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Articles from the July 21, 2017 edition

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  • 1447 Lincoln Blvd Building Electrical Power Restored, Business Reopen

    Observer Staff|Jul 21, 2017

    The 1447 Lincoln Blvd Building is now reopened for business. Businesses downstairs, including Jersey Mike's, a Starbucks, Fresh Brothers Pizza and Chase Bank have now reopened. Tenants have been allowed to reoccupy to the apartment units upstairs in the 5 story building. 97 residential units were evacuated, and 6 business shut down on April 23, 2017 after a fire in the building's underground electrical vault in April. The vault is in the garage. The buildings owners are blaming Southern...

  • Santa Monica Neighbors Should Tolerate Medical Evacuation Flights 24/7

    Alex Gertsen, NBAA|Jul 21, 2017

    To the Editor: It is disheartening to read that for a few Santa Monica residents, being able to sleep in is more important than tolerating a short period of noise to help save someone's life (July 10, "5 AM Airport Takeoff on 4th of July Wakes Up and Infuriates Santa Monica Neighbors"). Sirens from law enforcement vehicles and ambulances are a daily fact...

  • 'Any Night' a premier at the Sacred Fools Theatre Company in Hollywood

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 21, 2017

    As the show begins there are two players on stage. Their relationship is a best vague yet in some ways strong. There is some dancing and dialogue evolves as the woman takes up residence in a small apartment managed by the man. Even the set is somewhat vague yet conveys the idea that the man is somehow either controlling or at the very least keeping a very close watch on the woman. At one point a tarot card is found and apparently that card states that one of you shall die. The plot thickens....

  • U.S., China Sign Historic Rice Protocol to Avoid Introduction of US Pests Into China

    Michael Klein, USA Rice|Jul 21, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC 7/20 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and China's Vice Premier Wang Yang have signed a long-stalled phytosanitary protocol that will permit the import of U.S. milled rice into China. The protocol, the most complex rice phytosanitary agreement the U.S. has ever entered in to, contains an operational workplan that spells out the responsibilities of companies wishing to export in order to protect against the introduction of certain pests into China. USA Rice led efforts o...

  • PAL Charity Golf Classic Raises Over $91,000 to Support Youth Programs In Santa Monica

    Cameron Andrews

    Another impressive turnout was enjoyed for the annual Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) Charity Golf Classic on Monday, June 12, 2017, at the MountatinGate Country Club in Los Angeles. Now in its 8th year, the tournament hosted 150 golfers for a round of competition and a good cause while raising more than $91,000 to help support the Santa Monica PAL program. The tournament field and guests featured a wide array of Santa Monica community members including many Santa Monica Police...

  • Can a Business That's Not High Tech, Compete in Modern Venice Beach?

    Jul 21, 2017

    Joe, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. After living in Venice for 12 years, my partner got a tenure-track position back East in New York. We sold our house, packed up, but I felt like before I left Venice for good, I wanted to do something crazy, out of the box - something I or anyone who knows me would never imagine myself doing. I came up with the idea to open up a little space down on the boardwalk that just sold hand-cut f...

  • Carjacked and Kidnapped While Waiting for His Wife at UCLA Hospital

    Observer Staff|Jul 21, 2017

    A 43-year-old man pled not guilty Wednesday. A judge ordered Jason Levi Garza to stand trial for allegedly carjacking and kidnapping a man waiting for his wife outside of the UCLA Public Health building, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Santa Monica resident Garza was arraigned today after being held to answer on June 28 for one count of kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking with a firearm, kidnapping, criminal threats and assault with a firearm. Garza was convicted...

  • At the Warrior Games: Boeing donates $1 million to six nonprofits

    Zane|Jul 21, 2017

    Boeing has announced a $1 million donation to benefit six nonprofit organizations providing rehabilitation and well-being services for veteran and civilian groups, globally. The announcement was made in conjunction with Boeing's sponsorship of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games taking place throughout Chicago, June 30 to July 8. "The veterans competing in this years' games are not only distinguished athletes but true heroes who have defended freedom around the world," said Florent...

  • Santa Monica's NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik Live Interviews Before Space Station Mission

    Zane|Jul 21, 2017

    Santa Monica's NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, who is making final preparations for his launch to the International Space Station later this month, will be participating in live satellite interviews from 9 to 10 a.m. EDT Friday, July 14, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The interviews will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website and will be preceded at 8:30 a.m. by a video feed of highlights from Bresnik's mission training and previous spaceflight....

  • Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Kills Himself, TMZ Says

    Observer Staff|Jul 21, 2017

    Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging. Bennington was found dead in his home Thursday, and his death is being investigated as a possible suicide, the L.A. County Coroner's Office confirmed. Law enforcement officials responded to an emergency call from Bennington's home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, around 9 a.m., an officer told reporters. TMZ reports Bennington, 41, hanged...