Articles from the October 15, 2020 edition


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  • California Statewide Fire Summary

    Oct 15, 2020

    October 15, 2020 Today Nearly 9,000 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 21 wildfires across the state, 12 of which remain major incidents. Late last night, a new fire erupted near Redlands in San Bernardino County, quickly growing to 100 acres; however, firefighters across the State responded to 26 other new wildfires that were quickly contained. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for many parts of Northern California and now a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the mountains of Ventu...

  • Shooting on Venice and Sepulveda Blvd

    Oct 15, 2020

    On Wednesday October 14, at 1221 AM, Culver City Police Officer’s, along with the Culver City Fire Department received a radio call of a shooting that just occurred in the area of Venice Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd. Upon the officer’s arrival, a victim suffering from several gunshot wounds was located. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. During the investigation, it was determined the shooting occurred on the north side of Venice Blvd, in the city of Los Angeles. The Culver City Police Dep...

  • Culver City to Host Virtual Job Fair October 16

    Oct 15, 2020

    The Culver City’s Economic Recovery Task Force will host a free virtual job fair this Friday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event, which will be produced as part of the City’s economic recovery efforts in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, numerous non-profits, and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, is open to anyone seeking employment or training as well as businesses seeking to hire in the near- and mid-term for internships, seasonal, temporary and full-time positions. Individuals interested in participa...

  • LAFC: Seattle Victory followed by Loss to Whitecaps

    Fred Altieri|Oct 15, 2020

    Just when it appeared that LAFC was on the road to recovery, it hit a bump up in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. After a significant and very satisfying 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC at Banc of California Stadium last Sunday, October 11, Los Angeles Football Club suffered a 2-1 letdown at Providence Park (home of the Portland Timbers). The Whitecaps are playing their MLS home-games in the United States due to COVID-19 international travel...

  • Chargers lose another heartbreaker to the Saints

    Bill Seals|Oct 15, 2020

    The New Orleans Saints have ended recent seasons with some heartbreaking losses in the playoffs. Their last three seasons have ended with the "Minneapolis Miracle," the "blatant missed pass interference call" game, and the "Walk-off TD pass in Overtime" loss. Three seasons in which the Saints were arguably the best team in their conference that each ended in frustration and heartbreak. But even the Saints would acknowledge that the Los Angeles Chargers have had a run of bad luck the past few...

  • Dodgers fight back against the Atlanta Braves

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Oct 15, 2020

    The first three games of the National League Championship series between the Dodgers and the Braves has produced a combination of good hitting and good pitching. Both of those teams have exhibited both of those qualities. Last Wednesday, with the Dodgers needing a win to stay competitive in the series after dropping the first two games, they exploded to 15 runs to beat the Braves 15-3 in Arlington, Texas. The starting pitcher for the Dodgers Wednesday was Julio Urias. The Dodgers next game is...

  • What can the Lakers do for an encore?

    Steve Finley, Sports Editor|Oct 15, 2020

    The Lakers championship season ended six days ago and the buzz has already started. Can they repeat? Will they have the same team? Will Father time catch up to LeBron James? Will free agent Anthony Davis resign with the Lakers? There are still a lot of questions to be answered but one thing is certain. The Lakers weathered the storm and came out on top in one of the most amazing and at the same time unpredictable NBA seasons ever. From the China trip controversies last summer, to the death of...

  • Rams Gear up to Face 49ers after Crushing WFT

    Fred Altieri|Oct 15, 2020

    The buzz stirring the hot autumn air is the Rams defense. In the aftermath of Aaron Donald and Co.'s relentless 31-10 assault on the Washington Football Team last Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams are preparing for another Division-rival clash up the 5 Freeway with the 49ers. With San Francisco still recovering from a 47-13 home-whipping courtesy of the Miami Dolphins, a prime opportunity is looming for the Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara this Sunday. The win over Washington gave the Rams a...

  • Dodgers Foundation and Kershaw's Challenge give away shoes

    Oct 15, 2020

    By the Los Angeles Dodgers The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Kershaw's Challenge joined Shoes that Fit to provide new shoes to over 800 students from the 92nd Street Elementary School last Saturday. Using appropriate COVI-19 precautions, the event took place at the Ted Watkins Memorial Park in Watts via a drive through distribution to support the entire school's student body with much needed new shoes and food boxes. All students in the school were premeasured for their shoe size and...

  • Chamber of Commerce Recommendations on Ballot Measures

    Oct 15, 2020

    This year, after much conversation and discussion, we have chosen not to endorse any candidates for the City Council or School Board races. We appreciate the opportunity we had to host one of the City's only Candidate Forums that had all the candidates on at once, answering questions that impact the business community and are likely to have a deep impact on our community's future. At the same time, we felt rather than make an endorsement on any particular candidates, we will instead take a position of education throughout the remainder of the...

  • Senator Sanders Endorses Holly Mitchell for Supervisor

    Oct 15, 2020

    LO- Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Friday his endorsement of Sen. Holly Mitchell for Supervisor as part of his slate of 19 progressive Democratic candidates running for state, city and county level positions in California for the general election. Mitchell is in the run-off for Los Angeles County's Second Supervisorial District. "Our campaign was never about one election or one candidate," Sanders said in a statement. "The only way our movement can continue is if we work together to elect great,...

