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Articles from the September 13, 2023 edition

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  • Santa Monica Fire Departments Annual 911 Remembrance Memorial Service

    Observer Staff|Sep 13, 2023

    The Santa Monica Fire Department will have their annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Each year, SMFD conducts a brief and solemn ceremony consistent with the International Association of Fire Chief recommended protocols. All five community fire stations will participate. The public, especially neighbors of our fire stations, are encouraged to attend at any of the fire stations listed below promptly at 6:45 a.m. at Station 1 1337 7th Street, Station 2 222 Hollister...

  • Santa Monica College to Honor Constitution Day with Two Free Talks by Popular Legal Scholars

    Santa Monica College

    SANTA MONICA, CA - Santa Monica College (SMC) will honor Constitution Day this year with two informative talks about the U.S. Constitution. University of Southern California (USC) law professor Jody Armour will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) onTuesday, September 12. UC Berkeley School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky will speak at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 14. Each talk will be followed by a brief discussion and Q&A moderated by SMC English professor Hari Vishwanadha. Both talks are free...

  • What are Delayed Requirement Credits and How Do They Affect Your Social Security Payout?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Sep 13, 2023

    Ask Rusty – Why Is my Age 70 Benefit not Higher Than My January Amount? Dear Rusty: I plan to retire in 2025 (the year I turn 70). Given that I'm still working, I'm delaying my Social Security until that year. I noticed on my Social Security statement that my payment in January of 2025 will not be much different than my age 70 amount in October of 2025. If that is truly the case, would it not be better for me to start taking Social Security payments starting in January of 2025. Am I missing a...

  • Does the Los Angeles County Public Health Department Still Have Any Credibility?

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Health Department is telling us they "have been seeing a gradual and consistent rise in COVID-19 transmission" over the past few weeks. This alleged information, unsupported by any reliable data, is accompanied by various recommendations, including a plug for the latest iteration of the Covid vaccine. After three-and-a-half years of recommendations from the health department, headed by a non-doctor, non-epidemiologist - none of which stemmed or in any...

  • 10,000 Gallons of Sewage Enters Storm Drains and Closes Beaches for 1 Mile Around Ballona Creek

    LA Department of Public Health|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a beach closure for the following areas due to the release of approximately 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage: Charley Beach The area ½ mile north of Ballona Creek and ½ mile south of Ballona Creek Public Health officials are advising residents or visitors planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to avoid contact with ocean water and wet sand in the areas noted above. The cause of the sewage d...

  • "Sandra, something happens to you that's completely different when you have a brush in your hand."

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 - Artist Sandra Frankel looks at California, and paints it, in her own, unique way, with bold colors and passionate brushstrokes. Raised in what she describes as a "rundown beach house" in Malibu, she believes art was something intrinsic to her soul. By age three, she'd already declared she would become an artist. Today, Frankel has an intaglio print, "Players in the Game," in the permanent collection of the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Other paintings of hers hang in...

  • Why is the City Removing Trees from Maple Street in Ocean Park?

    Jason Cornwell, Maple Street Resident|Sep 13, 2023

    To the Editor: I’m hoping that this brief email get’s to the correct people in the city government and that it doesn’t fall on deaf ears. As a 16 year resident of Sunset Park, and a business owner, I’ve built my family and business in our lovely city. In particular, I purchased my home on Maple Street because of the beauty and shade the mature ficus trees offered. Tree coverage is the once thing you cannot really buy - only time and patience will provide. So you will understand that I was hor...

  • Goodbye Norma Jeane - Marilyn Monroe's Final Home To Be Demolished

    Christine Peake,|Sep 13, 2023

    Is nothing sacred in Hollywood? Does history account for nothing? A golden era which is long gone and almost forgotten is about to become a little bleaker. The only home that Marilyn Monroe owned and was tragically found dead in, is about to be destroyed as mercilessly as she was by the Hollywood machine that used her up. If the walls in the late icon's former residence could talk, they would whisper tales and secrets far more intriguing and glamorous that today's Instagram selfies, of that I...