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Articles from the April 19, 2022 edition

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  • 6 Women Inmates Falsely Accused Of Rape At California Institution for Women Prison

    Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Apr 19, 2022

    It was a normal, quiet Sunday evening on the prison yard. The Oscars were live on TV. While Will Smith was capturing attention with the slapping of Chris Rock, another, far more serious and far more ugly scandal was breaking within CIW's walls. We prisoners were locked into our cells at 830pm, as usual. Something nefarious was taking place after hours. The next morning we discovered that 7 women were missing. 6 female prisoners ( no transgenders ) had been falsely accused of prison rape by one w...

  • As Dr. Fauci Says, We Don't Yet Know What We Don't Know

    Jill Chapin, Special to the Observer|Apr 19, 2022

    In my recent article, News not Fit to Print? some responded in a way that is best summed up by this one reader: "I genuinely believe that Dr. Fauci is a dedicated and HONEST public servant. Clearly if the vaccine was not effective, men like Fauci would not let it go unreported. Think about it. There would have to be a massive coverup involving thousands of people across the country to hide or even obfuscate a statistic that the vaccines were as ineffective as your cited statistics claim." Yet...

  • Local Churches and Synagogues Celebrate Easter, Passover as Pandemic Winds Down in Santa Monica

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 19, 2022

    Santa Monica has 18 churches, and all of them will be conducting Easter services on April 17th. St. Monica's Catholic Church will conduct it's easter services at several times throughout Easter Sunday. St. Monica Catholic Church, one of the largest Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The church, located at 7th and California Streets, was erected in 1925 and served as the inspiration for the 1944 film classic Going My Way with Bing Crosby. But you can also watch Easter services...

  • Santa Monica is Indeed Unsafe, City Manager White and Police Chief Batista - Please Listen to Us

    John Alle, DTSM Stakeholder and SMBOA Member|Apr 19, 2022

    I am responding to the Opinion piece co-authored by City Manager David White and Police Chief Ramon Batista. They responded to the "recent local and regional news coverage of a report portraying Santa Monica as unsafe". I have lived, played and/or worked in Santa Monica since the 1970's. My son attended and graduated from from school here in Santa Monica. The City Manager's and Police Chief's only factual statement is that the "messages (from the media) are difficult to listen to...." Their...

  • Calabasas Spurns Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon's Request to Meet

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 19, 2022

    The City Council of Calabasas has published an open letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, spurning his requiest to meet and discuss his "vision" of law enforcement. Citing a spiraling increase in crime in Calabasas and the continued presence on the street of an accused serial child predator, Councilmember James Bozajian, a past president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, posted the below letter to Gascon, outlining the reasons a meeting with Calabasas would...

  • Russia Broadcasts First Images of Survivors from Sunken Cruiser Moska. Only About 50 Men Visible on Russian TV

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 19, 2022

    Update 4/17: The first video of survivors from the Russian Black Sea Cruiser Moskva has appeared in Russian media. It appears to show about 50 uniformed survivors from the crew of 510. Presumably they were removed from the sinking ship on April 14th. This from Liveuamap on Twitter: "Russian ministry of Defense: commander of Navy admiral Nikolay Evmenov and command of Black Sea navy met with crew of Moskva cruiser in Sevastopol. Video shows about 50 sailors in first row, and some sailors in the...

  • After Spending $1.6 Million, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is Still Unable to File Charges on Any Reopened Police Misconduct Cases

    Micele Hanisee, President Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Apr 19, 2022

    While running for office, George Gascón attacked Jackie Lacey's record of declining to prosecute police officers who killed people and promised to go a step further and undo what he saw as her mistakes. One of his first acts upon taking office was to convince the Board of Supervisors to give him more than $6 million over four years to hire outside counsel to re-examine closed cases where the District Attorney's Office had previously cleared police officers. Gascón handpicked a criminal defense a...