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 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...

 

Garcetti Votes to Refund Police $36 million; LA County Wants Out of Homelessness Lawsuit; Youtubers Charged in Fake Bank Robberies and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings New trial required in action over death of tased suspect The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, in a 2-1 decision, reversed a judgment pursuant to a jury verdict in...

 

Threat of Racially Charged Ethnic Studies High School Requirement is Back as California State Board of Education Unanimously Passes Model Curriculum

Last fall, Governor Newsom vetoed AB 331, which would have made an Ethnic Studies course a high school graduation requirement. His objection to the law was the model curriculum on which it was based....

 

As Covid-19 Deaths Hit Daily Single Digits, County of Los Angeles Allows Bars to Reopen, Loosening the Reins of Government Infinitesimally

March 23, 2021 - Almost exactly a year since the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health shut them down, bars and wineries not serving meals are now allowed to open - as long as guests...

 

Bill to Create Single-Payer Health Coverage Introduced at the Last Minute in California State Legislature

A bill that would upend the state's health insurance industry was introduced in the California State Legislature on the last possible day, February 19. The proposed legislation, authored by State...

 

Facing a Potential Recall Election, DA George Gascon Boasts of His 'Reforms' that Keep Criminals out of Prison; Meanwhile Homicides Are Spiking in Los Angeles

In a press release that proves he has no idea of his job description, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon boasted of the ways he has helped criminals and flouted state and local laws du...

 
 By Stan Greene    Politics    March 21, 2021

Addressing Homelessness, Creating Clean and Safe City Top City Council Budget Priorities

The Santa Monica City Council held a special meeting last Saturday to discuss the community priorities that will guide the biennial (2021-23) budget. In a 4-3 vote, the Council selected the following...

 

Embattled LA DA Gascon Points to Phony Poll of Crime Victims, Claiming They Favor Rehabilitation over Incarceration

March 5, 2021 On Thursday, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon released a press statement regarding a poll conducted by Californians for Safety and Justice, claiming the results proved that...

 

Santa Monica City Council Still Struggling to Develop Strategies to Curb Homelessness

Most cities in California have struggled to come up with solutions to curb homelessness in their municipalities and it was no different for the Santa Monica City Council last night. At its annual...

 

Gascon Asks Only for Probation for Man Who Hired Hitman to Torture and Kill Ex-wife; Psychedlic Drugs May be Decriminalized; State Wants to Sue Cities with High Homelessness and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

ADDA Lawsuit Association of Deputy District Attorneys on LA DA Gascón's reforms (Audio) Last month, we spoke with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón about his various criminal...

 

Los Angeles County to Allow Schools to Reopen But Don't Celebrate too Soon: It Won't Last and Santa Monica Will Not Be Included

FEBRUARY 16 Los Angeles County's Department of Public Health announced yesterday that they expect to reach a level of Covid-19 cases that will allow elementary schools to reopen today. The state of Ca...

 

Some Criminals are More Equal Than Others, Says LA District Attorney Gascon: He Seeks Life Sentence for Murderer of Transients But Parole Possibility for Cop Killer

Los Angeles's new district attorney, George Gascon, announced yesterday that he is seeking a life sentence for Tracy Walker, 56, accused of murdering three transients between June 7, 2020 and...

 

Suspicious Bill Proposed in California State Legislature to Limit Access to Contract Tracing Information

2/17: A bill was introduced yesterday in the California State Assembly that would limit the ability of government agencies that are not health departments from using information collected in contact t...

 

Gascon Cannot Ignore the Law, says Judge today: County District Attorney Will be Forced to Follow Current Law Rather Than Imposing His Own "Justice Reform" Version

2/8/21: Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled in favor of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County (ADDA) in a lawsuit against District Attorney...

 

Newsom Backs Down, Lets Churches Meet Indoors Again After SCOTUS Rules Against Him 6-3

Over the weekend, California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed to change the current lockdown guidelines regarding places of worship in which all indoor worship is prohibited. Newsom's change in policy...

 

Recall George Gascon Campaign Prepared to File Papers on March 8, the Earliest Possible Moment, in Order to Oust "Reform-minded" Los Angeles County District Attorney

The Recall George Gascon Campaign is prepared to file a Notice of Intention and serve Los Angeles County's new district attorney with the papers on March 8. This is the earliest possible date, 90...

 

Santa Monica City Council Approves Combat Pay for Grocery Store Workers

The Santa Monica City Council voted to approve a temporary pay increase of $5 per hour for grocery and drug store employees in the city. A similar measure in Long Beach resulted in Kroger (parent...

 

Group Seeks Order to Stop the Ballona Restoration Project

A group called Protect Ballona Wetlands, has filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate with the LA Superior Court. The lawsuit seeks to restrain the Calif. Dept of Fish and Wildlife from approving a projec...

 

Protest Over Russian Arrest of Alexei Navlny Comes to Santa Monica Pier

On Sunday, a crowd of about 30 demonstrators met at the Santa Monica Pier to protest the arrest of Alexei Navalny. He was sentenced today to two and a half years in Russian prison on a parole violatio...

 

They Will Create Utopia by Failing to Prosecute Criminals: Los Angeles County District Attorney Gascon Swears in Reform-Minded Chief of Bureau of Investigations

February 1 - Today Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon gave the oath of office to Robert Arcos, who will serve as head of the Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau of Investigation...

 

Heavies from the Political Past and Present Recommend Recall of California Governor Newsom

After eleven months of varying stages of lockdown in the State of California and during a botched local delivery of COVID vaccine, a campaign to recall Governor Newsom appears to be gathering steam....

 

Los Angeles Police Union is Aghast at Spike in Homicides and Shootings

Los Angeles (CA) Last night, Chief Michel Moore released new statistics on the shocking increase in shootings so far this year, compared to last year, with South Los Angeles suffering from the...

 

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin Claims Police Union to Blame for Layoffs when LA Cut $150 million from the Police Department: Makes Sense, Right?

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin continued his attack on the city's police union January 12, with an emailed statement claiming the police union alone is standing in the way of the metropolis...

 

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom Sets His Cap for County Supervisor Seat to be Vacated by Sheila Kuehl

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom announced he will run for Los Angeles County Supervisor in 2022. There are five county supervisors, representing roughly 10 million people in Los Angeles county....

 

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