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Articles from the May 9, 2022 edition

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  • Mayor Himmelrich's Vendetta Against Housing Commission After Husband Ineligible to Serve Due to Anti-Nepotism Policy

    Olga Zurawska|May 9, 2022

    Amid an affordable housing and homelessness crisis, why would the City want to suspend all meetings of the Housing Commission "until City Council considers its annual appointments in June 2022" (May 10, 2022 agenda item 13C)? And why are the Mayor and Councilmembers insisting that "once the Housing Commission resumes meeting following the appointments, it shall immediately hold elections for Chair and Vice Chair"? Those elections are already compulsory per Council Resolution 11337 (CCS) and Hous...

  • Ukraine Military Retracts Claim to Have Sunk a 408 Foot Frigate, the Admiral Makarov, in the Black Sea

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 9, 2022

    Update 5.7.23 an advisor to Office of the President of Ukraine Oleksiy Arestovych said that the report was a 'misunderstanding', and that the vessel attacked near Snake Island was actually a Serna-class landing craft, apparently hit by a missile launched by a Baykar Bayraktar TB2 drone. 5.5.22: Forbes describes her as "the juiciest target in the Black Sea." At 408 feet in length, Admiral Makarov is the newest of three modern frigates run by the Russian Navy, which features a lot of very old...

  • Factors to Consider in Collecting Social Security Survivor Benefit

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 9, 2022

    Ask Rusty – Can a Widower Get Full Survivor Benefits Early? Dear Rusty: My wife passed from COVID-related heart disease in 2020, just short of her 65th birthday. I will be 66 in May 2023. Do I have any recourse for a part of her benefit? Online at it says I can retire 4 months early due to her passing. Is that true? I'm confused on these issues. Signed: Confused Widower Dear Confused: Our condolences on the untimely loss of your wife. To answer your question, you are already eligible t...

  • Joaquin Phoenix May Make Film Lionizing Animal Rights Activists Who Firebombed Home with a Child Inside

    Will Coggin, Humane Watch|May 9, 2022

    Joaquin Phoenix, the weird actor known for his role in Joker, announced that he may produce a film adaptation of Free The Animals, a book lauding the terroristic efforts of the Animal Liberation Front. Phoenix has a long history of animal liberation activism, including multiple public outbursts where he has urged people to adopt his vegan beliefs. Phoenix was executive producer of the 2019 schlock-umentary The Animal People, a revisionist film that attempted to put a good face to SHAC activists...

  • Celebrate Mother's Day Any Way You Can, But Don't Miss the Opportunity to Honor Your Mother

    Glenn Mollette|May 9, 2022

    Celebrate Mother's Day anyway you can but don't miss the opportunity to honor mom. The opportunities pass us by. While mom is alive is the time to do something for her. Too often someone dies and we want to make sure we attend their funeral and buy flowers. We talk about missed opportunities. While your special person is alive is the time to cherish and make a big deal about that person. Do what you can do. Mom's simply want to know you care. You could clean out the garage or clean the house....

  • Amber Heard Testifies That Johnny Depp Abused Her From First Day They Were Married

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|May 9, 2022

    13: Actress Amber Heard made her all the following points as she took the witness stand in the defamation lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp. Direct examination: 1. At first Depp was very nice at first and gave her father gifts. But he would change later escalating over time. 2. During the filming of Rum Diaries, he kissed me hard with his tongue. That was part of the script for him to kiss me but not like that. I was living with a woman at the time and he sent over gifts; books of poetry, wine,...

  • Push Poll Tries to Convince Santa Monica Voters to Vote for New Transfer Tax

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 9, 2022

    April 28, 2022 - A push poll interview company is calling Santa Monica voters to gauge their response to Sue Himmelrich's ballot proposal to establish an increase over the current tax on sales of property over $8 million. Push polls are billed as surveys of opinion to the respondent but actually give information in an attempt to sway the voter. Himmelrich, who happens to be the mayor of Santa Monica, is allegedly spending her and her husband's own personal money to pay signature gatherers who...