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Articles from the January 24, 2022 edition

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  • How Much Was Spent on Homeless and How Many Were Helped? Santa Monica Staff Has No Idea

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jan 24, 2022

    1/21/22: Staff for the City of Santa Monica released a report this month titled "Overview of Homeless Outreach and Hygiene Services" in response to requests from some city councilmembers for a comprehensive report on what is being done to address homelessness, how much it is costing, and what effect it has had. None of the requested information is addressed in full in the January 6 staff report. Measures to address homelessness increase a complex web of different types of outreach teams, some...

  • This Year's Covid-19 Surge is Ten Times Less Deadly Than Last Year's

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jan 24, 2022

    January 21, 2022 - Matters can always change over the next few weeks, but a comparison of the same 6-week period spanning the New Year shows 10 times less deaths for the number of Covid-19 cases this winter over last winter. The surge of Covid-19 occurred over the same basic period of time last year as this year. Using a span of 6 weeks, approximately the length of time it could take a Covid-19 patient to move from diagnosis to death, the following numbers were recorded by the Los Angeles...

  • Downtown Santa Monica Inc is Failing and Needs a New Charter and Leadership

    John Alle, Santa Monica Business and Property Owner|Jan 24, 2022

    For the first time in over a quarter century, the organization designated to manage Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade and Downtown, will have a new Director. The DTSM Board and Stakeholders together, need to have an open discussion on what the actual job description should be for a replacement. The Board should not select a search firm until there is basic agreement of the job description. During the interim, a temporary manager can oversee basic operations. What began as a volunteer business...

  • LASD Seek 3 Suspects in Three 7/11 Robberies Monday Night Near Lakewood

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 24, 2022

    LA County Sheriff's are seeking 3 suspects in a series of armed robberies that occurred at convenience stores on Monday night, officials said. Suspects wearing the same clothing took place in all three robberies. One of the robberies was caught on video and all the robberies occurred at 7-Eleven stores, in Southeast LA. The first occurred at 9:10 p.m. at a 7-Eleven in the 5800 block of Bellflower Boulevard in Lakewood. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies received a call regarding a silent...

  • Many of Santa Monica's Homeless Are Armed

    John Alle, Santa Monica business and property owner|Jan 24, 2022

    Early Friday morning I met an unhoused person charging his phone on the 3rd level of Garage 4. He gave me his permission to record our conversation. We spoke for 40 minutes, sitting between one filthy water drain and a phone charging outlet. His answers and information corroborate my other interviews with the homeless in our garages. The following is information he volunteered (that we already know) - - 1) Garages 3, 4 and 6 are the places to charge one's phone. Garage 6 is best because all the...

  • Gascon Has Made DA Office Into Image of a Badly Run Airline

    Eric Siddall, Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jan 24, 2022

    Often questioned about his lack of prosecutorial experience, George Gascón has compared running the District Attorney's Office to managing an airline. Experience? Expertise? They don't matter. What matters-according to Gascón -is his management credentials. And after one year, the Gascón administration does feel a bit like a domestic airline. Terrible service. No trust. Low employee morale. Chaotic. The feeling of being abandoned. Los Angeles is increasingly become unsafe. Yet, the DA has no pla...

  • The Divine Feminine and Imagination

    Alita Arose, Special to the Observer|Jan 24, 2022

    "Imagination is more important than knowledge," one of Albert Einstein's prolific quotes, resounds through the ethers with trembling ominousness. As western culture continues exponentiating artificial intelligence, civilians are unconsciously consenting in allowing their intuitions and imaginations to enter the foreboding threat of moving from endangered to extinct. Imagination is one of the most blessed treasures gifted to humanity, and there currently is a war upon it. What might some of the...

  • Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich Rolls Eyes at MLK Jr.'s Message on Civility

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 24, 2022

    Rattled after public speakers criticized her favored Housing Commission applicant (an incumbent of ten years), the Mayor admonished the commenters for exercising their freedom of speech during the City Council meeting on January 11, 2022. "I just want to remind people that it is often enough to support the candidate you want without bashing the ones you don't. That's what civility is. It's unnecessary, it's cruel, and I think it's incredibly not only disrespectful, but just mean stuff." - Mayor...