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Articles from the December 25, 2021 edition

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  • As SMPD Busts Non-Permitted Vendor on the Santa Monica Pier, Protestors Try to Stop Them

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 25, 2021

    Santa Monica Police have towed away a van assisting non-permitted vendors on the Santa Monica Pier. Any day, 10 vendors with rainbow colored umbrellas, can be seen in front of the 120 year old wooden pier. The vendors have previously been allowed to sell food without any sort of health department monitoring, to the consternation of restaurant owners who are of course, heavily taxed and regulated. Two or three young women tried to "interfere with an ongoing police investigation," snapping picture...

  • The Perfect Gift For Christmas

    Dr. Glenn Mollette|Dec 25, 2021

    This Christmas give somebody the gift of mercy and forgiveness. Be broad with your giving and generous. We all need a lot of both. For such a joyful holiday of cheer, giving and yuletide merriment there is much to be stressed about. Typically, people have been stressed about all the holiday parties, gatherings and Christmas scheduling. This year there is more stress related to sickness, masks, vaccinations, Omicron, natural disasters, filled hospitals, massive numbers of funerals and inflation....

  • SM Bayside Business Owners Assn. Wins TRO Injunction Against Demolition of Parking Structure 3

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 25, 2021

    The SMBOA Friday obtained a Superior Court temporary restraining order against the demolition of Parking Structure 3. The City of Santa Monica wanted to demolish the parking structure and replace it with supportive housing for the homeless. Santa Monica Bayside Owners Association is a group of business owners and real estate investors who have opposed the project slated for downtown Santa Monica. The California Coastal Commission approved the demolition with evidence of questionable value. The...

  • Should I Take Social Security if I Don't Need It?

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

    Ask Rusty – Should I Take Social Security Even If I Don't Need It? Dear Rusty: I am 66 years plus 8 months old, am still working making six figures, and can support myself. I'm a healthy, self-employed single woman and have a State Pension (from a divorce settlement). I will work part time, probably through next year and until I am 70 years old or more. What should I do about my Social Security - take it or "bank it" in Social Security? Signed: Fully Independent Lady Dear Fully Independent: Wh...

  • In Ballona Creek, Homeless Are Building Permanent Encampment Under Del Rey Bridge

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 25, 2021

    Residents of the 5200 block of Centinela Avenue, where a bridge crosses the Ballona Creek, report that round the clock construction has been going on underneath the bridge. This according to KCAL 9 News, which covered the story in response calls from residents. "Kristine Lazar reports from Del Rey where a group of residents who live along Ballona Creek say something has to be done about a growing homeless encampment. In order to compel city and county officials to take action, they started...

  • Over 16,000 New Covid Cases Have So Far Not Resulted in An Increase in the Daily Rate of Death

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 25, 2021

    December 29, 2021 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a sharp increase in Covid cases today, with 16,510 new positive cases identified. Officials pointed out this is nearly double the number of new daily cases just a week ago. A month ago, the number of new daily cases was 843. So far the number of daily deaths is remaining low, at about the same rate as it was a month ago. Today 25 Covid deaths were reported in the county, 21 of them involving underlying conditions...

  • Is it Omicron or is it Delta? The Headlong Rate of Increase in LA County Cases Over the Weekend Has (Temporarily?) Stopped Dead

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Dec 25, 2021

    UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, LA county health officials announced that, in the week ending December 18, of sequenced samples, 54% were Omicron. December 28, 2021 - Is Omicron now the dominant variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Los Angeles County? Officials aren't saying so, and it is doubtful if they even know. On December 23, the California Department of Public Health claimed that 50% to 70% of new cases were Omicron in at least three California health systems. However, as reported by the...