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 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    August 10, 2022 

Do Covid-19 Vaccines Make the Public Safer? Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer Declines to Say

August 5, 2022 - At her media briefing yesterday, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, declined to answer a question from a Los Angeles Times reporter regarding to what exte...

 
 By Rufus Baker    Opinion    August 10, 2022 

Letter to the Editor Regarding Arthur Jeon's Article on Competing Tax Measures

If Arthur Jeon truly is running for SM city council, he needs to be honest and truthful. His letter in your July 25-31 issue was neither. SM voters -- who are mostly renters -- must know he clearly...

 
 By Arthur Jeon    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Mayor Sue Himmelrich Acts in Definition of Bad Faith on Competing Ballot Measures

Open Letter to Sue Himmelrich and husband Michael Soloff: It was with dismay that I watched both your orchestrated attacks on councilman Phil Brock's alternate tax transfer measure at the July 12...

 

Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich Has Financial Conflict of Interest

Dear Editor, The Santa Monica city attorney, or the city council needs to act immediately to force the Mayor's recusal from all council discussions and votes regarding either of the transfer tax...

 
 By Jill Chapin    Opinion    July 15, 2022

Shame on Santa Monica

If you have walked our iconic bluffs overlooking the ocean, you will find discarded cans, old backpacks, blankets and clothes on the other side of the concrete railings that spoil the otherwise...

 
 By Arthur Jeon    Opinion    July 15, 2022

Death in the Parks of Santa Monica

It was with sadness that I read this in a recent story in The Santa Monica Current: “The One Thing you need to know is that SMPD responded to a call at Palisades Park last night for two...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Masks Will Not Slow Transmission in Los Angeles County

July 7, 2022 For many weeks now, Los Angeles County Health officials have warned that a health order requiring masks at indoor public places will be re-instituted when there are 10 admissions or more...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Stop Giving Booster Shots If You Want to Slow Covid-19 Transmission - Our Message to Los Angeles County Health Department

July 8, 2022 - Los Angeles County has been living under the threat of a new indoor mask mandate for weeks now as Covid-19 cases, driven by various Omicron subvariants, bring more Covid patients to...

 

Santa Monica City Attorney Allows Criminals to Repeat Offend Over and Over Again

A Call-to-Action on Crime Dear Editor, I believe many Santa Monicans, rattled by an epidemic of brazen crime, are understandably furious at LA County DA George Gascon. They may not be aware, however,...

 
 By Peter Borresen    Opinion    July 4, 2022

Response to Caroline Torosis and Anastasia Foster on Rent Control

As Caroline and Anastasia say, rent control is for all tenants, but it is the rent challenged who they, understandably, use to justify emergency rent freezes, thus lumping all renters into one group....

 

Gascon Does Not Tell Truth About His Part in Murders by Those He Let Off

Gascón's refused to hold Victor Bibiano accountable for a 2009 double murder. That decision was based solely on Gascón's ideological policy. There is no science, no data, and no consideration for...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    June 20, 2022

Allied Universal Security Proves Insufficient for the Job on the Very Night Santa Monica City Council Okays Their New Contract

June 15, 2022 - Pools of urine, tagged walls, drug addicts, and homeless squatters greeted downtown Santa Monica property owner John Alle as he arrived early to work the morning following the City...

 
 By Ashley Oelsen    Opinion    June 20, 2022

An illegal yet permitted professional fireworks show in Santa Monica killed my dog. Warning to my community

July 4th is fast approaching, along with the devastating impact of fireworks. I know first-hand, as an illegal yet permitted fireworks show was responsible for the death of my dog last year. All firew...

 

How Come There Isn't One Landlord on Santa Monica Rent Control Board?

On Thursday June 9, 2022 the Rent Control Board will be discussing the details of filling a vacancy since Board Member Nicole Phillis announced her resignation. In accordance with the City Charter, wh...

 
 By Peter Borresen    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Just Say No to Santa Monica's Transfer Tax, The Highest in the State of California

This is not a 'wealth tax' as the signature gatherers proclaim - it is a real estate transfer tax. They are completely different things. With this new transfer tax, if you buy and sell a house for...

 
 By John Grimaldi    Opinion    May 30, 2022

Memorial Day: Take Time to Teach the Next Generation What the Day Means

WASHINGTON, DC, May 27 – Memorial Day is of great importance for those of us who lost friends and family members in armed conflicts. But it should also encompass the ranks of those who have even a m...

 
 By Chuck Levin    Opinion    May 27, 2022

To Save the US Post Office, Fire Louis de Joy, Bring Back Historic Post Offices and Restore the 25 Cent Stamps

To save, preserve and expand the United States Postal Service requires making the post office a national priority. Plus, first firing Louis de Joy. Now that the dysfunctional board which governs the...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    May 23, 2022

Master of Irony: Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon Blames Other Political Leaders for Mass Shootings, Ignoring His Own Complicity

May 18, 2022 - At a press conference today, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, who has presided over one of the highest increases in crime in the region, sought to educate the public...

 
 By John Alle    Opinion    May 22, 2022

A Single Morning Snapshot of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade Shows City Leadership Dysfunction

May 13, 2022 - The Ambassador program is a waste, and in the words of Councilmember Phil Brock, DTSM, Inc. itself must be dissolved. We need real law enforcement during the hours of 11 pm and 8 am....

 
 By Observer Staff    Opinion    May 20, 2022

Vote of No Confidence in Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich

A Change.org petition seeks to express a public vote of no confidence in the Mayor: "The undersigned members of the Santa Monica community support a vote of no confidence in Mayor Sue Himmelrich for t...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    May 16, 2022

Under Santa Monica Transfer Tax Proposal, Renters May Face Their Home Converting to Affordable Housing

May 9, 2022 - Renters in Santa Monica may believe themselves exempt from the ramifications of a proposed ballot measure to increase the tax rate on the sale of certain buildings by 833%. After all,...

 
 By Peter Borresen    Opinion    May 16, 2022

Affordable Home Ownership in Santa Monica - Not Affordable Renting

The state of California has issued an unfunded mandate that Santa Monica must build 6000+ affordable homes, or face punitive fines and loss of zoning control. The city currently plans to build these...

 
 By Michael Soloff    Opinion    May 13, 2022

"Mayor Himmelrich Wants to Suspend Meetings of Housing Commission Now That Her Husband Is No Longer On It."

Editor's Note: The following is a public comment by Michael Soloff, the Mayor's husband and then-Chair of the Housing Commission, at the 4/27/21 meeting of the Santa Monica City Council. His request...

 
 By Olga Zurawska    Opinion    May 9, 2022

Mayor Himmelrich's Vendetta Against Housing Commission After Husband Ineligible to Serve Due to Anti-Nepotism Policy

Amid an affordable housing and homelessness crisis, why would the City want to suspend all meetings of the Housing Commission "until City Council considers its annual appointments in June 2022" (May 1...

 
 By Arthur Jeon    Opinion    May 6, 2022

Santa Monica Mayor Himmelrich Needs to Use Tough Love on the Homeless, Not Give Them Free Housing Near the Beach

Dear Councilwoman Himmelrich, I just received your "Standing Firm For Santa Monica" flyer, which I understand is yours alone. I don't have a financial dog in this fight, as the condo I own doesn't...

 

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