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Articles from the August 20, 2018 edition


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  • Rider Summons Both Uber & Lyft. Lyft Arrives First, so Uber Driver Shoots Him in the head

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018

    Experienced Lyft and Uber drivers know it's a common but frustrating practice. A passenger is in a hurry. Nothing prevents him from using the Uber & Lyft Apps on his phone simultaneously, to summon one of each. But this time, it ended in gunfire. About 5 a.m., the driver picked up two passengers at Avenue 40 and Eagle Rock Blvd in the Glassell Park area of Los Angeles. This according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. Roberto Alaniz. As he pulled away, an Uber driver pulled up next to him and the...

  • Shawn Landres Appointed to Santa Monica Planning Commission

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018

    The City Council appointed Shawn Landres to the Planning Commission at its meeting on August 14th. Landres is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public affairs. He previously served on on several boards and commissions, including the Innovation Technology Task Force, and the City's Social Services Commission. He is also the Chairman of the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission. The 7 member planning commission hears applications by developers, making it the most...

  • Retirement Fest For Fromin's Founder Maurice Solomon Features Well, Deli Food What Else?

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018

    I enjoyed a warm, low key party to celebrate Maurice Solomon's retirement from the deli business after 65 years. His partner and friend from his Cleveland days, Dennis Fromin ,will be the new owner and continue to run the restaurant. The party was at the end of the dining room, decorated with balloons, for about 50 people. Many were old friends and customers, who reminisced and laughed. His two daughter, and granddaughter ,who worked with him for 6 years, lauded Maurice His future plans are...

  • Aretha Franklin Dies From Pancreatic Cancer, in Detroit at 76

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018
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    Aretha Franklin has died of cancer in hospice at 76 years of age. The "Queen of Soul" was surrounded by family and friends as she passed quietly. She will be memorialized at a service on Friday. While she is remembered for a string of hits in the 1960's, 70's and 80's, younger fans perhaps remember her for singing at the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. A relative who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told...

  • Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap According to Rice University Study

    Aug 20, 2018

    HOUSTON – (Aug. 20, 2018) – Damage caused by natural disasters and recovery efforts launched in their aftermaths have increased wealth inequality between races in the United States, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh. "Damages Done: The Longitudinal Impacts of Natural Hazards on Wealth Inequality in the United States" will appear in an upcoming edition of Social Problems. A supplement to the paper highlights the wealth gap between whites and...

  • Loews Hotel and it's Flower Shop Pony Up Minimum Wages to Pay Employees

    Observer Staff|Aug 20, 2018

    They charge $800 a night for their smallest rooms, but the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica apparently wasn't paying all their illegal alien labor, the $15 or so an hour the law guarantees them. The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office inand the Wage Enforcement Program of the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) say they have settled two wage enforcement cases at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. One case was against Loews Hotel itself and the second case was...

  • Statue of the Virgin Mary Vandalized at Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Aug 20, 2018

    The statue of the Virgin Mary that stands at the corner of 7th Street and California Avenue was vandalized early Friday morning. Someone tagged the statute with yellow paint, possibly between 1 and 5 am, police said. This is in a week when the priest sex abuse allegations have caused church officials to apologize, but it is not clear if the vandals were so motivated. Church employees cleaned off the statue that same day, August 17 2018. The statue was been a target of vandals before. Santa Monic...

  • Santa Monica's Leading Luxurious Le Meridien Delfina Hotel Mixes Art, Sparkling Rose Wines and Music...

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018

    Santa Monica's luxurious Le Meridien Delfina Hotel recently gave guests a very memorable artistic summer afternoon on the grounds of their romantic Terrazza Garden, which is also a popular wedding location. Celebrated local Santa Monica artist, the talented Adriana Garcia, spent a few hours instructing and teaching lucky hotel guests how to paint sea turtles crawling into the ocean. Adriana was on hand to give each individual budding artist support and encourage creativity in the guests, who...

  • Crowds Swarm to Support Author Riley Perez as he Debuts a Sensational Memoir

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018

    Hundreds of guests came out to support critically acclaimed author Riley Perez at his book signing at Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood. His book, 'What Is Real. The Life And Crimes of Darnell Riley' is receiving rave reviews and there is talk of a movie already. Guests included actor Scott Caan, US Olympian Frankie Liles, British Boxer Liam Vaugh, boxing coach Freddy Roach. Fellow writers Rob Weiss, Peter Conti(Columbia writing professor, author of Gringo), Andy Fischelli (actor in Gotti, and...