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Articles from the November 22, 2021 edition

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  • Yen Stablecoin $GYEN in a Standoff With Coinbase, Other Major Crypto Currency Exchanges

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2021

    2/19: Beginning on Friday Los Angeles time, Coinbase froze the Yen based Stablecoin GYEN. This just three days after GYEN and also POWR began trading on Coinbase and other exchanges. Before they froze it, the crypto-currency which should be fixed at the price of one yen, rose to 5 cents each. GYEN should be worth .88 cents each (less than one U.S. cent), the value of the real Japanese Yen. The company behind the GYEN initial coin offering, Trust Company, says that GYEN is "the first r...

  • Saving the US Postal Service From Budget Cuts, Politics and Neglect Must be a National Priority

    Chuck Levin, Special to the Observer|Nov 22, 2021

    Saving the United States Postal Service and stopping disingenuous forces from dismantling and privatizing it must be a national priority. We have witnessed the destruction of our post office and that must end, service levels must be restored and expanded, postage rates reduced; PO box rental prices slashed and new PO boxes added, local post offices re-opened, mail boxes that this postmaster general blatantly confiscated weeks before a national election must all be returned; and of course new...

  • Pico Branch Library Reopens for In-Person Services December 1

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2021

    The Pico Branch Library will reopen for in-person services beginning Wednesday, December 1, city officials announced this week. "We couldn't be more thrilled to reopen our beloved branch in the Pico neighborhood and welcome our patrons back inside the facility," said Interim Library Director Erica Cuyugan. "Our team is focused on activating services to meet community needs. It has been heartwarming to see our youth and families come back for safe, in-person programs." Visitors to the library,...

  • Robber Pulls Gun and Shoots When Victim Tries to Follow His Car in Santa Monica

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 22, 2021

    2/18 - Police are asking for witnesses to come forward regarding an armed robbery that occurred Monday, November 15 at around 2:00 pm. A man had parked his car in the 2600 block of 34th Street, near Pearl, when a black sedan stopped in front of him. A white or Hispanic male got out of the front passenger seat of the black sedan and walked to the victim's vehicle. Wearing black bandana over the lower half of his face, he pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's cell phone and wallet. Once...

  • How do Congressional Pay Increases Compare to Cost of Living Increases for Social Security?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Nov 22, 2021

    Ask Rusty – About Computing COLA and Congressional Pay Increases Dear Rusty: What determines the amount of the cost of living increase for Social Security as compared to the cost of living increase for Congress? Last year Social Security got less than 2 percent, while Congress got a 10 percent cost of living increase. Why the double standard? What items are used to determine the cost of living increase? Signed: Inquiring Mind Dear Inquiring Mind: I'm happy to explain how the annual Cost of L...

  • New Scientific Paper Suggests that Cylindrical Object That Passed By Earth, Was In Fact an Alien Spacecraft

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2021

    A paper published today at, suggests that the cylindrical meteor or other object that passed through the solar system in 2017, may not have had a natural origin. The paper is entitled "Not saying it was aliens, but 'Oumuamua probably wasn't a nitrogen iceberg." Written by Matt Williams of Universe Today, the paper disagrees with the theory that the object was nitrogenous debris from the outer solar system. A long excerpt is below. Other evidence for Oumuamua being a space probe from...

  • The Removal of the Chairs on the Promenade is a Cynical Solution to Santa Monica's Vagrant Problem

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Nov 22, 2021

    Public seating has been removed from the Third Street Promenade from Monday through Thursday. The chairs are replaced over the weekend when more actual shoppers arrive to spend time there. "Unhoused individuals...appeared to be monopolizing the chairs," Downtown Santa Monica Inc spokesperson Kevin Herrerra reportedly told The Santa Monica Sun. The move was suggested originally by business and property owners along the Promenade, according to property owner John Alle. "The chairs were being...

  • Santa Monica Seeking Volunteers to Count the Homeless in January

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2021

    Santa Monica is looking for a few hundred volunteers to count the homeless people in their city. City officials announced this week that the annual Santa Monica homeless count will be held on January 26, 2022, after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. "The Homeless Count has long been one of my favorite evenings of the year because of the outpouring of support to address our daunting challenge as a city and as a society," said Mayor Sue Himmelrich. "Thank you to the hundreds of people who...

  • Santa Monica student to dance Clara role In Westside Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the Broad Stage after two year drought

    Jewels Solheim-Roe, Westside Ballet Community Outreach|Nov 22, 2021

    Westside Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker has been a beloved Los Angeles classic since 1973, providing the perfect opportunity to introduce children to classical music and dance, and in so doing, showcasing the value of the performance arts––a point considered more poignant than ever after the collective nearly two-year drought of live entertainment and arts events throughout the pandemic. The whole family can expect to be entranced once more by the production's lavish scenes and costumes...

  • Santa Monica Holiday Events: Winterlit Holiday Lights and Festivities Transform Downtown Santa Monica

    Chanin Victor, Observer Calendar Editor

    Calendar Events "Self-Care Saturdays" Continue on the Third Street Promenade Through December 2021. Free workouts every Saturday morning plus a pop-up market featuring local artisan vendors and sustainable brands. Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. in partnership with Fit Girl Club LA is hosting Self-Care Saturdays weekly through December 18 on the Third Street Promenade. Classes are free and vary per week with a diverse mix of workout styles including yoga, pilates, Krav Maga, dance cardio,...

  • District Attorney Gascon Works to Release Juvenile Murderers After a Fraction of Their Sentence and Won't be Sentencing Juveniles for Anything Other Than Murder and Rape

    Kathleen Cady, Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Nov 22, 2021

    District Attorney George Gascón's blanket "Youth Justice Policy" is retraumatizing victims whose cases were concluded years ago. Family after family has been told that the person who murdered their loved one and was sentenced to prison will be released. Sixteen and 17-year-olds who commit exceptionally heinous and brutal crimes, who are repeat offenders, or whose crimes exhibit adult sophistication can legally be charged in criminal court. Prior to Proposition 57, the decision whether to ke...

  • Daytime Robbery of Dagwoods' Patrons is Inevitable Result of Soft Response to Lesser Crimes

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Nov 22, 2021

    November 17, 2021 - On Saturday, two patrons of Dagwoods Pizza were robbed during the lunch hour by a man claiming to have a gun. The two men were seated on the outdoor patio of the restaurant located just east of Lincoln Boulevard on Wilshire when they were approached by what the surveillance video shows to be a heavyset black man with a backpack. The man, later identified as Jamar Daniels, 39, allegedly told the two men he had a gun. After robbing them of an undisclosed amount of cash, he...