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Articles from the August 24, 2016 edition

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  • State Sen. Ben Allen Sponsors Bill to Transform Polling Places

    Colleen Beamish, Advisor to Sen. Ben Allen|Aug 24, 2016

    Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) that he says will transform the way elections are conducted in California passed the state Assembly today on a vote of 42 - 28. "Our current system of limiting voters to one polling location on a single day has failed. It is time to implement a new voting model that allows people to vote conveniently, close to where they work, shop and congregate," Allen said. Under the new system, every voter will receive a vote by mail ballot that c...

  • 30 Million US Potheads Pledge to Vote for Johnson, "If I Can Find That Place Where You Vote, Man."

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    Yeah, well, that's just like, your opinion, man." Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski In the United States, 30-50 million people use cannabis daily--fully 10% of the U.S. population. If you're one of them, you believe you need the green cure to go to work in the morning, and chill-ax in the evening. Your biggest fear is that one day, Federal Imperial Stormtroopers will break down your door, and take away what you need to exist. From whence cometh our...

  • Don't fall for the Jury Duty Scam, Warns LA Superior Court

    Observer Staff|Aug 24, 2016

    The Los Angeles Superior Court today warned that scammers posing as sheriff's deputies may call you. The scammers will tell you that you are in contempt of court for missing jury duty. They will motivate you by claiming they have a warrant for your arrest. The victims are told the only way to clear up the warrant is to pay the bail, in amounts from $2,000-$5,000. Scammers tell victims that once it is paid, they can go to the courthouse to get the paperwork clearing them of the warrant. The...

  • No Prescription: Counterfeit Pills Apparently Killed Prince Rogers Nelson (Fentanyl)

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    Michael Jackson's addiction to the painkiller Propofol killed him. Now, a man working the investigation of Prince's death told The Associated Press that pills found in Prince's home marked as acetaminophen-hydrocodone actually contained fentanyl, suggesting they were counterfeit pills obtained illegally. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he'd be fired if his identity were to become known.

  • Gigi Hadid and Emily Didonato Spotted on Santa Monica Beach

    Saul Vasquez, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    They are very easy on the eyes, intelligent, on vacation, and comfortable in a bikini. And if I looked like they do, I probably would be too. Our photographer spotted Gigi Hadid and Emily Didonato on Santa Monica beach this afternoon. They stopped to give directions to our lucky photog! Emily Didonato made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue debut in 2013, with photos taken in Namibia. A New Yorker, DiDonato has Italian (obviously), Irish and Native American ancestors. Emily was scouted at...

  • As Hillary opens a jar of pickles on Jimmy Kimmel live, Rudy Giuliani says she's pickled

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    Hillary Clinton appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night. Kimmel's name and likeness have appeared on Los Angeles are buses as a candidate for Vice President. I'm not sure how serious he is. Clinton wasn't serious at all. She grimaced and feigned difficulty opening the glass jar of pickles. It would've been perfect if Bernie Sanders had walked onto the set and helped her, but he's too busy working on his political legacy. Meanwhile, the man the Washingotn Post describes as a...

  • What If Trump Campaign is Right, and Clinton Really Does Have Aphasia?

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    The Washington Post, which among American newspapers is the most unabashedly pro-Clinton and Anti Trump, says "(Trump Campaign Spokeswoman) Katrina Pierson is at it again:" "... saying Thursday on MSNBC that Hillary Clinton suffers from a medical condition -- dysphasia -- with which Clinton has never been diagnosed. "What's new are the other reports of the observations of Hillary Clinton's behavior and mannerisms, specifically with what you just showed in those previous clips, as well as her...

  • CAL FIRE Firefighters Union Threatens to Strike Over Pay and Benefits

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    In the midst of the greatest outbreak of fires in California history, at least one firefighters union is threatening to strike for more pay and benefits. The reason is jealousy. Firemen make more when they put out for municipal fire departments, like Santa Monica's. CAL FIRE Local 2881 represents the 6,500 firefighters of CAL FIRE. They don't feel that their $40,000 a year average annual salary, is enough. The state of California does appear to pay firefighters appreciably less than some cities...

  • Cal State Bar staffer patronized and is Outed

    Christine Emerson, Observer Staff|Aug 24, 2016

    ​This morning the Hews Media Group broke a story about prominent California legislators and their staff who use the Ashley Madison adultery website, some of them doing so on government time. ​Ashley Madison is a website that enables married individuals to find partners wishing to have extramarital affairs. The website's tagline is "Life is short. Have an Affair." ​The website was hacked in July, 2015 by a group calling itself "The Impact Team." The hackers tried to force Ashley Madison to shut...

  • National Park Service Shares Ranching History Through "Horse Tales"

    Kate Kuykendall, National Park Service|Aug 24, 2016

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The National Park Service invites the public to tour historic Rancho Sierra Vista on Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. In addition to an optional one-mile hike, visitors of all ages can meet the National Park Service patrol horses and participate in activities related to the area's ranching past. Located in Newbury Park, Rancho Sierra Vista's ranching history stretches back to 1803, when former soldiers Jose Polanco and Ignacio Rodriquez were granted Rancho...

  • Trump Supporter Kicked out of Rally for Having Dark Skin

    Liz Miller, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    Jake Anantha, an 18-year-old college student and Donald Trump supporter was enthusiastic about attending a Trump rally at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, last Thursday. He joined the waiting crowd at about 3:30 p.m., and then proceeded toward the stage around 4:30 when the attendees were finally allowed inside. Suddenly, Anantha reports, a member of Trump's security team tapped his shoulder and led him to the side. The man said they knew who Anantha was, and they knew he had...

  • Speedo, Ralph Lauren end Sponsorship of Ryan Lochte

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2016

    Breaking news, August 22 2016: Sports apparel manufacturer Speedo has ended its sponsorship of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. Lochte, 31, has now lost all four of his endorsement deals. The decision to cut off his contract by Speedo, Ralph Lauren, Airweave mattress and Gentle Hair Removal came after Lochte admitted to “over-exaggerating” the armed-robbery claim, an assertion that overshadowed much of the second week of the Summer Olympics that concluded on Sunday. Don't count the reality TV sta...