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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    October 23, 2020 

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Approves Purchase of New $21 Million Headquarters Office Building

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the $21 million purchase of an office building at 1717 4th Street for use as their headquarters. The building sits on...

 

How to Vote on our Local Santa Monica Ballot, if You Want to Climb Out of the Toilet We're In

Along with the alarming issues on the California State ballot there are a few alarming issues to be decided at the city and county level. In addition, you must choose who you want to run various...

 

How to Vote on the Propositions if You Don't Want a Toilet State in California

There are many alarmingly radical propositions on the ballot this election. Please go through the many measures, educate yourself, and vote. Otherwise, you will be unpleasantly surprised with the...

 

Why Vote for the Slate of 4 for Santa Monica City Council

Santa Monica looks like one big construction pit. Soon enough, it will look like one big traffic jam, with cars circling like sharks (if they can move) to find the extremely rare parking spot. All...

 

California Health Equity Metric is the Last Straw in the Government's Lockdown Camel

The latest in a series of ever-changing requirements for reopening is the California Health Equity Metric. Before the new metric was announced by Governor Newsom at the end of September, a county...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    October 15, 2020

Wimpy Public Leaders Create Public Scorn for their Stupid Laws: Nobody Cares about COVID Regulations Any More

The news that Governor Newsom is now allowing people to gather outside of their household was greeted with premature joy and celebration in Los Angeles County. Our county, deep in the most...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    October 15, 2020

City of Santa Monica Wants to Boil You in Hot Coffee

If you want to avoid getting hot coffee spilled on you in Santa Monica, you're out of luck. Thanks to our current city council, single-use plastics used in the food and beverage industry were banned...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    October 12, 2020

Push poll seeks to persuade Santa Monica voters to like the Plaza Who could have paid for it? We wonder...

On Tuesday, I answered a call that turned out to be a push poll in favor of the Plaza project at 4th and Arizona. The Plaza will take over two city blocks in downtown Santa Monica with 106,800 square...

 

State with Electricity Shortage Orders Everyone to Buy Electric Cars. Gov. Newsom Bans Gas Cars in 15 years

Governor Newsom signed an executive order requiring all passenger vehicles sold after 2035 to be zero-emission. The order commands the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations that will...

 

George Gascon of San Francisco Wants to be Your County District Attorney, but You Don't Want Him

George Gascon, a Havana-born former police officer, resigned his position as San Francisco District Attorney in October, at the same time announcing his intention to run for the same office in Los...

 

Trump Strikes Blow at Critical Race Theory for Anti-American Curricula, Threatens to Cut Federal Funding

California could lose federal education funding if they persist in teaching an "antiracist" curriculum. Last week, Trump was alerted via segments on Fox News that workers at federal agencies were...

 

So Is it a Boy or a Girl? CalFire Blames Gender Reveal for El Dorado Fire

8,600 acres have burned and many residents have been evacuated in Yucaipa because of a fire started by a gender reveal party. A device used to blow blue or pink smoke to reveal the gender of an expect...

 

Police Union Guilty of Ruining the City's Economy, says Mike Bonin, Blaming the Union for His Own Covid-related Policy Mistakes

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin published an editorial in the LA Times and sent out an email blasting the police union for refusing to take a pay cut during a time of deadly...

 

Santa Monica City Council Bars Leases if Less than a Year: A Move to Preserve Tax Income While Allaying Renters' Fears

Declaring they were "building community," the Santa Monica City Council voted on additional rules to try forcing out Airbnb-type rentals. Under the new law, landlords could not offer a lease for less...

 

Santa Monica Flexes Muscles Yet Again with Threat to Cut Off Power to "Party Houses"

8/27/20: On Monday, the City of Santa Monica issued its 22nd Local Emergency Supplement, that is, yet another order restricting citizens' rights. This time, the city threatens to fine property owners...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    August 24, 2020

Santa Monica at Risk for Power Blackouts Due to Power Plant Closings, Poor Reserves, and Over-Ambitious Green Goals

Over the weekend, the state's California Independent System Operator, the overseer of the state's power grid, instituted the first rolling blackout due to power shortage in 20 years. Three of the...

 

Power Outages Highlight Progressive California's Inability to Handle its Size: Upzoning is Wildly Irresponsible

Power outages due to lack of supply affected nearly half a million customers in California last weekend. The shortage of available power was at least in part due to the state's commitment to clean...

 

Even in Life After Death, The Catholic Church is On Trial

The Catholic church must go to trial over funds appropriated from cemetery maintenance fees. On Friday, July 31, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles lost a summary judgment motion to...

 

Public Health Officials Freak Out Over COVID-19 Violations After One Woman Killed at Illegal Party in Beverly Crest

A woman was shot and killed and four others sustained wounds after an unknown number of gunmen fired multiple rounds at a house party in the exclusive Beverly Crest neighborhood. The shooting...

 

Is the Government Going too Far in Trying to Control Covid, Trampling Civil Rights and Not Necessarily Solving the Problem?

On Wednesday, the City of Los Angeles and Santa Monica issued further emergency orders in apparent reaction to the infamous house party held Monday night in Beverly Crest for an NFL football player....

 

SMMUSD's New Anti-Racism Curriculum May Do More Harm than Good

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Ben Drati sent an email to parents and the public outlining the district's plans to combat racism, including a website of parent resources,...

 

The Illusion of a California Housing Crisis Versus the True Need for More Infrastructure, Including Water

The State Legislature has been working hard to attempt to squeeze 1.8 million more units of housing into the state before 2029 by producing at least nine land-use proposals this year, each of which...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    July 26, 2020

Why California's No Cash Bail Covid-19 Experiment, Is a Complete Failure and a Woke Joke

In a preview of good times to come should voters fail in November to revoke SB 10, California's No-Cash Bail law, a Huntington Park man stole over a dozen cars in twelve separate incidents - after...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 26, 2020

Goodbye, California Zoning Laws, as Legislature Makes Authoritarian Grab for Land Control with 9 Proposals

Between the State Senate and the State Assembly, nine bills are under consideration that would drastically change the balance of power regarding land use and zoning in California. Each bill seeks to...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Schools    July 22, 2020

Let's Use Covid-19 to Rethink America's Public Schools. They're Obsolete, Anyway

All over the United States, local and national leaders debate the possibility of opening school in the fall. In many areas, officials and teachers are reluctant to invite children to congregate and...

 

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