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 By David Ganezer    Politics    July 24, 2021 

Larry Elder Wins Fight to Be on September 14th Recall Ballot

Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder has won his fight to be on the September 14th recall ballot. The son of a restaurant owner, Elder has electrified Republicans with the possibility that...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 20, 2021

City Clerk Approves Petition for Recall of L.A. Councilman Bonin

A petition for the recall of the controversial, Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin was approved for circulation, the City Clerk announced this week. Bonin, who represents many Westside neighborhoods,...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 20, 2021

State Hate Crime Bill Moves Forward, Sponsored by Assemblymember Bloom

Legislation to address the growing epidemic of hate crimes has just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, AB 1126, authored by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 20, 2021

City Okays Plan Prioritizing Housing for Historically Displaced Households

The Santa Monica City Council voted this week to establish a pilot program that will give priority on the city's affordable housing waitlist to the households who were displaced by the Civic...

 

ACLU Works on Reducing Cost of Traffic Tickets; Newsom Goofed and Won't Get Named as a Democrat on Recall Ballot; Amazon and Google Investigated for not Removing Phony Reviews and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Judicial misconduct requires reversing murder conviction The Court of Appeal for this district on Friday reversed a conviction for second degree murder based on judicial misconduct...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Politics    July 6, 2021

DA Gascon's Solution to the Surge in Violent Crime: Therapy

June 30, 2021 - Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon held a press conference on Wednesday to explain to the public how he is going to address the surge in violent crime in Los Angeles, a surge...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    July 6, 2021

Bonin Brags About Housing 19 Individuals From the Venice Boardwalk, Yes, Brags

There are an estimated 2,000 homeless people inhabiting the streets of Venice, California. News outlets reported 200 tents on the Ocean Front Boardwalk as of June 27. And on June 28, Los Angeles Counc...

 
 By David Ganezer    Politics    July 6, 2021

Santa Monica Business Center Owner Lana Negrete appointed to City Council.

In a 4 to 2 vote, the Santa Monica City Council appointed Lana Negrete to take Kevin McKeown's seat on the 7 member Santa Monica City Council. The Council selected Negrete from 34 eligible candidates...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 2, 2021

City Names Advisory Board of We Are Santa Monica Fund

The City of Santa Monica has announced the seven appointees to the newly-formed We Are Santa Monica Fund Board. They include business executives, a RAND analyst and a social services commissioner. The...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    June 22, 2021

City Council Tweaks, Approves SM Housing Element Update

The Santa Monica City Council this week reviewed and provided input to the draft Housing Element update, which "prioritizes 100% affordable housing in city-owned land" and "addresses historic...

 

Montebello City Manager Rene Bobadilla Declines Santa Monica City Job Offer

When in the Course of Human Events, a guy who grew up in San Gabriel Valley applies for the top job in Santa Monica, and gets offered it along with $440,000 a year, health care for himself and his...

 

New City Manager René Bobadilla Appointed by Six Member Santa Monica City Council

Let's face it, being appointed Santa Monica City manager is kind of a $430,000 a year booby prize. The City's progressive residents demand contradictory things of its government. Embrace all and be...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Politics    May 26, 2021

Recall George Gascon Campaign Gets the Registrar's Go-Ahead to Start Collecting Signatures

May 21, 2021 Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Registrar approved the petitions for the recall of LA County District Attorney George Gascon. The Recall George Gascon Campaign may now legally begin the...

 

An Anti-Semite on the House Anti-Semitism Task Force: Ted Lieu

It is oxymoronic for anyone to believe he can simultaneously support HAMAS and consider himself a champion against antisemitism. These two positions are mutually exclusive. Yet, that is exactly the...

 
 By Stan Greene    Politics    May 24, 2021

Santa Monica Decides to Keep Its Mask Mandate Until June 15, Even Though No One is Following It

Local residents and visitors – including those vaccinated – must continue to wear face coverings indoors and around crowds in Santa Monica, city officials declared this week. Interim City Manager...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Politics    May 15, 2021

Gun-Control California Schizophrenically Considers Removing Sentencing Enhancements for Use of a Firearm

The California Assembly's Public Safety Committee recently passed for additional consideration a bill that would gut the state's sentencing enhancements for the use of a gun during the commission of...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 15, 2021

Yes, Police May Still Use Less Lethal Projectiles in Los Angeles Despite Headlines to the Contrary

On Monday, May 10, a federal judge modified an earlier injunction restricting the Los Angeles Police Department's use of less lethal 40-millimeter and 37-millimeter projectile launchers as a means of...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Politics    May 10, 2021

California Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order that will Release 76,000 Prisoners Early, Including Those Convicted of Violence

May 3, 2021 In what is probably not the smartest move by a state official facing a recall election during a year when violent crime is spiking across the region, California Governor Gavin Newsom signe...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Politics    May 10, 2021

It's Okay for the Santa Monica Pier to Catch on Fire, says the City Attorney, So Let the Illegal Vendors Supplied by Criminals Have Their Butane Fires on Their Unpermitted Cookstands

May 5, 2021 After public outcry regarding illegal food vendors on the Santa Monica Pier, apparently run by a criminal family gang, authorities cracked down on the activity. Police would now accompany...

 
 By Corva Corvax    Politics    May 10, 2021

Unarmed Crisis Response in Los Angeles: Mike Bonin and the LA City Council Claim to Want Your Opinion

Mike Bonin and the City of Los Angeles is sending out an online survey for residents and others who work in the city soliciting opinions on what types of calls armed police should answer and what...

 

Another "D" Grade for the Humane Society of the United States

April 30, 2021 - Yesterday, CharityWatch, an independent and well-regarded charity evaluator, announced that it had updated its rating of the Humane Society of the United States. And once again, HSUS...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 5, 2021

California Loses a Seat in the House of Representatives: So Why Are We Zoning For 1.34 Million More Housing Units in Southern California?

Every eight years, California's Department of Housing and Community Development comes up with a magic number of additional residents moving to the state for which the area must plan. The way they arri...

 
 By Stan Greene    Politics    May 5, 2021

Some Republicans Rush to Endorse Caitlyn Jenner for Governor of California After Recall of Gavin Newsom. Me, For One

About 15 years after California's last Republican Governor, elected in a recall, complained about all the "girly men" in Sacramento; the leading Republican candidate in California's next recall...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    April 21, 2021

SM Council Votes to Use Federal Stimulus for Rent Abatement for City's Commercial Tenants

Commercial tenants in city-owned properties who have been financially impacted by the pandemic will soon be getting some rent relief from their landlord. At its Tuesday night's meeting, the Santa...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    April 21, 2021

Motion to Ban Items That Can be 'Weaponized' at Protests Fails at City Council Meeting

In light of the recent demonstrations nationwide, where "violence erupted between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators and violence against law enforcement personnel," the Santa Monica City...

 

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