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Booster Shots Targeting Omicron to be Available in LA County Next Week

September 1, 2022 - Today, Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, announced that doses of the new booster shot targeting Omicron will be arriving in the county between September 6 and 9. The...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 26, 2022

SMPD Chief Disputes Characterization Officers Don't Patrol at Night but Local Business Owner Says SMPD Presence is Nonexistent Downtown

August 24, 2022 - At the Santa Monica City Council meeting last night Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista vigorously disputed what he called the "falsehood" that there are no police officers...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 26, 2022

Santa Monica Police Reportedly Cut Weekend Crime by Almost 50% With Their Increased Presence Over the Past 3 Weekends

August 24, 2022 - Santa Monica Police Chief Ramon Batista gave a rosy picture of strides forward made by the department in cutting crime over the past few months at a City Council meeting last night....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 26, 2022

Armed, Violent Robbery on the Sidewalk at 2nd and Washington

August 22, 2022 - A man talking on his cell phone on the sidewalk near 2nd Street and Washington Avenue in Santa Monica after midnight on Sunday morning was approached by three men who held a gun to...

 

How Many People Have Actually Died from Covid-19 in Los Angeles County?

August 22, 2022 - The Los Angeles County Public Health Department claims that 31,291 residents have died of Covid-19 as of August 22 since the pandemic began in March, 2020. But have that many people...

 

Purveyors of "Critical" Ethnic Studies Seek to Indoctrinate New K-12 Teachers After Failing to Get State to Incorporate Their Antisemitic Doctrine in Curriculum

August 17, 2022 - Having failed in their attempt to make Ethnic Studies a high school requirement for admission to a University of California campus, proponents of "critical" ethnic studies are...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 15, 2022

Santa Monica Mayor's Husband Has to Testify About Short-Term Rental Law He Drafted

August 12, 2022 - NMS, one of the largest developers of property in Santa Monica, won a bid to depose Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich's husband, Michael Soloff, in a court decision July 26 regarding...

 

Do Covid-19 Vaccines Make the Public Safer? Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer Declines to Say

August 5, 2022 - At her media briefing yesterday, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, declined to answer a question from a Los Angeles Times reporter regarding to what exte...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 8, 2022

Santa Monica City Officials Warned of Potential for Violence on Library Grounds Where They had Contracted for Unarmed Guards

August 2, 2022 - City officials were warned of dangerous conditions on the grounds of the central Santa Monica Public Library well in advance of the fatal stabbing Friday evening in the north...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Health    August 5, 2022

Novavax, a Non-mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine, Will be Available in Los Angeles County Beginning August 3

August 2, 2022 - The Novavax vaccine to prevent serious disease in Covid-19 will begin to be administered at county Public Health vaccination sites beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3. The...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 3, 2022

No Indoor Mask Mandate, Says Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, Pointing to Declining Hospital Admissions

July 28, 2022 - There will be no reinstitution of an indoor mask mandate in public spaces, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced today in a media briefing. She had announced two weeks ago...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 20, 2022

Indoor Masks Coming Back to Los Angeles County July 29, by All Indications

July 14, 2022 - Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health for Los Angeles County, says they will impose a universal indoor mask mandate for public spaces starting July 29. She thinks it highly...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Stop Giving Booster Shots If You Want to Slow Covid-19 Transmission - Our Message to Los Angeles County Health Department

July 8, 2022 - Los Angeles County has been living under the threat of a new indoor mask mandate for weeks now as Covid-19 cases, driven by various Omicron subvariants, bring more Covid patients to...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 6, 2022

Thanks to 'Change Slate' City Councilmembers, Downtown Santa Monica Inc Board Now Composed of Majority Stakeholders

June 30, 2022 - On Tuesday night, the City Council narrowly voted to appoint three business property owners to the Downtown Santa Monica, Inc board instead of the previous council-connected...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    July 6, 2022

Fully Boosted Are Catching Covid-19 More Frequently than Those with Primary Vaccine Series Only, Both in Los Angeles County and the Nation

June 23, 2022 - Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are revealing that individuals who are up to date with their Covid-19 booster shots are...

 

Los Angeles County Predicted to Require Indoor Masks After Mid-July

June 23, 2022 - At a media briefing this afternoon, Dr. Paul Simon, the County Health Department's Chief Science Officer, pushed back the prediction for when transmission will reach the point of...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    July 4, 2022

Covid-19 Death Rate for Under-50 Population Negligible According to Los Angeles County Health Department

June 24, 2022 - The death rates from Covid-19 for the past month have been so low for those under 50 years old that the Los Angeles County Health Department is unable to show them on a bar chart....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    July 4, 2022

Thousands of Illegal Fireworks Seized in Azusa Just Before July 4th Holiday Weekend

A tip developed by a Community Violence Reduction Division investigator led to the seizure of 14,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in Azusa ahead of the 4th of July weekend. In a press release, Los...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 4, 2022

Potential Asbestos Threat Halts Demolition of Parking Structure 3 in Downtown Santa Monica

June 24, 2022 - The City of Santa Monica abruptly halted continuing its planned demolition of Parking Structure 3 downtown amid allegations it was not sufficiently protecting the public against...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    June 20, 2022

Allied Universal Security Proves Insufficient for the Job on the Very Night Santa Monica City Council Okays Their New Contract

June 15, 2022 - Pools of urine, tagged walls, drug addicts, and homeless squatters greeted downtown Santa Monica property owner John Alle as he arrived early to work the morning following the City...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 20, 2022

$20,000 Stolen in Major Heist on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade at 7:30 pm

June 16, 2022 - Yesterday evening, a specialty store located in the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade was robbed of nearly $20,000 in gold by a group invading the store. The robbery occurred...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 20, 2022

DTSM Chair and Actual Downtown Santa Monica Property Owner Square Off Over Safety Ambassador Program

June 14, 2022 - An editorial in the Santa Monica Mirror by Santa Monica College Board of Trustee Vice-Chair and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Chair Barry Snell advocating the continuation of the...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 20, 2022

Santa Monica Audit Subcommittee Member Marc Verville Schools Former Mayor Denny Zane on Financial Reality

June 14, 2022 - In a passionate letter to the Santa Monica City Council, former Mayor and Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights co-founder Denny Zane blasted Councilmember Phil Brock's proposed tax on...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    June 15, 2022

Mold at Santa Monica John Muir Elementary/SMASH School Campus Causes Relocation of All Students and Staff

June 10, 2022 - For at least one school year, if not more, the entire campus of Muir Elementary/Smash on 4th Street in Santa Monica will be evacuated. The decision to relocate students and staff came...

 

Election Results of the California June 7 Primary For Santa Monica

June 10, 2022 - Results from the primary election that was held on June 7 are still preliminary as vote-by-mail ballots still have several days to reach their destination. But results are available...

 

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