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Articles from the December 6, 2021 edition

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  • Woof! Dog PPL Opens Private Dog Park in Downtown Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 6, 2021

    What do you do with 20,000 square feet of vacant parking lot in Santa Monica? You turn it into a private dog club, of course. The dogs pay $80 per month to frolic on the astroturf, play with other dogs, eat dog biscuits, and poop wherever they feel like pooping Which of course is every canine's birthright. "NMS Properties owns the land," explains Liam Underwood, the club's Australian proprietor. "They're in between permits at the moment. So they graciously allowed us to use it as a dog park."...

  • Quick-Thinking Guard Thwarts 'Potential Smash and Robbery' at Santa Monica Place

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 6, 2021

    A quick-thinking security guard has thwarted a "potential smash and grab robbery" at Santa Monica Place on Black Friday, said local police who are on high alert due to the recent spate of "flash mob robberies" in California. At 5:30 p.m. on November 26, the Santa Monica Place guard noticed seven vehicles – containing 28 individuals – park in the fire lane in front of Nordstrom, located in the 200 block of Broadway, said Santa Monica Police Department in a statement. "The security team mem...

  • Buena Park Man with AR Rifle, 9 mm Handgun, and Narcotics Arrested in Santa Monica; His Accomplice at Large

    Santa Monica Police Department|Dec 6, 2021

    2/28/21: At about 7:15 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers respond to the 900blk of Ocean Ave. regarding a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived, they located the vehicle, a black Jeep, leaving the area. An officer witnessed the vehicle commit several vehicle code violations. When the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed, striking several parked vehicles and a tree in the 1000 block of 2nd Street. The two...

  • Toppled Homeless Statue Was (and Remains) the Quintessential Symbol of Santa Monica

    Corva Corvax, Satire|Dec 6, 2021

    Artist Ed Massey's statue titled "In the Image," of a seven-foot-tall homeless homeless man was knocked down by vandals around November 30, almost exactly three years after the supposedly temporary statue was erected at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 26th Street. The artwork took the place of a sculpture of a family of mother, father, and children dancing in a fountain, a work that stood for decades in front of the one-time bank building on that corner. Mayor Lou Ellen Camelwealthy...

  • L.A. County Dept. of Public Health Says Vaccinate to Prevent Omicron: Who Trusts These People Any More? And Why?

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Dec 6, 2021

    When the World Health Organization held a press conference regarding the latest variant of concern, Omicron, on November 26, every health department in the country knew they had to issue a response to the most recent panic trigger. Los Angeles County's Department of Public Health was no exception. Like every other official health organization, their reaction is irrational, based on nothing more than the preservation of their reputations and power. "We have uncertainty about the level of vaccine...

  • SMMUSD Now Offering Free Online Tutoring Service to Students

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 6, 2021

    A free, online tutoring service is now available to students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District SMMUSD announced this week announced it will continue its partnership with Paper, a 24/7 online tutoring service for middle and high school students and teachers. Paper is offered free of charge to students in grade 6-12 and available in English or Spanish, district officials said. The platform provides tutoring services and essay reviews for students, as well as activities and...

  • Robert Redford Film About America's Iconic Wild Mustangs and their PTSD Veteran Friends

    Dec 6, 2021

    THE MUSTANGS: AMERICA'S WILD HORSES is an amazing story about America's wild horses from their turbulent history to their uncertain future. It takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or even know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on our public lands and more than 50,000 in government corrals. The film also puts a spotlight on the work of Operation Wild Horse, an organization, that pairs mustangs and veterans with PTSD. Centered around the...