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Articles from the September 6, 2021 edition

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  • SM Secures $45 Million in Grants to Fund 'Water Self-Sufficiency' Projects

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2021

    Amid the statewide drought that turned flowing streams into dry river beds, the City of Santa Monica has secured over $45 million in grants to advance "water self-sufficiency projects to diversify and increase the local water supplies," local officials announced this week.  "These grants come at a critical time and will help fund local water supply projects to enhance drought resiliency and reduce the City's reliance on imported water," said Rick Valte, the city's interim Public Works...

  • SM School District Superintendent warns students: 'No Covid tests, no more in-person instruction'

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2021

    Roughly 85% of families in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have provided consent for weekly COVID-19 testing of their children, district officials announced yesterday. The remaining families must agree to Covid tests or submit an exemption if they want to continue in-person instruction, said SMMUSD Supt. Ben Drati. In a letter to school families, Drati mentioned that the district started Covid testing students and teachers last Wednesday and the staff will contact by September 3...

  • Beware of Afghan Dog "Rescue" Exploitation

    HumaneWatch|Sep 6, 2021

    News has broken that a number of military working dogs were left in Afghanistan. We've read several news articles as well as a number of Tweets about the matter. We are warning people to be skeptical of anyone asking for donations and to be careful of one group in particular: SPCA International. SPCA International is a highly questionable group that has been exposed for wasting donor dollars. The group recently received an "F" grade from CharityWatch ( for spending...

  • Annenberg Conducts it's Annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta

    Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2021

    Annenberg Beach House conducted its 8th annual cardboard yacht races on Saturday. 47 teams participated. The results of the soggy sailing competition were as follows: Youth/Youth category, 1st place The Zeetano, 2nd place EMS, 3rd place Titanic 2.0 Youth/Adult category: 1st place Old Faithful, 2nd place The Duct Tape Duck, 3rd place Ships-a-Wreck Adult/Adult category: 1st place SS Whale Shark, 2nd place Bowser’s Airship, 3rd place Kon-Leaky And award winners: Marion Davies Award for Fanciest...

  • LAPD Seeking Suspect in Sexual Assault near UCLA

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2021

    Los Angeles police are looking for a sexual predator who broke into a Westwood apartment and groped a sleeping woman Friday morning. The assault occurred around 4 a.m. in the 11000 block of Strathmore Drive, near UCLA, according to Los Angeles Police Department. The victim reported that she was awakened by movement in her bedroom. "She saw a white male standing over her," LAPD said in a press release. "He groped her over her clothes before she jumped up and pushed him out of the apartment."...