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Articles from the December 4, 2017 edition

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  • Despite the Social Justice Warriors, a Climate Change Skeptic Spoke at UCLA

    Michael Greer|Dec 4, 2017

    I was surprised, pleasantly surprised, UCLA allowed the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department to have Professor William Happer speak skeptically about Climate Change at a Physical Chemistry Seminar, until I learned two Conservative Chenistry professors had to do it under the radar. Nevertheless, in a room that could hold under 100 there were at least 50 standing with many in the hall outside. I'm told there has never been such an overflow attendance for any previous seminar in the past. William...

  • Christmastime Phone Scammers Claim to be SCE, Threaten to Disconnect Power

    Observer Staff|Dec 4, 2017

    Imagine answering your phone and hearing a caller say they were from Southern California Edison and you must pay $500 by noon or your power would be disconnected. What would you do? Phone scammers are "spoofing" SCE's phone number, claiming to be from SCE's "disconnection department" (SCE has no such department), and demanding payments within a few hours or else power will be cut off. More than 8,800 scam attempts have been reported to Southern California Edison this year, with customers...

  • Santa Monica City Council Approves Homeless Action Plan to Reduce Problem

    Constance Farrell, City of SM|Dec 4, 2017

    At its meeting last night, November 28, 2017, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to approve a Homeless Strategic Goal Action Plan and a series of new investments included in the plan to address homelessness. Recommendations came as part of staff's Annual Homelessness Report to Council at a time when homelessness is up by 23 percent throughout Los Angeles County in 2017. "Homelessness is the biggest issue in front of us. People are suffering on our streets and throughout the county...