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 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    April 22, 2021 

Law that Would Allow Targets of a Recall to See Who Hates Them is Dropped

State Senator Josh Newman, a Democrat, is pulling from consideration his proposal to allow the objects of a recall petition access to the names and contact information of those who signed the...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    April 22, 2021 

California Quietly Slides into a Drought While Officials Say to Build for 1.34 Million More Thirsty Residents

Our legislators' hunger for more and more housing units in the region ignores one remarkably significant limiting factor: water supply. Over recorded history in the region, California has suffered...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 21, 2021

SMPD Says to Prepare for a Riot Even Though No Specific Information Any Will Occur

As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins to draw to an end with the jury beginning its deliberations this week regarding the death of George Floyd, Santa Monica's Police Chief, Jacqueline Seabrook, delive...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 18, 2021

Firearm in Possession of a Felon Discovered During Marijuana Arrest by Santa Monica Police Department

Santa Monica Police arrested two suspects on Thursday, April 8th, near 7 pm for possession of marijuana for sale. One of the suspects was found to have a 9mm handgun with a high-capacity 9 mm...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 13, 2021

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Reopens April 2, Albeit in Limited Fashion

After more than a year of forced closure, the Pacific Park amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier has reopened. With the county entering the red, and then the orange tiers of public health...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 13, 2021

Travelers to the County No Longer Have to Quarantine Upon Arrival if They are Fully Vaccinated

As Los Angeles County moved into the Orange Tier on Monday and following the latest CDC directives, public health officials issued new guidelines regarding travel. Now travelers who are fully...

 

Bonin Makes Bonehead Bid to Put Homeless Encampments in Beach Parking Lots and Establish Other Vagrant Camps Throughout His District

How does one get a free room with oceanfront view, no taxes to pay, and no building codes to follow? According to Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin, be a vagrant. The controversial councilmember is...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Lockdowns Were a Disaster: Public Health Should Have Been Achieved Via the Carrot Instead of the Stick: Santa Monica Shines COVID-19 Assurance Program is Almost an Example

UPDATE/CORRECTION: The Santa Monica Shines program does not involve inspections from city of Santa Monica code inspectors. Sustainable Works conducts the walk-throughs to grant the Assurance Seal and...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 3, 2021

Two Assailants From Wisconsin Charged in Armed Robbery on Ocean Avenue

Two suspects apprehended by the Santa Monica Police Department on March 28 have been charged with assault by the LA District Attorney. The two men were among a group of three males who allegedly...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    April 2, 2021

Child Molestation on Bike Path in Venice; It Takes Police 15 Minutes to Respond

It took LAPD 15 minutes to respond to a bystander's call for help to stop a man molesting a three-year-old girl by the Ocean Front Walk bike path in Venice, according to a social media post found in...

 

Santa Monica Man with Cerebral Palsy Makes a Film in Five Days, Completing the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

"My parents were told to go on with their lives, without me." So begins Cody LaScala's story on the Napa, Intensive Therapy, website. On his first birthday, he was found lifeless at the bottom of a...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 31, 2021

Vaccine Eligibilty Expanded to People over 50 Starting April 1 in California; All Adults Starting April 15

Public Health is happy to see eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expanded by the State, starting April 1, for individuals age 50 and older, and starting April 15, for individuals age 16 and older....

 

As Covid-19 Deaths Hit Daily Single Digits, County of Los Angeles Allows Bars to Reopen, Loosening the Reins of Government Infinitesimally

March 23, 2021 - Almost exactly a year since the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health shut them down, bars and wineries not serving meals are now allowed to open - as long as guests...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Health    March 27, 2021

LA County Expects to Move From the Red to the Orange Tier in Early April, Rapidly Easing Lockdown Restrictions

Los Angeles County may be moving into the Orange Tier of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in early April if case numbers continue to remain at their current low levels. The county finally moved out of...

 

Bill to Create Single-Payer Health Coverage Introduced at the Last Minute in California State Legislature

A bill that would upend the state's health insurance industry was introduced in the California State Legislature on the last possible day, February 19. The proposed legislation, authored by State...

 

Optics Over Reality with Hero Pay Ordinances for Grocery and Drug Store Workers: 4 Reasons This is A Terrible Idea

March 11, 2021 The City of Santa Monica on Tuesday joined the County and City of Los Angeles in adopting an ordinance granting an additional $5 per hour "hero pay" to workers at large grocery chains...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 11, 2021

California Quietly Okays Vaccines for Inmate Population; Nobody is Willing to Say They Made the Decision or Talk About it

March 9, 2021 - The California Department of Corrections, which runs the state's prisons quietly began offering Covid-19 vaccines to the staff and also incarerated individuals at the state's prisons...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 8, 2021

Santa Monica's Elementary Schools Prepare Cautiously for a Phased-In 'Reopening' of 1-2 Days of In-Person Instruction Per Week Starting March 15

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District reached an agreement with the teachers' union to 'reopen' the elementary schools with a target date of March 15. Reopening does not mean a full-on return to...

 

Upgrading Your Living Situation to Make Room for a Home Office? California is the 2nd Most Expensive Place to Do So

A recent Gallup poll showed that 58 percent of America's workers are now doing so remotely. Lockdowns from the pandemic caused much of this migration from the office to the home, but in California,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Events   

Bergamot Station to Get 6-Foot Garland of Roses For National Day of Mourning March 1 in Memoriam for Covid-19 Dead

With the nation's death toll from Covid-19 passing half a million this week and nearly 20,000 deceased in Los Angeles County, a group of artists and individuals sought to find a way for the country...

 

Will Santa Monica Cave to Big-Bucks Developer with a Massive and Wacky Building Design Seeking to Replace the Crime Vons on Lincoln?

The developer of the $1 billion Frank Gehry housing project across from the Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles is asking Santa Monica's Architectural Review Board for concessions with its...

 

Los Angeles County to Allow Schools to Reopen But Don't Celebrate too Soon: It Won't Last and Santa Monica Will Not Be Included

FEBRUARY 16 Los Angeles County's Department of Public Health announced yesterday that they expect to reach a level of Covid-19 cases that will allow elementary schools to reopen today. The state of Ca...

 

Suspicious Bill Proposed in California State Legislature to Limit Access to Contract Tracing Information

2/17: A bill was introduced yesterday in the California State Assembly that would limit the ability of government agencies that are not health departments from using information collected in contact t...

 

California Announces it Will Next Vaccinate People with Additional Health Risks Regarding Covid-19

Quickly following the announcement of three new groups of workers who will be eligible to receive the vaccine against Covid-19, the State of California's Department of Public Health announced it will...

 

Newsom Backs Down, Lets Churches Meet Indoors Again After SCOTUS Rules Against Him 6-3

Over the weekend, California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to change the current lockdown guidelines regarding places of worship in which all indoor worship is prohibited. Newsom's change in policy...

 

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