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Santa Monica Measure GS to Increase the Property Transfer Tax by 833% is Still Squeaking Ahead in the Polls

November 17, 2022 - Santa Monica Measure GS, which would increase property transfer taxes on property over $8 million is squeaking ahead in the polls with 52.46% of the vote - only 1,431 votes - as...

 

Bivalent Covid-19 and Flu Vaccines Now Offered with Your Pizza in Crypto.com Arena at Los Angeles Lakers LA Clippers and LA Kings Hockey Games

November 15, 2022 - Today the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that they are partnering with Crypto.com Arena, the Los Angeles Lakers, the LA Clippers, and LA Kings to arrange...

 

Are the Democrats Losing Their Amazing Lead in California, even in Santa Monica?

November 17, 2022 - Democrats won big in statewide offices in the November 8 election in California as was expected, but the lead by which they are winning is closer than in 2018. Races for the...

 

Update November 17, 2022: Santa Monica Local Election Results

November 17, 2022 - The results below from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder are as of November 16 at 3:20 pm. 35.5% of eligible voters's ballots have been received so far. There have been no...

 

Less Californians are Voting with Universal Mail-in Ballots While Elections Take a Month to Become Official

November 16, 2022 - Official results of the General Election that took place on Tuesday, November 8 will not be certified by the California Secretary of State until December 16. With universal...

 

Update November 15, 2022: Santa Monica Local Election Results

November 15, 2022 - The results below from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder are as of November 15 at 3:41 pm. 33.63% of eligible voters's ballots have been received so far. There have been...

 

Lana Negrete holds on so far as Santa Monica City Councilmember

November 11, 2022 - The results below from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder are as of November 10 at 4:23 pm. With 25.8% of registered voters' ballots received, it is unknown how many...

 

Santa Monica Local Election Results as of November 9 3:35 AM

November 9, 2022 - The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder released election results as of 3:35 am this morning. Results will be updated on Friday November 11. Some of the local results may change...

 

Armed Robbery at the 7-11 on Lincoln and Pico in Santa Monica; Two Homeless Men Arrested

November 2, 2022 - The Santa Monica Police Department reports that two homeless men have been arrested in connection with a shooting on October 29 at the 7-11 located on the corner of Lincoln...

 

Your Santa Monica Common Sense (California State) Voting Guide

October 20 - Votes by mail can start immediately and in-person voting centers will open on October 29. Here's how to cast your ballot in a way to best help our larger community. Or, in the case of...

 

Your Santa Monica Common Sense (Local) Voting Guide

October 20, 2022 - Mail-in ballots have arrived in mail boxes and voting centers are open starting October 29. How can you cast your ballot in a way that will benefit the community, bringing health,...

 

Your Los Angeles County Common Sense Voting Guide

October 20 - Here's how to vote to support one of the most populous counties in the country, restoring as much safety and prosperity as possible from that stolen by a largely dysfunctional County...

 

Lana Negrete Talks Santa Monica Problems and Solutions in Her Run for City Council

October 12, 2022 - Lana Negrete was appointed to the Sant Monica City Council in June 2021 to replace longtime councilmember Kevin McKeown who had resigned. She is now running for a place on the...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    October 6, 2022

Berkeley Law School Student Groups Adopt Bylaw Prohibiting Speakers who Hold Pro-Israel Views, Thus Excluding Over 90% of Jews from Speaking on Any Topic

September 30, 2022 - Multiple student groups at UC Berkeley's School of Law began the school year by adopting a bylaw written by the Law Students for Justice in Palestine (LSJP) agreeing to boycott...

 

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...

 

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