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Articles from the May 16, 2022 edition

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  • Ben Allen Faces Only Write In Candidates In His June Campaign for Re-election to California State Senate

    David Ganezer|May 16, 2022

    In an unexpected turn of events, California State Sen. Ben Allen is on the ballot unopposed in the June 7th Primary. However, he will probably have to run against one of two write in candidates in the final vote on November 4th. Kristina Irwin describes herself as a local mom and real estate agent, who believes in "medical freedom." She says that more school lockdowns and mandatory covid vaccinations are a threat to our schools. She is running in part to prevent the next wave of school...

  • Covid-19 Cases May Be Increasing in Los Angeles County with BA2 Variant of Omicron, But Serious Illness is Not

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 16, 2022

    May 11, 2022 - Covid-19 cases have slowly been increasing across Los Angeles County. Due to the number of home tests available and free, there are perhaps even more cases than public officials know. And yet hospitalizations and deaths have remained very low. The relaxing of a correlation between the number of infections and the number of severe cases is probably attributable to the fact that the SARS-CoV-1 virus, like most other viruses, has grown less deadly with each mutation. A comparison...

  • Under Santa Monica Transfer Tax Proposal, Renters May Face Their Home Converting to Affordable Housing

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|May 16, 2022

    May 9, 2022 - Renters in Santa Monica may believe themselves exempt from the ramifications of a proposed ballot measure to increase the tax rate on the sale of certain buildings by 833%. After all, rent increases are strictly controlled and landlords are severely hampered in their ability to take rented units off the market. It might seem as though renters would be largely immune from the proposed increase to 5.6% from 0.6% on on sales of property over $8 million. That would be the landlord's...

  • Affordable Home Ownership in Santa Monica - Not Affordable Renting

    Peter Borresen, Santa Monica resident|May 16, 2022

    The state of California has issued an unfunded mandate that Santa Monica must build 6000+ affordable homes, or face punitive fines and loss of zoning control. The city currently plans to build these as affordable apartments to rent, which would be utterly disastrous, both for the occupants of the affordable housing, and existing city residents. But if the homes were built as deed-restricted affordable condos for sale we would avoid the negative financial impacts on existing residents and the...

  • Gene Editing via Crispr Tech to Prevent Heart Attacks

    John Grimaldi, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 16, 2022

    WASHINGTON, DC, May 13 – The covid virus killed some 460,000 Americans last year, heart disease killed nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. in the same period. The fact is that heart attacks are the number one cause of death in America and throughout the world. So, the announcement that scientists are testing a way to prevent heart attacks with a single injection may sound like a life-saving game-changer, particularly for seniors over the age of 65 who, according to the National Institute on A...