Articles from the August 12, 2021 edition

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Quoc Tran Named as New Culver City Schools Superintendent

The CCUSD Board of Education voted unanimously at its August 9 meeting to appoint Quoc Tran as the new Culver City Schools Superintendent. "Mr. Tran comes to us with a great deal of experience and a...

 

CCUSD Announces Hiring of Five New Elementary School Assistant Principals

The Culver City Unified School District announced the hiring of Oscar Rodriguez, as Assistant Principal of Culver City High School; David Holley, as Assistant Principal of Culver City Middle School;...

 

Dr. Angela Elizondo Baxter Named CCUSD's New Director of Teaching and Learning

The Culver City Unified School District CCUSD announced the hiring of Dr. Angela Elizondo Baxter as the District's new director of teaching and learning, effective immediately. Baxter has spent the...

 

Katie Masterson Named Principal at Farragut Elementary School

The Culver City Unified School District announced the hiring of Katie Masterson as principal of Farragut Elementary School, pending board approval. She is expected to be formally approved by the...

 

CC Resident Charged with Murder In Connection with Deadly Hit and Run

A 29-year-old Culver City man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with a deadly hit and run in Santa Monica, police officials announced this week. Nicolas Ralph Sloan was also charged...

 

Federal Court Orders Calif. Company to Stop Selling 'Poly-MVA' Products

A federal court has ordered a California company and its owner to stop distributing unapproved and misbranded drugs and adulterated animal drugs which they "claimed could cure, treat and prevent...

 

California Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty to Rigging Bids at Foreclosure Auctions

A California man has plead guilty to rigging bids at public foreclosure auctions, federal court officials announced this week. Yama Marifat was indicted for conspiring with other real estate investors to rig bids when purchasing selected properties...

 

Culver City Covid-19 Update

Contending with the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department has reported the following Covid-19 totals for Culver City and LA County: Cases in Culver City...

 
 By Bill Seals    Sports    August 12, 2021

UCLA announces early season men's basketball schedule

The UCLA Bruins have announced a very challenging early season men’s basketball schedule for the months of November and December. Below is the November & December schedule for the Bruins. Games listed as TBD mean time to be determined: Tue. Nov. 9...

 
 By Josh Finley    Sports    August 12, 2021

Rams hope Jackson and Stafford can make magic down the field

It's been a while since the Los Angeles Rams have consistently thrown the ball deep. In 2018 and 2019 Rams quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Brandin Cooks got together on some deep pass plays...

 

Russell Westbrook's Back Home To Help Guide The Lakers Towards A Ring

Russell Westbrook entered Staples Center with head coach Frank Vogel and General Manager Rob Pelinka for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers last Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was all...

 

Culver City football works in new players in passing leagues

Culver City's varsity football team is using passing league tournaments this summer to integrate some new players in their system after losing several key players to graduation last June. Some of the...

 
 By Bill Seals    Sports    August 12, 2021

Chargers take on the Rams after a successful Fan Festival practice

After playing eight regular season games in front of empty seats in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Chargers finally got to feel the experience of playing in front of fans when...

 

New 'Affordable Housing' Complex For Seniors Nearing Completion in SM

City-backed development will feature 39 one-bedroom apartments for senior renters Senior residents and workers in Santa Monica will soon have an "affordable housing" option in town. City officials...

 

Beach Warnings Lifted Except for Catalina Island

By Alyssa. Erdley, Observer Staff Writer 8/3/21 - County health officials have lifted the warnings that had been up on several Southland beaches yesterday, caused by high bacteria levels measured in...

 

Paradise Lost, Again

By David Ganezer Once again, an entire California town has been lost to a wildfire. Greenville CA population 1169 is a fraction the size of Paradise, which burned to the ground in 2018. But its loss...

 

Erica Cuyugan Appointed as Interim SM Library Director

Erica Cuyugan has been appointed to serve as Interim Director of the Santa Monica Public Library, city officials announced today. She will start her temporary post on September 5. A 15-year veteran of the Santa Monica Library, Cuyugan has served as t...

 

Local Briefs

US, LGBTQ Flags Stolen from City Hall Someone has vandalized the flag in front of Santa Monica City Hall. Both the US Flag and the LGBTQ flag are missing. "The US flag and pride flag were raised in...

 

Man Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver

Nicholas Sloan, 31, has been charged with murder in a hit-and crash that happened in Santa Monica after he was kicked out of a bar, police said Wednesday. The incident unfolded early Monday after Sloa...

 

St. Johns ICU Filled With Covid Patients, Says NY Times

By David Ganezer There are two perspectives on the current state of the pandemic in the U.S. One perspective is that it's time to accept some sickness and return to our lives. The New York Post...

 

Santa Monica College Mandating Vaccines for Students, Staff on Campus this Fall

If you are planning to attend classes on campus at Santa Monica College this fall, you need to be vaccinated. So says the local college as it is gearing up for the fall semester which starts August 30. In a letter to students, Santa Monica College...

 

Venice Homeless Moved

By Jack Simon At least 191 homeless people have decided to move from their encampment on the Venice Beach boardwalk to permanent housing, Los Angeles city officials announced Wednesday. The...

 

Four Female Comedians

By Christine Peake During these uncertain times we all need to find laughter. Do we wear masks? Do we not wear masks? Are we heading for lock down? Do we care? Do I need to stock up on sanitizer and toilet paper again? Another booster vaccine?...

 

Love at First Sight

By Observer Staff LA County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) launched an enhanced adoption pro-gram called "Love at First Sight." "It's intended to improve the adoption experience for...

 

Not a Summer for the Beach

By Alyssa Erdley 8/6 - Local beaches, including all of the Santa Monica beaches, beaches in Malibu, Topanga, and on Catalina Island, have been experiencing sporadic closures and advisories since the July 11-12 spill of 17 million gallons of raw...

 

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