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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

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...

 By Nancy Kaufman    News    June 26, 2017

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

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...


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

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 o...

 By Leslie Reed    Lifestyle    June 26, 2017

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

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...

 By Zane    News    June 26, 2017

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

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 ceremon...


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

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...

 By Observer Staff    News    June 26, 2017

Power Outage Reported in Woodland Hills, CA and Calabassas

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...

 By Phil Brock    News    June 26, 2017

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

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...

 By Observer Staff    News    June 26, 2017

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

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...


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