Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

Articles from the February 26, 2021 edition

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 7 of 7

  • Sheriff's Deputy Tom Albanese, 41, Killed in Traffic Collision in Lakewood

    Observer Staff|Feb 26, 2021

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept announced today that a 41 year old Sheriff's deputy was killed in a traffic collision in Lakewood. Their press release follows: On Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 8:58 AM, Deputy Thomas J. Albanese, 41, was killed in an unfortunate traffic collision at the intersection of Del Amo Boulevard and Paramount Boulevard in the City of Lakewood. Deputy Albanese was traveling northbound on Paramount Boulevard, approaching Del Amo, when he attempted to conduct a...

  • Should I Claim Social Security Now or Wait Until I'm 70?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Feb 26, 2021

    Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Social Security Now or Wait Until I'm 70? Dear Rusty: I'm currently 67 years old and still working full time. I took a big financial hit in 2008, which is why I'm still working, and I expect to continue working until I'm 70. My question is: should I take Social Security now, bank it until I'm 70, and then pay it out to myself upon retirement? Or would it be better to hold off until I'm 70 to claim. Longevity of about 85 seems to run in my family. Signed: Working S...

  • Los Angeles County Can Now Allow Moderate and High Contact Sports

    LA County Department of Public Health|Feb 26, 2021

    As of Friday, updated State guidance allows for all outdoor youth and adult recreational sports, including moderate contact and high contact sports, to resume practice, training and competitions in counties where the case rate is at or below 14 cases per 100,000 population, on Friday, February 26. Since L.A. County's adjusted case rate is now at 12.3 cases per 100,000, county protocols are being revised to align with the new State guidance. Moderate contact sports include: baseball, field hockey...

  • Santa Monica Ex-Con Indicted on Multiple Firearms Charges He Allegedly Shot Multiple Times into Neighbor's Backyard During Get-together

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 26, 2021

    A 32-year-old, convicted felon from Santa Monica was indicted last Friday on gun-related charges after he allegedly shot into his neighbor's backyard during a family gathering, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Jason Scott Walsh was charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm without a serial number, said ATF officials. He been in federal custody since Feb. 8. Walsh is...

  • Labor Dispute Plagues Columbia Sussex, Even as the Company Seeks to Sell its JW Marriott Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Feb 26, 2021

    The owner of the luxury Le Merigot hotel on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica will have to face the California Division of Labor Standards in May to explain their side of a labor dispute with labor union UNITE HERE Local 11. Eleven housekeepers charge the hotel unfairly overburdened them with increased workloads after a minimum wage increase. Columbia Sussex, owner of the JW Marriott hotel on the beachfront, is currently attempting to sell the property, unencumbered by brand or management. According...

  • The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You

    Rick Cunningham|Feb 26, 2021

    We're currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is 2.81%. Flocks of homebuyers have been taking advantage of these remarkably low rates over the last twelve months. However, there's no guarantee rates will remain this low much longer. Whenever we try to forecast mortgage rates, we should consider the advice of Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American: "You...

  • Upgrading Your Living Situation to Make Room for a Home Office? California is the 2nd Most Expensive Place to Do So

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Feb 26, 2021

    A recent Gallup poll showed that 58 percent of America's workers are now doing so remotely. Lockdowns from the pandemic caused much of this migration from the office to the home, but in California, some might be tempted to maintain a situation that avoids commuting once traffic starts to pick up again. The idea of bypassing the need for a long and painful commute can be alluring, but do the numbers pan out? To work at home effectively over the long haul might require sizing up to a larger...