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Throwing Money at Schools Won't Help: SMMUSD Needs to Get Back to Basics of Education

As a student in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district in the 1980s and 90s my classmates and I were blessed to experience a public education second to none. I formed tight life-long bonds not only...

 

California Gov. Newsom is the New Owner of the Plantation, Patronizing and Condescending with his Health Equity Metric

Governor Newsom released a new "equity metric" last week that adds to the requirements necessary before a county can move to a less restrictive tier. The census tracts in the lowest quartile of the...

 

"Liberal" City of Santa Monica Disenfranchises Section 8 Tenants

Throughout Santa Monica, about 1,488 residents currently live in subsidized housing known as Section 8, a federal program administered by the Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA). These are the...

 

BLM doesn't want you to know what they stand for - or what they do with your donation

The Black Lives Matter organization (not to be confused with the idea that black lives matter) recently removed a page from their website that outlined the beliefs of the group. The page, titled "What...

 

Your kids can be politically indoctrinated in public school according to current California law - and it's about to get worse

The California State Legislature passed AB 331 in September, a bill requiring a semester of ethnic studies for high school graduation. A model curriculum, hundreds of pages long, is available for...

 

It is Time for Santa Monica to Reckon With its Deeply Racist Past (Meaning Yesterday)

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will be presented with suggestions from The Black Agenda for ways to spend the $200,000 already earmarked in June for efforts to support racial justice. The...

 

Santa Monica Flexes Muscles Yet Again with Threat to Cut Off Power to "Party Houses"

8/27/20: On Monday, the City of Santa Monica issued its 22nd Local Emergency Supplement, that is, yet another order restricting citizens' rights. This time, the city threatens to fine property owners...

 

We Should Support SMMUSD's Attempts to Develop a Social Justice Component for its Curricula

Dear Editor: In a front page article about the SMMUSD's attempts to develop a social justice component for its curricula, writer Corva Corax disputes the motives behind and possible efficacy of this...

 

Power Outages Highlight Progressive California's Inability to Handle its Size: Upzoning is Wildly Irresponsible

Power outages due to lack of supply affected nearly half a million customers in California last weekend. The shortage of available power was at least in part due to the state's commitment to clean...

 

Election integrity will be put to the test in California this November

New York City tried to make voting easier, and the result was chaos. City elections officials were overwhelmed with a flood of vote-by-mail ballots, more than 400,000, or ten times the usual number in...

 

Public Health Officials Freak Out Over COVID-19 Violations After One Woman Killed at Illegal Party in Beverly Crest

A woman was shot and killed and four others sustained wounds after an unknown number of gunmen fired multiple rounds at a house party in the exclusive Beverly Crest neighborhood. The shooting...

 

Is the Government Going too Far in Trying to Control Covid, Trampling Civil Rights and Not Necessarily Solving the Problem?

On Wednesday, the City of Los Angeles and Santa Monica issued further emergency orders in apparent reaction to the infamous house party held Monday night in Beverly Crest for an NFL football player....

 

SMCLC Opposes The Plaza Development on Legal and Environmental Grounds

In June, the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) served the City with legal objections to proceeding with plans to privatize public land at 4th and Arizona for a massive commercial proje...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Black Lives Matter Organization Does Not Belong in Our Schools

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Ben Drati sent an email to parents, students, and the public that is chilling in both its content and its wording regarding the district's...

 
 By Linda Ryan    Opinion    August 1, 2020

Let us kneel for law and order, not for anarchy.

TO THE EDITOR: Hello, as a resident of Santa Monica for over 40 years, I find it is my civic duty to contact you in support of the Santa Monica Police Dept. Also, my latest friendly interaction and...

 
 By corva corvax    Opinion    July 30, 2020

Rioters Are Stealing Free Speech Rights from Protestors - Not the Government

Predictably, renewed lockdown orders in California are leading to new riots, usually involving associated "peaceful" protestors. A melee broke out in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, with...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    July 30, 2020

Sacramento Grabs Power, Control, and Cash, Starting with SB 902 and 8 Other Proposed Laws

In reading through the nine proposed laws sitting in our state legislature now, each of which would do its part to kill single-family housing and densify neighborhoods, the rationale for this concerte...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    July 26, 2020

Why California's No Cash Bail Covid-19 Experiment, Is a Complete Failure and a Woke Joke

In a preview of good times to come should voters fail in November to revoke SB 10, California's No-Cash Bail law, a Huntington Park man stole over a dozen cars in twelve separate incidents - after...

 
 By Maryann Gray    Opinion    July 14, 2020

Brentwood Urgent Care is Creating a Nuisance With Covid-19 Testing at 26th and Wilshire

I am a Santa Monica resident who lives near the Brentwood Urgent Care center, which is on 26th Street just north of Wilshire (1156 26th). In recent weeks, Brentwood Urgent Care has started offering...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    July 6, 2020

With Beach Restriction and Bar Closures Government Officials Are Creating a Recipe for More Violent Riots

In time for the Independence Day weekend, a time when citizens of this great nation celebrate the freedom of our constitutional republican form of government, local and state officials issued a...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    July 3, 2020

Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility is Today's Snake Oil; Do not take or distribute this drug

A white woman suggests we 'interrupt' our perceptions on just about everything in order to combat systemic racism; a black man suggests the opposite the black community accept its true free agency in...

 
 By Stan Epstein    Opinion    June 22, 2020

Santa Monica Looting, Protesting and Other Events of May 31, 2020 Cry Out for a Truly Independent Investigation

Aside from budget problems and services cuts, one of the most important issues bothering Santa Monica citizens is the unfolding of events on Sunday, May 31, the intelligence the day before and...

 

Unprecedented? Inconceivable! Actually, Coronavirus is Neither

This commentary/critique/observation should not be construed, rendered, or inferred to minimize, trivialize, diminish or make light of the seriousness, gravity, and solemnity of the Coronavirus/Novel...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Opinion    June 18, 2020

The Problem with Black Lives Matter, the Organization and the Slogan

That black lives matter is not a controversial opinion. In 2020 United States of America, well over 99 percent of the population agrees with this idea. Yet since March 25 and the death of African-Amer...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    June 15, 2020

It is Premature to Recall Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud, Due to George Floyd Riots

Close to 60,000 signatures have been gathered as of this writing asking for the recall of Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud. Most residents of the city are furious about the wide-scale looting...

 

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