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Articles from the July 14, 2014 edition


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    Jul 14, 2014

  • Protests Over Gaza Offensive Spread To Westwood

    Katie Wilmshurst, Special to the Observer|Jul 14, 2014

    Last Tuesday, the front of the Israeli Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard was the site of major protest against the latest Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip. Protesters, including students activists, locals and organizations such as CodePink and Jewish Voice For Peace, chanted slogans and read messages from Gaza, and Palestinian flags filled the air. The gathering was inspired by the latest uptick in Middle East tensions, as the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu intensifies its military...

  • President Obama in LA on Wednesday and Thursday

    Jul 14, 2014

    Obama is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, then attend a DNC fundraising reception and dinner at the Hancock Park home of television producer Shonda Rhimes. Tickets for the event begin at $1,000, according to an invitation posted on the website, PoliticalPartyTime.org, which tracks political fundraisers. The price is $10,000 to attend the reception and for the opportunity to have a photo taken with Obama, and $32,400 — the maximum allowable contribution to a national party committee in a calend...

  • Injury Claimed from Bungee Strap Separating on Pacific Park Ride

    Jul 14, 2014

    A local mother is raising concerns about safety protocols at Santa Monica's Pacific Park after she says her daughter was injured when a bungee cord snapped while she was on a ride. Candace Greene told KCAL9′s Serene Branson that her mother took her 6-year-old daughter to the Santa Monica Pier park Monday for an afternoon of fun. But the day ended in a trip to the emergency room after a strap attached to the girl's harness on the Beach Bounce trampoline ride came apart, sending her dropping to t...

  • Heal the Bay: Ban on Pier Angling in Manhattan Beach a Bad Idea

    Jul 14, 2014

    In the wake of the unfortunate shark incident in Manhattan Beach, where a hooked white shark bit a swimmer, the city of Manhattan Beach deliberated last night about potential management actions to minimize harmful interactions among anglers, wildlife and ocean users. The City Council had already enacted a temporary 60-day pier fishing prohibition beginning July 7, and decided last night to continue the discussion about best management practices to its next meeting. Dozens of people attended the...

  • Santa Monica Responds to Statewide Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

    Jul 14, 2014

    As the drought worsens, the City of Santa Monica is urging its water customers, workers and visitors to step up their water conservation efforts in response to the statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board. In February, the City enacted its Water Shortage Response Plan asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20% from last year's usage data. Since that time, usage has increased 2%. This condition is straining local groundwate...

  • Statewide Hearings on Updated Fracking Regulations

    Jul 14, 2014

    The California Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has announced dates for hearing for the purpose of receiving public comments on the Revised Proposed SB 4 Regulations in five cities across the state. While the regulations that come out of this rule making process must be finalized by January 1, 2015, the Environmental Impact Report required by SB 4 will not be completed until July, 2015. This means that the permanent regulations will be completed...

  • Former Dictator Manuel Noriega Suing 'Call of Duty' makers

    Jul 14, 2014

    The 80-year-old former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, might be sticking to Pac-Man from here on out. The onetime star of the 1989 U.S.-led invasion of Panama is suing Santa Monica,.-based video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. for using his name and likeness without permission in the 2012 blockbuster video game hit: "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that the game portrays him as "a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of...

  • Local News Briefs

    Jul 14, 2014

    Daniel Archulata, Daily Press Editor, Dies Suddenly Daniel Archuleta, the Santa Monica Daily Press Managing Editor, died yesterday morning at his home in El Sereno, according to his family. The 38-year-old had been with the westside newspaper for seven years and was responsible for the publication’s high school sports coverage. Prior to joining the Daily Press, Archuleta had worked at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.He is survived by his wife Gayatri and two young daughters. No cause of death was given. A memorial fund has been set up to s...

