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 By DPA-News    Politics    May 23, 2019

Will the US and Iran be at War by the end of 2020? It looks increasingly likely

Washington (dpa) – US President Donald Trump vowed Sunday to deny Tehran nuclear weapons just hours after threatening it would "be the official end of Iran" when the country's Revolutionary Guard...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 21, 2019

Santa Monica to Pay $85,000 Annually to Consultant to Track the Homeless

City staff are asking the Council to contract with an outside consultant to manage their homeless tracking system. In order for the City to receive federal funds for homelessness, they are required...

 
 By Preity Upala    Politics    May 21, 2019

If Modi is Re-elected India's PM, it can only be Good for Trump and the United States.

With an Indian general election outcome looming in the horizon, the US must reflect on what this means for its relationship with India moving forward. The outcome of world's largest democratic...

 

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Denies that War with the United States is Coming

Tehran (dpa) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ruled out a war with the United States. "Neither we or the United States want a war, that is why that is not going to happen,"...

 

Putin: Russia Collusion Theory Following 2016 Election Damaged Russia-US Relations

Moscow (dpa) - A visit from the top American diplomat to Russia was blighted by disputes over the Iranian nuclear program and the Venezuelan political crisis even as Russian President Vladimir Putin e...

 
 By RAND    Politics    May 10, 2019

New Strategies to Stress-out Russia by Playing to Putin's Vulnerabilities and Anxieties

RAND Suggests Nonviolent Ways to Exploit Russian Vulnerabilities Russia's use of information warfare and its conventional military arsenal make it a formidable opponent, but the state also has...

 
 By Preity Upala    Politics    May 6, 2019

Ten Reasons Why Modi Will Be Re-elected as Prime Minister of India

Here are the 10 reasons why I think the current prime minister of India, Narendra Modi will win a second term and be victorious on May the 23rd, in the Lok Sabha elections. My prediction is that his...

 
 By Preity Uupala    Politics    May 6, 2019

India Votes for Prime Minister This Month. The World Should Pay More Attention

In a couple of days, will take place the largest democratic exercise on the planet. India will be voting in its parliamentary general election. In a country of 1.3 BILLION people, a whopping 900...

 

Do the Homeless Poop on San Francisco Streets Because they Can, Or Because They Can't Find a Bathroom?

San Francisco is a wealthy city. Why exactly don't they cure the feces on the street problem? Like every other American issue, it depends on your political perspective. Progressives view this as a...

 

Dead Bodies, Conflicts of interest & Fat Salaries: The Murky Waters of City's Social Services

I have serious concerns about the qualifications and performance of the Santa Monica Social Services Commission, and particularly its Chair Mr. Parent, as well as the staff liaison Ms. Yavari, whose...

 

Affordable Housing: Be Careful Whom you Trust, City of SM, When You Loan Money

When Step Up on 26th Street came to our street 3 years ago, I decided to become informed, so I have attended every Santa Monica Housing Commission meeting for the last 3 years. I am not on any Board...

 

Water Rate Increase is Entirely Intended to Subsidize Development in Santa Monica

By January 8, when the City Council voted to increase water rates in the city, there had already been well-above-average rainfall throughout California. To date, California has received 18 trillion...

 

LA County to Build One or More Units of Affordable Housing Over Next Two Years (Seriously)

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative awarded $4.5 million to five different organizations in a contest to propose "game-changing creative and scalable permanent housing solutions for...

 

California Voting Rights Act Upheld in Federal Court After Gerrymandering Lawsuit

A San Diego politician lost his federal lawsuit challenging California's Voting Rights Act. Don Higginson, former mayor of Poway, a city in San Diego County, had sued in 2017, claiming the drawing of...

 

Kamala Harris, the Harpy of Climate Change and Poster Child of By Any Means Necessary

In her first campaign speech as a presidential hopeful for the 2020 election, Kamala Harris, presently the junior Senator from California, roused the crowd with her progressive agenda and...

 

Call for City's Social Services Commission to Resign over The People Concern scandal

At the Commission's 1/28/19 meeting multiple speakers expressed their frustration with the Commission's reluctance to act. Public comments by Olga Zurawska are below. The Santa Monica Social Services...

 

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Re-Opens After Federal Shutdown

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) have resumed regular operations. Some areas of the park...

 

We Can't House All the Homeless, But At Least we can Count Them

On Wednesday night, volunteers in Santa Monica and across Los Angeles County conducted the annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. From 10:30 pm until 2:30 am, volunteers in teams canvassed the...

 

Council Appoints Ana Maria Jara to Fill Vacancy on Santa Monica City Council

To the surprise of no one, the Santa Monica City Council appointed longtime resident and community activist Ana M. Jara to fill the city council seat vacated by Tony Vazquez. Vazquez resigned in...

 

Sick With Pneumonia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fights For Her Life, Setting up SCOTUS Battle

Update, 1/16/19: Justice Ginsburg today cancelled a public appearance set for January 29, 2019, as she remains in a hospital fighting Pneumonia. The elderly judge appears to be nearing the end of her...

 

Snopes.com Labels Story That Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Has Cancer, as "Fake News"

The sad news broke Friday morning. US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery for lung cancer. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/21/supreme-court-justice-ruth-b...

 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Retire from the US Supreme Court in January, 2019

Update: Stricken with Pneumonia, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about to Retire from the Supreme Court. https://www.smobserved.com/story/2019/01/07/news/stricken-with-pneumonia-ruth-b...

 

What did Republican candidates in California promise to do if elected? Nothing, Pretty Much

The California Republican Party is like a big, empty aircraft carrier drifting along the coast. It could be powerful, if there were any people on it and if it had a plan to go somewhere. Here's a...

 

Redistricting: Time for the Santa Monica City Council to Admit They Don't Know Better

Update, My Take, and My Analysis on the California Voter Rights Act (CVRA) post-trial hearing that was held in Judge Yvette Palazuelos Courtroom on Friday December 7th to discuss proposals for...

 

City Water Sustainability Delayed 3 Years After A Decade of Non Stop Construction

It may come as a disappointment to city cheerleaders and cause an eye-roll to the rest of us that the city has announced their plan to become "self-sufficient" in water use has been delayed by three y...

 

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