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Articles from the August 25, 2021 edition

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  • Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies at 80, Says His Publicist in a Statement

    David Ganezer, Observer|Aug 25, 2021

    Rolling Stones Guitarist Charlie Watts has died, said his publicist in a statement on Twitter. Watts, 80 joined the legendary rock band in 1963 at the beginning of their 58 year career. "He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family," the Stone's publicist tweeted on August 24, 2021. It was announced last week that Watts' physical condition would prevent him from touring with the band this year. The band, which planned to tour this year, has been noted for...

  • Your Social Security Income is Taxable

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Aug 25, 2021

    Ask Rusty – My Social Security Income Hurts When I File My Taxes Dear Rusty: I am getting hammered with taxes on my Social Security (SS). I am retired and draw a meager work pension and SS benefits. When my wife and I filed our joint tax return we owed the IRS a substantial amount of money - they took 85% of my SS in taxes. We are just barely over the minimal amount of income allowed for SS tax exemption. Is there anything I can do so I do not have to pay all this money at once at the end of t...

  • Caltrans Wants To Convert Diamond Lanes into Toll Lanes on 405 Freeway, Through Sepulveda Pass

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 25, 2021

    The Metro Transit Agency seeks public input on a plan to convert the diamond lanes on the 405 freeway into toll lanes through the Sepulveda Pass. Two weeks ago, Metro and Caltrans began the scoping process for a key project funded by Measure M: ExpressLanes (or toll lanes) on the 405 freeway, between the 10 and 101 freeways. Scoping is the first step in the legally required state and federal environmental study process, Metro officials said. Its main focus is to identify the purpose and goals...

  • Cyclist Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Venice Intersection

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 25, 2021

    A woman cyclist reportedly riding in circles in the middle of a Venice intersection was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver last Friday and Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect. The deadly accident occurred around 3:05 a.m. on August 20 at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Rose Avenue, according to Los Angeles Police Department press release. The cyclist was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Pacific Avenue, police said. "The vehicle...

  • Santa Monica City Council To Consider Mandatory Vaccinations

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 25, 2021

    The Santa Monica City Council will consider at its August 24th meeting, whether City employees should be required to obtain vaccinations for Covid-19, prior to reporting for their jobs and as a condition of employment. The City Council (should) express its position that to protect the health and safety of both City Employees and the public we serve, absent legitimate medical or religious concerns, all city employees volunteers and contractors should be required to be fully vaccinated against...