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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...

 
 By David Ganezer    Opinion    May 5, 2017

City Council Makes It Illegal to Pick Up Your Kid from Santa Monica High School

We have warned before that the Santa Monica City Council has declared all out war on the automobile. Specifically, they intend to remake Lincoln Blvd south of the 10 freeway, so it looks as much as...

 
 By Preity Upala    Opinion    May 5, 2017

The French Elections: The Impossible Presidential Candidate

I am referring of course to Emmanuel Macron, one of the contenders for the top job at the French presidential elections. This election has turned out to be one of the most unpredictable and dynamic in...

 
 By Zane    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Congress "intent on doing anything but protecting wildlife"

Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding the passage of S.J. Res.18 in the U.S. Senate: "While Amer...

 

State Bar Runs Out of Attorneys to Prosecute, so it Prosecutes 30 year old case against Prosecutor

Statute of Limitations Must Govern State Bar Actions Last week's decision by the California State Bar to file disciplinary charges against former Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanichbased on...

 

City's Stupid Lincoln Blvd Plan Will Cut Off Main Southern Route Out of Santa Monica

In what may be the most ill conceived traffic plan ever created by civil employees paid more than $250,000 a year, the City of Santa Monica is pushing a plan to narrow Lincoln Blvd into one lane in...

 
 By Larry Gross    Opinion    March 21, 2017

We are the homeless capital of the nation. How can this be if we have rent control?

We fully support Assembly Member Richard Bloom's AB 1506 to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Los Angeles is a city of renters with 64% of the residents being renters. Yet, 64% of those...

 

Reckless Bill to Repeal Limits on Rent-Control will make Housing Crisis Worse

One of the more depressing tricks employed by people who favor more government control of everything is this: Put government controls on a business, which causes problems, and then use the problems...

 

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...

 

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