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  • Affordable Entertainment at Your Fingertips with Cheapfunthingstodo.com

    Cheapfunthingstodo.com|Sep 9, 2022

    (MONTREAL, QC) - As the cost of living worldwide continues to climb, Chaz Desousa and the team at Montreal-based cheapfunthingstodo.com are launching a new way for people across the globe to find fun, unique, and affordable activities near them. "We've been indexing fun things to do for the past ten years and have found some pretty interesting activities," said Co-founder Chaz Desousa. "Whether it's yoga with goats or fully immersive experiences, we keep our finger on the pulse of cool...

  • Air Conditioning Breaks Down in Unbelievably Expensive High Tech Building Just Completed at Santa Monica High School

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 9, 2022

    9.6.22: Students are back from summer vacation and the weather in Santa Monica is near 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This has been the hottest week of 2022 so far. Multiple reports from students are that the air conditioning in their brand spanking new $195,000,000 classroom building, doesn't work. The building was completed in 2021 and replaced older structures. The windows do open (unusual for modern construction); otherwise the structure would be unusable. An SMMUSD "Discovery Building Update"...

  • State Officials Sent Cell Phone Alerts To Protect Public Safety Amidst Ongoing Record Heat, Energy Grid Shortfalls

    Cal OES, Office of Emergency Services|Sep 9, 2022

    Editor's Note: This is an official press release from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Spanish language text omitted. SACRAMENTO – With extreme weather stretching California's energy grid and threatening public health and safety, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services issued an emergency alert at 5:45 pm, asking residents to conserve power. As a result of this action, the California Independent System Operation (CaISO) saw an immediate and significant drop in energy use,...

  • 12 Candidate Vying for 3 Seats on Santa Monica City Council

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2022

    Councilmember Lana Negrete along with three Santa Monica commissioners and 8 other candidates have qualified for the City Council election ballot this November. All 12 candidates submitted their papers before last week's filing deadline and are now vying for three open seats on the Council that formulates policies for the city, election officials said. Negrete is the only incumbent seeking re-election. Mayor Sue Himmelrich and Mayor Pro-Tem Kristin McCowan announced over the summer they would...

  • Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón's Prohibition Against Sentencing Enhancements Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Drug Dealers

    Kathleen Cady, Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Sep 2, 2022

    In February 2021, 16-year-old, straight-A student Sammy Berman Chapman asked his dad for a cheeseburger. An hour later his mom, TV therapist Dr. Laura Berman, went into his room in their Santa Monica home to talk with him about a summer internship and Sammy was dead – poisoned from a single Xanax pill, illicitly manufactured and laced with fentanyl. Sammy had been feeling isolated throughout the pandemic and ordered the pill from a brightly colored menu of "prescription" drugs on Snapchat and...

  • Study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish through National Security Language Initiative for Youth

    Observer Staff|Aug 31, 2022

    Alexander Levin of Santa Monica studied Chinese (Mandarin) for six weeks through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI‐Y) Virtual Summer Intensive scholarship. NSLI‐Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) that promotes the study of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish among American youth. The 2022 NSLI-Y Virtual Summer Intensive program was a virtual...

  • Kurt Gurdal Cuts the Cheese: Artisan Cheesemonger Announces Brick & Mortar "Canyon Grocer."

    Jewels Solheim Roe|Aug 26, 2022

    Beginning Labor Day Weekend, second-generation international cheese expert Kurt Gurdal is opening a small, carefully curated grocer at Canyon Square on Channel Road—just a stone's throw from where Gurdal has been sharing his cheese and speciality product knowledge with local foodie enthusiasts at his weekend outdoor pop-up. In a recent Instagram post, Gurdal shared the news about his new indoor space: “This cozy ‘lil brick & mortar will be packed with great yummy items from producers I lov...

  • How Many People Have Actually Died from Covid-19 in Los Angeles County?

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Aug 26, 2022

    August 22, 2022 - The Los Angeles County Public Health Department claims that 31,291 residents have died of Covid-19 as of August 22 since the pandemic began in March, 2020. But have that many people actually died from the effects of becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus? Given the loose definition health officials use for a Covid death, it is not at all clear. "We don't categorize deaths as 'because of' Covid vs. 'with Covid,' health officals wrote us. "All Covid deaths reported by...

  • A grassy field with people on it in fromt of a stage at Campland On The Bay

    Labor Day Weekend at Campland On The Bay is Summertime Fun!

