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Articles from the August 6, 2020 edition

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  • Before and After Photos of Beirut Port Reveal the Damage After Ammonium Nitrate Explosion Tuesday

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 6, 2020

    8/5/20: Before and after photos of the blast, show the port of Beirut scorched and lifeless. The photos from Planet Lab, are visible at the bottom of this story. Lebanese sources report that the welding of a door caused sparks which ignited 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which caused explosion at Beirut Port Tuesday. The explosion first touched off a fire with gray smoke. Moments later, a huge explosion shook the entire city, and a mushroom cloud filled the sky. Here are the facts as of...

  • SMCLC Opposes The Plaza Development on Legal and Environmental Grounds

    Diana Gordon and others, SMCLC|Aug 6, 2020

    In June, the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) served the City with legal objections to proceeding with plans to privatize public land at 4th and Arizona for a massive commercial project until it had complied with a state law known as the Surplus Land Act. Under the Act, before negotiating and disposing of public land for commercial uses, the City must notify interested parties to see if the 25-acre parcel could be used as open space or for affordable housing. Months ago, the dev...

  • SMMUSD's New Anti-Racism Curriculum May Do More Harm than Good

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Aug 6, 2020

    Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Ben Drati sent an email to parents and the public outlining the district's plans to combat racism, including a website of parent resources, social justice standards for different grade levels, a revised United States History curriculum, and the future participation of the district in a Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action in February. Although some elements of the plan appear to have been in the works for months, other elements...

  • Child Trafficking Protest held at Santa Monica Place

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 6, 2020

    The recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, former personal assistant to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has cast a light on child trafficking. One local mom organized a protest Thursday afternoon at Santa Monica Place. About 250 protestors held up signs to protest the trade in children. "We are out here to spread awareness because child trafficking has not been a mentioned in the main stream media that represents the true crisis and our local leaders have not made them a part of the...

  • US Government Will Release Space Alien Files, Including Evidence of Captured UFOs

    Mister Mystify|Aug 6, 2020

    Overlooked by many in Donald Trump's hard-hitting interview conducted by his namesake son last month was the president's reveal that he knew "very interesting" things about Roswell, New Mexico. For those who don't know, Roswell was the site of an alien spacecraft crash in 1947. The government has been covering up the incident since then, despite the overwhelming amount of evidence. Whether Trump decides to divulge what he knows is unknown, but he might be tempted later this year if he loses the...

  • Santa Monica Plaza Project Moves Forward

    Leonard Guzz Brophy IV, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 6, 2020

    In a blow to zero-growth extremists and to the benefit of a community suffering in a coronavirus-created economic downturn, the Santa Monica City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday for the City to renew negotiations with a developer about building a mixed-use project on municipal-owned land in the downtown. This does not mean that the development that will bring much-needed revenue to City government and affordable housing to the people is a done deal, it just means the council didn't want to restart...