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What Your Cat Wants for Christmas: Gift Ideas for the Holidays or Any Time of Year

If a cat could write a wish list to Santa, they'd probably put down some requests like world domination or a whole ham. But those items aren't necessarily healthy for your cat in the long run. With...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    December 6, 2021 

Man with Foreign Pension Wants His Social Security Windfall Reduction Back - He Won't Get It

Ask Rusty – Social Security's WEP is Unfair – I Want My Money Back! Dear Rusty: How can a foreign company pay into the US Social Security system? I worked in Barbados before I immigrated to the...

 

Woof! Dog PPL Opens Private Dog Park in Downtown Santa Monica

What do you do with 20,000 square feet of vacant parking lot in Santa Monica? You turn it into a private dog club, of course. The dogs pay $80 per month to frolic on the astroturf, play with other...

 

Five Holiday Scams to Avoid: Cybercriminals look forward to the holidays, too-but for starkly different reasons.

It's no wonder so many of us look forward to the holidays. It's a time to gather with family and friends, share memories and gifts, and make plans for the coming year. Cybercriminals look forward to...

 

Adoption Fees Waived for All Cats and Dogs in Care for Over 10 Days

Los Angeles County Animal Shelters announced: Adoption Fees Waived for All Cats and Dogs in Care for Over 10 Days....

 

South Carolina is the Most Wedding Obsessed State, with Folks in SC Googling wedding items More than in Other States

A new study by wedding photography experts Printique analyzed 26 essential factors in a wedding based on how much they are Googled in each U.S state, from wedding dresses and honeymoon to seating...

 

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Elevate The Gift Giving With Experience Gifts

HAVE YOU DONE YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING YET? The Santa Monica Observer would like to share with you the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Elevate The Gift Giving With Experience Gifts from our friends over at...

 

Beverly Hills hosts Benefit Gala in honor of Landmark Jewish World Museum set to open in Israel

Beverly Hills (11/23/21) – The American Friends of the World's Jewish Museum (AFWJM) held the 3rd annual awards benefit gala on Thursday, November 19th 2021. The spectacular Maybourne Hotel in...

 

When is it Best to Collect Your Social Security Survivor Benefit

Ask Rusty – Should I Take My Widower Benefit Now? Dear Rusty: I lost my wife 7 years ago. I was told that I could possibly collect 30 to 35% of her benefit as a widower benefit when I turned 60. I...

 

Correctional Officer Shortages at California Institute for Women's Prison

As of Friday, Novemeber 19th, we have a newly discovered Covid-19 case. That respective housing unit is locked down. However, we do have officer shortages. So, desperate times caused CDCR...

 

Safety Belongs on the Thanksgiving Menu

Too many cooks in the kitchen might perfectly describe an over-the-top situation. But at Thanksgiving, the worst time of the year for home-cooking fires, always having at least one cook in the...

 

RHOBH glam up for Parisian Launch

11/15/2021- West Hollywood: Touted as one of the few post-Lockdown West Hollywood launches, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Sutton Stracke hosted an in-person Fashion event at her...

 

How do Congressional Pay Increases Compare to Cost of Living Increases for Social Security?

Ask Rusty – About Computing COLA and Congressional Pay Increases Dear Rusty: What determines the amount of the cost of living increase for Social Security as compared to the cost of living increase...

 

Santa Monica student to dance Clara role In Westside Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the Broad Stage after two year drought

Westside Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker has been a beloved Los Angeles classic since 1973, providing the perfect opportunity to introduce children to classical music and dance, and in so doin...

 

Paris Hilton Parties with Invited Wedding Guests At the Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier

Paris Hilton celebrated her wedding with a few lucky guests on the Santa Monica Pier Friday night, 11/12/21. I asked the young handsome actor type guy what folks were waiting for at the parking lot...

 

Medicare Part B Explained: Where Do They Get That Premium From?

Ask Rusty – Why Is My Medicare Part B Premium So High? Dear Rusty: Social Security is deducting $297 per month for my Medicare Part B coverage. I have what's called a "Windfall Elimination...

 

Homeless People Interact More With Others When Their Pets Accompany them to the Street

Many homeless people hit the streets along with their pets. Others acquire pets when they are homeless. The animals seemingly don't discriminate on the basis of housing. They are often perfectly...

 

Consumer Alert: New Debt Collection Rules Allow Unsolicited Emails, Texts and Social Media Messaging

Sweeping new rules governing debt collection practices in the U.S. will go into effect on November 30. Unfortunately, many of the very serious concerns about the use of electronic communications for d...

 

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

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...

 

Jonah's Kitchen: New Santa Monica Restaurant Open For Lunch + Dinner

Have you ever walked by a restaurant and the sweet scents emanating from within were so intoxicatingly delicious that you felt like you had to have whatever they were cooking right then? In this insta...

 

PS1 Pluralistic School Celebrates 50 Years of Pluralism, Celebrating the Many, Building ONE!

Alumnus Farid Adibi credits his early education at PS1 Pluralistic School for his academic and professional ambitions, his leadership skills, and the formation of his media company...

 

Let Hotel Casa del Mar prepare you an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal.

Leave the holiday cooking to the professionals this year and have the chefs at Hotel Casa del Mar prepare you an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal. The iconic Santa Monica-based hotel is offering...

 

Number of Seniors Living Alone Will Double in the Next 17 Years. They live alone because they prefer it that way

One man's agony: "I am 77 years old. I was happily married for 55 years but I lost my wife a year and a half ago. No, she didn't die. In fact, she is in great physical health-- except for her...

 

Concerns were raised about condoms being used to hide evidence of rape - in a women's prison by 'women'

Here at the CIW's women's yard, transgender women numbers continue to go up. How many? I'm not sure. With Covid-19 causing restricted movement, I'm limited on info. I'm also not sure what to call...

 

Animal Care Kits to be Distributed to the Homeless with Pets by The Giving Spirit: You Can Help

Los Angeles, CA: The Giving Spirit-a nonprofit serving homeless individuals in Los Angeles since 1999-announced today that it will be serving 1,200 companion animals and their guardians by assembling...

 

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