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 By Michael Greer    Opinion    January 17, 2017 

If "The Country is Overwhelmed with Fear," Then Maybe It's Time to Limit Presidential Power

WELCOME TO OUR WORLD Senator Diane Feinstein said, "The country is overwhelmed with fear". Well, if that were true, Senator, Trump wouldn't be President-elect, would he? But, I understand, I really...

 

Martin Rubin Says "My Efforts to Organize Anti Airport Protest Have Been Hijacked."

Update: This e mail just in "Regarding the planned February 4th protest: As director of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, please understand that Jonathan Stein is attempting to hijack my...

 

Observer Picks Top 12 Santa Monica News Stories of 2016

Most of this years top stories had something to do with the extraordinary increase in the price of Westside real estate. 1. Measure LV defeated: It was a true grassroots effort, that started with...

 

City Could Evict Airport Tenants and Close Operations, In Spite of the Federal Government

For the second time since Santa Monica Airport was set to close in July 2015, a brand new jet service is setting up new scheduled services. Jet flight operations are up 15% since July 2015, when all...

 

We Are At War With the FAA Over SM Airport. Does The City Attorney Want to Win or Lose?

According to public court documents, FAA has proposed a "Standstill Agreement" to the City, which the FAA insists the City Council agree to upon threat to issue a Cease and Desist Order. Like some in...

 
 By SMCLC    Opinion    December 9, 2016

SMCLC Demands City of SM Halt Processing of 18 Development Applications by NMS

In SMCLC's November 28, 2016 alert we informed you that the Los Angeles Superior Court had found that Santa Monica's most prolific downtown developer, NMS, and its founder and CEO Neil Shekhter, had...

 

Political Correctness Caused the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire that Killed 36 Patrons

California has the toughest building and safety codes in the world. Why didn't authorities enforce them against the Ghost Ship's operators? This is the obvious question from the Oakland fire which...

 

Morning in America, Again. The Victory of Donald Trump Recalls the Reagan Revolution

It's morning in America. America won last night. Our system worked. The American people instinctively believed the country was going in the wrong direction and yesterday they said so. I don't believe...

 

Disenfranchised Voters Rally against Trump's Unpopular Win

Since last Tuesday's shocking defeat of the popularly chosen presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by the electorally chosen Donald Trump, thousands of protestors have poured into the streets in major...

 
 By Liz Miller    Opinion    November 8, 2016

Mike "Christian Sharia" Pence is Scarier than Donald Trump

For months now rational Americans have been both bewildered and amused that the pigheaded adolescent rebellion of GOP leaders during the Obama administration led to a presidential nominee who is, to...

 

Follow the money supporting "No on LV" to Unwrap LV's Real Opponents

As a former management consultant with clients that ranged from small companies to large Fortune 500 companies, and the largest company in Canada, one principle stood out when trying to understand a...

 

Plastic Bag Bans: Why I am Voting No On Prop 65 And Yes On Prop. 67

I am voting NO on 65 and YES on 67. If passed, Prop 65 will require the mandated fee (minimum of 10 cents per law) charged to customers for alternative bags (recycled paper, compostable, or reusable)...

 

Fireman: How Dare they use Public Safety to Manipulate Your Vote on Measure LV!

10/24: A short while ago, I learned that the Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109 had given its support to the "No on LV" effort. As a 38-year veteran of the Santa Monica Fire Department and lifelong...

 

What Problems Will Face Our Leaders on November 9th, After the Election

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled and the assistance to foreign lands shoul...

 

Observer Announces Election Endorsements for 2016--Includes All 17 Statewide Measures

Well it's that time of year again, on hyper-drive. In this craziest of all elections, here are the Observer's recommendations when you go to the polls: US SENATE: Kamala Harris. What a lame choice...

 
 By Liz Miller    Opinion    October 20, 2016

Donald Trump Debates Like a Kid Who Didn't Do the Reading Assignment for School

What do you do when you are waiting outside the classroom door (or presidential debate) and suddenly realize that you didn't read the mandatory pages for today's discussion? This 10-step formula is fa...

 

Single Family Residences are Inefficient, and Should be Banned

Mr. Zinner: Your recent article about new development being good for the earth was terrific! I agree: Single family residences are inefficient and should be banned. More retail/residential structures...

 
 By Liz Miller    Opinion    October 20, 2016

Another Republican Senate Would Destroy the Constitution

Threatening to undermine the separation of powers that is fundamental to our free society, John McCain says that a Republican Senate would not confirm any potential Supreme Court Justices nominated by...

 

National African American Museum Ignores Justice Clarence Thomas, Honors Anita Hill Instead

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 14 - This year marks the 25th anniversary of Clarence Thomas' appointment to the Supreme Court and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened last...

 

Secret Agenda of the Anti-Measure LV People, is to Develop the Airport

Dear SMO Observer, While I am not a resident of Santa Monica itself, I have worked at the airport for over Three years now and in that time I have been keeping careful track of the ongoing battle for...

 

The Closing of Santa Monica Airport Would Put the Entire Westside in Jeopardy

Dear Editor, I find it alarming the level of untruths Santa Monica's City officials will tell in their effort to rationalize their illicit actions aimed at strangling and/or closing the airport...

 

Why School Board Members Should Stand During the Pledge of Allegiance

Oscar, I adore you. I think you're a great guy. I've voted for you to serve on the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board every time you have run for that office because I think you are...

 

Santa Monica's Ruling Elite Opposes Measure LV, Which Would Curb Their Power

If you follow what goes on in Santa Monica City Hall, it's really been pretty much the same since 1982. The City grants massive development permits to favored developers. The City Staff grant...

 
 By CAMERA    Opinion    September 26, 2016

NY Times Appropriates the Holocaust for Political Gain. Not Every Refugee Is a "New Jew"

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof published last month a column with the stomach-turning headline, "Anne Frank Today Is a Syrian Girl." Last week, he continued with this analogy, asking his...

 

Trump Polls Zero percent with Black Voters. Here's an Easy Way for Trump to Change That

Donald Trump's effort to woo black voters has gotten off to a rocky start. The GOP nominee's main argument -- that black communities have been poorly served by Democratic leaders -- is certainly power...

 

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