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Articles from the June 26, 2017 edition

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  • Some Believe The Pier Concert Series Has Grown Too Big for Santa Monica

    Letter to the Editor|Jun 26, 2017

    Editor's Note: So many people attended the pier Concert last Thursday 6/22/17, that the Santa Monica Police Department tweeted for people to "avoid the area around the Santa Monica Pier." On social media, some are wondering if we should continue with the pier concert series. After all, the 4th of July fireworks display used to take place near the pier, and that was cancelled after too many people produced too much violence. Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks has called the series...

  • Playa Vista Methane Storage Nightmare Isn't Over, Allege Local Activists

    Nancy Kaufman, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 26, 2017

    Activists believe Playa del Rey gas storage facility could be the next to have a massive methane leak, following Aliso Canyon. Environmental group, Food and Water Watch, in a promotional flyer, warns to "stop the next methane blow out." Owned and operated by SoCalGas Company, The Playa gas storage field has 54 active gas wells. It's older than Aliso Canyon, and was built in 1942 by reconstructing old oil wells that were mostly empty. At a meeting in Marina del Rey last April, Alexandra Nagy,...

  • Bitcoin Surges 10% Versus US Dollar in 24 Hours, as China Eases Capital Export Curbs

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 26, 2017

    There are only 17 million of them. They started out their adoption as currency at a Papa Johns pizza parlor in 2008. Today, they are worth more than $2800 each. And if you have been living somewhere other than cyberspace, they are called Bitcoin or Block Chain. China has threatened to permanently block the use of the crypto currency, which apparently can be used to circumvent the PRC's limitation on the outflow of capital from China. However, it appears that the Chinese Cyberspace Regulatory Age...

  • The son of a Texas sharecropper, at 5 he got pocket knife and began making toys from wood

    Leslie Reed|Jun 26, 2017

    Ray Ford has pursued art his entire life. Now in his 90th year, the artist is most known for his wooden sculptures...each piece carefully crafted and original. Born the son of a poor sharecropper in the Texas Panhandle during the depression and dust bowl years, on his fifth birthday he received a pocket knife and started making his own toys from wood. He also did drawing. Years later, he discovered painting "I was in the countryside and there was such beauty all around me...I remember, this...

  • Vladimir Putin Gives Parenting Award to Members of "Extremist" Faith

    Zane|Jun 26, 2017

    On May 31, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of "Parental Glory" to Valeriy and Tatiana Novik, Jehovah's Witnesses from Karelia, who are raising eight children, during a ceremony in Moscow at the Kremlin. The Order of "Parental Glory" was instituted by presidential decree in May 2008. Russia awards this honor to parents who have at least seven children and have shown extraordinary care for their family's health and education, as well as their physical, mental, and moral de...

  • *Updates* Placerita Fire Burns Near Santa Clarita at 850 Acres

    Jun 26, 2017

    At approximately 12:46 today, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to a traffic collision at the Northbound Highway 14 at Placerita Canyon. The traffic collision caused a tree to catch on fire that has since spread towards the Disney Ranch area. Structures in the path of the fire are threatened and evacuations are underway Although Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel are actively engaged in extinguishing the fire, out of an abundance of caution as well as the safety...

  • Power Outage Reported in Woodland Hills, CA and Calabassas

    Observer Staff|Jun 26, 2017

    Residents of Woodland Hills and Calabassas reported their electrical power failed just before 11 am Monday, June 26. This as heat rose past 100 degrees, and residents ran their power for air conditioning. Power was restored a few minutes before noon, some WH residents reported. The apparent outage was reported to us by residents in the Southern part of Woodland Hills. Affected Zip Codes include 91364 and 91367. Los Angeles DWP reports no outages in the area, and suggested we call Southern...

  • It's Time for the City to Honor its Commitment to Santa Monica High School, and Build an Athletic Field

    Phil Brock|Jun 26, 2017

    Update 6/28: Last night, the City Council voted 7-0 to move forward with a temporary field at the Civic Center, at an estimated cost of $8.6 million, and work with the various constituents to address their parking needs. The motion included authorization for a mandatory parking study related to the site, issuing an RFP for renovation of the Civic building and analysis of additional field space at Memorial Park. Staff were also directed to take feedback from Thursday’s School Board meeting r...

  • SMPD Investigating Assault at 6th and Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Jun 26, 2017

    6/29: Update 11:01 am: closure has been lifted The Santa Monica Police Department is currently working Broadway between 5th Street and 6th Street. An extensive police presence and police lines have diverted traffic. "@SantaMonicaPD is working an assault investigation in Downtown; area of 5th St./Santa Monica Blvd. is restricted to thru traffic. Thank you" tweeted Jacqueline Seabrooks, Chief of Police...