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Articles from the December 19, 2020 edition

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  • Should a Working Widow Claim Social Security Now or Wait? Ask Rusty

    Russel Gloor, Social Security Matters|Dec 19, 2020

    Ask Rusty – Should a Working Widow Claim Now or Wait? Dear Rusty: My husband died 13 years ago at age 50. I am now 64, never remarried, and work full time making a healthy income. I have never claimed any of his benefits. What are my best options? Signed: Working Widow Dear Working Widow: You have several options available as both a widow and a worker entitled to your own Social Security benefit. 1. You could collect a reduced survivor benefit (only) from your deceased husband and allow your o...

  • Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is a Desert Wasteland due to Shifting from Brick-and-Mortar and Disastrous Lockdowns

    Dec 19, 2020

    Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM) Inc wants us to come and physically-distanced shop at the Third Street Promenade this holiday season, but will doing so bring you a warm and happy feeling? Our roving photographer brings back evidence of empty stores and empty sidewalks. Click on photos at the bottom to see full-size with captions....

  • Is it Covid Cost-Cutting or Simple Incompetence that Brings Rats and Vagrants to Live on the Third Street Promenade?

    Dec 19, 2020

    We received the following letter by Third Street Promenade property owner John Alle to City Manager Lane Dilg regarding unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the once-popular outdoor shopping area in downtown Santa Monica. Dear Lane, I have been arriving at my property on the Promenade for the last several days during early morning hours to supervise interior cleaning and maintenance. This last Friday and Saturday I walked the Promenade and surrounding streets. The pictures and videos below...

  • Love Conquers All: The Goddess of Fortune (La Dea Fortuna)

    Lucrezia Barboni, Special to the Observer in English and Italiano|Dec 19, 2020

    “The Goddess of Fortune has a secret, knows a magic trick. How can you keep someone you really love always with you? You have to stare at them, steal their image, shut your eyes and keep them close. And the one you love will make their way into your heart and from that moment on, that person will always be with you”. This quote represents what is the beating heart of the “Goddess of Fortune”, the latest cinematographic masterpiece of Ferzan Ozpeteck. This movie reflects human souls’s agonies,...

  • LA Legal Community in Disbelief as Legendary Trial Lawyer Tom Girardi Self Destructs

    Elliot Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 19, 2020

    They got married when he was 60 and she was 28. They seemed to be the most enviable of LA May December romances. He was loaded, she was cunning and stunning, and together, their fame just multiplied. Now they're in divorce court, and he's facing involuntary bankruptcy, not to mention dementia. Thomas Girardi, the 81 year old legendary plaintiff's attorney, has fallen on very hard times. In a notable case against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility company agreed to pay $460 million to 650...

  • Does Playground Reopening Indicate a Shift in COVID Lockdown Policies? Or Did Gov. Newsom and California Public Health Department Simply Piss Off the Wrong People?

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Dec 19, 2020

    The state government reversed its ban on outdoor playgrounds on Wednesday, December 9. Playgrounds were one of the sectors closed when the state's Stay Home Order went into effect on the Monday of that week. The Stay Home Order was triggered by the remaining ICU capacity in the Southern California region falling below 15%. No discussion was entertained and no reasons offered for closing playgrounds via the Stay Home Order. Children under the age of 18 are not at high risk of dying from COVID-19....

  • Free Parking in Downtown Santa Monica Structures for Happy Covid Christmas Shopping

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Dec 19, 2020

    Parking will be free at the downtown parking structures 1-6 from December 14 to December 25 in a strangely mixed message from the City of Santa Monica. A press release from Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM) Inc exhorts the public to come on down to the Third Street Promenade and shop. Meanwhile, the city's COVID webpage tells us to "stay home except to go to an essential job or to shop for essential needs." Apparently, shopping at local businesses and keeping them from going bankrupt due to local...

  • California Proposal to Raise the Bar for Police Recruits Ignores Reality and Discriminates Against Minorities

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Dec 19, 2020

    On the surface, the bill Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) plans to propose that will raise the requirements to enter a police force in California sounds like a good idea. Requiring recruits to either have a four-year college degree or be 25 years old seems like it would create a more mature, level-headed police force. In defending the proposed law, Jones-Sawyer cites a 2010 study that showed college-educated police officers in two different cities were less likely to use force in...