Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

Articles from the June 30, 2021 edition

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  • Prison Staff Try to Keep the Arrival of Trans Women (Biological Men) Secret from the Women Prisoners

    Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Jun 30, 2021

    They're here. Who? The MEN. I'm sorry, the "trans women." Transgender women who are still anatomically correct MEN with attached, working penises. There are here now, in this women's prison general population. For the first time. They've arrived. Staff were called to a special meeting to make each staff member aware of the presence trans women on the yard... At CIW, we have a group shower room. With individual stalls. So, you won't necessarily see any women or man in the nude. But for women...

  • Judge To Dismiss BLM's Civil Rights Suits Against Jackie Lacey's Husband; Norwalk 19th City to Vote No Confidence in Gascon; LA County Wants to Allow Illegal Aliens as County Workers and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jun 30, 2021

    Courts & Rulings Judge asked to boot Gascón's special assistant from case Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brian C. Yep will be asked this morning to recuse a prosecutor who, according to a motion on behalf of the family of a murdered man, is a former deputy public defender who, after becoming a special assistant to District Attorney George Gascón, continues to fight for the interests of criminal defendants. The recusal is sought in a case where, at stake, is whether a man who committed a g...

  • When a Spouse Passes Away, Should You Claim the Spouse's Benefit or the Survivor Benefit and Difference?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jun 30, 2021

    Dear Rusty: When my father passed away and we went to update my mother's Social Security benefits, a question arose that I was confused by. We were asked "Do you want to claim just your father's benefit (which was larger) or claim my mother's benefit and the difference between the two?" Either way it would come to the same amount. Is there a reason to claim one way over the other? Perhaps a caveat that we are unaware of? Is there a loophole that we are missing that may potentially benefit the...

  • L.A. Councilman to Offer Housing Options to Venice Beach Homeless

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 30, 2021

    People living in homeless encampments on the Venice Beach boardwalk will be offered permanent housing and shelter starting next week, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has announced. Beginning Monday, June 28, Bonin said, "we are launching the next phase of an ambitious and unprecedented program that will humanely address the homelessness crisis at Venice Beach, respond to the urgent safety needs of the housed and the unhoused, and fully reopen the park and beach for general public use." Bo...

  • Mayor Himmelrich Should Refrain from Nominating or Voting for Caroline Torosis Due to Appearance of Conflict of Interest

    Olga Zurawska|Jun 30, 2021

    The following is a written public comment submitted to the Santa Monica City Council on 6/29/21 This is to request that Mayor Himmelrich refrain from nominating or voting for SMRR-endorsed Council applicant Caroline Torosis due to the appearance of a conflict of interest caused by the fact that Mayor Himmelrich's husband, Michael Soloff, is a co-chair of SMRR. A conflict of interest is a situation in which a person such as a public official has a private or personal interest sufficient to...

  • Learn How to Foster a Child

    Childrens Bureau|Jun 30, 2021

    (Los Angeles, CA) Children's Bureau is now offering two virtual ways for individuals and/or couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption. A live Zoom Orientation is scheduled on July 15th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM hosted by a Children's Bureau team member and a foster parent. For those who want to learn at their own pace about becoming a foster and/or fost-adopt parent, a PowerPoint orientation is...