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Articles from the August 26, 2022 edition

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  • Kurt Gurdal Cuts the Cheese: Artisan Cheesemonger Announces Brick & Mortar "Canyon Grocer."

    Jewels Solheim Roe|Aug 26, 2022

    Beginning Labor Day Weekend, second-generation international cheese expert Kurt Gurdal is opening a small, carefully curated grocer at Canyon Square on Channel Road—just a stone's throw from where Gurdal has been sharing his cheese and speciality product knowledge with local foodie enthusiasts at his weekend outdoor pop-up. In a recent Instagram post, Gurdal shared the news about his new indoor space: “This cozy ‘lil brick & mortar will be packed with great yummy items from producers I lov...

  • SMPD Chief Disputes Characterization Officers Don't Patrol at Night but Local Business Owner Says SMPD Presence is Nonexistent Downtown

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 26, 2022

    August 24, 2022 - At the Santa Monica City Council meeting last night Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista vigorously disputed what he called the "falsehood" that there are no police officers working at night. SMPD works "around the clock," he said and then displayed a slide showing the first names of 48 officers who he said "work at night." Another slide showed 34 officers had overtime assignments that "work most often at night, and a third slide showed 30 other officers, including command...

  • Santa Monica Police Reportedly Cut Weekend Crime by Almost 50% With Their Increased Presence Over the Past 3 Weekends

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Aug 26, 2022

    August 24, 2022 - Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista gave a rosy picture of strides forward made by the department in cutting crime over the past few months at a City Council meeting last night. Along with adding additional officers to the downtown area, SMPD conducted five "Public Health and Safety Operations" that had been conducted with various subdepartments in the police force over the past month. Over the span of 8 weekends, in which these operations were conducted during the last 3...

  • 1940s pin up girl with USO uniform on singing into microphone.

    Catalina Museum for Art and History will Flashback to the 1940s During Fundraising Extravaganza


    Join Catalina Museum for Art and History for the Fifth Annual Fundraising Extravaganza: 1940s Flashback on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 4–7:30 p.m. Eighty years ago, USO entertainers practiced in front of the trainees on Catalina Island before heading overseas. Now, the Catalina Museum is bringing a USO-style show to you! Enjoy a festive evening with a wide range of unique live and silent auction items, hosted bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, live entertainment and other exciting...

  • Woman with colorful dress on smiling.

    Kid's Club at Santa Monica Place returns the first Wednesday of every month through 2022


    Kids Club at Santa Monica Place returns the first Wednesday of every month through 2022 and has an exciting program of featured guests. Hosted by bilingual Billboard pop artist, Twinkle Time, this fun, family-friendly event is free for all ages and will keep kids and parents alike dancing and singing with an all-star lineup of entertainment. The next Kid's Club event will take place on September 7, featuring Ruth and Emilia, who have both worked towards creating music and educating children for...

  • Disney on Ice logo with Road Trip Adventures written on it.

    Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures


    Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this unique multi-generational experience makes its SoCal debut for four weeks playing Los Angeles, Anaheim, Ontario and Long Beach from December 8 thru January 2, 2023. Disney On Ice Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public...

  • Increasing Crime in Santa Monica isn't Recorded Because it's So Hard to Give a Police Report

    Adnan Safadi, Santa Monica resident|Aug 26, 2022

    UPDATE:ANOTHER CAR (The Tesla, attached) was smashed and grabbed at the same address two days after I sent the original message. Neighbors said they saw a black Honda Civic and racing away from the crime scene (They didn't see the license plate). Hi Santa Monica City Government, Criminals are increasing their activity in Santa Monica. Yesterday my friend's car & his neighbor's car were both smashed & robbed in Santa Monica (Pictures attached). I have two other friends who have had their...

  • As Covid-19 Pandemic Winds Down, Mistakes, Exaggerations, and Outright Lies by LA County Public Health Exposed Like Shells at a Beach

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Aug 26, 2022

    August 19, 2022 - In her most recent media briefing yesterday, Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health, had increasing trouble maintaining the notion that she either understood the nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the result of the "safety precautions" her office ordered to control it or wished the public to understand. Rachel Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control, admitted a year ago, in August of 2021, that vaccines were not providing immunity against Covid-19...

