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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 27, 2021 

Los Angeles County to Reopen Outdoor Dining on Friday, Other Sectors, Even Though ICU Capacity Remains Low

January 26 - On Monday, following an announcement by California Governor Gavin Newsom that the state was lifting its Stay Home Order, the LA County Public Health Department also announced an easing...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 27, 2021 

Dodger Stadium Vaccination Site Needs Some Help from the Manager of Chick-fil-A

If you're thinking of going to Dodger Stadium to get yourself or an elderly loved one vaccinated, I can give you the lowdown here, having been there yesterday. Let me begin by saying that all of the...

 

You Were Dreaming of a Big Wedding, but - Covid? Never Fear: Lovely Little Weddings Has Got You

When the lockdowns hit Southern California, it didn't take wedding industry professional Andrea Cohen long to realize she could turn what seemed like devastation into a new business. The owner of...

 

California Condor Chick Spreads its Wings at Los Angeles Zoo, a Triumph of Conservation

In 1982, California Condors, magnificent birds with a wingspan of over 9 feet, were all but extinct. Only 22 individual birds were left. But since the inception of the California Condor Recovery Progr...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 25, 2021

LA County Boasts of Opening More COVID-19 Vaccination Sites but Are they Really Capable of Delivering?

LA County's Department of Public Health announced today the opening of large-scale COVID-19 vaccination sites and introduced a website for making appointments. The vaccine is now available to health...

 

Heavies from the Political Past and Present Recommend Recall of California Governor Newsom

After eleven months of varying stages of lockdown in the State of California and during a botched local delivery of COVID vaccine, a campaign to recall Governor Newsom appears to be gathering steam....

 

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin Claims Police Union to Blame for Layoffs when LA Cut $150 million from the Police Department: Makes Sense, Right?

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin continued his attack on the city's police union January 12, with an emailed statement claiming the police union alone is standing in the way of the metropolis...

 

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom Sets His Cap for County Supervisor Seat to be Vacated by Sheila Kuehl

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom announced he will run for Los Angeles County Supervisor in 2022. There are five county supervisors, representing roughly 10 million people in Los Angeles county....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 4, 2021

Why Aren't California Officials Mobilizing More Hospital Beds? Newsom Does Not Explain in His Presser

According to the World Health Organization, the purpose of a lockdown should only be "to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted,"...

 

Newsom Always Knew We Would Be Curfewed and Restricted for More than Three Weeks

The state's Stay Home Order has been extended past the 3-week term originally given at the beginning of December. This is no surprise. Officials warned us when they instituted the additional...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 2, 2021

Urgent: Local Engineering Student with Mental Health Problems is Missing

Dane Elkins's mother and friends have been searching for him since he abandoned his car around 8:20 pm near the 5 Freeway and Templin Highway in Castaic on December 20. Deborah Elkins, Dane's mother,...

 

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Rearranges the Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Supporting Hybrid Learning Once Los Angeles County Reaches Tier 2, Which Will Not Happen This School Year

On Thursday, December 17, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board voted on a plan to support a modified hybrid learning model once Los Angeles County reaches a Tier 2 level regarding COVID-19....

 

Can Gascon Hack it? With His Reversal on Sentencing Enhancements, New Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon Reveals it was George Soros's Money Rather than Gascon's Political Savvy that Got him Elected

Newly installed LA County District Attorney George Gascon was forced to reverse his initial shot at eliminating all sentencing enhancements in charges filed against criminal defendants last week. On F...

 

Does Playground Reopening Indicate a Shift in COVID Lockdown Policies? Or Did Gov. Newsom and California Public Health Department Simply Piss Off the Wrong People?

The state government reversed its ban on outdoor playgrounds on Wednesday, December 9. Playgrounds were one of the sectors closed when the state's Stay Home Order went into effect on the Monday of tha...

 

Free Parking in Downtown Santa Monica Structures for Happy Covid Christmas Shopping

Parking will be free at the downtown parking structures 1-6 from December 14 to December 25 in a strangely mixed message from the City of Santa Monica. A press release from Downtown Santa Monica...

 

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

UPDATE: After winning election as the District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles by 53.53%, Gascon has set about doing every single thing he promised in the below article. While 53.53% may sound...

 

Self-indulgent Santa Monica City Hall Annex Gets Green Building Award from the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles

December 9 This week Santa Monica officials got exactly what they wanted when they approved a $76.7 million dollar City Hall annex in 2017 - at a whopping cost of $1,528 per square foot. They won an...

 

No More Haircuts; Entrance Screening at Shops - ICU Drops Below 15% in Southern California, Triggering State's Stay Home Order

December 6 - Over the weekend, ICU remaining capacity at hospitals in the Southern California region dipped below 15%, triggering a new set of of closures in various sectors of the community. The new...

 

Two unlucky defendants get additional charges for gang association shortly before Gascon takes over

Two defendants face possible life sentences for extorting a transgender woman. On October 4, Javier Trimin-Rodriguez aka Golden, 22, and Margarita Valencia aka Inquieta, 23, extorted the transgender...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    December 8, 2020

Do We Really Have to Stay Home?

UPDATE: ICU capacity did drop below the magical 15% over this weekend. The additional restrictions will kick in at midnight on Sunday, December 6. The fear-mongering statements predicted were made by...

 

Protestors heckle Sheila Kuehl's Santa Monica House After She Closes Outdoor Restaurants and then Eats at One

A small but noisy protest was held outside of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's house in Santa Monica this Tuesday morning. The previous week, on Monday, November 23, Kuehl voted to close all...

 

Lockdown Queen Barbara Ferrer Besieged by Protestors at Her Home on Sunday

About 75 protestors marched up the hilly roads above Dodger Stadium on Sunday to protest outside the home of Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. Ferrer has been the orchestrator...

 

Motion Fails to Bring Back Outdoor Dining: Two County Supervisors Dispute Science Behind Banning Outdoor Dining

Two Los Angeles County Supervisors led a failed attempt to reverse the county Department of Public Health's decision to close outdoor dining at area restaurants. Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice...

 

Why is Santa Monica So Eager to Build 8,874 Units? Questions Raised During Webinar Have Not Yet Been Answered

It's been almost two weeks since the City's Planning Department hosted their first webinar about the Housing Element Update - the plan to zone for an additional 8,874 residential units as ordered by...

 

The Lockdown is Back: LA County Issues 10 pm Curfew

Reacting to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued new restrictions, including a 10 pm cutoff hour for non-essential businesses - with the...

 

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