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 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    April 20, 2019 

As Legislature Tries to Stuff More Housing Down the Throats of Cities, California Just Says No

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to oppose a proposed bill in the California State Senate, SB 50, which would offer waivers and other encouragements to housing built close to urban...

 

State Legislature Continues Its Unwavering Commitment To Undermining Public Safety

The most dangerous number in Sacramento these days? 1182. That's the designation of the latest assault on public safety. Assembly Bill 1182, introduced earlier this month by Assemblymember Wendy...

 

$1.4 Million Gets 23 Homeless People Into Santa Monica Housing (That's $60,900 per individual)

An Information Item sent from Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole to the city council seeks to explain what achievements staff has made over the past year to address homelessness. In late November of...

 
 By Stan Greene    Opinion    March 7, 2019

French Fries at McDonalds in Orlando FLA Are Too Salty, And So Is My Email

You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "CONTACT A REPORTER" group. This morning I had breakfast at the McDonalds at the following address: 12301 E Colonial Dr,...

 

Letters: Landlords will use City Council Re-districting Lawsuit to End Rent Control

In covering the districting issue, you may perhaps not understand why some of us long time SM renters fear this issue as an existential threat to our very lives. No exaggeration. We see districting...

 

Like Being Hit By Lightning, Prop 47 Greatly Increased Property Crime in California

Pop 47 ushered in an increase in property crime statewide because many theft offenses were made inconsequential misdemeanors that carried little likelihood of incarceration. Last month the Public...

 
 By Omar Spahi    Opinion    July 20, 2018

Ocean Towers Has Been Falsely Portrayed, Reports One Homeowner

A posted article about Ocean towers contains a ton of false information, I'd love a chance to discuss with the author and set the record straight. The following is just some of the information that is...

 

Potential For Injury is High on Electric Scooters by Bird and Lime

Riders and pedestrians are suffering serious injuries. I know this because my husband and I are Santa Monica personal injury attorneys and we are getting calls DAILY by injury victims: • Riders...

 
 By Susan Shelley    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Will California "cure" the housing crisis by repealing both Costa-Hawkins and the Ellis Act? Nope.

One of the more depressing tricks employed by people who favor more government control of everything is this: Put government controls on a business, which causes problems, and then use the problems...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    Opinion    July 4, 2018

"Families belonging together: Freedom for Immigrants," at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles

  Sat, June 30th, the rally to end the mass detention of immigrants, "Families belonging together: Freedom for Immigrants," began at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Protesters then marched togethe...

 

Sidewalk Scooters Endanger Residents, Action is Urgently Needed

This week I was nearly mowed down by 2 guys on scooters zipping down the sidewalk on Lincoln toward a busy corner. I turned and saw them bearing right down on me showing no intention of stopping for...

 
 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    June 18, 2018

City Council Continues to Enable Abuses at OPCC Facilities Despite Mounting Evidence

This Council is about to approve $1.6M in public funding for OPCC dba The People Concern, supposedly for the provision of homeless services. This is despite the City being on notice for at least two...

 
 By Nancy Kaufman    Opinion    May 28, 2018

"Money For Kids and Education, not for Billionaire's Profit Making!"

   United Teachers of Los Angeles have joined the teacher rebellion that’s been sweeping the country from West Virginia to California.    More than 12,000 union and community members marched in...

 

Homeless Count Justifies Misuse of Public Funds by OPCC

The homeless count is a cause for celebration for homeless services providers because it gives them an idea of how much public funding they will be receiving to sustain themselves for another year....

 
 By Luka Laden    Opinion    March 2, 2018

As Yet Another Tall Hotel Goes Up at 7th and Wilshire, Question Union Influence in Santa Monica

After a more than two-year hiatus, Los Angeles' Hotel Figueroa recently reopened its doors. Much has changed since the 1920s-era building last graced the streets of South Park-the commercial center...

 

Only Those in Government Can Abuse Political Power or Give Special Favors

If you take the politics out of it, all the current investigations in politics are about just one thing: Abuse of power. Forget whether crimes can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. It's not...

 

At OPCC, a Screaming Woman Keeps Other Guests Awake at Night

Dear Editor: There are women living at (O.P.C.C.) Daybreak Shelter in Santa Monica who are so severely mental that they are a danger to themselves, and everyone at this facility. This person...

 

Time for Congress to Stabilize the Individual Market for Health Insurance

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) created a bipartisan bill last year to improve health insurance markets. The deal allocates funds for cost-sharing reductions, which reduce...

 

Environmental Movements Russia Links Ignored in Trump-Russia Investigation

By Merrill Matthews Democrats and the media have been diligently digging into Russian involvement into U.S. elections for over a year. But when you dig a hole you sometimes run across things you wish...

 

Early Release of Elderly Lifers, "Sanctuary State," Vote by Mail, and Outlawing AIDS

Massive increase in Gas & Car Tax: First SB-1: increases your gas taxes by .12 Cents and the car tax (Vehicle License Fee) by an average of $150. Then 9 sellout traitor Republicans voted to renew...

 

City smoking ordinance is a joke with harmful effects to people and their environment.

Although this matter has been a harmful problem for NON smoking the people in cities like Santa Monica, but the ignorance of the city governments agencies is shown to be yet another added problem...

 

A tax reform reality check for Californians: It's Not All Bad for the Golden State

Now that the tax reform bill has passed, big-spending California politicians have a problem. The state's General Fund receives 65 percent of its revenue from personal income tax collections, and 35...

 

Las Posadas: Do You See What I See?

"Said the night wind to the little lamb Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky little lamb Do you see what I see?" ~Christmas Carol by Noël Regeny & Gloria Shayne Baker Las Posadas is Spanish...

 

OPCC Provides Wonderful Services for the Homeless Population in Santa Monica

I have been volunteering for a couple of hours every Monday morning at the Access Center, operated by OPCC to serve the homeless population here, for the last 25 years. Having read the article about...

 

The Rise of Trump: Kate Steinle tragedy changed history

The Kate Steinle case was always about more than just the Kate Steinle case. The 32-year-old was shot in the back while walking with her father along San Francisco's Pier 14. She collapsed and died...

 

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