Santa Monica Observer Issue 42 : Page 1

Prop AA, Yea or Nay Page 5 Volume XI Number 42 Community, Diversity, and other Overused Words™ Prop 8 Debate In California, the presidential race appears settled, while the battle looms over same sex marriage. Confusingly, yes is against it, and no is in favor of legalizing same sex marriage. A new University of Southern California report shows the state’s voters appear poised to reject a same-sex mar- riage ban on the Nov. 4 ballot. Photo by Alyssa Erdley SM Woman wins $1M on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ by George Berkin Michelle Moore, a former Jersey girl who took home a cool million bucks as a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune,” definitely recommends Egg McMuffins as the meal of champions. Moore, 24, who grew up in Edison before moving to California earlier this year to get married, took the top dollar prize during the show that aired on Tuesday. Her winning “Wheel of Fortune” segment was taped Aug. 8, but the show’s producers swore her to secrecy. But on Tuesday, as Moore watched the show at her parents’ Edison home, the news was out. “Very excited,” Moore’s mother, Evelyn Loewenstein, said during a brief telephone interview tonight in describing the family’s reaction. Moore, a floral designer now living in Santa Monica hit the WHEEL Page 2 Firemen Take Advantage of Decreased Winds in Porter AP— With diminished winds slowing the spread of flames, firefighters stepped up their attack today on the 13,285-acre Sesnon Fire that began near Porter Ranch with hopes of gain- ing full containment by Saturday —if the weather continues coop- erating. The cause of the Sesnon Fire, which broke out around 10:30 a.m. Monday, was a power line that fell onto dry brush in a drainage area, according to coun- ty fire Inspector Sam Padilla. He said the ignition source was pin- pointed to the small drainage area south of Palo Sola Mountainway and west of Limekiln Canyon Road in unincorporated territory north of Porter Ranch. The fire, driven by Santa Ana winds, spread rapidly and burned on Tuesday into Simi Valley in Ventura County. But the windy conditions that helped spread the out-of-control blaze began diminishing Tuesday night, and the blaze was 20 percent con- tained. But even though winds were fading, extremely dry conditions were expected to persist for the next few days, prompting the National Weather Service to extend until 10 p.m. Friday a red flag warning that had been sched- uled to expire tonight. The warning, signifying the presence of wildfire conditions, was extended in mountain, forest and valley areas of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties because of what is expected to be an “extended period of very low humidity,” according to an NWS advisory. In Los Angeles County, the warning applies to local moun- tains, including the Santa Monica Recreational Area, the Angeles National Forest and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys. All evacuation orders prompted by the Sesnon Fire FIRE, Page 2 “Opinion surveys indi- cated that Proposition 8 is headed toward rejec- tion,” John Matsusaka wrote in the report. “Spending on Proposition 8, currently at $55 million, is likely to reach a record level for a social issue.” With an Oct. 5 poll showing Proposition 8 enjoying a 5 point lead over opponents, support- ers questioned the report. Momentum, they said, was going in the direction of passage. “Well, that’s certainly news to us because all the indications on the ground is saying the opposite,” said Sonja Edding Brown, spokes- woman for Yes on Prop 8. “We feel very good about our position.” Brown credited the organization’s TV spots saying voters have become more informed. “It’s just not about love,” she said. “If it were that simple everybody wouldn’t be putting all the effort in.” With donors directly contributing more than $43 million, Proposition 8 is shaping up to be one of the state’s most expensive social-issue ballot initiatives. Cat Chiropractic, Doggie Physical Therapist C.A.R.E. program helps dogs, cats and other pets recover from sur- gery or injury Reprinted from the LA Times If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Sammi was just a typical dog. But watch him as he trots his way into California Animal Rehabilitation in Santa Monica and you may think differently. The lobby just erupts. “Sammi!” squeals a recep- tionist. “Everyone, look! It’s Sammi!” “Hey, Sammi!” exclaims a veterinary technician. here!” And another: “Sammi’s The thing is, Sammi is C.A.R.E.’s resident miracle. About eight months ago, the 8- year-old springer spaniel - a perky pooch who now bounds up to strangers with an unstoppable wag in his tail - was quadriplegic due to a bony growth in his spine that worsened as he aged. “All the evidence said he was never going to walk again,” said veterinarian Jessica Waldman, who founded C.A.R.E. “I wasn’t even sure we could help him.” But they could. And they did. “They worked and worked and worked with him,” said Sammi’s owner, Janie Weinstein of Simi Valley. “When I took him home that first week, after he started walking again, I have never in my life seen a dog enjoy being a dog more. It was like he just knew, ‘This is what I worked so hard for.”’ It was a best-case scenario for C.A.R.E., the only animal reha- bilitation program of its kind on the West Coast. The clinic, run by Waldman and physical therapist Amy Kramer, uses a multitiered approach to rehabilitation that includes everything from physi- DOGS, Page 4 October 6 - 12, 2008

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