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Articles from the June 13, 2021 edition

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  • Letter to the Editor: Support SB 519 to Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs in Order to Help Veterans

    Jesse Gould, Heroic Hearts Project|Jun 13, 2021

    As an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, I witnessed countless tragedies during my three deployments. After leaving the army and working in finance, I was drinking heavily and fell into a deep depression. I felt lost and suffered from a constant feeling of dread. For so many people, like me, who have suffered from anxiety, depression or PTSD, traditional therapy and medications have failed to treat my mental health. I didn't want to be heavily medicated and numb my pain through antidepressants....

  • Do You Need Social Security? Religious Dissenters Often Claim Exemptions From Social Security Taxes

    Glenn Mollette|Jun 13, 2021

    In 2020 over 64 million Americans were collecting Social Security. The National Institute for Retirement Security (NIRS)has reported that Social Security is the only income source for 40 percent of retirees over the age of 60." ( The study also claimed that only 6.8 percent of retirees receive income from the three-legged stool of Social Security, a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution plan. Another study conducted by researchers at the Social Security Administration,...

  • Protest Rally to Be Held to Save Samohi's History Building on Saturday morning, June 12

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jun 13, 2021

    A group of parents, residents, and alumni are opposing the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board's decision to demolish the historic History building, circa 1930s, and use bond money to build an over-priced "21st century" replacement. The district is under pressure to spend the bond money they apparently needlessly foisted on the city's taxpayers, or it will look like they hadn't really needed it. Financial penalties might also ensue. Also, if it turns out they didn't need it, it...

  • City Manager Just Says No to Pickleball

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jun 13, 2021

    At first the city simply wouldn't help the pickleball players set up their courts. Then they pushed them out of the courts they'd been setting up on their own. And now they won't let them even do that. Pickleball was invented in the 1960s as a backyard sport, using solid paddles and a light plastic wiffle ball. It uses one quarter of a standard tennis court. After setting up the nets, 16 players can use one tennis court to play pickleball. But this sport, with adherents in the hundreds in Santa...

  • California Senate Says We Should Just Deal with Drug-Users Slugging Us in the Park, Passes Law to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs 21-16

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jun 13, 2021

    Courtesy of the brainiac who is pushing to densify our neighborhoods, California State Senator Scott Wiener, Senate Bill 519 to legalize psychedelic drugs, including LSD, was approved by the state's upper house. It will now move to the State Assembly where a similar vote is likely. Citing numerous studies touting the potential health benefits of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), Wiener said "it makes no sense to criminalize" their use. "It's time to move...

  • City Council Gives Green Light to Main Street Summer Closures Plan

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 13, 2021

    A pilot program calling for the closure of portions of Main Street during summer weekends has received the green light from the Santa Monica City Council despite complaints from residents that it is a "hare-brained scheme" that will negatively impact their neighborhoods. At its Tuesday night's meeting, the Council directed staff to move forward with the program to "open a 1½ block-long portion of Main Street (between Hill Street and Kinney Street) to pedestrians with expanded outdoor busi...

  • Montebello City Manager Rene Bobadilla Declines Santa Monica City Job Offer

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 13, 2021

    When in the Course of Human Events, a guy who grew up in San Gabriel Valley applies for the top job in Santa Monica, and gets offered it along with $440,000 a year, health care for himself and his family and a full pension for life in five years, and then said guy turns it down; you gotta ask why, right? “Stepping into Santa Monica city government doesn't look like the career move anyone would want,” posted one local resident on social media. “We are bankrupt, crime is escalating, tourism will...