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Articles from the May 24, 2021 edition

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  • Venice Boardwalk Becomes One Big Homeless Encampment, and the World Begins to Notice

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 24, 2021

    Venice residents are tired of seeing the once famous, though eclectic, boardwalk turned into one large homeless encampment. And they're talking to the media this week. For example, the UK Daily Mail writes: "On Sunday Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, 81, warned the homeless away. 'This is my house, not yours,' he wrote on a note he posted on the gate of his $3.5 million Venice Beach home. Hogan complained that he is homesick and desperate to return to his native Australia but doesn't want to go...

  • An Anti-Semite on the House Anti-Semitism Task Force: Ted Lieu

    Melissa Toomim, Guest Author to the Observer|May 24, 2021

    It is oxymoronic for anyone to believe he can simultaneously support HAMAS and consider himself a champion against antisemitism. These two positions are mutually exclusive. Yet, that is exactly the turf staked out by Congressman Ted Lieu, who represents coastal Los Angeles County. Earlier this year, Lieu touted his efforts on the House Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism. But actions speak louder than committee assignments, and Lieu's actions over the past decade speak volumes. In 2012, Lieu...

  • Will Applying for Disability Affect Your Social Security Benefit?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 24, 2021

    Ask Rusty – Will Applying for SS Disability Hurt SS Retirement Benefit? Dear Rusty: My husband turns 65 later this month. He has started having health issues - so much so that we are thinking about talking to his doctor about Social Security Disability. How would this affect him in applying for his Social Security benefits? Should we exhaust disability efforts before applying for his retirement benefits? Signed: Concerned Wife Dear Concerned Wife: In order to qualify for SS Disability I...

  • Santa Monica Decides to Keep Its Mask Mandate Until June 15, Even Though No One is Following It

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|May 24, 2021

    Local residents and visitors – including those vaccinated – must continue to wear face coverings indoors and around crowds in Santa Monica, city officials declared this week. Interim City Manager Lane Dilg signed on Wednesday morning the 36th supplement to the local emergency aligning Santa Monica's guidance for face coverings with Los Angeles County and the State of California, which will keep its mask mandate until June 15. "This supplement further signals the return to normal we've wor...

  • Demolishing Historic WPA Building at Samohi Teaches Lesson: Never Vote for School Bond Measures

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|May 24, 2021

    The Santa Monica-Malibu(for now) School District seeking to demolish the art moderne History building in the center of the Samohi campus teaches the public an important civics lesson. Never vote in favor of school bond measures. You may have five children in the district - you still shouldn't vote for them. Here's why. School bond money cannot be used for the things your children actually need: more teachers, smaller class sizes, high-quality teaching staff. It can't even be used for better...

  • Fire in Pacific Palisades for Second Time This Month

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 24, 2021

    UPDATE: From the Los Angeles Fire Department blog: CONTAINED: Firefighters have hand lines around the perimeter as helicopters continue to conduct water drops to assist with the efforts. The burn area is approximately 2 acres on a steep hillside. No structures threatened and no injuries reported. Crews will remain on scene for approximately two more hours conducting mop up operations and traffic on PCH will remain affected. No further details. May 24, 2021 - A brush fire is sending up huge...