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Articles from the August 2, 2021 edition


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  • Late at Night, Coyotes Consume Cats and Other Pets In West Los Angeles Neighborhoods

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 2, 2021

    West LA residents report that they have seen newly dead house cats killed by coyotes. Brazen coyotes have been seen in busy intersections such as Olympic and Sepulveda, which carry freeway levels of traffic. Residents report seeing corpses of cats across the fine trimmed lawns of West Los Angeles. "Coyotes are hunting in our neighborhood again and are a threat to pets and children!" warns a poster that has appeared in the neighborhood. Olympic is full of cars during the day, but at 2:00 am it is...

  • Attempted Coup at Santa Monica Housing Commission Meeting – A Case of Nepotism?

    Olga Zurawska|Aug 2, 2021

    At the July 15, 2021 meeting of the Santa Monica Housing Commission, Chair Michael Soloff proceeded with the selection of the leadership even though commissioners had not yet been appointed by the City Council to the four open seats. Apart from participating on the Housing Commission, Mr. Soloff is also the husband of Mayor Sue Himmelrich and a co-chair of SMRR, an organization which has held power over Santa Monica's politics for decades. It appears that Mr. Soloff acted in violation of the...

  • Santa Monica's Laura Gordon Chosen as Head Coach of the Open Tennis Team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel

    Melissa Perlman, Blue Ivey Communications|Aug 2, 2021

    Laura Gordon of Santa Monica was named Head Coach of the Open Tennis Team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel – which will take place July 2022. The Maccabiah Games, also known as the Jewish Olympics, are the third largest international multi-sport event in the world! Nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 80 countries competing in 40 sports are expected at the 2022 Maccabiah Games in Israel next year; Team USA will bring approximately 1,200 team members. Laura Gordon is a former assistant...

  • Santa Monica City Council Okays Employment Contract with New City Manager

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 2, 2021

    The Santa Monica City Council this week approved the employment contract with its newly-appointed City Manager David White. White will earn an annual salary of $340,000 plus benefits and start his new post on October 11, city officials said. Under the negotiated contract, Santa Monica will also reimburse White's moving and relocation expenses, provide up to seven months of temporary rental assistance (maximum of $21,000) as well as use of a city car and "make available a home loan not to exceed...

  • SM Council 'Amplifies' Noise Ordinance to Muzzle Loud Protests

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 2, 2021

    The City Council unanimously voted this week to pass an amendment to the city's noise ordinance to "reduce prolonged noise from protest activities in residential neighborhoods." The move was in in response to the fall 2020 protests that targeted the Santa Monica residence of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and disturbed her neighbors through the prolonged use of amplified sound. At Tuesday night's meeting, the Council admitted that Supervisor Kuehl never complained about the protests nor the...

  • Avoid Beaches Again, Says County, Including Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Aug 2, 2021

    July 28, 2021 - County health authorities are once again warning residents against going into the water at several Southland beaches, including from the Santa Monica Pier all the way up to Temescal. High bacteria levels measured in these areas are causing the advisory, but officials are reluctant to blame the pollution on the July 11 sewage spill from the Hyperion treatment plant, instead blaming the recent rainfall. Investigations are ongoing into the reasons for the Hyperion spill. The County...