Biden And Pelosi In Socal For Fundraising Events

February 23, 2024 ·

Biden-Harris campaign photo by Manny Becerra

BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, February 20, President Joe Biden arrived in California to expound upon the fundraising efforts of the Biden-Harris Campaign. Haim Saban of Saban Capital LLC hosted the fundraising event at his Beverly Hills home.  He is the owner of Saban Films and co-owner of Celestial Tiger Entertainment. The co-host of the President’s fundraising efforts was entertainment executive, Casey Wasserman.

Reports indicate that both Haim Saban and Casey Wasserman tested positive for COVID following the fundraising event.

Reports also indicate that Biden’s numbers in the polls have reached an all-time low. Biden’s fundraising team had him in a heavily Democratic area of California where wealthy donors are likely to support him. California, at one time, was considered a Republican state and still has a large core of Republican supporters.

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign told the New York Times that more than 422,000 donors contributed funds to the Biden-Harris campaign with 97 percent being donations less than $200 each.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) came back to California to assist Biden in his campaign efforts. Pelosi has been quoted multiple times defending Biden’s cognitive abilities which have played center stage in recent events because of instances of having difficulty finishing a statement, needing assistance exiting the stage he’s speaking on, sometimes from world leaders, fumbling, and falling.  None of which is undue criticism of the President.  It was all captured on film.

On February 13, in a CNN interview, Anderson Cooper asked Nancy Pelosi about possible age concerns when it came to Biden as a Presidential nominee.

“So, I think that, again, age is an objective fact. As I say, it’s all relative. He’s younger than I am, so what do I have to say about his age? But he is, again, knowledgeable, wise,” Pelosi stated. Biden turned 81 on November 20. Nancy Pelosi will be 84 in March.

Multiple media sources have been accused of ageism after repeatedly calling attention to his misspeaks, what appears to be bouts of confusion, blank stares, and fumbling. Some are more blatant like some on talk radio who call the President of the United States (POTUS) a “dementia patient.”

After the fundraising efforts in southern California, Biden and Pelosi were captured on film walking arm and arm to the plane. Though Pelosi is the elder of the two, multiple reporters indicated that it appeared that Pelosi was helping Biden to the plane.

On Tuesday, January 30, Biden spoke to reporters on the White House lawn on the way out to a fundraising trip to Florida. Reporters questioned Biden about his immigration efforts.

“I’ve done all I can do. Just give me the power. I’ve asked since the very day I got into office.”

In December 2023, Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson wrote a letter to President Biden stating, “Immediately take executive actions available to you under existing immigration laws to stem the record tide of illegal immigration.”

By Sharon










Decades Old Village Theater To Be Restored

February 23, 2024 ·

Vintage filming equipment photo by Jeremy Yap

WESTWOOD—On Thursday, February 22, Jason Reitman, and a coalition of approximately 35 filmmakers along with the financial backing of a significant number of investors have taken custody of Westwood’s iconic Village Theater located at 961 Broxton Avenue.

Old theater photo by Merch Husey

Those involved in acquiring the theater include, but are not limited to the following people, both Jason and Phil Rietman, Steven Spielberg, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Guillermo del Toro, Chloe’ Zhao, Lulu Want, Denis Villeneuve, Christopher McQuarrie, Emma Thomas, Emma Seligman, Seth Rogen, Jay Roach, Judd Apatow, Damien Chazelle, Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Hannah Fidell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, James Gunn, Sian Heder, Rian Johnson, Gil Kenan, Karyn Kusama, Justin Lin, Phil Lord, David Lowery, Chris Miller, Todd Phillips, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and some other interested parties.

Many of the producers and filmmakers have indicated that they will be programming and introducing movies in the newly renovated venue.

Village Theater, known for its large tower is located near UCLA, and contains one of the largest screens in Los Angeles. Reports indicate the 93-year-old vintage theater will remain open while renovators add a bar, and a gallery where producers may show off their wares.

The National Theater Owner’s (NATO) President and CEO, Michael O’Leary thanked the group for their efforts.

“On behalf of the nation’s theater owners, we applaud this remarkable act of love from some of our greatest filmmakers in revitalizing the classic Village Theater. It promises to be yet again a community anchor in a historic moviegoing neighborhood.”

