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Attorney General Bonta Supports Increasing Density

California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a brief in defense of Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), which allows local governments to rezone certain neighborhoods for denser housing, irrespective of local restrictions. SB 10 was part of a package of bills...

 

California Commentary

By Jon Coupal In George Orwell’s 1984, there is a particularly gripping scene where the protagonist, Winston, is being interrogated by O’Brien, a member of the party leadership. O’Brien shows Winston a photo that proves that three party...

 

Sacramento Democrats kill gas tax relief, transparency

By Jon Coupal As a participant in capital politics for more than 30 years, I’ve observed many abuses of power. Corruption, pettiness, gross narcissism, and dirty tricks have all increased in recent years both in terms of frequency and shock value....

 
 By Letters    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Property Tax Levies Increase 6% Statewide

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 Annual Report, which reported that the total net statewide county-assessed property value was $7.1 trillion,...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    March 17, 2022

Americans Would Pay a Heavy Price for Amnesty

By Mark Thies Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are scrambling to find a way to amnesty illegal immigrants in their nearly $2 trillion budget bill. The Senate parliamentarian, who decides what...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    March 10, 2022

California Supreme Court Limits Early Release of Violent Felons Under Proposition 57

By David E. Mastagni and Taylor Davies-Mahaffey In 2019, a California appeals court held that Proposition 57 allowed those convicted of multiple violent and nonviolent crimes to qualify for early rele...

 

Promenade Belongs to the Homeless

By Alyssa Erdley Observer Staff 2/2/22 - Squalid conditions downtown and on the Third Street Promenade appear to be causing much of the vacancies in retail spaces visible there today. The downtown and Promenade area were already ailing before the...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    February 3, 2022

Supreme Court Again Clarifies Qualified Immunity Protection for Peace Officers

By David E. Mastagni and Taylor Davies-Mahaffey In the recent City of Tahlequah v. Bond decision, the United States Supreme Court revisited the protections officers should receive through qualified...

 

Why DTSM is Failing

John Alle Santa Monica Property and Business Owner For the first time in over a quarter century, the organization designated to manage Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade and Downtown, will have a new Director. What began as a volunteer business...

 

Gascon Indicates Some Victims - Rich and Famous Ones - Deserve Justice

By Corva Corvax A Logical Opinion 12/7/21 - LA County District Attorney George Gascon proudly announced yesterday the charging of a Los Angeles man with the murder of Jacqueline Avant. This particular...

 

Public Housing Everywhere

By Corva Corvax A Logical Opinion 9/21/21 - In an email to constituents, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin suggested the city buy up motels and even office buildings to turn them into "housing with services." Bonin went on to claim it would...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    September 23, 2021

Yes, Culver City can and should educate more children!

If Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) is an excellent school district, if it’s why so many of us moved to this little village within a metropolis, then shouldn’t we strive to share our...

 

Homeless Man Burglarized Same Store Three Times While Out on Zero Bail

By Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude In an example of the consequences of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon's zero bail policy, a suspect was able to break into and rob the same restaurant...

 

LOS ANGELES Community College District Secure State Budget Funding To Secure Future Higher Education in California By Los Angeles Community College District

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) thanks Governor Gavin Newsom for signing the Higher Education trailer bill yesterday, which in conjunction with the main budget bill, delivers unprecedented resources for the state’s community...

 

Bill to Allow No Cash Bail

A logical opinion by Corva Corvax A law that would grant nearly all (if not all) criminal defendants the right to walk out of jail without bail is now sitting in the Public Safety Committee of the California State Assembly after passing the State Sen...

 

Egging On Kindness

By Jim B. Clarke Culver City Acts of kindness come in many forms. For Rafia Cooper, of Culver City’s Kindness Campaign, the form this month is hiding plastic “kindness” eggs in Culver City’s 12 public parks during the first 12 days of April....

 

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Second Amendment dilemma

In some 229 years neither law professors, academic scholars, teachers, students or congressional legislators after much debate have not been able to satisfactorily explain or demonstrate the Framers i...

 
 By Letters    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Residents Complain about Homeless Encampment

This encampment is getting bigger and bigger with more trash,sewage, trash,rv’s,trucks with trailers, vans, you can’t even walk by lady in blue van has a huge dog that won’t even let you walk...

 

Push Poll to Save Gascon

By Corva Corvax, a Logical Opinion 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 crime victims...

 

Thirty years ago, I watched Rodney King beaten. We thought our fight was finally over.

By Rep. Karen Bass Congresswoman, 30th Congressional District March 3, 2021 When I first saw the tape of Rodney King being beaten in the middle of the street on March 3, 1991, I was not horrified or surprised. I was hopeful. I believed that now,...

 

Is Vaccine Roll-out Inequitable?

by Corva Corvax A Logical Opinion On Monday, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department released statistics regarding the demographics of those who have received the Covid-19 vaccine. Of all the...

 

MAIL-IN BALLOTS and the COST OF RUNNING

With the state sanctioning of voting by mail due to the pandemic and for the convenience of all currently registered voters. You are now able to fill out your ballot while sunning in your back yard, lying in bed, or even while sitting on your...

 

PD Helicopters are Annoying

Dear Santa Monica Observer, There was an annoying helicopter hovering low above my SM residence for about an hour today. I assumed it was LAPD so checked SMPD twitter to see if there was any police activity. I was surprised to see no activity,...

 

Stop The Misuse Of Public Funds On Campaigns

By Jon Coupal the President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association In August, the Fair Political Practices Commission imposed one of the largest fines in its history against Los Angeles County for using taxpayer funds to advocate for a ballot...

 

Health Equity Metric is Racist

by Corva Corvax A Logical Opinion Governor Newsom released a new "equity metric" last week that adds to the requirements necessary before a county can move to a less restrictive tier. The census tracts in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Place Inde...

 

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