Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

Articles from the July 4, 2021 edition

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  • Landslide in Japan Produces Viral Video; 20 Residents of Atami Missing

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 4, 2021

    Viral video of a landslide in Atami, Japan shows the damage inflicted on a picturesque mountainside town, as tons of mud and debris from recent rains crash down a mountain road. The town of 35,000 is built on an extinct volcano's caldera. Rain liquified the soil, causing it to slide downhill. The driver of a van is shown speeding downhill just ahead of the slide, as the roar of the event and the horrified crowd are heard in the background. Atami is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan....

  • SM to Present 'Jobs for Green Economy' Workshop Series

    Observer Staff

    The City of Santa Monica will be present an online, workshop series, "Calling All Trades: Jobs for a Green Economy," beginning July 7. The 8-part speaker series will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This online series intends to inform, prepare and encourage people who may be interested in having a career in the following trades: electrical, plumbing, electric vehicle infrastructure and renewable energy. Speakers will discuss the importance of recognizing opportunities...

  • Santa Monica City Council Should Beware Misleading Results From Resident Survey

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Jul 4, 2021

    A resident survey sent out with a Santa Monica Community Recreation email blast seems designed to elicit certain results regarding the city's stance on politically and socially progressive issues. The first page of the survey admits "This is not a scientific survey." One must give them credit where it is due. From there on, the survey goes on to attempt eliciting praise of the city, its diversity (a word that is never defined), sustainability (also not defined), and uniqueness (whatever that...

  • See the 90-Foot Tall American Flag This Weekend on Pacific Park's Ferris Wheel

    Cameron Andrews|Jul 4, 2021

    Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier's Ferris wheel will fly a 90-feet tall American Flag for the Fourth of July weekend celebration, along with a spectacular display of patriotic red, white and blue colors, patterns and transitions. Independence Day in the United States is celebrated annually on July 4th and commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to the monarchy of Britain and...

  • Expelled Gun Casings Lead to Arrest of Bicyclist and Skateboarder Who Randomly Opened Fire on Pedestrians

    Alba Ibarra, Sheriff Information Bureau|Jul 4, 2021

    On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Sheriff Alex Villanueva along with Captain Robert Jones from the Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Bureau, announced the arrest of two individuals responsible for the brutal attempted murder of two young male adults. On Friday, June 18, 2021, at approximately 9:50 p.m. two young males were walking on Raven Lane and Avenue J-4 in the city of Lancaster. Two males, one riding a bicycle and the other on a skateboard passed the walking men and began firing on them. The gunmen co...

  • Santa Monica's Residential Eviction Moratorium Extended to September 30

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 4, 2021

    Santa Monica has extended its residential eviction moratorium until September, city officials announced this week. Last week, the city adopted a 38th supplement to Santa Monica's local emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic that explicitly adopts most provisions of Los Angeles County's residential tenant eviction moratorium. With the new supplement, residential rent due during the period July 1 through September 30, 2021, may now be deferred for 12 months, city officials said. The city's emergency...

  • Not Everyone is Free This Independence Day: Addiction and Mental Health Issues Abound Since Lockdowns

    M.K. Leach|Jul 4, 2021

    This 4th of July may be the most significant one in our lifetimes. Independence Day has always been a celebration of our country's freedom. But in 2021, this freedom has an entirely different meaning. We're finally free of the restrictions that have hampered our lives since the COVID 19 pandemic began nearly 18 months ago. But now, over half of the United States population has received at least one of the two vaccine shots, marking a major turning point of immunity. And with this has come the...