By Sharon



Malibu Adds Queue Management System City Hall

February 22, 2024 ·

MALIBU—On February 13, the city of Malibu announced efforts to streamline and improve customer service at Malibu City Hall by launching a new customer service queue system for services at public counters.

According to a news release, the new queue management system, “QLess,” was launched in Malibu City Hall in mid-January. It allows customers to sign in on a touchscreen pad, and overhead monitors display their place in line, approximate wait times, when a staff member is available to assist them, and the counter where they will be helped. The system will be able to provide real-time performance statistics.

“The City is constantly working to find ways to improve customer service, efficiency and transparency at City Hall to better serve the community,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “We understand that time is money for residents who are building, rebuilding, constructing, renovating, or repairing their homes and we want to help them get their projects completed quickly and smoothly.”

The new system builds on Malibu’s efforts to improve customer service at City Hall starting in 2022, including several new modifications to the Planning Department’s project application process to improve services for homeowners and building professionals. Most project submittals with related plans and documents are now available online through a new portal at www.MalibuCity.org/PlanningSubmittalPortal.

Applicants may now submit minor planning applications during Public Counter hours and pay fees at the same time, and created a new step-by-step Planning Submittal Guide, available at: https://malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/30677/Planning-Submittal-Guide.

The Planning Department can provide application submittal requirements and fees on behalf of other City Departments, speeding up the process for applicants and decreasing their number of visits to City Hall.

The Planning Department, Environmental Sustainability Department and Public Works Department now have adopted standard submittal requirements and fees for various types of applications.

By Trevor

Malibu Woman Barricades Herself In Hours-Long Standoff

February 22, 2024 ·

MALIBU—On February 20, at approximately 8:15 a.m. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputies responded to a call in the 28300 block of Rey De Copas Ln. Officers arrived at the scene to a woman barricaded in her home. The Special Enforcement Bureau, and the Special Negotiations Team have been called in for what has turned out to be an hour-long stand-off between the suspect and police.

Special Enforcement Bureau Lieutenant, David Archer posted the following information on Nixle:

“Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) personnel are responding to assist Malibu/Lost Hills Station with a barricaded suspect…

SEB Personnel will assume tactical command and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) will attempt to make contact with the suspect to bring this to a peaceful resolution.”

LASD updated the information on their Nixle account informing the public that the woman surrendered by 3:30 p.m.

“The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. The area is deemed safe, and all neighborhood evacuees are allowed to return to their homes,” LASD stated.

No further information, name or description of the suspect has been released at this time. Police did not release the suspects name or what may have prompted the standoff.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station at (818)878-1808 or call Crimestoppers at (800)222-TIPS (8477)

By Sharon

BH May Reopen El Rodeo Elementary For Preschool

February 21, 2024 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, February 20, the City of Beverly Hills posted a notification on their website inviting residents to participate in a survey on the reopening of the El Rodeo Elementary School to better serve the community in their early childhood education program.

According to their website, the Beverly Hills Community Services Department currently has three year-round preschool programs in the area for children three to five years of age. This is a program designed to help youngsters to learn the basics such as numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and participate in various art, music, and science activities. It is an effort of the City of Beverly Hills to better prepare the youngsters in the area to transition into kindergarten.

The current locations that are open are Coldwater Park, La Cienega Park, Roxbury Park, and two classes at Hawthorne Elementary School. To qualify to enter the program, children must be at least three years of age and completely toilet trained.

Each Preschool location will have a director-head teacher on site, a teacher and a teacher’s assistant. All teachers are required to have a background in early education and meet all California State Licensing requirements.

All preschool campuses will offer their classes Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration costs are approximately $10, $759 annually which may be split into quarterly payments.

There is a waiting list. With that comes a $25 non-refundable waiting list fee. The children may be placed on the waiting list ahead of time. Toddlers who are 18-months old and older may be placed on the waiting list. A birth certificate is required. Preference does go to Beverly Hills residents first. Application requirements state that, “Nonresidents will be placed on a waitlist for preschool locations at park sites only. P.O. Box and business addresses do not qualify as proof of residency.

