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Articles from the August 23, 2023 edition

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  • Video: Black SUV Swept Away by LA River During Hurricane Hilary. #hurriquake

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 23, 2023

    Video of an automobile floating in the LA River was posted to social media on Sunday, August 20 at 3 pm PST. This during tropical storm Hilary, the first tropical storm to hit Los Angeles in many years. It is unclear who was inside the vehicle and what their fate was. The vehicle appeared to be a black SUV, the kind often favored by Uber drivers. The video was shot in East Los Angeles. This is breaking news; more details as they become available. The Los Angeles River's headwaters are in the...

  • A Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Hits So Cal During Hurricane Hilary; 6 aftershocks in the 3.0 range.

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 23, 2023

    As Southern California prepared for a "storm of biblical proportions," i.e. Hurricane Hilary, a small earthquake hit the sea Southwest of Ojai, California. That's in Ventura County, North of Los Angeles County. According to the USGS, which upgraded it from a 5.1 to 5.5, the temblor was felt in Northern Mexico as well. The earthquake was felt in Santa Monica, the San Fernando Valley, and Malibu, among other areas. It started at 2:41 pm PST, and last several seconds. There were no immediate...

  • Santa Methica is Not Safe Reads New Sign on the Santa Monica Promenade

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Aug 23, 2023

    August 10, 2023 - A new sign warning tourists and shoppers on the Santa Monica Promenade was erected today by the Santa Monica Coalition, a group of property and business owners dedicated to restoring law and order to the troubled city. "Santa Methica is Not Safe," reads the sign, pointing out the dominant drug of choice among the near-thousand homeless individuals who inhabit the public and some private spaces in the city. "Our city manager Supports the Needle & Meth Pipe Distribution Program...

  • Staff At the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building Told To Work Remotely From Home, Due to Fentanyl, Homeless

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 23, 2023

    Federal employees who work at the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building in downtown San Francisco, have been told to work from home for their own safety. There are just too many homeless people on drugs in front of the building, located at 90-7th Street, for them to work safely. "In light of the conditions at the (Federal Building) we recommend employees ... maximize the use of telework for the foreseeable future," HHS Assistant Secretary for Administration Cheryl R. Campbell said in a memo to staff....

  • 'Sutton's Dollhouse" make a splash in Beverly Hills

    Preity Upala, Special to the Observer|Aug 23, 2023

    West Hollywood, CA August 10, 2023 - Tinseltown was at it again as the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) star Sutton Stracke hosted an exclusive invite only in-person event at her West Hollywood boutique, SUTTON. Fittingly titled "Sutton's Dollhouse", in honor of the new Barbie movie out in theatres. Stracke held the event to showcase her new line to members of the media and clients alike. In edition to the Dollhouse collection, SUTTON also debuted its partnership with KimChi Chic...

  • Fauxgressive Santa Monica bends over backwards to evade federal requirement for homeless representation on Housing Authority Board

    Olga Zurawska|Aug 23, 2023

    City staffer made unilateral decision to affect the composition of policymaking body which is supposed to be comprised of seven councilmembers and two housing voucher holders, including one with lived experience of homelessness To those who follow Santa Monica politics it is no surprise to hear that a city employee took it upon themselves to make a policy decision without direction from a policymaking body like the Council or the Housing Authority Board. City activists refer to such...

  • Opposing Putin Proves Fatal: Wagner Chief Prigozhin Killed in Mysterious Plane Crash of Embraer Jet in Russia

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 23, 2023

    Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was on the private jet that crashed Wednesday, killing everyone aboard on its way from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Russian aviation authorities said. The crash occurred exactly two months after Prigozhin led a mutiny that posed the greatest threat to President Vladimir Putin's nearly quarter-century rule. Putin had denounced the June rebellion as "treason" but Prigozhin appeared to escape immediate retaliation by the Kremlin under a deal brokered to end...