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Articles from the July 22, 2019 edition

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  • As State Legislature Considers Ban on Rat Poison, LA City Council Struggles with Rats, Typhus.

    Observer Staff|Jul 22, 2019

    While California's biggest city deploys rat poison, the California State Legislature simultaneously considers a ban on rat poison. As former US Vice President Dan Quayle said, irony is pretty ironic sometimes. The recent release of a study saying that the Los Angeles county rat population has doubled in a year, has touched off a controversy. Some blame the homeless, others blame restrictions on rat poison said to kill mountain lions and other wildlife. Carl Demaio of Reform California says the...

  • Work Begins on City Yard Modernization, Some Wonder about Recycling Center Closure

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jul 22, 2019

    After three years of preparation, construction began this month on the modernization of the 14.7-acre Santa Monica City Yards located adjacent to Bergamot Station on Michigan Avenue. The City Yards hosts the city's maintenance and industrial services, such as water operations, street maintenance, and fire training. Until last month, the Yards also hosted a recycling center. The recycling center, operated by private contractor Allan Company, was closed by the city in June in a purely financial mo...

  • Santa Monica's $39.5 billion in Assessed Real Estate Values Places in Third Among LA County Cities

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2019

    According to the assessment roll from the LA County Assessor, Santa Monica's 25,000 or so assessor's parcels are collectively worth $39.5 billion. This places Santa Monica 3rd in the County of Los Angeles for property values, which is totally impressive when you consider the relative populations of the top 3 cities. Los Angeles, which has a population of 4 million, has $652.9 billion in real estate. Long Beach, with a population of 600,000, has $60.2 billion in assessed real estate value, and...

  • Hits and Misses: A Tourist's Perspective on Los Angeles after 30 days here

    Sterling Roberts, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2019

    As a tourist, I see California in a different light than as someone who's from here. For instance, the concept of the greater Los Angeles area is a bit peculiar to me because I see each place in LA as a completely different city with really no similarities. To me, Santa Monica is completely different from Malibu which is completely different from Venice which is the opposite of Beverly Hills. But, in my time here, I've realized that my perspective as a tourist could potentially provide locals or...

  • SMPD Shoots Musician After he Rushes them in Alley Off Lincoln Blvd Sunday Morning

    Observer Staff|Jul 22, 2019

    Early Sunday morning, Santa Monica Police were attacked by Wolfgang Mountford, 29, in an alley off Lincoln Blvd, near Grant Avenue. Police say the man rushed them, an officer pulled his sidearm and fired one shot which struck the man. Fire department paramedics treated the man, who was taken to a hospital. Later he was treated and released. Police say they had encountered the same suspect earlier in the day. The press release from the SMPD is below. Santa Monica, CA: On July 14, 2019 at about 2:...

  • GBK Honors Sports' greatest at the 2019 ESPY Awards Celebrity Gifting Lounge

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2019

    The ESPY Awards are what the Oscars are to actors and filmmakers. The highest recognition of talent and performance in Sport. During the 2019 ESPY AWARD seasons of the year, GBK was once again the sponsor for the Celebrity Gifting suite. This year they teamed up with premiere brands from all around the world to gift the most innovative and unique gifts to the guests in attendance. GBK, which has long been a leader in Luxury lifestyle gift lounges and special events, specializing in...