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Articles from the June 30, 2014 edition

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  • Celebrate July 4 With A Bang- But Without The Fireworks

    Katie Wilmshurst, Special to the Observer|Jun 30, 2014

    With Independence Day fast approaching, the celebrations getting underway, and the fire department sending a vital press release, we take a quick look back at what brought about our annual Fourth of July Parade in Santa Monica. At 9:30am this Friday, the Ocean Park Association (OPA) will take its 1.5 mile route around Santa Monica, from the Pico Boulevard and Main Street, south on Main, turning west on Marine Street, onto Barnard Way and concluding south of Ocean Park Boulevard. But 30 years...

  • Edison Plans 8% Hike Due To Polar Vortex

    Katie Wilmshurst, Special to the Observer|Jun 30, 2014

    Tensions are rising along with electricity bills, as the price increase in natural gas due to winter's polar vortex catches up with consumers. Wednesday's Terrence News briefing saw Southern Californian energy company Edison propose an 8% average increase on our monthly bills, as a result of the coldest winter in 32 years. As the consequent boom in heating use saw a huge rise in the price of natural gas from power plants, these companies are increasing rates to make up for the loss. But is it...

  • Westside Leaders Outraged Over Israeli Teenagers' Deaths

    Beth Lindly, Special to the Observer|Jun 30, 2014

    The recent deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have not only impacted the players on the world's stage, but also locally. Eyal Yifrach, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 19, disappeared in Israel while returning home earlier this month. The teenagers' bodies were found Monday evening in a field north of the Israeli city of Hebron, spurring a flow of grief from those around the world as well as in California. Culver City Congresswoman Karen Bass and Santa Monica Congressman Henry...

  • Concerns Deepen As Uber Protests Drive On

    Katie Wilmshurst, Special to the Observer|Jun 30, 2014

    Since its launch in Los Angeles in March 2012, Uber has generated an enormous user base and is now valued at over $18.2 billion. Yet its drivers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their treatment in the workplace, and Tuesday saw the first event where drivers from Uber itself took up the majority of the stand. Teamsters Local 986 Union and members of the I Am A Driver group have been expressing their discontent and have generated a huge talking point in the community. The stand on...

  • Tenants Say SM Airport Must Operate Until At Least 2023

    Jun 30, 2014

    National aviation groups and Santa Monica Airport tenants, including actor Harrison Ford, filed a federal complaint Wednesday challenging the long-held position of city officials that the embattled airport can be shut down next July. Santa Monica officials have insisted that the terms of federal airport improvement grants the city has received over the years allow them to close the general aviation hub next year because all conditions will have expired. But in a complaint filed with the Federal...

  • Local News Briefs

    Jun 30, 2014

    Quake Mapping for SM Fault With Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval, California officials are reviving an ambitious plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development. The California Geological Survey began Tuesday to zone the Santa Monica fault, which runs through highly populated areas of the Westside and is among 2,000 miles of faulting across the state that still needs to be mapped. Large earthquakes in the Los Angeles area Large earthquakes in the Los Angeles area Open link California’s mapping eff...

  • SM Fire Department Partners with Angel Flights to Attend Looney Family Funeral

    Jun 30, 2014

    On June 21st members of the Santa Monica Fire Department attended the memorial service for little Noah Looney, who died in a tragic accident in the McClure Tunnel on June 13th, also injuring several of his family members. Santa Monica Fire Fighters Local 1109 raised over $12,000 to assist the Looney family in their time of need. Battalion Chief Mark Bridges and Deputy Chief Tom Clemo attended the service, and The Las Vegas Fire Department Pipes and Drums played Amazing Grace as part of the...

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS

    Jun 30, 2014

    Behold the living legends! Children of All Ages will believe in the unbelievable with the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS, coming to the Los Angeles area from July 9 – August 3 playing at STAPLES Center Los Angeles (July 9-15); Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario (July 18-22); and Honda Center, Anaheim (July 25-Aug 3). Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live...The Greatest Show on E...

  • Stephanie Feder Graduates From Emory University

    Jun 30, 2014

    Stephanie Feder of Santa Monica, CA (90402) received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, at its 169th commencement ceremony on May 12, 2014. Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. Emory encompasses nine academic divisions as well as the Michael C. Carlos Museum, The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare,...

  • Dodgers Win With Kershaw Shutout

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 30, 2014

    Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers pitching ace and arguably "the best pitcher in the world" according to teammate Matt Kemp, finished off the Cardinals on Sunday by hurling 13 strikeouts in seven innings en-route to a 6-0 shutout and helped the Dodgers win the four-game series, 3-1. This was his third straight scoreless start, capping off a career month in June -- six wins, a no-hitter, a 0.82 ERA, and a streak of 28 scoreless innings. It's the longest scoreless streak by any pitcher in the Majors this...

  • Culver City Little League Pitches Hard-Fought Season

    Jun 30, 2014

    This season, the Culver City Little League 9-10 year old All Star team showed the city, and themselves, what they could do. They started out with 14 boys of varying abilities. The players came from two different levels and nine different teams. They had different coaching experiences and demonstrated different skill sets. Only four had ever participated in a Little League All Star tournament. Their competition included nine other teams, most of which had been playing together for years. The...


    debbie lynn elias|Jun 30, 2014

    With DELIVER US FROM EVIL, one thing is certain - no one should ever deliver us from the genius that is director Scott Derrickson. As he did with "Sinister", Derrickson again not only dives headfirst into a world of demonology, rooted in centuries of faith, fact, fiction, but blends it with true stories inspired by NYPD Sgt. Ralph Sarchie's crime laden world of the Bronx's 46th Precinct. Sarchie, a 26-year veteran of NYPD with over 300 arrests and 7 commendations to his credit, while on the...