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Articles from the February 1, 2022 edition

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  • We'll Be Wearing Masks Forever if We Don't Get Rid of Ferrer

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Feb 1, 2022

    January 27, 2022 - At a media briefing today, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health was repeatedly asked when restrictive measures such as vaccine and mask mandates might be relaxed in the future. In each case, she rationalized the continuation of these measures even as she acknowledged the county has "turned the corner" on the surge of Omicron Covid-19 cases. She focused with tunnel vision on transmission rates, completely ignoring the plummeting number of deaths per new...

  • Danny Alvarez Named New Santa Monica Fire Chief

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 1, 2022

    Danny Alvarez has been appointed as the new Fire Chief of the Santa Monica Fire Department, city officials announced on Thursday. Alvarez comes to Santa Monica from fellow ISO Class 1-rated Burbank Fire Department where he has spent the last 25 years and currently serves as Deputy Fire Chief.   He will start his new post on February 28 with an annual salary of $282,048.    "We had an exceptionally strong talent pool for our next Fire Chief, but ultimately, Alvarez rose to the...

  • City of Santa Monica Should be Sued to Stop Ongoing Conflicts of Interest at Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM)

    John Alle, Special to the Observer|Feb 1, 2022

    There are significant and illegal conflicts of interest by two DTSM Board Members, Tara Barauskas and Johannes Van Tilburg, that affect the Stakeholders and further damage the reputation of DTSM. These Board Members must resign immediately. The Political Reform Act "prohibits a public official from using his or her official position to influence a governmental decision in which he or she has a financial interest." (1) It requires every state and local agency to adopt a conflict of interest code...

  • 80% of Covid Deaths Involve Underlying Conditions, According to LA County Health Data for the Last Two Weeks

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Feb 1, 2022

    UPDATE: LA County Department of Public Health has explained that deaths are regarded as from Covid rather than the underlying condition if any non-accidental/traumatic death occurs less than 30 days of a positive covid test (used to be less than 60 days until recently). January 27, 2022 - Health officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health sporadically release statistics regarding whether deaths listed as from Covid involved underlying conditions. They do not give such data...

  • Official Koala Tartan Created to Help These Endangered Animals

    Australian Koala Foundation|Feb 1, 2022

    Adored the world over, the Australian koala has now been honoured with its own official koala tartan for the first time in history. To celebrate this milestone, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) have launched an international raffle to win a beautiful, handcrafted throw made from the unique koala tartan design. The Australian weavers who designed the koala tartan, Fred and Marie Lawson, have already created 10 registered tartans before turning their attention to the koala. Aware of the...

  • State Law Has Foisted the Lincoln Center Project On An Unwilling Santa Monica

    Peter Altschuler, Special to the Observer|Feb 1, 2022

    The State's housing legislation is inherently unconstitutional. It offers little or no opportunity for community input and allows business interests to prevail over the needs and desires of residents. As it stands, Santa Monica's proposed "Lincoln Center" project on the current Gelson's site at Ocean Park and Lincoln Boulevards gives the developer's interests precedence over any neighborhood concerns. The company's filing for consideration under California's SB 330 legislation is completely unwa...

  • MyShake App Early Earthquake Warning System Gets New Features

    Cal Office of Emergency Services|Feb 1, 2022

    SACRAMENTO - Building upon the success of California's first-in-the-nation earthquake alert system, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced new functionality within the MyShake app to better serve Californians and keep surrounding communities safe. HomeBase Update The MyShake app, funded by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and developed by the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab, has launched its newest enhancement called HomeBase. It allows users to set a default location...

  • Those "Covid" Deaths Tabulated by the County Aren't Necessarily From Covid, Health Officials Admit

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Feb 1, 2022

    January 28, 2022 - Of the Covid deaths tabulated by the LA County Department of Public Health over the last two weeks, 80% are noted as involving underlying conditions. Now health officials have admitted that they do not actually know if these individuals died from the fact they had Covid or from the underlying condition. As long as the death was not from a traumatic accident, the "Covid" label is applied based solely on whether or not the death occurred less than 30 days from a positive Covid...