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Articles from the October 18, 2021 edition

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  • First-time Sailor Rescues Woman From 12-Hour Open Ocean Ordeal

    Koz Khosravani, Marina del Rey|Oct 18, 2021

    On my first attempt to sail outside the Marina del Rey harbor, I saved a very young woman in the middle of the ocean. I am still shaking about the horror she faced for 12 hours in darkness in the ocean with no life jacket or anything whatsoever. I am not religious nor that spiritual but one must wonder about this universe! Consider these facts: 1: I acquired this boat just about a month or so ago and learned sailing just a few weeks ago! Most sailors with decades or over half the century of...

  • Gascon's Staff Accuses Him of Political Cronyism in Lawsuit

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Oct 18, 2021

    Los Angeles, October 14, 2021 - The Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County (ADDA) is seeking an injunction in Superior Court to prevent District Attorney George Gascon from continuing to violate the law by again appointing ineligible political supporters to civil service protected positions in the District Attorney's Office. This action is necessary to preserve the status quo while the Civil Service Commission hears the ADDA appeals of prior ineligible political...

  • Ramon Batista Named New Santa Monica Police Chief

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2021

    Ramon Batista, Jr., a 35-year law enforcement veteran, has been appointed as the new Santa Monica Police Chief, city officials announced on Thursday. He starts his new post with an annual salary of $298,788 on Monday, October 18. Batista, who is taking over for interim Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, comes to Santa Monica from Mesa, Arizona's third-largest city, where he served as police chief. Before that time, he spent 30 years rising through the ranks of the Tucson Police Department, including...

  • Santa Monica to Start Major Pico Blvd Street Resurfacing Project October 18

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2021

    Traffic may heavy and possibly brutal on the west side of town for the next four weeks. Between Monday, October 18, and November 12, the city of Santa Monica contractor, Excel Paving, will grind out top 2-inch layer of the asphalt street and repave with new fresh asphalt pavement on segments of five major streets, officials announced this week. The segments are: 4th Street between Palisades Ave and Wilshire Blvd. 6th Street between Montana Ave and Wilshire Blvd. Neilson Way between Pico Blvd....

  • Austin Releases 5 Men Linked to Gang-Related Homicide; Former NBA Players Indicted in Insurance Fraud Scheme; Newsom Approves Process to Decertify Policemen; Sheriff Won't Enforce Vaccine Mandate; and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Oct 18, 2021

    California federal court announces vaccine mandate for workers--The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California now requires all employees, volunteers and judiciary contractors working onsite be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Kiry Gray, the clerk of the court, issued the policy on Friday. The announcement referred to the mandate as "necessary to combat the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health and safety of the court's employees, volunteers and contractors, as well as...

  • SM City Council Approves Revised 2021-29 Housing Element Update

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2021

    The Santa Monica City Council this week adopted the revised 2021-2029 Housing Element Update, which "prioritizes 100% affordable housing in city-owned land" and "addresses historic discrimination and satisfies affirmatively furthering fair housing." The vote was not unanimous. Councilmember Gleam Davis and Mayor Pro Tem Kristin McCowan gave the thumbs down to the plan. At its Tuesday night meeting, the Council also voted unanimously to approve the Environmental Impact Report for Santa Monica's...

  • Two Billion People Transfixed By the Indian Premiere League Cricket tournament in Dubai

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2021

    7: Thirty-five Degrees Celsius. 95 Farenheit. Scorching heat in the desert. Stadium full of obsessed fans in yellow and blue shirts. But the real heat is on the pitch as the most awaited sporting event in the world resumed at the Dubai International Cricket stadium, United Arab Emirates on September 19th. Two arch-rivals, the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings battled it out for a spot in the playoffs. They were playing in the Indian Premiere League (IPL), a Cricket tournament,...

  • Amazon Manipulates Search Results to Boost its Own Products and Copies Popular Products for its Own Brand

    The Counterfeit Report|Oct 18, 2021

    October 14, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Amazon is running a systematic campaign of copying products and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines, according to a Reuters Special Report. Rigged search results and creating knockoff products under its own brand are highlighted from a trove of internal Amazon documents that provide a rare unvarnished look, in the company's own words, into business practices that Amazon has denied for years. Internal documents seen by Reuters show for th...

  • How to Apply for Social Security: the Basics

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Oct 18, 2021

    Ask Rusty – About the Basics of Applying for Social Security Dear Rusty: I am planning to apply for Social Security in May of 2022 and would like to understand how to file. I will be taking it when I am 62. Signed: Ready to Retire Dear Ready to Retire: Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! You should apply for your Social Security benefits about 3 months before you wish benefits to begin (you will tell them the month you want benefits to start when you apply). Since you plan to apply a...

  • Significant and Unavoidable Impacts on Key City Services and Infrastructure From Building 8,895 New Housing Units Per State Order

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Oct 18, 2021

    October 12, 2021 - The final Environmental Impact Report for the state-ordered addition of 8,895 new housing units to Santa Monica over the next 8 years reveals the projection of significant and unavoidable impacts on air quality, historic resources, fire protection services, education, recreational facilities, water sustainability, and Vehicle Miles Traveled thresholds. And that is only the negative effects that Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, the city's environmental...

  • Paris Hilton rocked the Red Carpet with her plaid ensembles, mini skirt and over the knee black suede boots

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2021

    On Tuesday, September 21,2021 the "16th Annual Christmas in September" fundraiser for Children's Hospital Los Angles was held at The Abbey Food and Bar. This glamorous event was hosted by Kathy Hilton, Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild and sponsored by Ketel One. This civic event helps solicit thousands of toys for Children's Hospital Los Angeles during the time of the year when they need them the most There was a Red Carpet, Meet and Greet from 6-7 pm and the main event 7-9pm. There was...