  • With Homeless Camping Allowed on Private Property, Santa Monica Has Become "Slum By the Sea"

    Jon Berg, Santa Monica Resident|Aug 26, 2022

    If you shudder, as you pass the infamous, filthy, dangerous, druggie-filled "Boninville" camp under the freeway at Venice and Sepulveda, or the countless homeless vagrant encampments in Hollywood, or, indeed, that horrible homeless mess under the Pico/Centinela bridge as close as Santa Monica's eastern border with West Los Angeles, well, don't take comfort by telling yourself that that can't happen here in Santa Monica. Actually, it can, and IS already happening. And it all seems to be...

  • The 626 Night Market Comes to Santa Monica, Featuring Kim Chi, Bomb Squid, Stinky Tofu and other Asian Fusion Cuisine

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 26, 2022

    The 626 Night Market has arrived in Santa Monica, in the City owned parking lot at the SW corner of Fifth Street and Arizona. Every other weekend you can buy Boba, Squid, and Boba. The events is known for its large selection of Instagram-friendly foods, ranging from traditional night market snacks found in Asia such as stinky tofu and meat skewers to fusion cuisine such as pho tacos and ramen burgers. The Santa Monica version is scaled down. About 20 booths sell Korean and other Asian fusion...

  • Gas Prices Fell Last Week in Los Angeles, But Are Over $1 More Per Gallon than a Year Ago

    Gas Buddy|Aug 26, 2022

    August 22, 2022 - Average gasoline prices in Los Angeles have fallen 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $5.28/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 2,135 stations in Los Angeles. Prices in Los Angeles are 52.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 92.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has declined 6.3 cents in the last week and stands at $4.97 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Los A...

  • Armed, Violent Robbery on the Sidewalk at 2nd and Washington

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Aug 26, 2022

    August 22, 2022 - A man talking on his cell phone on the sidewalk near 2nd Street and Washington Avenue in Santa Monica after midnight on Sunday morning was approached by three men who held a gun to his head, beat him, and stole his wallet and phone. They drove off in a car that pulled up to help them flee. The entire incident was witnessed by a resident who provided security camera footage of the crime. Police arrived and about 30 minutes later caught the criminals who were not quite 2 miles...

  • How Many People Have Actually Died from Covid-19 in Los Angeles County?

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Aug 26, 2022

    August 22, 2022 - The Los Angeles County Public Health Department claims that 31,291 residents have died of Covid-19 as of August 22 since the pandemic began in March, 2020. But have that many people actually died from the effects of becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus? Given the loose definition health officials use for a Covid death, it is not at all clear. "We don't categorize deaths as 'because of' Covid vs. 'with Covid,' health officals wrote us. "All Covid deaths reported by...

  • A grassy field with people on it in fromt of a stage at Campland On The Bay

    Labor Day Weekend at Campland On The Bay is Summertime Fun!

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|ERROR

    Campland On The Bay in Mission Bay will be full of family-friendly, pet-friendly activities and live entertainment all Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 2 to Monday, September 5, for resort guests. If you haven't already, book a campsite for a tent or bring your RV! Located on San Diego's Mission Bay, the nation's largest aquatic park, find 40 acres of RV resort with a secluded beach. If you've never visited Campland On The Bay before, you can read all about our experience here, Experience...

  • Latvia Knocks Down Obelisk Commemorating Soviet Victory in WWII. Protest Over Russian Invasion of Ukraine

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 26, 2022

    The Latvian government Thursday took down an Obelisk commemorating Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. The move, which was captured on video, was a protest of Russia's military adventure in Ukraine, which began six months ago. It follows a similar monument destruction in Estonia. Latvia has a total of 2,000,000 residents, of whom some 60% are ethnic Latvians. Most of the rest are Russians. The three Baltic states (Lithuanian Latvia and Estonia) have been very tense since the invasion...