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Articles from the August 3, 2022 edition

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  • Nancy Pelosi Visits Taiwan; a Handful of Chinese SU-35's Cross the Strait of Taiwan in a Show of Force.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    Becoming the first US Speaker of the House to visit Taiwan since Newt Gingrich in 1997, Nancy Pelosi visited the rogue Chinese island nation Tuesday evening local time. She was met by cheers of citizens and actually, very little in the way of military activity from the Mainland Chinese. In video, Taiwan's children chased after the Speaker's car in excitement. A loudmouth Chinese broadcaster connected with the Chinese Communist Party had suggested that the PLA shoot down Pelosi's official plane....

  • Fight Over Dueling Rent Increase Proposals Threatens to Split Santa Monicans for Renters Rights

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    The Santa Monicans for Renters Rights is bitterly divided over competing proposals for this year's annual rent increase. At a time of high inflation, some members of SMRR, the organization that has run Santa Monica since 1979, want to raise all tenants 2.5%, an adjustment that is only about a quarter of this years increase in the cost of living i.e. inflation rate. Another faction of SMRR argues that high income tenants, for example those paying $5000 a month for a two bedroom in a recent Pack...

  • Rare Photo Emerges of Slave Being Freed by British Navy in 1907

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    Photos of people being freed from salvery are rare. This photo was taken in 1907 after Slavery was outlawed in most of the known world-but still being practiced as part of the Arab slave trade. The British frigate had intercepted a slaving ship and freed several men. The sailor is sawing off his shackle (not his foot), as the man looks in the other direction. This man was saved off the coast of Oman, just prior to being sent into longer-term slavery-by the skin of his neck. The photo always...

  • Private Hospitals Push Back Against $25 Minimum Wage in Los Angeles Hospitals That Excludes Public Healthcare Workers

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    If you watch as much TV as I do, you've seen the ads with the healthcare workers, arms crossed, complaining that LA's new healthcare minimum wage is unfair. The $25 minimum wage only applies to private sector hospitals, and not to public sector hospitals. The measure, which was sponsored by unions like SEIU-UHW, was signed into law by Mayor Garcetti on July 8th. It puts before the voters a ballot initiative to establish a $25/hr minimum wage for private sector healthcare workers who work in...

  • Nichelle Nichols, "Uhura" on Star Trek's Original Series, Dies at 89

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played the Iconic Star Trek character Uhura on the original series, has died at 89, says her family. She was said to have been a victim of elder abuse in later years. In her youth, she was a ground breaking actress, who took part in TV's first interracial kiss in 1968. Nichols died of natural causes in Silver City, New Mexico, on July 30, 2022, at the age of 89. On Star Trek, Uhura is a translator and communications officer who specializes in linguistics,...

  • Stabbing Death at Main Santa Monica Public Library After Altercation Between Two Homeless Men

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    7/31: Santa Monica Police announced today that they have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of a homeless man at the Santa Monica Public Library. The stabbing occurred in the North Courtyard of the library, rather than inside the building itself. The North Courtyard is immediately next to the main entrance to the library. The Suspect is Quade Larry Colbert, 34. The SMPD press release, written by Lt. Erika Aklufi, SMPD public information officer, reads as follows: On July 29, 2022, at...

  • No Indoor Mask Mandate, Says Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, Pointing to Declining Hospital Admissions

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Aug 3, 2022

    July 28, 2022 - There will be no reinstitution of an indoor mask mandate in public spaces, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced today in a media briefing. She had announced two weeks ago that if the number of Covid-related hospitalizations remained above a certain level for two weeks in a row, she would issue a Health Order requiring masks be worn in all public indoor spaces. But she said that a recent decline in hospital admissions was bringing the county out of what the Centers for...

  • SMMUSD Board Ratifies New Agreement With Teachers' Union

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    Teachers, nurses and management personnel in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have received a pay raise. Classified employees are also in line for a hike in salary. The local School Board has just ratified an agreement between the District and its teachers union that include a 10% salary increase, retroactive to last July. The agreement, which runs through June 30, 2023, was approved at the recent Board meeting. It includes increases to base salaries, hourly rates and substitute...