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Articles from the September 6, 2018 edition


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  • Killed Kayaker ID'd as Chief of Staff, Dept. on Disability at City of Los Angeles, Nicole Willet

    Allie Smith, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    9/5 Sheriffs identified the woman who was hit and killed by a power boat while kayaking in Marina del Rey on Labor Day, as Nicole Willett, the chief of staff of the City of Los Angeles' Department on Disability. Willett, 46, of Venice was fatally injured about 1:10 p.m. Monday near the south jetty, the coroner's office said. Willett had been chief of staff of the Department on Disability since December 2014, according to her LinkedIn page. The driver of the boat was not cited, and there was no...

  • Headless Body Found in Santa Monica Parking Garage, Apparent Suicide Victim

    Allie Smith, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    9/5: It was a grim reminder of how badly wrong things can go when they go badly wrong. A man attempting to kill himself by leaping from Parking Structure 4 near Arizona and 2nd St., somehow managed to decapitate himself on the way down. Santa Monica police have apparently found the headless body in one part of the parking structure, and the head someplace else. This is a developing story and presumably an SMPD press release will no doubt be forthcoming. The police have blocked off Second Street...

  • Romeo as an Aryan Nazi and Juliet as a Jewish girl: Shakespeare on a Whole New Level

    Sep 6, 2018

    Okay so you may have heard about the ill-fated love between the 16 year old boy, Romeo Montague and a 13 year old Juliet Capulet both from Verona, Italy and both families very much despising the other. T hat classic tale of ill fated love came to life around 1594 when first penned by William Shakespeare and has for centuries mesmerized theatre audiences around the world. But it has now taken on a whole new level in the contemporary version currently on stage at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in...

  • Two Million Visitors Worship the Graven Image of a Big Plastic Cow at the Minnesota State Fair, 2018

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    The Minnesota State Fair's slogan is "The Great Minnesota Get-Together." It is the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance. It is also the second-largest state fair in the United States by total attendance, trailing only the State Fair of Texas, which generally runs twice as long as the Minnesota State Fair. The state fairgrounds, adjoining the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, are in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, midway between the state's capital city...

  • Rent Control with Teeth: Prop 10 Means the End of Costa Hawkins in California

    Sep 6, 2018

    Prop 10: Major Expansion of Rent Control on Nov. Ballot Proposition 10, otherwise known as the Affordable Housing Act, will be on the California ballot on November 6, 2018. A vote yes, by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995.  Prop 10 would grant local governments throughout the state the ability to adopt rent control.   Costa -Hawkins set limits on rent control policies throughout the state and Prop 10 will give cities new tools to protect affordable housing. (...

  • Bernie Sanders is Clearly Running for U.S. President in 2020. And the Nomination is his to lose.

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    I suppose it is the elephant in the room of national Democratic Politics. Cheated out of a nomination that should have been his but for a rigged process in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders remains enormously popular with rank and file Dems as well as the donkey fund raising class. He is 74 years of age and will be 76 on inauguration day in January 2021. But Sanders is the beneficiary of the Ashkenazi longevity gene, His age will not bar him from competing against populist President Donald J. Trump,...

  • Can a Nice Jewish Boy Find Happiness Singing at the Church In Ocean Park?

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    Our photographer Mary Leipziger captured teen heartthrob (well ok, not really) Ross Altman, as he performed at the Church in Ocean Park. Altman has been singing at the Church in Ocean Park the Sunday before Labor Day for 37 years. He has new record out called"the singer-song fighter strikes back" Reviewer Al Martinez writes: "Ross Altman is probably the most prolific, literate, experienced, politically active, and excellent topical singer/songwriter in Los Angeles today. With a Ph.D. in English...

  • Mallika Chopra Reflects on Motherhood, Mindfulness, her New Book, Life and Santa Monica

    Preity Uupala, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    It's so great to hear that you are a resident of Santa Monica. How long have you been living here? And what are your feelings about living here? We moved to LA in 1999 and in 2008 moved to Santa Monica. We love it here. Once you move here, honestly, where else could you live! I've raised my girls here and it a great community we have met through schools; wonderful parented. Your life really starts to be shaped by your kid's lives. I feel Santa Monica is a sweet place for the girls to grow up...

  • Burt Reynolds Dies of Cardiac Arrest at 82. Star of Smokey & the Bandit, Deliverance, etc.

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    Actor Burt Reynolds has died of cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital on September 6, 2018. He had been suffering from heart problems for a number of years. "Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor - check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family," tweeted Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Perhaps most famous for the movies...

  • Seeking a Meditation Get Away? The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica Has an App for that. And a Garden

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    The Shore Hotel has launched a Meditation Garden, which sync's with an app called StopBreatheThink. We asked the hotel's General Manager Gerry Peck, why a first class hotel on bustling Ocean Avenue, features Meditation. His response: Gerry Peck, the General Manager of Shore Hotel, describes the Meditation Garden as a self guided area for people to sit on and watch a meditation video, or meet with a teacher, and meditate. "We suggest that guests set an hour aside in the garden to meditate," says...

  • Charity Spotlight: Karon Pardue Combines Her Passion For Surf, Charity & Community Service Partners With SOCOOLKIDS

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    Karon Pardue is passionate about balancing surfing with community service; she travels with teenage surfers from Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, showing them firsthand what it means to give back to the greater good. This summer they went to Costa Rica and Panama. Karon, through her non-profit organizations is making a difference. Www.GiveAndSurf.Org partnered with Karon this year, they are a local Panama charity who create cultural exchanges between volunteers and students to create great...

  • Actor Vince Vaughn Charged with DUI in Manhattan Beach Checkpoint

    Observer Staff|Sep 6, 2018

    Actor Vince Vaughn has been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence after he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach earlier this summer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Vincent Anthony Vaughn is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers. Vaughn Starred in "Swingers" in...

  • Mac Miller Suddenly Dies; Had Spoken of his battle with Addiction to Drugs

    Sep 6, 2018

    Reports have surfaced that Mac Miller has died. Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018), best known by his stage name Mac Miller, was an American rapper and singer. He was also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman. In early 2010, Mac Miller signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based indie record label Rostrum Records. He subsequently began recording his debut studio album Blue Slide Park, and released it on November 8, 2011. The album went on to...