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Myth of Housing Supply Crisis Disintegrated by SM Audit Subcommittee Commissioner Marc Verville at Northeast Neighbors Meeting

January 4, 2022 - Last night Santa Monica Audit Subcommittee Commissioner and Santa Monica native Marc Verville exploded the myth of a housing supply crisis in the state or the city. The crisis,...

 

County's Free At-Home PCR Test Program Halted

January 6, 2022 - Last week, Dr. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, announced a program where residents could order free PCR tests to administer at home and send to the lab for results....

 

California's Public Golf Courses to be Converted to Public Housing in Latest Progressive Initiative

A bill now pending in the California State legislature proposes to convert the State's municipal and public golf courses into affordable housing. AB 672, authored by Christina Garcia (D_Bell Gardens)...

 

Elon Musk and Elizabeth Warren Take Shots at Each Other over Taxes on Twitter.

Plenty of snark on display Tuesday night as Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted about Tesla CEO Elon Musk. "Let's change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes...

 

Newsom Has to Reveal Text Messages About PG&E Bailout; Recall Boudin Effort Gains Enough Signatures for Recall; $20 B Stolen From CA Pandemic Relief and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Judge denies LAPD officers' request to block elements of the employee vaccine mandate A federal judge in Orange County has denied a request from a group of LAPD officers to block...

 

Southwest Airlines Apologizes For "Let's Go Brandon!" Incident on Plane

Southwest Airlines, fresh off a work stoppage due to Covid-19 mandates and sickouts, has a new problem. A pilot said "Let's Go Brandon" over the public address system. A pilot apparently repeated...

 

Non-Partisan Voter Registration Specialist Gets Covid-19 Booster Shot at University High School

Dateline: 10/25/21, University High School, West of Westwood - From the pictures its obvious, so why am i writing a long caption ....... well because there is a lot to say: Thanks to Gary Leonard - LA...

 

Police Union Sues City of Los Angeles over Vaccine Mandate

October 29, 2021 - The Los Angeles Police Protective League, union for police officers in the City of Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit against the city for awarding what they claim was a #3 million...

 

City Council to Focus on Methane Gas Levels at Former Landfill

Is the former Santa Monica landfill underneath Gandara Park and the Municipal City Yards emitting high levels of methane gas? That's what the Santa Monica City Council will focus on next Tuesday...

 

Petition to Save Parking Structure 3 Gathers 5000 signatures.

Local Briefs A group of local residents and business people are trying to talk the City out of an ill considered plan to tear down a downtown Santa Monica parking structure, and replace it with...

 

Significant and Unavoidable Impacts on Key City Services and Infrastructure From Building 8,895 New Housing Units Per State Order

October 12, 2021 - The final Environmental Impact Report for the state-ordered addition of 8,895 new housing units to Santa Monica over the next 8 years reveals the projection of significant and...

 

Firm that Analyzed the May 2020 Riots to Serve as Inspector General of SM Civilian Oversight Panel

The OIR Group, the consulting firm that analyzed and issued a detailed report on the events connected to the civil unrest in Santa Monica, of May 31, 2020, will soon become the first Inspector General...

 

Who Enforces City Codes when the City Owns the Building? No One

October 8, 2021 The city-owned garages in downtown Santa Monica are missing basic fire-safety equipment, lack lights, and use elevators with expired permits. During a homeless-started fire that occurr...

 

Are the Vaccines Worth it? County Data Shows Why the Vaccinated are Told to Wear Masks in Public and Why Vaccine Mandates Should Probably Not be a Thing

Public health officials on Saturday finally released data regarding Covid-19 infection and death rates among the fully vaccinated residents of the county. The numbers reveal the rationale behind...

 

Sheriff is the Only One Willing to Clean Up the Troubled San Vicente Homeless Encampment

The Los Angeles County Sheriff is the only entity in the area willing and able to remove homeless encampments, says Michelle Bisnoff, Chair of the Brentwood Community Council, in a social media post....

 

Lawsuit contends landlords unlawfully converted rent-control building into complex for vacation rentals

The city of Santa Monica has sued a local landlord for allegedly converting a rent-controlled apartment building on 10th Street into a complex mostly used for "unlawful vacation rentals," thereby viol...

 

Santa Monica May Sue Over Housing Allocation From the State

October 1, 2021 Spurred on by Santa Monica City Councilmember Phil Brock, the City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2 to ask a Westside city association if they should join a lawsuit challenging the number...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    October 6, 2021

City Extends Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Orders Through October 31

About 84% of local residents are fully vaccinated, announced the City of Santa Monica this week as it extended its local emergency orders through October 31. "Santa Monicans have done an incredible...

 

Santa Monica City Mayor Snubs Property Owners' Forum with Sheriff Villanueva on Homelessness

Santa Monica’s Mayor refused to attend a public forum on homelessness where she could not control the microphone. Nor did she reply to our request for a statement regarding her refusal to come...

 

SM Council to Appoint Joseph Lawrence Interim City Attorney

Santa Monica will soon have a new interim City Attorney but a familiar face to local city government. The City Council is expected to appoint Joseph P. Lawrence as Interim City Attorney at its next...

 

LA County's Vaccine Mandate Could Cause Distrust in the Vaccine

September 17, 2021 - This week, Los Angeles County health officials announced they would be issuing a new Health Officer Order mandating vaccine verification for individuals wishing to work at or...

 

Malibu's Break-up Proposal Clears First Hurdle of Lengthy Process

The City of Malibu's petition to break up the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District into two separate districts cleared a major hurdle Saturday as a Los Angeles County Office of Education panel...

 

State Legislature Passes Bill to Ensure Cities Rezone for Housing Needs

The California State Legislature has approved a bill which "will ensure cities and counties are adequately re-zoning to meet their housing needs" – a move many critics and homeowners say may lead...

 

Bill to Remove "Racist" Zoning Laws Targeting Republican Suburbs Approved by State Legislature

The California State Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 721 whose stated purpose is to "remove exclusionary and racist provisions in housing covenants." Actually, the bill cites "racism" to do...

 

County Education Office Backs Malibu's Plan to Split from SMMUSD.

The City of Malibu's petition to split the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District into two separate districts received a major boost from county officials this week. Los Angeles County Office of...

 

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