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 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    July 28, 2021 

Attempted Coup at Santa Monica Housing Commission Meeting – A Case of Nepotism?

At the July 15, 2021 meeting of the Santa Monica Housing Commission, Chair Michael Soloff proceeded with the selection of the leadership even though commissioners had not yet been appointed by the...

 
 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Mayor Himmelrich Should Refrain from Nominating or Voting for Caroline Torosis Due to Appearance of Conflict of Interest

The following is a written public comment submitted to the Santa Monica City Council on 6/29/21 This is to request that Mayor Himmelrich refrain from nominating or voting for SMRR-endorsed Council...

 

Is It Time for a Taxpayer Lawsuit Regarding Homeless Services in Santa Monica?

If you are wondering how your tax dollars are spent on addressing the homeless crisis in Santa Monica, do not ask the City as they would likely not be able to answer. They would probably even think...

 

Open Letter to Santa Monica City Council Regarding Reselection of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem on January 12, 2021

The main purpose of this letter is to urge the City Council and Councilmember McCowan to reconsider Mr. Cardona's position as stated in his January 6, 2021 response to Olga Zurawska's Demand to Cure...

 

Formal Demand Calls for Do-Over Vote to Select Santa Monica Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem

A Demand to Cure and Correct alleges a Brown Act violation regarding the selection of Council leadership, calls for Council to conduct new vote without participation of Councilmember McCowan. Letter...

 

"Liberal" City of Santa Monica Disenfranchises Section 8 Tenants

Throughout Santa Monica, about 1,488 residents currently live in subsidized housing known as Section 8, a federal program administered by the Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA). These are the...

 

On the Day of the Homeless Count: a Question for the Homeless Industrial Complex

Over the past two years eight lawsuits have been filed by clients and former employees against the City’s sole provider of homeless services, The People Concern. A current lawsuit by a former...

 
 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    June 25, 2019

City to Fund $669K in Improvements to Samoshel Tent after 25 Years of Neglect

Thanks to community advocacy, City Council approved $669K in funding for improvements to Samoshel - an interim housing facility located on City property, leased and operated by OPCC dba The People...

 
 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    June 10, 2019

Advocates Slam Himmelrich, Cole, Maceri over Homeless Services in Santa Monica

We oppose the extension of funding for OPCC dba The People Concern, unless the City commissions an independent fiscal and performance audit. If the City extends the funding, we propose it should be...

 

Dead Bodies, Conflicts of interest & Fat Salaries: The Murky Waters of City's Social Services

I have serious concerns about the qualifications and performance of the Santa Monica Social Services Commission, and particularly its Chair Mr. Parent, as well as the staff liaison Ms. Yavari, whose...

 
 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    June 18, 2018

City Council Continues to Enable Abuses at OPCC Facilities Despite Mounting Evidence

This Council is about to approve $1.6M in public funding for OPCC dba The People Concern, supposedly for the provision of homeless services. This is despite the City being on notice for at least two...

 

Homeless Count Justifies Misuse of Public Funds by OPCC

The homeless count is a cause for celebration for homeless services providers because it gives them an idea of how much public funding they will be receiving to sustain themselves for another year....

 

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