  • Pono in Hawaiian means done 'the right way'- and at Pono Burger they're not wrong

    Katie Wilmshurst and Beth Lindly, Special to the Observer|Jul 14, 2014

    Since May 2013, the Quonset hut in Santa Monica has been transformed into a great organic burger restaurant. With the return of summer and strawberry season came the return of their very best Sweet Mona Burger to their menu- and we just had to check it out. The first thing you notice is the mouth watering aromas- well, the first thing that really hits you is that you're in an old war hut, but soon enough your stomach is growling and you're ready to tuck in. Pono Burger really is one of a kind-...

  • East LA Meets Napa

    Mona Day

    Familiar Santa Monica Latin restaurants La Sandia, El Cholo, and Loteria Grill will be attending East LA Meets Napa & Beyond on Friday, July 18, 6-9 p.m. at Union Station. The food and wine pairing tasting event celebrates the richness of Mexican food and success of Latino-owned restaurants and vineyards in California and beyond. The outdoor event on a warm summer night will let the approximately 1,500 guests pair their favorite foods with distinctive wines to discover their own perfect blend....

  • LIVE AND DINE

    Mona Day

    Angeleno Magazine will present its 12th Annual Food and Wine event Live and Dine in LA on Sunday July 20, 4:00-7:00 pm at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. The event celebrates the city’s best chefs who continue to shape and evolve LA’s culinary scene. This year’s event benefits the non-profit Share our Strength. The magazine’s restaurant selections this year includes: Acabar, Adoteca, Al Mare, Bestia, Café Röckenwagner, Caffé Roma Beverly Hills, CAST at Viceroy Santa Moni...

  • Socal Honda's Free Ice Cream Truck Arrives to Scoop Random Acts of Helpfulness

    In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, recognizing ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by 90 percent of the nation's population.* Since nothing beats a cool, refreshing ice cream treat on a hot summer day, the SoCal Honda Dealers are dispatching their Helpful Honda Free Ice Cream truck filled with a colorful assortment of *free* frozen treats for everyone! The Helpful Guys in Blue in their iconic blue shirts will be stopping at various...

  • 'Princesses and Pirates' Combines the Past and the Present

    Beth Lindly, Special to the Observer|Jul 14, 2014

    Old and new worlds will collide as Lythgoe Family Productions opens its original show "Princesses and Pirates" this weekend. True to its name, "Princesses" will showcase fairytales best known for their stories of royalty and magic. However, LFP has added a twist to the folklore we all know and love: songs from top 40 radio, while audience members can sing along in the style of traditional British "panto." Kris Lythgoe is the president of Lythgoe Family Productions, and one of the producers of th...

  • Dream Job: Being a Laker Girl

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jul 14, 2014

    Every July, there is summer excitement brewing at the Toyota Sports Center, the Lakers headquarters and practice facility in El Segundo. No, it wasn't the news that Jeremy Lin was just traded to the Lakers from the Rockets. There were over 450 capable young women trying out to become a dancer for next season's Laker Girls dance team. And one capable male was even in the mix this time. It was an open audition, a cattle call. The only requirements - be 18 years of age, have eight years of dance...

  • SANTA MONICA CRIME WATCH

    Antje Weser|Jul 14, 2014

    Suspected Bicycle Thief Caught Santa Monica police say officers working the 3rd St Promenade saw a man riding his bicycle on the Promenade in the 1300 block, which is a municipal code violation. This happened on July 14 around 9:20 p.m. Lawmen say the officers told the man, Shane Coachran, he could not ride his bike on the Promenade. They say Coachran ignored the officer's requests to walk his bike. Authorities say Coachran then started to ride away from the officers and tried to punch one of...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

    debbie lynn elias|Jul 14, 2014

    Dusty delivers! He dives, he swoops, he scoops, soaring into our hearts again! PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE may be the epitome of the Disney themes of "friendship first" and "lend a helping hand", not to mention second chances, as aerial racing legend Dusty Crophopper takes his place in history as a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) joining the other brave members of the Piston Peak Air Attack Team in their battle of wildfires in the Southwest/West United States. With returning old friends and new...