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Articles from the October 10, 2016 edition

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  • Deceptive Advertising Won't Fool the People: Measure LV Will End Over-development, Traffic

    Tricia Crane, SMCLC|Oct 10, 2016

    Recently a pro-developer political action committee called HOME sent out a flyer to Santa Monica residents that was full of disinformation about ballot Measure LV, which seeks to do one thing: give voters the final say in the approval of large development projects. Here is a point by point response to HOME and its lies from those who advocate YES on Measure LV. #1 "No on LV" Lie: Voter approval would be required to rebuild after an earthquake. Truth: Santa Monica's existing Municipal Code...

  • 2016 Top Ten List of America's Best Haunted Houses|Oct 10, 2016

    The calendar has made its ceremonial flip to October and that means fear seekers are descending upon haunted houses all across America. Each Halloween season, thousands of professional haunted house attractions gear up to deliver the latest and greatest in live horror entertainment. But this year, only 10 of them hit all the marks delivering thrilling entertainment worthy of being included on's list of "America's Best Haunts." Curious to know where the nation's most feared...

  • Fly Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba beginning Jan. 5 on Alaska Airlines

    Oct 10, 2016

    Alaska Airlines will launch an historic new flight to Havana, Cuba beginning Jan. 5, 2017. The daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles is among the first regularly scheduled commercial flights to the island country in more than 50 years, and is the only nonstop flight to Cuba from the West Coast. "This is a historic year for U.S. travelers, who can now fly to Cuba from the U.S. on scheduled commercial service for the first time in more than 50 years," said Andrew Harrison, Alaska's chief...

  • Suspect Who Slugged a Woman on Camera Last Week, Turns Himself In to LA Police.

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 10, 2016

    LA Resident Michael Fino, 44, has turned himself in to police for punching a woman and tossing other bystanders. He has been charged criminally with battery. The event occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, near the intersection of Pacific Street and Windward Avenue. This is a very busy intersection one block from the beach and Venice boardwalk, where the old "VENICE" sign is visible. The original buildings built in Venice are on that intersection. Surveillance video captured the...

  • Santa Monica High Creepy Clowns are Creepier than Culver City High's, 6 to Nothing.

    Observer Staff|Oct 10, 2016

    In his first e mail to parents, Santa Monica High School's new principal Antonio Shelton warned about Creepy Clowns. No, seriously. We can't make up stuff like this. Here's the text of the letter: A message from SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL Good afternoon. This message is to inform you that our school district is aware of what is being described as a social media hoax that is being spread to schools/school districts across the U.S. and we have now learned, directed at Samohi. As with other schools...

  • Breaking: Widespread Google Search Outage Reported Early Tuesday Morning

    Observer Staff|Oct 10, 2016

    A widespread outage on certain Google products has been reported at 1:28 am PST, October 11, 2016. says it has 50 reports of inability to login into Gmail, other Google products in US, Australia. Google Adsense is reporting obviously incorrect figures. We are able to use search and Gmail functions here in Los Angeles County, California. Google is the world's largest search engine. The company also offers Youtube, Android phones, Google maps, Google Talk and the Google + platform...