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 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 23, 2022

"Green" Santa Monica Wastes Reusable Furniture, Sends it to the Dump

May 18, 2022 - The city of Santa Monica prides itself on being environmentally sustainable. In fact, an entire division of the city is devoted to sustainability, where the government website states,...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    May 18, 2022

Rent Control Board Commissioner Nicole Phillis Resigns Thursday Night

5.12.22: Rent Control Board Commissioner Nicole Phillis announced Thursday evening that she was resigning her position on the Rent Control board. Apparently Phillis is moving away from Santa Monica,...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    May 16, 2022

Ben Allen Faces Only Write In Candidates In His June Campaign for Re-election to California State Senate

In an unexpected turn of events, California State Sen. Ben Allen is on the ballot unopposed in the June 7th Primary. However, he will probably have to run against one of two write in candidates in...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 13, 2022

Santa Monica Councilmember Phil Brock Says it's Time to Dissolve DTSM Inc and Remove Safety Ambassadors to Get Real Safety and Security Downtown

May 2, 2022 - Santa Monica City Councilmember Phil Brock says he "got triggered" when he discovered that the dumpster rooms in downtown's public garages are left open at night for the homeless. They...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    May 13, 2022

Putin Says he Invaded Ukraine Because US and the West were Threatening Russia and Refusing Security Guarantees

Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed a colorful and well choreographed parade, full of salutes and military Hurrahs on Monday morning in Moscow. Putin said that they had to invade after the...

 

350k Signatures Collected on Recall Gascon; CA AG to Investigate Big Oil for Plastic Pollution (Really); Chain Retailers Fight Back Against Shoplifting; Hertz Customers Falsely Arrested After Rentals

Special Note To Readers Oral argument in the appeal of ADDA v. Gascon and the companion case People v. Nazir will occur at 1:30 pm Monday, May 9th. The hearing can be viewed using the BlueJeans app...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 9, 2022

Push Poll Tries to Convince Santa Monica Voters to Vote for New Transfer Tax

April 28, 2022 - A push poll interview company is calling Santa Monica voters to gauge their response to Sue Himmelrich's ballot proposal to establish an increase over the current tax on sales of...

 

Villaneuva Says Santa Monica's Political Leaders Instructed The SMPD to "Stand Down" The Night of the George Floyd Riots

Sheriff Alex Villaneuva spoke at the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club on April 21. He was asked to contrast whether the SMPD's response to the George Floyd riots of May 31, 2020 was adequate or not. He...

 

Video of Putin Gripping Table Feeds Speculation that he has Parkinson's Disorder

It was first reported in November 2020 that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Parkinson's disorder. The 68 year old has grown increasingly pale and seems strained during public appearances. In a...

 

Much of Russia's Air Force Appears to be Made of Styrofoam. Yes, that's right. Fake planes.

4.18.22: Potemkin Villages originated in Russia in the 19th Century. Today's Potemkin village consist of Russian air fields full of styrofoam planes. "Google's increased resolution over Russian...

 

Calabasas Spurns Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon's Request to Meet

The City Council of Calabasas has published an open letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, spurning his requiest to meet and discuss his "vision" of law enforcement. Citing a sp...

 

200k Signatures Collected in Recall Gascon Campaign; LA County Assessor Accused of Giving Tax Breaks to Friends; Predator Ed Buck Files Motion to Overturn Jury Verdict; Dodgers' Bauer Sues for Defamation over Sex Crime Allegations and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Sergeant can't use qualified immunity to stop lawsuit in Riverside fatal police shooting, court rules A California judge on Thursday denied an appeal for qualified immunity from...

 

Shades of Mein Kampf: Official Russian News Agency Calls For Ukraine to be Ethnically Cleansed and Erased

One of the more astonishing aspects of Russia's actions in Ukraine is that Russia has not been subtle or shy about proclaiming hatred for all things Ukraine. A recent piece equates Ukrainians with...

 

Russia threatens Wikipedia with 4 million ruble fine for inaccurate information about Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Russian censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, has decided to fine Wikipedia 4,000,000 rubles (about $44,000), for disseminating false information about the Russian "special operation" in Ukraine....

 

Poll Shows Los Angeles County DA George Gascon Could Lose a Recall Election if it Were Held Today

March 24, 2022 - A poll commissioned by the Los Angeles Police Protective League shows a plurality of voters would vote to recall controversial LA County District Attorney George Gascon. The same...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    March 27, 2022

Susan Cola Appointed New Interim Santa Monica City Attorney

Santa Monica has hired a new Interim City Attorney while the long search for a permanent chief counsel continues. At its Tuesday night meeting, the City Council appointed Deputy City Attorney Susan...

 

Singer at Putin's Rally on March 19th Sang a Song Indicating Russia Will Turn to Moldova After Conquering Ukraine

Russia's expansion plans may have been revealed in a song. In a clip that is circulating widely on social media, a Russian singer seemed to indicate that Putin plans to incorporate Ukraine and...

 

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's Former Communications Director Naomi Seligman Scuttles His Nomination to Ambassador

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was nominated as US Ambassador to India six months ago, but his appointment has been held up by the Jacobs Affair. Naomi Seligman is LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's former...

 

Russian Reaction to Woman Who Carried Anti-War Poster Onto Live Russian TV, Seen by Millions

You've no doubt seen the story of Marina Ovsyannikova, the gal who carried a Poster that said "No War, they are lying to you, don't believe propaganda" unto live Russian TV. The young production...

 

Putin Adresses Pro-War Rally, Fills Moscow Stadium with Russians to Support Invasion of Ukraine

3.18.22: Moscow held a rally today to support its armed forces in Ukraine. The stadium which holds 81,000 people was pretty much filled to capacity. The authorities said that 200,000 people supported...

 

Putin: "Russian People Can Always Distinguish True Patriots from the Scum and Traitors, and Simply Spit Them Out Like Flies."

Vladimir Putin on Wednesday referred to pro-Western Russians as “scum and traitors” who needed to be removed from society… setting the stage for an ever fiercer crackdown at home and even more...

 
 By Stan Greene    Politics    March 16, 2022

Handful of Americans Hail the Donetsk People's Republic Flag in Ceremony in Wisconsin

While the majority of Americans both on the political right and left, deplore last month's Russian invasion of Ukraine; a few welcome it as being on the right side of history. "CPI opening ceremony...

 

Putin Arrests Security Chiefs Because They Misappropriated Money Intended to Foment a Coup in Ukraine

You may have heard that Vladimir Putin arrested Sergey Beseda, FSB Chief of Foreign Intelligence, and his deputy Chief of Foreign Intelligence. It was assumed in the West that this was because both...

 

Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows: Joy Reid and Tucker Carlson both say US Involvement in Ukraine War is Racist

When Joy Reid and Tucker Carlson agree on something, people should take notice. Both agree that the US wants to get involved in Ukraine, rather than say, Yemen or Eritrea, because it is between white...

 

Caruso and Buscaino Support Gascon Recall; Smollett Files Motion to Throw Out His Guilty Verdict; Politician's Facebook Page Not Considered Public Forum; More Laws to Prohibit Gun Ownership and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Judge Ryan grants standing to family of murder victim Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan, the court's specialist in resentencing, has recognized the standing of the...

 

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