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Articles from the December 16, 2019 edition

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  • 'Light My Way Home' Holiday concert Starring Vocalist Mandy Dickson

    Tim Lillis,

    'Light My Way Home' is a holiday concert experience not to be missed! In its second year running, this magical multi-media show brings attendees back in time with classic holiday music from iconic holiday movies! Relive all of your favorite moments from Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, White Christmas, It's A Wonder Life, and many more with internationally acclaimed vocalist Mandy Dickson! Dickson is a global sensation who has performed with countless ensembles including the Tokyo Philharmonic...

  • No room at the Inn? Blame the Ninth Circuit and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 16, 2019

    The annual display of nativity scenes will return to Santa Monica this December, but they will be located on church property, rather than in a public park. Personally, I blame the Flying Spaghetti Monster. No, seriously. In 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Establishment clause barring the State from establishing a religion, requires that the City hold a lottery to determine which organizations would be allowed to erect nativity scenes in Palisades Park. Satanists won some choice booths,...

  • Embarrassed City Council Halts Construction at the Santa Monica Airport

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Dec 16, 2019

    Following a unanimous resolution by the Santa Monica Airport Commission opposing construction of a 'temporary' facility for the city's Public Landscape Division (PLD) at the airport, and numerous articles in local newspapers about it, the City Council directed the construction be halted. For now. Construction of an $800,000 facility for the PLD, the division that takes care of the city's parks, began at the airport over the summer, surprising and alarming nearby residents, who'd been given no...

  • Santa Monica City Yard Modernization is a Waste of Money

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Dec 16, 2019

    The City of Santa Monica is spending over $116 million to modernize (i.e., rebuild) their City Yards near Bergamot Station, but the project, on which construction began in July, is already exposing its inadequacy. The modernization project includes demolishing thirteen buildings on the site that date from the 1940s and replacing them with six new buildings. However, missing from the plan is any sort of recycling center or space for the Public Landscape Division's (PLD) Park maintenance staff....

  • SMPD Arrests Transient Joseph Jean Gilbert, 30, in Assault of 87 year old Retired Doctor

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 16, 2019

    Santa Monica Police have arrested 30-year-old transient Joseph Jean Gilbert, for assaulting an elderly man. Long-time Santa Monica resident Dr. R.L. Wong was buying coffee at the Coffee Bean on 9th and Wilshire, on Saturday morning. The 79-year-old man,, who uses a cane, then walked slowly to the corner of Lincoln and Wilshire. The corner is bordered by Reed Park, Chase Bank, 7-11, and the Prosper Hotel. There is also a city video camera at the intersection. Right after he crossed the street,...

  • SMPD Arrest in Nov. 16th Assault on Elderly Woman on 7th Street, South of Pico Blvd

    Observer Staff|Dec 16, 2019

    "We had an attack on an elderly woman on November 16 when she was walking home from a local store," writes Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, SMPD. "Our detectives identified the suspect and made the arrest working with Sacramento PD. We are asking the public's help in identifying any other potential victims," she writes. On November 16 2019, at approximately 6pm, Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a radio call of a brutal assault that just occurred on a sidewalk in the 2100...

  • Allegedly Illegal Pot Dispensary "Grace" on Pico Blvd in West LA Subject to Raid, Arrests

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 16, 2019

    The BCC, LAPD and Dept of Fish and Game and other agencies participated in the 2 pm Tuesday raid of a purportedly illegal marijuana clinic on Tuesday afternoon, December 10th. At least 20 officers were seen lining up the rather genteel looking staff from Grace on a Pico Blvd sidewalk, handcuffed as they chatted with each other about holiday plans. "Dude. It's like, totally legal to sell weed in California. But you got to get the permits first, dude. And pay the taxes," explained one officer, as...

  • Peggy Ann Martin-McIntyre, of Santa Monica, 82

    Sherry McIntyre|Dec 16, 2019

    Peggy Ann Martin-McIntyre, of Santa Monica peacefully passed away with loved ones by her side at the age of 82, Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 at NVM Comfort Homes in Granada Hills, CA She was born in Bell, CA on December 28, 1936 to the parents of the late Albert and Louise (Moon) Martin of Oxnard, CA. A graduate of Santa Monica High School, Peggy resided in Santa Monica for the greater part of her adult life. She is survived by her three children, James Connelly of Santa Monica, Sherry McIntyre of...

  • City of Santa Monica Announces Settlement with AIRBNB in Civil Lawsuit

    Observer Staff|Dec 16, 2019

    The City of Santa Monica just announced a settlement with AIRBNB. AIRBNB is a website and smart phone App that permits tenants to sublease their homes as temporary vacation rentals. Demand for rentals and hotel rooms in Santa Monica is extremely strong. A rent controlled apartment in Santa Monica might rent for as little as $1500 a month. An AIRBNB rental for that same one bedroom, would net the tenant $120 a day, or $3600 over an entire month, netting the tenant $2000 or so. By comparison, a...

  • Coffee with a Cop at the Holiday Substation on the Santa Monica Promenade

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 16, 2019

    We had a nice chat with Lieutenant Bill Heric of the Santa Monica Police Department at the "Coffee with a Cop" event Tuesday morning held at the holiday pop-up substation on the Third Street Promenade. The substation is a cheerfully appointed storefront right on the promenade in the block closest to Broadway. A spiffy, polished police bicycle sits in the window as if it's for sale. Inside, a number of uniformed individuals were quick to greet all comers and invite them to ask their questions....