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Articles from the November 1, 2016 edition

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  • SMPD Closes 4th Street Between Broadway and Olympic in Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Nov 1, 2016

    Update 10:30 AM November 1: 4th Street is back open and there is no sign of police activity. We are informed that 4th Street is shut down between Broadway and Olympic in Santa Monica; this includes the area around the Expo Line Station. The official Alert says "Police Activity" is the reason. Here is the entire alert, which as is typical, contains few details: Westbound 10 freeway 4th street offramp and the area of 4th and Colorado is shut down for police activity. 4th Street is the main...

  • Watermain break shuts down Pico at Westside Pavilion.

    Observer staff|Nov 1, 2016

    A water main break on Pico Blvd in West Los Angeles at the west entrance to the Westside Pavilion, has shut down pico Boulevard in both directions at 11:30 AM Tuesday morning. This is located between Overland Avenue and Westwood Boulevard. A fire hydrant blew and caused this Geyser on pico near Overland in West LA. Pico was closed for 300 feet in either direction. Aging infrastructure has been discussed repeatedly in this year's election campaign both locally and at the national level. In July...

  • Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors Evicted from Private Land in Pipeline's Path

    Observer Staff|Nov 1, 2016

    At least 117 people were arrested in North Dakota on Thursday as police forcibly removed protesters from private property in the Dakota Access pipeline right of way. More standoffs against the 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline continued on Friday, as questions were raised on twitter and Facebook about the fairness of police action against protestors. Comparisons were raised with the Bundy's and their standoff over the Malheur refuge. Hundreds of Native Americans staged a peaceful march up a...

  • What Problems Will Face Our Leaders on November 9th, After the Election

    Stan Greene|Nov 1, 2016

    "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Cicero-55BC We'll all miss this raucous election season, but isn't the bigger problem what priorities to set, rather than which personality to run it. Here's the five biggest problems, and s...

  • Bill Bauer Has Passed. Now, Who in Santa Monica Will Tell Us The Truth?

    Tricia Crane|Nov 1, 2016

    Dear friends: My friend and champion of the people, Bill Bauer, has passed. Our city will not be the same without him. I know I will miss him dearly. He was one of a kind. Bill knew our City and loved our City. In his weekly "My Write" column in the Daily Press, Bill took on the phony politicians and exposed their hypocrisies like an old style journalist. He told the truth and we needed to hear it. He is irreplaceable. It's ironic that even as Bill was forced to discontinue his column because...

  • Update: Local Redwood Tree Gets a Reprieve

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2016

    Update, 10/31: We received another appeal last week as well. The adoration of the neighbors and the charm of the tree, the urban forestry division has decided to leave the redwood standing at this time. The tree is in decline and has significant dieback. We will re-inspect the tree in March 2017. At that point we will reassess the health and its overall vigor.--Peter Provenzale, Urban Forest Supervisor, City of Santa Monica The old, beautiful redwood tree in front of my Santa Monica home is...

  • Evan McMullin May Win Utah, Throw Presidential Election to the House of Representatives

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2016

    They've had it and they're not going to take it any more. Evangelical Christians and social conservatives always had a tenuous relationship with Republican Nominee Donald Trump. They are turning to a clean cut, former Navy Seal in such large numbers, that he has recently polled 20% of likely voters in the State of Utah. Trump polled 32% and Clinton 26% in the Monmouth University poll, released 10/13. Leaders of the Mormon Church have condemned Trump over the tape with Billy Bush released...

  • Monster High Launches Lady Gaga Doll

    Zane|Nov 1, 2016

    Monster High and Born This Way Foundation havr revealed Zomby Gaga, a doll inspired by Lady Gaga to champion kindness, instill bravery, and build a world where young people celebrate their differences. Zomby Gaga, the newest ghoul to be welcomed to Monster High, will be available for pre-order starting October 17 at 9:00AM EST at select retailers for $29.99 USD. Led by six-time Grammy and 2016 Golden Globe winner Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded...

  • Clinton Foundation Paid $12.5M To Address Secret Alien Cabal at Area 51

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 1, 2016

    Hillary Clinton agreed to attend and to deliver a speech to a group of extraterrestrials at Area 51 in Nevada, Wikileaked e mails reveal. In exchange, the Aliens agreed to pay $12.5 million in bitcoin. The Aliens are believed to have renegotiated the deal when Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton showed up instead of Hillary. See photo "No matter what happens, she will be at Area 51 hosting the Space Aliens on May 5-7, 2015," Huma Abedin, a top Hillary Clinton aide, wrote in a November 2014 email...