  • Commissioner Lara Announces New Appointments

    Oct 15, 2020

    Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today announced the newest members of the California Department of Insurance’s Curriculum Board, the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association’s (CLHIGA) Board of Directors, and the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s (WCIRB) Governing Committee. “I am very pleased to announce my newest appointments to three important boards which help further my Department’s work to protect all Californians,” said Commissioner Lara. ”Their expertise and breadth of experiences wil...

  • Local Business Owner appointed to Insurance Curriculum Board

    Oct 15, 2020

    Local business owner Lynne Davidson has been appointed to the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s (WCIRB) Governing Committee. Davidson is President of Tito’s Tacos Mexican Restaurant. She has been a board member of the California Restaurant Association for the past 26 years and is apast board chair of the Los Angeles chapter of the California Restaurant Association. She was recognized by the California Small Business Association as Senate District 30’s Small Business of the Year in 2018. Davidson joins the WCIRB Governin...

  • 2020 NFL Power Rankings – Week 06

    Bill Seals - Fred Altieri, Sports Reporters - PFWA Members|Oct 15, 2020

    1. Seattle Seahawks (5-0): The Seahawks were inches from losing on Sunday Night, but they got a big fourth down stop and then drove 94 yards in 13 plays to win on quarterback Russell Wilson's six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver D.K. Metcalf with 15 seconds remaining. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Arizona Cardinals – Sun, Oct. 25 – O/U N/A 2. Green Bay Packers (4-0): The Packers are 5th in the NFL in rushing yardage per game, 3rd in the NFL in passing yardage per game and lead the N...

  • Measure B Proponents Maintain They're not Against Rent Control

    Oct 15, 2020
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    Leaders of Protect Culver City, the much-maligned, local political action committee that placed the rent control initiative on November 3 ballot, told the Observer this week that Measure B was never meant as a “statement for or against rent control, but as a simple demand: City Council let us (voters) have the final word on it.” Ron Bassilian, president of Protect Culver City (PCC), said his group -- composed of local business owners, residents and landlords, wanted to have “proper citywide conversation about the issue and let people decid...

  • VILLAGE WELL PRESENTS PERIPATETIC POET BRIAN SONIA-WALLACE

    Sandra Coopersmith|Oct 15, 2020

    Ever wonder what it would be like to be a young poet roaming the country with your manual typewriter, hiring yourself out in malls and wherever you could set up a little work area so you could have strangers pour out their thoughts to you in exchange for a personalized poem? Wonder no more. Village Well Books & Coffee, a new independent general interest bookstore and café near City Hall and presently under construction at 9900 Culver Blvd. on the southwest corner of Culver Blvd. and Duquesne...

  • 3 Stabbed on Santa Monica Pier

    Oct 15, 2020

    The SMPD responded to a report of a fight on the pier at about 8:30 p.m. and found there had been a stabbing, Capt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica Police Department said in a statement. Three men suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The most seriously injured man was in stable condition, Rodriguez said. Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with the incident, he said. Their identities were not released. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fight. The 111 year old pier...

  • Traffic Collision at Pico and Stewart Tuesday Morning Kills a Female Pedestrian.

    Oct 15, 2020

    Tuesday morning at about 8:00 a.m., the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a radio call for service regarding a traffic collision involving a female pedestrian and vehicle at Pico Blvd and Stewart Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered a pedestrian in the roadway suffering from severe head trauma. The involved vehicle along with the driver was on scene when officers arrived. Officers rendered immediate medical aid to the pedestrian. Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics...

  • Starbucks Spill Sticks Stymied

    Oct 15, 2020

    Maybe it's not the worst inconvenience of living here. But if you want to avoid getting hot coffee spilled on you in Santa Monica, you're out of luck. Thanks to our current city council, single-use plastics used in the food and beverage industry were banned city-wide in 2018. Even the plastic stoppers used to prevent coffee from spilling as you walk it away from Starbucks are banned. Starbucks calls them "Spill Sticks." The company will no longer ship them to Santa Monica locations. And, since...

  • Local Rents Down

    Oct 15, 2020

    Have you noticed more lawn signs than last year advertising apartments for rent? Well, you could be seeing a trend. Santa Monica rents have decreased over 10% since the Coronavirus lockdown began on March 19, 2020. This according to the website, Insurify.com. "A recent study found that over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, California cities experienced some of the greatest drops in rent prices in the nation," wrote Emily Leff, a spokesman for Insurify, in a press release. "Between March...

  • 2,350 LBS Pumpkin from MN wins California contest

    Oct 15, 2020

    An annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California has a new winner: a horticulture teacher from Minnesota who raised a giant gourd weighing 2,350 pounds HALF MOON BAY, Calif.(AP) -- Being cooped up at home due to the pandemic paid handsomely for a Minnesota horticulture teacher who used the extra time to constantly water and feed a massive pumpkin that won this year's Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest. Travis Gienger, of Anoka, Minnesota, spent a lot of his free time in the pumpkin patch in...

  • Health Equity Metric is Racist

    Oct 15, 2020

    by Corva Corvax A Logical Opinion Governor Newsom released a new "equity metric" last week that adds to the requirements necessary before a county can move to a less restrictive tier. The census tracts in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Place Index (HPI) must now meet a threshold close to that of the county as a whole. The HPI is defined by the California Department of Public Health as "a composite measure of socioeconomic opportunity applied to census tracts that includes 25 individual indicators across economic, social, education, transpor...

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