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Articles from the June 28, 2023 edition

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  • Dozens of Teams Participate in Santa Monica's Annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta.

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Jun 28, 2023

    Image 01) Left boat in the front Levi Langen age 12 along with Temple Hoerner age 13 paddle their cardboard boat "Del-Mar" forward inside the pool at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica CA while on the right the "Belgica" with 5 year old Max Margot in front and his father in the back Jean-Luc try to stay afloat during the 11th Annual Cardboard Yachet Regatta held at the Annenberg Community Beach House on Saturday June 17th 2023. Image 02) Front 5-year-old Max Margot laughs and sm...

  • Resident Asks Santa Monica City Council to Explain "Water Shortage" After Year of Record Rainfall

    Houman Hemmati, Special to the Observer|Jun 28, 2023

    Dear Mayor Davis & Honorable Santa Monica City Councilmembers, I hope you're all having a good start to your summer. I never thought I would have to escape Southern CA to experience some warmth but just returned from 11 days in Florida. Upon returning, I was shocked to hear the news that Santa Monica is declaring a continued Level 2 Water Shortage. Despite the drought being declared long over due to obvious severe rainstorms that have forced us to dump fresh water into the ocean, for some...

  • Santa Monica Conducts Public Meeting About Homelessness and the Fentanyl Epidemic

    Morgan Genser, Observer Staff Photographer|Jun 28, 2023

    Img 01) Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis address the crowd of people inside the Thelma Terry Building at Virgina Park in her opening remarks during the town hall meeting to address the Southern California fentanyl epidemic with Santa Monica Mayor and public health experts inside the Thelma Terry building on Wednesday June 21st 2023. IMG 02) Dr. Brian Hurley "Medical Director, substance abuse prevention and control Los Angeles County speaks about the increase of fentanyl deaths are increasing...

  • Paid and Fake Product Reviews on Amazon Create an Unreliable and Perilous Online Environment

    The Counterfeit Report|Jun 28, 2023

    June 22, 2023, - Los Angeles, CA – Product reviews are critical to a product's success on Amazon. Unfortunately, unscrupulous sellers have resorted to deceptive tactics, such as paying for positive reviews to manipulate the system and mislead consumers. Consequently, many consumers fall victim to deceptive and fake product reviews on Amazon. Despite Amazon's claims and promises to combat the notorious corruption in their product review systems, Amazon now endorses third-party paid reviews. L...

  • Yet Another Overdose in Palisades Park

    Observer Staff|Jun 28, 2023

    June 23, 2023 - Early this morning, John Alle, founding member of the Santa Monica Coalition, was at his property on the Third Street Promenade after a call from his security team. While there, he became aware another overdose had occurred in Palisades Park. The victim was found directly across from the Shore Hotel and Blue Plate Oysterette Restaurant. The Santa Monica Coalition is a group of Santa Monica residents, business and property owners concerned about safety and quality of life in the...