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Homeless Count Justifies Misuse of Public Funds by OPCC

The homeless count is a cause for celebration for homeless services providers because it gives them an idea of how much public funding they will be receiving to sustain themselves for another year....

 
 By Luka Laden    Opinion    March 2, 2018

As Yet Another Tall Hotel Goes Up at 7th and Wilshire, Question Union Influence in Santa Monica

After a more than two-year hiatus, Los Angeles' Hotel Figueroa recently reopened its doors. Much has changed since the 1920s-era building last graced the streets of South Park-the commercial center...

 

Only Those in Government Can Abuse Political Power or Give Special Favors

If you take the politics out of it, all the current investigations in politics are about just one thing: Abuse of power. Forget whether crimes can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. It's not...

 

At OPCC, a Screaming Woman Keeps Other Guests Awake at Night

Dear Editor: There are women living at (O.P.C.C.) Daybreak Shelter in Santa Monica who are so severely mental that they are a danger to themselves, and everyone at this facility. This person...

 

Time for Congress to Stabilize the Individual Market for Health Insurance

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) created a bipartisan bill last year to improve health insurance markets. The deal allocates funds for cost-sharing reductions, which reduce...

 

Environmental Movements Russia Links Ignored in Trump-Russia Investigation

By Merrill Matthews Democrats and the media have been diligently digging into Russian involvement into U.S. elections for over a year. But when you dig a hole you sometimes run across things you wish...

 

Early Release of Elderly Lifers, "Sanctuary State," Vote by Mail, and Outlawing AIDS

Massive increase in Gas & Car Tax: First SB-1: increases your gas taxes by .12 Cents and the car tax (Vehicle License Fee) by an average of $150. Then 9 sellout traitor Republicans voted to renew...

 

City smoking ordinance is a joke with harmful effects to people and their environment.

Although this matter has been a harmful problem for NON smoking the people in cities like Santa Monica, but the ignorance of the city governments agencies is shown to be yet another added problem...

 

A tax reform reality check for Californians: It's Not All Bad for the Golden State

Now that the tax reform bill has passed, big-spending California politicians have a problem. The state's General Fund receives 65 percent of its revenue from personal income tax collections, and 35...

 

Las Posadas: Do You See What I See?

"Said the night wind to the little lamb Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky little lamb Do you see what I see?" ~Christmas Carol by Noël Regeny & Gloria Shayne Baker Las Posadas is Spanish...

 

OPCC Provides Wonderful Services for the Homeless Population in Santa Monica

I have been volunteering for a couple of hours every Monday morning at the Access Center, operated by OPCC to serve the homeless population here, for the last 25 years. Having read the article about...

 

The Rise of Trump: Kate Steinle tragedy changed history

The Kate Steinle case was always about more than just the Kate Steinle case. The 32-year-old was shot in the back while walking with her father along San Francisco's Pier 14. She collapsed and died...

 

Despite the Social Justice Warriors, a Climate Change Skeptic Spoke at UCLA

I was surprised, pleasantly surprised, UCLA allowed the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department to have Professor William Happer speak skeptically about Climate Change at a Physical Chemistry...

 

Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) Accused of Human Rights Violations

(From a speech delivered Thursday evening, November 16, 2017 to Santa Monica's Housing Commission: I am part of a group of concerned citizens that for the past fifteen months have been advocating for...

 

Latest City Hall "Survey" is Yet Another Cynical Effort to Manipulate Local Opinion

The City of Santa Monica just sent out a "survey" to residents and workers who live outside the city titled Your City, Your Voice... The survey begins by stating it's about "what's important to you...

 
 By Nat Trives    Opinion    November 5, 2017

Former Mayor Nat Trives Accuses Unions of Intimidating Family Restaurants

Dear Fellow Santa Monicans, I'm writing to you about an issue that affects virtually every member of our community. The issue of "labor peace agreements" threatens the livelihoods of local business...

 

The choice begs the question: Are City Parks for Chaos or Community?

"Championing justice is not charity work. It is not meant to make anyone "feel good." And this idea that we should "win people over" by watering down our principles and approach confuses social moveme...

 
 By Jeff Hunt    Opinion    August 8, 2017

Marijuana devastated Colorado, don't legalize it nationally

Last week, Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in an effort to legalize marijuana across the nation and penalize local communities that want nothing to do with this dangerous...

 
 By Gregg Roman    Opinion    August 8, 2017

Kushner Figured it Out: Israeli Palestinian Dispute Has No Solution

In a recently leaked off-the-record speech to a group of congressional interns, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner said that the administration is committed to working "with the parties very qui...

 

Westside Ballet Complains of Traffic Lanes, Parking Given to Developers, Construction

Dear Council Members, I spoke to all of you at a Council Meeting on August 23, 2016, asking for help to a specific problem for my business, inadvertently created by the City of Santa Monica. I...

 
 By Alex Gertsen    Opinion    July 21, 2017

Santa Monica Neighbors Should Tolerate Medical Evacuation Flights 24/7

To the Editor: It is disheartening to read that for a few Santa Monica residents, being able to sleep in is more important than tolerating a short period of noise to help save someone's life (July...

 
 By Susan Shelley    Opinion    July 10, 2017

ACLU Lawsuit Caused the Big Expansion of Homeless Population In Los Angeles County

Why is homelessness increasing in Los Angeles? According to a count taken in January, homelessness is up 23 percent across L.A. County over 2016, a total of more than 55,000 people. News stories...

 
 By Jared Thomas    Opinion    July 3, 2017

Is the City of Santa Monica too Incompetent to do Basic Road Design?

Is the city of Santa Monica too incompetent for basic road design? Just outside my own apartment on the busy intersection of 7th and San Vicente, contradictory signs newly installed by the City of...

 

Some Believe The Pier Concert Series Has Grown Too Big for Santa Monica

Editor's Note: So many people attended the pier Concert last Thursday 6/22/17, that the Santa Monica Police Department tweeted for people to "avoid the area around the Santa Monica Pier." On social...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    Opinion    May 22, 2017

Playa Del Rey Gas Storage Facility Called "An Accident Waiting to Happen"

In April, Food & Water Watch held a meeting at the Marina del Rey Lloyd Taber Library for concerned residents to learn about the urgency of the need to shut down Playa del Rey gas storage facility. Ac...

 

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