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Articles from the December 21, 2020 edition

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  • School Board Meeting Goes Viral, as Oscar de la Torre insists on being seated Despite Being Elected to SM City Council.

    Janet McLaughlin, Special to the Observer|Dec 21, 2020

    Fireworks exploded at a virtual SMMUSD meeting Thursday night, as Oscar de la Torre's microphone was repeatedly turned off. The 18-year school board member was told he could no longer speak in that capacity, since he had been sworn in to Santa Monica City Council. Superintendent Ben Drati said he could not hold both offices at the same time, as they were "incompatible" under state law. Board President Jon Kean said if De La Torre wanted to speak, he had to wait until public comments at the end o...

  • Lady Prisoner Losing My Mind On Quarantine

    Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Dec 21, 2020

    Please help me!! Yes, I'm on a quarantine. Day 10. And yes, I'm losing my MIND!! Nearly 2/3 of my housing unit tested positive for Covid-19 over this past week!! Two out of every 3 people! So, those of us who are negative for the Covid remain on "quarantine, "which is equivalent to lockdown conditions. I'm on the verge of insanity!! Now, I am not worried about catching this Covid! The toll this lockdown and quarantine are taking on me are overwhelming!! It's beyond belief. I'm struggling...

  • Oscar de la Torre Mic Muted at School Board Meeting, as Other Board Members Refuse to Allow him to be Seated

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 21, 2020

    Fireworks erupted at a virtual SMMUSD meeting Thursday night, as other school board members insisted that Oscar de la Torre had legally resigned his position as school board member. De la Torre was recently elected to the Santa Monica City Council. School Board member Jon Kean objected to de la Torre participating as a Board member. The Superintendent of Schools, Ben Drati, explained to Oscar that he could not hold two offices simultaneously, because to do so would violate California law. "You a...

  • Shootings up 33% in Los Angeles; Los Angeles's Police Union Demands Action to Halt Crime via Billboards and Websites

    Tom Saggau and Dustin DeRollo, Los Angeles Police Protective League|Dec 21, 2020

    Editor's note: This announcement from LAPPL does not mention the expected increase in crime and decrease in penalties and jail time for perpetrators that will be caused by the policies of the new District Attorney, George Gascon. We find that interesting. Los Angeles, CA-Murders, shooting victims, and shots fired into occupied homes are increasing starkly in Los Angeles as some city leaders are calling for the elimination of 1,000 police officers from the LAPD. Among the hundreds of shooting vic...

  • Are Christmas Carols, Cards and Greetings at School Constitutional?

    Harold Pease Ph.D.|Dec 21, 2020

    In the present year of COVID-19 tyrannical governors shut down religious services, a 1st Amendment right, as fast as they could. During the summer months Antifa defaced and with ropes tore down statues of our past national heroes included those who made America free, as for example, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and they even threatened to destroy statues of Christ. They also set afire churches, one St John's Episcopal, located near the White House. In these states there is definitely...

  • New City Council Votes to End Exclusive Negotiations With OMA, the Plaza Developer

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 21, 2020

    In a move that shows elections have consequences, the Santa Monica City Council voted 4 to 3 Tuesday night to end exclusive negotiations with OMA, the developer of the Plaza Project. The move reflects the new priorities of Council members Christine Parra, Phil Brock and Oscar de la Torre. The council voted in late July to negotiate with the Plaza Developer, and a 99 year lease of the City land seemed to be in the offing. A majority of 4 council members voted to break off negotiations with the...