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Articles from the March 23, 2020 edition

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  • Even Some Doctors Are Starting to Wonder If the US Response to Coronavirus is an Overreaction

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 23, 2020

    The worldwide attempt to control the recent worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 is an overreaction and a "fiasco in the making.” Scientist John Ioannidis. In most of the disaster movies we grew up with (think Jaws, for example), the town's politicians ignore the warnings from a scientist that the end is nigh. Making the disaster much worse. It may be politically incorrect. But before we return to the stone age, we need to consider the possibility that the emperor has no clothes. Some doctors are n...

  • Vons Corporate Decides Grocery Shoppers Should Line Up, So They Can Social Distance Once Inside

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 23, 2020

    Does this make any sense to you? Vons grocery company has decided that its shoppers must line up outside the store, so that only 10 or 50 are shopping inside at any one time. Trouble is, they are close enough to breath on each other. Gelson's has done likewise. We saw a Vons and a Pavilions (a division of Vons) in Santa Monica, where the shoppers were lined up within three feet of each other rather than the recommended six feet apart. Coronavirus is a serious thing, but has led to some seriously...

  • Gov. Newsom Orders the Entire State of California to Stay Home

    David Ganezer, & Wire Services|Mar 23, 2020

    Proving that he is in fact, a badass governor, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all of the States 40 million residents to stay at home. He is hoping to delay "the inevitable:" his prediction that half of the State's residents will contract novel coronavirus. 25 million people, he said, will develop the disease under a projection from Johns Hopkins University. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued a statewide order for all residents to ‘stay at home’ amid a coronavirus out...

  • Los Angeles Superior Court to re-open Friday for urgent matters.

    Liz Miller, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 23, 2020

    In an encouraging sign, the Los Angeles Superior Court has announced that it will reopen tomorrow for urgent matters. 36 courthouses will open, including some that do not do criminal law. It had been debated how suspects arrested, who must be arraigned within 48 hours or must be released, would be handled. The press release from the superior court is below. The Superior Court later issued a different press release noting that public counters would not be opened, and that the general public is ur...

  • All But Violent Offenders To Be Released During #Coronvirus #Covid19 Emergency: #LACounty D.A. Lacey

    Mar 23, 2020

    District Attorney Jackie Lacey Directs Deputy District Attorneys To Help Reduce Jail Population During Pandemic Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that she has directed her deputy district attorneys to take steps to reduce the number of people both in local jails and courthouses as part of her office's response to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. "I have asked my attorneys to consider the health risks in every decision they make," District Attorney Lacey...

  • SMC Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus; Student on Campus on March 12, 2020

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 23, 2020

    3/19/20: Santa Monica College reported Thursday evening that one of its students has tested positive for Covid-19. All who had contact with him or her, are now advised to self quarantine. SMC draws about 20% of its 25,000 students, from China. The press release from SMC President Kathryn E. Jeffery's office is below. It identifies neither the student, nor his gender, nor where he or she came from. Dear SMC Colleagues & Students, Late this afternoon, we learned that a Santa Monica College...