Those interested are encouraged to visit the City of Beverly Hills website and fill out the survey. All applications may be found online or feel free to call 310-285-6810 for more information.

By Sharon

One Hospitalized Following PCH Crash

February 20, 2024 ·

MALIBU—On February 19, at approximately 1:20 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a call of a fiery crash in the 34000 block of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near Mullholland Highway involving a white range rover and one other vehicle.

Paramedics attended to the injured party who was then air lifted to an area hospital for treatment.

There was significant damage to both vehicles, one reportedly having a charred engine.

PCH remained closed until the wreckage was cleared. This closure comes just days after the announcement of the nightly closings of PCH north of Malibu.

On February 14, multiple news outlets notified the public that all lanes of PCH in both directions would be closed for repairs due to storm damage and erosion from flooding. The closures began each night at 6:00 p.m. and remained closed until 7:00 a.m. from Sycamore Canyon Road to Las Posas Road in Ventura County (Caltrans).

By Sharon

Kennedy Surf Shop In Woodland Hills Burglarized

February 19, 2024 ·

Surfing Photo by Jeremy Bishop

WOODLAND HILLS—On Saturday, February 17, there was an attempted burglary at Kennedy Surf Shop located at 22026 Ventura Boulevard. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers reportedly responded to the alarm being triggered at that location at 9:30 p.m.

Surfboard photo by Addy Mae

Surveillance footage of the incident first obtained by KTLA depicted shattered glass from the storefront window and the front sidewalk.

A post went out on X at 11:45 p.m. from the SFV scanner, “#lapd#topanga 6600 Topanga Canyon Crime broadcast for a smash and grab 30 min. ago.”

Multiple commenters shared their disdain for the upsurge in crime.

@Jimmy9808872 tweeted, “Hitting the Westfield shopping center in Canoga Park again and again…”

Kat~ also replied, “Neiman’s or Nordstrom? So tired of this nonsense… this area needs a serious neighborhood watch/proactive group until Rams training facility moves in…”

Canyon News reached out to LAPD Topanga Division for more information and a possible description of the suspect(s).  An unnamed LAPD Media Relations officer sent a return email stating that there was no description of the suspects except that, “they were wearing dark clothing.”

By Sharon



 

Todd Michael Schultz Arrested In West Hollywood

February 19, 2024 ·

Caricature Sketch of Todd Michael Schultz by ~ss

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Tuesday, February 13, Todd Michael Schultz, 37, was arrested at his West Hollywood condominium following an alleged trespassing incident. Reports indicate that Schultz illegally entered the home of an unnamed female in a neighboring condo.
The woman found Schultz rummaging through her things and called 911.

Members of the Condominium association were able to identify Schultz who lived in a nearby condominium with longtime partner, friend, author, and screenwriter, Brett Easton Ellis. There was no indication that Ellis had anything to do with his roommate trespassing into a neighbor’s home.

Ellis responded to a media request by the New York Times indicating that Schultz was experiencing some sort of mental break, and that he (Schultz) had, “serious mental health issues exacerbated by drugs.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not have Schultz listed in the online Inmate Locator on their website.

Schultz was initially booked into Twin Towers on a $51,000 bond and was placed on lockdown. Ellis reportedly told the New York Times that Schultz who was reportedly assigned an initial court hearing date for Friday, February 16, was, “in no position,” to be in court.

Todd Michael Schultz is a composer and pop singer who is known for animated theme songs including, but not limited to, “Sam Sam,” “Sailor Moon,” “Live Like a Rock Star,” and for his part in the pop ballad, “You Believed in Me.” Schultz is also the son of Bill Schultz who is the producer of the cartoon, The Simpson’s.

By Sharon

Board of Supervisors Announces Homeless Initiative For 25

February 19, 2024 ·

Los Angeles County Homeless Encampment Photo by Levi Meir Clancy

SANTA MONICA—On February 17, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced the results of their study from January 22 through January 31 on at-risk youth and elderly homelessness. The new Pathway Home Initiative will relocate 25 of the 25,000 people experiencing homelessness into interim housing to begin the process of transitioning them into permanent housing.

