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Articles from the August 1, 2022 edition

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  • Starbucks Reveals The Dark Future of Coffee in Santa Monica: No Seating, No Bathroom, No Cash Register, No Problem

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2022

    After a three year hiatus, Starbucks Coffee Inc has opened a location on Main Street in Santa Monica again. Main and Ashland, to be precise. It offers no seating, nothing to steal in the small lobby. Not even a cash register to rob. But it does offer the full menu of Starbucks products. The store, which replaces the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf that moved out two years ago, has no seating. And you can't just walk in and order; you have to use the mobile app. (In the interest of disclosure, I use...

  • SM Council Greenlights Competing Property Transfer Tax Ballot Measures

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2022

    The Santa Monica City Council this week voted to place multiple measures on the November 8 election ballot, including two competing transfer tax propositions and one dealing with cannabis business tax license. The first tax measure would establish designated funds for local schools, homelessness prevention and affordable housing, an 11-member oversight committee, and provide a third-tier transfer tax rate of $56 per thousand dollars for property transfers valued more than $8 million. The second...

  • Neighborhood Convenience Store Appears to be Reopening On 4th Street in Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2022

    It's a small victory for the neighborhood. But the 100 year old mini-market on the corner of 4th Street and Hollister Avenue appears to be preparing for a new tenant. And that tenant might even be... wait for it... a mini market. Workmen were seen re-paving the parking lot on July 28th. They knew nothing about the new tenant, and said several people had walked by and asked them the same question. We assumed the market would be torn down to make way for expensive "affordable" housing, that would...

  • Foreclosure Sale Features Medical Waste-Disposal Equipment from California Plant

    Observer Staff|Aug 1, 2022

    If you've ever dreamed of owning your own medical waste disposal equipment, now is your chance. A medical waste treatment facility in Hesperia that opened just 5 years ago, has closed. The owners who foreclosed on the real estate, are selling the waste disposal equipment at a fraction of the oroginal cost. Equipment to be sold includes a thermal oxidizer and (wait for it) even a patented Carbonizer. The press release follows.­ HESPERIA, CA – July 28, 2022 - Recycling and waste-disposal co...

  • Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower Will Be Visible Thursday Night July 28th, Through End of July

    Olivia Lott, PR agent for|Aug 1, 2022

    The annual Delta Aquariids meteor shower falls in line with a New Moon this year, making this week the perfect time to see 'shooting stars' at their best and brightest, and have great chances at capturing them on camera. Prime time to see the meteors is between Thursday July 28th, in line with the New Moon (which means the moon won't be visible, so the sky will be ultra dark), until Sunday 31st July. You'll want to find a location that's away from light pollution.. Once you're set up, lie flat o...

  • Report: Nancy Pelosi Will Arrive in Taipei, Taiwan Tuesday Night, For Official Visit

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2022

    Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will arrive in Taipei, Taiwan for a Tuesday night visit, on August 2nd. This according to Ting Ting, a reporter with ties to the Taiwan military. Pelosi and several other Congress members are visiting Singapore -- their first official stop in a high-profile Asia tour that has attracted international attention over speculation she may visit Taiwan. "From my sources, @SpeakerPelosi is arriving in Taipei tomorrow night." reports Tingting Liu...