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Articles from the June 6, 2022 edition

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  • 30% of UCLA Students Living in Campus Dorms, Said to be In Isolation Due to Covid-19

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2022

    About 30% of UCLA students living in the towering on campus dormitories are in isolation rooms due to Covid. "Many of these people actually do not have Covid, or Covid symptoms," our source told us. "Their motivation is avoiding finals. You say you've been exposed to Coronavirus, they take your word for it. You get to isolate and stay home from finals," she said. About 12,000 students live in UCLA's undergraduate dorms. UCLA has 30,000 undergraduate students, making it one of the largest...

  • First Monkeypox Case in Los Angeles County Awaiting CDC Confirmation

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jun 6, 2022

    June 2, 2022 - Los Angeles County public health officials announced this morning that they believe an adult resident has contracted a monkeypox infection. If the case is confirmed by the CDC, it will be the first case in the county, though not the first in the state, which was announced on May 26. The individual believed to have monkeypox recently traveled, say public officials, and had a known "close contact" with a case. That patient is symptomatic but not hospitalized although they are...

  • LA City Council Wants to Ban Homeless Encampments 500 Feet from Schools

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2022

    The Los Angeles City Council this week supported a proposal by five council members to amend the city's law against homeless encampments in certain areas of the city to extend to within 500 feet of all schools and day care facilities. The ordinance already restricts sleeping and encampments within 500 feet of schools and day care facilities after each individual location is approved for enforcement by the City Council. On Tuesday, the council voted 13- 2 to have the city attorney draft an...

  • City of Santa Monica Demolishes Parking Structure 3 to Make Way for Homeless Shelter

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2022

    Demolition crews working for the City of Santa Monica demolished Parking Structure 3 on 4th Street this week. The plan is to construct a 200 bed homeless shelter on the location. Local business owners had objected to replacing parking their businesses depend on for customers, with facilities serving homeless people. But Mayor Sue Himmelrich and others on the City Council had supported swapping parking for homeless beds, saying that it would alleviate the enormous number of unhoused on Santa...

  • Transfer Tax Signature Gatherers Promote Initiative Outside Santa Monica Markets

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2022

    You may have seen paid solicitors gathering signatures for Santa Monica's half percent transfer tax on real estate. Mayor Sue Himmelrich has proposed the tax to fund homeless programs. Local property owners are bitterly opposed to the proposal. So we spoke to one of the signature gatherers outside Bob's Market on Ocean Park Blvd. "Want to sign the safe homes and schools initiative?" he asked me. I responded as if he was a Russian warship invading my island, and he just smiled. He said his name...

  • Mike Bonin's Los Angeles City Council Office Protected From the Homeless by Private Security

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jun 6, 2022

    June 2, 2022 - The Westside Current broke the news yesterday that Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin of District 11 has hired a private security company to guard his government office in Westchester. On Tuesday, Bonin voted against a Los Angeles City Council motion to prohibit homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools. Debra Huston, a resident of Westchester, discovered the private security guarding Bonin's office when she attempted to enter the building yesterday. The security guard...

  • Santa Monica Police Arrest Two Men After Purse Snatching, Car Chase Involving a Baby Stroller, And a Foot Chase

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2022

    On Saturday, two men snatched a woman's purse, then stole her Ford Explorer and left the scene. Police were called. They tried to pull over the Explorer, which hit a parked car near 14th Street and Pearl. They driver surrendered, but the passenger, one Lavonte Montgomery, gave the police a foot chase. He ran ten blocks north and was later taken into custody at Pine Street and 14th Street. Police arrested him. They basically charged the men with robbery, reckless driving, and evading arrest. The...

  • Government Can Legally Track Your Location Via E-Scooter; Tesla Auto-Pilot Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges; LA Jail Diversion Program a Flop and other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jun 6, 2022

    Los Angeles District Attorney Barger supports recall of Gascón as district attorney Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger voiced her support to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, on Friday, citing a news report published by the Los Angeles Times as being the tipping point for her decision. "Learning that our D.A.'s 'Zero Bail' policy has interfered with a diversion program's ability to serve people who are suffering from addiction, mental illness and...

  • What is Supplemental Security Income and Who is Eligible

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jun 6, 2022

    Ask Rusty – Can My In-laws Get Supplemental Security Income? Dear Rusty: I am wondering what the income limit is for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility. My in-laws are in their 70's. both drawing Social Security, and each has a pension from jobs they retired from. I am wondering if they are eligible to collect SSI. They have income from all sources that is over $2100 per month, they are on Medicaid, but they have no savings and few assets. I have been told by a random family...

  • Russians Appear to Have Lost Battle for Major City in Northern Donetsk Region, Severodonetsk.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2022

    6.5.22: Multiple sources reported Sunday morning Ukraine time, that the Ukraine Armed Forces have turned the table on the Russian Federation Army, and forced them out of Severodontsk. "Urgent report. #Severodonetsk is 75% ours. Street after street, #ZSU are advancing and liberating the city. Glory to #Ukraine 🇺🇦✊🏻" tweeted Canadian Ukrainian Volunteer, at 6:30 PM PST. Western media had reported that Severodonetsk had largely fallen to the Russian army, who contested the City ten days...