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Articles from the December 25, 2016 edition

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  • Cougar P22 - The Cat That Changed America: A Mountain Lion Documentary Film

    Tony Lee|Dec 25, 2016

    Mountain lions have been much in the news recently. In November, P-45, a radio-collared male mountain lion in the Santa Monica mountains broke into a pen and killed ten alpacas. Earlier this month, P-39, a female mountain lion, and the mother of three kittens, was killed trying to cross the 118 freeway near Chatsworth. Both incidents highlight the issues of urbanization, connectivity and fragmentation facing our mountain lions living in the Greater Los Angeles area. It is very timely that my...

  • 'Tis the Season for Non-Stop Shopping! Holiday Gift Guide for World Domination

    Kat Thomas, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 25, 2016

    Love it or hate it the Holidays are here! It's time to lighten your wallets as you spread Christmas cheer! Here are some of the Observer's favorites for under the tree! They're the perfect gifts for those deserving of smiles, magic, and jubilee! For the Santa Monica Yogi: Yohola Cork Yoga Mat Once you go cork you never deal with torque! (On the yoga mat that is!) Yohola are the originators of the cork yoga mat, which increases grip the more you sweat (unlike your typical PVC mats)! So say...

  • LAPD Deputy Chief William Scott, 52, Appointed San Francisco Police Chief

    Observer Staff|Dec 25, 2016

    A veteran LAPD deputy chief was appointed Tuesday to be the City of San Francisco's new police chief. His $278,00 a year annual salary will be about half of what Santa Monica pays its police chief, Jacqueline Seabrooks. No, seriously--Santa Monica pays her $478,000 a year. That's over twice as much. The City of San Francisco Police Dept. is ten times bigger than the SMPD. Think about it. William Scott, 52, most recently served as the head of Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau. The...

  • Bill Would Require Trump to Address Conflicts of Interest with Business and Family

    Zane|Dec 25, 2016

    Congresswoman Katherine Clark has introduced legislation to ensure that U.S. Presidents are required to resolve any conflicts of interest with regard to financial interests and official responsibilities. Current law prohibits federal office holders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit. The President and Vice President are currently exempt from this statute. Clark's Presidential Accountability Act removes this exemption and requires the President and Vice President...

  • Dan Goldstein, Who Harassed Ivanka Trump on JetBlue Flight, Bragged About it on Twitter

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 25, 2016

    If you're going to harass Ivanka Trump, her husband and children to the point where you get kicked off the flight, it's probably best not to brag about it on Twitter. Because when you do, everyone knows who you are. "Your father is ruining the country. They ruin the country now they ruin our flight!" said Dan Goldstein to Ivanka, on a Jet Blue flight. Both the gay couple and the Kushner-Trumps had their children with them. Lasner also suggested Ivanka and her family should be on a private...

  • Samohi to Spray Pesticide in Classroom Buildings for Fleas During Winter Break

    SMMUSD|Dec 25, 2016

    Update, 12/15: "We are postponing the planned pesticide treatment at Samohi that had been scheduled for tomorrow morning," says an SMMUSD release. "The treatment will occur during winter break. We will send a new notice out prior to treatment." SamoHi is experiencing a flea problem, and will treat buildings with pesticide this Friday, December 17th, said the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District in a press release. "We are experiencing a flea problem on the Samohi campus and determined tha...

  • Santa Monica College Police Effort to Benefit Families of Veterans, Foster Youth

    Grace Smith, SMC|Dec 25, 2016

    Raising money to support cancer research, collecting clothing and toiletries for foster children, and collaborating on a new play may not be the first things that come to mind when you think about law enforcement, but they are all part of how the Santa Monica College Police Department (SMCPD) serves the college and its community. SMCPD officers have a long history of community involvement, for both personal and professional reasons. "If we're doing something to make our community a better one,...

  • Diver Stranded for 40 Hours on Catalina Island Rescued by US Coast Guard Helicopter

    SondraKay Kneen, USCG|Dec 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES - The Coast Guard rescued a 50-year-old male diver Friday at 7 a.m., after he was stranded for more than 40 hours on the backside of Catalina Island. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a call at 10:45 p.m., Thursday, reporting that an individual aboard a 38-foot sailing vessel had departed Dana Point at 7 a.m., Wednesday, and was headed to Catalina Island to dive. Although the individual was not scheduled to be back at any specific time...

  • LASD Transit Deputies, Fare Inspectors Brighten Christmas for Sick, Injured Children

    Ramon Montenegro, LASD InfoBuro|Dec 25, 2016

    LA County Sheriff's Transit Bureau North Captain Jennifer Bateman was joined by Jolly Ole' Saint Nick and his Elves to bring a little joy to the children at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Pediatric wards on Thursday December 22, 2016. Transit Bureau North is part of the Sheriff's Transit Policing Division that provides police services to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) buses, trains, and properties. Many of the families of the children hospitalized at...