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 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...

 

Medical Marijuana For School Students? It's Now Authorized in California

Parents of school-aged children may be surprised to learn that their local school district is considering adopting a policy allowing medical marijuana on campus. Effective January 1, 2020, Senate...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    Opinion    May 8, 2020

The Plaza at Santa Monica Project Would Positively Transform Our Downtown Area

Earlier this year back in a time when we were able to touch each other, then-City Attorney (now city manager) Lane Dilg put a halt to The Plaza at Santa Monica, a mixed-use development proposed for a...

 
 By Michael Greer    Opinion    May 4, 2020

California's Tyrannical Leftist Leaders Will Never End the Lockdown

I'd rather die on my feet, then live on my knees. I've become very disheartened. The Leftist media has successfully convinced a significant number of people that it is necessary for us to be isolated...

 
 By Marcel Gemme    Opinion    May 4, 2020

New York, New Jersey Require Nursing Homes to Accept Patients who are Still Recovering From COVID-19

By: Marcel Gemme The COVID-19 pandemic has been harsher on America's senior population than any other demographic. This is especially true of the significant subset of seniors who live in long-term...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Opinion    May 1, 2020

Let's Open Businesses on May 1 Instead of May 15, Governor Newsom

On March 16, the City of Santa Monica, the County of Los Angeles and the State of California almost simultaneously began shutting down businesses, beginning with bars and gyms. Within days, both local...

 
 By SMCLC    Opinion    May 1, 2020

SMCLC Urges Less Construction, Less Density After Covid-19 Lockdowns

Dear City Manager and City Council, While reading Pro Developer Group Santa Monica Forward's letter about our city's finances, we're reminded of Naomi Klein's seminal work, The Shock Doctrine. In it,...

 
 By Janet Phelan    Opinion    April 12, 2020

No Courts, No Freedom, No Rights: We are watching our legal protections swirl down the toilet

"I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits." Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera One of the casualties of Covid-19 has been our system of justice. The Firs...

 

Even Some Doctors Are Starting to Wonder If the US Response to Coronavirus is an Overreaction

The worldwide attempt to control the recent worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 is an overreaction and a "fiasco in the making.” Scientist John Ioannidis. In most of the disaster movies we grew up with...

 

SMMUSD Hides Behind Federal and Local Agencies in Coronavirus Response

An email sent out Tuesday by Dr. Ben Drati, School Superintendent for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, seeks to explain the response of the district to the outbreak of the Covid-19...

 

Santa Monica and Coronavirus: No Plan for the Homeless and Covid-19

The city's Chief Resilience Officer and its Communication Officer reported on the state of the city's response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday. Other than...

 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug scheme robs patients of tomorrow's new medicines

The House of Representatives passed Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unprecedented crackdown on the pharmaceutical industry. Her bill, "H.R.3," would allow the government to dictate prices on a broad array of...

 

PETA Kills 84% of the Animals Brought to their Virginia Center, Within 24 Hours

PETA, the acronym for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, bills itself as an "animal rights" organization. Founded in 1980 by Ingrid Newkirk, a former animal shelter worker and deputy sheriff...

 

Two-Thirds of City Employees Drive Alone to Work; Most Park Free Downtown Says SMCLC

  SMCLC citing to a Rule 2202 AQMD mandatory report, Santa Monica Civic Light Commuters says that 65% of Santa Monica municipal employees drive to work in single occupancy vehicles. They then use...

 

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