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Articles from the July 14, 2021 edition

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  • Video: Giant Dragon Consumes Pedestrian Alive in Palisades Park, Santa Monica

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2021

    A pedestrian in Palisades Park recently recorded video of a dragon consuming a giant June Beetle. The video has been posted to YouTube and has gone viral. Ok, fine, it was really a Western Fence Lizard, not a dragon. And the other character is probably a June bug. But it was June 16th, 2021, that part is verifiably true. The western fence lizard (or blue belly), common throughout Southern California, is one of the few lizards found in Santa Monica, which is generally too cold and too wet for...

  • Coach Bruce Thomson, 61, Leaves This World During a Last Run Down San Vicente With High School Friends.

    Richard Greifinger, Distance Runner and Friend|Jul 14, 2021

    Bruce Thomson was a beloved track and cross country coach and teacher. After graduating from Hamilton High School in 1978, Bruce taught for over 20 years at San Pedro High School. He suddenly collapsed during a workout on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, and died of uncertain causes. Below is an obituary written by a friend of his, Richard Greifinger. RIP Bruce Kinloch Thomson , 2/2/60 - 7/6/21 There are times when us mere mortal people realize that there are powers greater than us, and this was never mor...

  • Injured Elegant Terns Cared For in Long Beach After Barge Disturbed by 4th of July Fireworks

    Observer Staff|Jul 14, 2021

    More than 30 Elegant Tern chicks that were startled off their nesting site in Long Beach Harbor are now in care at International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, reports an organization called Bird Rescue. More of these young seabirds are en route. "These rescued seabirds are a part of a large tern colony nesting on an anchored barge located in Long Beach Harbor that may have been disturbed by boaters and fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend," writes Bird Rescue. "These young terns are in crisis...

  • Forbidden Fruit No More: Salad Bars Return to Local Markets, In Yet Another Sign the Pandemic is Ending

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2021

    As suddenly as they disappeared 16 months ago, salad bars and hot food bars have returned to local markets this month. According to one source at a market, who asked not to be named, LA County Public Health has removed protocols that forbade salad bars and hot food bars during the Coronavirus pandemic. At, there are a list of "Retired Protocols – Not in Effect." It does in fact say that "these following protocols and guidance documents are no longer in effect and are fo...

  • LA Times Roasts Mayor Eric Garcetti, for Accepting Appointment as US Ambassador to India

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 14, 2021

    The Los Angeles Times has posted an editorial criticizing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, for his willingness to resign as Mayor of Los Angeles and accept the Biden Administration's nomination to be Ambassador to India. "Mayor Eric Garcetti's willingness to abandon his office in L.A. is a sign of the city's civic inadequacies," writes the editorial board in the Los Angeles Times website. The opinion...

  • Forget Cooling Off From High Temps at the Beach: Sewage Discharge Closes Beaches from Dockweiler to Grand Avenue in El Segundo

    LA County Department of Public Health|Jul 14, 2021

    A power outage caused the Hyperion Treatment Plant in El Segundo to release raw, untreated sewage into the ocean on Sunday night. Below is the press release from the LA County Health Department. LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has issued a beach closure due to sewage discharge from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant affecting all swim areas around the following areas: Beach # 110 – Dockweiler State Beach at Water Way Extension Beach # 111 – D...