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|ERROR

    Campland On The Bay in Mission Bay will be full of family-friendly, pet-friendly activities and live entertainment all Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 2 to Monday, September 5, for resort guests. If you haven't already, book a campsite for a tent or bring your RV! Located on San Diego's Mission Bay, the nation's largest aquatic park, find 40 acres of RV resort with a secluded beach. If you've never visited Campland On The Bay before, you can read all about our experience here, Experience...

  • SMPD Breaks Up a Knife Fight at Santa Monica High School Resulting in One Student Sent to Hospital

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 22, 2022

    8/18: After one student knifed another, the SMPD were called to SamoHi. They arrested one student as a suspect, and transported one victim to Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. His injuries were no life threatening. Names were not released because the students involved were minors. School resumed after the Summer break, just 2 days prior. Police released the following statement, from Rudy Flores, SMPD Public Information Officer. On August 18, 2022, at approximately 12:43 pm, Santa Monica Police...

  • Free Ballet Workshop 'Dance to Dreams' Pilot Launched August 7, 2022

    Claire Lemoine, Westside Ballet|Aug 17, 2022

    An open day of dance classes for students to "comfortably and freely explore the art form of ballet" led by Westside Ballet Alumnus Adrian Blake Mitchell (formerly of Mikhailovsky Ballet Company) was launched on Sunday, August 7th at Westside School of Ballet, according to a new press release provided by spokesperson Jewels Solheim-Roe. The event was produced in collaboration with Mitchell's nonprofit Dance in Color and Westside Ballet's nonprofit arm's Community Outreach Committee, a subcommitt...

  • Anne Heche's Family Declares Her Brain Dead, Disconnects Life Support

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 15, 2022

    Actress Anne Heche remains in a coma. She will never recover from her injuries one week ago, says a family spokesman. They have declared her legally dead. "We've lost a bright light, a kind and loving mother, and a loyal friend," said her family in a statement. Life support has been turned off. After her death, her organs will be donated per her wishes. Her two sons issued a statement that they hope she will find freedom and happiness in the afterlife. "Hopefully my mom is free from pain and...

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    Sunburn on Dogs: Can They Get Them and When is it an Emergency?

    Courtesy of Veterinary Emergency Group|Aug 12, 2022

    Have you ever heard of sunburn on dogs? Some dogs are at a greater risk of sunburn than others, but it is possible for any dog to get a sunburn under the right conditions. Sunburn on dogs In the article below, we'll explain the risks of sunburn on dogs and how to recognize when a sunburn may be an emergency for your pet. We'll also explore signs and symptoms of sunburn to be on the lookout for. With this information, you should be ready to respond if your pet suffers from a sunburn this summer....

  • Singer Olivia Newton Dead of Breast Cancer at Age 73, Says Her Family

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 10, 2022

    You have to believe we are magic Nothin' can stand in our way You have to believe we are magic Don't let your aim ever stray. Magic, Olivia Newton John Multiple news outlets are reporting that Olivia Newton John has died at age 73. "Olivia Newton-John has died at 73 after a decades-long battle with breast cancer, according to a post from her Facebook page." Wikipedia: Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (26 September 1948 - 8 August 2022) was a British-born Australian-raised singer, songwriter,...

  • Monster Jam Megalodon truck flying through the air.

    Monster Jam Roars Back into LA This Summer with Action Packed Weekend of Family Fun

    Aug 10, 2022

    The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns to rev through Downtown LA this summer for an adrenaline-charged weekend at Crypto.com Arena from August 26–28, 2022. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Monster Jam features world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill. SoCal motorsports fans will witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Engineered to perfection...

  • Divorce inquiries by California couples were Below the National Average during the Pandemic, Reveals Study.

    Rebecca Packwood, Apricotcontent.com|Aug 10, 2022

    When divorce courts began to reopen in the summer of 2021, a divorce lawyer reported working 16-hour days just to cope with inquiries from Americans who wanted out from their marriages. And business didn't let up throughout the year, even over the Christmas period, which is usually a more sedate time when it comes to divorces, as couples want to avoid tension among their families during the celebrations. Divorce inquiries were reported to be 45% higher than pre-pandemic levels....

  • Enthusiastic Crowd Attends Sold-Out Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack 2022 by Rachel Ganz

    Rachel Danielle Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 8, 2022

    7/22/22 The track took in $23.56 million for a new Opening Day handle record, besting the $21.30 million mark that was established in 2021 The Delmar Racetrack was first opened on July 3, 1937 when Bing Crosby and partner Pat O Brian envisioned and created a racing palace by day and a Hollywood party playground at night. The racing legacy "Where the Turf Meets the Surf" at Del Mar Racetrack has been an attraction to many Hollywood Stars including Lucille Ball , Desi Arnaz, Mickey Rooney , Ava...

