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 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    November 20, 2014 

A Suggestion: Hire a Tutor to Teach Chinese

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist As you all know, I have for the longest time been advocating that the Culver City Board of Education phase out Japanese and instead teach Chinese. Another fact...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    November 13, 2014

China, Not Japan, Is The Future

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist The Chinese recently bought the Waldorf-Astoria for $1.95 billion, or about $1.3 million per room. They also purchased AMC, Smithfield (the world’s largest...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    November 6, 2014

Pepper-Spraying Officers Must Be Revealed

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist It was just three years ago on the Davis campus of the University of California that campus police pepper-sprayed a peaceful student protest. The State Supreme...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    October 30, 2014

Shopping For Candles as Edison Jacks Up Rates

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Since we’ve returned to Culver City from our vacation to Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, many have spoken to us regarding police departments and various...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    October 23, 2014

Information You Can Only Get Here

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Interesting facts: More than 40,000 Canadians fought for the North in the Civil War and 34 were awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in battle. And from our...

 
 By Chris Faulkner    Opinion    October 23, 2014

Fracking Will Improve, Not Hurt Public Health

University of Maryland researchers just concluded that hydraulic fracturing -- the process of shaking oil and gas free from below -- could endanger the health of nearby residents by exposing them to a...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    October 16, 2014

Our Memorable Road Trip

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Theo and I just returned from a great and interesting vacation to Georgia, South Carolina and Florida lasting almost four months. In Nahunta, Georgia we were...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    October 9, 2014

Old Friends Honored and I'm Very Happy

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist It was a beautiful day in Los Angeles; the temperature was four degrees below 80 with low humidity and a slight breeze as 100 of the faithful came together June...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    October 2, 2014

Some Things to Think About

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist I just know there are many, many of you out there who are in deep shock over the passing of Alexander Shulgin. He was born in Berkeley, CA on June 17, 1925 and...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    September 25, 2014

NAACP Turns 100, California Faces $340 Billion Shortfall

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist It was one hundred years ago the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was started. Sixty years ago the Supreme Court ruled public school seg...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    September 18, 2014

$350 Million Saves 15 Minutes

By Neil Rubenstein Observer columnist I didn’t know and nobody told me about the law which took effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and set a 2018 target date for public employees to pay half their retirement...

 
 By Matthew Hetz    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Getting There From Here

By Matthew Hetz Guest Commentary There are theories, and there is reality. The emerging Metro light rail system in Los Angeles, and particularly Phase II of the Expo Line, is facing the conflict...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    September 11, 2014

American Nisei Soldier Speaks At Memorial Day Ceremony

On May 26, 2014 well over 5,000 attended the Memorial Day program at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. 48 hours prior, approximately 6,000 Boy and Girl Scouts from troops across Southern California...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    September 4, 2014

Chinese Buying All the Milk? Expect Prices to Rise

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Can anyone help me understand what is going on with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the deputies who man the central jail? I know some deputies...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    August 28, 2014

Bullet Train Costs Soar to $68 Billion

It was 21 years ago in 1993 that the 50-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas ended as, some believe, federal agents caused the fire which destroyed the structure and killed so...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    August 14, 2014

State Legislators Drink the Happy Water in Sacramento

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Douglas Lydic, 29, escaped from a police car in December 2013 in Commodore, Pennsylvania while handcuffed. Prosecutors declined to charge him with fleeing since h...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    August 7, 2014

Owe Money To New York? California Will Pay It With Your Tax Refund!

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Beginning in 2016 students at California community colleges must maintain a 2.0 or C average to be eligible for a waiver to exempt them from paying tuition. Now t...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    July 31, 2014

Big Brother is Watching, But Not in Culver City…Yeah Right

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Have you read or heard about Operation Stingray? For those not in the loop or in the process of being cleared by the FBI for non-classified rumors, Stingray...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Prison Populations Drop as Marijuana Laws Soften

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist With states decriminalizing marijuana and scaling back 1970s-era drug laws, admissions to state prisons have fallen from 689,536 in 2006 to 553,843 in 2012. New...

 
 By Ben Moto    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Don't Let Up Against Terrorists and Boko Haram

Terrorist group Boko Haram made headlines last April when its members kidnapped 276 female students from a government school in Northern Nigeria. The Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization claimed the abduction, promising to enslave the missing...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    July 17, 2014

Brits Questionnaire" "When Will You Die"

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist On July 27 in Louisville, KY ex-POWs of the Korean War will gather for their 61st and probably final reunion commemorating the armistice which paved the way for...

 
 Opinion    July 17, 2014

Mayor Responds To Budget Story

A headline in last week's Observer bears some clarification: "City Dips Into Reserves Again: $2.5 Million Shortfall." While the headline is eye-catching, I find it misleading. The article itself, by...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    July 10, 2014

Tax by the Mile? Cover California to Lose $78 Million

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist Ladies, are you considering the military as a career? Does becoming an officer appeal to you? We know about West Point but have you heard about The Virginia...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    July 3, 2014

How Times Have Changed

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist I was scanning a California history book and came across Hong Yeng Chang. The State Supreme Court in 1800 denied Chang’s application to practice law because of...

 
 By Neil Rubenstein    Opinion    June 26, 2014

North Korea, Democratic Club History and More!!

By Neil Rubenstein Observer Columnist The North Korean government has officially approved 18 hairstyles for women and 10 for men in an effort to clamp down on Western influences by trimming their...

 

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