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Articles from the May 14, 2024 edition

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  • Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock Opposes Open-Air Needle Distribution

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 14, 2024

    May 10, 2024 - Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock released a statement today that he adamantly opposes the distribution of needles in public spaces and does not want any public money spent on activities that involve the distribution of needles outdoors anywhere in the city. "My position on the distribution of syringes in any of our city parks, around our schools, recreation areas, or business districts is simple. It must not occur under any circumstances. In addition, I am adamantly opposed to any...

  • KTLA Reporter Sam Rubin Dead of a Heart Attack at 64. Remembered by, Well, Pretty Much Everyone in Hollywood

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 14, 2024

    A source close to the station confirmed that Rubin died at his home of a heart attack after doing his regular Hollywood news segments on KTLA's 7-9 a.m. "Morning News" program on Friday," wrote Variety. "Rubin was a fixture in Hollywood who enjoy rare longevity with a single station throughout his career." "On camera, Rubin was unfailingly jocular and warm, often talking about his off-air activities with his wife and four children. Chatting with Rubin live on KTLA has long been a staple of any p...

  • Occidental and Pomona Colleges Hit with Federal Complaints for Permitting Aggressive Antisemitism

    Louis D. Brandeis Center and Anti-Defamation League|May 14, 2024

    Washington, D.C., May 9, 2024: The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today announced they have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights against two California colleges -- Occidental and Pomona -- for permitting severe discrimination and harassment of Jewish students in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Arnold & Porter joined the Brandeis Center and ADL in the filing against Pomona...

  • The Hypocrisy of Antisemitics

    Jill Chapin|May 14, 2024

    Have you ever been so disgusted with a person or an organization that you want nothing to do with them in any way whatsoever? For example, there are those who divest themselves of stocks because of those companies that make their money from chemicals that pollute the food we eat. They could further their stance of opposing such companies if they also refused to buy any of their products containing those chemicals. But what would you think of them if they nevertheless used the very chemicals...

  • Should You Protect Against Social Security's Future Lack of Funds?

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 14, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Future Retiree Worried About Social Security's Future Dear Rusty: I keep reading that the SSA will only be able to pay out 75% of benefits come 2033. If congress were to do nothing and this reduction in benefits occurred, would seniors already collecting benefits in 2033 have their benefits reduced or would it only be those who have not begun to collect have their future benefits reduced? I will be collecting my benefits no later than 2027 but my wife will not reach full r...

  • In Midst of Virulently Antisemitic Student Protests, University of California Reconsiders Adding "Ethnic Studies" Requirement for Admission

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 14, 2024

    May 8, 2024 - In the midst of a hurricane of "anti-Israel" protests on college campuses around the country, the University of California's Academic Senate Executive Council is once again reviewing the idea of requiring all students wishing to be admitted to take an "ethnic studies" course with curriculum designed by the UC Ethnic Studies Faculty Council. The ESFC has been known to despise Israel in the past, at least as far as it is inhabited by any Jews, but since October 7, they have been...

  • Santa Monica Rabbi Opposes Pro-Hamas Resolution Sponsored by City Councilmember Jesse Zwick

    Rabbi Michael Gotlieb, Kehillat Ma arav Congregation|May 14, 2024

    A Santa Monica rabbi, Michael Gotlieb has asked his congregants to write to Santa Monica City Councilmembers opposing a pro-Hamas resolution before the Santa Monica City Council. The measure is sponsored by Councilmember Jesse Zwick and calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, with no conditions, at a time when Hamas is holding about 100 living Israeli hostages. No one is sure of the number, but 133 Israeli's are still missing since Hamas' unprovoked, vicious attack on Israel. The attack...

  • Ashley Biden Confirms Her Stolen Diary is Authentic. Diary Accuses Her Dad, Pres. Joe Biden, of Molesting Her

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|May 14, 2024

    First Daughter Ashley Biden confirms that her stolen diary is authentic. This is important because she confirms that her dad used to shower with her, that this was "Probably authentic." She also muses "Was I molested? I think so. (But) I can't remember." The revelations come at a time when the older Biden is seeking another term as President, against Republican Donald R. Trump. Trump is on trial for multiple criminal and civil offenses. His supporters have accused Democratic prosecutors of...

  • Text of Proposed City of Santa Monica Resolution Calling for a Ceasefire in Gaza

    May 14, 2024

    A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA SUPPORTING THE RESUMPTION OF A NEGOTIATED BILATERAL CEASEFIRE IN GAZA AND REITERATING ITS CONDEMNATION OF ALL ANTI-SEMITISM, ANTIARAB RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA, AND ALL FORMS OF HATE AND INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE WHEREAS, the horrific slaughter of Israeli civilians perpetrated by Hamas on October 7, 2023, was the largest mass murder of Jews since the Holocaust, and 240 Israeli civilians were taken as hostages; and WHEREAS, in response, the ongoing war in Gaza has exacted a catastrophic toll...