Carter Hewgley, the Senior Manager for the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative made the following statement first reported by the Daily Press:

“The scale of the crisis is much larger than the scale of our resources, but the good thing about the pathway home program is that the county has secured a motel-based interim housing site for two years.

“These 25 people are not just being offered an interim housing stay, they’re also being given a pathway home, which means we’re funding housing, navigation and housing subsidies for them. So, we already have an exit pathway to permanent housing for all of them, which means we’ll be able to reuse the rooms at the hotel to run future operations in Santa Monica, for people experiencing homelessness in Santa Monica.”

In a May 16, 2023, press release by California Governor Gavin Newsom, he announced $1 billion in homeless funding for tiny houses.

The following came from Governor Newsom’s press release that may be found on his webpage:

“After meeting with the Governor late last year, local jurisdictions have set new, more ambitious homelessness reduction goals and may now access $1 billion through round four of the state grant program.

State is delivering 1,200 small homes to Los Angeles, San Diego County, San Jose and Sacramento to provide safe, interim housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Those living in encampments will be prioritized for these new units by the local governments operating the homes and providing services.”

The $1 billion housing grant was to provide homes in the following counties.

500 units in Los Angeles, 350 Units in Sacramento, 200 units in San Jose, and 150 units in San Diego Counties.

For 2024, Governor Newsom has reportedly been on the campaign trail for President Biden while the municipalities in his home state attempt to navigate its ongoing homeless crisis.

Recent reports indicate that moratoriums are being placed on cities who have not adequately provided housing alternatives for their homeless population. Judges such as Judge Kim in Beverly Hills will not allow building permits to be processed until the city provides an adequate housing plan for its unhoused residents.


By Sharon

Coming Soon To Santa Monica, Midnight the Air Taxi

February 16, 2024 ·

SANTA MONICA—On February 15, Archer Aircraft shared the news of their upcoming release of the newest helicopter in the fleet, Midnight. It is a fully electric helicopter designed with with the traveler in mind.

Canyon News initially reached out to Archer Aircraft after learning that the Santa Monica Airport could possibly be one of the first airports to benefit from Midnight, the new air taxi. Hannah Dahlstrom of the Archer Aircraft team responded with the following statement and information.

“Archer’s ultimate goal is to transform urban travel, replacing 60–90-minute commutes by car with estimated 10-20 minute electric air taxi flights that are safe, sustainable, low noise, and cost-competitive with ground transportation. Archer’s Midnight is a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time between flights. We are currently certifying Midnight with the FAA and plan to bring our electric air taxi to market in 2025.”

The air taxi is advertised as one that will take off like a helicopter, and fly like an airplane. IT has all electric tilt-propeller technology. Archer Aviation is currently certifying with the FAA. Archer is predicting flying cars in New York City and Los Angeles as soon as 2025.

“We are currently working through the final stages of certification with the FAA to ensure our aircraft meet the highest levels of safety before they go to mass use.”

Reports indicate that Archer Aviation will be partnering with Atlantic Aviation with their air taxi traveling out of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) as it is one of the Atlantic Aviations greatest assets.

Archer Aviation’s home base is located at 190 W. Tasman Drive in San Jose, California.

According to their Instagram account, the Archer CEO and founder, Adam Goldstein kicked off the @dubai_airshow_official by sharing Archer’s vision for the electric air taxi operations in the UAE region in partnership with @investindubai.

The idea of the air-taxi is to take would be travelers that would normally have to drive an hour to 90 minutes one way down to a 20-minute trip. The air-taxi is all electric, and its parts are what has been referred to as a “fully redundant,” meaning that one part breaking down, will not cause an engine fail.

The helicopters are made to be able to have a quick turn around. The engines only need approximately 12 minutes charging time between flights allowing them to make multiple flights in a days time.

A gasoline-free air-taxi by 2025 may be the answer for Californians who have turned to electric vehicles following Governor Newsom’s ban on new gas stations. The electric cars have lost their charge too quickly leaving motorist stranded and not enough charging stations to accommodate the need.

The Governor has since promised to end oil and gas fracking in the state of California by the end of 2024.

For more information on Midnight the air-taxi, or to find out about careers visit Archer Aviation website.

By Sharon

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