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Articles from the December 23, 2020 edition

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  • $1 Million Dollar Fine for ignoring California Coastal Commission is Actually Small Potatoes for Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

    Pamela J. Johnson, Los Angeles County District Attorney Office|Dec 23, 2020

    The owners of a luxury hotel built in Santa Monica without the required permits have agreed to pay a total of $1 million in penalties and restitution, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. The final judgment, approved Dec. 14 by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr, provides discounted and affordable room rates. "The planning and permitting process ensures our community has the opportunity to provide input into what our neighborhoods look and feel...

  • "Asia" Selected as Israel's Flagship Film for the International Category at the Academy Awards in 2021.

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 23, 2020

    The 34th Israel Film festival, largest exhibit of Israeli Cinema in North America, opens in Los Angeles on December 13-27, 2020 online. The Opening Night Film was "Asia", winner of nine Ophir Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Ruthy Pribar, and Best Supporting Actress for Shira Hass who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix 's Unorthodox. "Asia" has been selected as Israel's official choice for the International Category at the Academy Awards 2021. Meir Fenigstein,...

  • 'Kingdom of the Sweets" provides a welcome reprieve - celebrating the resilience of local dancers in Holiday favorite

    Jewels Solheim-Roe, Special to the Observer|Dec 23, 2020

    For 47 consecutive years, Southern California's longest running production of The Nutcracker has delighted audiences of all ages. This year in the age of Covid – with renewed determination, grace, and grit – Westside Ballet of Santa Monica will bring to life selected pieces from Tchaikovsky's beloved score for all to enjoy, albeit in different ways––virtually and in masks. "Kingdom of the Sweets," Westside Ballet's abbreviated 2020 Nutcracker, will be showcased on Vimeo on Friday, December 18th....

  • Prison Covid Super Surge In Progress, says our source at California Institution for Women

    Amber S. Jackson|Dec 23, 2020

    If the amount of positive tests in my housing unit mirror the entire California Institution for Women's prison population's stats, then this prison is experiencing what can only be described as a Prison Covid Super Surge!! As you know, I'm a prisoner at the CIW in Corona, California. I've lived in the same unit since long before the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. I'm loath to keep on writing about Covid-19 related issues. I'm sick of thinking about, talking about and hearing about the Covid-19!!...

  • The First Amendment is under siege – and most Americans know it

    Robert Charles, Association of Mature American Citizens|Dec 23, 2020

    First, digital conversations on "matters of public concern," legally the centerpiece of First Amendment jurisprudence, were consistently blocked by partisan social media operators throughout the 2020 election cycle. That alone is arresting; it has changed public access to information and calls for action. Social media moved from offering a "public forum" (with concurrent legal duties, including openness) to a "content editor" (typically imposing higher liability, such as for defamation), then...

  • Formal Demand Calls for Do-Over Vote to Select Santa Monica Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem

    Olga Zurawska, Special to the Observer|Dec 23, 2020

    A Demand to Cure and Correct alleges a Brown Act violation regarding the selection of Council leadership, calls for Council to conduct new vote without participation of Councilmember McCowan. Letter sent on December 18, 2020 to Mayor Himmelrich, City Councilmembers, Interim City Attorney Cardona, Interim City Manager Dilg and City Clerk Anderson-Warren reads: Dear Mayor Himmelrich and Santa Monica Councilmembers, Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54960.1, I am writing to call your...