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Articles from the November 8, 2021 edition

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  • I'm Still Working But My Social Security Benefit isn't Rising

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Nov 8, 2021

    Ask Rusty – About Paying SS Tax While Still Working Dear Rusty: Upon being let go in 2009 at age 65 from my full time job of 30 years, I immediately applied for Social Security for my wife and I to live on while seeking employment. Not finding anything full time, I ended up working part time for the past 9 years driving a school bus for an hourly wage. Even though my wife and I are collecting Social Security, my wages are still being taxed for it. While I don't feel this is fair, the real rub...

  • Rally Protesting Vaccine Mandates Receives Support in Santa Monica

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 8, 2021

    11/4/21- - Yesterday afternoon, a rally was held in Palisades Park in Santa Monica as part of a "Worldwide Walkout" to protest vaccine mandates. According to a participant, there were between 250-350 people attending the rally, which began at 1:00 pm and ended with a march down to the Pacific Coast Highway at 4:00 pm. People holding signs opposing vaccine mandates lined Ocean Avenue for an estimated 200 feet. Several speakers addressed the crowd, including Reinette Senum, former mayor of Nevada...

  • Santa Monica Council to Adopt Anti-Nepotism Policy Next Week

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 8, 2021

    Santa Monica City Council members will no longer consider appointing family members to city boards, commissions or task forces. The City Council is expected to approve at its upcoming Tuesday meeting an anti-nepotism policy which would ban councilmembers from appointing close family members to city panels. According to the new policy, "a person is ineligible to serve on all city boards, commissions, committees, and task forces if that person is a close family relative of a current...

  • Long-term Care Facilities in Worker Crisis

    John Grimaldi, Association of Mature American Citizens|Nov 8, 2021

    WASHINGTON, DC, Nov 5 -- Modern medicine is helping America's elders live longer, healthier lives. But a segment of that population, those requiring special care at home and in specialized facilities built for the task, has been particularly hard hit by the COVID pandemic. They face a massive shortage of caregivers as home healthcare agencies, nursing homes, hospices and residential care communities find it harder and harder to attract workers, says Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of...

  • West Hollywood Votes to Raise Minimum Wage to Highest in the Nation

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Nov 8, 2021

    November 4, 2021 The West Hollywood City Council voted on Wednesday to pass an ordinance to raise the minimum wage in their municipality to $17.64 per hour. The wage increase would go first to hotel workers, who would start earning the extra money on January 1, 2022. Everyone else would get their increase beginning July 1, 2022. The odd-sounding wage rate matches the minimum wage for hotel workers in the City of Los Angeles for hotels with 150 or more rooms - a rate that Santa Monica also ordain...

  • Cal. Gov. Gavin Newsom Appears to be Suffering From a Bad Reaction to Covid 19 Booster (updated)

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 8, 2021

    A week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has receded from public view to deal with unspecific "family obligations," reports the AP. When the surprising announcement was made Oct. 29, his office said Newsom planned to participate virtually in the conference this week. But he did not. Spokesperson Erin Mellon now says he will appear virtually next week, said the AP. Newsom's last public appearance was Oct. 27, when...