CHAZ to Recover Murder and Shooting Victims

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 22, 2020

    Police body camera footage shows Seattle police doing what police all over America do on a daily basis: Protect the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Bodycam footage shows about six Seattle Police officers, guns drawn, entering the zone over the objections of occupation protestors. Mean and women in blue put themselves at great personal risk at 3 am Saturday morning, to retrieve the body of a young, mortally wounded young African American male. After gunshots rang out and one person was...