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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...

 

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...

 

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