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Articles from the July 27, 2017 edition


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  • Is My Ex-Wife Entitled to half of my Social Security benefit when I collect at age 62?

    Russell Gloor, Dear Rusty|Jul 27, 2017

    Dear Rusty: Two years ago, after 34 years of marriage, my wife divorced me. She was a full time homemaker most of those years. Is she entitled to half of my Social Security benefit when I collect at age 62? She currently gets half my pension from work, and having her also take half of my Social Security benefit would kill me financially. Signed: Going Broke Dear Broke: Yes, because you were married for more than 10 years, when she becomes 62 your ex-wife will be entitled to receive Social...

  • "Mango, Mango, Mango" Selling on the Beach, Leads to SMPD Citation and Online Fundraiser

    Observer Staff|Jul 27, 2017

    One local resident started a go fund me page after a Santa Monica Police officer cited a fruit seller on Santa Monica beach. Writes Jenn Salcido on Gofundme.com: Have you ever heard the jangling bells of the paleteros on Santa Monica beach, pushing their carts full of ice cream through the sand, hats and sweatpants on to protect themselves from the heat? Have you ever heard a fruit vendor's call of "Mango, Mango, Watermelon Mango!" and looked up to see someone trudging through the beachgoers wit...

  • Santa Monica Resident Competes in Hackathon in Los Angeles

    Ilana Blum, IAC|Jul 27, 2017

    Approximately 160 teenagers will work with high-level technology executives and entrepreneurs during the intensive, six-day program. BEL-AIR, Calif. – The Israeli-American Council (IAC)'s Eitanim program will host its second-annual hackathon for approximately 160 Jewish middle and high school students from across the country for six days, from July 30 to Aug. 4, on the campus of the American Jewish University. Icons of Israeli innovation will mentor the teenagers throughout the immersive...

  • Law Forbidding Apportionment of Water Meters Challenged in Court

    Donald F. Woods esq, Action Attorney|Jul 27, 2017

    On July 14, 2017, the Superior Court rejected Santa Monica Rent Control Board's attempt to dismiss at inception the complaint of ACTION Apartment Association seeking a judicial declaration that housing providers with master meters for water, can apportion the water charges among the tenants based upon a sharing arrangement allowed in the City of Los Angeles and most other municipalities. "The RCB tried to avoid judicial review of their policy by asserting procedural arguments that are now...

  • Expose The Shocking Truth Behind UFOs, Extraterrestrials, Roswell And Zero-Point-Energy

    Steve Alten|Jul 27, 2017

    Washington, DC, July 24, 2017 ― Seventy years after the cover-up of three interstellar craft downed over Roswell Army Air Force Base in New Mexico, two new books and a documentary reveal the shocking truth about covert programs and why the UFO subject remains taboo... even up to the President and Congress! "It's not about whether these interstellar craft are real," states Dr. Steven M. Greer, considered by many to be the world's foremost authority on the subject. The author of Unacknowledged: An Expose of the World's Greatest Secret (book), a...

  • Venice Beach Music Fest 12 - Free music and arts festival at the beach

    Milton Rosenberg, VBMF|ERROR

    The annual Venice Beach Music Fest music and arts festival celebrates twelve years of totally free music, dance, and art on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. in Windward Plaza Park (1 Windward Avenue, in the park at the intersection of the boardwalk and Windward Avenue). The festival, sister to the Venice Spring Fling, is and always has been free and open to the public, is made possible by local and national businesses. There will also be an aftershow party immediately...

  • Sequel to American Graffiti Serves Humor, Reminder of High School Quirks and Oddities

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 27, 2017

    The year is 1958 and the location is Springfield High School or pretty much any high school in Anytown USA and it is senior prom night. The entertainment is being provided by four lovely young ladies calling themselves "The Marvelous Wonderettes." Not just "The Wonderettes" mind you but "The Marvelous Wonderettes." A pleasing plethora of mid 1950's era pop music flows with sweet harmony from the stage as "The Marvelous Wonderettes" Cindy Lou [Kelsey Boze], Suzy [Kelly Klopocinski] Betty Jean [Ka...

  • Winter Is Here: HBO Rolls Out Icy Blue Carpet for Season 7 Premiere of "Game of Thrones" in Los Angeles 

    Vildana Hajric, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 27, 2017

    HBO's Emmy-winning "Game of Thrones," which is based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, premiered its seventh season in downtown Los Angeles last night at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Numerous cast members, including Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the show, and Sophie Turner, who portrays Sansa Stark, made an appearance. The event drew other stars, as well – Queen Latifah, Jimmy Kimmel, and Amanda Peet were spotted in the crowd.     Before screening the highly ant...

  • Forty Years Later: The Buzzcocks Electrify the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood

    Daniel Margolis, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 27, 2017

    Last year, the historic classic rock music festival, "Desert Trip", sold out – twice. And this year, on June 29 and 30 at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, so did the Buzzcocks. The Buzzcocks are one of Britain's ground breaking and most influential punk bands. Formed in 1976, the Buzzcocks rose to almost instant fame due to their fusion of pop, funk, and punk rock, their heavy guitar riffs, odd chords with catchy melodies, avant-guard elements, emphasis on the human condition, unbridled...

  • Ayara Thai Cuisine to Open Pop-Up Shop During Renovations 

    Vildana Hajric, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 27, 2017

    Westchester-based Ayara Thai Cuisine has long been a staple in Los Angeles, providing delicious and authentic Thai food to locals and weary travelers landing in nearby LAX. After many years in operation, Ayara is undergoing a renovation and expansion this month, doubling the size of its kitchen and increasing its seating capacity. During the renovation, the proprietors of the restaurant – the Asapahu family – have opened up a pop-up shop called Ayara Lūk, aimed at satiating customers who...