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Articles from the December 23, 2016 edition

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  • Bilingual Employee Sues Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. For Racial And National Origin Discrimination Over Its English Only Rule

    Zane|Dec 23, 2016

    Maria Zhunio, A Hispanic female, who is bilingual in Spanish and English filed a lawsuit, in Supreme Court Queens County, State of New York alleging Racial and National Origin discrimination against, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. According to the suit, Ms. Zhunio was first hired as a counter person in 2007, worked at various Chipotle locations, was promoted to Kitchen Manager and again promoted to Service Manager. She supervised approximately 15 employees (the majority of which were bilingual Spa...

  • Ted Winterer Elected Mayor of Santa Monica; Gleam Davis is Mayor Pro Tem

    Constance Farrell, City of SM|Dec 23, 2016

    At its special meeting Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to select Ted Winterer as Santa Monica's next mayor and Gleam Davis as mayor pro tempore. "This is a tremendous honor and I am humbled and thrilled to serve as your mayor," said Mayor Ted Winterer. "I look forward to the work ahead with Mayor Pro Tem Davis and to the challenges and successes we are sure to see to keep Santa Monica the special place that it is." Mayor Ted Winterer is a 25-year Santa Monica resident...

  • The King and Anna: Does Mutual Respect Inevitably Lead to Love?

    Ron Irwin|Dec 23, 2016

    The roots run very deep for the "The King and I" starting with the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860's. Those compelling memoirs were molded into the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" written by Margaret Landon in 1944. By 1951 the Rogers and Hammerstein Tony Award winning Broadway hit "The King and I" was launched. Since then the story has been told many times on Broadway, London's West End and on national U.S. tour. Only last year "The Kin...

  • Carrie Fisher in Stable Condition at UCLA Medical Center, Following Heart Attack

    Observer Staff|Dec 23, 2016

    Update: Dec. 23, 5 PM: Carrie Fisher is in stable condition after suffering a major heart attack on a flight, the Associated Press reports, citing the actress' brother Todd Fisher. He told the AP that his sister was “out of emergency” and stabilized at a Los Angeles hospital, but declined to offer further details. "I ask everyone to pray for her," he said. Update: 2:46 PM PT -- We're told when the plane landed paramedics worked on Carrie for 15 minutes with CPR before they were able to get a p...

  • Australian Academy announces Nominees for 6th AACTA International Awards

    AACTA|Dec 23, 2016

    The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), today announced the twelve films nominated for the 6th AACTA International Awards across seven categories – Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA leads the way with six nominations, followed closely by LA LA LAND and Australian films LION and HACKSAW RIDGE (fresh from receiving nine Awards at the 6th AACTA Awards presente...

  • The Busiest Day of the Year for the Postman, Who Won't Even Ring Twice.

    Observer Staff|Dec 23, 2016

    My people have a word for people who wait in line to mail packages just before Christmas: Goyim. Monday was the busiest mailing day of the year for the United States Postal Service, reports the New York Times. Today, the USPO will handle 611 million cards, letters and packages. Sue Brennan, a spokeswoman for the post office, told the Times that Christmas did not exactly catch the organization by surprise. "We plan all year for this," she said. "This is something that we've done for 240 years,...

  • Santa VS Jesus - This Season's Most Controversial Holiday Card Game - Is Now Available In The States

    Zane|Dec 23, 2016

    The new hotly debated irreverent card game generating recent controversy and praise in the United Kingdom, Santa VS Jesus, is now available in the States through After Ho Ho Ho'ing and Hallelujah'ing its way through Europe Santa VS Jesus is ready to be played this holiday season with close friends and family members who aren't afraid to live on the edge and stir-up a bit of good-hearted trouble with this fun tongue-in-cheek game. The card game is based on the age-old battle, who...

  • City Could Evict Airport Tenants and Close Operations, In Spite of the Federal Government

    Jonathan Stein, Attorney|Dec 23, 2016

    For the second time since Santa Monica Airport was set to close in July 2015, a brand new jet service is setting up new scheduled services. Jet flight operations are up 15% since July 2015, when all jet tenants agreed explicitly in writing to leave – the "surrender clauses" in their leases. 15 jets owned by a billionaire and others have paid no rent for one year and have not been asked to leave. The City Council and City staff are on the side of residents and have taken two actions that are "...

  • Dehumidifier Recall Following 450 Fires and $19 Million in Property Damage

    Zane|Dec 23, 2016

    Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using these recalled dehumidifiers. Manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances, of China, the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazards to consumers. There have been more than 2,000 reported incidents of the dehumidifiers overheating, causing 450 reported fires andresulting in more than $19 million in property damage. The items have been sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe's, Menards, Mills...

  • Panasonic Backs Solar Acquisition Program Throughout North America by Coronal Energy

    Zane|Dec 23, 2016

    Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, has announced plans to substantially increase the number of solar PV projects it will acquire in 2017 and 2018. The ambitious program will support a rapidly expanding solar pipeline in North America that already totals over three gigawatts under development. "While many companies are retrenching, Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, is in growth mode," said Jonathan Jaffrey, chairman and CEO of Coronal Energy™. "We are fortunate to be backed by a Fortune G...

  • Flash Flood Warning LA County - Evacuate or Take 2nd Floor Shelter Downstream from Burn Areas

    Zane|Dec 23, 2016

    Affected Area: Los Angeles The National Weather Service In Oxnard Has Issued A * Flash Flood Warning For The Old Burn Area In Western Los Angeles County In Southwestern California... * Until 1115 PM PST * At 914 PM Pst, Doppler Radar Indicated Heavy Rain With Rainfall Rates Exceeding One Half Inch Per Hour Across The Old Burn Area. Additional Heavy Rain Offshore Is Expected To Move Over The Bur Area. Flash Flooding With Mud And Debris Flows Is Expected To Begin Shortly. * Some Locations That...