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Articles from the September 26, 2022 edition

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  • Santa Monica City Planning Grants Too Many Variances to Developers. Gelson's Shopping Center is an example.

    Peter Altschuler, Santa Monica Resident|Sep 26, 2022

    The Santa Monica City Planning Department has never from all appearances, met a variance it didn't like. Every one of those exceptions over the years, including those for the Lincoln Center project on the current Gelson's site, has benefitted developers and penalized residents. That was true with the Hines project, the Plaza, and others reaching back to the 1980s. It's enough to make one want to follow the money and look for Cayman bank accounts. Lincoln Center is merely the latest egregious...

  • "Crime is the number one problem in Santa Monica," says Candidate for City Council Armen Melkonians

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2022

    Why do you want to be on the Santa Monica City Council, I asked candidate Armen Melkonians. He said crime and homelessness were out of control problems. The City spends a lot of money on these problems, with no progress. "Our community has gotten crazy out of hand, in terms of crime cleanliness and quietly of life and we need to turn that around. "Homelessness has been a problem in our city for a long time, it's gotten a lot scarier with the increased drug use and the prolonged condition of the...

  • VIDEO: Santa Monica Police Rescue Man Dangling From SM Pier Bridge In Apparent Suicide Attempt

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2022

    Authorities responded to a person threatening to jump off a bridge in Santa Monica Tuesday, causing a traffic tie up as first responders rallied, the SMPD said in a press release. Video of the incident has appeared on the Facebook group Santa Monicans Against Crime, posted by Janet McLaughlin. We watched as SM Police and Firemen pulled reluctant man off the bridge, over the rail and to safety. Police and the SMFD responded to the incident just after 9 a.m. on Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue. A...

  • Meet local legend, Shedly Lengliz-Tutor Extraordinaire

    Liz Angeles, Local Mom|Sep 26, 2022

    Is your child struggling in school? If you're considering a tutor, Shedly Lengliz is a rare gem. We found him when we were in search of a French tutor, but we discovered so many more hidden talents. Because he is from Tunisia, he is multi-lingual and quite gifted. After a year of weekly in-home French classes, my 6-year-old then asked to learn some Chinese, then Latin and even history! His wealth of knowledge really sparks a child's inquisitive nature. Shedly has a special gift for...

  • Local Schools Should Be A Supportive and Kind Culture with Positive Leadership, Says Esther Hickman, Candidate for School Board

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 26, 2022

    “I'm running because I believe in the promise of our public schools. The SMMUSD is "the second wealthiest school district in the country," says Hickman. "Our educational outcomes should reflect that." Hickman believes that recent violence at Santa Monica High School reflects the "hostile environment" there. “A supportive culture for all students and a sense of school pride comes from positive leadership in our schools and will foster an environment more conducive to harmony among the stu...