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Articles from the August 24, 2020 edition

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  • Laughing Past the Graveyard: Burbank Covedy Festival Promotes Laughter During the #covid19 #Coronavirus Pandemic

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2020

    "The 7th Annual Burbank CoVedy Festival " is the first exclusively virtual global comedy festival produced and showcased by the Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant on August 9-22, 2020.( In a time of pandemic, the world needs laughter. The name of the festival is a play on Covid-19, another name for Coronavirus Ben Rosen is a comedian and writer who performs all over Los Angeles. He has written jokes for Nickelodeon, Cracked, and...

  • Slate: Phil Brock, Oscar de la Torre, Mario Fonda-Bonardi, and Christine Parra Team Up In SM City Council Slate

    Leonard Guzz Bropy IV, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2020

    If you are struggling to sort through the list of 21 candidates aiming for the four Santa Monica City Council seats up for grabs in November, the formation of alliances might help you out. A four-person challenger alliance was announced in local media this week that includes Phil Brock, Oscar de la Torre, Mario Fonda-Bonardi, and Christine Parra. Their goal is to oust incumbents Gleam Davis, Ana Jara, Terry O'Day and Ted Winterer. If this alliance accomplishes what its members want to do, they...

  • Santa Monica at Risk for Power Blackouts Due to Power Plant Closings, Poor Reserves, and Over-Ambitious Green Goals

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Aug 24, 2020

    Over the weekend, the state's California Independent System Operator, the overseer of the state's power grid, instituted the first rolling blackout due to power shortage in 20 years. Three of the utilities under CAISO's governance, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric, cut power on Friday evening to more than 410,000 businesses and homes. Customers experienced outages for about an hour over a 3-1/2 hour period. A second outage affected 200,000...

  • Power Outages Highlight Progressive California's Inability to Handle its Size: Upzoning is Wildly Irresponsible

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Aug 24, 2020

    Power outages due to lack of supply affected nearly half a million customers in California last weekend. The shortage of available power was at least in part due to the state's commitment to clean power, closing fuel-generating plants and investing in unreliable solar and wind power. Almost a year ago, the California Independent System Operator, the nonprofit agency charged with maintaining the power grid, had warned there would be shortages this summer. Nothing was done about it. And yet the...

  • Rioters Set Portland Courthouse on Fire, As the Democratic Convention Nominates Biden

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2020

    Rioters set the Multnomah County Courthouse on fire in Portland Oregon Tuesday evening at 11 pm. Simultaneously, the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, nominated former VP Joe Biden as their candidate for President of the United States. People on the ground in Portland reported that first responders were blocked from the building by a group of several hundred rioters. The 19th century building also houses the headquarters of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Dept. The Multnomah County...

  • Rip City Suddenly Has a Near Monopoly on Skateboard Stores in Santa Monica

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 24, 2020

    Jim McDowell and William Poncher were very serious when they opened RIP CITY - a skateboard shop at 2709 Santa Monica Blvd on April 1, 1978--April Fools Day . They were semi retired , and had come to California in the 1960's . Skateboarding began as a sport in Santa Monica in the 1970's and their shop was at the end point of Route 66, which began in Chicago and snaked its way across the country. They do not advertise, but yesterday a middle aged man from Minnesota, a family with 3 children and...

  • la zoo reopens social distancing safety measures

    Los Angeles Zoo Reopens to the Public on August 26

    Aug 24, 2020

    After closing its gates on March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Zoo is ready to safely reopen to the general public and its members on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. During the closure, the Zoo worked on creating a safe, modified reopening experience for its guests that conforms with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's safety protocols for Zoos that includes limited capacity, timed-ticketed entry, closure of indoor and high-touch spaces, requirement of face...

  • Friday Night Coffee Table Readings

    Join The Morgan-Wixson Theatre this Friday for a fantastic play reading directed by George Nikitas! This event is free but registration (quick and easy) is required. After you register you will receive a special Zoom link to attend the reading on Friday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Register here! This event is for members -- if you are not a member, it is so easy and inexpensive to join now! Just $35 (or $60 for the whole family) for the rest of the year with no volunteer/work r...

  • Hot Topics Parenting Workshops

    Hot Topics Parenting Workshops Brought to you by The Pump Station!

    Aug 24, 2020

    Hot Topics Parenting Workshops In these times of Covid-19, we don't really want to leave the house with a new baby. The Pump Station and Nurtury has created an amazing way to bring support to new parents. You should definitely sign up for one of these amazing workshops, or even ALL of them. Check out the list below or go to THE PUMP STATION Website! Help is here.... As a parent, you need to become an expert on everything from diaper rash and mindfulness to brain development and sleep. With over...

  • Pet Adoption LA Animal Services grant Petco Foundation

    Share Your Adoption Story and Help LA Animal Services' Holiday Wishes Come True with $100K Grant from the Petco Foundation

    Aug 24, 2020

    Share Your Adoption Story and Help LA Animal Services' Holiday Wishes Come True with $100K Grant from the Petco Foundation Individuals who have adopted a pet from LA Animal Services are invited to share how their pet has changed their life to help give LA Animal Services a chance to receive a $100,000 grand prize Holiday Wishes grant award from the Petco Foundation. In partnership with BOBS from Skechers, the Petco Foundation is granting more than $750,000 this holiday season to qualified...