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Articles from the July 19, 2023 edition

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  • Report: Missing Girl, 13, Said to be Walking South of the Santa Monica Pier

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2023

    There is a report on Twitter that the LAPD are searching for a missing girl South of the Santa Monica pier. "Critical missing child in Santa Monica. 13yo girl last seen walking SB from the Santa Monica Pier. Wearing a white top with blue jeans. Also wearing a blue bathing suit underneath." says the Tweet, from @downtownlascanner. The account monitors police scanners and is ordinarily reliable....

  • Santa Monica to Consider Selling Civic Auditorium to Developers in a Closed Session

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2023

    The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was built in 1958 and holds about 3000 people. The City closed it permanently in 2002, stating that it was too small and acoustically challenged to serve as a concert venue any longer. One local resident says that in a closed session, the Santa Monica City Council could sell it off to developers in a desperate attempt to close a budget shortfall. Tricia Crane, Chair of the Northeast Neighbors Association, believes the potential sale is a violation of the...

  • Video: City Councilman Injured in Tussle With a Homeless Man on the Third Street Promenade Sunday

    Janet McLaughlin, Special to the Observer|Jul 19, 2023

    Santa Monica City Councilman Phil Brock was apparently assaulted by a homeless man on the Third Street Promenade Sunday, 7/16 around 3 pm PST. "Phil and Cathy were walking on the Promenade," posted one source on social media, referring to Phil's partner, Cathy. "As they approached John Alle's building, a vagrant was tearing down a sign that said "Get the needles out of our parks and Promenade". It had a QR code for people to sign a petition circulated by The Santa Monica Coalition. (It was...

  • "The Land Before Time: The Extinction of Cancer", was the 2023 Party Theme. Over 4,000 guests attend Hollywood Party

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2023

    On Saturday evening July 8, 2023 the Concern Foundation presented its 48th Annual Block Party on the back lot of Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood. "The Land Before Time: The Extinction of Cancer", was this year's theme, with over 4,000 guests attended. The Concern Foundation 2023 honored the Kallick Family with the Lifetime Giving Award, and acknowledged Cedars Sinai Cancer for their innovative and trailblazing work focused on conquering cancer. The Concern Foundation was...

  • Actress and Model Jane Birkin, 76, Dies of Covid Related Illness

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2023

    The modeling and fashion world is mourning the loss of Jane Birkin at 76. An iconic actress and model, she moved from her native Britain to France, where she found fame singing with Serge Gainsbourg. "Jane Birkin, the British-French singer and actress whose collaboration with the artist Serge Gainsbourg made her a defining figure of the 1970s and whose personal style inspired a luxury handbag, has died at 76." tweeted the NY Times on July 16, 2023. "Farewell to this endlessly inspirational...

  • Residents Question Epidemic of Homeless People Screaming in Local Neighborhoods

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2023

    There seems to be an epidemic of screaming homeless people in and around Santa Monica. Some draw a connection to LA County Dept of Public Health's free needle and pipe distribution program. One homeless man in an alley behind block apartment buildings, screamed all night about a woman who had, well, apparently broken his heart. "We have had a mentally unstable woman in our neighborhood screaming her head off for weeks. I remember someone mentioned some sort of mental health outreach team to...

  • Don't Imagine Amazon Prime Membership Protects You From the Many Frauds and Counterfeits They Allow On Their Site

    The Counterfeit Report|Jul 19, 2023

    July 6, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA – Amazon's highly anticipated Prime Days event on July 11th and 12th comes with a warning: "Buyer beware." Despite Amazon's hefty $139 Prime membership, consumers should be alarmed that it offers no protection against counterfeit, fraudulent, and dangerous product listings, fake reviews, and deceptive endorsements. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has critically examined Amazon's practices and filed a lawsuit against the company for deceiving millions of...

  • Teqball USA'S Pre-Espy Luxury Lounge by GBK Brand Bar and LA Magazine

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2023

    On Tuesday, July 11, 2023 ESPY Nominees & Presenters, Preeminent Athletes, and other A List talent received over $40,000 in gifts at the 'Teqball USA Pre- ESPY Luxury Lounge Presented by GBK Brand Bar and LA Magazine' at Kimpton La Peer Hotel, 627 La Peer Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The ESPY Awards honors the top athletes and sport performances of the year. GBK Brand Bar, directed by CEO Gavin Keilly, known as the "Gift Bag King" is the forerunner in luxury celebrity gift lounges....

  • Westbound Wilshire Blvd Blocked at 24th Street by Police Activity

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2023

    Wilshire Blvd is blocked in a Westbound direction, at 2321 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica. There are at least 3 Santa Monica Police vehicles present. It seems to involve a homeless resident, though it was uncertain how....