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Articles from the December 15, 2017 edition

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  • Bitcoin Futures Begin to Trade: No Immediate Effect on Cryptocurrencies Yet

    Stan Greene|Dec 15, 2017

    As bitcoin futures began to trade Sunday at 6 pm EST, some predicted more stability in the volatile cryptocurrency. That theory appears to be correct an hour and a half into trading. As bitcoin itself moved up to about $14,900, XBT, the bitcoin future, traded somewhat higher for the January 2018 contract. XBT18 traded at $15,350. Meaning that traders saw it moving at least 3 % higher by next month. The alternative theory is that futures will actually cause Bitcoin to trade lower. Futures...

  • Costs of Selling Real Estate Increase in 2017, May Rise in 2018

    Sharon Sharp, Escrow LA|Dec 15, 2017

    I have found over the years most sellers and buyers are not familiar with typical costs they will incur when selling or buying a home, they are shocked when they receive their estimated closing statement. It is important for you to know what to expect when you decide to sell your home or when you decide to purchase a home. Ask your Escrow Officer for an estimated closing statement as soon as you decide to list a property or when you start looking for a home to purchase. Typically, the seller...

  • Guests Evacuated as Fire Erupts at Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

    Observer Staff|Dec 15, 2017

    A fire broke out Saturday afternoon at the tall Huntley Hotel just above the Third Street Promenade. Passers by phoned into the Santa Monica Fire Department as the restaurant on the tall hotel began to burn. Fire crews arrived minutes later and found a large volume of fire visible on the exterior of the top floor of the 18 story high rise building at Second Street North of Wilshire. "Due to the complexity of the building, a 2nd Alarm was immediately requested which brought in crews from the Los...

  • Candy Cane Express: Santa Monica Police Dept, Fire Fighters & Santa Claus Visit Local Parks

    Observer Staff|Dec 15, 2017

    Every year Santa Monica policemen, Fire fighters and paramedics give out candy canes and allow kids to have their photos taken with Santa. The official press release reads in part as follows: Santa Claus is coming to town with Santa Monica's police officers and firefighters leading the way as he makes his way around town. Santa and his public safety helpers will be distributing good cheer and thousands of candy canes as part of the 25th Annual "Candy Cane Drive." Everyone is invited to join in...

  • The World's Most Expensive Scorched Real Estate Along the #405Fire in Bel Air

    Observer Staff|Dec 15, 2017

    It's not shocking to those used to Chaparral fires in So Cal, but blackened hillsides are visible during the drive through the Sepulveda pass on the 405 freeway in West Los Angeles. This is an area where an undeveloped, 5000 square foot lot would have a theoretical value of $3,000,000 or more. So it may be the most expensive completely burned land on the planet. The Skirball Center Fire, as it is sometimes known, fire burned 422 acres -- that's an area very close to the size of UCLA-- and caused...

  • Independent Shakespeare Company Presents a Christmas Carol as an Actor Out Alone

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer

    "A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens" does indeed have all of the important elements of the more typical version of "A Christmas Carol" but it does so with but one man, the exceptionally talented David Melville supported by the talented and beautiful Kalean Ung. So while it is not exactly a one man show by any means it does lack the more common full cast including the Crachit family, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and the three ghosts but they are all well represented through the magic of David...

  • Lyft Honors Drivers on Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 15, 2017

    Ridesharing company Lyft has erected a billboard on Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing just how cool its drivers are. "Thanks to the writers, the strivers the role models. We know you're more than just drivers. So no matter what you're driving toward, we'll help you get there." Lyft has long played second fiddle to Uber, which is regarded as the highest valued privately held corporation in the world. Uber is valued at over $100 billion, while Lyft is valued around $7.5 billion. Like many...

  • SM City Council Moves 2018 Pier #TwilightConcert Series to After Labor Day

    Observer Staff|Dec 15, 2017

    Really, you can blame Khalid for this one. After 60,000 people came to see Khalid perform on June 22, 2017, the rapper tweeted: "Around 60,000 people came out to Santa Monica to see me last night at the free show. The Staples Center holds 21,000 people. Holy f*ck." Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks apparently said pretty much the same thing. She (and others) complained to the Staff and Council and it was decided that something must be done. Seabrooks estimated that the full pier deck (which has...

  • Movement to Recall Mike Bonin & Vision Zero Great Streets

    Nancy Kaufman, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 15, 2017

    Since last summer, divisiveness has grown in Mar Vista over the "road diets," that City Council member Mike Bonin implemented, as part of the Los Angeles' " Vision Zero Great Streets" initiative that included improving traffic safety. Grass roots group, "Recall Bonin," has been going after the Venice Boulevard lane reductions in it's effort to unseat Mike Bonin in Council District 11, which spans several regions of the Westside, including Mar Vista, Venice, and Playa del Rey. Last June, Council...

  • Fire Breaks Out in Ocean Park Condominium

    Dec 15, 2017

    3/13 Firefighters responded to 425 Marine Street at 4:49 p.m. Firefighters arrived in 4 minutes and 23 seconds to find a 3 story town - home complex with an active fire on the 1st floor. The building contained 6 units, with each unit being 2 floors plus a loft area. Firefighters were able to confine and extinguish the fire before it could extend to the upper floor s or adjacent units. The unit was in the process of being remodeled , so no one was inside at the time. Neighbors were able to...

  • Montana Avenue Holiday Walk Excels In Festive Family Fun

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 15, 2017

    Every year hundreds of families flock to the annual Montana Holiday Walk, and this year was no exception with record numbers attending. The ten scenic blocks were packed with entertainment for all. Carol singers and jazz musicians provided authentic entertainment, stores kindly provided holiday treats and cookies and drinks including warm apple cider which was a family favorite provided by Engle & Volkers real estate firm who as always went the extra mile and provided Santa Claus, hundreds of ch...