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Governor Brown's never-ending drought emergency

Question: When is California's drought emergency over? Answer: When Gov. Jerry Brown says it's over. In January 2014, acting after two successive dry years, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a...

 
 By Liz Miller    Opinion    February 7, 2017

The Johnson Amendment and a Looming Threat of Christian Sharia Law

Donald Trump has decided that he wants to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment." What does that mean for America? The Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, is a tax code provision that...

 

Attorney Jonathan Stein Says Santa Monica Actually Lost the Fight to Close the Airport

The best legal recourse is a writ of mandate action in Los Angeles Superior Court. Resident organizations or residents from LA and Santa Monica should be plaintiffs. This is a 50-50 shot and time is...

 

City Manager Rick Cole: What More Did You Want Us to Do, to Close Santa Monica Airport?

Editor's Note: This is a mass e mail thread circulating among airport opponents and Rick Cole. In most cases, e mail address have been redacted. Since public figures like the City Manager Rick Cole...

 

City Council Unanimously Approves Most Expensive Municipal Building Ever, Anywhere

This week – despite widespread resident opposition - City Council voted 7 to 0 to move the City Services Building project forward. They denied David Garden's appeal, which was supported by four...

 

Secret Agreement Between City and FAA Over Santa Monica Airport Not Revealed. Why Not?

History has a habit of repeating itself. Yesterday, on a Saturday morning, the city announced that an agreement has been reached with the FAA to close Santa Monica Airport on December 31, 2028. The...

 

President Trump's Federal Hiring Freeze Will Cost Taxpayers and Hurt Americans

Donald Trump is backtracking on campaign pledges to create American jobs and cut wasteful government spending by issuing an executive order to freeze federal employee hiring across the country, The...

 

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...

 

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