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Santa Monica City Planning Grants Too Many Variances to Developers. Gelson's Shopping Center is an example.

The Santa Monica City Planning Department has never from all appearances, met a variance it didn't like. Every one of those exceptions over the years, including those for the Lincoln Center project...

 

The Statue of St Monica is Being Used as a Drug Drop - And So is the Rest of the City

Dear Chief Batista, I am pointing out the activities shown in the following photos contained in the link below, asking for your help. Since you say you have a full staff at night from 12 midnight to...

 

Companies Use Greenwashing to Justify Cost-Saving Measures that Don't Help the Environment

Sustainability has gone mainstream, with more people than ever before concerned about the environmental impacts of the products and services they buy and use. They understandably want to do the right...

 

SMMUSD Lacks a Plan to Overcome the Two Year Learning Deficit Caused by Covid-19 Shutdowns

As our children start their 3rd week of school, it's business as usual over at the SMMUSD district office and school board. There has still been no mention of a plan to address the learning loss...

 

Whiplash and the Media Regarding New Covid Boosters

September 5, 2022 - As the latest vaccine aimed at Omicron is about to be unleashed upon us, it would be helpful to all who can read to pay attention from one paragraph to the next when trying to...

 

Stop the Mandates: Letter to Santa Monica City Government

Hi Santa Monica City Government, You are exercising government overreach. Stop the mandates. You are city servants. Not health dictators. You do not have the right to force city employees or law...

 

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón's Prohibition Against Sentencing Enhancements Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Drug Dealers

In February 2021, 16-year-old, straight-A student Sammy Berman Chapman asked his dad for a cheeseburger. An hour later his mom, TV therapist Dr. Laura Berman, went into his room in their Santa Monica...

 

We Don't Co-Parent With the Government, says Moms for Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC, -- Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren't the only lessons being taught in our public schools these days. In some schools -- too many of them across the country -- teachers have...

 

Increasing Crime in Santa Monica isn't Recorded Because it's So Hard to Give a Police Report

UPDATE:ANOTHER CAR (The Tesla, attached) was smashed and grabbed at the same address two days after I sent the original message. Neighbors said they saw a black Honda Civic and racing away from the...

 

As Covid-19 Pandemic Winds Down, Mistakes, Exaggerations, and Outright Lies by LA County Public Health Exposed Like Shells at a Beach

August 19, 2022 - In her most recent media briefing yesterday, Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health, had increasing trouble maintaining the notion that she either understood the...

 
 By Jon Berg    Opinion    August 26, 2022

With Homeless Camping Allowed on Private Property, Santa Monica Has Become "Slum By the Sea"

If you shudder, as you pass the infamous, filthy, dangerous, druggie-filled "Boninville" camp under the freeway at Venice and Sepulveda, or the countless homeless vagrant encampments in Hollywood,...

 

How Many People Have Actually Died from Covid-19 in Los Angeles County?

August 22, 2022 - The Los Angeles County Public Health Department claims that 31,291 residents have died of Covid-19 as of August 22 since the pandemic began in March, 2020. But have that many people...

 

Purveyors of "Critical" Ethnic Studies Seek to Indoctrinate New K-12 Teachers After Failing to Get State to Incorporate Their Antisemitic Doctrine in Curriculum

August 17, 2022 - Having failed in their attempt to make Ethnic Studies a high school requirement for admission to a University of California campus, proponents of "critical" ethnic studies are...

 
 By Marc Ang    Opinion    August 24, 2022

Republican Consultants Fail To Recall Gascon Again... Equally Dangerous To Victims Than Gascon Himself

I take no joy in writing this piece, but feel it must be done for the good of political cause everywhere in California. Before going any further though, it must be stressed that he countless hours of...

 

The LA Times is Wrong and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon Should Follow State Law

On August 12, 2022, the Los Angeles Times published an editorial by Erwin Chemerinsky, Gil Garcetti, and Miriam Aroni Krinsky. The article criticized a recent state court appellate decision that...

 

Cabinet Makers Daughter Recalls How the IRS Took Everything Her Parents Made, Due to a Partner's Malfeasance

I'm going to tell a story for those people who think dealing with the IRS is somehow fair or "reasonable" - buckle up. When I was a kid, my dad owned a small cabinet shop. He decided (against better...

 

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,...

 

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