  • Go Fund Me for 2-Year-Old with Rare Disease Diagnosed During a Bout with Covid-19

    Alyssa Sullivan, Family friend|Jul 27, 2022

    Two-year-old Cyrus Bakhtiari of MarVista is struggling with an extremely rare disease. He was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD), a rare genetic disorder, after testing positive for COVID-19 last year. He was admitted to the ER and went through countless testing and a lengthy hospital stay when doctors at Children's Hospital LA gave his parents the heartbreaking news that he has CGD, a life-threatening disease. This condition is so uncommon that fewer than 20 babies per year are...

  • Medly Pharmacy Replaces Pharmaca On Montana, As the Duck Blind Liquor Store Becomes Bottled Poetry in Santa Monica's 90402

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 27, 2022

    7.19.22: Walking down Montana Avenue reveals post covid retail moving in. Actually, Montana Avenue has notoriously high retail rents, and stores move out and move in as time passes. But the changes this summer have been unusually dramatic. Pharmaca's location at Lincoln and Montana Avenue is now Medly Pharmacy. "Medly is a Brooklyn-based chain that over the last several years, has opened many locations on the East Coast," explained Manager Jay Wadsworth. "They opened our place last month, one...

  • Two Santa Monica College Students and One Alum Selected for Station1 Frontiers Fellowship

    Grace Smith, SMC PIO|Jul 22, 2022

    The nonprofit Station1-founded by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2016-has selected two Santa Monica College (SMC) students and one SMC alum for its Station1 Frontiers Fellowship (SFF), a fully-funded ten-week education, research, and internship experience focused on socially-directed science and technology. Selected after a competitive application/interview process and out of hundreds of applicants, environmental engineering major Grace Jimenez will intern...

  • Concern Foundation's 47th Annual Block Party Back on the Block Sold- Out

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 22, 2022

    The Concern Foundation's 47th Annual Block Party Back on the Block Sold- Out event on Saturday evening July 9, 2022. On Saturday evening, July 9, 2022 over 3,500 excited guests attended The Concern Foundation's Back on the Block 47th Annual Block Party at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038 from 6-10 pm. This sold-out event raised 1.8 million for cancer research through donations, ticket sales and on auction item bids on over 150 items The backlot of Paramount Studios...

  • Film Producer and Actor Charged with Double Murder; CA Forgives Late Traffic-Ticket Fees; Supreme Court Tells CA to Rethink Gun Magazine Ban; Newsom Enables Prostitution and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jul 20, 2022

    Los Angeles District Attorney Gascón recall proponents deliver 717,000 signatures to county Campaign organizers seeking to recall embattled Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón submitted 717,000 signatures to election officials Wednesday, July 6, hoping to force an election that could oust him after less than two years on the job. A group of sign-waving recall supporters, many of them families of murder victims critical of Gascon's policies, greeted a truck that delivered the pet...

  • Ivana Trump Dies of "Cardiac Event" at 73. She Was Donald Trump's First Wife and the Mother of Ivana, Donald and Eric Trump

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 15, 2022

    Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of former Pres. Donald Trump, has died at age 73, the family told reporters. She was found dead in her Manhattan apartment by police, who said the cause of death was a "Cardiac Event." The mother of Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, Ivana was a quiet, behind the scenes figure. The Trumps divorced in 1992. The former president immediately issued a statement. “I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana...

  • Shame on Santa Monica

    Jill Chapin, Santa Monica resident|Jul 15, 2022
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    If you have walked our iconic bluffs overlooking the ocean, you will find discarded cans, old backpacks, blankets and clothes on the other side of the concrete railings that spoil the otherwise majestic ocean view. While the rest of Palisades Park is kept up beautifully, the bluff's rim is riddled with trash. I asked a Parks employee about it and he said they weren't allowed to go over the fence to clean it up because it was too dangerous. So that's it? Are we out of ideas on how to safely...

  • One General, 4 Colonels Killed When HIMARS Rockets Hit Russian Army HQ in Kherson, Ukraine. 150 Men KIA

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 15, 2022

    7.12.2022: The Ukrainian Army confirmed that a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) supplied by the US, has hit and destroyed a command center near Kherson, occupied Southern Ukraine. "It is reported that the Russian Major General Nasbulin, Colonel Kens and the Chief of Staff of the 22nd Army Corps were killed as a result of HIMARS attack on the headquarters in Kherson region. In total, 150 dead soldiers are reported." https://www.5.ua/ru/rehyoni/v-khersonskoi-oblasty-vsu-lykvydyrovaly...

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