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Articles from the July 7, 2014 edition

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  • New Ballot Measures Swallow Up Airport Discussions

    Katie Wilmshurst, Special to the Observer|Jul 7, 2014

    The City Council's consideration to put forward a ballot measure that would lessen the restrictions of council's power to control Santa Monica airport is being overshadowed by two new companion measures on real estate transfer tax and affordable housing, which appear to have a stronger connection to Santa Monican's and their daily life. The first measure would set the real estate transfer tax at 0.009% of sales price for all real estate transfers over $1 million, while the second would be an...

  • Petition Wars Over Santa Monica Pony Rides

    Katie Wilmshurst, Special to the Observer|Jul 7, 2014

    In the words of animal rights figurehead Cesar Chavez, " we know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them". However, disputes are rising as to where the line can be drawn between labour animals and downright cruelty. Since 2006, Tawni Angel's Pony Rides at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market has brought weekly excitement for kids learning about animals. Yet recently animal rights activist Marcy Winograd has been pushing for an end to what she calls "animal cruelty" with her...

  • Samohi English Teacher Berkeley Blatz Announces Retirement After 41 Years

    Claire Goldberg|Jul 7, 2014

    After a 41-year career at Santa Monica High School, English teacher Berkeley Blatz announced his retirement on June 10. He lists a lack of energy and new curriculum ideas, as well as the fight against cheating and not having enough personal time as reasons for leaving. "I've decided to pass the torch into more energetic hands," Blatz said in an email to his colleagues. "Being able to share great literature with young minds and hearts has made these years a privilege." Incoming Samohi Senior and...

  • Local News Briefs

    Jul 7, 2014

    Gruber Grubbing for Council Former local newspaper Columnist Frank Gruber announced Wednesday that he will run for City Council in November. Gruber is known as an organizer of Airport2Park, anorganization seeking to shut down the airport. On his Facebook page, Gruber said he announced on July 9, because “this afternoon UNITE HERE Local 11, the union that fights for the rights of hotel and other service workers in Santa Monica, began its endorsement process for the November election, and I threw my hat in their ring. As a supporter of the u...


    Jul 7, 2014

    Competing initiative seeks to keep voters silent and ensure business as usual for any redevelopment scheme. Upset with the idea of voters being consulted before any decisions to close and redevelop the 227 acre Santa Monica Airport can be taken, the City Council has disclosed their long-­awaited response to the Voters Decide Charter Amendment by seeking to deny Santa Monica the right to vote and keep business-­as-­usual politics going on this crucial decision. “15,700 voters signed the Voters Decide petition to place the measure on the ball...

  • Donation to the Boys & Girls Club

    Jul 7, 2014

    June 27, 2014, Verizon FiOS Southern California dedicated a $2,500 donation and volunteer efforts to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica during their "Summer Fun Day" to celebrate Verizon's commitment to contributing to and improving the center's technology assets on Friday, June 27. The day included a guest appearance from the Verizon FiOS vehicles outfitted with fun electronic games and converted TVs, a donation of an X-Box 360 with interactive games and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet with...

  • Two Charged in Contractor Scam Targeting Elderly

    Jul 7, 2014

    An unlicensed pest exterminator and an unlicensed air-quality contractor have been charged with working together to scam elderly victims throughout the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. Deputy District Attorney Michelle Dodd of the Elder Abuse Division said Eldad Syton (dob 7/4/81) and Yair Zilberman (dob 10/25/83) collectively face more than 40 counts in case LA078163. Arraignment is scheduled this morning in Department 100 of the Los Angeles...


    Jul 7, 2014

    The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present "BARK!" July 25-Aug. 3 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. "BARK!" reveals a day in the lives of the canine characters at a doggie daycare – from a dog's point of view. From the little puppy who yearns to bark like a real dog to the opera-singing poodle, this musical possesses the huge heart and playful joyfulness present in man's truest friends. Howlingly funny, fast-paced,...

  • 'Princesses and Pirates' Brings Pop, Family Fun to the Stage

    Beth Lindly, Special to the Observer|Jul 7, 2014

    Starting the weekend of July 18, families are going to be able to experience the exciting combination of folklore, pop music and live audience sing-alongs. Lythgoe Family Productions, along with The Pasadena Playhouse, are bringing the mythical, magic "Princesses and Pirates Sing-a-long Concert" to Culver City at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. "Princesses and Pirates Sing-Along Concert" is based on a variety of fairytales – however, each has been updated to fit today's modern pop culture l...

  • SM Based Veggie Grill Launches Summer Menu

    Jul 7, 2014

    Veggie Grill, the leading fast-casual restaurant concept that celebrates veggies in innovative ways, today announced the launch of nine new summer menu items. New dishes incorporate fresh off-the-grill veggies and capture the energized and playful essence of summer with re-imagined versions of classic favorites. The sunshine summer menu is available at all locations and offers a diverse selection of entree salads, hot sandwiches, homestyle plates, bowls, snacks & shares. The new dishes burst...


    debbie lynn elias|Jul 7, 2014

    It's a big weekend at the Los Angeles area box office with an eclectic group of indie gems shining brightly amidst some lingering tentpoles and expanding winners like "Snowpiercer" and "Deliver Us From Evil". Joining them is the dawn of a new era of "dirty apes", one of my "Must See" films of LAFF last month "Land Ho!" while glistening brightly is Jason Momoa's directorial debut in the beautifully filmed "Road to Paloma" and the adorably quirky "Audrey". But given this is summer vacation with...

  • Hilarious Hollywood

    Christine Peake|Jul 7, 2014

    The theme is BALLS for this week. Robin Thicke was recently interviewed and questioned regarding his much-publicized soppy cringe inducing tributes to his wife. The alleged (caught in the act) cheating crooner blamed his sudden success (which took 10 years I might add) on his issues. Said, Thicke, "I did not know how to juggle fame, and all of a sudden the balls were all over the place." Er, Ya think? Meanwhile, the Brazilian football/soccer team said, "dude, we feel the same way!" Speaking of c...

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    Jul 7, 2014