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 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...

 

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 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...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    May 22, 2021

A New and Critical Fire Danger in Southern California: The Homeless

May 17, 2021 The Los Angeles Fire Department responds to an average of 24 homeless-related fires a day, according to reporting by the Los Angeles Times. That's two dozen emergencies every day. LAFD...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    May 7, 2021

Should We Vaccinate Children for Covid-19? LA County Department of Public Health is All For It

Pfizer has submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration to approve its innovative Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 years old. At present, this vaccine is only approved by the...

 

Law that Would Allow Targets of a Recall to See Who Hates Them is Dropped

State Senator Josh Newman, a Democrat, is pulling from consideration his proposal to allow the objects of a recall petition access to the names and contact information of those who signed the...

 

California Quietly Slides into a Drought While Officials Say to Build for 1.34 Million More Thirsty Residents

Our legislators' hunger for more and more housing units in the region ignores one remarkably significant limiting factor: water supply. Over recorded history in the region, California has suffered...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    April 11, 2021

Black Lives Matter Struggles to Look Like a Tough Grass Roots Organization While Raking in Big Bucks: $90 Million in One Year of Donations

On every page of the official Black Lives Matter website, a button urges one to "donate today." Benefactors may warm themselves with supporting BLM's "ongoing fight to end State-sanctioned violence,...

 

Bonin Makes Bonehead Bid to Put Homeless Encampments in Beach Parking Lots and Establish Other Vagrant Camps Throughout His District

How does one get a free room with oceanfront view, no taxes to pay, and no building codes to follow? According to Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin, be a vagrant. The controversial councilmember is...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    April 8, 2021

Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum for California Schools Relies on Flawed Scholarship

The case against Assembly Bill 101, a law that would require ethnic studies be a part of the high school curriculum in the state's public schools, was made by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of the Amcha...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Lockdowns Were a Disaster: Public Health Should Have Been Achieved Via the Carrot Instead of the Stick: Santa Monica Shines COVID-19 Assurance Program is Almost an Example

UPDATE/CORRECTION: The Santa Monica Shines program does not involve inspections from city of Santa Monica code inspectors. Sustainable Works conducts the walk-throughs to grant the Assurance Seal and...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    April 5, 2021

Time to Move Out: Santa Monica is Coming For Your Home With Upzoning Plans for R-1 Neighborhoods and Putting Public Housing In Your Backyard

Dressed up in the language of compassion and social justice, the City Council's vote on March 30 to accommodate 6,168 affordable housing units, 70% of whatever new housing is built, and then to...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    March 29, 2021

Is it Homeless Advocacy to Allow Mentally Ill People to Live as They Please on the Street? Protestors Want Homeless to Continue Camping Out at Echo Park Lake

Police were needed to protect construction workers on Wednesday night at Echo Park as over 200 protestors arrived to decry the attempt to clear an estimated four dozen homeless people who'd set up...

 

Optics Over Reality with Hero Pay Ordinances for Grocery and Drug Store Workers: 4 Reasons This is A Terrible Idea

March 11, 2021 The City of Santa Monica on Tuesday joined the County and City of Los Angeles in adopting an ordinance granting an additional $5 per hour "hero pay" to workers at large grocery chains...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    March 6, 2021

Black Lives Matter Wants to Abolish the Police During a Homicide Surge in Los Angeles

During an alarming surge in the number of homicides committed in Los Angeles, with the majority of victims people of color, Black Lives Matter-LA has begun a campaign to deplatform and abolish unions...

 

What's Missing from City of Santa Monica's Report on Addressing Homelessness

I have read with disappointment the Staff Report accompanying Item 8.A. The report is long on process narrative but entirely deficient on hard objectives and measurable milestones to achieve those...

 

Do the Poor and Downtrodden Deserve the Covid Vaccine Before Everyone Else? Community Health Centers Advocate to Receive More Vaccine Doses

February 26, 2021 Community health clinics think the answer to solving vaccine rollout disparity is to let them administer more vaccines. At a webinar on February 24, representatives from health...

 

Is It Time for a Taxpayer Lawsuit Regarding Homeless Services in Santa Monica?

If you are wondering how your tax dollars are spent on addressing the homeless crisis in Santa Monica, do not ask the City as they would likely not be able to answer. They would probably even think...

 

Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon Gives Practical Reasons for Not Seeking Death Penalty for Killer of Two Boys

February 22 District Attorney George Gascon issued a statement today explaining why his office accepted a plea bargain from convicted sex offender Kenneth Rasmuson for the murder of two 6-year-old...

 

Is LA County Gearing Up to Require Double Masking?

In their daily email to the public on Saturday, February 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health appeared to be moving toward a mandate of double masking. On February 3, Dr. Anthony...

 

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