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Articles from the April 29, 2022 edition

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  • Villaneuva Says Santa Monica's Political Leaders Instructed The SMPD to "Stand Down" The Night of the George Floyd Riots

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 29, 2022

    Sheriff Alex Villaneuva spoke at the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club on April 21. He was asked to contrast whether the SMPD's response to the George Floyd riots of May 31, 2020 was adequate or not. He said that the City's response to the rioters was too soft, "too woke," and that the City of Santa Monica called the Sheriff's dept for back up after two hours. "They should have called us immediately, like Beverly Hills did. Santa Monica could have avoided damage with our help," he said. "It's a...

  • Social Security Adjusts Benefits If You Continue to Work

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Apr 29, 2022

    Ask Rusty - I'm Working; Why Hasn't My Social Security Benefit Increased? Dear Rusty: I will be 72 in July. I started taking my Social Security at age 64 after a job loss and other items that came up. So, my plan to wait past 68 evaporated, but I have continued to work since that time at a considerably smaller amount. I have contacted Social Security about increasing my "entitlement" since my earnings of late are considerably more than my first few years of earnings. Using the formula of the...

  • 'Fraudulent' Covid-Testing Company Agrees to Refund Clients in Los Angeles County

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 29, 2022

    Sameday Health, a Venice-based COVID-19 testing company, allegedly falsified and forged test results, according to a complaint released by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, which reached a $22.5 million settlement with the company late last week. Sameday Technologies, which operates under Sameday Health, has 55 testing sites throughout the country, with 16 locations in Los Angeles County. In Santa Monica, a Sameday clinic is still open at 1335 3rd St. Promenade. The testing company also...

  • Resident to City: Honor City Clerks Week by Replacing Unethical Anderson-Warren

    Denise Barton, Santa Monica Resident|Apr 29, 2022

    While I am happy to celebrate the City Clerks Week, and I am supportive and grateful for some of the employees at the City Clerk's office, I have grave concerns about the continued employment of Denise Anderson-Warren as City Clerk. According to Transparent California, Ms. Anderson-Warren's total pay with benefits in 2019 was $307, 686. Ms. Anderson-Warren is commonly known to be serving the interests of the lobbyist group Santa Monica Forward instead of being a politically neutral public...