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Articles from the April 21, 2021 edition

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  • Excuse Me: Science and Data Do Not Prove We Should Reduce Sentences for Criminals, DA Gascon

    Eric Siddall, Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Apr 21, 2021

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón says that "science and data" justify his criminal justice policies, including his decision to eliminate sentencing enhancements and abandon the three strikes law. According to Gascón, scientific evidence unequivocally confirms that longer sentences harm public safety by boosting repeat offenses. "While initial incarceration prevents crime through incapacitation, studies show that each additional sentence year causes a 4 to 7 percent increase...

  • SMMUSD Tells Panel Separation Petition Would Cause 'Irreparable Harm' to Kids

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 21, 2021

    Representatives from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the local community argued at Saturday's hearing on the City of Malibu's separation petition that splitting the district would create "irreparable harm to both Santa Monica and Malibu, specifically in the areas of diversity, equity, educational programs and finances." Speaking at Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization (LACOE) meeting, SMMUSD officials also invited representatives from the City of...

  • Murderer Kills Again One Week After Parole Lifted; People Injured by Police Eligible for Victim Compensation; County Homicide Rate up 200% and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Apr 21, 2021

    You're Invited Crime Survivors Resource Center is proud to partner with organizations and individuals united together for National Crime Victims' Rights Week for the Los Angeles County Crime Victims' Rally on Tuesday, April 20th from 10 AM to Noon. Tell A Friend If you have friends and family who would like to receive our weekly Monday Morning Memo, they can sign up for FREE and confidentially and unsubscribe at...

  • SM Council Votes to Use Federal Stimulus for Rent Abatement for City's Commercial Tenants

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 21, 2021

    Commercial tenants in city-owned properties who have been financially impacted by the pandemic will soon be getting some rent relief from their landlord. At its Tuesday night's meeting, the Santa Monica City Council voted to direct staff to design a Rent Abatement Program for city tenants – which will be funded by a portion of the $29.3 million federal stimulus the city is receiving through American Rescue Plan. The motion also includes a rent freeze for all city tenants for fiscal year...

  • Motion to Ban Items That Can be 'Weaponized' at Protests Fails at City Council Meeting

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 21, 2021

    In light of the recent demonstrations nationwide, where "violence erupted between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators and violence against law enforcement personnel," the Santa Monica City Council tried at Tuesday's meeting to pass an emergency ordinance which would ban certain items that "can be weaponized" at public assemblies and community events. But after some council members questioned some of its provisions and offered many amendments – in essence weakening it, the Council voted...

  • Ringmaster and Producer Jessica Winther And Her Talented Circus Of Comics Sell Out Opening Night At New Hotspot The Comedy Chateau.

    Christine Peake,|Apr 21, 2021

    As the country finally slowly opens up after the Covid lockdown, people are eager to get out and see their friends and find a much missed sense of normalcy. Businesses are reopening again and a new restaurant/comedy club, The Comedy Chateau with Felix McNulty at the helm, is leading the way, having just opened it's covid safe doors to bring the joy back; and they are serving it up with a delicious menu and creative cocktails! No one can deny that laughter is the much needed medicine we all need...

  • SMPD Says to Prepare for a Riot Even Though No Specific Information Any Will Occur

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 21, 2021

    As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins to draw to an end with the jury beginning its deliberations this week regarding the death of George Floyd, Santa Monica's Police Chief, Jacqueline Seabrook, delivered a message addressing concerns of possible civil unrest. "There have been no threats or any activities specifically targeting our community," Seabrook wrote although she acknowledged "concerns happening in the broader environment." Apparently because of those concerns (and possibly keeping in min...

  • The Verdict: Derek Chauvin found guilty on All Three Charges.

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 21, 2021

    4/20 The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial reached a guilty verdict after about 16 hours of deliberations. The judge read their verdict just after 5 PM in Minneapolis. Unintentional second degree murder they found him guilty. Count two, third degree murder, also guilty. Count three, Culpable Negligence, also guilty. Chauvin blinked, and wore a mask, but showed no emotion. The emotional decision seemed fitting, given the video of the incident. The jury was polled and each of them agreed it was his...

  • Remember Your Gift

    Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Apr 21, 2021

    I'm not typically in the business of asking strangers for help. But after the pain I've felt on covid lockdowns over the past year, I'll do anything to ensure I don't feel that feeling again. When I'm locked in, IT FEELS LIKE IT'S NEVER GOING TO END!! Yes, I know it will. But it feels helpless. To the point where my mind is touching the outer limits of how I can relieve this feeling!! I'm sure you can understand what I'm saying. I have my social outlet which is this writing to you. I'm in...