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Beware of Afghan Dog "Rescue" Exploitation

News has broken that a number of military working dogs were left in Afghanistan. We've read several news articles as well as a number of Tweets about the matter. We are warning people to be skeptical...

 

Infectious Disease Doctor From UCLA Health Warns City About Threat of Typhoid and HIV in Garages Used as Campground by Homeless

Infectious Disease Doctor From UCLA Health Warns City About Threat of Typhoid and HIV in Garages Used as Campground by Homeless Third Street Promenade property owner John Alle asked Dr. Lewis Simon,...

 

Is Santa Monica City Government Deliberately Neglecting Unsafe Conditions in Parking Garage 3 to Garner Support for Its Demolition?

August 25, 2021 - In an email addressed to the Santa Monica City Council and the Downtown Santa Monica Inc business improvement district, Promenade property owner John Alle described a Monday...

 

Gascón ideology is not making us any safer

According to District Attorney George Gascón, "The past four decades have not made us any safer." This recent ahistorical statement is incredible for two reasons. First, it reveals willful ignorance...

 

Critical Race Theory "Ethnic Studies" High School Requirement Placed in Suspense File Yesterday by Senate Appropriations Committee

UPDATE: According to the Amcha Initiative, a Jewish campus watchdog group, the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on whether to pass AB 101 to the full senate on August 26. Four of the seven...

 

Letter to the Editor: StepUp's Hidden Abuse of Mentally Ill Clients

I am a 64 year-old person suffering from AIDS, diabetes and severe mental illness. StepUp is providing formerly homeless people with dysfunctional housing and mental health counseling. Over the past...

 

Los Angeles County Okays Putting Noncitizens as Department Heads and Employing Noncitizen Workers

On Tuesday, August 10, the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end citizenship requirements for county department heads. They are also giving each department head the authority to waive...

 

County Health Department Maintains that Masks and Vaccines Work Despite Evidence in Their Own Data That Neither Makes Much Difference

The Los Angeles County Health Department sent out a newsletter justifying their return to mandating masks three weeks ago. "We are now seeing a slowing down in the increase of cases," the LADPH wrote....

 

The pandemic we're now in is Stupidity Pandemic 21. Why did Jeff Bezos blast off in the middle of it?

Last week, just as Jeff Bezos blasted off from our overheating, burning, flooding, Covid-ridden planet, something happened. I'll leave it up to you dear reader to determine what. Hint: you don't get...

 
 By John Alle    Opinion    August 9, 2021

Invitation for Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich to Debate the Future of Parking Structure 3

Dear Mayor Himmelrich, The future of Parking Structure 3 in Downtown Santa Monica at 1320 4th Street has become a widespread topic of discussion among residents and business owners within our city and...

 

Attempted Coup at Santa Monica Housing Commission Meeting – A Case of Nepotism?

At the July 15, 2021 meeting of the Santa Monica Housing Commission, Chair Michael Soloff proceeded with the selection of the leadership even though commissioners had not yet been appointed by the...

 

They Didn't Suddenly Decide to Demolish Samohi's History Building During the Pandemic

As a SAMOHI alum, class of 1970, and an SMMUSD employee since 1998, I, too, wish the District could save the combined SAMOHI History/Art/Business building complex. But they didn't just suddenly...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    July 20, 2021

Barbara Ferrer is Responsible for Every Suicide in Los Angeles County From July 15 On

July 16, 2021 It was only a matter of time, and not very much time, before the uptick in Covid-19 cases caused health officials to begin reimposing the restrictions they have used for 16 months now...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    July 16, 2021

Is it Compassion to Allow Vagrants to Take Over City Property or Something Else?

Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich thinks the key to saving the dying Third Street Promenade is to allow drug-using vagrants to use the business district's parking garages. Just kidding. What she...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    July 12, 2021

In a Brazen Opposition to Public Wishes, the California Legislature is Poised to Reverse Proposition 25 and Institute No-Cash Bail

A law that would grant nearly all (if not all) criminal defendants the right to walk out of jail without bail is now sitting in the Public Safety Committee of the California State Assembly after...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    July 4, 2021

Santa Monica City Council Should Beware Misleading Results From Resident Survey

A resident survey sent out with a Santa Monica Community Recreation email blast seems designed to elicit certain results regarding the city's stance on politically and socially progressive issues....

 
 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Mayor Himmelrich Should Refrain from Nominating or Voting for Caroline Torosis Due to Appearance of Conflict of Interest

The following is a written public comment submitted to the Santa Monica City Council on 6/29/21 This is to request that Mayor Himmelrich refrain from nominating or voting for SMRR-endorsed Council...

 

School Board Lies About Classroom Size. History Building Need Not Go "because it cannot accommodate modern classrooms"

Dear School Board -You all have repeatedly stated that the History Building must be torn down because it cannot accommodate modern classrooms shapes and sizes. This is a lie. After staff said they...

 
 By Jesse Gould    Opinion    June 13, 2021

Letter to the Editor: Support SB 519 to Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs in Order to Help Veterans

As an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, I witnessed countless tragedies during my three deployments. After leaving the army and working in finance, I was drinking heavily and fell into a deep depression. I...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    June 13, 2021

California Senate Says We Should Just Deal with Drug-Users Slugging Us in the Park, Passes Law to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs 21-16

Courtesy of the brainiac who is pushing to densify our neighborhoods, California State Senator Scott Wiener, Senate Bill 519 to legalize psychedelic drugs, including LSD, was approved by the state's u...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    June 4, 2021

Gelsons Will Make Everything All Better, says Hines Development Regarding Mega-Sized West Edge Project Under Construction On Olympic Near Bundy

There will be a Gelsons at the eventual megalith development that is replacing Martin's Cadillac on Olympic Boulevard near Bundy. Hines development company, who is constructing the eight-story...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    June 2, 2021

They're Coming for Your Home and Your City: Our Analysis of Santa Monica's 1500-Page Housing Element Update

The City of Santa Monica's Planning Department has made available for public consumption its most current draft of the Housing Element of the General Plan. While this combination of words may cause...

 
 By Houman Hemmati    Opinion    May 31, 2021

A Miracle for Santa Monica: Pro-Developer Council Member Kevin McKeown Resigns.

A miracle just happened for the residents of Santa Monica that can save our city forever: Councilmember Kevin McKeown, who has served for decades in this role, just unexpectedly announced his...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    May 22, 2021

District Attorney Gascón Boasts of Consumer Lawsuit Against Frontier for Misrepresenting Internet Speeds while Ignoring Violent Crimes

The current Los Angeles District Attorney sends press releases that are markedly different from his predecessor. While Jackie Lacey would announced the arrests of people in positions of trust, such...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    May 22, 2021

California Hangs onto Mask Mandate Like a Baby with a Pacifier

May 18, 2021 After taking the weekend to mull the matter, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health decided that California would not be following the guidelines put forward May...

 

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