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Articles from the April 7, 2021 edition

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Garcetti Votes to Refund Police $36 million; LA County Wants Out of Homelessness Lawsuit; Youtubers Charged in Fake Bank Robberies and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings New trial required in action over death of tased suspect The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, in a 2-1 decision, reversed a judgment pursuant to a jury verdict in...

 

What It Means To Be in a Sellers' Market

If you've given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here's why this season is the ultimate sellers' market a...

 

How a Change in Mortgage Rate Impacts Your Homebuying Budget

Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they're still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there's a change in the mortgage rate, it affects what you can afford to...

 

Three Small Earthquakes Shake LAX Starting at 4:40 am Monday Morning.

The Westside felt a series of earthquakes on Monday morning, April 5th 2021. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 4.0 magnitude quake hit at 4:40 am, just east of Los Angeles International...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Lockdowns Were a Disaster: Public Health Should Have Been Achieved Via the Carrot Instead of the Stick: Santa Monica Shines COVID-19 Assurance Program is Almost an Example

UPDATE/CORRECTION: The Santa Monica Shines program does not involve inspections from city of Santa Monica code inspectors. Sustainable Works conducts the walk-throughs to grant the Assurance Seal and...

 

Waiting in Hell: Covid Kept Prisoners in Inferior Local Jails When they Belonged in State Prison

I'm sitting in my cell, in a black chair. Curtains closed, fan on low, no lights. It's a hot day. Other than the fan, no noises. We're on 'quarantine'. Which means just another lockdown! We're on day...

 

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