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Articles from the April 29, 2021 edition

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  • Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Apr 29, 2021

    Ask Rusty – Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit? Dear Rusty: I'm 63 and retired from work, but not drawing Social Security. I have accumulated just over $300,000 in my rollover 401K IRA. My wife is still working full time, so we have medical, dental and vision coverage. I have a few questions: 1) When I take IRA distributions throughout the year, do those dollar amounts get reported to Social Security as income? 2) If not, will my SS benefit change (will I be penaliz...

  • Californians Narrowly Miss Getting Single-Payer Health Plan When Bill to Create It is Shelved - for Now - in the Legislature

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Apr 29, 2021

    A bill to create a single financial fund for all health care in the state was shelved in the California State Legislature last week. AB 1400 did not make it out of the Assembly Rules Committee in time to be heard by the legislature in 2021. The proposed legislation, authored by State Assembly members Kalra, Lee, and Santiago would establish a "comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage" for all state residents. The bill is co-authored by, among others, Lorena Gonzalez, who was...

  • Woman Killed the Wrong Man in Revenge Murder; Men Charged with Theft for Recycling Casino Trash; Los Feliz Homeless Encampment is Alleged Drug Marketplace and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Apr 29, 2021

    Courts & Rulings Reasonable jury could find officer liable for breaking woman's arm during arrest A District Court judge erred in granting summary judgment to a police officer who was sued by a woman on whom he applied such force in arresting her for trespassing as to break her arm, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held yesterday. The memorandum opinion reverses a Feb. 21, 2019 order by Judge William B. Shubb of the Eastern District of California awarding summary judgment to Vacaville...

  • The Morgan-Wixson Theatre presents a "Virtual Musical" Auditions

    Chanin Victor, Observer Calendar Editor

    This show will be filmed in segments using social distancing and masks at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre and edited together to create a livestreamed performance. The show will be streamed on July 9th, 10th, and 11th with virtual tickets being sold. Auditions will be held: Saturday, May 8, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday, May 9, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm ON ZOOM. ​Callbacks will be held Monday, May 10 ON ZOOM. You will be notified by email Sunday, May 9 if you will be needed for callbacks. You will be notifie...

  • Paper Products Are More Sustainable Than Many Realize - and Our Forests Are Growing

    Two Sides North America|Apr 29, 2021

    CHICAGO – April 22, 2021 – As U.S. consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of the products they use every day, there remains a wide gap between perception and reality when it comes to the sustainability of paper products. This according to a new survey commissioned by Two Sides North America and conducted by global research firm Toluna. The survey, "Paper's Place in a Post-Pandemic World," sought to explore and better understand consumer perceptions, behaviors and pre...

  • Re: Gangs Run Pier Food Carts

    Anonymous|Apr 29, 2021

    Editor, You report that Code Enforcement Officers refuse to enforce street vendor regulations at the pier and that on a busy weekend, there was not a single public safety officer of any kind at the pier. Not to worry. On Saturday morning the 17th SMPD was at the Airport Dog Park enforceing licensing requirements for non resident dogs....

  • Hollywood celebrates the Oscars with the first Garden Gift Suite of 2021

    Apr 29, 2021

    LA, 4/28: After almost a year of anticipation due to the Global pandemic, Hollywood finally returned to some semblance of normalcy with it's annual Academy award season. DPA gift suites has the prestige of organizing the first Garden gift suite of 2021. On April 24 2021, at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, DPA created a brand-new concept: "The DPA Oscar Award Luxe drive up" and honored nominees and celebrities in honor of this year's Academy Awards. This year the DPA pre-Oscars event 2 featured...

  • 12 Step Announcement

    Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Apr 29, 2021

    Next Month, MAY, 2021, I, Ms. Amber S. Jackson, am 6 years sober. I did it. In prison. You can do it too!! No MATTER where you are!! Do it one day at a time! Start with the first step. Then keep going!! Don't use no matter what. It gets easier. I took one day as it came. Then the next day. Some days were harder than others. I began the M.A.T. PROGRAM. Medication assisted treatment about 4-5 months ago. The pandemic stressed me to the point where I needed extra help. I was losing my mind and...

  • Wow! Creations Pre-Oscar Celebrity Gift Lounge 2021 honors the Academy Awards 2021 with spectacular gifting and gaiety!

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 29, 2021

    Wow! Creations, a Los Angeles based celebrity marketing company, has been providing Swag Bags and presenting Celebrity Lifestyle Gifting Suites since 2004 with finesse and style! There were so many fabulous vendors it was hard to decide which one to visit first. Molly Bz gourmet cookies introduced her single pack gourmet cookies, which are deliciously infused with alcohol Some of her enticing flavors are "Pina Coladas", sweet and fruity and "Be Cordial" amaretto blended with tasty chocolate...

  • How M.J. George Became a Body Double for Will Smith in Men In Black II. And What That Was Like

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 29, 2021

    Have you ever wished that you could be recruited by the Men in Black? This story is about a guy who actually was. One day in 2001, Mansour Jabbaar (M.J.) George was strolling through the Topanga Canyon mall when he was stopped by a casting director from Central Casting. She asked MJ, if he would like to try out to be a Body Double for Will Smith. Columbia studios was then filming Men in Black II, and they needed an actor who resembled Smith. She gave MJ a card and told him to meet her later...